MCCPL Announces April Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

April 2019



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!


April 1 and 2

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit (Raynor) just can’t seem to fit into this book, can we help? Morris the Moose (Wiseman) is also having trouble fitting in, but at school.


April 8

Llama Llama Misses Mama (Dewdney), but that’s okay, because we’ll see her at the end of the day.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Numberoff) he may just want more!


April 9

The Fire Department is a strong part of our community. Join us as they tell us how they protect our community and how we can protect ourselves from fire.


April 15 and 16

Oh No! (Fleming) Mouse has fallen down the hole and can’t get out! And what are we going to do about The Book With No Pictures (Novak)?


April 22 and 23

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (Beaumont) Well, maybe just a little… We’re Traveling to the Tondo (Aardema), if only we don’t stop to rest too many times.


April 29 and 30

I’m a Pout Pout Fish (Diesen) and I’m here to spread my dreary wearies. Which is fitting since Yesterday I Had the Blues (Ashford)


Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday

April 4 and 18 @ 3pm


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.


Strong Families = Strong Communities

Wednesday, April 10 @ 10:00am


Join us as Mona Davis from the Gift of Life Foundation talks about all the services they provide for new families from pregnancy to toddler. She will be focused on co-parenting, but will discuss other techniques for building Strong Families.


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:00am

Title: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Description: Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850–only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs. ~dust jacket


Novel Colors

Wednesday, April 24 @ 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: Blacksad (Vol. 1)

Writer/Artist: Juan Diaz Canales/Juanjo Guarnido

Description: Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.~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, April 19 @ 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.


All Month, All Ages

We believe our community is strong, tell us why you think so by leaving a note on our bulletin board. We’ll post some of our favorites on Facebook.


Hampstead Branch April Programs


Toddler Time

Ages 2 and Under

Every Monday @ 10:00 a.m.


April 1: Pack up your gear and get ready because We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (by Micheal Rosen).

April 8: We’re going to read about a lot of different kinds of Dogs (by Emily Gravett) today.

April 15: Are you doing some bird watching this year? Get some practice with Birds by Kevin Henkes.

April 22: We’ll plant some seeds in the wonderfully illustrated If You Plant a Garden by Kadir Nelson.

April 29: What’s better than a truck? The garbage truck in I Stink! By Jim McMullen!


Story Time

Ages 3 and Up

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.


April 2: Get active with We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (by Micheal Rosen) and have a good time with A Bear Sat On my Porch Today By Jane Yolen.

Activity: Bear puppet


April 9: Join us for the silly misadventures of Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee and even more furry canines with Dogs by Emily Gravett.

Activity: Make Your Own Dog


April 16: We’re all about gardening with the books Up in the Garden and Down in The Dirt by Kate Messner and If You Plant a Garden by Kadir Nelson.

Activity: Egg Carton Garden


April 23: What does it mean when someone is a Bad Seed by Jory John? We’ll find out.

Activity: Seed Art


April 30: It’s all about trucks today with the friendly Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and a garbage truck in I Stink! By Jim McMullen.

Activity: Make a Truck



Thursday, April 25 @ 3:30 p.m.


All ages welcome, all children under 5 must have an adult present to assist with activities.

This month we’ll explore geometry through art and combine the logical thinking with creativity.





Pike Road Branch Library


Storybook Time – for age three and up

Mondays @ 10:30 a.m. & 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:


April 1 – It’s April Fool’s Day, but we’re not going to play any tricks on anyone. Instead, we’ll celebrate the joy of silliness when we read Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli and David Slonim.


April 8 – Happy National Library Week! It’s the annual event that allows us usually reserved librarians to toot our own horns for a few days. Our theme this year is “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Miss Wonderly, the librarian in today’s story, unites her community at a tea for all of the storybook characters that live nearby. We’ll see what happens when the legendary Big Bad Wolf is invited to the party in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra and J. Otto Seibold.


April 15 – Finally, Turkey has come back to Storybook Time! Our favorite master of disguise really wants to win the Easter egg hunt, but animals aren’t allowed to enter. Well, animals aren’t supposed to trick or treat either, but that didn’t stop him from getting candy. We’ll witness his magnificent cosplay in Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.


