August programs @ MCCPL!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

August 2019


Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programs


Computer Class @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Instructors: Library Staff

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


Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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


Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 10:00 a.m. – 12:30

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, August 5 @ 6 p.m.

Title: An American Marriage

Author: Jones, Tayari

Description: Filled with breathtaking twists and turns, bursting with realized and unrealized dreams. Skillfully crafted and beautifully written, An American Marriage is an exquisite, timely, and powerful novel that feels both urgent and indispensable.”

~Edwidge Danticat, author of Breath, Eyes, Memory


Smart Shopping Techniques

Tuesday, August 13 @ 10:00 a.m

Description: Improve shopping behavior and management of house-hold food dollars to ensure nutritious foods are available for families and individuals.

Mrs. Shonda Wright, Presenter

Urban Snap-Ed Educator, Alabama Cooperative Extension


Yoga @ the Library 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 13, 19

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



Writing and Publishing Workshop: Part 2

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Description: LaVender returns to offer her expertise in writing and publishing. She is a United States Navy Veteran, Montgomery native and owner of Candy Publishing, an Independent publishing company helping writers become published authors.  As a ghostwriter and author herself, LaVender believes everyone has a story to tell.  Her mantra is DON’T DIE WITH A BOOK IN YOU.  The Candy Publishing writing & Publishing Workshops are geared to inform, educate, and guide first-time authors on their publishing journey.


Young Adult Programs

Rufus Lewis Library


Customized Pencil Cases

When: August 8th @ 4pm

Description: Start the school year in style by customizing a pencil case using glitter, makers, and gems.


No Bake Kitchen
When: August 15th @ 4pm

Description: Learn how to create simple but delicious no-bake treats! We’ll be making No Cook S’mores and Dinosaur Trail Mix.


Space Slime

When: August 22nd @ 4pm

Description: Come make the most of this world slime you’ve ever seen. You’ll also learn about the chemistry behind slime in the process.


Un-BEE-Lievable Science

When: August 29 @ 4pm

Description: Bees do far more than make honey. Come learn about how these incredible little creatures live, work, and how the ecosystem would be irreparably damaged without them.


Hampstead Branch Library August Programs


The Hampstead Staff is taking a break from our regular programming this month to prepare for a brand new year of programing! To help keep you in the groove of visiting the library, we are offering several self-directed programs you can enjoy while we’re on break. All our regular programs will be back and better than ever in September.


Toddler Free Play

Mondays @ 9:30 – 10:45

Instead of Toddler Time, drop by for a Free Play with our toys any time between 9:30 and 10:30. We’ll wrap up with bubbles beginning at 10:30.


Adopt a Craft

Tuesdays all Day

Help us clean out our storage place by adopting a craft from one of our programs this year! You can do the craft in the library, or take it home in a bag to enjoy later.


EL Lowder Regional Library


The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. In August A Red Herring without Mustard:  A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan C. Bradley will be discussed.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

In the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey, the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce had asked a Gypsy woman to tell her fortune—never expecting to later stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned almost to death in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.


In September 2019 the Ladies of High Tea will read their annual classic. This year they embrace the grand dame of mystery – Agatha Christie.  The book they will be reading will be And Then There Were None.   Join us at 3PM on Thursday, September 26, 2019.


Ten strangers, apparently with little in common, are lured to an island mansion off the coast of Devon by the mysterious U. N. Owen. Over dinner, a record begins to play, and the voice of an unseen host accuses each person of hiding a guilty secret. That evening, former reckless driver Tony Marston is found murdered by a deadly dose of cyanide.


The tension escalates as the survivors realize the killer is not only among them but is preparing to strike again… and again…


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, August 15, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.


Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school . . . again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


Thursday, September 19, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.


The story is of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his new love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.


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

We will not be having our Young Adult Make “Your” Space in the month of August.

Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be August 10. Our theme will be Back to School.


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—August’s theme will be school.  Join us Wednesday, August 7, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.


Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-530PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  You can even bring your own games (E, E10+, or T ONLY) and controllers if you want to play them on the big screen!  Join us Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 4PM.


