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Sweet treats for sweet reads

The Friends of the Library at the Showers Center Public Library will host a dessert fundraiser on Saturday, November 3, starting at 11 a.m., at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St.

Classic Films in Focus

Jennifer Garlen, author of Kermit Culture: Critical Perspectives on Jim Henson’s Muppets, will present a film/lecture series on two classic films from Hollywood’s golden age. This is the first event of an ongoing series exploring movies from her new book, Beyond Casablanca: 100 Classic Films Worth Watching.

Enter the 2013 Teen Design Contest

Attention teen artists: The Youth Services Council at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is taking submissions for the 2013 Teen Design Contest. The winning graphic design will be featured on the Summer Reading 2013 book bags.

Axis 360 expands ebook offerings

Axis 360, offered through Baker & Taylor book distributor, is a great resource for readers of ebooks. Patrons can log in at; they need their library card number and PIN to access this free service.

Meet the Author: Beck McDowell

A man with a gun threatens a classroom of first-graders. It’s a horror straight out of the headlines. But it’s also the plot of local author Beck McDowell’s debut novel for young adults, “This Is Not a Drill.” Hear her talk about her work during a Meet the Author program on Sunday, October 28th, at 2 p.m. at the Main Library.

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Online and Social Media for Nonprofits”

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Online and Social Media for Nonprofits” will be held on Thursday, October 18, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Main Library.

Write Right Lunch & Learn: "Creating Compelling Characters”

The best plot in the world will fall flat without characters your readers love (or love to hate). Learn to create realistic, three-dimensional characters readers will never forget on Tuesday, October 9, from noon to 1 p.m. at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St.

Falling Leaves Book Sale

The Falling Leaves Book Sale, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be held on Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the FOL Bookstore in the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. The 50-percent-off sale is for Friends of the Library members only, so this is a great time to become a Friend.

We're a good place for families

We're a Family Place Library. If you'd like to learn more about this, a representative from the national Family Place Libraries organization will visit the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library on Thursday, Sept. 13, at noon.

9/11 Write-In

On the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, writers of fiction, nonfiction and poetry are invited to spend one hour writing about memories, impressions and emotions evoked by this tragedy.