MCCPL Announces March Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

March 2019 Programs


Pike Road Branch Library


Storybook Time

for age three and up –

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 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 3:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:


March 4 – We’ll get ready for Mardi Gras with a trip to the bayou when we read Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis. Alan the Alligator likes to scare the other animals with his big scary teeth, but Alan has a deep, dark secret that might bring an end to his reign of terror.


March 11 – That weird old lady is swallowing more stuff again, including a four-leaf clover! What is she going to make with all that stuff this time? The answers await us in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee.


March 18 – Spring arrives this week, so it’s time for hibernating animals to wake up. Mole is the vernal equivalent of a morning person, but Bear just won’t wake up. What lengths must Mole go to in order to wake his friend in Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand?


March 25 – It’s finally spring and Bear wakes up ready for breakfast. We’ll see if his friends can ever fill him up when we read Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.


Toddler Time

for age two and under

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

March 6

March 13

March 20

March 27


Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 13 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan Stokes.

Publisher’s Summary – Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke just wishes something exciting would happen to him. His aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers, travel to the ends of the earth searching for hidden treasure, dodging dangerous robbers along the way, while Addison is stuck in school all day. Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way of finding the Cookes. After his uncle unearths the first ancient Incan clue needed to find a vast trove of lost treasure, he is kidnapped by members of a shadowy organization intent on stealing the riches. Addison’s uncle is the bandits’ key to deciphering the ancient clues and looting the treasure . . . unless Addison and his friends can outsmart the kidnappers and crack the code first. So it’s off to South America, where the excitement, danger, gold, booby traps, and car chases are never-ending!


Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler.

Publisher’s Summary – After the Civil War, young Alva Smith and her sisters are left with nothing but their good name. Then she is introduced to William Vanderbilt, whose nouveau riche family is upending established New York society. They marry, but find themselves excluded by the old-money doyennes who control access to the city’s social and political scene. Refused entry, Alva designs and builds mansions and hosts her own grand balls. Denied a box seat at the Academy of Music, she helps found the Metropolitan Opera House. Outspoken, brave, and fiercely independent, Alva defies convention by championing suffrage for women, African-Americans and immigrants, and supporting labor union strikes. And, when William’s attentions wander, Alva puts her future at risk–with a scandalous strategy that changes her life.



Bertha P. Williams Library


Children’s Programs

Story time!

Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10am (Except holidays)

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


March 4 and 5

Should I Share My Ice Cream (Willems) or just keep it to myself, how will my friend know if I don’t share? Well if my friend is The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle), he will definitely notice!


March 11 and 12

The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Jeffers) can’t get enough books, but are they good for him? And if you think he eats too many books, just see how much paint a person can get into in I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More (Beaumont).


March 19

He’s a Pout Pout Fish (Hanna) and he has the weary drearies to spread all over the place. But don’t worry, because I Love It When You Smile (McBratney).


March 25 and 26

Leave Me Alone (Brosgol) shouts an old woman to her family. A little cat declares that I am a Cat (Bernstein) to much bigger cats.


Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday

March 7 and 21 @ 3pm

Description: 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.


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

March 13 @ 11:00am

Title: The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

Description: Some secrets can’t be kept. . . . Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past-and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered-and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them. ~Hoopla


Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

March 27 @ 6:30pm

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.

Title: POS

Writer/Artist: Pierre Paquet/Jesus Alonso Iglesias

Description: A young man struggles to build a publishing company, find love, and discover who he really is, with his one true trusted companion being the dog who truly seems to understand him. In the end, he realizes that for far too long he has been self-absorbed. A touching autobiographical story by Swiss BD publisher Pierre Paquet, the spiritual sequel to Paquet’s Eisner-nominated A Glance Backward, which recounted his experience dealing with the death of his father at age 11. ~Hoopla


Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays) @ 10:30-11:15 AND 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 – 334-240-4979 or


All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Friday, March 15 @ 3:00pm

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. Call to ask what movie we’re showing or to suggest a title.


Hampstead Branch


Toddler Time

Every Monday @ 10:00

Ages 2 and Under


March 4: Spring is almost here, so we’ll see what happens when birds build a Nest (by Jorey Hurley).

