MCCPL Announces June Events!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

June 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:


June 5 – “Build a Better World” is the theme for this summer’s reading program. We’ll start our summer Storybook Time by taking that theme literally. In Roadwork and Demolition by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock, people use skills and equipment to build a road and turn an old building into a very special place.


June 12 – We’re going to adapt the summer theme to be “Build a Better Bear” today when we read My Best Friend Bear by Tony Johnston and Joy Allen. A little girl’s teddy bear is in dire need of a makeover in this sweet story.


June 19 – Owl and Rabbit are so focused on building better houses that their desire to have the better home threatens to demolish their friendship. We’ll see if they can work it out when we read Too Tall Houses by Gianna Morino.


June 26 – We started the month with tales about construction machines and we’ll end the month with the same. We’ll say, “Good night!” to construction equipment when we read Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld.


Summer Events for Age 5 through 10

Tuesdays @ 3 p.m.


June 6 – Build a Better World with Water: The Alabama Department of Environmental Management will teach us about water conservation and each child will make a bracelet to remind them of the water cycle.


June 13 – Build a Better Story: Tommy Johns returns with magic and puppets to teach us how to build a better story. Tommy Johns appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.


June 20 – Build a Historical World: The Alabama Department of Archives and History presents “Alabama History Highlights,” in which kids will learn about Southeastern Indians, five capitols, cotton, the Civil War, and industries. Each theme will include an activity.


June 27 – Build a Cleaner World: The Talking Tree from the Montgomery Clean City Commission will teach us how we can help make the world a cleaner place.


Brick Clickers

Wednesdays @ 3 p.m.


Each week, builders (ages 5 and up) will face a new challenge and create something awesome using the library’s collection of Lego™ bricks. The dates will be:

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28


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:

June 7

June 14

June 21

June 28


Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in 3rd grade and up –On Thursday, June 15 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.

Publisher’s Summary – Four adventurous siblings–Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie–step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.


Angry Dragons Book/Movie Comparison –On Thursday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m., the Dragons will view the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and briefly compare the book and the movie afterwards.


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

On Thursday, June 15 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson.

Publisher’s Summary – In summer 1914, well-bred Beatrice Nash arrives in Rye to become the first female Latin teacher at the local school and soon falls in love with her sponsor’s nephew. All would be golden but for the terrible rumbling of coming war.



Governor’s Square Branch Library Summer Reading Program

Mondays: Grades K-5th Grade  

Tuesdays: Preschool Storytimes (Ages 3-5)

@ 10:00 a.m.


June 5: Build a Better World: Between the Earth and the Universe

Special presenters from The Planetarium discuss astronomy and current discoveries in the Universe. Then the children will make a craft.


June 6: Building an Appetite

Surprise guest favorite bovine from Chick-Fil-A will join the children for delightful stories and fun! Goody bags to follow.


June 12:  Robotics: Present and Future

Steve Ballard, robotics teacher at Brew Tech Middle School, and some of his students, will present a robotics demonstration.


June 13: Vehicles Used for Building a Better World

Children will hear stories about construction vehicles and watch a demonstration of how they work, then do a coloring page.


June 14: Celebrate Flag Day: “History of the U.S. Flag and State Flag” (2:00 p.m.)

Book Bunch will host a presentation by Belinda Bazinet, Veterans’ Affairs State Office, about the flags’ history. All adults welcome.


June 19:  Laura Burkland, Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, will talk about and display different types of architecture.


June 20:  Laura Burkland, MMFA, will return to read stories and lead the children in an art activity.


June 26: Build a Better World: Be “Bully-Proof”

Wendy Ciamber, Family Sunshine Center, will talk to the children about defense against bullies.


June 27: Yello Dino

Wendy Ciambo, Family Sunshine Center, presents a fun program about staying safe.



Bertha Pleasant Williams


Children’s Storytimes

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


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


June 6

How we look at the world can be how we change it, for ourselves and other people. The Pout Pout Fish (Deborah Diesen) thinks he’s a glum fellow, until he meets someone who shows him otherwise. Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses (James Dean) help us see the world in a whole new way.


