Looking for something fun to do this summer? Join us for Summer Reading! This year’s theme is twofold—first we have the theme of Space in remembrance of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago (has it really been THAT long ago?!). Then, just the libraries in the state of Alabama, we will be celebrating 200 years of statehood. On December 14, 1819 the Alabama Territory became the 22nd state of the United States of America. Put it all together and you have Alabama: A Universe of Stories. In keeping with that theme, in addition to our usual Lap Sit Programs (10am Thursday mornings) and Story Time Programs (10am Friday mornings) we are offering Summer Reading programs for Children up to Grade 6, Young Adults, and Adults!
Children’s Summer Reading programs will be Tuesdays from 10am to 11am and our schedule will be:
June 4 College Counts as we become Stargazers
June 11 Big Mo is in the House! Come have your picture taken
with our very own Montgomery Biscuit Big Mo
June 18 Movie Day! Bring your blanket or towel, a drink in a
lidded cup, and popcorn to watch a movie with us.
June 25 Mad Libs with the Librarians
July 2 Stars Fell on Alabama with the Alabama Department of
Archives and History
July 9 Finale with a special surprise guest who will present
everyone who has met their goal their reading certificate.
Young Adults Summer Reading is just the beginning! We are going to start our very own Young Adult Hangout! Every Monday evening from 630pm to 8pm join Miss Mary in the Meeting Room to have fun with your friends!
June 3 Young Adult Hangout Kicks Off
June 10 Make a hologram and watch a movie off your phone or
June 17 Bring your favorite or current book you are reading and
tell everyone what is great about it and what is not so
great. Would you read it again or was it a waste of time?
June 24 One man’s trash is another man’s treasure and recycling
not only gives new life to old things keeps things out of the land fill. Let’s create art from recyclable materials. We will have some at the library but you are welcome to bring more to share.
July 1 It’s all about Anime! Watch while you create your own.
July 8 Are You Smarter Than a . . . Librarian? If you think you
Know more than the librarians join us and show your stuff! You have to beat the two Librarians you will be playing against—or they will Dewey Decimate you!
July 15 Summer Reading is ending but not Young Adult Hangout!
This is Lowder’s new YA program and is open to ALL
Young Adults. This is YOUR program so join us in planning what YOU want to do in August and September! Come with ideas. We’ll create our very own Galaxy in a Jar.
July 22 Bring your phone or digital camera and learn a thing or
two about taking pictures as we share tips and tricks.
July 29 Come Play Fortnite at the library!
Adults, a.k.a. Grown-Ups—who says? We have a challenge for you that lasts the whole of Summer Reading. We would like to set you up with a “Blind Date” with a book. We have wrapped some books in newspaper so no one can tell what the title might be—but all are well known or pretty well-known—some have even been made into movies. Pick one to check out and take it home to unwrap. Be careful with the paper as when you return it to the library you will need to wrap it again. Take it to the Circulation Desk to check it out so that you can have the Due Date set as the evening of the Adult Summer Reading Finale. Once you have read your Blind Date Book we invite you to take on the persona of a character in your book, including clothing and anything else that would help someone guess what book you read on July 10th as we celebrate the year 1969 with music from that year.
Our Adult program takes place on Wednesday nights at 630.
June 5 Get Clued In!
It’s a life-sized library related version of the board game. Individuals are invited to try to solve a murder. Forget the Billiard Room with a Revolver—it might just be the Librarian in the Reference Area with a Book (of poisons)!
June 12 Alabama Jeopardy
Alabama turns 200 on December 14 of this year. What do you know about our great state? Come try your luck at Jeopardy – Alabama Style!
June 19 The Game of Montgomery Life
Remember The Game of Life? Cue the Commercial –
“You may have twins! Or wind up on the poor farm. You will learn about life when you play The Game of Life.” Join us for a definitely different version – life sized and tailored to Montgomery. There are even some special added spaces that involve some activity on the player’s part to use the library!
June 26 Book Folding
What can you do with an old book? Have you seen the old books that have had the pages folded in such a way as to spell out a word or to create a pretty picture? Come join is and learn how to give old books a new life. Amaze your friends!
