MCCPL Announce November Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

November 2019

 

Bertha P. Williams

 

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!

 

November 4 and 5

After the Fall (Santat), Humpty is too afraid to do the things he loves anymore, until one day… An old woman shouts at her family, Leave Me Alone (Brosgol) and goes off to find some very needed personal space.

 

November 12

Alma and How She Got Her Name (Martinez-Neal). Alma wonders how she got her name, and her father tells her all of the inspiring people she’s named after. The animals have all forgotten The Name of the Tree (Lottridge) and now they must ask King Lion or else they might starve.

 

November 18 and 19

There’s an Alligator Under My Bed (Mayer) and I have to figure out how to get it out of my room! I’m a Wide Mouthed Frog (Faulkner) and I eat flies, what do YOU eat?

 

November 25 and 26

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Shea), but Goat isn’t quite convinced. Beekle the Unimaginary Friend (Santat) can’t find his person, until he does.

 

Teen Programs

 

Big Plans

Last Thursday

NO MEETING – due to holiday schedule we will resume January 30 @ 4pm

Join us every Thursday as we explore different career options, how to get into certain fields. These talks will not be limited to college track, so if you’re interested in trade school careers, ask us what’s on the upcoming agenda!

 

All Ages

 

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday, November 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.

 

All November

Description:  Help us decorate our tree this year by making an ornament. A template will be supplied with some supplies. Feel free to bring your own!

 

Adult Programs

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

November 13 @ 11:00am

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Description: Situated in Ohio, a free territory before the Civil War, Tawawa House is an idyllic retreat for Southern white men who vacation there every summer with their enslaved black mistresses. It’s their open secret. Lizzie,Reenie, and Sweet are regulars at the resort, building strong friendships over the years. But when Mawu, as fearless as she is assured, comes along and starts talking of running away, things change. To run is to leave everything behind, and for some it also means escaping from the emotional and psychological bonds that bind them to their masters. When a fire on the resort sets off a string of tragedies,the women of Tawawa House soon learn that triumph and dehumanization are inseparable and that love exists even in the most inhuman, brutal of circumstances—all while they bear witness to the end of an era. An engaging, page-turning, and wholly original novel, Wench explores, with an unflinching eye, the moral complexities of slavery. ~Dust jacket

 

Novel Colors **NEW DAY**

Last Tuesday

November 26 @ 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. All titles available on Hoopla Digital

Title: Assassin Nation Vol. 1

Description:

The former World’s Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him. With the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and Deadpool, Assassin Nation is the bombastic, sidesplitting murder-fest you’ve been waiting for.

~Hoopla

 

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. Contact: 334-625-4979 or acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Hampstead Branch Library

 

Toddler Time

Ages 2 and Under

Every Monday @ 10:15

November 4: No Toddler Time

November 11: Library Closed. No Toddler Time

November 18: Are You Ready For Fun (by Jan Thomas)? We hope you are, because it’s time to get every wiggle out at Toddler Time!

November 25: No Turkeys today, but we’re going to read about a Big Fat Hen (by Keith Baker).

 

Story Time

Ages 3 and Up

Every Tuesday @ 10:15 and 4:15

November 5: Hooray for Birds (by Lucy Cousins)! We’re celebrating birds today with two great books. Come Peck, Peck, Peck (by Lucy Cousins) right along with us.

Activity: Bird Craft

 

November 12: It’s really starting to feel like fall, so let’s celebrate with In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes and Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber.

Activity: Leaf Collage

 

November 19: What would happen if you dug the biggest hole on earth? We’ll find out in Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! by Marie-Louise Gay and then see what happens when you just keep digging in Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Marc Burnett

Activity: Free Play

 

November 26: Happy Holiday! You may eat Turkey this week, but Not This Turkey (by Jessica Steinberg).

Activity: Coloring Page

 

STEAM’ed

1st Grade and Up

Thursday, November 21st @ 2:30 and 4:30

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

STEAM’ed is happening on the third Thursday this month due to the holiday. It’s another test of your building skills. Create the ultimate catapult and fling your way to victory!

