Huntsville Library Foundation A city cannot be great without a great library. The Huntsville Library Foundation's mission is to advocate for the library and to acquire resources that enhance the library’s value to the community. en Change is Good!! <p>The 27th Annual Vive le Livre is right around the corner! &nbsp;This year&#39;s event will take place on T<strong>hursday,</strong> <strong>September 12 </strong>and we have some great changes to share with you! &nbsp;As always, this will be an evening set aside&nbsp;to&nbsp;&quot;celebrate the book&quot; and to share with our community one of the literary world&#39;s best and brightest. &nbsp;Our speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Southern author, <strong>Rick Bragg.</strong></p> <p>This year, the event will take place in the <strong>Thurber Auditorium at Randolph School</strong>. &nbsp;For those who donate at the Benefactor level ($500) or above, there will be a tented reception on the school lawn featuring Southern hors d&#39;oeuvres and cocktails. &nbsp;Sponsors will be able to meet the author and enjoy food and fellowship with other library supporters. &nbsp;Following the reception, guests will move into the auditorium for the keynote address. &nbsp;Following the keynote, all attendees will be invited outside to the tent for dessert and coffee and book signing by Mr. Bragg. &nbsp;</p> <p>What does this mean for Vive? &nbsp;It means change is coming! &nbsp;But... change is good. &nbsp;A lovely Southern evening in beautiful Jones Valley at a lovey new venue. &nbsp;No parking charge! &nbsp;An evening with an engaging author and speaker and sweet dessert to share with friends under the stars! &nbsp;Tickets for the keynote address, dessert and book signing will be $75. &nbsp;Also, for the first time, we will be selling tickets at all branch locations of the library and at several venues around town and on-line.&nbsp; Tickets will be availbe in mid-July. &nbsp;</p> <p>The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library is a true asset to our community. &nbsp;When we support Vive le Livre, you support the whole library system and all it does for the citizens of Huntsville and Madison County. &nbsp;Come be part of the change!!</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:17:41 +0000 agandy 97 at Thank you DAR! <p>The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library Archives announces the digitization of church records from early Huntsville, Huntsville City Council Minute Books, and selected Freedmen&rsquo;s Bureau information. &nbsp;These materials, which were previously available only on microfilm, provide a unique insight into community life in the earliest years of &nbsp;Huntsville and Madison County history.&nbsp; Work is proceeding on transcribing and uploading the images to the Library&rsquo;s digital collection (<a href=""></a>) and the Alabama Mosaic statewide digital repository &nbsp;(<a href=""></a>). &nbsp;&nbsp;The first pages from the church records and 1865 Freedmen&rsquo;s Bureau census information are available online now.&nbsp; Funding for this project was made possible through the sponsorship of the Hunt&rsquo;s Spring Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).&nbsp; The Huntsville Library Foundation received a $4,000 national NSDAR Special Projects Grant which was matched dollar for dollar by the Hunt&#39;s Spring Chapter.&nbsp; The match is from a bequest from a chapter member who was also a long-time volunteer at the Elizabeth Carpenter Public Library in New Hope.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks to the Hunt&#39;s Spring Chapter and their commitment to making the past come alive in the future!</p> Fri, 06 Jul 2012 18:22:53 +0000 agandy 95 at Jefferson Bass is coming May 11!! <p>Dr. Bill Brockton is back with a new forensic puzzle to solve &ndash; but this time the clues are 2,000 years old and the solution may be earth-shattering.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Find out more about his latest adventure, <em>The Inquisitor&rsquo;s Key</em>, when his creators, journalist Jon Jefferson and forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass, the writing team <strong>Jefferson Bass</strong>, return to Huntsville on <strong>Friday, May 11, at 7 p.m</strong>. Their program will be presented in the atrium of the Main Library, 915 Monroe St. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy tickets online at</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; When the novel opens, Brockton&rsquo;s prot&eacute;g&eacute; Miranda Lovelady is helping excavate a newly discovered chamber beneath the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France. She finds a stone chest with a stunning inscription: Inside lie the bones of Jesus of Nazareth.