April 22 – Today is Earth Day and Arbor Day is coming up this Friday. We’ll appreciate nature when we read The Searcher and Old Tree by David McPhail. In this story, a raccoon takes refuge in a tree each day when he is done scavenging. Little does he know how the tree protects him while he sleeps.


April 29 – We’ll put a coda on April’s Storybook Times when we visit with another silly character. Emily is a very serious girl, so she is vexed when Duck keeps acting silly. Will Emily ever have a change of heart? Anything could happen (and probably will) in Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek and Lee White.


Toddler Time – for age two and under

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

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

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24


Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up

On Wednesday, April 10 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland.

Publisher’s Summary – The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended.


Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, April 18 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White.

Publisher’s Summary – From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century–two deep in the past, one in the present–to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.


*Special Event:

The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present Jeff Barganier, local author of The Crooked Tree and The Slash Brokers. – Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Local author Jeff Barganier will discuss his books and his travels.


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


Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


April 2: Hopping Frogs Day

Children will enjoy playing leapfrog and hearing the stories The Adventures of the Itty Bitty Frog and The Wide-Mouthed Frog.  Then they will do a coloring page activity.



April 9: Community Helper: The Librarian

Special guest presenter, Joyce Brown, retired Librarian, Montgomery Public Schools, will read stories about the library and talk about all librarians do. Then the children will make a craft.


April 16: Happy Easter!

Ms. Anita will read the stories Llama, Llama Easter Egg and Clifford’s Easter Surprise, followed by a coloring activity.


April 23: Love Your Pets

Children will enjoy the stories The Story of the Little Black Dog and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, then make a craft.


April 30: (Children’s Book Week 4/29-5/5)

Fairytales and Folktales

Children will enjoy singing songs from fairytales. Then Ms. Anita will read Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. Lastly, the children will role play the stories.




Wednesday, April 10 @ 2:00 p.m.


In celebration of National Library Week (April 7-13: “Libraries=Strong Communities”) , we will have special guest Dr. John Harrell, Capital Area Adult Literacy Council, who will speak on the topic “Libraries and Adult Literacy”.

All adults are welcome.



Ramer Branch Library

April Storytime

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


April 7-13: National Library Week

Do you love books, reading, and drawing? If so, in celebration of National Library Week, students Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be participating in a Bookmark Design

Contest. We will be using the week to work on our designs.


Monday, April 8th: 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm


Tuesday, April 9th: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm


Wednesday, April 10th: 2nd Grade- 1:00 pm


Thursday, April 11th: 1st Grade- 1:00 pm


Bookmarks will be judged and winners will be announced Friday, April 12. Each grade will have a winner and 2 runner ups. They will be presented with a prize.


Ramer Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3pm


April 3, 10, 17 & 24


Adult Programs

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00- “Montgomery County History” by Dallas Hanbury, Montgomery County Archivist. Celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial by learning more about the county’s history!!


Wednesday, April 24, 11:00-Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club will have Author Mike Moody as guest speaker.



Pintlala Branch Library


National Library Week 7-13, 2019

“Libraries = Strong Communities”



April 2: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf” by Glen Rounds

Synopsis — Here is a true and almost unbelievably exciting retelling of an old tale concerning the adventures of the three little pigs as they try to avoid being eaten by a big bad wolf. The pigs, the houses they each built for themselves, carefully and accurately drawn from life by the inimitable Glen Rounds.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a wolf out of construction paper and Popsicle sticks


April 3: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Say Please, Louise: A Cautionary Tale” by Phil Roxbee Cox

Synopsis: — A cautionary tale for children everywhere to warn of the perils of behaving badly and not doing what you’re told.

ACTIVITY: The Students will do a song and dance along with questions from the story


April 5: 6th Grade @ 11:45

Hot Six Book Club will meet to discuss “The Young Landlords” by Walter Dean Myers


April 8: 2nd Grade @ 1:30


BOOK: “Bats at the Library” by: Brian Lies

Synopsis: — Another inky evening’s here—the air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game


April 10: 6th Grade @ 9:00


Corporal Anderson, Montgomery County Sheriff Department will be here to educate the 6th graders about the D A R E program.

