MCCPL Announces February Events!!

February 2017 MCCPL Activities

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Black History Month

 

February 7:  African Folk Tales

Special guest reader Anthony Hubbard will read The Village of Round and Square Houses and The Hunter. Then the children will do a coloring page activity.

 

February 14: Be My Valentine

Children will enjoy hearing Ms. Anita read Queen of Hearts and Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine, followed by a craft.

 

February 21: Famous Black Americans

Guest reader Anthony Hubbard returns to delight the children with two biographies of Black Americans, Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds and George Washington Carver. Then the children will do a coloring page activity.

 

February 28: Celebrate Mardi Gras

Children will enjoy learning about this holiday and hearing Ms. Anita read Celebrate Mardi Gras With Joaquin, Harlequin and Marie Louise and Christoph at the Carnival. Then the children will make a craft and have a  parade in the library.

 

Adult Programs

 

Governor’s Square

Book Bunch Book Club

 

Book Bunch will meet Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.. Members will discuss the biography A Doctor in the House: My Life With Ben Carson by Candy Carson.

Summary: In this book, the author reveals many stories that have never been told before, in spite of the media spotlight on Dr. Carson in recent years.

 

The Black History Month program will be February 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. We are pleased to have local author and historian Dr. Richard  Bailey speak on the topic “ The History of Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama”.  Please join us for an most interesting program.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Story Times

 

February 1

SEE HISTORY @ YOUR LIBRARY! The Cleveland Ave bus will be at the Rufus A. Lewis Library

 

February 8

Celebrate African American History Month! We will be reading:

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport & Bryan Collier

Synopsis: Building on the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., this engaging biography tells his life story in an engaging and accessible manner for young readers.

With Books and Bricks by Suzanne Slade and Nicole Tadgell

Synopsis: This illustrated biography of the life and influence of Booker T. Washington tells the story of his life growing up and his adulthood as he sets his sights on building a school in Tuskegee, Alabama.

 

February 15

It’s a cold month, let’s get up and dance as we read:

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin & Scott Menchin

Synopsis: We join a wiggling dog as he wiggles throughout the day in this book of rhymes.

Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems

Synopsis: We join Gerald and Piggie as they learn to dance!

 

February 22

Celebrating National Library Lovers month we will be reading:

A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton

Synopsis: Bear and Mouse explore the wonders of the Library together!

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Synopsis: Dog loves books and loves sharing them even more!

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Black History Month

Programming

 

Cleveland Avenue Bus

Wednesday, February 1

Description: SEE HISTORY @ YOUR LIBRARY! The Cleveland Ave bus will be at the Rufus A. Lewis Library from 10- 12.

 

Friday Afternoon Film Club

February 3: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this 2015 historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement.

 

February 10: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: Spike Lee’s biopic of the civil rights leader Malcolm X. Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Basset, and Al Freeman Jr.

 

February 17: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: We will be showing Brother Outsider. Bayard Rustin posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2013 for his tireless lifelong civil rights work.  This film has received 25 awards and honors and has been shown at the United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals.

 

January 24: Friday’s Film at @ 4

Description: Charles Burnett directs this 1999 film in which 12-year-olds Sheyann and Rachel joins Martin Luther King Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery. Staring Mackenzie Astin, Jurnee Smollett, and Clifton Powell.

 

Rufus Lewis Wikipedia Club

Thursday, February 2, 9, 23 @ 4:00 p.m.

Description: When you need information, your first stop is often Wikipedia. But have you ever wanted to contribute? This month we will concentrate on articles related to Black History month with especial attention to subjects involving the River Region.

 

Rufus Lewis Graphic Novel Club

Thursday, February 16

Comic Book Club 4:00- 4:45

We will host a discussion of Congressman John Lewis’s March Series. This Graphic Novel Series depicts the lived experience of civil rights legend John Lewis set in the light of attending the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African American President, in 2008.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Adult Programming

 

February 2: Scrapbooking@ 12 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue, photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide material for this program.  Please contact staff @ 334-240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.  Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

February 3: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 6: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 12 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 6: After 5 Book Club Book Discussion @ 6:00 p.m.   