June 13

Help! (Holly Keller) hide Mouse from snake who wants to eat her! Maybe Chickens to the Rescue (John Himmelman) will save the day?!


June 20

Sometimes neighbors fight, like in Too Tall Houses (Gianna Marino), luckily Rabbit and Owl can work things out. Sometimes we just want to yell Leave Me Alone! (Vera Brosgol) like this knitting grandma who just needs a moment to herself.


June 27

When Max’s brothers won’t share their hobbies, Max decides to start his own collection of Max’s Words (Kate Banks), soon everyone wants to share their words. Should I Share My Ice Cream? (Mo Willems) is a question that is almost impossible to answer when your best friend would love some ice cream, but isn’t around to share it with.


Summer Reading Programs

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


June 7 – Amanda McBride, Alabama Historical Society

Archaeology helps understand our past better so we can build a better future.


June 14 – Engine 2, Montgomery Fire Department

Firefighters help people and keep us safe. Learn what they do and how they do it, see a real fire truck!


June 21 – Donna and John Woodfin, The Fish and Aquarium Maintenance Service, etc.

Animals help us by working with us, as well as improving our lives as pets. Learn about different animals, their care, and how they help.


June 28 – Stacey Vandortrecht, S & B Apiaries

Not only are bees natural builders, but they also provide us with food by pollinating most of our food crops. Bees are also in danger. Find out how you can build like a bee by protecting them.


Young Adult Programs

Thursdays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 4:00 p.m.


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

Friday, June 16 @ 2:30 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.

**Note: our movie will start one hour earlier during summer!

Movie: Lego Movie (2014), PG

Run time: 1h 41m


Adult Programs


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

June 2 and 16 @ 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

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


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


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

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

Title: Glory Over Everything by Kathleen Grissom


Description: Jamie, who fled from the Virginian plantation he once called home, is passing in Philadelphia society as a wealthy white silversmith. After many years of striving, Jamie has achieved acclaim and security, only to discover that his aristocratic lover Caroline is pregnant. Before he can reveal his real identity to her, he learns that his beloved servant Pan has been captured and sold into slavery in the South. Pan’s father, to whom Jamie owes a great debt, pleads for Jamie’s help, and Jamie agrees, knowing the journey will take him perilously close to Tall Oakes and the ruthless slave hunter who is still searching for him. Meanwhile, Caroline’s father learns and exposes Jamie’s secret, and Jamie loses his home, his business, and finally Caroline. Heartbroken and with nothing to lose, Jamie embarks on a trip to a North Carolina plantation where Pan is being held with a former Tall Oakes slave named Sukey, who is intent on getting Pan to the Underground Railroad. Soon the three of them are running through the Great Dismal Swamp, the notoriously deadly hiding place for escaped slaves. Though they have help from those in the Underground Railroad, not all of them will make it out alive. ~Dust jacket


Fourth Friday Cook Up

June 23 @ 4:00 p.m.

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. This month we’ll honor two of our favorite vegetables, the tomato and the potato. But we’re not talking about French fries and ketchup. Find a recipe that uses one or both ingredients. 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.


Genealogy Sessions

Every Friday (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 a.m. & 2:30-3:15 p.m.


Pre-registration IS required.

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



Hampstead Branch Library Kathryn Powell, Librarian I


Children’s Programs Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

 Ages: 1-4


June 6—Build a Better Environment Books: My Forever Dress – Harriet Ziefert The Curious Garden – Peter Brown Activity: Soda Bottle Greenhouse (items needed: Soda Bottles, Potting soil, seeds, scissors, plate/plastic lid)


June 13—Building a Better You Books: What do you do with a Mistake? – Kobi Yamada The Most Magnificent Thing – Ashley Spires Activity: Origami (subject to change)


June 20—Building a Better Community Books: Molly’s Organic Farm – Carol Malnor One Hen – Katie Smith Milway Activity:  Coloring Sheets


June 27—Inspire Others Books: Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Powell The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles Activity: Compli-mats


Teen Schedule: Thursdays @ 4:15 p.m.

