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Is a formal education more important today than it was 80 years ago? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 04/07/2014 - 7:58am
Is a formal education more important now than it was in Maycomb 80 years ago? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Jefferson County libraries to host programs for 'Money Smart Week'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:26pm
View full sizePhoto courtesy of Public Libraries in Jefferson County. Several libraries throughout Jefferson County are set to take part in "Money Smart Week @ Your Library," starting on April 7 as part of "Money Smart Week," which is... Nathan T. Prewett |

As 'To Kill A Mockingbird' continues, Red Clay Readers examine the true nature of segregation in Maycomb

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:57am
Much like everyone else who has weighed in on Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird," I don't remember much from the first time I read the novel. Mia Watkins |

Join Red Clay Readers and Alabama students for a live chat about themes in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 9:52am
Join's Red Clay Readers book club for a live chat with students across Alabama on themes in 'To Kill A Mockingbird.' Edward T. Bowser |

'To Kill a Mockingbird,' other Alabama-set books draw attention and tourists to state

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:57pm
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – If you’ve ever made the trek to the small Alabama town of Monroeville, chances are it had to do with ‘To Kill a Mockingbird.’ And the same thing goes for the Irondale Café or the Bayou la... Cheryl Wray |

Online 'Great Give' fundraiser to raise money for Jefferson County Libraries

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 3:21pm
Public Libraries in Jefferson County will hold a fundraiser in May to support the 40 library locations in the county. Nathan T. Prewett |

Buy the book: Friends of the Library's Used Book Sale offers bargain-priced books and more

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 2:00pm
Where can you get a hardcover book for a buck? A paperback for 50 cents? A CD for a dollar? At the Friends of the Mobile Public Library Used Book Sale this weekend. Michelle Matthews |

'Language of Comics' history exhibit returns to University of Montevallo

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:47pm
The art exhibit "The Language of Comics" at the University of Montevallo's Carmichael Library in Montevallo offers several examples of graphic narratives that people can review from April 11 through May 12. (File photo) MONTEVALLO, Alabama -- An exhibit... Martin J. Reed |

Red Clay Readers examine Depression-era attitudes toward education, how they translate today

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 2:00pm
While shocking, perhaps, to some readers unable to even fathom working in fields much less being expected to sacrifice self-gain and improvement for household benefit, Walter Cunningham Jr.'s story was far more commonplace than one might expect among the group that went on to be dubbed the "Greatest Generation." Kelli Dugan |

Red Clay Readers examine Ol' One-Shot's reaction to rabies in Harper Lee's Maycomb

Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:00pm
Chapter 10 features a potentially disheartening meeting with Tim Johnson, the "liver-colored bird dog, the pet of Maycomb." Joey Kennedy |

Red Clay Readers vote to keep classic books unedited for context, clarity

Tue, 04/01/2014 - 9:16am
Hundreds of readers took to the comments section and social media to answer the first Red Clay Readers discussion question last week. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Cross-gender actors, sword fighting, sleuthing and improv part of Shakespeare month at Huntsville libraries

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 4:49pm
As part of Community Read Month, all branches will host events centered around William Shakespeare and his works. There will read ing groups, improvisation comedy, hand-on children's learning, films and a series of special presentations and speakers. Paul Huggins |

Fannie Flagg reflects on 'Mockingbird,' Red Clay Readers' Kelly Kazek ponders Scottsboro Boys connection

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00pm
As Harper Lee grew older, she would have understood Judge Horton realized he was in effect ending his career when he threw out (the Scottsboro boy's) guilty verdict and said: "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." Kelly Kazek |

In 'Mockingbird' food is comfort, Lane cake a bounty of riches. A history and recipe

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 12:00pm
Food is comfort. Food is love. While it doesn't have to be elaborate, the time and effort required is often seen as directly proportional to the amount of love a dish expresses. Kelly Kazek |

Is religion as big a deal today as it used to be? Weigh in with the Red Clay Readers

Mon, 03/31/2014 - 7:57am
In the first chapters, Lee called going to church "Maycomb's principal recreation." Is that still true for towns and cities throughout the state? If not, why is religion or attending church not as big a deal as it was then? Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Red Clay Readers prepare for second week of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

Sun, 03/30/2014 - 7:55am's Red Clay Readers book club is off to a rousing start, thanks to participants around the state joining in to offered more than 360 comments this week on one America’s classic novels. But it is never too late to join. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

George R.R. Martin releases 2 new chapters from 'Game of Thrones' saga as Season 4 premiere approaches on HBO

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 2:41pm
Sixteen cast portraits for the TV show remind fans of a dominant theme in the author's "A Song of Ice and Fire" cycle: "Valar Morghulis." (Translation: "All men must die.") Mary Colurso |

Controversial language in 'To Kill a Mockingbird?' Harper Lee addressed that in scathing letter

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 1:39pm
Since the novel became a topic for discussion in classrooms in the mid-1960s, teachers, school boards and parents have challenged the content and its appropriateness for school-aged kids. Be it the subject matter, or the vocabulary, "To Kill a Mockingbird's" place in the classroom hasn't always been a given. Jessica Sawyer Rigby |

Red Clay Readers, Rick Bragg, reflect on how 'To Kill a Mockingbird' makes us feel

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:00pm
I read Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird” while I was a sixth-grade student in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. I read it not because it was on my school’s curriculum, but because a family friend suggested it. Ana Rodriguez |

Novelist, lawyer, sleuth ... just a day's work for Shelby County's Steven Gregory

Fri, 03/28/2014 - 10:53am
Shelby County author and lawyer Steven Gregory is hard at work on his sequel to his debut hardboiled novel, "Cold Winter Rain," that came out last summer. (Courtesy / Steven Gregory) SHELBY COUNTY, Alabama -- Steven Gregory was a... Martin J. Reed |