MCCPL Announces December Events!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

December 2016


Pike Road Branch Library

Special Event: Holiday Open House  

Wednesday, December 7 – 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library host our annual Holiday Open House featuring crafts, refreshments and visits from Elsa of Disney’s Frozen and Santa Claus! Grown-ups should bring their cameras for photo opportunities with Elsa and Santa. This is a drop-in event so families may arrive any time between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.


Storybook Time – for ages three through six –

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read two or more picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

December 5 – Santa is sick and Christmas will be here soon! What’s a cat to do? Well, if you are Pete the Cat, then you will help out however you can because it’s all good. We’ll read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and James Dean.

December 12 – “Oh, gobble, gobble!” Turkey survived Thanksgiving, but lots of folks like to eat turkey for Christmas dinner, too. Can this master (not really) of disguise trick his way out of being the main course for two consecutive holidays? We’ll find out when we read Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.

December 19 – It’s almost here! Are you excited? You are probably not as excited as the little bear in Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman. He won’t stop asking Big Bear a certain question. You can probably guess what that question is by reading the title of the book.

December 26 – NOTE: There will be no Storybook Times today because the library will be closed in observance of Christmas.


Toddler Time – for ages one through three –

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week. NOTE: We will not have Toddler Time on Wednesday, December 28. The dates will be:

December 7

December 14

December 21


Book Clubs

The Angry Dragons Book Club and The Pike Road Bookies will not meet in December.

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


Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

Rosa L. Parks Avenue Branch

Children’s Programs


Mondays AND Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

All storytimes will include song and dance so we can keep our bodies as active as our minds!

December 5th and 6th

It’s finally December and (hopefully!) getting cold. Come to story time and listen to When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan to learn what happens in the winter. One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler is a cozy follow up as Hedgehog shares his warm winter clothes and finds a nice surprise.

December 12th and 13th

TOYS: Christmas is coming soon! Let’s talk about all the kinds of things we might want and how to take care of them. We’ll start with I Love My New Toy! By Mo Willems. Then we’ll read another book by the same author called Watch Me Throw the Ball that shows how you can have fun with old toys in new ways.

December 19th and 20th

Join us for a very special Christmas themed story time! We’ll find out How Santa Got His Job in a story written by Stephen Krensky and Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess. There may even be a special visitor for our Tuesday story time!

December 27th

New Year’s Eve is coming, and with it the possibility of staying up late and parties. We’ll read about both in Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! By Mo Willems and elephant Small Goes to a Party by Sally Grindley.

Lego Club

Friday, December 16 @ 3:30 p.m.

Description: Come get creative and play with our set of Legos!


Young Adult Programs

Teen Writing Group

Thursday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 @ 4:00 p.m.

Get your pens and notebooks and we’ll work together with JP da Poet to create some of the best poets and writers Montgomery has ever seen!


Adult Programs

Medicaid and Medicare!

Thursday, December 1 @ 10:00 a.m.

Virginia Walker, licensed benefits advisor, will be talking about the ins and outs of Medicaid and Medicare. Come with your questions and see if you might qualify and what you need to do to apply.


Genealogy Talks with Frazine K. Taylor

Thursday, December 8 @ 2:30 p.m.

Join us as Frazine K. Taylor, author of Research African American Genealogy in Alabama,  former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and part-time archivist at ASU speaks about genealogical research. Taylor has a long and impressive resume that includes degrees in Business Commerce (B.S.) from Knoxville, TN and Library Science (MLS) from Atlanta University, GA. She is currently the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage and Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission.

Scrabble Time

Tuesday, December 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

Description: Come over to Bertha Williams Library and play Scrabble with us. We have plenty of dictionaries for you to brush up on your vocabulary and the Jumble in the Montgomery Advertiser is helpful too! See how sharp your Scrabble skills are against the librarians or just play for fun!

Alabama Needs Your History

Presented by Haley Aaron, ADAH

Wednesday, December 14 @ 10:00 a.m.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be working with Bertha Pleasant Williams Library to record this area’s very special oral histories. This informational session will cover what oral histories are, their importance to research, what they’re looking for in a subject, and what the overall goal of the oral history project will be. There will also be the opportunity to sign up to participate in the project at the library. You do not have to attend the meeting to schedule an interview session!


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

No Rest for the Dead

Author: many

Description: When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found inside an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted, and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. ~Dust jacket.


