Williams Library Announces September Programs!!



Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

Sept 7 and 21

Time: 10:00am


Want to learn how to crochet? Have a project you’re working on that you want to show off, need help with? Come to the library and learn or teach a handcraft (knitting, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, macrame, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.


Scrabble Time

First and Third Tuesday

Sept 4 and 18

Time: 2:00pm

Description: Come over to Bertha Williams Library and play Scrabble with us. We have plenty of dictionaries for you to brush up on your vocabulary and the Jumble in the Montgomery Advertiser is helpful too! See how sharp your Scrabble skills are against the librarians or just play for fun!


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

Sept 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Private Vegas

Author: James Patterson

Description: Private’s Jack Morgan has been hired to hunt down two men on a gleeful murder spree. Jack thinks there could be nothing more dangerous than two criminals with an insatiable hunger for violence. But when their path of destruction leads Jack to Vegas, he’s drawn deep into the heart of a murder ring more ruthless than anything he could have imagines, masterminded by a diabolical genius. ~dust jacket

Author Talk and Book Signing – Carol Feller


Sept 20

Time: 11:00am


Description: Carol Feller will discuss her first novel, Dancing Through Minefields. According to the author, “Dancing Through Minefields will have you silencing your phone and hanging out the ‘do not disturb’ sign. Anne Schroeder is a well-defined protagonist and you will not want to be interrupted as you travel her journey of fear, faith, and friendship. This novel will not simply be read, it will be felt. As you cringe at Anne’s husband’s anger, when your unbidden tears leak, while you crouch deeper into your seat, and after you’ve read the final word, you’ll know without a doubt that you’ve experienced Anne.”



Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

Sept 26

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.

Title: Monstress: Vol 1. Awakening

Authors/Illustrators: Marjorie Liu/Sana Takeda

Available on Hoopla

Description: Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900 ‘s Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steampunk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both. ~Description from Hoopla.

Note: Winner of 2018 Eisner Award


Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15


Pre-registration IS required.

Sign up for a one on one genealogy session with librarian Amy Campbell. She’ll show you beginning tips and tricks for tracing your ancestry. If you’ve already been working on your tree, find ways to digitize your information to keep better track during your research. Email, Call, or come in to set up your 45 minute session.





All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday


Time: 3:00pm

Joins us for a mid afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk with friends or make new ones. Movies will be PG-13 rating or lower, but parents are responsible for researching movie before allowing children to view. Call to ask what movie we’re showing or to suggest a title.



Children’s Programs

Story time!

Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am (Except holidays)

All storytimes will include song and dance so we can keep our bodies as active as our minds!



The LMNO Peas (Baker) are here to help us learn the alphabet. Is Everyone Ready for Fun?! (Thomas) Good! Because that’s what story time is all about.


10 and 11

The Beetle Bop (Fleming) will have us moving and grooving as we learn a little about these diverse creatures. Then we’ll follow The Grumpy Ladybug (Carle) as he looks for someone big enough to fight.


17 and 18

Bob (Pearson) is a rooster who doesn’t know how to crow. The Kindhearted Crocodile (Panzieri) just wants to find a family to live with. Will they find what they need?


24 and 25

Dragon’s Love Tacos (Rubin), it’s just a fact. The Leopard’s Drum (Souhmai) is the best drum, the most magnificent drum, that’s also a fact.




Pike Road Library Announces September Events!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s September 2018 Programs

*Special Event: The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present Kathie Farnell, author of Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family – Thursday, September 20 at 10 a.m.

Duck and Cover is a wry, laconic memoir penned by Kathie Farnell, based on her perspective as a smart-mouthed, unreasonably optimistic white girl growing up in Cloverdale, a genteel and neatly landscaped neighborhood of Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A book-signing and reception will follow the author’s talk. Copies of the book will be on sale for $25; cash and checks only.

*Special Event: Homeschool Resource Expo – Tuesday, September 11 at 3:30 p.m.

The Pike Road Branch Library invites homeschooling families to learn about the many online resources offered by the Montgomery City-County Public Library and to get to know other homeschooling families in the community.

Storybook Time – for age three and up – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read one or two picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

  • September 10 – Yesterday was Teddy Bear Day! We’ll belatedly celebrate our best plush buddies with some tales about teddy bears including A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman. Feel free to bring your favorite teddy bear to Storybook Time today.
  • September 17 – What might very well be Mister Matt’s favorite day of the year is coming up this Wednesday. What day that be? ‘Tis International Talk Like a Pirate Day! Cap’n Matt will read piratical tales including There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Map by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee. Wee pirates be at liberty to wear their piratical garb.
  • September 24 – We’ll keep last week’s nautical theme going with this week’s story. After all, many a pirate thought he encountered a mermaid. This particular mermaid has a penchant for stuffing things into her tummy. We’ll see what her deal is when we read There Was an Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee.


Toddler Time – for age two and under – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week. The dates will be:

  • September 5
  • September 12
  • September 19
  • September 26



Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, September 12 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss City of Lies by Lian Tanner.

