Public Programs

LearningQUEST has presentations open to the general public. All are welcome to attend these programs, so please join us.

Upcoming Programs:

Citizen Journalism and Fake News

Instructor: Shirley Mohler
Date: Wednesday, Apr 10
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Auditorium

Fake news? The recent library staff program on fake news was very well received and deserves a daytime “rerun.” Notes and perceptions from the previous presentation will add depth to this very interesting topic. Librarians will discuss the impact of the news, both “real” and “fake,” in our media, as well as ways we can responsibly consume and share the information with which we are daily bombarded. The Huntsville Madison County Public Library is one of only five libraries nationwide to be selected for this pilot program.

The Civilian Conservation Corps in Madison County 1935-1942

Instructor: David Lilly
Date: Tuesday, Apr 30
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Auditorium

Madison County was home to three Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the late 1930s and early 40s. CCC workers built much of Monte Sano State Park as well as providing agricultural assistance to farmers throughout the county. We’ll take a look at who these young men were, what their lives in the CCC were like, and what they achieved by their hard work. We’ll also look at how these camps were organized and the impact of their various projects on our community.

The Path to the Vote for Women

Instructor: Rose Norman, PhD
Date: Wednesday, May 1
Time: 1:30 – 2:30 pm
Location: Auditorium

American women were granted the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment, which was ratified on August 18, 1920, almost 100 years ago. Many determined women fought
to gain that right. This public presentation will educate or remind participants of the struggle facing our foremothers in the fight for voting equity. It will outline the important events and introduce leading characters in that transformational period of American history.

Previous Public Programs

The Healing Power of Stem Cells
Instructor: Charles Lee, MD
Date: Thursday, Jan 31
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location: Auditorium

Dr. Lee answers questions concerning stem cell use for medical conditions. What are stem cells? Where do they come from? What conditions can they alleviate?

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Knee problems – Collateral ligament sprains, meniscus tears, cruciate ligament tears, baker’s cyst, and especially arthritis
  • Shoulder problems – Rotator cuff and labrum tears, tendinopathy, impingement syndromes, bursitis, and severe arthritis
  • Hip disorders – Bursitis, early aseptic necrosis, and arthritis
  • Ankle and foot injuries – Plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and arthritis
  • Elbow, wrist and hand problems – Tennis and golfer’s elbow, as well as arthritis
  • Neck and back pain
  • Muscle and tendon injuries – Pulled hamstring, bicep, pectoralis, etc.
  • Migraine and cluster headaches

What is PRP? Dr. Lee will describe his procedure. He will also explain how long it takes to heal.

New Tax Law and IRS
Instructor: Dolores Everett
Dates: 2 Mondays, Feb 4 and Feb 11
Time: 9:30 – 10:30 am
Location: 2nd Floor Events Room

This program will present information on the new tax law impacting 2018 tax returns. It will focus on changes affecting individuals and record keeping for individuals regarding tax preparation. The presenter will also discuss IRS processes, penalties, interactions, audit, collection, and appeals.

Instructor: Bhavani Kakani
Date: Thursday, Feb 28
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 am
Location: Auditorium

This public program introduces AshaKiran, a ray of hope, committed to empowering culturally diverse communities through outreach with a variety of annual community events such as the Community Kite Festival, Statewide Human Chain Event Against Domestic Violence, and North Alabama Health and Wellness Fair. AshaKiran provides “culturally competent” services in 45+ languages, 24-hour Crisis Phone AshaLine “Hope-Line,” emergency shelter, accompaniment, transportation, advocacy, case management, counseling, translation/interpretation, information and referral. The group also sponsors programs entitled Multi-Lingual Access, New Alabamians Program, Cross-Cultural Awareness Training to first responders, and Developmental Disabilities.

Prescription Drug Abuse: A National Epidemic
Instructors: Karren Crowson and Teresa Taylor-Duncan
Date: Monday, Mar 18
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Auditorium

Karren Crowson, a local, retired pharmacist, will describe how our nation’s opioid epidemic began with prescription abuse and how it has evolved into what it is today. Crowson will discuss prescription drugs that are commonly abused, as well as signs and symptoms of abuse. She will also review how legislation has changed and describe programs developed to curb the problem of over-prescribing doctors and doctor shopping. Since teens indicate that their home medicine cabinet is the most likely source for drugs, Crowson will cover safe storage and disposal of medications. The program will address the rise in abuse of cheaper, illicit substances such as heroin and the even more potent fentanyl and will offer advice on what individuals can do to help someone who has overdosed on opioids.

Huntsville Memories
Instructor: Cathey Carney
Date:  Tuesday, Mar 19
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: Auditorium

Since 1989, the monthly Old Huntsville Magazine has documented stories written by local residents. These articles present memories of Huntsville’s past and its people – memories ranging from the 1800s and including heartwarming stories, cold-blooded murders, Civil War activity in this area, bootleggers during the 1920s, and rocket testing in the 1960s. Learn how the magazine began, why Tom and Cathey Carney chose to create Old Huntsville, the progression of the magazine, and some events along the way. Hear about how YOU can submit a story for publication in the magazine, as articles are not written by staff writers; they are written by people in the community who have a story to tell. The importance of documenting family memories in writing, so that family members live on in these stories, is stressed . Once family members are gone, their memories are gone too, unless these have been written down for future generations.