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Friends of the Library

Friends of the Library (FOL) is a national organization devoted to supporting local libraries. In Madison County we promote the interests of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library (HMCPL) and its related libraries in community activities and in funding. Find Us On Facebook: Friends of the Library, Huntsville Main.

It's Fun To Be A Friend

Enjoy these perks:

  • The company of books and book lovers
  • The library newsletter, Cover to Cover, containing library news and services
  • Two members-only 50% off sales in June and October.
  • 3 weeks checkouts for books
  • 2 weeks checkouts for DVDs
  • Reminder e-mails before borrowed library materials are due.
  • Membership dues fund programs and equipment at HMCPL libraries.

The Friends Of The Library Bookstore

The Friends of the Library Bookstore entranceThe Bookstore is the Friends' primary source of funding. Operated entirely by volunteers, all revenue goes to the library. The Bookstore is located left of the entrance foyer at the Main Library

We need:

  • Books of all kinds, including reference and foreign language.
  • Audio visuals, including movies (DVD and VHS), books-on-tape, music (CDs and vintage records), video games.
  • Magazines and comics.

Imagine clearing your home of the things that take up needed space. Donate your gently used items and reclaim that space!

Volunteers Roll Up Their Sleeves

Inquire at the Bookstore or establish your interest in volunteering by phoning the Bookstore at 256-532-5986 (You must be a Friends member to work in the Bookstore.)

Bargain Days

25¢ book sales are held twice a year in the Main Library auditorium. Every book is sold for 25¢. The public is invited.

The 2014 25¢ book sales:

  • Saturday, March 1, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 2, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Special 50% off sales for Friends members are held in the spring and the fall.

Hertha Heller Forums

The three forums are held each year on the fourth Sunday of January, February and March at two o'clock in the Main Library auditorium. They are free and the public is invited.

  • January 26 - The Huntsville Literary Association presents Poets' Choice Readings. This annual event features twenty accomplished poets of the HLA Poetry Workshop, reading their best poems of 2013. Poetry lovers will want to hear the expressive, imaginative and original work of these skilled poets.
  • February 23 - Lowell Zoller will present Restless Alabama, explaining the geological history and formation of what is now Alabama. He will give special attention to the limestone understructure, earthquakes and sinkholes. Mr. Zoller retired from Marshall Space Flight Center after 35 years. At retirement he was Associate Director of Science and Engineering.
  • March 23 - The Amazing Hubble Telescope will be presented by Max Rosenthal, one of the former managers of the Hubble Space Telescope. He will share personal stories and highlight the Hubble development. Orbiting the Earth for over two decades, Hubble has answered some of the most compelling astronomical questions of our time and ushered in a new chapter of man's exploration of the universe. Mr. Rosenthal, a retired NASA project manager, has much to share.

Friends of the Library in the branches

Branch When
Bailey Cove 2nd Monday
Gurley TBA
Hazel Green Call 256-828-9529 for meeting times.
Madison 2nd Tuesday
Monrovia 1st Monday
Murphy 3rd Tuesday
New Hope 3rd Monday
Russell Call 256-859-9050 for meeting times.