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Huntsville Madison County Public Library offering curb-side craft bags and book pickups

One craft is available per child with a maximum of five per family. Each week will have a new craft theme.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Huntsville Madison County Library has moved past just having curbside book pick-up to now offering pick-up craft bags as well.

You can register for bags, both pre-selected books and crafts, here.

When selecting books, you can select general topics. You are able to pick 3 of the below options:

  • 20 picture books
  • 10 easy readers
  • 10 middle grade fiction
  • 10 YA faction
  • 10 adult fiction
  • 10 mystery/filler
  • 10 romance
  • 10 SciFi
  • 10 large print
  • 5 biography
  • 10 classic (print or audio)
  • 10 children's movies
  • 10 movies (rating mixed)

You can also request specific books, which can be found in their online catalog.

In the first three days that the library offered curb-side pickup, they checked out over 16,000 items.

Organizers say they are even considering continuing this system after the pandemic ends. 

They’re taking extra steps to make sure everyone is safe by making sure each item is safe to be given to the next user. 

We spoke with Melanie Thornton, Director of Public Relations with Huntsville Madison County Public Library. Thornton says, “We consulted with the CDC and public health officials and they said if we quarantine our items for 24 hours, that is the best practice that libraries can use moving forward.” 

In order to participate in the curbside pick-up, you have to have a library card and it’s not too late to get one . 

Apply for a library card here

Email askus@hmcpl.org to complete the library card process after filling out the online application! 

Great news! You can now reserve free take and make craft bags for ages 4-12 using our grab bag form at hmcpl.org/grabbag. You may reserve up to 5 and we will email you when they are ready!
Grab bags at the Madison Public Library yesterday. You can order yours online at hmcpl.org/grabbag and we will send you an email when they are ready.

Curbside pick up is available at all locations except Cavalry. Showers Center Library will begin pick up service on Tuesday, May 19. 

Curbside will operate Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

To use curbside, you must place a hold on items and receive notification that they are ready for pick up at your selected location.

You can find out more information about the curb-side pickup in the story below.

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