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The second floor meeting room is open only for library-sponsored events. It is not available for reservation by the public, unlike our other meeting rooms.

How to Do Things: Electronics: More Basic Arduino Projects

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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What is Arduino?  A single board computer that makes learning electronics fun. 

Electronics and Robotics Instructor Don Wilcher is the author of Make: Basic Arduino Projects: 26 Experiments with Microcontrollers and Electronics.  He’ll introduce this DIY how-to book and give an easy-to-digest taste of the world of electronics engineering.

**$3 lab fee, required at registration.
Class size: 16 participants.

Tuesday * May 20 * 6:30-8pm
2nd Floor Events  Room
Main Branch Library

To register, please call Sophie Young at 256-532-2362

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Bollywood Film Series

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Repeats every week every Monday until Tue Jul 08 2014 .
Monday, June 9, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Monday, June 16, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Monday, June 23, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Monday, June 30, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 5:30pm to 9:00pm
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What: Bollywood Film Series

When: 5:30 p.m. Every Monday Night Beginning June 9th-July 7th

Where: Second Floor Events Room at the Main Branch

Join us as we celebrate our fourth annual Bollywood Film Series with traditional Indian food, henna, saris, and Bollywood films! The film series begins Monday June 9th, and will be every Monday night for five weeks. The activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the film will begin at 6:00 p.m. thereafter. Note: Admission is free. Some films may not be appropriate for young audiences, parental discretion is advised.

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June 9th: Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani (159 mins)

-Activity: We will sample traditional East Indian food before the movie begins.

June 16th: Krrish 3 (152 mins)

-Activity: A few Hindi phrases and sayings will be taught to introduce the primary language in the  Bollywood films.

June 23rd: Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela (155 mins)

-Activity: Demonstration of how to wear the traditional Indian dress, the sari.

June 30th: Chennai Express (141 mins)

-Activity: Henna will be provided to apply these temporary tattoos in traditional patterns.

July 7th: Teri Meri Kahaani (125 mins)

-Activity: We will end our Bollywood film series with exploring contemporary music!

If you have any questions please contact the Reference Department at (256) 532-5975 or e-mail Victoria Blakely at: vblakely@hmcpl.org Read more about Bollywood Film Series

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Library Explorers - Therapy dogs

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Monday, June 30, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Each week a different guest will explore something AWESOME with us at the library. This week, our guest will be the therapy dogs! Grades K-2. Read more about Library Explorers - Therapy dogs

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Library Explorers - Huntsville Drumline

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Monday, June 16, 2014 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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Each week a different guest will explore something AWESOME with us at the library. This week, our guest is Huntsville Drumline. Grades K-2. Read more about Library Explorers - Huntsville Drumline

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Write Right Lunch and Learn: Self Publishing 101

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Monday, May 12, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Learn the nitty gritty of self-publishing, the hurdles and the possibilities of this growing trend.

 

Linda Winstead Jones is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 70 romance novels and novellas. After twenty years in the publishing business, she's both traditionally and self-published--what's called a "hybrid" author. Linda lives in Huntsville with her husband of 42 years.

Coffee and water will be provided.

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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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Small Business Lunch and Learn

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Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Wendy Reeves, CEO of Wynsum Communications, will share social media
strategies for promoting your message. She has more than 20 years'
experience as a communications specialist, including a decade as a reporter
for The Huntsville Times. Read more about Small Business Lunch and Learn

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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:

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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
See the full day's lineup here

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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Our Ancestors and Their Weather Woes

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Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:30pm
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A Powerpoint presentation by NOAA personnel on historical weather events as it related to ancestors in the North Alabama and South Central Tennessee regions. Read more about Our Ancestors and Their Weather Woes

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