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Community Conversation: Greg Iles

Get Booked at our end of summer party

We’re celebrating the end of Summer Reading: Escape the Ordinary with a Get Booked party on Thursday, August 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Yellowhammer Brewery, 2406 Clinton Ave. W. Escape the Ordinary targeted our adult patrons, and this party does, too.

Come dressed as your favorite literary hero, or just come as you are. We’ll have drawings for prizes and book bundles. Yellowhammer beer and food from New Orleans Lunchbox will be available for purchase.

Hot and cool weekend Downtown

We’ll be hot and cool at the Downtown Huntsville Library during August Indoors on August 15-16. We’ll have two hot-topic programs, one on racism and another on interpretations of the Bible. We’ll also help you chill out with DIY Garden Water Features. These three free programs will be held in the Events Room on the second floor.

Learn about your Social Security benefits

Learn more about your Social Security benefits in the Technology Training Center on the second floor of the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St. A representative from the Social Security Administration will talk about retirement, Medicare enrollment, spouse benefits, children’s benefits, and more during two classes: Thursday, August 6, at 2 p.m. or Tuesday, August 11, at 9:30 a.m.

Got a quarter? Buy a book!

The Friends of the Library, Downtown Huntsville, will hold the Big 25-Cent Book Sale on Saturday, August 8, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Jane Roberts Auditorium at the Downtown Branch of the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, 905 Monroe St.

Browse through several thousand items in a wide range of categories, including history, religion, children’s books, biography, engineering, computers, hardback and paperback fiction, and audio-visual. All books and AV items will be 25 cents each.

Exercise your mind with TED

Exercise your mind and expand your understanding with the library and TED!

Tuesdays with TED happens every second and fourth Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the second-floor Events Room of the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St. These are free events, and registration is not necessary.

You are welcome to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided.

Noir @ the Bar serves up murder, mayhem, music to benefit Madison Library

The Madison Public Library presents Noir @ the Bar, a night of murder, mayhem, and music on the patio at Blue Pants Brewery, 500 Lanier Road in Madison, on Wednesday, July 15. The music will start at 6 p.m. with murder and mayhem served up at 7.

Live music will alternate with readings and dramatizations from local mystery authors J.D. Frost, Kathleen Cosgrove, and Michael Guillebeau. Buy a book, and the author will sign the book and buy you a beer.

Madison Library Manager Sarah Sledge recommends these authors to anyone who loves a good whodunit.

Back parking lot closed at Downtown Huntsville Library

Downtown Huntsville is buzzing with new road projects and redevelopment, but improvements and growth usually come with growing pains. Starting on Monday, June 22, the Downtown Huntsville Library, 915 Monroe St., will feel some of those pains. The library’s back parking lot at the employee entrance and loading dock will be closed due to work on the Harvard Road extension.

The library will be open during regular hours while the work is under way, and no library programs or services will be affected.

Thank you for your patience.

2015 LEGO Show promises more bricktastic fun

The 2015 Bricktastic LEGO Show happens at the Downtown Huntsville Library on Saturday, June 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 28, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Along with amazing LEGO structures built by the Tennessee Valley LEGO Club, enjoy panel discussions and workshops by First LEGO League, Destination Imagination, Curse, and TNVLC. We’ll also have crafts, movies, Bingo, and trivia.

Tickets are $8 for a weekend pass or $5 for a single day and can be purchased on-line.

Jefferson Bass returns with a new thriller

Ready for a new thriller from the Body Farm writing team? Journalist Jon Jefferson and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass will return to the Downtown Huntsville Library on Wednesday, June 17, at 7 p.m. with The Breaking Point. Admission is free. Books will be available for sale and signing.