Publisher’s Summary – Goldie Roth is a trained thief and a skilled liar. Along with her friend Toadspit, she’s supposed to be one of the Keepers of the mysterious Museum of Dunt. But although she desperately wants to be a Keeper, she will not leave her sick parents to do so. But when Toadspit’s sister Bonnie is stolen, he and Goldie are forced to follow the child-stealers to the neighboring city of Spoke. Along the way, Toadspit too is captured, and Goldie is caught up in the Festival of Lies, where every word she says means something else and no one can be trusted. There, Goldie discovers some dangerous secrets—secrets that the child-stealers will kill to protect. She will need all her skills as a thief and a liar if she is to survive and save her friends.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, September 20 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Duck and Cover: A Nuclear Family by Kathie Farnell.

Publisher’s Summary – Duck and Cover is a wry, laconic memoir penned by Kathie Farnell, based on her perspective as a smart-mouthed, unreasonably optimistic white girl growing up in Cloverdale, a genteel and neatly landscaped neighborhood of Montgomery, Alabama, in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Farnell deftly recounts tales of aluminum Christmas trees, the Hula-Hoop craze, road trips in the family’s un-air-conditioned black Bel Air, show-and-tell involving a human skeleton, belatedly learning to swear, and even the pet chicken she didn’t know she had. Her well-crafted prose reveals quirky and compelling characters in stories that don’t ignore the dark side of the segregated South, as told from the wide-eyed perspective of a girl who is sometimes oblivious to and often mystified by its byzantine rules. Little did she know that the Age of Aquarius was just around the corner.

9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679 facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary

September Calendar @ Lowder Library!!

September 2018 at Lowder Regional Library


The Ladies of High Tea will meet to the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM — Join us Thursday, September 27, 2018 to discuss Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee.

A landmark novel by Harper Lee, set two decades after her beloved Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—“Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her. Memories from her childhood flood back, and her values and assumptions are thrown into doubt. Featuring many of the iconic characters from To Kill a Mockingbird, Go Set a Watchman perfectly captures a young woman, and a world, in painful yet necessary transition out of the illusions of the past—a journey that can only be guided by one’s own conscience.

Written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman imparts a fuller, richer understanding and appreciation of the late Harper Lee. Here is an unforgettable novel of wisdom, humanity, passion, humor, and effortless precision—a profoundly affecting work of art that is both wonderfully evocative of another era and relevant to our own times. It not only confirms the enduring brilliance of To Kill a Mockingbird, but also serves as its essential companion, adding depth, context, and new meaning to an American classic.



In October 2018 the Ladies will read The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club by Gil McNeil.  Join us on Thursday, October 25, 2018!


For every woman who has ever dreamed of starting over, or being a better mother, or just knitting a really nice scarf . . .

When her husband dies in a car crash–not long after announcing he wants a divorce–Jo Mackenzie packs up her two rowdy boys and moves from London to a dilapidated villa in her seaside hometown. There, she takes over her beloved Gran’s knitting shop–a quaint but out-of-date store in desperate need of a facelift. After a rough beginning, Jo soon finds comfort in a “Stitch and Bitch” group; a collection of quirky, lively women who share their stories, and their addiction to cake, with warmth and humor.

As Jo starts to get the hang of single-parent life in a small town, she relies on her knitting group for support. The women meet every week at the shop on Beach Street and trade gossip and advice as freely as they do a new stitch. But when a new man enters Jo’s life, and an A-list actress moves into the local mansion, the knitting club has even more trouble confining the conversation to knit one, purl two.

The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club is an uplifting, winning tale about the healing power of friendship and new beginnings. It’s a charming novel that will delight all passionate knitters–and win over befuddled, would-be knitters, too. ~~Amazon.com~~


Due to availability please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without notice.


The Young Classic Book Club will still meet from 4PM to 5PM but the day has changed to the third Thursday of the month. On September 20, 2018 the club is open to discuss all Summer Reading assignments so come and tell us how you really feel about that book you read.


On Thursday, October 18, 2018 the Young Classic Book Club will discuss all of the books in the Harry Potter series. Everyone is invited to dress in their “House” colors and come ready for Madam Irma Pince’s (a.k.a. Miss Mary) class!


Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.


Lowder’s Friends and Family Chess club meets every Saturday 10AM to 1245PM (All children must be picked up by our 1PM closing time). If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or if you have been looking for a place to play join us each Saturday.  All ages and levels are welcome!  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the Meeting Room door.


Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play 315PM to 415PM.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, September 12, 2018!


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month 315PM-415PM. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, September 19, 2018!


Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.


Homework Help at Lowder is beginning Wednesday, August 22, 6PM-730PM. We will have Homework Assistance every Wednesday at this time unless school is out.  Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.


Join us for Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year every Thursday 10am to 1015m for a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.


Our regular Preschool Story Time is now starting at 10am, but we are still on Friday mornings. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft activity.


Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4pm to 5pm for Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!  September’s date is the 26th!


We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330pm-430pm.  In September we will meet September 25th.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.


Everyone is invited to join us in the main area of the library Saturday, September 15, 2018 from 10AM to 12Noon as we welcome Carol Feller author of the book Dancing Through Minefields.  Amazon describes the book as “a truly explosive story of wit and wisdom…a magnificent story of courage in the midst of fear, confronting real issues…” Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change and cancellation without notice due to situations beyond our control; however, the Lowder Staff makes every effort possible to adhere to posted planned programming.