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Summary: In an extraordinary debut novel, based on a remarkable true story, Robert Hicks draws an unforgettable, panoramic portrait of a woman who, through love and loss, found a cause. Known throughout the country as “the Widow of the South”, Carrie McGavock gave her heart first to a stranger, then to a tract of hallowed ground, and became a symbol of a nation’s soul.

 

February 7: Voices in Black History Speech Contest (Grades 6-8/Grades 9-12) @ 6:00 p.m.

Description: Each contestant will research and write his/her own speech, present a 4-7 minute speech and present in character and costume.
February 9: Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue, photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide material for this program.  Please contact staff @ 334-240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.  Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

February 10: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

 

February 13: SaveFirst Tax Prep@ 12 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

           

February 14: Celebrating Black History @ Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: Join in the celebration with Attorney Julian McPhillips Jr. discussing his latest title, Civil Rights In My Bones. In addition, enjoy a musical selection of Negro Spirituals performed by Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Pianist/Vocalist.

 

February 14:  Yoga Class @ 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:  Mrs.Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

February 16:  Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue, photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide material for this program.  Please contact staff @ 334-240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.  Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

February 17: SaveFirst Tax Prep@ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 23: Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue, photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide material for this program.  Please contact staff @ 334-240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.  Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

February 24: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

 

February 28:  Yoga Class @ 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:  Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

Rosa L. Parks Avenue Branch

 

Adult Programs

 

*Motown Mondays

Every Monday in February @ 2-6 p.m.

February 6, 13, 27

(closed 20th for Presidents’ Day)

Description: Groove with us to that good “back in the day” music as we play Motown music at background levels. There will definitely be swinging and swaying, and “records” playing, but we can’t guarantee dancing in the streets. Feel free to check out our bulletin board about Black Alabama Musicians while you tap your toes. (Music may be turned down or off at request so as not to disturb patrons working).

 

*Cleveland Avenue Bus

Tuesday, February 7 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Description: The Cleveland Avenue Bus will be on loan from MATS for photo opportunities and a look inside at this historical replica of the bus Rosa Parks rode, on the same street and past the same library! Bus will be stationary, but is an excellent photo opportunity.

 

*Lynching in America

Wednesday, February 8 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: Ms. Kiara Boone from the Equal Justice Initiative will come and talk about the history of lynching in the South as well as work on the memorial to commemorate victims of racial terrorism.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, February 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell

Summary: Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship. ~Dust Jacket

 

Free Legal Clinic

Thursday, February 9 @ 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program will offer free legal services for civil cases (bankruptcy, divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, public benefits, etc.). If you have questions about what may be eligible, please contact Barbara Ann at 265-0222 ext 2.

 

*Josephine McCall, Author Talk

Monday, February 13 @ 11:15 a.m.

Description: Josephine McCall will talk about her book The Penalty for Success: My Father Was Lynched in Lowndes County. In recounting her father’s story, Mrs. McCall explores her ancestral roots, dating back to the pre-civil war era, and the evolution of her family to a status of entrepreneurs during the 1940s in the heart of the Alabama Black Belt. She places her narrative in the historical context of the Lowndes County she knew as a child and had to, in her words, “escape from” with her mother and siblings in order to save their lives. Through years of research, including interviews with relatives and elderly Lowndes County residents, Mrs. Bolling sought and found answers to many troubling questions that she had about her family, especially about events in her father’s life. Her journey of discovery presents a revealing narrative of a time, a place, and a people that challenges us to rethink the reality of life for both blacks and whites in a rural, southern community.

 

Scrabble Time

Tuesday, February 14 @ 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!

 

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Friday, February 17 @ 3:30 p.m.

