Have you heard? The GREAT state of ALABAMA is turning 200 years old December 14, 2019! As a part of the Alabama Bicentennial all of the Montgomery City-County Public Libraries are going to be having programs to celebrate the birth of this noble state we call home. Lowder’s first Alabama Bicentennial program will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018 in the Main Area as we welcome author Beth Stewart. Ms. Stewart will be discussing and have copies available of her children’s book “My Sister, Sehoy.”
My Sister, Sehoy is a children’s book of historical
fiction. Sehoy was a Creek Indian woman who lived in what is now the state of Alabama. Her life and the lives of her descendants greatly influenced the history of the Creek Indian nation, as well as that of Alabama and the United States. This fictional story is about Sehoy and her little brother, Kiki, and how Sehoy might have met her husband, Captain March and, the commander of Fort Toulouse.
The Ladies of High Tea usually meet on the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM; however, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday we will meet the THIRD Thursday in November — Join us Thursday, November 15, 2018 to discuss Murder as a Second Language by Joan Hess.
Claire Malloy—now a married woman of leisure—tries her hand at volunteering, but instead lands her right in the middle of another murder investigation
Longtime bookseller and single mother, Claire Malloy has recently married her long term beau and moved out of her less than opulent apartment into a sprawling, newly remodeled house. Her daughter, Caron, is making plans for college. All of which leaves Claire with something she hasn’t had in quite a while: spare time.
When her attempts to learn French cooking start getting “mixed” reviews, she agrees to help Caron and her best friend Inez in fluffing up their college applications by volunteering as an ESL tutor with the Farberville Literacy Council. But her modest effort to give back quickly becomes a nightmare when she’s railroaded onto the Board of Directors of the troubled nonprofit. Vandalism, accusations of embezzlement, epic budget problems, and a cacophony of heavily-accented English speakers are just the tip of the iceberg. Just as she decides that it might be best to extricate herself, Claire gets a frantic call from her husband, Deputy Chief Peter Rosen. One of the students, an older Russian woman named Ludmilla, famed for her unpleasantness, has been murdered in the offices of the Farberville Literary Council. For the first time ever, Peter actually asks Claire for her help.
In December 2018 the Ladies will read The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans. Join us at 3PM on Thursday, December 27, 2018!
At thirty-two Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Burlington, VT. Deep inside Kimberly knows she’s at a junction in her life and it’s time to either fulfill her dream or let it go. The other reason she decides to attend the conference is because famed romance writer, H.T. Cowell, once the best-selling romance writer in America, and the author whose books instilled in her the desire to be a writer, will be speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade.
In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential she begins to wonder if he’s really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he’s unwilling to talk about.
The theme of The Mistletoe Inn is that like literature, relationships must be lived with passion and vulnerability to succeed.
Due to availability please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without notice.
The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. On Thursday, November 15, 2018 the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan.
The Pilgrim’s Progress has inspired readers for over three centuries. It is one of the best-loved and most widely read books in English literature and is a classic of the heroic Puritan tradition and a founding text in the development of the English novel. The story of Christian, whose pilgrimage takes him through the Slough of Despond, Vanity Fair, and the Delectable Mountains, is full of danger and adventure. Together with his trusty companions, Faithful and Hopeful, he encounters many enemies–the foul fiend Apollyon, Judge Hategood, Giant Despair of Doubting Castle–before finally arriving at the Celestial City.
Bunyan’s own experience of religious persecution informs his story, and its qualities of psychological realism, and the beauty and simplicity of his prose combine to create a book whose appeal is universal. This edition includes the illustrations that appeared with the book in Bunyan’s lifetime, giving a sense of its impact on contemporary readers.
Thursday, December 20, 2018 the Young Classic Book Club will read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.
Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.
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.
On the third Saturday of each month, Saturday, November 17, from 930AM to 1230PM we will again be offering our Scholarship Seminars for students in Grades 8-12. Eighth grade is not too young to be thinking about how to pay for college. Everyone should bring a folder to hold their handouts and something to write on/with to use to take notes. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.
Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play. Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time. Join us Wednesday, November 14, 2018!
Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. 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, November 21, 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 first Wednesday of the month. We will have a different theme every month. Join us Wednesday, November 7, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.
Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday 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.
Join us for Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 2 years old every Thursday 10AM to 11AM for a Librarian led Lap Sit time. From 10AM to 1015AM the Librarians will lead the program, and then from 1015AM to 1030AM the parent/caregiver will read board books to their child/children. From 1030AM to 11AM the child/children and caregiver may “stay and play” which encourages interaction between the children. There is no craft associated with this program.
Our regular Preschool Story Time starts at 10AM 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 or 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! We’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, November 28, 2018!
We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM. For the month of November class is in session Tuesday, November 27th. Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.
Our Joy of Well-Behaved Children program continues three Monday evenings a month, 6PM-8PM. In November we will be meeting November 5, 19, and 26. This class is geared towards parents (0r caregivers) of preschoolers. However, anyone interested in the subject is welcome to attend. *Only babies 6 months and younger are allowed in the class with parent/caregivers. Please be prepared to step outside the room if your baby cries and cannot be consoled.
Baptist Hospice’s Grief Support Group at Lowder will meet 12Noon to 1PM Wednesday November 14, 2018. Please join us in the Meeting Room.
Confucius Institute from Troy University (Montgomery) Chinese Cultural Lectures will be on Friday, November 16, from 4PM to 5PM. November’s scheduled topic is: The Introduction to the traditional Shanxi Houses including the History, Structure and Stories. This presentation will include videos and pictures.
We are beginning a NEW Saturday Story Time once a month. It will be in the Main Area beginning at 10AM. Join Miss Mary as she reads two books and shares fun songs and rhymes. There is no craft activity with this program, only reading and checking out books. Our first Saturday Story Time with Miss Mary will be Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10AM.
Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare? Are you confused about just what is available for you to receive? You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, November 7, 2018 from 2PM to 3PM in the Meeting Room.
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.