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Faced with a case of unimaginable proportions, Miranda calls on Brockton to help prove or refute the claim. Both scientists are skeptical &ndash; after all, fake relics abounded in the Middle Ages &ndash; but the evidence for authenticity appears strong.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Brockton and Miranda link the bones to the image on the Shroud of Turin, revered by millions as the burial cloth of Christ. Then a lab test finds the bones to be 2,000 years old, triggering a deadly tug of war between the anthropologists, the Vatican, and a zealot who hopes to use the bones to bring about the Second Coming &ndash; and the end of time.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Find out more about the authors and their fiction and nonfiction works at</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:35:03 +0000 agandy 93 at Body Farm Event on May 11 <p>The writing team of Jefferson Bass will be in the atrium of the Main Library on Friday evening, May 11 at 7:00.&nbsp; Come for dessert and coffee and then hear a presentation by Jefferson Bass and enjoy a booksigning of their latest book, <em>The Inquisitor&#39;s Key.&nbsp; </em>Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:25:08 +0000 agandy 92 at 26th Annual Vive le Livre Author Announced!! <p>The Huntsville Library Foundation is pleased to announce our author for the 26th Annual Vive le Livre!&nbsp; This year we are pleased to have Journalist and historian <strong>Jon Meacham</strong>&nbsp;as our&nbsp;guest speaker.&nbsp; The former <em>Newsweek</em> editor won a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for &ldquo;American Lion,&rdquo; a biography of Andrew Jackson.</p> <p>In keeping with the political nature of Meacham&rsquo;s work,&nbsp;this year&#39;s&nbsp;event will be held on <strong>Tuesday, October 23rd</strong>, just two weeks before Election Day. Reservations for the event will be taken beginning in late July.&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information, contact Amy Gandy at <a href=""></a> or at (256)532-5954.</p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 21:48:29 +0000 agandy 91 at Alabama Gives Day is Thursday, February 2 <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Alabama Gives&nbsp;Day is THIS&nbsp;Thursday!</strong></p> <p><strong>On February 2nd, 2012,&nbsp;THe Huntsville Library Foundation&nbsp; needs YOUR support.&nbsp;Hundreds of nonprofit organizations&nbsp;from across the State of Alabama will participate in Alabama Gives Day. For 24 hours thousands of people with giving hearts&nbsp;will make&nbsp;gracious donations to make this collaborative effort a success.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Please support The&nbsp;Huntsville Library Foundation.&nbsp; As advocates for the Library, the Foundation raises awareness and funds to support the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library.&nbsp; Your donation will help put books on the shelves and provide other needed resources for your library.</strong></p> <p><strong>Give generoulsy on Alabama Gives Day!&nbsp; Go to <a href=""></a> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:54:52 +0000 agandy 90 at Let's celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Vive le Livre! <p>On <span style="color: #f00"><strong>Thursday, November 3rd </strong></span>the Hunsville Library Foundation will celebrate the <span style="color: #f00"><strong>25th Anniversary</strong></span> of <span style="color: #f00"><em>Vive le Livre</em></span>, our annual gala fundraiser.&nbsp; An evening set aside to &quot;celebrate the book&quot;, this year&#39;s featured speaker is author, attorney and library advocate, <span style="color: #f00"><strong>Scott Turow</strong>.</span></p> <p>Scott Turow is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including <em>Presumed Innocent</em> and its sequel, <em>Innocent</em>.&nbsp; He has also written two non-fiction works about his experiences in the law and serves as the President of the Author&#39;s Guild.&nbsp;</p> <p class="rtecenter">25th Anniversary of Vive le Livre featuring Scott Turow</p> <p class="rtecenter">Thursday, November 3rd, 2011 in the North Hall of the VBC</p> <p class="rtecenter">Author Cocktail Reception at 6:00, Dinner at 7:00</p> <p class="rtecenter">Booksigning to follow dinner and keynote address</p> <p class="rtecenter">Tickets are available by clicking on the &quot;Event Information&quot; tab</p> <!--break--><!