MCCPL Announces May Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

May 2017 Activities



Pike Road Branch Library

Storybook Time for age 3 through 6

Mondays @ 10:30 a.m. & 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:


May 1 – It’s very important to eat your vegetables. Sure, they provide lots of great nutrients, but there are other reasons why you should, as well. For example, they might stage a coup and kidnap your parents. We’ll learn what we should do if that happens in How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and Mark Fearing.


May 8 – Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators. He loves scaring the other jungle creatures every day. However, Alan has a terrible secret that might bring an end to his scaring days. We’ll find out what it is when we read Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis.


May 15 – It is a bittersweet time at the library when we have to say “goodbye” to the military families who have become part of our Storybook Time family. We will read an appropriately bittersweet book to mark the occasion – The Thank You Book, the final Elephant and Piggie book by Mister Matt’s favorite children’s author, Mo Willems.


May 22 – There will be no Storybook Times today because Mister Matt will be away.


May 29 – There will be no Storybook Times today because the library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


Toddler Time for age 1 through 3

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week. The dates will be:

May 3

May 10

May 17


Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in 3rd grade and up –On Wednesday, May 17 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood.

Publisher’s Summary – Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible Children actually were. Thanks to the efforts of their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees. Despite Penelope’s civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students. But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards’ bearskin hats, which drive the children wild – not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children’s – and Penelope’s – mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways…

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December.

On Thursday, May 18 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

Publisher’s Summary – As World War Two begins, Mary–a newly qualified teacher in London, left behind to teach the few children not evacuated–meets Tom, a school official. They quickly fall in love, but this is not a simple love story. . . Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.


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


Bertha Pleasant Williams Library


Children’s Programs


Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


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


May 1st and 2nd

A peddler has to outsmart a bunch of monkeys in the classic Caps for Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina). Monkey (Gerald McDermott) has to outsmart a crocodile to avoid being eaten.


May 8th and 9th

Have no fear, Chickens to the Rescue (John Himmelman) are here to help! Just watch for the falling sky as Chicken Little (Rebecca and Ed Emberley) warns us about coming danger.


May 15th and 16th

The Ugly Duckling (Jerry Pinkney) wonders why he’s so ugly compared to his brothers and sisters, but don’t worry, we’ll be sure to pick him next in Duck, Duck, Goose (Tad Hills).


May 22nd and 23rd

Grumpy Goat (Brett Helquist) is new to the farm and doesn’t really want anything to do with the other animals. Three Billy Goats Gruff (Glen Rounds) try to gross a bridge, but a troll wants to eat them!


May 29th and 30th

Oh no! Wolf’s Coming! (Joe Kulka) Find out what happens when he gets here! The Dog Who Cried Wolf (Keiko Kasza) finds himself in trouble after crying wolf one too many times.


Young Adult Programs

Thursday, May 4, 11, 28, and 25

@ 4:00-5:00

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.


Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

April 21 @ 3:30 p.m.

Joins us for a mid afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk 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: Iron Man

Run time: 2hr 6min


Adult Programs


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

May 5 and 19 @ 10:00 a.m.


Want to learn how to crochet? Have a project you’re working on that you want to show off, need help with? Come to the library and learn or teach a handcraft (knitting, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, macramé, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.


Scrabble Time

Second Tuesday

May 9 @ 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!


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

May 10 @ 11:00 a.m.

Title: Justice by Karen Robards


Description: Feisty criminal attorney Jessica Ford has done her best to comply with the orders of the Secret Service’s unofficial witness protection program ever since she became the lone witness to the First Lady’s murder. She changed her name, dyed her dark hair blonde, and traded her sturdy black-rimmed glasses for contact lenses. Unfortunately, winning her first high-profile case for prestigious Washington, D.C., law firm Ellis Hayes, and subsequently landing her face all over the news, is not exactly keeping a low profile. Or so says hunky Secret Service agent Mark Ryan, whose newest assignment—despite Jess’s stubborn protests—is keeping her safe at all costs. It just so happens he’s also her ex-boyfriend.

The trial earns Jess a permanent spot on the firm’s elite legal defense team, replacing an associate who eloped suddenly and never came back. It’s the chance of a lifetime. But Jess’s mind has raced with questions from the moment the prosecution’s star witness shocked the courtroom with an electrifying revelation involving the handsome son of a powerful U.S. senator. Was the pretty, young mother intimidated into changing her story on the stand? Why will she not return Jess’s calls? Did Jess’s ambitious predecessor on the case really just abandon her successful career? Or did both women mysteriously disappear? – Dust Jacket


Fourth Friday Cook Up

May 26 @ 4:00 p.m.

