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Who Was William Shakespeare?

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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 The Main Library will be hosting Dr. Jeff Nelson of UAHuntsville for the talk "Who Was William Shakespeare?" in the 2nd floor events room. We will also be serving cake and tea to honor Shakespeare's 450th birthday. Come join the celebration! Read more about Who Was William Shakespeare?

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Parachute Playtime!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 4:00pm
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It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the 'chute! Read more about Parachute Playtime!

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Parachute Playtime!

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:00pm
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 It's time to bring out the BIG parachute for an interactive parachute play session. Songs, rhymes, and games with the 'chute! Read more about Parachute Playtime!

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Discover Rainbow Loom!

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Friday, May 2, 2014 - 2:30pm to 4:30pm
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Do you love creating with Rainbow Loom, or just want to learn how it's done? Join our friend from Michael's Crafts as he demonstrates the magic of Rainbow Loom! If you already have a loom of your own, feel free to bring it along! Read more about Discover Rainbow Loom!

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Cupid's Café: Rachel Lee

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Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee is a New York Times best-selling author and the winner of Six Romantic Times magazine Reviewers' Choice Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a five-time finalist for the Romance Writers of America's RITA® Award. She has penned a wide variety of novels in several genres including fantasy, romantic suspense, and romantic comedy. She resides in Tampa, Florida. Read more about Cupid's Café: Rachel Lee

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Meet the Artist: Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson

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Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson introduces her exhibit Jerusalem!, which is on display April-May, 2014, in the Atrium Gallery.  This mixed media collection of original works depicts the artist's appreciation of the dusty, sunny, faraway land that is Jerusalem.

Light refreshments will be served.

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Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson was born in the former Soviet Republic, in what is now the country of Uzbekistan. If you picture the small country North of Afghanistan, South of Kazakhstan and West of China, it is there. She was three years old when she started drawing. Tatyana's parents enrolled her in Art School as soon as she was old enough, at the only Art School in the city where one had to pay for classes. Five dollars per month for classes four times per week was a lot of money for her family. The teachers taught the basics in art and a desire to challenge oneself all the time.

After Tatyana moved to United States in 2002, she finally got the opportunity to do what she always wanted to do: create.  She writes:

I paint what touches me, what I fall in love with. I work in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor because I see future paintings in different media depending on what I am going to paint. If you look at my art you will see how much I like what I am doing. I hope you will fall in love with my subjects also! Read more about Meet the Artist: Tatyana Igumnova Hankinson

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33rd Black Maria Film and Video Festival Tour - Program 2

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 2:30pm to 3:45pm
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The Library proudly presents a diverse lineup of short films from the acclaimed Black Maria Film and Video Festival — all appropriate for teens and adults.  Join us for two programs, with Q&A and a brief intermission.  These exceptional works range from comedy to drama and are the heart and soul of the festival.

Both programs are Free of Charge and open to the public
For more information, call Sophie Young at 532-2362

Program 2

Saturday May 17, 2014 • 2:30pm
Running time: 64.5 minutes
See the full day's lineup here

Little Block of Cement with Disheveled Hair Containing the Sea - Jury’s Choice
15.5 min. by Jorge Lopez Navarrete, Barcelona, Spain.

A German shepherd dog and an adventurous mare embark upon a voyage together. With every step they take, the differences between them become clearer, and yet there is a profound connection and mutual knowledge developed over time.  Invoking the spiritual and aesthetic style of Robert Bresson, this powerful film celebrates the luminous connections between horse and dog without one word of dialog.

Salmon Deadly Sins - Jury’s Choice
7 min. by Steven Vander Meer, Arcata, CA.

Five thousand salmon colored index cards, the seven deadly sins, bizarre anagrams and a host of serendipitous occurrences mingle in the artist's imagination and emerge as “Salmon Deadly Sins.” With music by Leftover Salmon, this flipbook style film is a moving drawing; each frame was created individually, by hand, on a 3x5 inch index card.  Envy, gluttony, greed, lust, pride, sloth and wrath are the inspiration for each chapter in this ingenious animation.

A World of Difference – Directors’ Choice
8 min. by Gerald Guthrie, Urbana, IL.

A digital animation that moves along a bumpy path through space and time, to discover truth, perfection and meaning. This enigmatic piece sets the stage for such a discovery by presenting unique machines that produce philosophical solutions on demand. These findings arm the central character with the knowledge needed to traverse a challenging path leading to an extraordinarily large microscope. The synchronicity of various worlds is revealed therein.

Globe Trot - Directors’ Choice
4.5 min. by Mitchell Rose, Worthington, OH.

An international, crowd-sourced, dance-film project.  Fifty-four filmmakers on all seven continents each contribute two seconds of movement orchestrated by renowned choreographer Bebe Miller.

Strange Wonderful – Jury’s Choice
4.5 min. by Stephanie Swart, Brooklyn, NY.

