Pike Road Branch Library’s March 2017 Programs
Special Book Discussion (Rescheduled from February) – Frye Gaillard discusses his children’s novel, Go South to Freedom
On Wednesday, March 29 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.
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:
- March 6 – Spring is almost here, but the woodland animals are still on their winter sleep schedule. All of a sudden, some creature starts making a racket and wakes them up. Will they find out who the culprit is? All will be revealed when we read Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter.
- March 13 – Do you know that old lady who swallowed the fly? Well, she’s back and she’s swallowing a clover. I guess a clover can count as a vegetable. We’ll see what else she swallows in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro with illustrations by Jared Lee.
- March 20 – Today, we’ll read Rabbit’s Good News by Ruth Lercher Bornstein. What do you think Rabbit’s good news will be? We bet it has something to do with a certain season that begins today.
- March 27 – Spring-time brings baby chicks to the barnyard. We’ll read about some chicks today including Little Chick in John Lawrence’s This Little Chick.
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:
- March 1
- March 8
- March 15
- March 22
- March 29
Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 15 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood
- Publisher’s Summary – Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?
Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, March 16 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.
- Publisher’s Summary – Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. For generations, the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.” Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.
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