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February 2016 Story Time Programs


Bertha Williams Library

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


February 2

Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby


February 9

The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Will Sheila Share? by Elivia Savadier

Bearobics by Vic Parker


February 16

Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Ready, Set, Skip? by Jane O’Connor

Miss Bindergarten Celebrates the 100th Day by Joseph Slate


February 23

Vroomaloom Zoom by John Coy

Baby Animal Farm by Karen Blair

Peppa Pig: My Mommy by Neville Astley



Bertha Williams

Black History Month Programs

Adult Programing


Civil Rights Talk

Summary: Dr. David Franklin will be giving a talk about the discrimination that he faced coming up through the medical field in the mid 70’s and 80’s.

Time: 3:00 Pm

Presenter: Dr. David Franklin


Adult/Young Adult/ Children Program

Title: Art Presentation

Date: February 26, 2015

Time: 4:00 PM

Summary: Mr. William Ford will give a presentation about African American art, as well as display several pieces

Presenter: William Ford


Young Adult/ Children Program

Essay Contest

Date Ongoing (January 5-Febuary 26th)

Summary: Children will have the chance to research and write a short essay on a prominent African American leader. The winner will receive a gift basket

Presenter: Bertha Williams Library


Young Adult/ Children Program

Essay Contest

Date Ongoing (January 5-Febuary 26th)

Summary: Children will have the chance to research and write a short essay on a prominent African American leader. The winner will receive a gift basket

Presenter: Bertha Williams Library




Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

 Adult Programming:

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club


Wednesday, February 10 @ 11:00 a.m.

Amazing Grace by Danielle Steel

Summary: On a warm May Night in San Francisco, the Ritz-Carlton ballroom shimmers with crystal and silver as a glittering, celebrity-studded crowed gathers for a charity dinner dance.  The evening is perfect-until, just minutes before midnight, the room begins to sway. Glass shatters. And as the lights go out people begin to scream….

In the earthquake’s aftermath, the lives of four strangers will converge….. Sarah Sloane, the beautiful wife of a financial whiz; Grammy-winning singer Melanie Free, the event’s headline; photographer Everett Carson, a former war correspondent, and Sister Maggie Kent, a nun who knows that there is much work to be done…..

As the city staggers back to lie, a chain reaction of extraordinary events will touch each of these survivors.

~Throughout these enthralling pages, Danielle Steele creates a stunning array of contrasts…. It is her most powerful and life affirming novel to date~


Senior Bingo

Bertha Williams Library

February 22 @ 10:00-11:00

Summary: Senior Citizens will have a chance to come by and play Bingo.



Identity Theft discussion

Time: Date: February 19 @ 2:30 p.m.


Summary: Patrons will learn about the dangers of both online and physical identity theft. They will also be able to acquire basic knowledge on how to protect themselves from potential identity theft.

Presenter: David Ori



Young Adult/ Children Programming


Lego Club

Thursday, February 18 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.


Summary: Children will be able to build various constructions from various Lego pieces. Afterwards, these constructions will be displayed.

Location: Bertha Williams Library


F.E.W.S. Middle School Discussion

Monday, February 29 @ 9:15 a.m.


Summary: A class of female, middle school girls will come to learn about the origin of Valentine’s Day and then participate in an arts and crafts session.



Adult/Young Adult/Children Programming

Black History Month

Friday, February 26

3:00-5:00 p.m.


Summary: The Bertha Williams Library will be celebrating Black History Month with presentations by Mr. William Ford and Dr. David Franklin.


Story Time

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Blvd.


Thursday at 10:00 am



February 4     We learn from what we see!

The Baby Boss by Marla Frazee

Synopsis: From the moment he arrives, it is obvious that the new baby is boss and he gets whatever he wants, from drinks make-to-order around the clock to his executive gym.

Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic

Synopsis: Max the Duck is making soup, and when he leaves to get some herbs, his friends come in and think he has fallen in the soup.

Craft – Duck masks


February 11     Valentine’s Day is near!

Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis: When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from.

Freckles & Willie by Margery Cuyler

Synopsis: Freckles the dog is Willie’s best friend until a little girl who does not like dogs moves in across the street.

Craft – Valentine’s Day cards


Feb. 18     We all want to be loved!

Little Cub by Olivier Dunrea

Synopsis: A cub lives alone in the forest, and an old bear lives alone in the forest. One day they find each other and become best friends.