Join us for a mid-afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk(quietly) with friends or make new ones. Movies will be PG-13 rating or lower, but parents are responsible for researching movie before allowing children to view.

Movie: The Wiz (1978)

Run time: 2 hr 16 min

 

*Fourth Friday Cook Up

Friday, February 24 @ 4:00 p.m.

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. This month is African and African American inspired dishes. Celebrate these rich cultures through one of our favorite activities, eating! Prior registration is not required, but is encouraged so that we don’t 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, tin foil, and/or plastic forks. Not sure what we need? Give us a call 240-4979.

 

Senior Bingo

Monday, February 27 @ 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.

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

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 or acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us
Young Adult Programs

 

Slam Poetry Workshop Class

Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.

February 2, 16, 23

*We will not have class on the 9th due to alternate programming

Description: Join JP da Poet in this workshop class about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. We recommend bringing a dedicated notebook and pens, but can provide pen and paper if necessary.

 

Children’s Programs

 

Reading Rockets (Literacy Tutors)

Mondays (except holidays)

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Description: In partnership with the Prattville Community Development Incorporation, we’re pleased to offer reading tutors for children and adults. If you or your children need assistance in learning to read or read more fluently, please take advantage of this free program. Questions about the program should be directed to Annail Fort (334) 233-0818.

 

Lego Club

Friday, February 17 @ 3:30 p.m.

Audience: Children

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

 

Storytimes

Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

All storytimes will include song and dance so we can keep our bodies as active as our minds! For February we’ll be reading stories from Africa or based on African and African American folktales and other black cultures. Come celebrate the richness of black storytelling.

 

February 6 and 7*

We will read and act out several of Aesop’s fables from a collection by Michael Hague and another by Beverley Naidoo. We’ll also learn where these stories originated.

*There will be a short story time on the 7th as we will have the Cleveland Avenue Bus. We encourage children young and old, or those just interested, to come by and check it out.

 

February 13 and 14

Today we’re focused on African music with Leopard’s Drum (Jessica Souhami) and The Singing Man (Angela Shelf Medearis). We’ll have a special dance time listening to African music.

 

February 21

Tricksters are important in every culture, but there’s no trickster like Anansi the Spider! First we’ll hear about how Anansi Does the Impossible (Verna Aardema) so he can bring down stories from the sky god. Then we’ll enjoy his antics as he plays tricks on his friends in Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock (Eric A. Kimmel).

 

February 27 and 28

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (John Steptoe) is about how kindness is rewarded when a king seeks his queen between two sisters. In The Orphan Boy (Tololwa Mollel) an old man is helped by an orphan boy until his curiosity gets the better of him.

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 2:  I love dogs!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Synopsis: The pigeon wants a puppy, but is it really a good idea for a pigeon to have a puppy?

Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis: Biscuit gets to go to the library to discover all the library has to offer.

Activity – Vicky Potter, with Dogs on Call/Easter Seals, will be bringing her trained dog

to meet all the boys and girls.

 

February 9: Valentine’s Day is near!

Happy Valentine’s Day by Robert Scull

Synopsis: Little Bill discovers the meaning of Valentine’s Day and shares his love with all he meets.

Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis: When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from.

Craft – Valentine’s Day craft

 

February 16: This is a happy day!

Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Synopsis: Danny invites his dinosaur friend to come to his birthday party.

How Will I Ever Sleep in this Bed? by Della Ross Ferreri

Synopsis: A little boy feels so alone in his new, big bed until he invites his stuffed animal friends to join him.

Craft – Dinosaur masks

 

February 23: Let’s work together to make things better!

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Synopsis: Gerald tells Piggy a long, crazy story about breaking his trunk.

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

Synopsis: When a tornado threatens the farm, Otis the Tractor must try to save the animals, including the unfriendly bull.

Craft – Bull masks

 

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 thought processes. This is an activity where 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 to students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday, February 2 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

All ages invited!

Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and join us in a scavenger hunt, along with games and activities involving the Harry Potter books. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!  There will be a prize given for the best costume, and for the person who can score the best on a Harry Potter trivia quiz.  Then, we will end the event with refreshments in the Conference Room.  Start planning your costume today so you can join the other wizards in all their wizardry.

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus

 

 

Lego League

Tuesday, February 21 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join the fun and creativity as we build with Legos! Lego League is offered the third Tuesday in the month

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Computer Class

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

February 7, 2017     Today we will be setting up email accounts.

February 21, 2017     Today we will develop resumes using Microsoft templates.

Pre-registration is required.   271-7005

 

 

Fiber Arts

Wednesday, February 8 @ 3:00 p.m.

We will change this to any fiber arts project. Do you have something you can teach, or would you like to learn how to do something. We still have looms and yarn, so bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks. Also, bring any projects you are working on that you would like to share.

Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, February 15 @ 10:00 a.m.

Attorney Julian McPhillips will be discussing his book, Civil Rights in My Bones.  This is his biography and details many of his accomplishments.  This will be a very informative event.

 

Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

February 1

Arts and Crafts – Valentine’s Day Sun Mobiles

Let’s have fun making your own heart mobiles that shine like stained glass.

Pre-registration requested

 

February 8

Technology – Ancestry Database

Interested in researching your family’s history but afraid of the cost? We will show you how to do it free.

 

February 15

Program – Attorney/Author Julian McPhillips

Mr. McPhillips will be addressing his newest book, Civil Rights in My Bones, a personal biography.

 

February 22

Non-Fiction Book Club featuring the 100’s – Philosophy

This month we are reading in the 100’s. This classification number encompasses philosophy, ghosts, big foot, psychology and psychics.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, February 9 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing Civil Rights in My Bones by Julian McPhillips, a personal biography.  Then, we will receive our book for March titled, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, February 23 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing “Deeper than the Dead”, by Tami Hoag. A fifth grade boy lands on a woman’s dead body whose eyes and mouth are glued shut, while trying to get away from the class bully. This is a story set in 1985 before DNA, forensic science and no criminal profiling.  Come and find out what “Deeper than the Dead” means.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

Wednesday, February 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

This month we are reading in the 100’s. This classification number encompasses philosophy, ghosts, big foot, psychology and psychics.  Select your own book from this area and be ready to share 3 to 5 things you have learned from reading your book.

 

Puzzles

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

 

Coliseum Art Gallery

We will be featuring the works of Gregory Daniels. Come and see his expressive art during the months of February and March.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

2590 Bell Road

Montgomery, AL  36117

www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Storytimes

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

February 3

Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye

Synopsis: When a crocodile captures Mrs. Chicken and takes her to an island to fatten her up, clever Mrs. Chicken claims that she can prove they are sisters and that therefore the crocodile shouldn’t eat her.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

February 10

Pete the Cat-Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kim Dean

Synopsis: Pete the Cate thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool until he realizes how many special cats are in his life.

Activity: Valentine’s Craft

 

February 17

The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut

Synopsis: Crafty Red Fox has taken Henrietta Hen’s beautiful egg. Now Henrietta and her friends must come up with a cunning plan to trick Red Fox into giving it back.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

February 24

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Synopsis: The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.

Activity: Fish Craft

 

February 2017 @ E L Lowder Regional Library

Happy Valentine’s Day from the staff of Lowder Regional Library!

 

Stitch and Share meets the third Thursday afternoon of the month. We will meet Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, or quilt please join us.  If there is something you need help with please bring it and let us see if we can help get you back on track.

 

Friends and Family Chess Club wants you every Saturday 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. 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 meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. For February the Ladies will be reading Killer Honeymoon (A Savannah Reid Mystery) 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. . .

~~Amazon.com~~

This book was originally scheduled for January but due to a conflict it was moved to February.

Come join us on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

 

March’s date is Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading The Chocolate Cupid Killings: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl.