D.A.R.E – Drug Abuse Resistance Education


April 11, 2019 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies

Synopsis: — Another inky evening’s here—the air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game


April 11: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale” by Daniel Kirk

Synopsis: — Sam the library mouse loves to write, and the children love his little books, which he leaves on the library shelves for them to find.   But no one at the library has ever met him. When Tom can’t find a partner for a book-making assignment and finds Sam’s secret hole behind the children’s reference section, will the pair be able to work together, or will Sam’s secret identity be spoiled forever? A heartwarming tale about collaboration and creative ambitions, this book will enchant any young aspiring author or illustrator.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft


April 16: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Bruce’s Big Move” by Ryan T. Higgins

Synopsis: — After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . . A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce’s next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

ACTIVITY: The children will make a craft


April 17: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “She’ll be coming around the Mountain” by Emily Coplon

Synopsis: — This version of the song “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” depicts a boisterous family celebration

ACTIVITY: Student will do a song and dance


April 23: 4th Grade @ 12:15

BOOK: “The Snail and the Whale” by Julia Donaldson

Synopsis — When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft


April 24: 5th Grade @ 10:30

BOOK: “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” by Oliver Jeffers

Synopsis: — Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft


April 24: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Our Library” by Eve Bunting

Synopsis — When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course! This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyone’s lives.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft


April 25: 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Light and Color: Discover Science Through Facts and Fun” by Gerry Bailey

Synopsis — Presents an introduction to light and color, discussing how different kinds of light work and how color affects everything.

ACTIVITY: Students will experiment with Milk making Rainbows


April 25: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis — If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….

ACTIVITY: Students will make a mouse out of construction paper and a brown lunch bag


April 30: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Mr. Wiggle Loves to Read” by Carol Thompson

Synopsis: — Mr. Wiggle is a sweet inchworm who loves books! In this story, Mr. Wiggle explores the distinction between fiction and nonfiction books. Young readers can follow along with Mr. Wiggle as he teaches about the different genres that fall into these two categories of books. Readers will also learn where they can be found in the library.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft



Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library


Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


April 3

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

Synopsis: A family may have to get rid of their new pet, a cute puppy that eats everything in sight, including toys, bowls, and porches.

Activity: Coloring Sheet


April 10

Celebrating National Library Week with a Scavenger Hunt!!!

Find all the pictures on the sheet and return it for a small prize from the Treasure Chest


April 17

Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen

Synopsis: A little rabbit watches an old couple paint eggs, make chocolate, and braid baskets for the village children at Easter, and he eventually becomes the Easter Bunny.

Bring Your Baskets For The Easter Egg Hunt!!!


April 24

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Synopsis: A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler’s caps while he takes a nap under a tree

Activity: Coloring Sheet


Young Adult Programs


Paper Flowers

When: Thursday, April 4 @ 4pm

Description: Celebrate Spring by crafting easy to make but lovely paper flowers to brighten up your home.


Community Service and Servant Leadership

When: Thursday, April 11 @ 4pm

Description: Ann Cooper and Zachary Beasley from the River Region United Way will talk to young adults about ways they can work to build strong communities through volunteering and servant leadership. Come learn more about community service, how to get involved, and why it matters.


Galaxy Gems

When: Thursday, April 18 @ 4pm

Description: Craft your very own galaxy gemstone using nail polish then set into jewelry.


DIY Bath Bombs

When: Thursday, April 25 @ 4pm

Description: Learn how to make your very own bath bombs using a few simple ingredients. Customize your bomb with different colors, glitter and scents.


Rufus Lewis Adult Programming

After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, April 1 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Becoming, Michelle Obama

Description: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. ~Editor


Yoga @ the Library             

Tuesday, April 9, 23, 30 @ 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


Computer Class

Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Library Staff, Instructors

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



Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 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.


Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, February 2, 9 16, 23 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

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

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club



Managing Someone Else’s Money

Tuesday, April 9 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: If you are responsible for managing money or property for a loved one or someone who is unable to pay bills or to make financial decisions, this seminar is for you.