March 11: We’re going on a trip with Money and Me by Emily Gravett.

March 18: Let’s have an adventure with Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

March 25: What happens when a cow tries to drive a car? Find out in Moo by David LaRochelle


Story Time

Every Tuesday @ 10:30

Ages 3 and Up


March 5: Duck has a very odd egg, and what is going to come out of it? Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Activity: Build a Bird Nest


March 12: No Story Time


March 19: Everyone’s waking up for spring, let’s find out who in Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator

Activity: Create a Spring Landscape


March 26: Bunny Bear (by Andrea J. Loney) does not act like the other bunnies. Can he find a place to fit in?

Activity: Animal Puppets

Get Steam’ed

March 28th @ 3:30

1st Grade and Up

**Registration Required**

Spring is here, so we are celebrating by learning all about leaves! We’ll see how trees breathe and what colors are in leaves with a take home experiment to enjoy.


Ramer Branch Library


March Storytime

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


Monday, March 4: 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm

Students will create their own Dr. Seuss’ The Places you’ll Go parachutes and decorate them.


Tuesday, March 5: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Let’s learn our ABC’s with Dr. Seuss and his fun characters. There will be an activity.


Wednesday, March 6: 2nd Grade- 1:00 pm

Kids Trivia Hour: Dr. Seuss Jeopardy


Thursday, March 7: 1st Grade- 1:00 pm

Horton Hears a Who!

Here comes Horton! One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. What could it be or who? Let’s find out! We will be doing a Horton Craft.


Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3pm

March 6, 13, 20 & 27


Adult Programs


Wednesday, March 13 @ 11:00: “Elder Abuse” by Family Sunshine Center. What are the ways to combat this problem? Find out at this program


Wednesday, March 27 @ 11:00: Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Woman With a Secret” by Sophie Hannah. A woman’s world is torn apart when she is charged with murder



Governor’s Square Branch Library


Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

March 5: Celebrate Mardi Gras

Children will delight in singing Mardi Gras songs and dancing, as they are thrown multi-colored beads to catch. Then they will hear Ms. Anita read the stories Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquin, Harlequin and Timothy and the Big King Cake, and make a craft. Last of all will be refreshments served.


March 12: Food for Life Day

Children will learn songs about fruits and vegetables. A special guest from County Extention Service will read the stories Growing Colors and Vegetable Soup, then talk to them about eating healthy foods, then the children will do a coloring page.


March 19:   Spring is on the Way!

Children will enjoy hearing the stories Marley Springs Ahead and Possum and the Peeper, followed by a coloring page.


March 26:   Women’s History Month: Beatrix Potter Movie Day

Children will be excited to see the movie “The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny”, followed by a craft.


Book Bunch


Book Bunch will meet Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the historical novel The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Book Jacket Summary: What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva “Mitza” Maric is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zurich. For her, math seems like an easier path than marriage, until she falls in love with fellow student Albert Einstein. Charismatic and brilliant, Albert promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, is there room for more than one genius in a marriage? This is the untold story of Albert’s first wife, a brilliant scientist in her own right, whose contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated.


Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

The National Women’s History Theme for 2019 
Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence


March 5 @ 1:30 Pre-K

Pre-K’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade


March 6 @ 12:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Johnny Appleseed” by Reeve Lindbergh

Synopsis: —-Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.

ACTIVITY: Students will make apples out of construction paper


March 14 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Jennifer Gillis

Synopsis: —-An introduction to the history and traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.

Contents include: St. Patrick’s Day from town to town; Honoring St. Patrick; Early Life; A new religion; St. Patrick’s Day in the Colonies; The Irish in America; Gifts from Ireland; An American idea; The Wearing of the green; Shamrocks; Harps, Shillelaghs, and little people; Irish tradition, American holiday.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a St. Patrick’s Day craft


March 14 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Samantha and Lola” by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis: —-Samantha loves Irish dancing and has learned to dance it very well. Her friend Lola also likes this dance and she especially loves the fancy dress that Samantha wears during her presentations. Little by little, Lola learns the basic steps from her friend, until she is also ready to appear on stage. She makes her first appearance in the show that her school prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  Contains an informative section on St. Patrick’s Day.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a St. Patrick’s Day craft


March 19 @ 11:10 Pre-K

BOOK: “A House of Leaves” by Kiyoshi Soya

Synopsis: —-Sheltering from the rain, Sarah shares a house of leaves with a praying mantis, ladybug, and other small creatures of the wild.

