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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.

Write Right Lunch and Learn: The Periodic Table of Writing

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 12:00pm
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Most of the advice from workshops, books and writers on writing can be placed into four general categories: Inspiration, Discipline, Mechanics and Publication. A perfect blending of these elements would increase the chance of success for any aspiring writer.

Brian Bess, Reference Assistant with Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, will present "The Periodic Table of Writing" on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 12:00PM in the second floor events room of the Main Library.

For information, contact the Reference Desk at 256-532-5975. Read more about Write Right Lunch and Learn: The Periodic Table of Writing

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Health Forum: Flu

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
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Dr. Susie Lynn talks about influenza and how to take care of it when you have it. Read more about Health Forum: Flu

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Books & Bricks: Monster Lab Edition!

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Friday, October 18, 2013 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
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We're calling all monster makers to try their hands at building their very own LEGO Halloween creatures! Kids ages 6-12 can use bricks provided by the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club and HMCPL to build their scary, funny monster creations during our Monster Lab! Prizes awarded for the best creations. And guess what? You can take your monster home to keep! Space is limited to 24, so register with Youth Services Main today by calling 256-532-5949. Read more about Books & Bricks: Monster Lab Edition!

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Discover the Writer in You Book Release

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Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Celebrate the release of the Murphy Writers' Group's first anthology, Discover the Writer in You, on Saturday, September 21, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library - 2nd Floor Meeting Room.

This publication includes the works of members of the Murphy Writers' Group and Teen Authors' Workshop. There is no charge to attend.

The event will include speaker and local author Lynn Rae Harris, public readings from the anthology, and a book signing. A limited number of books will be available for sale onsite for $10 each. Cash or check only. Copies are also available for sale on amazon.com. The publication was funded by the Murphy Library Friends and all sale proceeds will go towards supporting the Murphy Friends and the Eleanor E. Murphy Library collection and programs.

Refreshments will be served.

The Murphy Writers' Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month at 3pm at the Eleanor Murphy Library located at 7910 Charlotte Dr SW, Huntsville, AL 35802. Writers of all genres and skill levels are invited to join. Recommended for ages 14+.

Questions? Contact Connie at cchow@hmcpl.org or 256-881-5620. Read more about Discover the Writer in You Book Release

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Non-profit Lunch and Learn: First Stop in Helping the Homeless

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
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First Stop is a non-profit agency located in Huntsville whose mission is to provide a basic set of services to homeless people in Huntsville and Madison County. First Stop does not duplicate county services available from other agencies, but works with those agencies to fill gaps that exist in services.

Join us as Tashaunda Weeks, Director of First Stop, discusses the mission and history of First Stop, the four tiers of their program (services provided) and ways that the community can help.

Tashaunda Weeks has been employed with First Stop for six years and has been the director for one year. She has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a Master's degree in Personal Administration. She has worked in the social service field for over 12 years.

For any questions, contact the Reference Department at 256-532-5975. Read more about Non-profit Lunch and Learn: First Stop in Helping the Homeless

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CANCELLED: Video Chat with Author Daniel R. Schwarz

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Sunday, October 27, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Meet New York author Dan Schwartz in this special video chat, and discuss his book Endtimes?: Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009.

After carefully tracing the rise of the Times's website, Schwarz asks whether the Times can survive as a print newspaper, whether it can find a business model to support its vast print and online newsgathering operation, and whether the Sulzberger family can survive as controlling owners. He also asks whether the Times, in its desperate effort to survive, has abandoned its quality standards by publishing what he calls "Timeslite" and "Timestrash."

From the back cover: From false stories about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to growing competition from online and twenty-four-hour cable news, the first decade of the twenty-first century was not particularly kind to the New York Times. In this groundbreaking study of the recent life and times of America's most important newspaper, Daniel R. Schwarz describes the transformation of the Times as it has confronted not only its various scandals and embarrassments but also the rapid rise of the internet and blogosphere, the ensuing decline in circulation and print advertising, and the change in what contemporary readers want and how they want to get it.

For more information, contact Sophie Young at 532-2362. Read more about CANCELLED: Video Chat with Author Daniel R. Schwarz

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WorryWoos at the Library!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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Come meet the WorryWoos! The WorryWoos are cute cuddly monsters that represent emotions such as worry,
insecurity, loneliness, and confusion. The WorryWoo Monsters help children recognize that it’s okay to feel these things and
helps them embrace their emotions.

At our program actors will read WorryWoo stories and then perform musical numbers from the musical adaptation of the WorryWoo series. Lee High School Theatre Magnet students will be singing some rollicking new songs from the upcoming World Premiere of "Woosical the
Musical" taking to the Huntsville, AL stage September 19th.

For more information, contact Sophie Young at 532-2362. Read more about WorryWoos at the Library!

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4 Steps to Writing an A+ Resume

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Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 1:30pm
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Struggling to create the perfect resume?  Join Robert Gossett as he discusses common mistakes made when writing a resumeHe will be focusing  on the 4 things everyone can do to write an effective resume that will get results!

 Robert Gossett spent the last 3 with the Alabama Dept. of Labor as a Veterans Employment Specialist, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville and Decatur Career Centers, specializing in resume writing.

This event will be held at 1;30PM on Thursday, August 22 in the 2nd Floor Events Room at the Main Library. Read more about 4 Steps to Writing an A+ Resume

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How to Do Things: Irish Dancing

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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Ever want to be a Lord of the Dance? DeeAnna Thorn Heym of the Huntsville Irish Dancers shows how to jig like the Irish!

Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle. Read more about How to Do Things: Irish Dancing

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How to Do Things: Aromatherapy

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile plant materials and other aromatic compounds to alter a person's mind, mood, cognitive function or health.  Afton Harris of Blu Healing Spa shows how to use essential oils to balance and heal. Read more about How to Do Things: Aromatherapy

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