 

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:

  • November 4 – We will not have Storybook Time today, because Mister Matt will be away.
  • November 11 – No Storybook Time today, because we’ll be closed in observance of Veterans Day.
  • November 18 – Thanksgiving dinner is coming up next week, but we’re going to talk about dessert first. In today’s book, 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.
  • November 25 – We’ll observe a Pike Road Branch Library Thanksgiving tradition when we read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper. Prepare to be amazed and amused by that master of disguise known as Turkey!

 

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:

  • November 13
  • November 20

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in fourth grade and up – (Date to be determined) The Maniacs will discuss The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Publisher’s Summary – Bod is an unusual boy who inhabits an unusual place−he’s the only living resident of a graveyard. Raised from infancy by the ghosts, werewolves, and other cemetery denizens, Bod has learned the antiquated customs of his guardians’ time as well as their ghostly teachings−such as the ability to “Fade” so mere mortals cannot see him. Can a boy raised by ghosts face the wonders and terrors of the worlds of both the living and the dead?

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, November 21 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Love and Ruin by Paula McClain.

Publisher’s Summary – In 1937, twenty-eight-year-old Martha Gellhorn travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in the devastating conflict. It’s her chance to prove herself a worthy journalist in a field dominated by men. There she also finds herself unexpectedly–and unwillingly–falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man on his way to becoming a legend. On the eve of World War II, and set against the turbulent backdrops of Madrid and Cuba, Martha and Ernest’s relationship and careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must forge a path as her own woman and writer.

(9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679 – facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary)

 

Ramer Branch Library

Storytime

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

 

Monday, November 4th: Kindergarten and 1st Grade- 11:30am

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Let’s help this family prepare for a great Thanksgiving. Filled with food and family fun, this holiday is sure to be the best one yet.

Craft: We will make paper plate leaves

 

Wednesday, November 6th: 2nd and 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Arthur is the director of his school’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone wants to be a star but no one wants to play the turkey. Will Arthur find one in time? Let’s find out.

Activity/Craft Hour: We will be decorating Fall/Thanksgiving wreaths

 

Monday, November 18th: Kindergarten and 1st Grade- 11:30am

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Arthur is the director of his school’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone wants to be a star but no one wants to play the turkey. Will Arthur find one in time? Let’s find out.

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys

 

Wednesday, November 20th: 2nd and 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm

Trivia Hour: Jeopardy

 

Activities Held at the Ramer Branch Library

 

Every Wednesday: All Ages-3:30-5:00 pm

Lego Club

 

Thursday, November 14: All Ages- 3:30-5:00pm

Art it Up: Thanksgiving Theme

It’s arts and crafts time! Come out and showcase your talents! Let’s have fun! We will supply the materials and you bring your creativity. Refreshments will be served.

 

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, November 13 @ 11:00 – Special Adult Program: “Census 2020” by Lucretia Shaw

 

Wednesday, November 27 @11:00 – Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club

 

Governor’s Square Library

 

Storytimes

Tuesdays @ 10am

November 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th

 

Book Club

2nd Wednesday @ 2pm

 

Book Bunch will be reading the novel Songs of Willow Frost by Jaimie Ford for the November 13th meeting.

Book Jacket Summary: Set against the backdrop of Depression-era Seattle, Songs of Willow Frost is a powerful tale of two souls—a boy with dreams for his future and a woman escaping her haunted past–both seeking love, hope and forgiveness. Twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese American boy, has lived at Seattle’s Sacred Heart Orphanage ever since his mother’s listless body was carried away from their small apartment five years ago. On his birthday—or rather, the day the nuns designate as his birthday–William and the other orphans are taken to the historical Moore Theatre, where William glimpses an actress on the silver screen who goes by the name of Willow Frost. Struck by her features, William is convinced that the movie star is his mother, Liu Song. Determined to find Willow and prove that his mother is still alive, William escapes from Sacred Heart with his friend, Charlotte. The pair navigates the streets of Seattle, where they must not only survive but confront the mysteries of William’s past and his connection to the exotic film star.  The story of Willow Frost, however, is far more complicated than the Hollywood fantasy William sees onscreen.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

Veterans Day/ Happy Thanksgiving

 

Tuesday, November 5 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Daddies at Work” by Eve Merriam

Synopsis —- Portrays daddies in different jobs, including sailor daddies, tailor daddies, and lawyer daddies with egg salad sandwiches in their briefcases.