Students, along with Professor John Craft, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, will be available to discuss the following:

  1. Power of Attorney
  2. Court appointed guardian
  3. Trustee
  4. Government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries)


Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library


Story Time

Thursdays 2 10:00 a.m.


April 4: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

We will look at our digital collections to help build literacy. Smartphones, tablets, and computers will work with Tumblebooks, Tumblebooks Math, and Bookflix.

Craft – Puppy


April 11:   We love silly stories!

Celebrating National Library Week

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Synopsis: A little chick shows he can make the sounds of animals in his neighborhood.

The Troublesome Pig by Priscilla Lamont

Synopsis: An old woman does a lot of pleading with a variety of creatures before she gets her pig over the stile so they can get home that night.

Craft – Pig craft


April 18:   Easter is near!

Max’s Easter Surprise by Rosemary Wells

Synopsis: Max can’t wait for the Easter parade so he decides to have one at home.

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

Synopsis: Two siblings witness the nighttime arrival of the Easter Bunny.

Craft – Easter Bunny craft


April 25   It’s fun to make-believe!

It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle

Synopsis: A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

Synopsis: Bernadette helps Paul imagine all the things he can see outside of his fish tank.

Craft – Fish 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

April 2 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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


Beginning Sign Language

April 10, 17, 24, and May 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

Come learn how to sign your ABC’s and basic sign language during this four-week course. Registration is required. This program is for elementary age children.


Homework Assistance

April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

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

April 9 and 23 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

On April 9, we will be celebrating National Library Week by designing the libraries of the future. A first and second place prize will be presented to the two best designs.

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

Registration is required.


Tinkering Table

April 16 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Peeps and STEM: we will investigate science and engineering using Peeps.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brainpower. 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

April 4 and 18 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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


Coliseum Adult Program

National Library Week

April 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Wesley Hill, Montgomery author, will be presenting her book, Altered Plans. She will be available after the program for a meet and greet and book signing.


Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

April 11 @ 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating National Library Week

Today we will be discussing The Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly.

Summary:  This is historical fiction of three women during WWII who find their lives forever changed during this tumultuous period.  Then, we will receive our book for May titled, The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah.  This is the story of a former POW and his family who decide to move to Alaska.  Here they find themselves in a home covered in snow and having 18 hours of nighttime which causes the POW’s fragile state deteriorates, and his family begins to fracture.  They are now on their own.


Curious Genre Book Club

April 25 @ 3:00 p.m.

“Celine” by Peter Heller

Summary:  From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela’s father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed–that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmark, with a wildly-engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.



Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

Story Times are each Thursday at 10:30 a.m.



April 4th

April Showers Bring May Flowers 

We will read ​Splat the Cat: Oopsie-Daisy by Rob Scotton. When Seymour finds a seed, Splat decides it’s time to take up gardening. But when his plant finally blooms, will it be as amazing as Splat hoped? We will also read When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Watch the world transform when spring comes! We will have a craft.


April 11th 


We will read ​The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. ​If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. ​We will also read The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Kathy Couri.​”Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.” The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on a beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!​ We will have a craft.


April 18th 

Movie Day!

We will watch Spring into adventure with Dora the Explorer!

We will watch Egg Hunt.  It’s a great day for and egg Hunt with Dora and Boots!  Dora and Boots need your help to find the Big Yellow Egg with a prize inside.  Be on the lookout for other surprise filled eggs and Swiper the Fox!  We will have an activity.


April 25th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats through a warmed and very large quantity of food.  We will watch a video; have a felt board and coloring activity.



Young Adult Department


April 2 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet in order to continue our fantasy adventure!


April 4 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

The Anime & Manga Club will meet once again after school for fun, friends, and all

things anime!


April 16 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.


Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet in the auditorium for fantastic fun and creative adventures made by the teens!


April 18 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

The anime Club will meet in the auditorium once more to continue watching anime. In addition, we will begin talks regarding a Manga Club.


April 24 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: Book Talk with YA

The Young Adult Department will host a book talk about Angie Thomas’ newest release,

On The Come Up. Join us as we discuss topics such as racism, poverty, and hip-hop. Her newest book will soon become a movie, similar to her previous best-selling book, The Hate U Give.


