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Celebrate Black History

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a variety of programs highlighting the contributions of African Americans and more.

Meet Author Mary Caudle

Triana Mayor Mary Caudle will discuss the new book she's co-authored, Ohhmazing Wellness:  Shift Your Vision and Create the Healthy and Happy Lifestyle You Deserve! on Monday, January 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Huntsville Library. She will be joined by some of her co-authors.

Ohhmazing Wellness includes personal stories of empowerment from Mary and 31 other women from around the world. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Mary is owner of ASSIST Practice Management Services, LLC, and is serving her second term as mayor of Triana.

Meet Author Hester Bass

Hester Bass knows a good story when she finds one. She discovered the story of Huntsville’s integration through two historic markers commemorating the desegregation of a public school and a private school during the same week in September 1963. That story stirred her imagination. She had to know more.

So, she researched the time period. She pored over documents in the Special Collections department of the downtown Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. She talked to some of the people who marched – and sat – for an integrated Huntsville.

Business Centers open for business

You run a small business out of your home, but you don’t have the printers, copiers, and scanners you need to effectively conduct your business. Don’t invest in machinery. Invest your time at one of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library’s new Business Centers.

Boost your investing know-how

You want to take your money to a higher level in 2015. You're eager to buy individual stocks, but you just don’t know how to get started. Boost your investing know-how with a free two-part course at the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library. Classes will be offered beginning in January.

Basic Stock Valuation is an advanced course presented as an extension of the library’s Mind Your Money financial literacy program.

No smoking at your library

The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library system begins the new year with a new health policy. All 12 library branches – plus library vehicles and grounds – will be smoke- and tobacco-free starting January 1, 2015.

The purpose of this policy is to provide a healthful environment for library employees and visitors. The policy prohibits smoking of any kind, including tobacco-less E-cigarettes and all other electronic smoking devices, and using tobacco products of any kind.

Ring and Sing for the Madison Public Library

Enjoy carols and cookies, and boost the Madison Public Library’s budget at the 17th Annual Ring and Sing, hosted by Messiah Lutheran Church and Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.

The program will be presented Sunday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran, 7740 U.S. 72 West. All donations collected at the door will benefit the library.

A cookie reception will follow the concert, and childcare will be provided.

For more information, call the Madison Public Library at 256-461-0046.

Do your holiday shopping here

Have a book-lover on your shopping list this holiday season? We have books for all ages as well as DVDs and other items for a variety of gift-giving occasions at our library bookstores.

The Friends of the Library, Huntsville Main, operates the largest bookstore, just inside the entrance of the Downtown Huntsville Library. Hours are Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m.; Friday, noon-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. Call 256-532-5986 for more information.

Gifts that keep on giving

A donation to your Huntsville-Madison County Public Library makes our whole community a better place to live, work, and play.

Your dollars help us to put new books, CDs, and DVDs on library shelves, and add ebook titles and other electronic materials. Your support helps us to present educational and entertainment programming for children and adults.

Our library system is ranked No. 1 in the state for the number of items we circulate to our patrons. But our funding per person is No. 127 – about one third the amount of the Birmingham and Hoover libraries.

Put a little jazz in your holidays

The U.S. Army Four-Star Jazz Orchestra and the Rocket City Jazz Orchestra will perform holiday favorites during the annual Christmas Concert at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 915 Monroe St., on Saturday, December 13, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 256-532-5975.