ACTIVITY: Students will go outside find 2 leaves to come back inside and talk about them


March 20 @ 12:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “A Present for Mama Bear” by Bonnie Staenberg

Synopsis: —-Edgar Bear is looking for the perfect birthday gift for his mama.

Picking flowers, painting a picture, and baking a cake become a big mess — but Mama Bear loves him just the same.

ACTIVITY: Students will decorate bears out of construction paper


March 26 @ 12:00 4th Grade

BOOK: “Amelia Earhart” by Caroline Crosson Gilpin

Synopsis —-Amelia Earhart is one of the first of many National Geographic Readers that highlight important historical figures. This Level 1 Reader brings an understanding of Amelia Earhart’s historical significance to a whole new audience. Young readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of this pioneering pilot and adventurer, whose disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 has intrigued audiences for decades.

ACTIVITY: Make air planes out of gum, mints, and rubber bands


March 27 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “Lucky Ducklings” by Eva Moore

Synopsis: —-Early one morning, Mama Duck takes her babies for a walk. They follow safely behind her as they leave their pond, waddle through the park, and stop in the little sunlit town’s parking lot for yummy breakfast.  But one by one, Mama’s little ducklings get separated when they disappear into the slats of the town’s storm drain. How three firemen and a pickup truck rush to their rescue makes for a vivid and exciting drama that children will return to over and over again. Award-winning artist Nancy Carpenter and veteran author Eva Moore have created a delightful new classic with an inspiring environmental message.

ACTIVITY: Students will make ducks out of construction paper and cardstock


March 28 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Synopsis: —-An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers


March 28 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Synopsis: —-An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library


Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


March 6

Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss

Sam-I-am tries to persuade the character in the top hat to try green eggs and ham.

Activity: Dr. Seuss Craft


March 13

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

Tim and Maureen go to great lengths to set a trap, hoping to catch a real leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day and take his pot of gold.

Activity: Coloring Sheet


March 20

 Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand

Excited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries — unsuccessfully — to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.

Activity: Spring Craft


March 27

The Missing Chick by Valeri Gorbachev

One of Mother Hen’s little chicks is missing. Did they leave him in the house?  Is he hiding in his bed, or under a bush?  Mother Hen and the neighbors search high and low, but there’s still no sign of the missing chick.

Activity: Coloring Sheet


Young Adult Programs

Rufus Lewis Branch


Myth Busters: Urban Legends, Hoaxes, and Fake News

Thursday, March 7 @ 4pm

Description: Join us as we take a look at hilarious, creepy, and just plain weird urban legends, internet hoaxes, and fake news. Put your critical thinking skills to the test to see you can tell the difference between an urban legend and real news.


Trivia Night: Superheroes

Thursday, March 14 @ 4pm

Description: Love superheroes? Consider yourself an expert on comic books and comic book based movies? Put your knowledge to the test against fellow fans!


Marshmallow Pops

Thursday, March 21 @ 4pm

Description: Have fun making a sweet treat for yourself. Customize your marshmallow pop to your taste with dipping chocolate, candy, and sprinkles.


Tile Art

Thursday, March 28 @ 4pm

Description: Experiment and relieve stress with this easy and fun craft. Create beautiful works of art on a piece of tile using sharpies and paint.


Adult Programs

March 2019

Income Tax Prep

Friday, March 1 & 8 @ 10:00 A.M. – 5:45 P.M.

Monday, March 4 @ 11:00 A.M. – 8:45 P.M.

Description: High-quality, free income tax preparation services to members of the Montgomery Community.

Preparers: SaveFirst (Impact America – AL)


Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, March 2, 9 16, 23, 30 @10:00 A.M. – 12:30 pm

Description: Learn to play Chess. All ages and levels of players are welcome.

