Pike Road Branch Library’s April 2018 Programs
Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series
On Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present native daughter and author Gin Phillips discussing Fierce Kingdom, her new novel.
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 one or two 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:
- April 2 – Today is International Children’s Book Day! We’ll celebrate with two stories from other countries – Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India and Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa, both retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott.
- April 9 – Happy National Library Week! Naturally, we’ll read some stories about libraries including I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Blanche Sims.
- April 16 – The Alabama Book Festival is coming up this Saturday! We’ll read books by Charles Ghigna, one of the authors who will be at the festival, including Barn Storm which he wrote with his wife, Debra.
- April 23 – World Penguin Day takes place this Wednesday. We’ll read tales featuring our tuxedoed friends including Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon.
- April 30 – We began the month with trickster tales and we’ll finish the month with one, as well. This time, we are off to Hawaii to learn about Pig-Boy in Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’i, retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott.
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:
- April 4
- April 11
- April 18
- April 25
Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, April 11 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle.
Publisher’s Summary – In this companion volume to A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in The Door fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace’s sister, Meg–grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother’s thoughts and emotions by “kything”–goes with him in spirit. In overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.
Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, April 19 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.
Publisher’s Summary – The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running. Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?
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