Pike Road Branch Library’s April 2016 Programs
National Library Week Events
National Library Week takes place April 10 through April 16. It is the American Library Association’s annual celebration of what libraries and librarians do for their communities. The Pike Road Branch Library will offer special National Library Week themed sessions of Afternoon Story Time, Good Morning Story Time and Lego League to participate in the event.
- Monday, April 11 at 4:30 p.m. – It takes years of training to become a librarian, but, for our special National Library Week edition of Afternoon Story Time for ages 3 to 6, we’re going to induct our attendees into the Library Secret Service if they can remember the “Very Official Guidelines” including Never Let a Ghost Borrow a Library Book, which also happens to be the title of the book by Karen Casale and Cecilia Rebora.
- Wednesday, April 13 at 10 a.m. – We’ll learn the baby sign language signs for “book” and “library” at a special National Library Week edition of Good Morning Story Time for ages 1 to 3.
- Thursday, April 14 at 4 p.m. – We’ll close out our observance of National Library Week with a special library-themed session of Lego League. Ages 5 and up will be challenged to build something that represents what they love most about their library.
Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series
On Thursday, April 21 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present author and songwriter Frye Gaillard. Mr. Gaillard is the co-author of The Quilt: And the Poetry of Alabama Music published by NewSouth Books. According to NewSouth, the book contains “reflections on the works of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, and W. C. Handy, among many others.” Mr. Gaillard will be joined by Anne E. DeChant, a singer and songwriter from Nashville, who will perform songs noted in the book.
Special Guest Author – Dr. April L. Jones, Ph.D.
On Thursday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m., Dr. April L. Jones, Ph.D., will discuss her book, Nurse Commitment: How to Retain Professional Staff Nurses in a Multigenerational Workforce. According to Dr. Jones, “Retaining nurses is a major issue for healthcare organizations, resulting in unnecessary costs, poor work performance, and a loss of patient safety.” However, her book offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to creating successful multigenerational and multicultural teams that can be applied to healthcare and other industries.
Afternoon Story Time – for ages three through six – Mondays at 4:30 p.m.
- April 4 – Rejoice, for this Thursday, April 7, is National No Housework Day! (No, we’re not making this up.) To prepare for this day of doing no housework, we will read some cautionary tales about what would happen if we never did housework, including Lazy Daisy by David Olson and Jenny Campbell and Pigsty by Mark Teague.
- April 11 – It takes years of training to become a librarian, but, for our special National Library Week edition of Afternoon Story Time for ages 3 to 6, we’re going to induct our attendees into the Library Secret Service if they can remember the “Very Official Guidelines” including Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book, which also happens to be the title of the book by Karen Casale and Cecilia Rebora.
- April 18 – Wednesday, April 20 is National Look-Alike Day. In honor of the occasion, we will read Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo Willems, in which Trixie learns that her beloved, one-of-a-kind Knuffle Bunny isn’t really unique. The awkwardness that ensues is akin to two girls wearing the same style dress to prom, but with preschoolers and plush bunnies.
- April 25 – We started the month with cautionary tales about laziness in the house, so we’ll close out the month with a tale of the consequences of laziness on a farm where a lazy old farmer makes a duck do all of his work. When the duck collapses from exhaustion, the other animals decide that enough is enough and rally to help Farmer Duck in the book by Martin Waddell and Helen Oxenbury.
Good Morning Story Time – for ages one through three – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.
Children and grown-ups enjoy songs and stories each week. The dates will be:
- April 6
- April 13
- April 20
- April 27
Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, April 6 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff.
- Publisher’s Summary – In a magic kingdom where your name is your destiny, 12-year-old Rump is the butt of everyone’s joke. But when he finds an old spinning wheel, his luck seems to change. Rump discovers he has a gift for spinning straw into gold. His best friend, Red Riding Hood, warns him that magic is dangerous, and she is right. With each thread he spins, he weaves himself deeper into a curse. To break the spell, Rump must go on a perilous quest, fighting off pixies, trolls, poison apples, and a wickedly foolish queen. The odds are against him, but with courage and friendship and a cheeky sense of humor he just might triumph in the end.
Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, April 21 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss The Quilt: And the Poetry of Alabama Music by Frye Gaillard and Kathryn Scheldt.
- Publisher’s Summary – With a combination of song lyrics and reflective essays, Alabama author Frye Gaillard and recording artist Kathryn Scheldt pay tribute to the literary legacy of Alabama songwriters. Included here are reflections on the works of Hank Williams, Emmylou Harris, and W. C. Handy, among many others. Scheldt and Gaillard share Emmylou’s view that the Americana music coming out of Alabama has been “the literature of the people.” In addition to writing about this tradition, these two authors are part of it. In these pages and on an accompanying CD are songs co-written by Scheldt and Gaillard.
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