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club


After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, March 4 @ 6 P.M.

Title: Seized By Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Description: “Jackson again straddles the fine line of romance and suspense with skill.”

-RT Book Reviews


Computer Class

Thursday March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 10:30 A.M.

Library Staff, Instructors

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



Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 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 a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator


Protecting Senior Citizens

Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:00 A.M.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Staff, Presenter

Description: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office provides protection to senior citizens in many ways. Learn about three of their most popular programs designed to protect seniors during their golden years:

Are You Ok? – Telephone reassurance program (community service for seniors)

Yellow Dot – Citizens and first responders working together to preserve the golden hour of emergency care

Project Life Saver – A practical way to keep loved ones safe and reassure family and friends that by wearing a special bracelet, they can be safe at all time.


Yoga @ the Library

Tuesday, March 12, 26 @ 6:00 P.M.

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.

Presenter: Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor



Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library


Story Time


March 7: We should learn to help each other!

Caillou Gets the Hiccups, by Sarah Margaret Johanson

Synopsis: Caillou develops hiccups and he cannot get rid of them.

Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer

Synopsis: George the dog cannot bark despite everyone’s efforts.

Craft – Dog craft


March 14: Things are not always what they seem!

Fang, by Barbara Shook Hazen

Synopsis: Although he is big and looks fierce, Fang the dog is afraid of so many things that he is even afraid of himself.

Contrary Mary, by Anita Jeram

Synopsis: Contrary Mary the mouse decides one day to do the opposite of what she is supposed to do, but when her mother does the same, Mary has a change of heart.

Craft – Mouse craft


March 21: Don’t be afraid of imaginary things!

Dear Bear, by Joanna Harrison

Synopsis: Katie is afraid of the bear that lives under the stairs at her house, until they exchange letters and she finally gets to meet him.

The Dinosaurs Are Back and It’s All Your Fault Edward!, by Wendy Hartmann and Niki Daly

Synopsis:  Edward’s brother makes him believe that the dinosaurs are everywhere and that they are after him.

Craft – Pterodactyl Craft


March 28: Sometimes things are not as bad as they seem to be!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, by Candace Fleming and Brian Karas

Synopsis: After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to   find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Bad Boris Goes to School, by Susie Jenkin-Pearce

Synopsis: Bad Boris does not want to go to school, but when he does he finds he doesn’t want to leave.

Craft – Elephant craft


Parent Pre-School Activity Center:  This table changes once a month.  We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This table has activities where parent and child explore together.



“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids


Color Coders

Tuesday, March 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Join us as we color age appropriate coloring sheets using colored pencils. A variety of sheets will be available for you to choose from.  Coloring is a great stress reducer, so come and melt away your stress!  All ages are invited to color.


Homework Assistance

March 5 and 12 @ 5:00 – 5:45 pm

(No assistance March 19 or 26 due to Spring Break.)

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.


Being Creative with Legos

Tuesday, March 12 and 26 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League. Registration is required.


Tinkering Table Celebrates “STEAM” – The Universe

Monday, March 18 – March 22 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

We will be offering activities to enhance your child’s learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  Our theme will involve The Universe.  We will be making a Star Finder & Big Dipper Star Clock, a Bristle Bots, a Lego Space Craft, a model of Saturn, and of course cloud slime.  Pre-registration is required to assure adequate material supply.  Please call 271-7005, or stop by the Coliseum Branch Library to register.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brain power. Simply read to your child, birth through kindergarten, every day with the goal of having read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten.  You will keep track of each book read, and your child will receive a reward after every 100 books read.  Find out more about this new program at the Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library.


Adult Programs


Senior Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve an appointment.

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 271-7005) for a maximum of 1 hour. The type of training will depend on your needs.  Tell us what you want to learn!  Training includes basic computer skills, some Microsoft Office programs, email, eBooks, help with the mouse, or any of our digital catalogs.


Crochet Class

Thursday, March 7 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

(We are meeting only once this month.)

Come learn how to crochet, and share what you have been making.


Coliseum Adult Program – Alabama 200 Years

Wednesday, March 20 @ 10:00 am

Capitals of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be presenting interesting and historical information pertaining to the five capitals of Alabama.


Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, March 14 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton.  This is a story of Edie who is on a journey into the past of her mother whom she discovered was billeted in Milderhurst Castle during WWII.  During her journey, she finds that there are many other secrets hidden in the walls of this castle.  Then, we will receive our book for April titled, The Lilac Girls, by Martha Kelly.  This is a historical fiction story of three women during WWII who find their lives forever changed during this tumultuous period.


Curious Genre Book Club

Thursday, March 28 @ 3:00 pm

“The Black-Eyed Blonde” by Benjamin Black

Raymond Chandler’s incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career “It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it’s being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere.” So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe–yes, that Philip Marlowe.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

Thursdays @ 10:30 am


March 7: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

We will read ​A Rainbow of My Own​ by Don Freeman. ​A small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with.  We will also read ​Maisy’s Rainbow Dream​ by Lucy Cousins. Maisy dreams about a red ladybug, and there’s Charley flying by with a ladybug umbrella. She dreams of a big orange fish, and she and Panda grab a fin and float along. Soon things get even more amazing. And when Maisy finally reaches Rainbowland—well, it must be seen to be believed! We will have a craft.


March 14: St. Patrick’s Day

We will read ​Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase​ by James Dean. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s also the grand opening of Pete the Cat’s leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who’s full of tricks. Will luck be on Pete’s side? Or will Pete learn luck is actually something earned? We will also read ​There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! ​b​y Lucille Colandro. She’s back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold. We will have a craft.


March 21: Fly High, Butterfly!

We will read ​The Very Hungry Caterpillar​ by Eric Carle. One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums – and still he was hungry. We will also read ​Elmer and Butterfly​ by David McKee. One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. But just how can a butterfly ever help an elephant? We will have a craft.


March 28: Children’s Picture Book Day.

We will read ​Where the Wild Things Are​ by Maurice Sendak. Max is the hero of this beloved children’s classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper. We will also read ​The Cat in the Hat​ by Dr. Seuss. Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do …until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! We will have a craft.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Young Adult Department


March 5

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting 2:30 to 4 PM

The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet and continue with their characters in this exciting fantasy RPG adventure!


March 7

Anime/Manga Club Meeting 2:30 to 4 PM

The Anime Club will meet once again to continue our anime viewing. In addition, we will begin learning about Origami, the art of japanese paper folding.


March 15

De-stress Day 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Spring Break is almost here so why not relax with us? There will be board games, card games, coloring pages, and more!


March 26

Women’s History Month: Movie – ​Hidden Figures 2:30 PM

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Young Adult Department will be showing the movie, ​Hidden Figures​ (PG-13). Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.


March 28

Tabletop Game Club Meeting 2:30 to 4:30

Come and play new and exciting board games as we introduce a new club in the YA Department. Bring a board game for everyone to try!


Reference Department


March 16th 11am-12pm – (Global Classroom)

MCCPL Seed Swap

Calling all Montgomery area gardeners and veggie-lovers alike! The Morgan Library invites you to our 1st ever Seed Swap! All are welcome to join us in celebration of the upcoming growing season. Please bring any new (no more than 3 years old) or harvested seeds you would like to swap and come take a look at what others have to offer. Chat with other local gardeners and get advice for this season’s garden. You do not have to bring seeds to get seeds, first time gardeners are welcome! Please clearly label all seed you wish to swap.

For more information call Suzie or Jim at (334) 240-4992.



March 21 @ 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. – Montgomery Room

Alabama Native American History in the Montgomery Room

Books covering Alabama Native American history will be highlighted and on display this month in the Montgomery Room at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library. The Montgomery Room is the Montgomery City-County Public Library’s special collection of books primarily concerning local, state, and southeast history.  It also contains among other subjects children’s materials, cookbooks, science, and poetry of local interest.


Cover to Cover Book

March 5 @ 6:30 p.m.

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Second Time Sweeter (A Blessings Novel) by Beverly Jenkins

NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a new heartwarming novel set in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown. But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness? Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances? A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around… Review by


Computer Classes for the Month



Tuesday adult classes are held on the first, second, and third Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 a.m.