Summary: It’s Valentine’s Day at TenHuis Chocolade, but Lee is getting no love from detective Derrick Valentine. He’s looking for one of their new employees-an abused woman who Lee and her Aunt Nettie have been hiding. But when Valentine meets his own sticky end, it’s Aunt Nettie who is suspect. Now, Lee has to free Nettie of guilt without exposing their innocent guest-and find a killer with a heart that’s definitely not made of chocolate…

~~Amazon.com~~

 

Gamers Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and pre-registration is required. Participants may sign up for 330pm-430pm or 430pm -530pm (all gaming must end at 530pm). February’s date is the 10th.

 

Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 4PM-5PM.  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 may wait in the main area of the library.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for February 17, 2017!

 

Lowder Regional Library now has Coloring for stressed out adults! The second Thursday afternoon from 4pm-5pm bring your tired of everything, frazzled, and anxious selves to color your cares away—at least for the time that you are here!  Join us Thursday, February 9th.

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6 -7:30 p.m.  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.

 

Lowder Regional Library is proud to present a Bilingual Korean Story Time every Tuesday of the month except the first Tuesday.  We will start at 4pm and end before 5:30pm.  In February we will meet February 14, February 21, February 28.  It will be held in the Meeting Room to the right as you come in the door of the library.  Parents must stay with children.

 

Join the EL Lowder Regional Library Staff on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6pm for the Elementary Regionals of the 2017 Voices in Black History Speech Competition. Some of the contestants will blow your mind with their presentations.  The Middle/Junior/Senior High Regionals will be held the next evening, Tuesday, February 7, 6pm, at the Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library on Mobile Highway and the finals will be held at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 6pm.

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library

February Events Kathryn Powell

 

Event:

Build Your Own Series: Valentine Wednesday, February 8 @ 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. (Sign-ups open from January 23 through February 3, 2017)

The start of a new series of monthly events on building or crafting a themed project; sign-ups are required to allow for the purchasing of materials. Open to all Ages. Children’s Programs Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ages: 1-4

February 7: Neighbors Books: Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers Uptown by Bryan Collier Activity:  Love One Another Window Decorations

 

February 14: Valentines Books: Valentine’s Day Grump by Rose Greydanus The Valentine’s Day Mix-Up by Amy Ackelsberg Activity: Valentine Dog

 

February 21: Folklore Books: When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing by Virginia Hamilton (selected stories: “Hummingbird and Little Breeze” and “When Miss Bat Could Sing.” Activity: Paper Plate Birds

 

February 28: Family Books: Welcome Precious­ by Nikki Grimes We Had a Picnic this Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson Activity:  Flowering family tree from a hand craft

 

Ramer Library Adult Program

Wednesday, February 8 @ 11:00- “A Visit With Author Betty Tucker”- Betty Tucker. Ms. Tucker discusses her life and her book Don’t Worry About the Mule Going Blind.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library

9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679 facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary

 

Special Book Discussion –

Frye Gaillard discusses his children’s novel,

Go South to Freedom

On Wednesday, February 8 at 2:30 p.m., author Frye Gaillard will discuss his book, Go South to Freedom, which is based on a true story about runaway slaves taking refuge with the Seminole Indians in Florida and a community of free blacks in Mobile. All are welcome to attend the book discussion, but we are extending a special invitation to homeschooling families.

 

 

Special Event –

Responsible Pet Care and Bite Prevention for Preschoolers and Parents

On Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m., Mary Hughes and Harvey, the therapy dog, from the Montgomery Humane Society, will present a program about pet care and interacting with pets for children age 5 and under and their parents. The library will be collecting supplies for the Humane Society until the date of the event. Visit the library’s Facebook page for a full list of needed items.

 

Storybook Time –

for age 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:

 

February 6 – Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means that chocolate factories are sure to be in high production. That is certainly true of the chocolate factory in today’s story, but something goes wrong when a rubber ducky falls into the chocolate-making machine. We’ll see just how bad things get in Oh, Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity by David Slonim.

