MCCPL Announces August Events!!

Bertha Williams

Adult Programs


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, August 10 @ 11:00am

Title: The House Girl

Author: Tara Conklin

Lina Sparrow, an ambitious first-year associate in an elite Manhattan law firm, is given a difficult, highly sensitive assignment that can make her career: find the “perfect plaintiff” to lead a historic class-action lawsuit worth trillions of dollars in reparations for the descendants of American slaves.


An unexpected lead comes from her father, renowned artist Oscar Sparrow, who tells her about a controversy currently rocking the art world. Art historians now suspect that the revered paintings of Lu Anne Bell, an antebellum artist known for her humanizing portraits of slaves from her plantation Bell Creek, were actually the work of her house slave, Josephine. A descendant of Josephine’s would be the perfect face for the firm’s lawsuit—if Lina can find one. But nothing is known about Josephine’s fate following Lu Anne Bell’s death in 1852.


Alternating between antebellum Virginia and modern-day New York, this searing tale of art and history, love and secrets explores what it means to repair a wrong, and ask whether truth is sometimes more important than justice. -from dust jacket


Author Talk

Wednesday, August 24 from 2:30 -3:30 pm

Title: Don’t Worry About the Mule Going Blind

Author: Betty Tucker

Betty Tucker was born in Troy, Alabama, in 1947. Then in 1956, when Betty’s family loses their already poverty-stricken home in Troy, Alabama. The family was then forced into migrant farm work, which forced them to move, season-to-season with the crops, from Utica, New York to Belle Glade, Florida. Betty Tucker is an author, poet and inspirational speaker. She holds a degree in behavioral science from the University of San Francisco. Her career includes twenty years with the United States Postal Service and twenty years of service with the San Francisco Unified School District as a teacher. A proud matron, Betty is a mother of five and a grandmother of four. Currently, Betty writes and lives in both Richmond, California and Montgomery, Alabama.


Join us as the author speaks about her work and life. Copies of her book will be available for checkout at Bertha Williams Library leading up to the event.


Senior Bingo

Monday, August 29 @ 10:30am

Seniors are invited to have fun playing an hour of Bingo @ Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch. An assortment of prizes will be available.


Fourth Friday Cook Up

Friday, August 26 @ 4:00 pm

Audience: Adult

Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. This month is Favorite Cookbooks. Bring your favorite cookbook and a dish using a recipe from it. Prior registration is not required, but is encouraged so that we do not have too much salad/bread/dessert (no such thing).

Participation is required for partaking, but if you can’t cook feel free to bring plates, cups, and/or plastic forks. Not sure what we need? Give us a call 240-4979.


Children’s Programs

Lego Club

Third Friday

August 19 @ 3:30pm

Come get creative and play with our set of legos!


We’re taking a break during August. Look for us again on Tuesdays @10am in September!


EL Lowder

The August calendar is going to be rather quiet as the Children’s Librarians take their annual month of rest. There will be no Story Times, no Pajama Story Times, No Gaming, and No Lego League during the month of August. Chess Club will continue to meet as usual.


The Ladies of High Tea will be reading the book Miss Julia Paints the Town, the 9th book in the series by Ann B. Ross.

The sleepy town of Abbotsville is abuzz over the mayor’s plans to replace the old courthouse with luxury retirement condos. On top of that, several of the town’s husbands seem to have flown the coop. As usual, it falls to Miss Julia to save the day-and the courthouse- even if she has to expose a few of the town’s not-so- well-kept secrets.


Join the Ladies and have a “cuppa” Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 3PM. We meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3pm. Next month’s meeting will be Tuesday, September 5th and we will be reading our yearly classic the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Great Expectations is Charles Dickens’s thirteenth novel. It is his second novel, after David Copperfield, to be fully narrated in the first person. Great Expectations is a bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, and it’s a classic work of Victorian literature. It depicts the growth and personal development of an orphan named Pip….Great Expectations has a colorful cast that has entered popular culture: the capricious Miss Havisham, the cold and beautiful Estella, Joe the kind and generous blacksmith, the dry and sycophantic Uncle Pumblechook, Mr. Jaggers, Wemmick with his dual personality, and the eloquent and wise friend, Herbert Pocket.

Chess Club

Every Saturday from 10am – 12:45 sharp

In the event that the club is not meeting a sign will be posted as soon as possible announcing the cancelation. 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.


