Pike Road Announces January, 2017 Programs!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s January 2017 Programs

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series

On Thursday, January 19 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present Nancy B. Dupree and Christopher Sawula, authors of Greetings from Alabama: A Pictorial History in Vintage Postcards from the Wade Hall Collection of Historical Picture Postcards from Alabama.

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:

  • January 9 – We’ll kick off the year with a new book by Eric Litwin, the author of the first Pete the Cat books. Mr. Eric is writing a new series of books about a dog named Groovy Joe, who loves ice cream. Unfortunately for Groovy Joe, dinosaurs love ice cream, too. We’ll see if it’s all good when we read Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld.
  • January 16 – There will be no Storybook Time today because the library will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
  • January 23 – Glub, glub, glub. The Pout-Pout Fish spreads the dreary-wearies all over the place. Will his frown ever be turned upside down? Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna bring us the tale of The Pout-Pout Fish.
  • January 30 – There is a new bird at the zoo and he will not stop singing when the other animals want to sleep! Whatever can they do to silence the foul fowl in The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie and Steven Kellogg


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. The dates will be:

  • January 4
  • January 11
  • January 18
  • January 25

Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, January 11 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss Blue Sea Burning by Geoff Rodkey.

  • Publisher’s Summary – After narrowly escaping the New Lands, Egg is determined to take down ruthless slave trader Roger Pembroke. But war is brewing among the Blue Sea’s pirate gangs–and Egg, Guts, and Kira are running out of time to find the Fire King’s treasure and free the Okalu slaves from the silver mine on Sunrise. Can they save Kira’s people before Sunrise is plundered by Ripper Jones’s pirates? Will Burn Healy save the day, or has the legendary captain finally met his match? And will Egg ever win back Millicent from the annoyingly handsome Cyril? This explosive conclusion to Egg’s journey delivers the ultimate combination of humor, heart, and white-knuckle adventure.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, January 19 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Dead Wake by Erik Larson.

  • Publisher’s Summary – From the #1 New York Times bestselling author and master of narrative nonfiction comes the enthralling story of the sinking of the Lusitania On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”–the fastest liner then in service–and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small–hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more–all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.


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