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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.

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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How to do Things! Speak in Public

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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If you're afraid of speaking in public, you're not alone! Fortunately, this common fear can be overcome. In this How to do Things! session, Lee Demory of the Redstone Toastmasters will help you take the first step to conquering that fear, which can lead to greater confidence and success in both your professional and personal ambitions.

This event will take place on Tuesday, May 24 from 6:30 -8 pm in the second floor events room.

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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 event or other sessions in the How to do Things! series. Read more about How to do Things! Speak in Public

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Memorial Day Documentary Screening

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
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Memorial Day Documentary: Restrepo

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Please join us for the second of two public documenatry viewings, in recognition of Memorial Day. The first, on May 23, is an OSCAR winning classic  World War II documentary, Prelude to War, and the second, Restrepo, on May 31, is an acclaimed, candid account of the current war in Afghanistan.

Synopsis of Restrepo (from DVD case):

Restrepo is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the deployment of a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. The movie focuses on a remote 15-man outpost, "Restrepo" named after a platoon medic who was killed in action. It was considered one of the most dangerous postings in the U.S. military. This is an entirely experiential film: the cameras never leave the valley; there are no interviews with generals or diplomats. The only goal is to make viewers feel as if they have just been through a 90-minute deployment. This is war, full stop. The conclusions are up to you. (Length: 93minutes)

Please note this film is rated R. It contains profanity throughout, and descriptions of violence. Read more about Memorial Day Documentary: Restrepo

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Memorial Day Documentary: Prelude to War

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Please join us for the first of two public documenatry viewings, in recognition of Memorial Day. The first, on May 23, is an OSCAR winning classic  World War II documentary, Prelude to War, and the second, Restrepo, on May 31, is an acclaimed, candid account of the current war in Afghanistan.

Synopsis of Prelude to War :

This is the first of an acclaimed series of documentaries that were made during World War II, using actual newsreel footage, by three OSCAR winners; producer-director Frank Capraof the U.S. Army Signal Corps, composer Dimitri Tiomkin, and actor-narrator Walter Huston.

Prelude to War  won a 1943 ACADEMY AWARD for Best Documentary, and recounts the Japanese incursion in Manchuria, the Italian conquest of Ethiopia, adn the beginnings of the Nazi takeover in Eastern Europe. Considered a propaganda piece, it was used as a U.S. Army training film in WWII before theatrical release. Read more about Memorial Day Documentary: Prelude to War

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How to Do Things

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
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Memorial Day Program

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Monday, May 23, 2011 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm
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