• 30°

Library to reopen Jan. 26, chess league moves

MADISON – Madison Public Library will reopen on Jan. 26 in its new, enlarged and enhanced facility at 142 Plaza Blvd., ‘two doors’ east of its former location.

Any materials checked out from Madison Public Library after Dec. 18, 2017 will be due on Jan. 26, 2018. Until the Madison facility reopens, Monrovia Public Library is the closest branch to Madison; the Monrovia branch’s telephone number is 256-489-3392.

One of the first civic groups to reserve meeting space at the new Madison Public Library is Madison City Chess League. The league players will relocate their practices from Hogan Family YMCA to the library on Jan. 22.

Equipped with state-of-the-art technology throughout, the new library will cover 25,000 square feet, which is 10,000 square feet larger than the former library. The new facility will feature an open plan similar to a bookstore’s layout.

Groups can access enlarged meeting spaces after hours. Private study rooms will be available for patrons who need a quiet atmosphere.

A small boardroom will offer today’s latest technology. Patrons can enjoy designs and paintings in an art gallery. The Friends of the Library Bookstore has been expanded, more conducive to shopping by guests.

A creativity lab is another addition in the new building. Automated handling of materials will result in speedy returns and processing.

The new structure allows abundant amounts of sunlight to enter the building. An indoor fireplace will be popular as a spot for cozy reading.

A separate room will be dedicated to children’s storytime. The library will include an interactive center for early literacy sessions.

‘Tweens,’ or older children approaching teenage years, will have a gaming center. Teenagers will have separate rooms to meet, study and interact. Family bathroom facilities will be included.

On the grounds, a large outdoor screen will be installed for movie screenings. A natural outdoor amphitheater will be built, as well as outdoor seating for patrons and families.

Sarah Sledge is Branch Manager of Madison Public Library. For more information, huntsvillelibraryfoundation.org/Madison.

Madison

Playground revamps underway for Madison elementaries

Madison

Large turnout expected for All-Girls State Chess Championship

Business

Goldfish Swim School opens in Madison, plans to host free Community Family Swim Event Feb. 3

Madison

Mill Creek Robo-Crew take Breakthrough Award at UAH

Liberty Middle School

Liberty Lionettes awarded in hip-hop, pom at regionals

Bob Jones High School

American Legion Baseball organizing for new season

Discovery Middle School

Gifted Specialists fill broad needs of 20% of students

Madison

Mill Creek Greenpower Team motors to first place in Oxford

James Clemens High School

James Clemens Competition Cheer Team takes fourth state title

Madison

The celebration continues: Madison Street Festival awards grants to 16 Madison educational programs

Events

The Loomis Brothers Circus returns this weekend

James Clemens High School

Wyche earns full-tuition scholarship from Cameron Education Foundation

Madison

ReadyFest returns to underscore need for preparedness

Madison

Winter Knights Chess Tournament sets record attendance

Harvest

Delta Sigma Theta plans exciting evening with ROUGE – A Go Red Event

Events

Burritt on the Mountain to host Shane Adkins for Coffeehouse Concert series

Bob Jones High School

Sponsors essential to achieving Madison Street Festival’s traditions

Madison

Registration opens to vie for seat in pre-kindergarten

Huntsville

Former doctor from Madison sued for overdose death

James Clemens High School

Donaldson piloting James Clemens as Acting Principal

Madison

Discovery of woman’s body in Hazel Green leads to investigation of possible murder-suicide

Huntsville

Rookie Rally Chess Tournament returns to Blossomwood

Huntsville

Arts Huntsville awards $280,000 in grants to area arts organizations

Bob Jones High School

Nichols’ podcast reflects on MCS’ 25th anniversary

x