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-530PM. 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, August 21, 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, August 28, 2019!


See you in September! There will be no Lap Sit or Story Time in August as the Children’s Librarians take a well-earned much needed vacation from programming.  But don’t worry they will be busy planning next year’s great programs!


Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults during the month August will cover Databases.  Please remember that you must pre-register at least 24 hours in advance of Tuesday, August 27, 2019.


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.


Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

Hours 9 – 6          Monday- Friday


Story time and elementary programs will return in September.



Crochet Class

August 1 and 15, 2019

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come and learn. Crochet to be inspired to express yourself, for relaxation, and to be awesome.


Adult Ukulele Class

August 7, 2019

10:00 am

Come out and learn how to play the Ukulele, learning how to play a musical instrument is healthy for your brain! Ukuleles are compact, easy to learn, and fun. Bring your own or check one out from the Coliseum library.



Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve a time

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 625-7005) for a maximum of 1 hour. Type of help depends on your needs, your device, or ours. Let us know what you want to learn! Assistance can include necessary computer skills, some Microsoft Office programs, email, eBooks, mouse, or any of our digital library catalogs.


Adult Programs

August 21, 2019

10:00 am

Scotty Kirkland, with the Alabama Department of Archives, will be presenting “The Six Constitutions of Alabama”.  This is an ongoing series of programs celebrating Alabama’s 200th anniversary.


Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

August 8 @ 3:00 pm

Today we are discussing “The Girl on the Train”, by Paula Hawkins.  This is the story of a young lady who travels by train and sees the same sights each day, until one day she sees something that may change her life forever.  Then, we will receive our book for September titled, “Most Wanted”, by Lisa Scottoline.  This is a story of a young couple who are unable to have children, so they decide to use a donor.  Everything goes as they wish until one day the newly expectant mother sees a picture of her donor on the news.  He is wanted for a series of brutal murders.


Curious Genre Book Club

August 27 @ 3:00 pm

Vertigo 42  by Martha Grimes

In her latest Richard Jury mystery, Martha Grimes delivers the newest addition to the bestselling series The Washington Post calls “literate, lyrical, funny, funky, discursive, bizarre.” The inimitable Scotland Yard Superintendent returns, now with a tip of the derby to Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Richard Jury is meeting Tom Williamson at Vertigo 42, a bar on the forty-second floor of an office building in London’s financial district. Despite inconclusive evidence, Tom is convinced his wife, Tess, was murdered seventeen years ago. The inspector in charge of the case was sure Tess’s death was accidental—a direct result of vertigo—but the official police inquiry is still an open verdict and Jury agrees to re-examine the case.


Bertha P. Williams Library

Adult Program


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

August 14 @ 11:00am

Title: Countdown by Iris Johansen


Orphaned at an early age, Jane grew up the hard way, but she was given a new life, a loving family, and a chance to pursue her interest in one of the greatest archaeological finds ever unearthed. Now someone was trying to destroy that new life before it could even get started. The past is returning with the kind of vengeance that knows no mercy. The countdown has already begun, and it’s approaching zero faster than anyone thinks. ~dust jacket


Novel Colors **NEW DAY**

Last Tuesday

August 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: Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince, Vol. 1

Writer/Artist: V. E. Schwab/Andrea Olimpieri, Enrica Eren Angiolini

Description: Two hundred years have passed since the Worlds were magically sealed off from one another.

Summary:  Red London, the capital of Arnes, thrives under the rule of the Maresh Empire. But when King Nokil Maresh learns that his son, Prince Maxim, is fixated on other Londons instead of his own, he sends him on a dangerous military excursion in the hope of focusing the Prince’s attention. Maxim’s destination? Verose – better known as the Blood Coast – a dangerous port city with a reputation for trouble. Within minutes of his arrival, he’s faced with crooks, thieves, con artists and brawlers… Worse, the infamous pirate queen Arisa, feared by outlaws and soldiers alike, has just pulled into port. ~Hoopla Digital


Genealogy Sessions

By appointment only


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.