June 8 — Build a Better Environment Discussion: Recycling, the Environment, and You! – How we effect the environment with our trash and what we can do to help reduce and reuse the items we have. Activity: Recycled Newspaper/Magazine Bead jewelry – Teens will create their own beads and jewelry out of old newspapers and magazines.  (Items Needed: Newspapers, Magazines, Glue/Modpodge, straws, string, scissors)


June 15 — Build a Better You Discussion: How to better ourselves through mistakes – We all make mistakes, some big and some small. We’ll be exploring some of our mistakes to see what effects they’ve had on us and what we’ve learned from them. Activity: Working through our Mistakes worksheet and “A Lie and 2 Truths” game.


June 22 — Build a Better Community Discussion: Why community Matters –Whether at home or at school, we have a community of people who make up our daily lives. Today we discuss why our communities matter and who makes up our community including agencies like law enforcement, fire and rescue, etc. Activity: Mute Organization activity and Cup Tower Build activity


June 29 — Inspiring Others Discussion: Inspiration Station – Everyone has inspirations, whether it’s a parent, teacher, or a friend. We’ll be discussing people and things that inspire us to do great things. Activity: String Art (string, cardboard/cardstock, brads/pushpins)




“Build Your Own” Series:

3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7 – “Upcycling” Planter Join us for an afternoon of “up-cycling” your old plastic bottles into small planters for your indoor growing needs. Participants are asked to bring their own plastic bottle if at all possible. Other materials will be provided. Open to all ages. Please RSVP by June 2nd so materials for crafts can be obtained.


Department of Archives and History Program Friday, June 12 @ 2:00 p.m.

Join the library and the Department of Archives and History for a fantastic program featuring prominent history in the state and how we can use it to build a better future.


Stress Relief Coloring MW 3:45-5:30 Spend some time connecting with coloring! The library will have coloring sheets for all age levels and welcome everyone who wants to attend. Stop by and spend a bit just taking a break from your hectic schedule to de-stress with some crayons and a coloring sheet.


Reading Challenge June 5 – July 14 Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate in our Summer Reading challenge. There are small prizes for anyone who completes the goal for their age level! Sign-ups for children and teens will began on Monday, May 5, 2017.



Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

2017 Summer Reading Young Adult Programming Building a Better World @ Your Library

Tuesdays @ 3pm

June 6: Nancy Fitzpatrick

Description: A better world requires a more creative world. Local author Nancy Fitzpatrick will discuss how unleashing one’s creativity through writing helps us build a better world.


June 13: Camille Quiles

Description: Healthy living is essential for building a better world! Camille Quiles is an Ambulatory Care Pharmacist at Auburn University and a health care advocate. She will discuss how pharmacists build a better world through health advocacy.


June 20: Brandon Vaughn

Description: To build a better world, conflicts must be resolved. Brandon Vaughn is an editor with a master’s degree in communication, a Poynter Institute Diversity in Leadership Fellow and a peer mediator. Join us for a discussion on successful conflict resolution through peer mediation and how we can all work toward building a better world.


June 27: Charles Lee

Description: Charles Lee started That’s My Child with the goal to keep teens off the street and provide them a positive space to hang out, learn skills, and have fun. That’s My Child founder Charles Lee will talk about how music and community engagement builds a better world.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Summer Reading Youth 3-5th Grade Programming Building a Better World @ Your Library Wednesdays @ 2 p.m.


June 7: Montgomery Fire Department

Description: The Montgomery Fire Department protects our citizens and our city’s resources every day from the damage fire can cause. They work under extremely dangerous conditions to save others from fires and other emergency situations. Their hard work helps us all build a better, safer world.


June 14: Carolyn Strickland

Description: If we are going to build a better world, we must learn to be healthier people. Carolyn Strickland is social worker and nutritional educator and will be discussing eating habits that are not only better for the person, but better for the environment.


June 21: Bart Smith

Description: Laws hold our society together. As an Attorney with Webster, Henry, Lyons, Bradwell, Cohan & Speagle, P.C law firm, Bart Smith works every day as an advocate for people and organizations in our society. He will be discussing how the work of lawyers and the law help build a better world.


