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Second Floor Meeting Room

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.

"Pride and Passion" lecture by author Joe Formichella

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Joe Formichella, author of Here's to You, Jackie Robinson, will speak about the importance of baseball for the black community in general and how it changed the lives of a generation of young black boys in Mobile in particular. He will answer questions, and will have books for sale at this event.

This program will take place in the second floor events room of our Main branch. It is free and open to the public.

This program is presented in conjuction with the "Pride and Passion: African American Baseball Experience" exhibit on display in the atrium of our Main branch until April 29. Please read more about the exhibit below.

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The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is one of only 25 libraries in the United States selected to host the traveling exhibition, which was organized by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., and the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, Chicago. 

Based upon original documents, photos and artifacts in the collections of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and other institutions across the United States, the exhibition examines the remarkable story of how African-American baseball players in the late 19th century, shut out of major league baseball, formed their own professional leagues and barnstormed around the country, playing an exciting style of fast-running and power-hitting baseball that attracted huge audiences. Negro league players such as Rube Foster, Josh Gibson, Oscar Charleston, James “Cool Papa” Bell and Satchel Paige became famous, and black teams such as the Chicago American Giants, Kansas City Monarchs, St. Louis Stars, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays were a focus of pride for the African-American community. The exhibition also looks at the career of Jackie Robinson, who broke the 20th-century color barrier in baseball and led the way to integrated teams in the 1950s.

The “Pride and Passion” traveling exhibition is made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): great ideas brought to life.  The traveling exhibition is based upon a permanent exhibition on display at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  For more information, please visit http://web.baseballhalloffame.org/index.jsp

Please contact Luisa at lmorenilla@hmcpl.org if you have questions. Read more about "Pride and Passion" lecture by author Joe Formichella

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Non-Profit Lunch & Learn: Proposal Writing Basics

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Thursday, June 16, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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In this free live webinar, learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. The event will be held at the Downtown Library, 915 Monroe Street, in the Second Floor Events Room.

Thursday, June 16, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

For those new to proposal writing, this class will cover:

- How the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process

- What to include in a standard proposal to a foundation

- Tips for making each section of your proposal stronger

- What funders expect to see in your proposal and attachments

- Tips for communicating with funders during the grant process

- Additional resources on proposal writing, including sample proposals

Bring a sack lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Contact the Reference & Adult Services Department at askus@hmcpl.org or 256-532-5975 for more information. Read more about Non-Profit Lunch & Learn: Proposal Writing Basics

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How to do Things!: Salsa Dancing

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
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Join us for this fun, introduction to Salsa dancing class! Greg & Quinta Stargell will teach us basic salsa steps and technique, to set the foundation for an exciting new hobby that can improve your physical health as well as your social life.

Please wear comfortable clothes and if possible slick bottom shoes since we'll be dancing on carpet. Bring your favorite dance partner, or stag it.  We'll all be rotating partners so no one will dance alone. The only thing you need to bring is a smile!

This class is free and open to the public, but registraion is required, and limited to 24, because of limited space in the room where we'll be dancing. Please use the form below to register. It will take place at 6:30 pm in the second floor events room of our Main branch.

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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!: Salsa Dancing

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Tech Topic -- Telephone on your computer

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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

You've probably heard that you can use your computer to make telephone calls. Did you know you can do it for free? And that your free call can also be in video?

Join us for a free, one-hour discussion of using your computer like a telephone. There is no hands-on computer work, so you are welcome to come as long as you have a basic understanding of the Internet.

Please contact us at (256) 532-2356 with any questions. No registration is required.

 

Tech Topics are a new series being offered by the Computer Training Center to introduce computing ideas and concepts. They are not workshops, so no trainnig is involved, but are meant to provide information on a topic that may be of interest to the community. Read more about Tech Topic -- Telephone on your computer

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Tech Topic -- Cloud Computing

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Friday, April 1, 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. No registration is required.

 

Tech Topics are a new series being offered by the Computer Training Center to introduce computing ideas and concepts. They are not workshops, so no trainnig is involved, but are meant to provide information on a topic that may be of interest to the community. Read more about Tech Topic -- Cloud Computing

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A Personal Story of My Life During the 1950s (Life Story Presentations)

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Monday, April 25, 2011 - 10:45am to 12:15pm
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Community Wide Read - LearningQUEST Series

  • The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Life in the 1950s
  • April 25 Life Story Presentations (10:45-12:15) in 2nd Floor Events Room
  • Presenters: Various (TBA- from community stories written and submitted about life in the 50s)

Title: A Personal Story of My Life During the 1950s

Hear personal stories about life in the 50s.

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“A View from across the River”

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Friday, April 22, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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Anissa Graham, a native of Columbus, GA, will discuss how Phenix City was and is viewed by those who live across the Chattahoochee River.  The presentation will focus on the symbiotic relationship of the two towns, from the 1950s to the present.  “Up from The Ashes,” the documentary about Phenix City will also be shown. Read more about “A View from across the River”

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Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City (Lunch & Learn)

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Monday, April 11, 2011 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Life in the 1950’s 

 

April 11 Lunch & Learn(noon-1PM) – bring a brown bag lunch – held in the Main Library’s second floor meeting room

Presenter: Ruth Coulter Bentley

Title: Ruth Coulter Bentley – Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City

Ruth Coulter Bentley, a Phenix City native whose family were leaders in the 1954 Cleanup, sets the stage and outlines the story of “The Wicked City” in the 1950’s. 

 Writing Guide handout will be available to describe and record your own stories from the 1950s.

Speaker Biography

Ruth Coulter Bentley grew up in Phenix City during its heyday as the "wickedest city in America", the subsequent 1954 Clean Up and the beginning of its current period of economic growth as an "All-American City".  Because of her family's involvement in the Clean Up with her mother, Hilda H. Coulter, leading the Russell Betterment Association Auxilliary and its "Angry Women", she had an insider view of this period in the history of her home town.  She married Dr. Michael D. Bentley, nephew of Hugh Bentley, who spearheaded the Clean Up as founder and President of the Russell Betterment Association, and they spent most of their professional lives in Maine where she retired as Coordinator of International Student Programs at the University of Maine.  In part her Phenix City background spurred her major in Political Science and History, work in Intercultural Education and leadership roles in the League of Women Voters of Maine.   In 1996 they returned to Alabama, where Dr. Bentley has continued his career as an organic chemist, presently as Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Serina Therapeutics at Hudson-Alpha Institute.  Mrs. Bentley has pursued her interests in history and gardening and been active as a volunteer in the Huntsville community. Read more about Tracing the Tragedy & Triumph of Phenix City (Lunch & Learn)

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Spanish Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Chinese Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Ace Atkins
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Wiked City

Join us for a Community Wide Read bood discussion.

 

Phenix City, Alabama, from its founding during the Civil War, has been the dirty, not-so-little secret of the South. It is a riverside no-man's land, a place where a blind eye has historically been turned to vice of every sort, including prostitution, gambling, and even murder. Atkins shows us Phenix City in its 1950s hey-day, where a battle is building between a handful of decent citizens and the underworld willing to do anything to maintain their control. Atkins draws from the worlds of pulp and Faulkner, using characters from the town's true history to tell a story of the best and worst of morality, and the ambiguity in between. Read more about Chinese Language Book Discussion: Wicked City

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