Kids @ HMCPL

Chinese New Year Celebration: Year of the Tiger

Saturday, February 13: Family-friendly event with lots of activities for kids. See Chinese music, art and dance as well as martial arts demonstrations, fashion shows, and a wide variety of children's activities. Many of Huntsville's Chinese restaurants will provide food for the evening. Tickets are $15 for adults (age 16 and up), $10 for teens (ages 11-15), and free for kids 10 and under. Tickets on sale now at the Bailey Cove Branch Library, Madison Public Library, and Main Library Administrative Office (3rd floor, 9am-5pm weekdays only). Call (256) 532-5950 for more info.

Snowflake Party!

Thursday, Jan. 21: Kids and families are invited to join us for an evening of snowy-tastic fun! You will get to make your very own marshmallow snow-person, cut paper snowflakes, listen to snowy-wonderful stories, and enjoy refreshments and each other’s company. 6pm, Eleanor Murphy Branch. Free to the public.

Great Big Book Bash: Harry Bliss

Great Big Book Bash is an annual children's author/illustrator event sponsored by the Huntsville Public Library Foundation and Primrose Schools.  This year's guest is illustrator Harry Bliss.  Mr. Bliss will be giving two exciting and kid-friendly presentations at the Main location of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.  A book signing will follow both presentations and books will be available to purchase the day of the event.

Harry Bliss is a cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker magazine. Growing up in upstate New York amidst a family of successful painters and illustrators, Bliss went on to study painting at The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Illustration at The University of the Arts (BFA) and Syracuse University (MA). Prior to his cartoons and covers for The New Yorker magazine, Bliss illustrated dozens of book covers for writers such as Lawrence Block, Dorothy Uhnak, Bob Dole, and Fiona Buckley.

Bliss has illustrated many books and produces cartoons and covers for The New Yorker. His first book for children, A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech was a New York Times bestseller, as was Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider and Diary of a Fly all by Doreen Cronin. In 2008 Bliss published 'Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken' (Harper Collins) by Kate DiCamillo followed by 'Luke on the Loose' (Toon Books) in 2009.

Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door.  Purchase them at any library location.

Chet Gecko parties!

Dave Ballard of Animal Trax was the special guest at Madison's "Chet Gecko party" -- and he brought his own geckos! We've got photos of the party up on our flickr account, or you can take a look at all of our Big Read photos.

(We're HMCPL on flickr -- don't forget to add us as a contact so you can see what's going on at your library!)

Summer Reading 2008

What is Readers to the Rescue?
Readers to the Rescue is an altruistic incentive-based program that encourages children to read to support a cause in their local community.

What is the 2008 cause?
This year, the Huntsville Madison County Public Library has partnered with The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama to support local conservation efforts. Hence, the theme: It’s Easy To Be Green! As children read, our sponsors will donate resources to The Land Trust for conservation of green space.

How does this help literacy?
Because participants are reading to help others, the pressure is off! They can read any books they love without worrying about reading levels, point systems, or tests. Studies have shown the public library contributes more to the intellectual growth of children during the summer than any other institution or organization (including schools).

Is it successful?
2007 was the first year the Huntsville Madison County Public Library hosted the Readers to the Rescue program.

  • 5,010 children signed up to participate.
  • 20,284 readers attended educational library programs.
  • 3 tons of pet food were donated to local animal charity Forgotten Felines.
  • $500 in books were donated to local literacy organization, the Therapy Partners.
  • $500 was raised to purchase a cow for a third world village through the charity Heifer International.

Yes, Readers to the Rescue is very successful in establishing literacy and promoting community altruism.

Sponsor Recognition:
Sponsor logos are proudly displayed on the Summer Reading/Readers to the Rescue newspaper, the library website, and other promotional material. All Sponsor donations are tax deductible!

Summer Reading Program facts:
The amount of time children spend reading in programs like Readers to the Rescue is linked with gains in reading achievement. Numerous studies show that access to library books is directly related to higher reading achievement. Children who attend library summer reading programs read significantly better than children who attend a camp program.

How is sponsor money spent?
Money from Readers to the Rescue sponsors is used solely on the Readers to the Rescue program. This includes:

  • Providing quality educational library programs.
  • Supporting conservation efforts of The Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama.
  • Creating learning environments at library locations
  • Promoting the Readers to the Rescue program
  • Providing books and materials about conservation, nature, and the environment to the library

How can I become a Sponsor of Readers to the Rescue?
It’s easy! Simply contact: Lexie Robinson Youth Services Coordinator (256)532-5962 LRobinson [at] hmcpl [dot] org

Museum Scavenger Hunt (2007)

This Friday: Museum Scavenger Hunt Are you ready to 'chase Vermeer'? Then spend an hour on an artistic scavenger hunt in the Huntsville Museum of Art! Children in grades 4-6 can participate by becoming a "Detail Detective" to find the paintings that match the clues they're given. They'll be able to tour the museum in small groups with their own personal docent.

Tickets are free, but to keep it fun and make sure everyone has a docent, only a limited number of tickets will be given out.

Interested? You can pick up tickets at our Main, Bailey Cove, Madison, or Monrovia branches.

Mark your calendar! Date: Friday, July 13, 2007
Cost: free!
Event begins: 10:00 A.M.
Where: Huntsville Museum of Art

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