ACTIVITY: Students will draw pictures of their Daddy’s

 

Wednesday, November 6 @ 9:30 NABS

National Association of Black Storytellers

Come out to hear a wealth of stories that celebrate African-centered traditions from around the world.

 

Thursday, November 7 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Whoo Goes There?” by Jennifer Ericsson

Synopsis —- Whoo goes there? Whoo? In this mystical story of hunter and hunted, an owl listens for little creatures scurrying far below. Mouse? Squirrel? Rabbit? Or something else entirely? Stunning illustrations plus hypnotic text take readers on a suspenseful journey through night and nature.

ACTIVITY: Make owls out of brown lunch bags

 

Thursday, November 7 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “This is the House that Jack Built” by Simms Taback & “The Reader’s Theater Script” by Anne Horjus

Synopsis —- What happened in the house that Jack built? It all started with the cheese that lay in the house that Jack built. And then came the rat that ate the cheese and the cat who killed the rat. Caldecott Medal winning author and illustrator Simms Taback brings his distinctive humor and creativity to the beloved story of Jack and the house that he built.

ACTIVITY: Students will discuss the play and the book

 

Tuesday, November 12 @ 11:10 Pre-K

BOOK: “Thanksgiving for Emily Ann” by Teresa Johnston

Synopsis —- Emily Ann doesn’t like Thanksgiving, not one bit. With all the hustle and bustle of the holiday, she feels a little ignored…and just a little bit sad. But just as Emily Ann prepares to do her worst, her family comes together to show her what matters most about Thanksgiving: family.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Thanksgiving craft

 

Wednesday, November 13 @ 9:30 6th Grade

ACTIVITY: Students will write a Thanksgiving story with input from everyone and make a Thanksgiving craft.

 

Wednesday, November 13 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “Turkey Surprise” by Peggy Archer

Synopsis —- Two pilgrim brothers set out to find a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The big pilgrim is ready and raring to get one, but the little pilgrim is not so sure. He has other ideas about what makes a good Thanksgiving, but how can he convince his older brother?

Meanwhile, the turkey, with the help of his animal friends, is doing his hilarious best to escape from becoming the main course!

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Thanksgiving craft

 

Tuesday, November 19 @ 10:00 5th Grade

BOOK: “Thanksgiving with Me” by Margaret Willey

Synopsis: —- Sit down, Mother, and tell me again. When are my uncles coming? When? Pressed against the windowsill in breathless anticipation, a little girl cannot wait for her beloved uncles to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. She begs her mother to tell her about each and every one of them. What follows is a lyrical duet culminating in the whole house rollicking with music, dance, song, and a joyous feast. And just as they finish their reverie, who should that be coming around the bend? A holiday tale perfectly suited to any child who has waited impatiently for the arrival of favorite relatives to turn a special day info one of true thanksgiving.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Thanksgiving craft

 

Tuesday, November 19 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “ONE is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale” by Judy Cox

Synopsis —- The Thanksgiving feast is over. Leftover turkey and pumpkin pie litter the table. Mouse peeps out of his hidey-hole and spots a small green pea, the perfect feast for one mouse. Yes, one green pea, one red cranberry, one plate of mashed potatoes, and one roasted turkey, that should make a very fine feast for Mouse. But can he get it all back to his hidey-hole?

ACTIVITY: The students will do a song and dance

 

Thursday, November 21 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Beto and Gaby” by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis —- Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner and one by one they call to inform the family they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm. Suddenly, their grandmother appears with a group of elder friends who have nowhere to have dinner and the celebration becomes really special. Also contains an informative section on Thanksgiving Day.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Thanksgiving craft

 

Thursday, November 21 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “A Turkey for Thanksgiving” by Eve Bunting

Synopsis —- Mr. and Mrs. Moose invite all their animal friends for Thanksgiving dinner and the only one missing is Turkey. When they set out to find him, Turkey is quaking with fear because he doesn’t realize that his hosts want him at their table, not on it.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Thanksgiving craft

 

Friday, November 22 @ Time TBA

Pintlala Public Library Ice Cream Party for the WINNERS of the Auburn vs Alabama book challenge from Pintala Elementary School

 

 

Rufus Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

November 6

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

When Lucy, a young bear, discovers a boy lost in the woods, she asks her mother if she can have him as a pet, only to find him impossible to train.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

November 13

A Visitor For Bear by Bonnie Becker

Bear’s efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

Activity: Bear Craft

 

November 20

Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

As Thanksgiving Day approaches, Turkey nervously makes a series of costumes, disguising himself as other farm animals in hopes that he can avoid being served as Thanksgiving dinner.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

November 27

Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz

A lonely, oddly-shaped pumpkin is sad that no one chose him for Halloween, but by Thanksgiving he has discovered where he belongs.