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. Summer favorites! It’s that time of year, things are warming up and we’ve got our swimsuits ready. Bring a favorite picnic, beach, or poolside dish to share. 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

Last Monday

May 29 @ 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 & 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.





Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytimes

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


May 2: National Children’s Book Week   (May 1-7)

Pete the Cat Adventures: Special guest retired librarian Joyce Brown will read to the children and talk about her former job. Then the children will make bookmarks.


May 9: Honor Our Mothers

Children will enjoy hearing the stories Clifford’s Happy Mother’s Day and A Present for Mom, then do a coloring page activity.


May 16: National Transportation Week (May14-20)

Transportation Movie Day

Children will be delighted to see the movie “Blaze and the Monster Machines: Dragon Island Race”, and enjoy a tasty treat.


May 23: World Turtle Day

Ms. Anita will read The Voyage of Turtle Rex and Turtle, Turtle Watch Out. Then the children will do a coloring page.


May 30:   Glorious Gardens

Children will enjoy the stories City Green and The Everyday Garden, followed by a craft.


Book Bunch Book Club


The next meeting of the Book Bunch will be May 10 at 2:00 p.m. the book for discussion is Fireball, the true story of a Tennessee plowgirl, Hazel Lamb Lindsey, who survived poverty, abuse, and eleven husbands with wit, wisdom and tenacity. It was written by Hazel Lindsey and Julia Walker.

Discussion of the book will be led by co-author Julia Walker, who will have a book signing following her presentation. Please join us to hear this very unusual story.


Hampstead Branch

 May Events Kathryn Powell


May 1 – 7: National Children’s Book Week! This week we celebrate Children’s Literature and all the authors who have become our favorites over the years! This year marks the 98th anniversary of Children’s Book Week being an event, and we invite you to join us for several fun things this week!

May 1 – 7: Where’s Waldo? Join us this week as we search for the famous search and find character Waldo hiding among the books in the Children’s section!

May 1 – 7: Favorite Book Titles Stop by the library to write out your favorite children’s book title on a book façade to be displayed in the library for the week.

May 3 – Build Your Own Series: Suncatcher 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Sign-ups open from 4/21/17-5/1/17 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 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Ages: 1—4

May 2 –Picnics Books: The Pigs’ Picnic – Keiko Kasza Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack – Doreen Cornin Activity:  Outdoor “picnic” (weather permitting)


May 9 – Pets Books: ­A Bed for Kitty – Yasmine Surovec Dogs – Emily Gravett Activity:  Cat and Dog Paper Crafts


May 16 – Bugs Books: Bugs in my Hair?! – Catherine Stier Ed Emberley’s Bye-Bye, Big Bad Bullybug! – Ed Emberley Activity: Ladybug Craft


May 23 – Summer Books: Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses – James Dean Summer is Summer – Phillis Gershator Activity:  Giant Paper Popsicles


May 30 – Memorial Day Books: The Wall – Eve Bunting I am So Brave! – Stephen Krensky Activity: Popsicle Stick Star Streamers


Ramer Branch Library


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


May 8-11


Monday: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

Happy Mother’s Day

We’re watching Dora the Explorer: Mother’s Day Party.  Dora needs your help to find the ingredients for her Mother’s Day Cake and to help watch out for Swiper!  We’re doing a flower craft.


Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

We will be creating a craft for Mother’s Day.


Wednesday: 1st Grade- 9:00 am

Happy Mother’s Day

We’re watching Dora the Explorer: Mother’s Day Party. Dora needs your help to find the ingredients for her Mother’s Day Cake and to help watch out for Swiper!  We’re doing a flower craft.


Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

We will be creating a craft for Mother’s Day.


Ramer Adult Programs

Wednesday, May 10, 11:00- “Dulcimer Concert” by Montgomery Dulcimer Society. Come enjoy this talented group of musicians in a wonderful concert!!


Wednesday, May 24, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club will discuss The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg. The Alabama native looks at small town life in a Missouri community.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Children’s Programming


May 3             Story Time 10:00

Description: May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and we will celebrate with stories from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and Illustrators! In addition to our stories we will have dancing and a craft activity.


May 10           Story Time 10:00

Description: April Showers bring May Flowers. Join us for a floral story time and a colorful craft to follow!