Open House, Ugly Sweater, Christmas Movie Extravaganza (with Legos)

Friday, December 16

Description: We’ll be in a festive mood ALL DAY at Bertha Williams Library. Come check out our Christmas decorations and our ugly sweaters. Bring a snack and grab a seat in our meeting room turned Christmas movie showroom. We’ll be showing movies all day. Call and ask what’s on our schedule (if we don’t have what you’re looking for, bring it with you, we’re flexible)!


Senior Bingo

Monday, December 19* @ 10:00 a.m.

Audience: Seniors/Adults

Description: 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.

*We’ll be closed Dec 26 for the holidays


Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays) @ 10:30 a.m. AND 2:30 p.m.

Pre-registration IS Required.

Sign up for a one on one genealogy session with librarian Amy Campbell. She’ll show you beginning tips and tricks for tracing your ancestry. If you’ve already been working on your tree, find ways to digitize your information to keep better track during your research. Email, Call, or come in to set up your 45 minute session. Contact: 334-240-4979,


Governor’s Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 6:   Holiday Surprises Day

Children will sing holiday songs, then enjoy the stories A Star for Christmas and Elijah’s Angel, followed by a craft.

December 13: Jolly Old Santa

Ms. Anita will prepare the children for a special visitor by reading Santa Calls and The Night Before Christmas.  Then they will get a surprise visit from Santa himself!

December 20: Almost Christmas!

The children will be very excited that the holidays are approaching, and will enjoy singing Christmas songs! Then Ms. Anita will read the stories Mary Englebreit’s A Merry Little Christmas and Dream Snow. Then the children will do a connect-the-dots activity.

December 27:  Winter Movie Day

Children will enjoy watching the movie Winter Wonderland, followed by a coloring page activity.

Governor’s Square Book Bunch Meeting

Book Bunch Book Club will meet on December 14 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the David Baldacci unique novel The Christmas Train. The author displays his remarkable versatility in this holiday tale. Members and non-members alike are welcome to join the discussion, and experience the spirit of the season. Refreshments will be served.

Book jacket summary: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight “misunderstanding” at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Story Time

Movie Days @ the Library

Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.  

December 7: Children will enjoy the movie “Annie”.  The movie features a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when businessman and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 14:  Children will enjoy the movie “Lorax”.  A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of a girl. To find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 21: Children will enjoy the movie “Tangled”.  The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her life in a tower, but a runaway thief stumbles upon her, and Rapunzel discovers the world for the first time. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 28: No Storytime


Afternoon Fun Time

Every Wednesday @ 4:15pm – 4:45pm

Come join Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library and the Montgomery Therapeutic Center for an afternoon of fun and activities. Enjoy story time, games and movies to help relax from a day at school.

Comic Book Club

Every 3rd Thursday in Month

@ 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Come join Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library and others as we discuss & trade the latest adventures of our favorite comic book heroes.


Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming

Computer Class

Thursday, December 1 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Attendees will learn to use databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.



Monday, December 5 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian


After 5 Book Club Discussion

Monday, December 5 @ 6:00 p.m.

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Summary:  Big-hearted, genuine and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.  It’s everything you’ve always loved about

Terry McMillan. ~ Editor


Tuesday, December 6 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: Learn techniques of telling stories of our 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.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator


Wednesday, December 7 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian


Computer Class

Thursday, December 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Attendees will learn to databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.



Monday, December 12 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian



Tuesday, December 13 @ 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating Montgomery County 1816-2016

Montgomery: 200 Years of Change

Description: Dr. Keith Krawczynski will discuss Montgomery’s growth and change over the past 200 years, focusing on the years 1819, 1918, and 2016.

Presenter: Dr. Keith Krawczynski, Scholars Without Walls Speakers’ Bureau, Auburn University Montgomery

The Sound of Music

Description: The performers will play patriotic and Christmas Carols using a hammered dulcimer which is a percussion instrument and stringed instrument with the strings typically stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board in which the strings are beaten with small hammers.

Presenter: American Dulcimer Society

Mrs. Pamela Robinson, Director

Yoga Class

Tuesday, December 13 @ 6:00 p.m.

Description: 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.

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher



Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian


Computer Class

Thursday, December 15 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description:       Attendees will learn to databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.

Yoga Class

Tuesday, December 20 @ 6:00 p.m.

Description:     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.

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher


Hampstead Branch Library

December Events Kathryn Powell

December 5 through 9

Montgomery County History Book Display

Come visit us during the week as we use a book display to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Montgomery County, Alabama!


Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 8 @ 3:45 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.

Join the Hampstead Branch Library for an afternoon of fun with a visit from Santa and crafts. We’ll have crafts, a movie, and a story with Santa. Gingerbread cookies will be provided too. Children’s Programs Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Ages: 1-4

December 6 – Winter Books: One Winter’s Day – Christina Butler Chaucer’s First Winter – Stephen Krensky Activity: Snowflake Tissue Paper Suncatcher

December 13 – Hanukkah Books: Hanukkah Bear – Eric Kimmel Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah – Jamie Korngold Activity: Menorah Coloring Sheets

December 19 – Christmas Books: A Very Fuddles Christmas – Frans Vischer Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – David Davis Activity: Foam Christmas Ornaments

December 27 – No Story Time No story time this week! Have a happy and safe New Year and we’ll see you next year!


Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 1: Try not to make too many requests at one time!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis: Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young boy’s day.

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis: One thing leads to another when you give a pig a party.

Craft – Mouse masks

December 8: Where is that noise coming from?

Z – Z Zoink by Bernard Most

Synopsis: A pig has trouble finding a place to sleep because she snores so loudly and wakes up the entire barnyard.

Fergus the Farmyard Dog by Tony Maddox

Synopsis: Fergus searches the farm to find the source of an unusual noise.

Craft – Dog masks

December 15: You are loved just the way you are!

Don’t Forget I Love You by Miriam Moss

Synopsis: After spending too much time playing with his favorite toy, Billy and his mother are very late for nursery school, and his mother forgets some crucial things as she rushes to work.

Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin, Jr., Bernard Martin, and Michael Sampson

Synopsis: Chicken Chuck the rooster, who has set himself up as boss of the barnyard because of his blue feather in the middle of his forehead, finds his authority undermined by a circus horse with two blue feathers.

Craft – Chicken with blue feather masks

December 22: Christmas is near!

Santa Duck by David Milgim

Synopsis: When Nicholas Duck, wearing a Santa hat and coat he found on his doorstep, goes looking for Santa to tell him what he wants for Christmas, all the other animals mistake him for Mr. Claus.

Santa Duck and His Merry Helper by David Milgrim

Synopsis: Every Christmas, Nicholas Duck helps Santa by collecting gift lists, but this year his little brothers and sister create havoc when they try to help.

Craft – Reindeer masks

December 29: No Story Time Today

See you next Thursday!

Parent Pre-School Activity Center

Every three weeks we will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s though processes. This is an activity where the parent and child explore together.


Youth Programs

Homework Assistance

Our program meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.  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.

Lego League

Lego League is offered the first and third Tuesday in December.

December 6 and December 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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


Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages are invited.

This will be offered the first and third Thursday in December.

December 1 and December 15 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join our coloring club. Adult level coloring sheets, children’s coloring sheets, crayons, and colored pencils will be provided.  Studies have shown this can be a great stress reducer.  Come relax with us!


Literacy in Music

Literacy in Music is offered the first and third Wednesday in December.

December 7 and December 21 @ 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Students must be accompanied by their parents and are encouraged to bring stringed instruments (ukulele, guitar, etc.). Students who do not play a stringed instrument may borrow a rhythm instrument to join in with the music making.  Activities which enhance literacy in music, language, and art will include games, movement, singing, and some crafts.

This course is appropriate for ages 6 – 9.


Adult Programs

Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages welcome!

This will be offered the first and third Thursday in December.

December 1 and December 15 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join our coloring club. Adult level coloring sheets, children’s coloring sheets, crayons, and colored pencils will be provided.  Studies have shown this can be a great stress reducer.  Come relax with us!


Coliseum Adult Program

Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 14 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with us as we welcome the Dulcimers. They will be playing our favorite holiday music along with a sing-a-long.


Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, December 21 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with us as we welcome the Dulcimers. They will be playing our favorite holiday music along with a sing-a-long.  This will also be the day of our Holiday Open House.

Weaving for Beginners

Wednesday, December 7 @ 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Hightower will be teaching weaving as we learn how to make a wall hanging. Please bring your own yarn as only limited yarn will be on hand.  Also, bring any projects you are working on that you would like to share.


Computer Class for Seniors

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 14 – setting up an email account and the use of the internet

December 28 – Student’s choice; you get to choose what you would like to learn



We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times. Come and help put our community puzzles together.

