Huntsville Hospital Mobile Medical Unit will offer free health screenings for diabetes, heart disease, cholesterol and more. Health screening results are reported to the patient onsite. All test results are completely confidential.
* Monday • January 12 • 9:30 -12 noon *
Main Branch Library, Parking lot • 915 Monroe Street
Hester Bass, author of the picture-book biography The Secret World of Walter Anderson, joins us to discuss the peaceful integration of Huntsville schools with her new book Seeds of Freedom. After learning about the history of the first integrated public school in Alabama, Hester was deeply impressed by the choices made by the people of Huntsville, both black and white, to face the struggle for change with a positive outlook and a firm commitment to nonviolence. She dedicates this book to them.
Hester Bass was born in Atlanta and grew up in rural Georgia. Today she visits classrooms and libraries to inspire children to make their dreams come true, utilizing her many years as a performer. Hester also volunteers with the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
* Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 PM
Main Library Branch, Atrium
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
For more information, call Chris Daniels 256-532-5993.
"When he was nearly thirteen, my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.... When enough years had gone by to enable us to look back on them, we sometimes discussed the events leading to his accident. I maintain that the Ewells started it all, but Jem, who was four years my senior, said it started long before that. He said it began the summer Dill came to us, when Dill first gave us the idea of making Boo Radley come out."
Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus--three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.
Novel by Nathaniel Hawthorne, published in 1850. It is considered a masterpiece of American literature and a classic moral study. The novel is set in a village in Puritan New England. The main character is Hester Prynne, a young woman who has borne an illegitimate child. Hester believes herself a widow, but her husband, Roger Chillingworth, returns to New England very much alive and conceals his identity. He finds his wife forced to wear the scarlet letter A on her dress as punishment for her adultery. Chillingworth becomes obsessed with finding the identity of his wife's former lover. When he learns that the father of Hester's child is Arthur Dimmesdale, a saintly young minister who is the leader of those exhorting her to name the child's father, Chillingworth proceeds to torment the guilt-stricken young man. In the end Chillingworth is morally degraded by his monomaniacal pursuit of revenge; Dimmesdale is broken by his own sense of guilt, and he publicly confesses his adultery before dying in Hester's arms. Only Hester can face the future bravely, as she plans to take her daughter Pearl to Europe to begin a new life.
Join us in the Monrovia Community Center Meeting Room next door to the Monrovia Library for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. For more information contact Cindy Hewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 256-489-3392.
Louisa May Alcott (1832 – 1888) was an American novelist best known as author of the novel Little Women and its sequels Little Men and Jo's Boys. Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott became even more successful with the publication by the Roberts Brothers of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy (1868), a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Read more about BLT Book Club - Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Join us in January as we make mats for the homeless. We will be using simple grocery bags to create mats that provide much needed protection from the ground. No experience needed - just bring a pair of sharp scissors! Read more about Adult Craft Session
In this new version of his encyclopedic Freedom Riders, Raymond Arsenault offers a significantly condensed and tautly written account. Arsenault recounts how a group of volunteers--blacks and whites--came together to travel from Washington DC through the Deep South, defying Jim Crow laws in buses and terminals and putting their lives on the line for racial justice. News photographers captured the violence in Montgomery, shocking the nation and sparking a crisis in the Kennedy administration. Here are the key players--their fears and courage, their determination and second thoughts, and the agonizing choices they faced as they took on Jim Crow--and triumphed. Read more about PageTurners: Freedom Riders