May 17           Story Time 10:00

Description: May is a great time to visit the zoo! Our story time theme this week will be zoo animals. Story Time participants will make their own animal masks!
May 24           Story Time 10:00

Description: With the warming weather, it’s a perfect time to take an adventure! Join us for a couple great stories of people going places, seeing things, and having a great time! In addition to our stories we will have dancing and a craft activity.


May 31           Story Time 10:00

Description: This week we will have a puppet show. Participants will also create their own puppets for a craft!



Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Young Adult Programming
May 4 Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. We will be watching Captain Earth this week. Refreshments will be provided.


May 5             Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: This animated new release from Disney tells the story of a teen girl, a powerful demigod, and a few animal friends on their search for a legendary island.


May 11 Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. This week we will watch Voices of a Distant Star. Refreshments will be provided.


May 12 Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Get your wands out as we explore the magical world of Harry Potter. In this first film Harry and his friends must fight a dark evil villain to protect the key to immortality.


May 18 Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. This month we are focusing on Mechs and will be watching HEROMAN. Refreshments will be provided.


May 19 Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Staring Robert Downey Jr., Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this 2008 film examines the adventures of Tony Stark and his metallic alter ego


May 25 Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. This month we are focusing on Mechs and will be watching ALDNOAH.ZERO. Refreshments will be provided.


May 26 Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: This 2003 Japanese animation directed by Satoshi Kon tells the tale of three homeless people who find an abandoned baby.

Rufus A. Lewis Regional

Adult Programming


May 1 After 5 Book Club Discussion @ 6:00 P.M.

Title: Copycat by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Summary: Befriending Traci Calloway Cole is the best thing Simone Phillips has ever done. She begins copying her role model; not because Simone wants to be Traci, but wants to be exactly like Traci.  Simone’s obsession causes her entire world to begin unraveling, and dreadful secrets from her past are exposed.



May 4,11,18,25 Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

Library Staff, Instructors

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.


May 4,11,18,25 Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories of 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


May 9  Credit and Financial Security

Mrs. Emily Nichols, Consumer Specialist, Attorney General Office, Presenter

Description: Join staff from the Office of Attorney General in an hour discussion on the following topics:

Credit card skimmers


Protection of personal information

Annoying telemarketers

Consumer protection issues


May 9 & 23     Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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.


Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.


Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.



May 4   It is time for show and tell!

Show and Tell by Barney Saltzberg

Phoebe discovers a way to avoid her parents’ meddling in show and tell at school.

Alistair’s Time Machine by Marilyn Sadler

When Alistair builds a time machine as his show and tell, he takes on more that he

bargained for.

Craft – Dinosaur hats


May 11 Mother’s Day is near!

Hey, Irma! It’s Mother’s Day by Harriet Ziefert

Irma helps Hank decide on a Mother’s Day gift.

No Time for Mother’s Day by Laurie Halse Anderson

Although it takes her some time, Charity thinks of the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her

busy mother.

Craft – Mother’s Day surprise


May 18 I am happy the way I am!

 Little Penguin by Patrick Benson

Comparing herself to the larger Emperor penguins, Pip the Adelie penguin feels

unhappy with her size until an encounter with a huge whale puts things in perspective.

Not Norman by Kelly Bennett

As a boy attempts to convince someone else to take his disappointing pet, he learns to

love Norman the goldfish himself.

Craft – Paper plate penguins


May 25 What an unusual friend you have!

                A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Baker

Bear’s efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent


Anteater on the Stairs by Peter Cottrill

Joe, a new neighbor, tells Sophis stories about his fabulous pets but he is unprepared

when he meets her own pet Snowy.

Craft – Polar bear masks


Parent/Preschool 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 will meet Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm on May 2 and May 9, then we will discontinue for the summer. 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 third Tuesday in May.

May 16 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

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


Adult Programs


Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

May 9 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come research your family’s history by using the Library’s database. We will meet every second Tuesday of the month.


Fiber Arts

May 10 @ 3:00 p.m.

Do you have something you can teach, or would 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.


Computer Class

May 16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Today we will have student’s choice.

Pre-registration is required.



Coliseum Adult Program

May 17 @ 10:00 a.m.

Today we welcome the Goodwill Ladies’ Auxiliary as they present the Goodwill Fashion Show, featuring outfits through the ages. Come join the fun and reminisce with us!



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


Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

May 11 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’ Easter by Lisa Patton, a comedy of a woman whose family must leave the Southern town she loves and move to Vermont where she encounters unexpected hardships.  Then, we will receive our book for June titled, Guests on Earth by Lee Smith, a story of an orphaned child who, under the wing of a doctor’s wife, becomes a famous concert pianist in the asylum where Zelda Fitzgerald lost her life in a tragic fire.