Art Gallery

We are happy to welcome Debbie Link as our Artist of the Month. Ms. Link will be exhibiting her black/white and color photography.


Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, December 8 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing “Titans”, by Leila Meacham. This is a story about Texas in the early 1900’s and its inhabitants who were on the cusp of an oil boom that would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth.


Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, December 15 @ 3:00 p.m.

Eastbrook Mystery Book club will discuss The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman.

Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by a sniper’s bullet. Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are somehow connected and recalls a chilling puzzle he was previously unable to solve. But Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee is too busy to take an interest in a dusty cold case … until the reborn violence of it hits much too close to home.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.


December 1st

We will read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. When Santa falls ill and Christmas may have to be canceled, Pete the Cat comes to the rescue. We will also read The Last Christmas Present by Matt Novak. One of Santa’s elves sets out on an adventurous journey to deliver a present that was accidentally left behind. We will have a craft.

December 8th

We will be using BookFlix to watch Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells and narrated by Nicole Freshette. Morris thinks his brother and sisters have better Christmas presents. But inside the last box the last box he finds a magical gift that makes all his troubles disappear.   We will also watch The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. This classic clement Moore poem of Saint Nicholas visit on Christmas Eve. We will have an activity.

December 15th

Merry Christmas from Ruby & Max

We will read and watch Max’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells. Max is told that he can’t stay up to see Santa, but he sneaks down anyway. Will Santa still come if Max is awake? We will have a craft.

December 22th

Movie Day: We will watch Little Brother Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure. On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother, who has gone missing. But in order to save Christmas, it’s going to take a lot of help from Niko’s friends. While on his epic journey to save his brother, Niko learns the importance of friendship and family, in this heartwarming Holiday tale that all ages will enjoy.

December 29th No Storytime


Cover to Cover Book Club Selection

Stepping to a New Day: A Blessings Novel by Beverly Jenkins                                                                 Summary: In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can’t start over without stirring things up . . .Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On her own for the first time, Genevieve Gibbs is ecstatic, even if certain people preferred the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs. Finding someone who appreciates the “new” her has only just hit Gen’s to-do list when T.C. Barbour appears in her life. A tiny Kansas town is a far cry from his native Oakland, California, but it’s just the change T. C. needs. While helping his divorced nephew acclimate to single fatherhood, T. C. lands a gig driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams. It’s a great way to meet people—and one in particular has already made the job worthwhile. All it takes is a short trip from the airport for Genevieve to snag T.C.’s attention for good. But it wouldn’t be Henry Adams without adding more drama to the mix. When Gen’s ex Riley returns with his hog in tow, it sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything—unless the residents pull together once again to save the day.  Review from


EL Lowder Regional Library


Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

December 2        

Bless You Santa! by Julie Sykes

Synopsis: When Santa comes down with a terrible cold just before Christmas, his animal friends send him to bed, finish all of the presents, load the sleigh hoping that he will be well in time to make his deliveries.

Activity: Santa Craft

December 9

Santa Claus and The Three Bears by Maria Modagno

Synopsis: When Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear return from a walk on Christmas Eve, they’re surprised to find their pudding eaten and their chairs broken.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

December 16: “Ugly Sweater Day”

The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a little mouse decides to stay awake to see Santa and ends up taking a wild ride in Santa’s sleigh before being returned home safe and sound.

Activity: Christmas Craft

(Come Join Us and Celebrate Our Last Storytime for 2016 by wearing your Ugly Sweater or Sweatshirt)


Stories And Crafts Are Subject To Change


Other Happenings @ EL Lowder Regional Library in December

Lowder Regional Library would like to invite everyone to our Holiday Open House on Friday, December 16th. Our theme this year is “the Night Before Christmas.”  We are planning a fantastic slumber party that will start in the morning at 10:15AM with Story Time (with a visit from the jolly old elf himself!).  The librarians have asked Santa for lots of new books this year so you can bet that they will be wearing their ‘kerchiefs and caps ready a long winter’s nap.  We will be having a coloring contest that we will award prizes for the best each hour starting at 11AM and ending at 5PM.  We will also have a large search-a-word and a mad lib for patrons to enjoy.  At 1:30pm we will be showing a Holiday Movie and from 4PM to 5PM we will have the Holiday edition of Lowder Lego League (we’re going to see what we can build using only red and green blocks!).  During the afternoon we are planning on Christmas Skits starring the Lowder Librarians and old fashioned board games will be available for guests to play.