Gamer’s Club

Gamer’s Club will return in September.


Lego League

Lego League will return in September.


Stitch and Share

Thursday, August 25 @ 3pm

Calling all Quilters, Knitters, and Crochet-ers to join us! We invite you to bring your quilts, knitting, crochet, or any other kind of needlework and join us. If you are stuck on a project need help maybe we can get you going again!



Coliseum Library

Adult Programs

Wednesday, August 17 @ 10:00am

Missy Middlebrooks, with ADEM, will be here to present a program on the water quality of streams and rivers in Alabama from the most polluted to the most pristine.


Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, August 11 @ 3:00pm

Today we will be discussing “The Dressmaker’s War”, by Mary Chamberlain, a historical fiction account of an English seamstress taken prisoner in Germany during WWII. In this novel it tells of Ada Vaughan while describing her perseverance, the choices she must make to stay alive, and the haunting aftermath of the war.  Then, we will receive “A Land More Kind than Home”, by Wiley Cash, a story about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.



Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, August 25 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “The Sound of Glass”, by Karen White. This is the story of Merritt, who is living in her family home surrounded by strangers, and how she is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Lowcountry.


Coliseum Art Gallery

Our featured artist this month is Mr. Billy Farshee. Come by and see his wonderful pet portraits and still life paintings.


Weaving for Beginners

Wednesday, August 3 @ 10:00 am

Barbara Hightower will be teaching weaving as we learn how to make a wall hanging. Please bring your own materials as only limited materials will be on hand.


Story Time, Lego League, and Coliseum Coloring Club will resume in September.



Rufus Lewis Library


Adult Programs


After 5 Book Club

Monday, August 1 @ 6:00pm


Title: Moon Underfoot

Author: Bobby Cole

Summary: Bobby Cole’s debut novel The Dummy Line, introduced us to reluctant hero Jake Crosby, an avid outdoorsman and ordinary man pushed to extraordinary lengths. Eighteen months has passed since Jake and his daughter endured a harrowing ordeal in the Alabama woods. To save his child, Jake killed two men working with notorious drug runner “Ethan Moon Pie” Daniels. Jake’s grateful that they survived, but can’t shake the felling that the horror isn’t over and that retribution is coming.  ~ Editor


Computer Class

Thursdays @ 11:00 A.M.


August 4

August 11

August 18

August 25

Audience: Adult & Young Adult

Email: Learn how to create email addresses, compose messages, save, and attach documents to email accounts.

Identity Theft

Tuesday, August 9 @ 10:00am

Audience: Adult

Presenter: Emily Nichols, Office of Attorney General State of Alabama

Summary: Audience will be informed of the consequences of identity theft and how to avoid becoming a victim.


Yoga Class with Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

Tuesday, August 9 @ 6:00pm

Audience: Adult

Summary: This course is an introduction to the ancient practice of Yoga. Through a series of gentle Yoga Poses, participants will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation. Comfortable, form fitting, but stretchy clothing is recommended.  Participants of all levels of health, mobility and flexibility are encouraged to attend as Yoga Poses can be adapted for comfort.



Tuesday, August 16 & 23 @ 10am- 11:30am

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

Audience: Adult

Description:techniques of telling stories of your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff (334-240-4848) for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Teen Programs

Teen Sci-Fi Book Club

Second Mondays of each month

 August 8 @ 6:00-7:30pm


Book: Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

Sophronia is far more interested in gadgetry and other unladylike activities than her mother would really care for, but when she goes to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality she learns more than she bargained for. Set in Victorian era England, with just a hint of steampunk and paranormal, Carrier offers a world of wit, whimsy, and intrigue.

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

Contact Amy L. Campbell for questions (334-240-4979)


Teen Writing Group

Every Monday (except holidays)

@ 4:00-5:00pm

August Meeting Dates: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th

Enjoy writing? Want a group to write with? Join us at Rufus Lewis Library and write for fun or to improve your craft. Sharing is encouraged but optional. Each week we will explore a different aspect of writing that you can focus on, or you can continue work on your own writing. It is recommended that you bring a dedicated notebook or folder.

Contact Amy L. Campbell for questions (334-240-4979)


Pike Road

Special Guest Author – Dr. Craig Darch, author of From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Coach Mel Rosen

Wednesday, August 3rd @ 3 p.m.