Activity: Thanksgiving Craft

 

Young Adult Programs

 

Fun with Clay

Thursday, November 7th @ 4pm

Description: Sculpt whatever you want out of air dry clay the decorate it with paint and glitter. Your only limit is your imagination.

 

DIY Squishies

Thursday, November 14th @ 4pm

Description: Make your very own squishie from memory foam. These soft, cute toys are can be made in just about any shape and are great for relieving stress.

 

Galaxy Jewelry

Thursday, November 21st @ 4pm

Description: Learn how to make gemstones that look like the night sky. Afterwards learn how to set them into jewelry.

 

Adult Programs

 

Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 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, November 4 @ 6 P.M.

Title: When I’m Tempted: A Promises of God Novel by Kim Cash Tate

Description: Living Hope Church has seen its pastor get married, and a nucleus of friends and family overcome adversity as they endeavor to grow as believers in Christ. A trouble-free life isn’t promised because the road gets bumpy once again. ~Editor

 

Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon

Thursday, November 7, 14, 21

Instructors: Library Staff

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

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, November 7, 14, 21

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

 

Celebrating Alabama Bicentennial with author, Dr. Richard Bailey

Tuesday, November 19 @ 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Bailey will lead an informative discussion about the Alabama Constitution of 1901.

 

Yoga @ the Library 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, November 12, 26

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

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10am

 

November 7:   It’s fairy tale day!

“Jack and the Beanstalk” retold by Carol Ottolenghi

Jack trades in his cow for worthless beans; or are they?

“The Three Billy Goats Gruff” by Paul Galdone

Three Billy goats have to pass by a mean, old troll to get to the greener pastures.

Craft – Billy goat masks

 

November 14:   Good things come when you least expect it!

“Uncle Lester’s Hat” by Howie Schneider

Lazy Uncle Wilfred finds adventure beyond his television set when he tries to retrieve his uncle’s flyaway hat.

“After the Fall” by Dan Santat

This is the story of what happened to Humpty Dumpty after he climbed back on top of the wall.

Craft – Humpty Dumpty craft

 

November 21   Thanksgiving is near!

“Thanksgiving Treat” by Catherine Stock

There seems to be no place for the smallest child in a family’s preparations for Thanksgiving, until Grandpa steps in.

“One Is a Feast for Mouse” by Judy Cox

On Thanksgiving Day while everyone naps, Mouse spots one pea, a perfect feast, but he cannot help adding all the other fixings.

Craft – Indian whirliwig

 

November 28   No Story Time Today

Happy Thanksgiving

 

*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.

 

**We always have various learning puzzles for the children to enjoy.

 

***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. (1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is sponsored by SAIC Plastics and ACR Realty)

 

 

“Free” Activities for Your Elementary Aged Children

 

Zoobs & Cubes

Tuesday, November 5 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Join us as we build with zoobs and cubes. This is a fun, new way of building that fosters a creative sense of engineering and architecture.

 

Homework Assistance

Tuesday, November 5, 12, and 19 @ 5:00-5:45 pm

Do you need assistance with your assignments? Bring your materials so our tutors can help you with your understanding. Our tutors will assist you with your reading, math, and English.  You must pre-register to attend these sessions, and tutors who are interested in assisting must pre-register, also.

 

Ukulele Class

Monday, November 4 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

This class is geared toward all individuals ages 6 through adult seniors who wish to learn to play a ukulele. You may bring your own ukulele, or you may check one out from our library.  Learning to play a musical instrument is a great way to stimulate your mind!

 

Legos

Tuesday, November 12 and 26 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Come join the fun as we build with Legos. We will have a theme for our first meeting of the month, and the second meeting of the month will be devoted to free play.  Come see what you can create!

 

Tinkering Table/STEM Program

Tuesday, November 19 @ 4:00-5:00

We will make marble runs out of pool noodles.