Dewey Decimal Book Club

May 24 @ 10:00 a.m.

Today we will be discussing the 300’s classification which includes the social sciences. Be prepared to share 3 to 5 items of interest with the group.  Then, we will select a book from the 400’s which encompasses Languages which we will discuss in June.


Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

May 25 @ 3:00 p.m.

This month we will read a well-known author that many like, come by and pick up the book to find out who and what we will discuss on May 25 at 3:00.


Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age


Arts and Crafts

Decorating Gourds

May 3 @ 10:00 a.m.

Muffin Hand will be teaching us the art of turning simple gourds into works of art. Come join the fun taught by a most creative artist.


Technology – YouTube

May 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

After last month’s Introduction to YouTube, we are now ready to explore the endless possibilities YouTube has to offer by watching a sample of programs.


Adult Program

Goodwill Fashion Show

May 17 @ 10:00 a.m.

The Ladies’ Auxiliary of Goodwill Industries will be putting on a fashion show featuring fashion through the ages. Come join the fun and reminisce past fashions.


Dewey Decimal Book Club

400 Languages

May 24 @ 10:00 a.m.

400’s – Languages



Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104



May 4th

Pigeon Presents!

We will read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. NO matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away but pigeon tries every trick a young child knows to get you to say, “Yes”.  We also will read Pigeon finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems.  Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.  We will watch the videos to both books.


May 11th

I want you to be happy!

We will read Think Happy by Nancy Carlson! Various animals illustrate the importance of keeping a positive outlook. When you think, anything can happen! If You’re Happy and You Know It! by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner. If you’re happy and you know it clap your hand explores different ways to express happiness. We will have an activity.

May 18th

We will read Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb. Stamp your feet to the Skunka Tanka beat as the text and animals jump and move across the page. We will also read Is Everyone Ready For Fun by Jan Thomas.  Chicken has some visitors who plans are to do a little jumping, dancing and wiggling on the sofa!  Is everyone ready for more fun?


May 25th

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 Selection for the Month of May 2017

Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

A mother-daughter story of reinvention—about an African American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm in Louisiana Why exactly Charley Bordelon’s late father left her eight hundred sprawling acres of sugarcane land in rural Louisiana is as mysterious as it was generous. Recognizing this as a chance to start over, Charley and her eleven-year-old daughter, Micah, say good-bye to Los Angeles. They arrive just in time for growing season but no amount of planning can prepare Charley for a Louisiana that’s mired in the past: as her judgmental but big-hearted grandmother tells her, cane farming is always going to be a white man’s business. As the sweltering summer unfolds, Charley must balance the overwhelming challenges of her farm with the demands of a homesick daughter, a bitter and troubled brother, and the startling desires of her own heart. Penguin has a rich tradition of publishing strong Southern debut fiction—from Sue Monk Kidd to Kathryn Stockett to Beth Hoffman. In Queen Sugar, we now have a debut from the African American point of view. Stirring in its storytelling of one woman against the odds and intimate in its exploration of the complexities of contemporary southern life, Queen Sugar is an unforgettable tale of endurance and hope. ~ Review from


EL Lowder Regional Library


Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


May 5

The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty and Thomas Docherty

Eliza enjoyed reading books before going to bed, then all a sudden her books begin to disappear. All her friends books vanished from their bookshelf as well.  Who is taking all of their books?  Will they get their books back?

Time-Out for Sophie by Rosemary Wells

Sophie is a typical two-year old who is getting into all types of trouble. She gets into trouble first with her mother for throwing her supper, and is put into time-out.  Then she gets into trouble, with her dad, for pushing over the laundry that he had just folded.  She talks her Granny into reading a book, but she takes her glasses.  Does Sophie get into trouble with Granny?

Activity: Coloring Page


May 12

Mother’s Day is actually Sunday, May 14, 2017, but we are going to

celebrate it today. Please sign up for the Mother’s Day Tea at the front desk.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mami! by Leslie Valdes

Dora wants to make a special cake for her mother, because today is Mother’s Day. First she gets her recipe card, then she consults her map on where to find these items.  Then she goes and gathers her items, but she has to watch out for Swiper on the way.

My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis

The child in this story loves his Mommy so much that he believes that his Mommy hung the moon. He believes that she is good at everything.  Have you told your Mommy how much you love her today?