Publisher’s Summary – This book follows Mel Rosen’s life from the streets of Brooklyn during the 1930s and 1940s to his selection as head coach of the United States track-and-field team for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics. The story describes how a Jewish kid from Brighton Beach, New York, followed his dream to become the head track-and-field coach at Auburn University for 28 years. Rosen’s achievements there were extraordinary. He coached seven Olympians and 143 All-Americans and guided Auburn’s track-and-field team to four consecutive Southeastern Conference indoor championships. The pinnacle of his career was coaching U.S. Olympians to a record 20 medals in Barcelona. As a result of his impressive achievements, Rosen was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame (1993), the U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame (1995), and the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame (1994). Auburn University honored him in 2006 by naming its new track the Hutsell-Rosen Track.


Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library featuring guest speaker Ethel Boykin, founder of the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park

Thursday, August 18th @ 10 a.m.

Learn about how the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library make all of the library’s programs possible and then enjoy a talk from horticulturist Ethel Boykin, as she discusses the process of establishing the Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park.


Book Clubs


The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, August 18th at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown.

Publisher’s Summary – For readers of Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit and Unbroken, the dramatic story of the American rowing team that stunned the world at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, Daniel James Brown’s robust book tells the story of the University of Washington’s 1936 eight-oar crew and their epic quest for an Olympic gold medal, a team that transformed the sport and grabbed the attention of millions of Americans. The sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the boys defeated elite rivals first from eastern and British universities and finally the German crew rowing for Adolf Hitler in the Olympic Games in Berlin, 1936. The emotional heart of the story lies with one rower, Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not for glory, but to regain his shattered self-regard and to find a place he can call home. The crew is assembled by an enigmatic coach and mentored by a visionary, eccentric British boat builder, but it is their trust in each other that makes them victorious.

Good Morning Story Time – ages one through three—Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

Children and grown-ups enjoy songs and stories each week. Good Morning Story Time will take place on the following dates:

August 3

August 10

August 17

August 24

August 31 – featuring special guest leader, Ms. Leigh.

NOTE: Afternoon Story Time and the Angry Dragons book club will return this Fall.

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


9585 Vaughn Road

Pike Road, Alabama

Phone 334-244-8679




The Pike Road Branch Library


Dr. Craig Darch

Author of

From Brooklyn to the Olympics: The Hall of Fame Career of Auburn University Track Coach Mel Rosen


Wednesday, August 3 at 3 p.m.

at the Pike Road Branch Library




Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club

4th Wednesday @ 11:00 a.m.



August 24 – “Sweet Tea and Jesus Shoes”. A series of short stories about life in the south by famous authors such as Donna Ball, Virginia Ellis and Nancy Knight.



Hampstead, Ramer, Governor’s Square, and Pintlala

programs will return in September.


Computer Lab Classes at Morgan Library



Tuesday adult classes are held on the first, second, and third Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 a.m.


August 2 – Internet for Beginners Hands-on class about the characteristics of the Internet, navigation and simple searching, and use of search engines. We will alsoInternet safety. August 9– Word I (MS Office 2010) Hands-on class about creating a basic letter. Students will also learn how to send letters as an attachment to their e-mail. August 16 –I(MS Office 2010) Students will learn to use different slide layouts, transitions, animations and photos to create their first slide show.



The first Saturday of every month is for 1st – 4th Grades 10:00am – 11:00am5th-8th Grades 11:00am- 12:30pm
August 6–I (MS Office 2010) Students will learn how to create a simple budget with borders, clip art and word art.



Saturday adult classes are held on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.


August 20–I (MS Office 2010) Students will learn to use different slide layouts, transitions, and animations to create a basic slide show.

**Subject to change

Homework Assistance

The following branches will provide after school homework assistance on the days listed below beginning September 6, 2016 through May 18, 2017.

Monday      6:00 pm – 7:30pm                  Rufus Lewis Library               240-4848

Tuesday      5:00 pm – 6:00pm                  Coliseum Branch Library                271-7005

6:00 pm – 7:30pm          Morgan Library                      240-4999

Wednesday 6:00 pm – 7:30pm                  EL Lowder Library                 244-5717

Thursday    4:00 pm – 5:45pm                   Governor’s Square Library        284-7929

Homework assistance is provided by MCCPL staff and community partners.




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