 

February 13 – Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and nothing says “romance” like slugs! What? You don’t think slugs can be romantic? You will believe after we read Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson with illustrations by Kevin O’Malley.

 

February 20 – There will be no Storybook Time today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

 

February 27 – We’ll celebrate Mardi Gras a day early with some tales from the bayou including A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife by Whitney Stewart with illustrations by Gerald Guerlais.

 

Toddler Time –

for age 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:

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

 

Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 15 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes.

Publisher’s Summary – After twelve-year-old Addison Cooke’s uncle unearths ancient Incan secrets in Peru, he is kidnapped by a shadowy organization intent on stealing the treasure unless Addison and his friends can decipher the clues first.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, February 16 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Publisher’s Summary – In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.  

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-499

 

February 2

Happy Valentine’s Day

We will read Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean. Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool that is until he realizes how many special cats ther are in his life. We will also read The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig. Although they are many different colors, the crayon in a box discovers that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture. We will have a craft.

February 9

Be Mine Valentine

Movie Day (Wubby Be Mine)

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Love is in the air! We will watch Wubbzy Be Mine. Wubbzy, Widget, Walden, and daizy in Valentine themed episodes full of friendship and appreciation!

February 16

We will read I Love Chocolate by Davide Cali. A child describes the taste, smell and color of the world’s most beloved treat. We will also read Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste. We will have a craft.

February 23

A Day with Emily Pearl

We will read I Can Do It Myself ! by Diane Adams. Emily Pearl is a big girl and wants to do things all by herself. We will also read I Want to Help! by Diane Adams. Emily Pearl is the first to offer to help the teacher because she can do almost anything.

 

Cover to Cover Book Club

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library Auditorium

Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Summary: With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families-the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed one of the most important writers of her generation (the Atlanta Journal Constitution). Published: September 2013 (Books in Print)

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

February Storytime

These story times will be held at the Dunbar-Ramer School for Grades K-3

 

February 6-10

 

Monday: Kindergarten- 1:00 p.m.

Movie: Doc McStuffins: My Huggy Valentines                                                                                   It’s Valentine’s Day and Doc’s parents get her a new toy. She names it Val and introduces it to the others but Lambie gets jealous. Let’s see if Doc can fix Lamble’s broken heart.

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 p.m.

BookFlix: One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell

Milton and Marvin decide to do something special on Valentines. They think in order to get something you have to give somethinh. Let’s see what Milton and Marvin will do on this very special Valentine’s Day.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade- 9:00 a.m.

Movie: Doc McStuffins: My Huggy Valentines

It’s Valentine’s Day and Doc’s parents get her a new toy. She names it Val and introduces it to the others but Lambie gets jealous. Let’s see if Doc can fix Lamble’s broken heart.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                      We will be doing a Valentine’s Craft.

 

February 21-24

Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                       We will be doing a Martin Luther King, Jr. craft.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade- 9:00 a.m.

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles-Think of That! by Leo Dillon

Let’s get up and move with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as he tap dances his way through the colorful tale.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 p.m.

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Cassie soars above her apartment rooftop, tar beach, and explores the city of 1939 Harlem. Let’s go on the journey with her and let our imagination soar. We will do a craft.

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Black History Month: “The Crisis in Black Education”

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

February 1 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

What is Valentine’s Day?        

ACTIVITY: Student will make Valentine Day cards with “Sign” I love You

 

February 2 No Storytime

                                                                                                                                                          

February 6 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Henry and the Valentine Surprise” by Nancy Carlson

Synopsis —- Just before Valentine’s? Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart-shaped box on their teacher Mr. McCarthy’s desk. Who? It’s for? As the students spy on Mr. McCarthy, they see him talking to the playground monitor, smiling at the lunch lady, and eating with the French teacher! How many girlfriends does Mr. McCarthy have? When Henry finally asks Mr. McCarthy just who that heart-shaped box is for the class gets a big surprise!    