Stitch and Share will be taking the holidays off. We will not meet again until January 26, 2017.  Hope to see you then.


Chess Club wants you every Saturday at 10AM until 12:45PM sharp as the library closes at 1PM on Saturdays.  If your child or you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or knows how and wants to join a group we invite everyone to become a member of the Lowder Chess Club.  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the door as soon as we know ourselves.


Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM.  December’s book choice is Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber.  Our yearly “Pot Luck Munch and Watch” will be this date; however, bringing munchies is not a requirement for attendance.  Our Christmas movie will be decided at a later date so mark your December calendars for Tuesday, December 6th.

            Summary:  Katherine O’Connor often spends her days at a cozy café on Blossom Street in Seattle—where she writes Christmas letters for other people. She’s good at making their everyday lives sound more interesting. More humorous. More dramatic.             But for Dr. Wynn Jeffries, who also frequents the café, Christmas means lies and deception. In fact, the renowned child psychologist recommends that parents “bury Santa             under the sleigh.” Katherine, however, feels that his parenting philosophy is one big             mistake—at least, based on her five-year-old twin nieces, who are being raised according      to his “Free Child” methods. She argues with Wynn about his theories, while he argues             that her letters are nothing but lies. They disagree about practically everything—and yet,   somehow, they don’t really want to stop arguing.  As the days—and nights—move closer   to Christmas, Katherine and Wynn both discover that love means accepting your        differences. And Christmas is about the things you share….

January’s date is Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading Killer Honeymoon by G. A. McKevett.

Summary:  Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid and her new husband, Dirk Coulter, were          hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but finding a freshly killed body on the beach        wasn’t what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is Amelia       Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super       wealthy husband. Now, instead of hosting the news, Amelia will be the lead story.The             local police clearly don’t want Savannah’s help, so she does a little digging on her own–    and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia crossed more     than a few powerful people on her way to the top–and learned the hard way that karma            can be a girl’s worst enemy. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead       in broad daylight? Savannah will have to find out, before a killer gets away with murder.. 


Gamers Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and Lowder Lego League meets on the third Friday afternoon of the month.

Registration is required for Gamer’s Club as there are a limited number of slots available. Participants may sign up for 330PM-430PM or 430PM to 530PM.  Parents are required to stay in the main area near the gaming system while participants are playing.  If there are others waiting and participant is more than 10 minutes late participant has forfeited their time slot and an alternate, if in the library at the time, will be allowed to complete the hour.   December 9, at 330PM and 430PM will be the next meeting.  Gaming will not continue past 530PM due to closing procedures.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk at Lowder Regional Library.


Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 4PM-5PM.  This event takes place in the Meeting Room which, due to fire regulations, limits the number of people that may legally be in the room at one time.  Parents of 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 must wait in the main area of the library while participant is in Meeting Room.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk at Lowder Regional Library. December 16th is the date!


Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-7:30PM. We are in still need of Homework Helpers on some Wednesday nights.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form for each branch that their children attend.  Students MUST bring homework and text books to Homework Assistance.  There will be no Homework Assistance during the student holiday vacation.  When the schools are closed there is no Homework Assistance.


The Staff of Lowder Regional Library wishes everyone happy and safe holidays as we will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 to spend time with our families during this holiday season. We also wish everyone the happiest of New Years!



Pintlala Branch Library



Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

December 1 @ 9:30 6th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Tree that came to Stay” by: Anna Quindlen

Synopsis – Choosing the perfect tree bringing it home to put an angel on the top branch and the next morning, seeing all of the presents underneath it what excitement and anticipation for two young boys and their baby sister. In this warm Christmas story for the whole family, well-loved author Anna Quindlen sensitively evokes the emotions all children feel at Christmas.   

ACTIVITY: A word activity for the holidays

December 5 @ 9:30 3rd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

BOOK: “Christmas in the Country” by: Cynthia Rylant

Synopsis – Christmas in the Country , brings the simple joys of the holiday season to families everywhere. Boxes of treasured, homemade ornaments are finally brought out of the closet; an evergreen wreath brightens the front door; an oversized tree is squeezed into the living room; and relatives gather for a delicious, noisy meal. As fresh and bright as new-fallen snow, here is a warm and loving celebration of Christmas: the memorable moments we cherish, share, and hold in our hearts — always.

ACTIVITY: Make snow flake ornaments

December 5 @ 1:00 Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Smallest Gift of Christmas” by: Peter Reynolds

Synopsis – Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he has ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it?