Activity: Mother’s Day creation for the mothers


May 19

Clark the Shark: Lost and Found by Bruce Hale

Clark and his class are going on a field trip to Undersea Farmer’s Market. Mrs. Inkydink, his teacher, gives them three rules to remember.  The three rules are: “Hold hands with your buddies, follow instructions, and use your inside voices.”  However, Clark was so busy talking to his buddy  Joey, that he didn’t hear the rules.  What do you think happens at the Farmer’s Market?

Five Little Sharks Swimming in the Sea by Steve Metzger

The sharks are swimming in the sea and one bumps his head. The mother ends ups calling the doctor and the doctor says, “No more sharks swimming in the sea.”  The sharks become miserable because they are all in one place, so the mother calls the doctor and the doctor tells her to let them swim.

Activity: Shark Activity


May 26

The Bernstain Bears: Take Off! by Mike Bernstein

The Bernstain bears go to an air show. They go up in a hot air balloon with a guide who tells them all about all the planes that they see while up in the air.  When they get back on the ground they soar their arms like they are having their own air show.  Can you soar your arms like you are an airplane?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Have you ever been on a bear hunt? Reading this book you will go through some grass, a river, mud, a forest, a snowstorm, and a cave.  What happens when you find the bear?  What do you do?

Activity: Bear Coloring sheet



Other Happenings in May @ E L Lowder Library


Stitch and Share will not meet in May.


Friends and Family Chess Club wants you every Saturday 10AM until 1245PM 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 3PM. In May the Ladies will be reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.  May’s date is Tuesday, May 2.

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.


For June the Ladies will be reading Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown.

Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including beloved University of Virginia history professor Greg “Ginger” McConnell and several members of UVA’s celebrated 1959 football team. But beneath the cloak of conviviality lurks a sinister specter from the distant past that threatens to put all their lives in jeopardy.   When Professor McConnell is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.   As the questions surrounding Ginger’s death pile up, Harry’s search for answers takes her down the fascinating byways of Virginia’s Revolutionary past. The professor was something of a sleuth himself, it seems, and the centuries-old mystery he was unraveling may well have put a target on his back. As Harry edges closer to identifying an elusive killer, her animal companions sense danger—and rally to find a way to keep Harry from disappearing into history.

The Ladies of High Tea will meet at 3pm on Tuesday, June 6.


Gamers Club will meet Friday, May 12. Gamer’s 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).


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 May 19!


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, May 11.


The Young Classic Book Club will start Thursday, May 4 and will meet the first Thursday of each month on a regular basis. This book club is open to anyone but is planned with Young Adults in mind and will be reading Young Adult and Children’s Classics (some of which are assigned reading).  Our first book is Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery.


Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-730PM. We are still in 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.  Our last day of the 2016-2017 School Year will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017.


Monday evening, May 15 at 7pm we will have a Scholarship Seminar for Grades 8 through 12. Eight graders are asked to bring a notebook to start their portfolios.  Seniors and juniors the time to plan for college is NOW!


Summer Reading Registration starts Monday, May 1 at E L Lowder Regional Library and all the other branches of MCCPL. Please see the Circulation Desk for requirements and to sign up.  A list of planned programs is also available.



Pintlala Branch Library


255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Registration for Summer Reading Program Begins May 1, 2017

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian



May 1 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: Chuckie’s New Mon by Kim Ostrow

Synopsis – Chuckie is having a hard time adjusting to the changes in his life—especially to his new mommy! Once Chuckie learns Kira is trying her best and that she truly loves him, he discovers that even grown-ups aren’t perfect.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 2 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: Pete the Cat: Go, Pete, Go by James Dean

Synopsis – “The Tortoise and the Hare” as a race between Pete and Turtle, in Pete the Cat: Go, Pete, Go! Ding, Ding. There’s nothing Pete the Cat loves to do more on a sunny day than ring his little bell and pedal fast on his bicycle. But on this sunny day, Turtle wants to race someone in his new car. Vroom, vroom! Pete and his bicycle are up for the challenge! And when Pete crosses the finish line, he proves it’s not where you’re going that matters, it’s how groovy of a time you have getting there!

