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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.

Non-Profit Webinar:

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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Non-Profit Webinar: “Before You Seek a Grant: A Checklist for New Nonprofits”

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Downtown Library, 915 Monroe Street, Second Floor Events Room

 

Learn the characteristics of effective nonprofits and assess whether yours is ready for foundation fundraising. This class is designed for new nonprofits or community groups with very little experience in grantseeking. We focus specifically on foundation fundraising.

The course will address such questions as:

•What groundwork do I have to have in place before approaching foundations for funding?

•What are the steps to obtaining incorporation and nonprofit status and where can I get some help to do so?

•What are the characteristics of successful nonprofits?

This session will provide you with a step-by-step checklist approach to help you determine your own readiness for foundation fundraising.

 

 

This webinar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. E-mail askus@hmcpl.org or call 256-532-5975 for more information. Read more about Non-Profit Webinar:

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Non-Profit Webinar: “You Got the Grant! Now What?”

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Non-Profit Webinar: “You Got the Grant! Now What?”

Wednesday, July 27, 2011 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Downtown Library, 915 Monroe Street, Second Floor Events Room

Learn best practices in reporting and communicating to deepen relationships with foundations. This class is designed to help you successfully manage life after the grant. You will learn about the best practices in managing the reports and the communication required to build long term partnerships with foundations, ultimately leading to more opportunities for support.

 

Topics covered include:

•Understanding the grant relationship

•Managing the grant process

•Tips for engaging the funder during the life of the grant

•Reporting on the grant, and preparing for the next one

 

This webinar is free and open to the public. No registration is required. E-mail askus@hmcpl.org or call 256-532-5975 for more information. Read more about Non-Profit Webinar: “You Got the Grant! Now What?”

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Jazz in the Afternoon series

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Repeats every week until Thu Jul 14 2011 .
Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, June 30, 2011 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Thursday, July 7, 2011 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Valley Jazz Society to present this video series in conjunction with the annual Jazz-N-June Festival.  This four-part series will be led by passionate, local educator Howard Bankhead, who has been hailed by the Huntsville Times as "a man with a courageously big heart and bold, unselfish ideas."

During each session we will watch videos that feature the best of jazz music, from John Coltrane to Stan Getz to Billie Holiday, and then talk about them. These programs are appropriate for both adults and youth. Whether you are already a jazz enthusiast, a casual appreciator, or just open to learning more about this truly authentic and inspring American artform, this series is for you!

This series will run for four consecutive Thursdays, from June 23 to July 14, from 1 to 3 pm. Each session will take place in the second floor events room of the Main branch. They are free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Please contact Luisa at lmorenilla@hmcpl.org with any questions. Read more about Jazz in the Afternoon series

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How to do Things!: Couponing

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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We are pleased to present this informative program presented by locally-based, and nationally recognized money-saving blogger, Laurie Hise, aka "The Passionate Penny Pincher."

Come join us for a beginning class on how to effectively use coupons.  We'll discuss how to start couponing at Publix and Kroger, as well as share basic information on drug store coupon policies. We'll also talk about how to organize your coupons, what all those crazy coupon abbreviations mean, and where to begin if you're a new couponer.

This class will begin at 6:30 pm in the second floor events room of our Main branch. It is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

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In the How to do Things! series on the second and fourth Tuesday evening of every month, the instructor will teach the basics of a useful skill, craft or task, and then provide participants with resources or information to further pursue the skill. Find out more by visiting the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library's programming and events calendar at http://hmcpl.org/events.

Please contact Luisa at lmorenilla@hmcpl.org if you have questions about this program or other sessions in the How to do Things! series. Read more about How to do Things!: Couponing

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Tech Topic -- Txting 4 U n me

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Friday, June 24, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Texting -- using telephones to communicate verbally -- has its own language which is a timesaver for those in the know and a mystery for those who aren't. Come learn to be part of the "in" crowd at this one-hour discussion.