June 28: Charles Lee

Description: Charles Lee started That’s My Child with the goal to keep teens off the street and provide them a positive space to hang out, learn skills, and have fun. That’s My Child founder Charles Lee will talk about how music and community engagement builds a better world.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Adult Programming


Computer Class

Thursday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 11:00 a.m.

Library Staff, Instructors

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



Thursday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 @ 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


After 5 Book Club’s Discussion

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

Title: Stepping Into A New Day: A Blessings Novel by Beverly Jenkins


Summary:  In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can’t start over without stirring things up.  When Genevieve Gibbs ex, Riley, returns with his hog in tow, its sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything – unless the residents pull together once again to save the day.  ~Editor


Identity Theft

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


Cynthia White, Regional Agent II, Alabama Cooperative Extension System will discuss and inform the audience of the consequences of identity theft and how to avoid becoming a victim.


Yoga @ The Library

Tuesday, June 13 & 27 @ 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.



Pintlala Branch Library

Summer Reading Program

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays @ 10 a.m.

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian I


Monday, June 5

Mary Hughes and her Dog Harvey

Montgomery Humane Society – saving lives……completing families

Their Mission:

The Montgomery Humane Society prevents cruelty to animals by operating an animal shelter for homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals; by operating an adoption center for healthy animals; by investigating cruelty and abuse cases; and by educating the public in animal owner responsibility.

Wednesday, June 7

Ms. Sandra will read Robots by Melissa Stewart

Synopsis – Discover the coolest robots of today and tomorrow in this colorful, photo-packed book. In this inviting and entertaining format, kids will learn about the science behind these amazing machines. This

Level 3 reader is written in an easy-to-grasp style to encourage the scientists of tomorrow!

Activity: The children will build a robot out of old parts and pieces lying around.


Thursday, June 8

Adult Program: It’s Tea Time


Monday, June 12

Build Better Healthy Eating Habits

Ms. Sandra will read Making Smart Choices by Dr. Sandra Giddens and Dr. Owen Giddens

Synopsis – This book teaches young people that making the right choices about what they eat can have long-term effects on their health and wellbeing.

Activity: The children will make healthy cool smoothies


Wednesday, June 14

Sara Kunau, Curator – Education (Hands – On Gallery), Alabama Department of Archives and History


Monday, June 19

Ms. Sandra will read Why Should I Bother to Keep Fit by Kate Knighton

Synopsis – A fun and informative guide on how to maintain a healthy body through exercise and eating right which answers questions such as: What counts as exercise? What if I hate sport? and How can I get stronger? Includes simple tips on healthy eating, games to play indoors when it’s raining and how to warm up and warm down properly. Written in a clear, factual style with bright, stylish illustrations and internet links to websites to find out more.

Activity: The children will learn to exercise and great games


Wednesday, June 21

Joan Means, Retired Librarian from Montgomery City/County Public Library

Ms. Means is coming to Pintala library and show he children how to Build a Better World through reading.


Thursday, June 22

Mr. Roosevelt Robinson –Regional Extension Agent, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

*Community Resource Development

*Forestry, Wildlife and Natural Resource Management

*Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests


Ramer Library

Wednesdays @ 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


June 14: Summer Reading Kick-Off

Come join us on the start of the 2017 Summer Reading Program. Let’s get to know each other and have a blast while doing it. We will watch BookFlix Roberto the Architect. We will team up and become young architects. How high will your skyscraper become?


June 21: Maggie Stringer, Capitol City Master Gardener’s Club

Plant a seed and change the world. Ms. Stringer will teach us about planting and growing. We will also get our hands a little dirty and do a little planting ourselves.


June 28: Fredriatta Brown-Greene, Librarian II, Morgan Memorial Library

She will read It’s a Tiger! by David La Rochelle. A child imagines that he is in a story

where he encounters a tiger at every turn. Also, Moo by David La Rochelle. When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer’s car, she takes it for a wild ride though the country.


