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Meet the Author: Jonathon Scott Payne

Madison author Jonathon Scott Payne will talk about his book "Mighty Little Man" on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at the Madison Public Library.

Kirkus Reviews calls "Mighty Little Man" "an upbeat celebration of one man's love for his four-legged feline friend." Books will be available for sale and signing.

Quilting 101 @ New Hope

Learn how to create your own hand-stitched heirloom during Quilting 101 at the Elizabeth Carpenter Library of New Hope during November and December. Local quiltmaker Linda Solmon will teach classes on Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. at the library, 5496 Main St.

Here’s the class schedule:
    November 14 – Cutting the Pieces
    November 21 – Sewing the Pieces
    December 5 – Quilting the Block
    December 12 – Hemming the Block
    December 19 – Finishing

Free flu shots, screenings

Huntsville Hospital's Mobile Medical Unit will offer free flu shots for adults and children age 9 and older on Monday, November 10, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library downtown, 915 Monroe St.

Hospital personnel also 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.

For details, contact Chris Daniels  at 256-532-5993.

Speed Crafting @ Bailey Cove

The Bailey Cove Friends of the Library will present Speed Crafting @ Your Library on Saturday, November 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza.

We're asking for a $15 donation to participate in this special fundraising event. Participants will receive four craft kits, class instruction, refreshments, door prizes, and more.

Tickets are available at the Bailey Cove Library. Sign up early because space is limited.

For more information, call 256-881-0257 or send email to

Write with us

NaNoWriMo Write-In

Bring your writing tools and join other National Novel Writing Month participants to write your novel on Mondays in November, 3, 10, 17 & 24, from 6 to 8:45 p.m. in the second-floor Events Room of the main Huntsville-Madison County Public Library downtown, 915 Monroe St.

Teen Writing Group

Help us deck our halls

We’re presenting our annual Festival of Trees at the Downtown Huntsville Library and the Festival of Wreaths at the Madison Library again this year, and your group is invited to help us decorate.

You can view the displays throughout December, but you must to sign up in November to participate. Call Chris Daniels at 256-532-5993 for Downtown Huntsville trees. For Madison wreaths, contact the Friends of the Madison Public Library at 256-461-0046 or email

Collecting the Past

Discover a digital path to historic research on November 8 when Chuck Sherrill, Tennessee state archivist, presents “Collecting the Past: A Report from Tennessee’s State Librarian and Archivist” from 10 a.m. to noon at the Downtown Huntsville Library. Admission is free.

Meet the Author: Sheryll Cashin

Huntsville native Sheryll Cashin wrote about the struggles of her family in The Agitator’s Daughter: A Memoir of Four Generations of One Extraordinary African-American Family. Now the Georgetown University law professor will return to her hometown to talk about her latest book, Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America, on Monday, November 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Downtown Huntsville Library. Books will be available for sale and signing. Admission is free.

It's Sweet 2 Read

Satisfy your sweet tooth and help the Showers Center Library raise money to buy new books and DVDs for children at the third annual It’s Sweet 2 Read dessert fundraiser on Saturday, November 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St.

We’ll be selling cupcakes, cookies, and slices of cakes and pies along with coffee and punch. For more information, contact Showers Center Library Manager Lillie Cawthorn at 256-851-7492 or

Meet the Author: Kee Sloan

Bishop Kee Sloan will talk about his new book, Jabbok, a work of fiction, on Thursday, October 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bailey Cove Library, 1409 Weatherly Plaza S.E.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided, sponsored in part by the Bailey Cove Friends of the Library.

The Right Reverend John McKee Sloan served as rector of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Huntsville from 1993-2007, and currently serves as bishop of the Diocese of Alabama. To learn more about Sloan and his work, check out this article from