Cock-a-Moo-Moo by Juliet Dallas-Conte

Synopsis: Rooster has forgotten how to crow and all his friends try to help him remember.

Craft – Rooster masks


Feb. 25     We all need friends!

Leon and Albertine by Christine Davenier

Synopsis: Leon the pig follows the advice of the other barnyard animals in trying to get the attention of Albertine the chicken, with whom he has fallen in love.

Don’t Need Friends by Carolyn Crimi

Synopsis: After his best friend moves away, Rat rudely rebuffs the efforts of the other residents of the junkyard to be friendly, until he and a grouchy old dog decide that they need each other.

Craft – Pig masks


Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, February 17 @ 10:00 a.m.

Black History Month Celebration


Dr. Keith Krawczynski will be here to discuss and show segments of the documentary, “Freedom Riders”. We have enjoyed programs by Dr. Krawczynski in the past, and look forward to learning more about this pivotal time in our history.


Southern Charm Book Club

Thursday, February 11 @ 3:00 p.m.


Today we will be discussing Plainsong by Kent Haruf.  Then, we will receive our book for March titled, Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig.


Lego League

The first and third Tuesday

February 2 & February 16 @ 4:00 p.m.


Come join the fun and creativity as we build with Legos.

Children must be registered and parents must remain with your children.


Ukulele and Yarn Art

The first and third Wednesday

February 3 & February 17 @ 4:00 p.m.


Bring a favorite song to share with the group along with peer mentoring regularly available.

Bring any yarn or fiber art project you are currently working with to share with other yarn crafters in the room.



Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, February 25 @ 3:00 p.m.


Today we will discuss Black House by Peter May. Then, we will receive our book for March titled, Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear.



Southern Ladies Coloring Club

Wednesday, February 3 @ 10:00 a.m.


Come join our coloring club. Adult level coloring sheets and color pencils will be provided.  Studies have shown this can be a great stress reducer!  Come relax with us!


Homework Assistance

Our program meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading.  Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lessons you will need assistance with.

Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.


E L Lowder Regional Library

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


February 5

Did the Groundhog see its shadow on Tuesday, February 2, 2016? Will we have six more weeks of winter or will we have spring time in two weeks?

We will read the following three books:

Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susan Korman

Double Trouble Groundhog Day by Bethany Roberts

Huff and Puff on Groundhog Day by Jean Warren.

We will also sing songs and create an art project dealing with groundhogs.


February 12

Let’s read some books about Valentine’s Day, sing some songs, and create our own Valentines.

Disney Buddies: Puppy Love by Rico Green

Amelia Bedelia’s: First Valentine by Herman Parish

One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell (Book FLIX by Scholastic)


February 19

National Children’s Dental Month

We will have a special guest from the Sarrell Dental Office to read a book and discuss the importance of dental hygiene.

Curious George Visits the Dentist by Margaret and H. A. Rey’s


February 26

Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month we will read a book, sing songs and create and create an art project. Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell Brown




Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library


The Ladies of High Tea will be meeting Tuesday, February 2 at 3:00 p.m. and reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch.

“We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand.” –Randy Pausch

A lot of professors give talks titled “The Last Lecture.” Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can’t help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we knew it was our last chance? If we had to vanish tomorrow, what would we want as our legacy?

When Randy Pausch, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon, was asked to give such a lecture, he didn’t have to imagine it as his last, since he had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer. But the lecture he gave–“Really Achieving Your

Childhood Dreams”–wasn’t about dying. It was about the importance of overcoming obstacles, of enabling the dreams of others, of seizing every moment (because “time is all you have…and you may find one day that you have less than you think”). It was a summation of everything Randy had come to believe. It was about living.

In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come.



The Lowder Regional Branch Library Chess Club meets every Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.—sharp.  In the event that the club is not meeting a sign will be posted as soon as possible announcing the postponement.  Join us and learn how to play chess or to brush up on your skills.  Parents, chess is a game that will help build the brain and help your child with their future education—not to mention that it teaches patience as well.


Don’t forget Gamer’s Club is the Second Friday of the month 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.  There is a limited number of slots available and pre-registration is required and a signed permission slip must be on file.  Parents must stay in the library while children are playing.


On the third Friday of the month, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m., the Lowder Lego League, has fun in the meeting room.  Due to fire regulations we have to also limit the number of participants for this event as well so pre-registration is required.


On Monday, February 22, 2016 the Lowder Staff will begin an eight-week Job Search/Job Preparedness Workshop from 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m. each Monday through April 11, 2016.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library


Wednesdays @10:00 a.m.