April 30 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet one more time to continue our adventure.



Cover to Cover Book Club

April 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate

Summary:  Hope Springs is the epitome of small-town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where not a lot changes . . . until now.

Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened. Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small-town living affect her big ministry dreams?  Stephanie London is married to a doctor in St. Louis and living an ideal life. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.  As these women come together, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God’s plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined. ~ Review from


Computer Classes for the Month of April 2019


Tuesday Adult Classes

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


April 2 – Ace the Interview and Get the Job

Research, practice, and preparation are essential for interview success. This program will help your clients or students master these important steps and know what to expect in different types of interviews. Viewers will learn how to make a great first impression and convince employers they are the right person to hire.



April 9 – MS Excel-Part 1: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

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


April 16 – MS Excel-Part 2: 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.


April 23 – MS Excel-Part 3: 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.


Saturday Children’s Classes

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


April 6 – MS Excel 2016

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


Saturday Adult Classes

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


April 13 – 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 @10:00 a.m.



April 4

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

You see the tadpoles wriggling in the small, small pond. The minnows are scattering in the small, small pond.  What other things do you see in the small, small pond?

Oh No! by Bronwen Scarffe

“There is a hole in my umbrella and rain is coming through. Oh No!”  The little girl is finding holes in her beach ball, sweater, and her favorite hat.  What do you do when you find a hole in something that is your favorite thing?

(This is our signing book for the month.)


Fairy Tales

April 11

Duck and Hen by Joy Cowley

Duck and Hen are the best of friends and do everything together. When it comes to eating, Duck does not have claws like Hens to claw the earth. But then Hens does not have webbed feet for swimming like Duck does.  Can you do mostly everything your best friend does?



April 18

Bunny, Bunny by Kirsten Hall

Bunny, bunny is soft and furry and having a great day. He becomes sleepy at the end of the day.  Do you get sleepy after a busy day?


Arbor Day

April 25

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

A tree is nice for many reasons. It gives us shade and shelter is sometimes built from its lumber. It helps the cats get away from the dogs that are chasing them.  What other things can make a tree nice?


Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.


April 5


Frog and Friends Outdoor Surprises by Eve Bunting

Synopsis: Frog and Raccoon were discussing singing at a concert.  Raccoon thought that it was a great idea.  Frog did too, that is, until he lost his voice.  How do you think Frog felt about not being able to sing at the concert?

Ten Tiny Tadpoles by Debbie Tarbett

Synopsis: There were ten tiny tadpoles until one went chasing dragonflies.  Then there were nine tadpoles left.  Do you know how to count backwards beginning with ten?

Activity: Frog Art


April 12

Fairy Tale

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Synopsis: Little Red Hen found some seeds and asked her three friends to help her plant them. They all told her they would not help her.  What happened when the bread was ready to eat?

Root-A-Toot-Toot!  by Bernice Myers

Synopsis: Bear finds a trumpet and his friends tell him that he is too loud. Skunk finds a trombone and his friends tell him that he is too loud.  What happens as they meet at the lake with their instruments?

Activity: Little Red Hen Craf


April 19


Peter Cottontail’s Easter Egg Hunt by Joseph R. Ritchie

Synopsis: Peter gets out of bed and there is lots of baking candy in the kitchen. By noon he is hiding the eggs for all the children to find.  Did you see where Peter and his friends hid the eggs?

Easter Eggs-Travaganza by Jenne Simon

Synopsis: Cotton and her friends created eggs and hats that represent their personality. They hid the eggs and had an egg hunt.  Do you like to decorate Easter Eggs and find them?

Activity: Annual Easter Egg Hunt


April 26

National Arbor Day

The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein

Synopsis: The boy loves playing on the tree and the tree loves the boy. The tree gives until she has nothing left but a stump.  The boy is now an old man and all that he needs is a stump.  What does your favorite tree give to you?

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Synopsis: Liam was a little boy who group in a big city that didn’t have any gardens. One day he visited the old deserted railroad tracks and discovered that colorful plants and trees were beginning to bloom.  Liam took it upon himself to learn how to garden.  What do you think happened next?

