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HMCPL- 200 Years of "Meeting the Community Where They Are"

Friday, October 5, 2018

This year, the Huntsville/ Madison County Public Library celebrates a major milestone; 2018 is its bicentennial year! The library started out in 1818 as an educational resource for wealthy and prominent white males in what was Mississippi Territory. Now, in Huntsville, the current library, referred to as "Fort Book" or "Fort Library," provides both educational and entertaining resources through a wide variety of services to a vast diversity of patrons. WLRH's Katy Ganaway talks with Connie Chow, manager of the Downtown Huntsville Library, and HMCPL archivist, Shalis Worthy, about how the library has transformed to serve the Huntsville community over the last 200 years.


*PRODUCER'S NOTE: WLRH-FM 89.3 started broadcasting out of the old Huntsville Times building in 1976 as Alabama's first NPR affiliated station, not out of the Downtown Huntsville Library. (See

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