Fun with Lego

Every Monday @ 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Share your creativity!


Ramer Library Movie Days

Every Thursday @ 2:00 p.m.


June 15

Finding Dory

June 22


June 29

Despicable Me 2


Wednesday, June 28, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book ClubStandup Guy by Stuart Wood.

Synopsis: Private Investigator Stone Barrington gets drawn into the dangerous world of his clients.



Coliseum Branch Library

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Pre-School Story Time

Building a Better World


June 8: Sometimes things just get broken!

Louie’s Goose by H. M. Ehrlich

Synopsis: While spending summer at the beach with his parents, Louie has a wonderful time playing with his toy goose and even rescues her from a big wave.

Humpty Dumpty, as told by Kin Eagle

Synopsis: This is the traditional rhyme expanded to include some of Humpty Dumpty’s other mishaps.

Craft – Humpty Dumpty


June 15: Father’s Day is near!

Happy Father’s Day by Steven Kroll

Synopsis: Each of the children and Mom have a special surprise for Dad on his special day.

A Father’s Day Thank You by Janet Nolan

Synopsis: Harvey the Bear searches for the perfect Father’s Day present and decides that thanking his dad is the best gift of all.

Craft – Father’s Day craft


June 22: Have you ever lost something?

Louella and the Yellow Balloon by Molly Coxe

Synopsis: Patricia Pig takes her baby, Louella, to the circus and loses her when Louella wonders off to retrieve her new balloon.

Olivia and the Missing Toy by Ian Falconer

Synopsis: When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible.

Craft – Little piggy


June 29: Try to make someone’s day better!

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker

Synopsis: Bear cannot sleep for his friend mouse, and mouse helps Bear when he becomes afraid.

The Most Beautiful Kid in the World, by Jennifer Ericsson

Synopsis: At the last minute, Annie takes off her conventional clothes in a sudden burst of desire to impress

her grandmother.

Craft – Bear 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.


Elementary Programs


Build a Better World Learning from History

Friday, June 9 @ 10:00 a.m.


Join Sara Kunau, with the Alabama Department of Archives, as she presents a fun and informative program illustrating Alabama History highlights. There will be a presentation followed by a creative craft.


Build a Better World Through Exercise

Friday, June 16 @ 10:00 a.m.


Join Amy Barwick as she gets us excited about exercise. She has such a great personality that I am sure she will even get the adults involved.  Come join the fun!


Build a Better World by Beating Pollution

Friday, June 23 @ 10:00 a.m.


Join Lynn Battle, with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, as she targets pollution and what we can do to battle this problem. She will have a hands-on model to show how pollution in the city quickly spreads to our rivers.


Build a Better World

There will be no program on June 30


Build a Better World With Legos

Come join the fun building with Legos.

Tuesday, June 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.

This program is geared for children in grades K – 6.


Fun With Ukuleles

Wednesday, June 7, 14, 21 and 28 @ 4:30 am

Come to a ukulele jam, beginners welcome.


*Coloring sheets will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 to 5 in June.



Teen Programs


Build a Better World Through Reading

Teen Book Forum

Come see our special selection of popular teen books, and add your recommendation of a “must read” to our list for others to see. (The dates and times of this forum will be decided after talking with the teens who have signed up to see when is best for them).


Build a Better World by Helping Others


We are partnering with Angels for the Elderly to make a better world for our seniors and for yourselves. Do you have a special talent you would like to share? Or join us as we play dominos, play cards, and color adult level coloring sheets with our senior friends.  (The dates and times of this outreach program will be decided after talking with the teens who have signed up to see when is best for them).


Build a Better World by Expressing Yourself

Friday, June 23 @ 3:00 p.m.

Do you know everything there is about Panic at the Disco? Are you a Harry Potter super fan? Is basketball your life? Amanda Kaufman from the English and Philosophy Department at Auburn Montgomery will help you create a handmade magazine – also known as a ‘zine – that explores something you love. Come and do a little bit of writing and a little bit of art, and share your passion with the world!


