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Non-profit Events: Proposal Writing Basics Webinar

Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation.

For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

  • How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process
  • What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation
  • Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger
  • What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments
  • Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process
  • Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Write Right Lunch and Learn - Journaling

What is a journal and why should you write in one? Learn the who, what, when, where, how, and why of journaling.  We’ll explore the types of journals, writing techniques, and the benefits of journaling.

Speaker - Angela L. Walker

Angela has 23 years of experience in the health care, education, retail, and insurance industries. During that time she has been responsible for staffing/recruitment, training, human resources, and marketing. Angela has a degree in communications from The University of Alabama.


Angela volunteers as a trainer with the Christian Women’s Jobs Corps of Madison County teaching resume writing, interviewing skills, and job loss survival skills. She is a member of the North Alabama Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development where she serves as the communications and marketing chair. Additionally, she is a member of the Alabama Writer’s Conclave, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Huntsville Literary Association. Angela is an avid reader, writer, and blogger.


She is also a Certified Targeted Selection Interviewer and has a certificate in HR Staffing and Selection from Cornell University. In 2012, she earned her Professional Recruiter Certification (PRC). Angela is also a Certified Design Psychology Coach.

Questions? Contact Tina O'Driscoll @256-532-5972

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Economic Impact of the Arts”

Nonprofit Lunch & Learn: “Economic Impact of the Arts”

Thursday, March 21, 2013

12:00 noon - 1:30 p.m.

Main Library, 915 Monroe Street

Second Floor Events Room

Presenter: Allison Dillon-Jauken, Executive Director of the Arts Council
Allison will provide an overview of the Arts community of Madison County as well
as economic impact data collected from a recent research study.

Bring a sack lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Questions? Contact Brian Bess at 256-532-5975 or askus [at] hmcpl [dot] org.


"Now Hiring, All Companies"

Unemployment may be high, but all companies are hiring if you have the right conversation. Dale Callahan, Ph.D., author of Resumes are Worthless, discusses how to uncover hidden job opportunities during the next Small Business Lunch & Learn program on Monday, August 6, from noon to 1 p.m. at the main library.

"Now Hiring, All Companies" will be presented in the second-floor events room. Admission is free. Bring a sack lunch. Drinks will be provided.

Dale Callahan sees the employee/employer model in a state of flux. Those looking for jobs and careers the old-fashion way are set for great amounts of frustration and instability. He argues that the only hope is to operate like a company of one - learning to behave like an entrepreneur even if you work for a Fortune 100 corporation.

Callahan is the director of the Information Engineering and Management graduate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Learn more about him and his work from his blog at

For more information, contact Mary Moore at askus [at] hmcpl [dot] org or 256-532-5975.

The workshop is free of charge, but please RSVP at the link below if possible.


Read our "Fair Housing" Guide

Check out our research guide on the Fair Housing Act, which seeks to provide information you may need about the regulation as a  resident of Huntsville and Madison County.

Due to the passage of recent state legislation, Fair Housing issues are hot topics in Huntsville and Madison County. If you would like to become more informed about the laws, regulations, and opinions related to these issues, visit the “Fair Housing” research guide prepared by the Reference & Adult Services Department of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Links and resources will continue to be added, so visit often.

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Bollywood Film Series

Monday Movie Nights presents its summer Bollywood Film Series. Each Monday night beginning July 9 join us for free showings of various Bollywood films featuring English subtitles. Light popcorn and refreshments will be provided, don’t hesitate to bring your own food or snacks! Each film will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be in the Second Floor Events Room at the Main Library. Call 256-532-5975 for more information or visit

July 9-Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) 153 mins

July 16-Jab We Met (2007) 142 mins

July 23-Om Shanti Om (2007) 162 mins

July 30-I Hate Luv Storys (2010) 135 mins

August 6-Guzaarish (2011) 116 mins

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