 

We always keep an assortment of puzzles out for your children to enjoy.

 

 

“Free” Activities for Your Teens

 

Homework Assistance

Tuesday, November 5, 12, and 19 @ 5:00-5:45 pm

Do you need assistance with your assignments? Bring your materials so our tutors can help you with your understanding. Our tutors will assist you with your reading, math, and English.  You must pre-register to attend these sessions, and tutors who are interested in assisting must pre-register, also.

 

Crochet Class

Thursday, November 7 and 21 @ 4:00-5:00

Do you like to keep your hands busy? Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Come to our class as a beginner or someone who wants to learn a new stitch or two. Please bring your own needles and yarn.  Remember, Christmas is coming!

 

Ukulele Class

Monday, November 4 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

This class is geared toward all individuals ages 6 through adult seniors who wish to learn to play a ukulele. You may bring your own ukulele, or you may check one out from our library.  Learning to play a musical instrument is a great way to stimulate your mind!

 

Homeschool STEM Program

Wednesday, November 13 @ 10:00-11:00

We will make foam Goddard Rockets. Dr. Robert H. Goddard successfully launched the world’s first liquid-propelled rocket.

 

We always have an ongoing puzzle for teens and adults. Come help complete our newest puzzle!

 

Adult Programs

 

Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve a time

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 271-7005) 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 Ukulele Jam

Friday, November 15 @ 10:0-11:00am

(Note the different day this month)

Interested in playing the ukulele? Come meet like-minded people who appreciate playing a musical instrument. You can bring your own ukulele, or you can check one out from our library.  Playing musical instruments is a great way to stimulate the mind!

 

Crochet Class

Thursday, November 7 and 21 @ 4:00-5:00

Do you like to keep your hands busy? Have you always wanted to learn to crochet? Come to our class as a beginner or someone who wants to learn a new stitch or two. Please bring your own needles and yarn.  Remember, Christmas is coming!

 

Ukulele Class

Monday, November 4 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

This class is geared toward all individuals ages 6 through adult seniors who wish to learn to play a ukulele. You may bring your own ukulele, or you may check one out from our library.  Learning to play a musical instrument is a great way to stimulate your mind!

 

Adult Program

Wednesday, November 20 @ 10:00 am

Assisted Living – What Exactly Is This?

Liz Haupt-Johnson will be informing us about the advantages of assisted living.

 

We always have an ongoing puzzle for teens and adults. Come help complete our newest puzzle!

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, November 14 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “Here on Earth” by Alice Hoffman. This is a story of a woman and her daughter who return from California back to the mother’s small hometown in Massachusetts.  Here the mother confronts all the memories of her past and tries to deal with the good and bad choices she made.  Then, we will receive our book for December titled, “Look for Me” by Lisa Gardner.  This is a story of a girl who goes missing after her entire family is gunned down in their home.  Is Roxanne involved? Two detectives are determined to find the answer.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

Wednesday, November 20 @ 3:00 pm

“Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn

Marriage can be a real killer. On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer? https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19288043-gone-girl?from_search=true

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

 

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @10:00am

National Humane Society Day

November 7

Biscuit’s Walk in the Woods by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Biscuit and his owner take a walk through the woods. They see all sorts of animals. Have you ever taken a walk in the woods with your parents?

 

Monthly Sign Book

10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston

There are ten silly turkeys sitting on a fence. They all do something and end up breaking the fence. Can you count backwards starting with ten?

 

Picture Book Month

November 14

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

“Ten small toes all washed and warm.” Counting backwards beginning with ten. Can you count backwards beginning with ten?

 

Thanksgiving

November 21

Thanks for Thanksgiving by Julie Markes

Everyone knows that Thanksgiving is the time to give thanks. Where do you begin to give thanks? Thank you for the children that attend Lap Sit.

 

No Lap Sit Time Today!

November 28

All the MCCPL locations will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day Holiday. Please enjoy time with your family and friends. The EL Lowder Staff would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday.

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10am

 

National Sports Fan Day

November 1

Touchdown!  by Allyson Heller

A flag football team is formed and the boys learn that girls are just as good as them when playing. Have you ever played flag football?

 

The Berenstain Bears Play Football! by Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears are enjoying a great day of playing of football outside with their friends and family. Do you like to play games outside?

