Pike Road Branch Library’s October 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:
- October 7 – Maurice wants the last chocolate cookie, but his mother insists that he offer it to everyone else first before he eats it. He goes above and beyond, WAY beyond, to meet her demand. We’ll see just how far he goes when we read The Last Chocolate Cookie by Jamie Rix.
- October 14 – No Storybook Time today, because we’ll be closed in observance of Columbus Day.
- October 21 – The Farm-City Festival is coming up this week. We’ll prepare ourselves for the collision of farm and city by reading Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm by Joy Cowley and Elizabeth Fuller. Duck, Cow and Pig are tired of being washed, so they escape the farm for the big city. Surely, nothing will go wrong.
- October 28 – “Halloween is just hours away!” Actually, it is a few days away, but it is only a few hours away in today’s book, Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman. That means that the star of our story, the witch, is in a bit of a time crunch. She needs to get a ginormous pumpkin off its vine, but it just won’t budge. Will she ever be able to make pumpkin pie?
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:
- October 2
- October 9
- October 16
- October 23
- October 30
Book Maniacs – for children in fourth grade and up –On Wednesday, October 9 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss The Seer of Shadows by Avi.
Publisher’s Summary – Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts. Raised to believe in science and reason, Horace Carpetine passes off spirits as superstition. Then he becomes an apprentice photographer and discovers an eerie–and even dangerous–supernatural power in his very own photographs. When a wealthy lady orders a portrait to place by her daughter’s gravesite, Horace’s employer, Enoch Middleditch, schemes to sell her more pictures–by convincing her that her daughter’s ghost has appeared in the ones he’s already taken. It’s Horace’s job to create images of the girl. Yet Horace somehow captures the girl’s spirit along with her likeness. And when the spirit escapes the photographs, Horace discovers he’s released a ghost bent on a deadly revenge.
Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, October 17 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Women in Sunlight by Frances Mayes.
Publisher’s Summary – Kit Raine, an American writer living in Tuscany, is working on a biography of her close friend, a complex woman who continues to cast a shadow on Kit’s own life. Her work is waylaid by the arrival of three women–Julia, Camille, and Susan–all of whom have launched a recent and spontaneous friendship that will uproot them completely and redirect their lives. Susan, the most adventurous of the three, has enticed them to subvert expectations of staid retirement by taking a lease on a big, beautiful house in Tuscany. Though novices in a foreign culture, their renewed sense of adventure imbues each of them with a bright sense of bravery, a gusto for life, and a fierce determination to thrive. But how? With Kit’s friendship and guidance, the three friends launch themselves into Italian life, pursuing passions long-forgotten–and with drastic and unforeseeable results.
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