Tech Topics are a regular series of discussions about computing topics. There will be no hands-on work, but you should have basic Internet experience. Class will be held in the second floor Events Room. Read more about Tech Topic -- Txting 4 U n me

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Tech Topic -- Geocaching on the Computer

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Friday, June 17, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Geocaching is a sport in which participants find hidden "treasures" using a handheld GPS. Come find out what role computers have!

Tech Topics are a regular series of discussions about computing topics. There will be no hands-on work, but you should have basic Internet experience. Class will be held in the second floor Events Room. Read more about Tech Topic -- Geocaching on the Computer

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Tech Topic -- Smartphones

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Friday, June 10, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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This week's discussion will center on smartphones: What are they? What are the pros and cons? What are superphones? How are they different from tablets or ereaders?

Tech Topics are a regular series of discussions about computing topics. There will be no hands-on work, but you should have basic Internet experience. Class will be held in the second floor Events Room. Read more about Tech Topic -- Smartphones

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Tech Topic -- Cloud Computing

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Friday, June 3, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Have you ever watched those commercials on TV and wondered what "the cloud" is that everyone keeps going to?

This free one-hour discussion will introduce you to "the cloud", what it is, and what impact it is having on computing. There will be no hands-on computer instruction, so you are welcome to attend as long as you have some basic understanding of the Internet.

Please contact us at (256) 532-2356 with any questions.

 

Tech Topics are a regular series of discussions about computing topics. There will be no hands-on work, but you should have basic Internet experience. Class will be held in the second floor Events Room. Read more about Tech Topic -- Cloud Computing

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Summer Solstice Poetry Reading

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Join us in celebrating the official beginning of summer with a festive, open-mic poetry reading. This special event will be emceed by accomlished local poet Ruth Braswell, of the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Poets will read in the order they sign up, with sign-ups beginning 30 minutes prior to the start of the program, (6 pm) in the second floor events room of our Main branch.

This is the second part of our Summer Solstice Poetry Festival. The first is a one-time, free poetry writing class, also taught by Ms. Braswell, the week before on June 14, at 6:30 pm in the second floor events room.

Please contat Luisa with any questions at lmorenilla@hmcpl.org. Read more about Summer Solstice Poetry Reading

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How to do Things: Write poetry

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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You are invited to attend a free one-time poetry-writing class, taught by accomplished local poet, Ruth Braswell, of the Limestone Dust Poetry Festival. This class will take place from 6:30 to 8 pm in the second floor events room of the Main branch.

This class is appropriate for adults and mature youth. No registration is required. Please just bring a writing utensil and as much paper as you'll need to create your masterpiece! Please see the outline of the class, below, provided by Ms. Braswell.

This class is the first of our two-part "Summer Solstice Poetry Festival." The second part will be an open mic poetry reading, the following week on June 21. It will also be from 6:30 to approximately 8 pm in the second floor events room.

Please contact Luisa with any questions at lmorenilla@hmcpl.org.

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Poetry is designed to stir an emotional response in the reader or listener. Poets tend to be keenly observant. With carefully chosen words, poets describe what they have observed in language that evokes emotion, makes connection and fosters understanding. To accomplish this, poets use certain techniques of observation, analysis and condensed language, all of which can be used to sharpen communication skills.

The intention is for everyone to write a poem of their own by the time the class has completed.

I.        Introduction

a.       Brief history of poetry

b.      Start group poem and pass around room (each person will add a line to a poem that I’ve started).

c.       Verse poetry -VS- free verse

d.      Beauty in rhyming/rhythm

II.      Break down “Steps of Writing Poetry”

a.       Read and listen to poetry.

b.      Find your spark.

c.       Write down thoughts as they come to you.

d.      Read aloud and listen to your poem.

e.      Use of imagery and vivid descriptions.

f.        Edit your poem.

g.       Share your poem.

III.    Read completed group poem

a.       Discuss how poetry is innate for all people (ties in with history of poetry)

b.      Question and answer

IV.    Start students on their own poem and assist as needed.

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