Activity: Tree Art


Bunny Stories

Saturday, April 6 @ 10:00 a.m.


Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

Synopsis: Trixie went on a trip with her parents to visit her Grandparents in Holland. Trixie brought along her friend Knuffle Bunny, but somewhere along the way she lost him.  When she gets back on the plane with her folks to return home she finds him.  There is a baby in the seat behind her that is crying.  What do you think she does with her bunny?

The Velveteen Rabbit based on the story by Margery Williams

Synopsis: There once was a toy bunny with a beautiful velveteen coat.  His boy became very sick but the bunny stayed by his side.  Once the boy was well the nurse was told to burn anything that the boy touched.  How would you feel if you had to give up your favorite toy?

Activity: Bunny coloring sheets


Other Happenings @ Lowder in April

It’s that time of year again—National Library Week will be April 7-13, 2019 and Lowder Regional Library has planned a whole lot of fun! And of course the Librarians will be dressing up and doing their usual shenanigans!


Monday, April 8:

Movie Monday All Day—Families connect with the community by watching movies together.

Blue Monday—Dress up in the color blue.

Tuesday, April 9:

Help Me! Computer Class—Adults connect by seeing what the library has to offer at the Library using our databases.

Silly Hat Day— Wear a silly hat and vote on which librarian’s hat is the silliest.

Wednesday, April 10:

Gamer’s Club– Families spend time playing video and board games as a community At your library. – 4:00PM-5:00PM

Dress up as your favorite game character. Examples: Princess Toadstool, Tomatohead, etc.…

Thursday, April 11:

Lap Sit from 10AM-11AM—Age 0-2 year olds with their Mother or Father join as a community to meet other 0-2 year olds in our area.

Make Your Space– Young Adults learn about Earth Erosion as a community at your library. ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) will be here to how Earth Erosion works.  4:30PM-5:30PM

Dress up in Earth colors or tones to celebrate Earth Day.

Friday, April 12:

Story Time  10AM Children of the community come hear a fairy tale .

D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything and Read) – beginning at 2PM in

Main Area— Librarians or someone else from the community will read their favorite, excerpt from a book, poetry, etc.….

Dress up as your favorite fairy tale character.

Saturday, April 13:

Friends and Family Chess Club—Come learn as a community how to play chess.–10AM–12:45PM

Dress up in your favorite College Team colors or shirts.


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, April 11 at 4:30PM we will be welcoming the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.  They will be talking about soil erosion.


Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be April 6th. April Showers may bring May Flowers but Miss Mary is celebrating Bunnies!


The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM.  In April the Ladies will read Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, April 25.

Summary:  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…


In May the Ladies will read Mother’s Day Murder: a Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Summary: Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood–that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one-upsmanship  Even after witnessing the women’s claw sharpening rituals, Lucy never expects to see actual blood spilled–until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court. Now Lucy is determined to unravel the close-knit knot of suspects. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face-to-face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love. . .

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

Summary: 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.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Summary: A classic coming of age story, “Jane Eyre” is the tale of its title character, a poor orphaned girl who comes to live with her aunt at Gateshead Hall. While there she endures great emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her aunt and cousins. Jane subsequently ships off to Lowood, a Christian boarding school for poor and orphaned girls. The conditions at the school are quite brutal. The students are subjected to cold lodgings, poor food, inadequate clothing, and the harsh rule of the administrator, Mr. Brocklehurst. The maltreatment of the students is eventually discovered and after some changes life becomes more bearable. She eventually finishes her coursework and spends a period of time as a teacher at the school. After leaving Lowood she gains a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall working for Edward Rochester, a man whom she will eventually fall in love with. “Jane Eyre” is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome adversity. The novel was revolutionary in its day for its examination of the internal conflict of its protagonist and for the way in which it addressed the themes of class, sexuality, and religion in the mid-19th century.

(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, April 20th, 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, April 10, 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, April 17th, 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, April 3rd, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.


Homework Help at Lowder will end Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. Please remember that we must have 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, April 24th!


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 FaceBook on Tuesday, April 23rd.


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, April 3rd from 1PM to 2PM in the Meeting

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