Pike Road Branch Library’s June 2016 Programs
Summer Events for Rising First Graders through Rising Fifth Graders – Tuesdays at 3 p.m.
- June 7 – Tommy Johns presents “READING: The Sport of Champions,” a brand new, mega fun show featuring magic, puppets, comedy, storytelling and audience participation! This engaging and hilarious show will entertain kids and parents while they learn that good readers are WINNERS who can do almost ANYTHING! Tommy Johns appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
- June 14 – The Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center will introduce us to some of the magnificent birds in their care. The Raptor Center appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
- June 21 – Cowboy Bruce and Vernie return with their ever-popular Wild West Show. Cowboy Bruce and Vernie appear courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
- June 28 – The Montgomery Zoo comes to the library with several animals.
Afternoon Story Time – for ages three through six – Mondays at 4 p.m.
- June 6 – The theme for this summer’s reading program is “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!” which naturally suggests sports and fitness. We’re going to read some books that present a variation on that theme. This week, we’ll read about a chicken and a pig hanging ten…or rather claws and hooves in Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey and Henry Cole and Pig Kahuna by Jennifer Sattler.
- June 13 – If you fall off your surfboard, you’re going to end up swimming, so, this week, we turn our attention to characters learning how to swim. Cats are not known for their love of water and Splat is no exception. We’ll see if he ever learns how to swim in Splish, Splash, Splat by Rob Scotton. Now, frogs, on the other hand, are usually around water, but Froggy doesn’t know how to swim. Can his mom teach him? The title just might give it away when we read Froggy Learns to Swim by Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz.
- June 20 – It’s important to be prepared before you take part in any activity, so it’s nice that Willie’s family wants to help her get ready for her first rafting trip. Unfortunately, they may be providing a bit too much help. We’ll see if Willie ever gets to enjoy her Big Day on the River, a book by Sarah Wilson and Randy Cecil.
- June 27 – We’ll wrap up a month of aquatic adventures with two stories about sailing. First, we’ll enjoy a virtual sailing excursion courtesy of Sail Away by Donald Crews, then we’ll see what happens when Poppleton Pig reluctantly spends a day on a sailboat, which is a chapter in Poppleton Everyday by Cythia Rylant and Mark Teague.
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:
- June 8
- June 15
- June 22
- June 29
Lego League – Thursdays at 4 p.m.
- Each week, builders (ages 5 and up) will face a new challenge and create something awesome.
Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, June 8 at 4 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant.
- Publisher’s Summary – Anastasia is a completely average almost-eleven-year-old. That is, UNTIL her parents die in a tragic vacuum-cleaner accident. UNTIL she’s rescued by two long-lost great-aunties. And UNTIL she’s taken to their delightful and, er, “authentic” Victorian home, St. Agony’s Asylum for the Criminally Insane. But something strange is going on at the asylum. Anastasia soon begins to suspect that her aunties are not who they say they are. So when she meets Ollie and Quentin, two mysterious brothers, the three join together to plot their great escape!
Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, June 23 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig.
- Publisher’s Summary – Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the Montana Rockies, a landscape that gives full rein to an eleven-year-old’s imagination. But when Gram has to have surgery for “female trouble” in the summer of 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in faraway Manitowoc, Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate-bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical–is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donal can’t seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, Last Bus to Wisdom is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasure on countless readers.
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