February 3: The Milking Cow by Maxine Hawkins Ervin

Read and Rise by Sandra L. Pinkney

Please Puppy Please by Spike Lee


February 10: Wait! No Paint! by Bruce Whatley

I Know a Wee Piggy by Kim Norman

The Old Woman and Her Pug by Eric A. Kimmel


February 17: Pet Show by Ezra Jack Keats

The Girl Who Wore Snakes by Angela Johnson

Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats


February 24: Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson

Yesterday I Had the Blues by Jeron Ashford Frame

The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger and Paul Dubois Jacobs



Teen Sci-Fi Book Club

Second Monday @ 6:00-7:30 p.m.


Meeting Day: February 8

Book: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor


Published in 2011, this novel written by a US-born child of two Nigerian immigrant parents contains fascinating elements of magical realism set in Nigeria. Sunny, a 12 year old Albino girl discovers she is one of the rare “Leopard People” capable of practicing magic. While some elements will be new to readers, the underlying themes of friendship and learning to adjust during a difficult time will be familiar to readers of all ages.


If you haven’t read the book, join us anyway as we’re always looking for new suggestions!


Contact Amy L. Campbell for questions (334-240-4848)


Black History Program: Segregation in Transportation

Monday, February 8 @ 4:30 p.m.

Wesley Garmon (Alabama Department of Archives and History) and Callie Greer (Greater Birmingham Ministries and Montgomery Transportation Coalition) will present on the historical influence of segregation in transportation systems in Montgomery and Mobile and how the effects continue today.

Recommended audience is 5th grade and up, but all are encourage to participate.


Rufus A. Lewis Library

After 5 Book Club

Discussion Date: Monday, February 2 @ 6:00 p.m.

The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore


Summary:  “This story of a young female textile worker encountering adversity in a small Southern town reveals the remarkable power of friendship, community, and the gift of sewing.  A vivid tribute to the efforts of a courageous band of sisters.”

~Rachel Simon, author of The Story of a Beautiful Girl and Riding the Bus with My Sister


Book Discussion & Book Signing

with author, Josephine Bolling McCall

February 9 @ 10: 00 a.m.


The Penalty for Success: My Father was Lynched in Lowndes County, Alabama

Synopsis:  In this moving and important book, the author tells the story of the murder of a Black man in 1940s Lowndes County, Alabama.  It is a story that reveals the schemes to cover up a “lynching”.  Josephine Bolling McCall’s story of her father’s murder presents convincing evidence that he was lynched, although he was not hanged, mutilated or burned before a crowd of people.  Elmore Bolling was shot six times in the front of his body with a pistol and once in the back with a shotgun.


After years of research, including interviews with relatives and elderly Lowndes County residents, Josephine Bolling McCall sought and found answers to many troubling questions that she had about her family, especially about the events in her father’s life.  Her journey of discovery presents a revealing narrative of a time, a place, and a people that challenges us to rethink the reality of life for blacks and whites in a rural southern, community.



Pike Road Branch Library’s Programs

Afternoon Story Time

For ages three through six

Mondays @ 4:30 p.m.


February 1 – Brownie Groundhog hates waiting for spring and the fox hates waiting for something to eat, especially when he really wants to eat Brownie Groundhog. Will Brownie be able to convince the fox to feast on some other food? We’ll find out when we read Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby and Carmen Segovia.


February 8 – We’ll celebrate the Chinese New Year with some stories set in China including The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese.


February 15 – There will be no story time today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.


February 22 – Roo, Country Mouse and Quacker Duck all claim to be the best at everything. Naturally, a fight ensues. Will they learn to be humble and become friends again? The title of the book pretty much answers the question. It’s Yes We Can! by Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge.


February 29 – Sunday, February 28 is National Tooth Fairy Day. (Yes, there is such a thing.) We’ll honor the collector of discarded teeth by reading stories in which she appears including Andrew’s Loose Tooth by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko.


Lego League

For ages five and up

First and third Thursdays @ 4 p.m.

Lego League sessions will take place on February 4 and February 18. At each session, Lego Leaguers are issued a challenge and then make awesome creations using the library’s collection of bricks.

Good Morning Story Time

For ages one through three

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

Children and grown-ups enjoy songs and stories each week.

February 3

February 10

February 17

February 24


Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library

The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library hold their regular meeting on Thursday, February 18 at 10 a.m. Join them to learn how you can support library programs and services.