ACTIVITY: The children will make angel necklaces

December 5 @ 1:45 4th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

BOOK: “The Spirit of Christmas” by: Nancy Tillman

Synopsis – Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But   the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.

ACTIVITY: Make a Tic Tac game for the holidays

December 6 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Holly’s Christmas Eve” by: Wendy Watson

Synopsis – On Christmas Eve, Holly is ready to join the other ornaments in celebration. But disaster strikes when naughty Bad Cat bats the tree’s branches: Holly loses her wooden arm! Cloth Bear and Tin Horse rush to help her find it, meeting danger and becoming good friends along the way. Wendy Watson’s paintings glow with excitement as the trio hurries to get home safely before Santa arrives.

ACTIVITY: Color Santa’s face and countdown to Christmas

December 7 @ 11:20 Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

BOOK: “A Very Fuddles Christmas” by: Frans Vischer

Synopsis – The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?   

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate trees made out of foam

December 8 @ 10:30 5th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Oldest Elf” by: James Stevenson

Synopsis – In Santa’s workshop the elves are busy building video games, helicopters, dolls that walk and talk, and racing cars that go wherever you tell them to go. No one seems very interested in the old-fashioned toys that Elwyn, the oldest elf, is making. In fact there is so little interest in them that Santa and the sleigh leave without them. It is Blitzen who tells Elwyn what happened. And Blitzen, himself too old to go dashing through the night has been replaced by a doe named Josephine. With his well-known wit and ingenuity, James Stevenson solves the Problem.

ACTIVITY: Students will play holiday Library Bingo

December 8 @ 1:30 2nd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “McDuff’s New Friend” by: Rosemary Wells

Synopsis – On a snowy Christmas Eve, Fred, Lucy, McDuff, and the baby are nestled safely at home. Hopeful that Santa will make it through the blizzard, the family settles into bed…everyone except a restless McDuff, that is. With his ears in the radar position, McDuff watches and woofs through the night. Suddenly the whole house is startled by a loud thump. Could it be Santa?

ACTIVITY:  The children will make snowmen out of marshmallows

Friday December 9


Theme: Celebrating the Joy of Reading @the Library

A community gathering at the library to celebrate the holiday season through music, crafts, story time and light refreshments

December 13 @ 11:30 Pre-K                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

BOOK: “Bears stayed up for Christmas”   by: Karma Wilson

Synopsis – Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up–by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!  

ACTIVITY: We are making big marshmallow snowmen

December 13 @ 1:30 1st Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

BOOK: “Night Before the Night Before Christmas” by: Natasha Wing

Synopsis – It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist.

ACTIVITY: We are making paper bag reindeer

December 14 @ 9:30 3rd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

BOOK: “Huff and Puff’s Foggy Christmas” by: Jean Warren

Synopsis – Two child-like cloud characters follow Santa on his rounds, creating such a thick mist that Santa can’t see to deliver his gifts. Includes Christmas songs and activities.

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate holiday ornaments

December 14 @ 3:30 GOOD TIMES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

BOOK: “You are my Miracle” by: Maryann Cusimano Love

Synopsis – Nothing beats the magic of time spent between parent and child, and perhaps no time is more magical than Christmas. Presented in gentle rhymes and illustrations as warm and glowing as a winter’s fire, here is one such Christmas.

ACTIVITY: Students will enjoy our Holiday Cake Walk



Ramer Branch Library

Christmas Open House

Friday, December 9, 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Featuring story times, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus!!



Computer Classes for the Month of December 2016


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

December 6 – Internet for Beginners  Students learn how to access the Internet and surf the Web. The course examines the makeup of Web addresses and teaches how to find information using search engines.

December 13 – Word I (MS Office 2010) Microsoft Word is used to create documents and letters. This course covers basic features such as ribbon, tabs, and scrolling. Students learn to enter and select text, double space, and print. Word Art and Clip Art are also covered.

December 20 – Excel I (MS Office 2010) Microsoft Excel is used to create spreadsheets, which are used to organize information or to do numerical record-keeping. The course covers creating a basic spreadsheet and a chart.


The first Saturday of every month is for 1st-4th Grades 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  and 5th-8th Grades 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM  December 3 – Publisher I (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn how to create holiday greeting cards and invitations using Publisher.


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

December 17 – PowerPoint (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn basic functions of this program to create presentations, including adding graphics and multimedia.


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