ACTIVITY: Students will make Valentine treat cups out of paper cups

 

February 7 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Henry in Love” by Peter McCarty

Synopsis —- Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker. Then there’s Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel. This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.

ACTIVITY: Student will make candy Valentine butterflies

 

February 7 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “I Love it When You Smile” by Sam McBratney

Synopsis —- When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. So how will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile?    

ACTIVITY: Students will make heart butterflies out of construction paper

 

February 8 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: “I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy

Synopsis —-“I saw the baby! Did you see the baby?” “Yes! I saw the baby, the teeny weeny thing.” It’s so exciting! News of the baby is buzzing from animal to animal, with each one — fish, bird, squirrel, insect, frog — boasting of seeing, feeding, singing to, tickling, and kissing the tiny little thing.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make lollipop hearts

 

February 9 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: “Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer” by Linda Lowery

Synopsis —- Introducing new readers to some of history’s most interesting and important people, these biographies focus on the pivotal episodes that show what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. Although written in a story format, these books are not fictionalized accounts. A chronology of major events follows the story, along with a brief summary of the subject’s life.

ACTIVITY: Student will make pencil Valentine cards

 

February 9 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane DeGroat

Synopsis —-   When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make fans out of construction paper hearts

 

February 14 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Dog Loves Books” by Louise Yates

Synopsis —- A picture-book treat for the youngest dog lovers. Dog loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he’s short of customers. But that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. And when customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend.      

ACTIVITY: Student will make Valentine flowers

GAME: Valentine Candy Walk

                              

 

February 15 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

Black History Program

Who am I?

The children will be given information about African Americans from history and they have to say who that person is.

 

February 20 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY

 

February 21 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney

Synopsis —- Strange new teacher. Strange new toys. Lots of kids and lots of noise! What would Llama like to do? Llama Llama feels so new . . . It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back? Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!  

ACTIVITY: Students will work in their activity books

 

February 21 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “Eating Up Gladys” by Margot Zemach

Synopsis —- Gladys loves being the oldest sister, swanning around on her bike, feeding the baby, and … bossing Hilda and Rose. But when Hilda and Rose’s joke plan for revenge ends with Gladys stuck in a big soup pot, the younger girls find out what it means to be the biggest. Are they really ready to be in charge – and find a way to unstick Ms. Stuck-Up? Caldecott Medalist Margot Zemach wrote this topsy-turvy tale about her children before she died, and now her daughter Kaethe completes the book with cheerful illustrations that capture both the fury and the fun of sibling rivalry.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers from the book

 

February 22

No Story Time

                       

February 23 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “A Play of “Frog and Friends: Frog Saves the Day” by Eve Bunting

Synopsis —- Frog Saves the Day Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel mistakenly think a nearby train is a ferocious dragon and later Frog rescues a friend’s child from danger.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers about the play

 

February 27 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

Black History Program

Who am I?

The children will be given information about African Americans form history and they have to guess who the person is.

 

February 27 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Betty Bunny loves Chocolate Cake” by Michael B. Kaplan

Synopsis —-   Betty Bunny is the youngest in her family of rabbits and she’s just discovering the important things in life, like chocolate cake. She declares, “I am going to marry chocolate cake” and takes a piece to school with her in her pocket. Mom values healthy eating and tells Betty Bunny she needs patience when it comes to dessert. But Betty Bunny doesn’t want patience, she wants chocolate cake!

ACTIVITY: Students will make bunny rabbits out of paper plate

 

February 28 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “It’s Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel” by Jamie Lee Curtis

Synopsis —-It’s hard to be five. Just yelled at my brother. My mind says do one thing. My mouth says another.  It’s fun to be five!  Big changes are here!  My body’s my car, and I’m licensed to steer.  Learning not to hit? Having to wait your turn? Sitting still? It’s definitely hard to be.

 

February 28

PRE-K MARDIS GRAS PARDE

February 28 @ 1:30 1st Grade

CHECK OUT BOOKS DAY

 

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