Do you want to know more about who you are and where you came from? Then please join us for this special genealogy event in the Heritage Room at the main branch, located on the third floor of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Our speaker will be Robert Scott Davis from Wallace State Community College in Hanceville.
The event costs $20 per person. Guests may come before the library closes at 5 p.m. and stay, or may come at 6 p.m. Guests are welcome to bring a brown bag dinner. The library will provide snacks, drinks and time for concentrated research in our collection. Wi-Fi will be available for participants with personal laptops. For more information or to place a reservation, contact the Heritage Room directly at 256-532-5950. Read more about Geneaology After Dark: Sitting Up With the Dead
This month the Young Professionals Book Club is going in a slightly different direction, as we read and discuss this new, bestselling, and highly acclaimed novel by Kathryn Stockett. Please join us for what is sure to be a passionate and fascinating conversation about race, class, and social constructions in the South.
Summary: Set in Stockett's native Jackson, MS, in the early 1960s, this first novel adopts the complicated theme of blacks and whites living in a segregated South. A century after the Emancipation Proclamation, black maids raised white children and ran households but were paid poorly, often had to use separate toilets from the family, and watched the children they cared for commit bigotry. In Stockett's narrative, Miss Skeeter, a young white woman, is a naive, aspiring writer who wants to create a series of interviews with local black maids. Even if they're published anonymously, the risk is great; still, Aibileen and Minny agree to participate. Tension pervades the novel as its events are told by these three memorable women. Read more about Young Professionals Book Club: The Help
We don't want to tell you too much about this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know something, so we will just say this: It is extremely funny, but the African beach scene is horrific. The story starts there, but the book doesn't. And it's what happens afterward that is most important. Once you have read it, you'll want to tell everyone about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds. Read more about Knit 1, Read Too!: Little Bee