March 5 – MS Excel-Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks

Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2016. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets.


March 12 – MS Excel-Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

Discover how to modify column, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data.


March 19 – MS Excel-Part3: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics

Learn how to format text and numbers in cells and learn the worksheet basics (setting print area, inserting headers/footers, page margins, etc.


March 26 – MS Excel-Part 4: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

Let Excel do the math for you! Practice creating and applying formulas to your worksheets and learn how Excel functions work.




The first Saturday of every month is for 1st-4th Grades 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and

5th-8th Grades 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM


March 2 – MS Excel 2016

Students will learn how to create a simple budget with borders, clip art and word art.




Saturday adult classes are held on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.


March 9 – Excel: Parts 1 & 2

Learn how to enter and edit data, change the appearance of your worksheets, and create calculations and charts based on your data.


EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @ 10am


March 7: Sharing

Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont

Rover is in his dog house all alone and it is beginning to rain. Rover begins to sleep through the storm and Cat decides he wants to get dry.  “Move over, Rover!”

Do you sometimes share your bed with Mom and Dad?

Wake Up, Crock! by Kirsten Mayer

Baby Crocodile hatches out of his egg and is sleepy. “He hugs 2 fairies.”  Come count along with Baby Crocodile as he makes new friends.

(This will be our book that we sign this month.)


March 14: World Sleep Day

Little Donkey Close Your Eyes by Margaret Wise Brown

“Little Donkey on the hill standing there so very still”

Little Donkey close your eyes and go to sleep. All the animals are going to sleep.  Do you have a hard time falling asleep?


March 21: Tornado Season

This Beautiful Day by: Richard Jackson

This beautiful day has the children dancing and spinning around. Then the children go outside to skip and sing in the rain.  Do you ever play in the rain?


March 28: Spring Cleaning

Stinky Clothes by: Joanna Emery

 “Hold your nose around stinky clothes!” First we put them in the washing machine and then the dryer.  Finally we fold our clothes and put them away.  Do you do your own laundry?



Dr. Seuss Saturday

March 9, 2019

10:00 AM

Dr. Seuss Story Time with Ms. Mary


Gertrude McFuzz was a girl bird who only had one feather. Miss Lolla-Lee-Lou had two beautiful long feathers.  Gertrude ate from the tree with pills on it and grew lots of feathers.  What happens when she eats even more of the pills from the tree?


Dr. Seuss’s ABC book goes through the alphabet using alliterations. “Ten tired turtles on a tuttle-tuttle tree.” Do you know your alphabet?

Would You Rather be a Bullfrog? “Would you rather be a rooster or a hen?” What would you rather be?




Fridays @ 10am

March 1: Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Sam I am and I do not like green eggs or ham anywhere or with anything. Have you ever just decided that you did not like something but had never even tried it?  See what happens when Sam tries the green eggs and ham for the first time.

Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

Yertle the Turtle was the king of a small pond, but he wanted much more and ordered his turtles to begin stacking up. Do you always have to be the first one in line?  Come hear what happens when Yertle is King of it all.

Activity: Yertle the Turtle Art


March 8: Imagination

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

Ralph has trouble trying to write a story until he speaks to his desk buddy Daisy. What type of story do you think he finally writes?

Dog Loves Drawing by Louis Yates

Dog loved reading so much that he opened up a bookstore. Then one day a package arrived.  It was from his aunt who sent him a book with blank pages.  What do you think Dog did with the book?

Activity: Imagine something fun and draw or write about it


March 15: World Sleep Day

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

There is a house where it very is quiet and everyone is sleeping. The Granny is snoring, but something wakes her up that causes her to break the bed.  Was it you?

No Go Sleep! by Kate Feiffer

The baby said, “No Go Sleep!” The sun has set and will be back up to play in the morning, but the moon is there as a night light.  Do you refuse to go to sleep when told?

Activity: Wear pajamas, stay and read day


March 22: Tornado Season

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Overnight the winter has disappeared and turned into mud. Mud is squishy and icky.  Do you like to play in the mud?

