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Social Media — Taking it to the Next Level

Learn how to engage your audience using such social media platforms as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram on Thursday, August 15, at noon at the Main Library.

Stephenie Walker, co-owner and editor at Rocket City Mom, the No. 1 online parenting resource in Huntsville-Madison County, will lead the program.This presentation will be customized for nonprofits with limited resources who already have a current basic knowledge of at least Facebook. You'll learn tips and tricks that will make your life much easier, and your organization's social media presence much stronger.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Main Library

Second Floor Events Room

Noon to 1 p.m.



Welcome educators!

The Reference & Adult Services Department at the Main Library will host an open house for elementary, middle and high school teachers and librarians as well as home-school educators on Tuesday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Activities will include a refresher course on the Alabama Virtual Library, an introduction to the wide variety of online resources offered by the Library, and tours of the Library and its print resources. Educators are encouraged to drop by and take any or all of the classes that will be offered on an ongoing basis during the open house.

For more information, call 256-532-5975.


Bollywood Film Series

Bollywood Film Series

Each Wednesday Evening 6/5-7/10

Film Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Second Floor Meeting Room at Main

Join us each Wednesday evening for our Bollywood Film Series where we showcase a variety of Indian films including romantic comedies, superhero films, and action/thrillers. Each movie is in Hindi with English subtitles. For more information call the Reference Desk at: (256) 532-5975 or e-mail us, askus [at] hmcpl [dot] org

Non-profit Webinar: Introduction to Finding Funders

Learn to find funders for your nonprofit with the Foundation Center's comprehensive funding research tool.

This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center's comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization's funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports.

Note: The webinar assumes no previous experience with Foundation Directory Online Professional.

Coffee and water will be provided. For questions, please contact Brian Bess at 256-532-5975.

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

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