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate sunglasses to take with them


May 2 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: The Little Red Hen: Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges

Synopsis – The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen’s friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Little Red Hen out of construction paper


May 3 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: My Mother’s House, My Father’s House by C. B. Christiansen

Synopsis – A child describes having two different houses in which to live, my mother’s

house and my father’s house, and what it is like to travel back and forth between them.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 3 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: Chuckie’s New Mon by Kim Ostrow

Synopsis – Chuckie is having a hard time adjusting to the changes in his life—especially to his new mommy! Once Chuckie learns Kira is trying her best and that she truly loves him, he discovers that even grown-ups aren’t perfect.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 4 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: Abuela by Arthur Dorros

Synopsis – Come join Rosalba and her grandmother, her abuela, on a magical journey as they fly over the streets, sights, and people of New York City which sparkles below. The story is narrated in English, and sprinkled with Spanish phrases as Abuela points out places that they explore together. The exhilaration in Rosalba’s and Abuela’s story is magnified by the loving bond that only a grandmother and granddaughter can share.    

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 4 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: Grandmother’s Alphabet by Eve Shaw

Synopsis – Grandma finally gets a little respect in Grandmother’s Alphabet. Eve Shaw’s beautiful colored pencil drawings feature grandmothers of all ages and races in both traditional and nontraditional occupations related to each letter of the alphabet. It encourages discussion of “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and stimulates the answer, “Anything I want to be.”        

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 8 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: My Mother’s House, My Father’s House by C. B. Christiansen

Synopsis – A child describes having two different houses in which to live, my mother’s house and my father’s house, and what it is like to travel back and forth between them.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 8 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: The Fish that Talked by Rosie Dickins

Synopsis – This is a new title in the fantastic “First Reading” series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. Based on a traditional Indian tale, the story follows Manu, who one day rescues a tiny talking fish from a stream and gets far more than he bargained for.    

ACTIVITY: Making fish out of construction paper


May 8 @ 1:45 4th Grade    

BOOK: My Mommy Is A Delta by Audra P. Jackson

Synopsis – Ashley’s first grade class assignment is to do a report on an organization that does positive things for the community. Ashley learns about the history of Delta Sigma Theta, an African American sorority, to which

her mother belongs.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 9 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis

Synopsis – Mommy is the best at everything: Not only does she carpool, untangle kites, steal bases, and bake cookies, she also seems to light up the sun with her love.     

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 11 @ 10:30 5th Grade

BOOK: Grandmother and I by Helen E. Buckley

Synopsis – Grandmother and I are sitting on the big chair, rocking. We rock back and forth, and back and forth. Other people have laps for sitting on and backs for riding on. But when you have a cold or lighting is coming, nothing feels quite as right as rocking on Grandmother’s lap, listening to the little tunes that she hums.

ACTIVITY: The students are making Mother’s day crafts


May 15 @ 1:00  Kindergarten        

BOOK: Once there was a Bull…. frog by Rick Walton

Synopsis – Once there was a Bull…(Frog) is an endearing story of a frog who lost   his hop. He looks for it everywhere: under a toad…(stool), behind a dog… (house), and under a hedge…(hog), but it’s nowhere to be found. He has   cow…(boy) throw him high in the sky, but he lands in a field of straw… (berries). Thanks to a diamond…(back rattlesnake), he regains his hop. 

ACTIVITY: We will make frogs out of construction paper and paper plates


May 16 @ 11:30 Pre-K

DVD: Five Little Monkeys Jumping in the Bed by Derek Anderson

Synopsis – As soon as they say goodnight to Mama, five little monkeys start to on the bd. But trouble lies ahead, as one by one, they fall off and bump their heads.

ACTIVITY: We will make a bed of monkeys to jump in the bed


May 17 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: Once there was a Bull…. frog by Rick Walton

Synopsis – Once there was a Bull…(Frog) is an endearing story of a frog who lost his hop. He looks for it everywhere: under a toad…(stool), behind a dog… (house), and under a hedge…(hog), but it’s nowhere to be found. He has   cow…(boy) throw him high in the sky, but he lands in a field of straw… (berries). Thanks to a diamond… (back rattlesnake), he regains his hop. 

ACTIVITY: We will make frogs out of construction paper and paper plates


May 18 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: Light is all Around Us by Wendy Pfeffer

Synopsis – Light is all around you! It comes in many forms: Light from the sun brightens our day, firelight flickers in the night, electric lights fill our homes—and some animals even make the sea glow! With lively illustrations and diagrams and clear, engaging text, this Level 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book is a fascinating look into the many ways that light brightens our world.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers


May 23 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: The Napping House &

MOVIE: “The Napping House” by Audrey Wood and Scholastic Storybook Treasures

Synopsis – A cozy bed, a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing–WAIT! There’s a surprise in store.

ACTIVITY: There is a napping house activity that goes along with the story




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