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

Otis the tractor was friends with most everyone on the farm. There was a bull who did not like anyone.  Instead of being friendly, he stood and snorted at you.  One day a terrible storm came and all the humans went into a storm shelter.  Otis led all the animals to safety.  Otis did not see the bull, so he went to find him. Do you help the people who you are not friends with sometimes?

Activity: Create a tornado


March 29: Spring Cleaning

Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley

Tic and Tac were bored after they had been fishing and caught everything in the pond. Ma showed them how to do the Laundry so they finished the laundry for Ma.  Do you ever help your mother with the laundry?

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Trixie went on a trip to the laundry mat with her daddy. They put in a load of clothes to wash and dry.  Trixie takes her bunny Knuffle everywhere she goes.  Guess what gets left at the laundry mat?

Activity: Spring Cleaning Art


Other Happenings @ Lowder

Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30PM to 5:30PM in the Meeting Room to discover and create. Make “Your” Space is a S.T.E.A.M. program for Young Adults.  We will be focusing on making things and learning how it works through science, engineering, art, and math.  People of all ages are invited to participate or observe; however, children under 14 must have an adult present to assist them with their projects.  On Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 4:30PM we will be celebrating Pi Day.

Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be March 9. Join Miss Mary and celebrate Dr. Seuss.


The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. Join us Thursday, March 28, 2019 to discuss The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.


In April 2019 the Ladies will read Twelve Angry Librarians by

Miranda James. Join us at 3PM on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…

Due to availability please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without notice.

The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, March 21, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

‘You are the last man in the world I would marry.’ Why does spirited, lively Elizabeth Bennet so rudely reject the proposal of the handsome, rich Mr Darcy? What could he possibly have done to offend her? Elizabeth is proud of her ability to judge others; Mr Darcy is proud of his family name. When their social worlds collide, feelings run high. Misunderstandings, poor judgement and wicked lies bring danger to the Bennet family. Can broken hearts be mended? Can hurtful words be forgiven? Can the Bennets be drawn back from the brink of disgrace? Will Elizabeth’s prejudice and Darcy’s pride be the ruin of them both?


Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Velveteen Rabbit by Margaret Williams Bianco.

The Rabbit in the stocking isn’t as expensive as the other toys: he’s covered in velveteen. On Christmas Day, the Boy enjoys his new toy but then quickly forgets and neglects him. Shunned and unsure, the Velveteen Rabbit questions his worth. Should he even be called a real toy? An answer comes from his friend, the Skin Horse: “Real isn’t how you are made. . . .It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” The Velveteen Rabbit’s journey through love and loneliness to become who he was really meant to be is a story that inspires us all on our own journey to Real. The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless tale of friendship, love, acceptance and honesty. When the world seems uncertain, Margery Williams’s classic story reminds all of us what really matters.


Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.


Lowder’s Friends and Family Chess Club meets every Saturday 10AM to 1245PM (All children must be picked up by our 1PM closing time). If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or if you have been looking for a place to play join us each Saturday.  All ages and levels are welcome!  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the Meeting Room door.


On the third Saturday of each month, Saturday, March 16, from 930AM to 1230PM we will be offering a Scholarship Seminar for students in Grades 8-12. Eighth grade is not too young to be thinking about how to pay for college.  Everyone should bring a folder to hold their handouts and be prepared to take notes.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.


Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4PM.


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 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.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, March 20, 2019!


Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.


Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each school year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.

Join us for Lap Sit Time!  It is for ages 0 to 2 years old every Thursday 10AM to 11AM for a Librarian led Lap Sit time.  From 10AM – 10:15AM the Librarians will read board books, nursery rhymes, and teach baby sign language.  From 10:15AM – 11AM the parent/caregiver may choose to stay, play and read to their child/children. There is no craft associated with this program.


Our regular Preschool Story Time starts at 10AM on Friday mornings. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft or activity.


Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!  We’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, March 27, 2019!


We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  We will present Microsoft PowerPoint on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.


Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare?  Are you confused about Medicare?  You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, March 6, 2019 from 1PM to 2PM in the Meeting Room.


Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change and cancellation without notice due to situations beyond our control; however, the Lowder Staff makes every effort possible to adhere to posted planned programming.









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