All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

August 16 @ 3:00pm

Join 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.


Teen Programs


Big Mood

Join us every Thursday as we figure out how to cope with and navigate our moods, big and small, through a variety of tools and discussion. Get the support you need in figuring out everything going on and how to achieve your goals without letting your feelings get in the way.


Thursdays @ 4pm

August 1 – Journaling

August 8 – Shared talents

August 15 – Journaling

August 22 – Breathing techniques

August 29 – No program, librarian on vacation


Children’s Programs

Story time!

Story time is taking a break for planning in August. Join us Mondays and Tuesdays @10am starting in September.


Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Young Adult Department

August 2019

August 13th

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

The D&D Club will reunite and begin anew with new and old friends after a Summer



August 15th

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

After a long Summer Break, the Anime Club will come together again as we welcome

new and old members with activities, anime, and Pocky!


August 27th

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

The D&D Club will meet again in order to continue our adventure.


August 29th

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

The Anime Club will meet once again and begin gathering ideas for this year’s club

activities and anime to view.


Pike Road Branch Library’s August 2019 Programs

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:

August 5 – Lucy is a bear with a plan: She is going to find a friend today. Unfortunately, her plan involves walking up to various animals and demanding that they become her friend. We’ll see how that works out for her in You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown.

August 12 – Horsefly and Honeybee do not like each other at all. One of their fights becomes so bad that each of them loses a wing. They are going to end up as lunch for Bullfrog unless they can work together in Horsefly and Honeybee by Randy Cecil.

August 19 – Little Penguin really wants to fly and that is a problem, of course, because he’s a penguin. Nevertheless, he will do all that he can to achieve his dream in Flight School by Lita Judge.

August 26 – Something is very wrong with George’s bark. He makes every sound except for a “Woof, Woof.” We’ll try to diagnose his bizarre condition when we read Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.

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:

  • August 7
  • August 14
  • August 21

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, August 14 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Wings of Fire, Book 4: The Dark Secret by Tui T. Sutherland.

Publisher’s Summary – Like all the dragonets of destiny, Starflight has always wanted to see his home — but he’s also been afraid of his fellow NightWings. Starflight doesn’t have mindreading powers like his tribe, and he doesn’t understand why they’re so secretive. No one has ever even seen the NightWing queen. But now Starflight is the dragonets’ only hope — he must find a way to negotiate with his fellow NightWings to free the RainWing dragons they’ve captured, and perhaps end the war in Pyrrhia altogether. Starflight is the smartest of the dragonets… but is he brave enough to speak up? Or will he falter in his mission, and accidentally betray them all?

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, August 15 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Educated by Tara Westover.

Publisher’s Summary – Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.


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



Wednesday, August 28, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club


Computer Classes for the Month of June 2019



Tuesday adult classes are held on Tuesday (Except on holidays) at 10:00 a.m.


August 6, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (Part 1)

Learn how to navigate the presentation program and use PowerPoint to create, save, run, view and print presentations.


August 13, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (Part 2)

Learn how to insert and format objects such as text boxes, shapes, and images to add visual aids to your slideshow. Also learn how to use the Design tab to apply themes and variants to coordinate a presentation with colors, graphics, and fonts that have a cohesive look.


August 20, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (Part 3)

Learn how to make changes to multiple slides at once using Slide Master view as well as how to enhance presentations by inserting and formatting graphics and by adding transitions and animations.


August 27, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (Part 4)

Students will create a presentation, add images, transition, and animation to each slide and then present their presentation on the smartboard.


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
August 3, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016

Learn how to insert and format objects such as text boxes, shapes, and images to add visual aids to your slideshow.



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


August 17, 2019 – Introduction to PowerPoint 2016 (Part I & II)

Learn how to navigate the presentation program and use PowerPoint to create, save, run, view and print presentations. Also learn how to insert and format objects such as text boxes, shapes, and images to add visual aids to your slideshow. learn how to use the Design tab to apply themes and variants to coordinate a presentation with colors, graphics, and fonts that have a cohesive look.


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