Coding Club for Girls

Monday, June 5, 12, 19, and 26 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come join the fun and the great educational experience in learning to “Code” on computers. This is a wonderful opportunity for girls in grades 6 – 8. The class is limited to the first fourteen girls for this first set of classes.


*Coloring sheets will be available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3 to 5 in June.


Adult Programs


Computer Class

Tuesday, June 6, 20, and 27 @ 10:00 a.m.

Today we have student’s choice. Let us know what you would like to learn today.

Pre-registration is required. Phone 271-7005


Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

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

Are you wanting to begin or further continue your genealogical research at no charge? Come join others as we work through our problems together and see what we can find in your family tree.


Fiber Arts

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

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, June 21 @ 10:00 a.m.

Today we welcome Ethyl Boykin to disclose the beginnings of our new Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park. Come find what the vision is for this garden and what we can do to assist.



Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

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

Today we will be discussing Guests on Earth by Lee Smith, a story of an orphaned child who is admitted to Highland Hospital where Zelda Fitzgerald was once hospitalized. Evalina is taken under the wing of the psychiatrist’s wife, and she becomes a famous concert pianist.  Then, we will receive our book for July titled, “The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove”, by Susan Gregg Gilmore, a story of Bezellia, from a prominent Nashville family, who is struggling under her family’s name during the 1960’s.


Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, June 22 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will discuss A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick. This book has been called astonishing, complex, and brilliant.  This book is a true mystery, how, why, what.


Dewey Decimal Book Club

Wednesday, June 28 @ 10:00 a.m.

500’s – Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Make your selection from the 500 classification and be ready to share 3 to 5 points of interest about your book. This is a wonderful and fun way to learn new things!



Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age


Arts and Crafts

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

Today, Liz McEwan will be teaching us how to make personal greeting cards utilizing rubber stamping


Technology – Ted Talks

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

Learn anything from A to Z by listening to people speak through this site, Ted Talks!


Coliseum Adult Program

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

Ethyl Boykin will be discussing Montgomery’s new Botanical Gardens in Oak Park and her vision of what its future holds.


Dewey Decimal Book Club

Wednesday, June 28 @ 10:00 a.m.

500 – Natural Sciences and Mathematics

This category offers subjects on things cannot create. Come select your book and be prepared to share 3 to 5 points of interest you learned.




Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Summer Reading Program

Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.


June 8: PNC Bank will present Dream Big, Grow Up Great!

Helping young children turn everyday life experiences into math moments! PNC Grow Up Great is highlighting math resources that help children in their lives in a fun way.  Let’s develop a passion for learning that last a lifetime and can help set them on a path to success.


June 15: Movie Day:  SING

A Koala, Buster Moon stages a singing competition for the world’s humanoid animals in order to save his once grand theater that is in need of some major work. Five contestants are chosen to compete, a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.


June 22: Sylvan Learning/Robotics with Misty Mitchell

Here’s an excellent way to inspire and motivate your child and keep him or her engaged during the summer. Kids will gain valuable science and engineering skills while learning how to build and animate a robot.


June 29: Department of Archive & History Alabama Highlights

Celebrating 300 years of Alabama History from the 1700’s -1900’s. Program design to fit kids grades K-5.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

YA Department

Summer Reading Programs

Wednesdays @ 2:30 p.m.


June 7: An Introduction to the Korean Culture

Its purpose is to promote communication between Alabamians and Koreans to create productivity and harmonious working environments.


June 21: Wells Fargo: Financial Literacy

Financial literacy is the knowledge gained to implement the most effective and successful money management practices. Its goal is to provide the public with the information and tools to be financially literate and successful.



Morgan Reference Department


Color and Chill: Simple Art Therapy

Saturday, June 3 @ 10:00 a.m.


Come and join us on Saturday, June 3rd, for “Color and Chill” Morgan Libraries adult coloring program. Enjoy a relaxing time while enjoying this simple art therapy. Time is from 10 am till 11 am and will be in the Reference Department. Pre-registration is appreciated but not necessary.