July 3 It’s a Movie
Hint #1: This movie has something to do with either “space” or the “State of Alabama” or both! Strict licensing rules prohibit us from telling you the title but this movie was filmed in Huntsville, Alabama and has to do with space travel. It was released in 1986 and is rated PG. So bring your popcorn, a drink in a non-spillable lidded cup, your pillow and your blanket. We’ll watch the movie camp style. Hint #2: The title is hidden in Hint #1.
July 10 Finale
Lowderstock/Blind Date with a Book Evening
This is the time to return your “Blind Date” book. Remember to wrap it securely so that no one can see the cover and to not only dress but to come in “Character” as someone in the book. Try to see if anyone can guess the title of your “Blind Date.” We will be playing songs from the year of Woodstock—1969.
The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. In June 2019 Wedding Cake Murder: A Hannah Swenson Mystery by Joanne Fluke will be discussed. Join us at 3PM on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Everyone in Lake Eden, Minnesota, may have had their doubts, but at long last, Hannah Swensen is getting married!
Hannah is thrilled to be marrying Ross Barton, her college crush. And her excitement only grows when she learns he’ll be able to join her on her trip to New York City for the Food Channel’s dessert chef contest. They get a taste of the Big Apple before Hannah wins the Hometown Challenge and the producers bring all the contestants to Lake Eden to tape the remainder of the show. It’s nerve-wracking enough being judged by Alain Duquesne, a celebrity chef with a nasty reputation. But it’s even more chilling to find him stabbed to death in the Lake Eden Inn’s walk-in cooler—before he’s even had a chance to taste Hannah’s Butterscotch Sugar Cookies! Now Hannah has not only lost her advantage, she’ll have to solve a mystery with more layers than a five-tiered wedding cake…
In July 2019 Dead, White, and Blue: A Death on Demand Mystery by Carolyn Hart will be discussed. Join us at 3PM on Thursday, June 27, 2019.
Summer is a hectic time of the year for Annie Darling. Sun and scorching temperatures never fail to bring swarms of tourists to her mystery bookstore, Death on Demand, for the latest beach reads. But Annie still finds time to enjoy herself. The Broward’s Rock Fourth of July dance is just around the corner, and the island is buzzing with excitement—Shell Hurst included…
Shell is the kind of woman wives hate—for good reason—and most of them wish she would just disappear. But when she does, and a teenage girl is the only one who seems to notice, Annie can’t help but feel like someone should be looking for her. Last seen walking into the pine trees at the Fourth of July fireworks display, Shell has seemingly vanished without a trace.
The residents of Broward’s Rock grow uneasy when a second islander mysteriously disappears. Annie and her husband, Max, know something dangerous is brewing. They soon find themselves following a twisted trail marked by blackmail, betrayal, and adultery, winding from the corridors of the island’s lovely inn to a pier lashed by pelting rain, to a gathering on the terrace of a country club where a trap is set for a calculating killer……
Due to availability please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without notice.
The Young Classic Book Club meets from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, June 20, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
A great modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum. “A glorious account of a magnificent adventure, filled with suspense and seasoned with a quiet humor that is irresistible . . . All those, young or old, who love a fine adventurous tale, beautifully told, will take The Hobbit to their hearts.”
– New York Times Book Review
Thursday, July 25, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read Watership Down by Richard Adams.
Watership Down is the compelling tale of a group of wild rabbits struggling to hold onto their place in the world. A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for more than forty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.
Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.
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, technology, 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, June 13, 2019 at 4:30PM we will be making Holograms with our cell phones.
Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be June 1st. Summer Stories will be the theme for June.
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 as soon as we are notified of the cancellation.
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—May’s will be flowers. Join us Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.
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, June 12, 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, June 19, 2019!
Connect with 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, June 26, 2019!
Join us for Lap Sit Time, for ages 0 to 2 years old, every Thursday at 10AM. 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.
Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults during the month June will cover MCCPL’s Cloud Library App. Please remember that you must pre-register at least 24 hours in advance of Tuesday, June 25, 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, June 5, 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.