In this unconventional, quirky animated piece, Little Monster goes to school. She thinks, 'They probably call me snail face when I'm not around.'  Sometimes she is lonely, but she begins to find happiness as she learns to accept being different.

Sidewalk - Jury’s Citation
4 min. by Celia Bullwinkel, Brooklyn, NY.

A woman walks through life, but her real journey is deep within as she confronts her changing body and learns to love herself.

Sleight of Hand  - Directors’ Choice
10 min. by Michael Cusack, Adelaide, Australia.

Sleight of hand refers to skill in feats requiring quick and clever movements of the hands, especially for entertainment or deception, as in juggling, and card or coin magic, and with the intent to trick or deceive. “Sleight of Hand” is a stop-motion animated film about illusions. A man yearns to know his place in the world and how he fits in, when sometimes it's better not to know.

Virtuous Virtuell – Jury’s Citation
7.5 min. by Thomas Stellmach, Hessen, Germany.

Hand crafted ink drawings inspired by the overture of the opera, “The Alchymist,” by Louis Spohr, serve as basis for this animation. The drawings play on the threshold between the figurative and abstract, thus allowing for a wide range of associations to form. Synchronized to the music, they grow and change. The drawings take on the characteristics and moods of the music and take the viewer on a journey into a musical world of pictures.

Wise Choice or Lucky Guess - Directors’ Choice
3.5 min. by Ellen Raines, Fox Point, WI.

A recently deceased man has to make a choice between heaven and hell, while sitting on an escalator.

To find out more about Black Maria, visit:
www.blackmariafilmfestival.org
Thomas A. Edison Media Arts Consortium

The Black Maria Film and Video Festival is made possible in part by:

NJ City University, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, NJ State Council on the Arts, Discover New Jersey Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pikes Peak Community Foundation, the Hudson County Office of Cultural Affairs, and personal donations from host sites and viewers like you. Read more about 33rd Black Maria Film and Video Festival Tour - Program 2

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33rd Black Maria Film and Video Festival Tour - Program 1

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Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
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The Library proudly presents a diverse lineup of short films from the acclaimed Black Maria Film and Video Festival — all appropriate for teens and adults.  Join us for two programs, with Q&A and a brief intermission.  These exceptional works range from comedy to drama and are the heart and soul of the festival.

Both programs are Free of Charge and open to the public
For more information, call Sophie Young at 532-2362

Program 1

Saturday May 17, 2014 • 1:00pm
Running time: 60 minutes
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Every Day is a Holiday – Jury’s Stellar Award
57 min. by Theresa Loong, New York, NY.

Growing up in suburban New Jersey, Chinese-American filmmaker Theresa Loong knew little about her father's past. One day, she discovered his secret diary, written when he was a teenager and POW in a Japanese work camp during World War II. In it, he vowed to make 'every day a holiday' if he survived. “Every Day is a Holiday” tells the painful but life-affirming story of her father's unlikely journey, from Chinese Malay teenager and Japanese POW, to merchant seaman, Veterans Affairs doctor and naturalized citizen of the country that liberated him:  the United States.  Using intimate conversations, rare archival footage and his wartime diary, the film traces how, through sheer strength of will, Paul Loong overcomes the horrors of war and obstacles as an immigrant.

Theresa Loong is an award-winning multimedia artist, filmmaker, interactive media professional and educator whose work has been exhibited at the SVA, Sala de Exposiciones, Teriennale di Milano and Circulo de Bellas Artes. Read more about 33rd Black Maria Film and Video Festival Tour - Program 1

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Family Fun Night

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Friday, April 11, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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Bring your family and friends to Family Fun Night at the Main Branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library!

The FREE after-hours program is Friday, April 11, from 6pm-9pm.

There will be a family friendly movie playing in the auditorium (7pm-9pm), camp fire story time with puppets and crafts for kids in the Youth Services area (6pm-7pm), and board games for all ages. Attendees are welcome to bring their own board games to share with new friends.

The Food Fighters Bustaurant food bus will be onsite for meal purchases.

To attend Family Fun Night, please bring a RSVP ticket for entrance into the building. Tickets are acessible online at http://tinyurl.com/hmcplfun. Each family will only need one ticket to enter. 

For more information, please contact Connie at cchow@hmcpl.org or call 256-532-5946. Read more about Family Fun Night

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Cupid's Café: Eloisa James

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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New York Times bestselling author Eloisa James writes historical romances for HarperCollins Publishers. Her novels have been published to great acclaim. A reviewer from USA Today wrote of Eloisa's very first book that she "found herself devouring the book like a dieter with a Hershey bar"; later People Magazine raved that "romance writing does not get much better than this." Her novels have repeatedly received starred reviews from Publishers' Weekly and Library Journal and regularly appear on the best-seller lists. After being a finalist for a RITA—the top award in the genre of romance fiction awarded by the Romance Writers of America—over ten times, she won in 2013. Read more about Cupid's Café: Eloisa James

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