Meet the Author: Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

Monday, June 26 @ 12pm


Come join us for a discussion of Miriam Davis’ new true crime book: The Axeman of New Orleans. Bring your lunch and listen to the gruesome tale of this mysterious serial killer from New Orleans.


Cover to Cover Book Club Selection for the Month of June 2017

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot


Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.

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EL Lowder Regional Library

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


June 2: Theme: Build a Better World with Bees

Busy as a Bee by Thea Feldman

Synopsis: What noise does the bee make? That’s right… BUZZ! Bees stay very busy helping create many things. Can you name some things bees create?

Bee & Me by Elle J. McGuinness

Synopsis: When Bee gets trapped in the house a little boy becomes afraid that Bee will attack. All of a sudden Bee begins to ask for help. Why does Bee need help? How does he help us?

Activity: Bee craft


June 9: Theme: Build a Better World by Recycling      

Olivia Helps Mother Nature by Lauren Forte

Synopsis: Olivia explains how we can help mother nature. “Operation Mother Nature” is a big task but we can help by starting at home!

The Earth Book by Todd Parr

Synopsis: Why should we recycle and take care of the earth? This book will tell you why and how you can do your part to build a better world!

Activity: Recycled craft


June 16: Theme: Father’s Day

Just Helping My Dad by Mercer Mayor

Synopsis: Little Critter has decided to help Dad. Things may have gone wrong but Dad is still thankful.

Happy Father’s Day by Steven Kroll

Synopsis: Dad wakes up to a series of notes and surprises! It’s “Father’s Day” and each of the kids have taken care of Dad’s chores.

Activity: Happy Father’s Day cards


June 23: Theme: Summer!

One Hot Summer Day by Nina Crews

Synopsis: It’s “One Hot Summer Day” in the city. What can one do in the summer heat? Come follow a little girl’s adventures in the city.

It’s Summertime! by Elaine W. Good

Synopsis: How do you know it’s summer? On a farm there are many things that happen to let you know it is summertime. Come hear this story and see how the city in “One Hot Summer Day” compares to the country in “It’s Summertime!”.

Activity: Summer craft


June 30: 5th Friday Flick!

Name that movie…

Synopsis: These loveable animals care an awful lot, and take care of people in order to “Build a Better World”. Caring, kindness, and friendship is key to building a better world.


Other Happenings @ EL Lowder Regional Library


Stitch and Share will meet Thursday, June 22 at 3pm.  This program is open to anyone who likes to quilt, knit, or crochet—or would like to learn—or is having trouble completing a project.  Bring your UFO (Un-Finished Object) and see if someone can help you get back on track.


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.  On Tuesday, June 6, the Ladies will be reading Tail Gait by Rita Mae Brown.

Summary:  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.


For the month of July the Ladies will be reading The Laughter of Dead Kings by Elizabeth Peters.

New York Times bestselling Grand Master Elizabeth Peters—author of the thrilling fictional exploits of archaeologist Amelia Peabody in the Land of the Pharaohs—brings back beautiful, brainy art expert and sometime sleuth Vicky Bliss for one last adventure in The Laughter of Dead Kings. Because of the Independence Day Holiday the Ladies of High Tea will meet July 11 at 3pm


Gamers Club will meet Friday, June 9.  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).


Come Build Something with Us! 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 June 16!


Lowder Regional Library now has Coloring for 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, June 15.


Our new Young Classic Book Club will meet Thursday, June 1 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 second book is The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S.  Lewis.


Summer Reading Registration continues and programming starts Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at 10am at E L Lowder Regional Library. Please see the Circulation Desk for requirements and to sign up.  A list of planned programs is also available.


In addition to our Grade School and Pre-School Summer Reading Programs we will also be having a Young Adult program on Thursday, June 15 at 4pm when we will be doing S.T.E.M. activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We will be building stuff as teams!


Adults we didn’t forget you! Glenn Wills is returning with his new book More Forgotten Alabama.  If you missed our program for his first book (Forgotten Alabama) you missed a great presentation.  Mr. Wills travels the back roads and the by ways of Alabama taking pictures of interesting sights from by gone days.




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