--break--><div class="field field-type-emimage field-field-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href=""><img src="" alt="Scott Turow" title="Scott Turow" width="450" class="flickr" /></a> </div> </div> </div> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 15:00:45 +0000 agandy 77 at Cocktail Party and Book Signing with Dr. D.P. Lyle at character "Dub Walker's" House <p>Join the Huntsville Library Foundation on Friday, August 26th at 6:30 p.m. for a cocktail party and book signing at the mountaintop home of Dr. D.P. Lyle&#39;s main character, Dub Walker!!&nbsp; (or at least the house that inspired the writer!)</p> <p>Tickets are $40.00 per person; <a href="">get yours online!</a></p> <p>All proceeds benefit the Huntsville Library Foundation.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:03:31 +0000 agandy 75 at Book Club Registry <p> I love a good book!&nbsp; A good book transports you, soothes you, fires you up and makes you laugh and cry.&nbsp; You can often &quot;hear me&quot; reading a book, as I have a tendency to talk back to the main characters, or giggle or yell - whichever is appropriate to the situation.&nbsp; Reading is a source of great joy for me!&nbsp; Of course, another great joy of mine is talking!!&nbsp; So when I joined my first book club, I realized I could have two of my favorite things at the same time.&nbsp; I could read and then talk about the book I had just read.&nbsp;</p> <p> A book club is a collection of readers who participate in the regular discussion of books.&nbsp; It doesn&#39;t matter what you read, how often you meet or who is in the group.&nbsp; All that matters is that you read, get together and then discuss.&nbsp; Book clubs meet for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all times in between.&nbsp; They can be with life-long friends, neighbors, co-workers or strangers who become friends.</p> <p> The Huntsville Library Foundation wants to support our local book clubs.&nbsp; The Foundation is starting a registry of all books clubs in Madison County and the surrounding areas to help keep you up to date on literary news and events of interest at the Library.&nbsp; Your information will not be shared with anyone outside the Foundation.&nbsp; Plus.... there&#39;s a prize involved!&nbsp; All book clubs that register with the Foundation prior to September 1st will be entered into a drawing to win dinner in a private home for up to 12 for a book club meeting.**&nbsp; So click on the tab marked &quot;Book Club Registry&quot; and sign up!&nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> If you need further information, contact Amy Gandy at <a href=""></a> or (256)532-5954.</p> <p> (**Must be 18 years of age to be eligible.&nbsp; Time and date of dinner to be mutually decided by winner and Foundation representative.&nbsp; Entries must be received by September 1st, 2011.&nbsp; One winner will be drawn)</p> Fri, 24 Jun 2011 19:31:22 +0000 agandy 74 at Mark your Calendar for the Vive le Livre 25th Anniversary featuring Scott Turow <p> This year marks a milestone for the Huntsville Library Foundation&#39;s annual <em>Vive le Livre</em>!&nbsp; On November 3rd, Vive is turning 25!&nbsp; The HLF is proud to announce best-selling author and attorney,&nbsp;<strong>Scott Turow</strong> as our featured guest for this very special occasion!</p> <p> Turow is the author of nine best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel, <em>Presumed Innocent </em>and the recently published sequel, <em>Innocent.&nbsp; </em>He has also written two non-fiction books about his experiences in law as a partner in the Chicago based SNR Denton (formerly Sonnesnschein, Nath &amp; Rosenthal) international law firm, specializing in white collar criminal defense and pro bono cases.&nbsp; A trustee for Amherst College and the President of the Author&#39;s Guild, the nation&#39;s largest membership organization of professional writers, Scott Turow has also served as first Chair of the Illinois&#39; Executive Ethics Commission and on the Illinois Commission on Capital Punishment.</p> <p> Mr. Turow has a passion for libraries!&nbsp; In a recent article he said, &quot;I count myself as one of millions of Americans whose life simply would not be the same without the libraries that supported my learning.&quot;&nbsp; So mark your calendar for November 3rd at 7:00 at the North Hall of the VBC and come support your public library!&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-emimage field-field-photo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href=""><img src="" alt="Scott Turow" title="Scott Turow" width="450" class="flickr" /></a> </div> </div> </div> Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:23:33 +0000 agandy 69 at