Special Guest Speaker Dr. Daniel L. Haulman – Wednesday, February 10 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Daniel L. Haulman serves as chief of the Organizational Histories Branch of the Air Force Historical Research Society and has written several books about the Tuskegee Airmen including Tuskegee Airmen: An Illustrated History, 1939-1949. He will discuss these heroes of World War II on Wednesday, February 10 at 3 p.m. A special invitation for this event is extended to families who homeschool their children.


Book Clubs


Children’s Book Club

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 3 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey.

Publisher’s Summary – It’s tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody’s trying to kill you. Not that Egg’s life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts. But when Egg’s father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect. Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff. Suddenly, Egg’s running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he’s been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy. Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.


Teen Book Club

The Teen Book Club will discuss Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard on Wednesday, February 17 at 4:15 p.m.

Publisher’s Summary – Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood. Those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard, a growing Red rebellion, even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.


Bookies Book Club

The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, February 18 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant.

Publisher’s Summary – Addie Baum was born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Her intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t imagine: dreaming of going to college, Addie wants a career and to find true love. Now eighty-five, Addie tells the story of her life to her granddaughter, who has asked “How did you get to be the woman you are today?”


9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679


Pintlala Branch Library

Story – Time

255 Federal Road

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian


February 3 @ :30 Kindergarten

Check Out Books


February 4 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (L)

Book: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

Craft: Valentine’s Themed


February 5 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (F)

Book: Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman

Craft: Valentine’s Themed


February 9 @ 11:30 Pre-K

Mardi Gras Parade


February 10 @ 1:30 Kindergarten

Book: Be My Valentine! by Richard Scarry

Craft: Valentine’s Themed


February 11 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (L)

Check Out Books


February 12 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (F)

Check Out Books


February 16 @ 11:30 Pre-K

Book: Splat the Cat Up in the Air at the Fair by Rob Scotton

Song, Dance, and Game


February 17 @ 1:30 Kindergarten

Check Out Books


February 18 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (L)

Book: PLAY – They will act out a play Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting


February 19 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (F)

Book: PLAY – They will act out a play Frog and Friends by Eve Bunting


February 23 @ 11:30 Pre-K

Book: Olivia and the Pet Project by Lauren Forte



February 24 @ 1:30 Kindergarten

Book: Look Out Kindergarten Here I Come by Nancy Carlson



February 25 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (L)

Check Out Books


February 26 @ 1:30 2nd Grade (F)

Check Out Books



Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


February 2:   No Program


February 9: Be My Valentine

Children will enjoy hearing Ms. Anita read Clifford’s Valentines and One Zillion Valentines, followed by a craft.


February 16: Celebrating Black History

Children will hear Black American folk tales, then do a coloring page activity.


February 23: Children’s Dental Health Day

Dental Hygienist Nick Brown from Sorrell Dentistry will present a program on tooth care, then hand out goody bags for the children.



Governors’ Square Library

Book Bunch Book Club

February 10 @ 2:00 p.m.


In celebration of Black History Month, members will discuss Belle: The Slave Daughter and the Lord Chief Justice, a biography by Paula Byrne.



Ramer Branch Library

Wednesday, February 10, 11:00-“Learning About the Dexter Avenue Memorial Baptist Church” by Dexter Avenue Memorial Baptist Church. Come and learn about all this historic place has to offer!!

Wednesday, February 24, 11:00- Ramer’ Readin’ Right Book Club

Hampstead Branch Library

Story Time Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.


Thursday 2 – No Story Time!


Thursday 9 – Theme: Female Authors Books: Welcome Precious by Nikki Grimes The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson Activity: Flying Dove activity


Thursday 16 – Theme: Valentine’s Day Books: Puppy Love by Rico Green Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by Kim Dean Activity: Heart Butterflies


Thursday 23 – Theme: Celebrating Differences Books: Skin Again by Bell Hooks Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers Activity: Unity Wreath


Hampstead Black History Month Program

Thursday, February 11 @ 4 p.m.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle Movie and Discussion Movie: Freedom Riders Discussion: What was extraordinary about their courage and what differences did it make?




Created Equal Film Screenings


Pintlala Branch Library

Thursday, February 18 @10: 00 AM: The film screening of Abolitionists.


E L Lowder Regional Library

Friday, February 12 @ 3:30 PM: Created Equal Film Screening of The Loving Story


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