Crochet and Craft
First and Third Friday
February 2 and 16
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, macrame, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.
First and Third Tuesday
February 6 and 20
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
Title: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.
In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. ~Dust Jacket
Why We Black Observe History Month
Discussion with Howard Overton Robinson, II, Ph.D.
Thursday February 15 3:00pm
Dr. Robinson is the Alabama State University archivist, a historian with the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, and he teaches American History in the ASU History and Political Science Department.
Howard Robinson attended Alabama State University where he earned earned a B.A. in 1986, and a M.A. degree in 1993. Before leaving Montgomery, Robison worked at WSFA Television and with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.
In 1999, Robinson earned a Ph.D. degree in American History from the University of Akron. In that same year he moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he worked at Armstrong Atlantic State University, as an Assistant Professor of African American History. While in Savannah, Robinson served as curator for the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and he served on the Board of Directors at the King Tisdell Foundation.
February 28 @ 6:30pm
**New LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase
Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.
City of Women by David R. Gillham
It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women.
On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.
But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two… ~Dust Jacket
Fridays (except holidays)
10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15
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.
Pre-registration IS required.
Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays) 10:00 AM
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.
5th and 6th
We will read and act out several of Aesop’s fables from a collection by Michael Hague and another by Beverley Naidoo.
12th and 13th
Today we’re focused on African music with Leopard’s Drum (Souhami) and The Singing Man (Medearis).
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 (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 (Kimmel).
26th and 27th
The animals are hungry and must learn The Name of the Tree (Lottridge) in order to survive. And Why DO Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (Aardema).
***Heroes Like Me Competition
Share our excitement about the new Black Panther movie and other diverse comic book characters and heroes by drawing yourself as a hero, super or otherwise! Prizes will be awarded in age categories. First prize for each category will receive a 12×24 poster of their entry and be included on a poster kept at the library to show how much we love our community heroes!
Entry forms will be available until end of day February 23, last day to accept entries will be February 28th. We will judge and award prizes on March 2nd for Read Across America Day!