Activity: Wear your Team Colors and football activity

 

National Humane Society Day

November 8

Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Today, Biscuit gets to go to the library with his owner for read to your pet day. Biscuit loves to listen to books. What about you?

 

Do you know how to approach a dog when you see one? If you do not,  Ms. Mary Hughes from the Montgomery Humane Shelter will be visiting with us today to talk to you about dog safety.

Activity: Create a dog mask

 

America Recycles Day

November 15

Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman

Mr. Gilly is Trashy Town’s garbage truck driver. He drives all over town emptying the trash cans into his truck.  What does he have left to clean up once his day is through?

 

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Joseph has an overcoat that he wears out, so he turns it into a little jacket. The little jacket becomes old and he recycles it into a vest.  What are other ways that Joseph could recycle his overcoat?

Activity: Recyclable Art

 

National S.T.E.A.M. Day

November 22

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

The children in this story create a town out of sticks, sand, rocks, and boxes. What could you use to build your own imagination town?

 

Activity: S.T.E.A.M. Activity (We will create a miniature city out of cardboard, popsicle sticks, tape, and washable markers.)

 

Friday, November 29

No Story Time: CLOSED for Thanksgiving Holidays

We wish you a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving. Please enjoy this time with your family.

 

Other Events:

 

Saturday Story Time for ALL ages

November 16th and 23rd

Time: 10AM

No art activity.

 

Pajama Story Time for ALL ages

November 4th

Time: 7PM-7:30PM

No art activity.

 

Don’t forget to sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and watch your Gingerbread Man move across the Candyland Game located on the Bulletin Board in the Children’s Area.

 

 

Children’s Programming:

 

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.

 

Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-530PM. You must pre-register at Lowder’s Circulation Desk at least 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents/Guardians must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Participants are welcome to bring their own controllers and games (E, E10, or T only), if you want to play them on the big screen!  Or participants can just play ours!  Join us Wednesday, November 13 at 4PM.

 

Lego League is Wednesday, November 20 (meets every third Wednesday of the month) from 4pm to 5:30pm. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play. All participants must have a guardian inside the building during construction time. Registration is required, and can be done at the Circulation Desk. This month we will be building our favorite animals.

 

Homework Assistance at Lowder will be every Wednesday unless school is out; accordingly we will not have Homework Assistance Wednesday, November 27 due to the Fall Break. Everyone must fill out a new registration each school year that 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.  Likewise, if you would like to be a Homework Helper pick up an application at the Front Desk.

 

Join us for Lap Sit Time!  It is for ages 0 to almost-3-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.

 

Super Saturday Story Time at 10AM. Miss Mary will be doing Storytime on Saturday, November 15 and Saturday, November 22.  We’ll be reading Turkey/Thankful Stories.

 

Pajama Storytime is Monday, November 4. Bring your favorite blanket and stuffed animal, and of course, wear your PJs! We’ll be reading a couple of relaxing books that will help us calm down after a busy day.

 

 

Young Adult Programs:

Hang Out

Mondays, from 5:00pm to 7pm.

New hours! Come hang out with us, have some snacks, and relax!

Monday, November 4th: Casual hangout day. We’ll also have Pajama Storytime in the main area, so come read a book, entertain some children, and score some volunteer hours!

Monday, November 11th: A late celebration of International Gaming Week! Come play some of our video, board, or card games, or bring your own!

Monday, November 18th: Casual hangout day.

Monday, November 25th: We’ll honor Thanksgiving by sharing a few things we’re thankful for and starting a Gratitude Journal.

 

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.  This month’s project will be spinning color wheels! Try out different color combinations on your pinwheel, spin it, and see which color comes out! Join us Thursday, November 14.

 

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.

 

Homework Assistance at Lowder will be every Wednesday unless school is out; meaning that we will not have Homework Assistance Wednesday, November 27 due to the Fall Break. 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.  If you would like to be a Homework Helper pick up an application at the Front Desk.

 

Gamer’s Club meets Wednesday, November 13 (every second Wednesday afternoon of the month) from 4pm to 5:30pm. You must pre-register at the Circulation Desk at least 24 hours in advance to play. Parents/guardians must stay inside the building during play time. Participants are welcome to bring their own controllers and games (E, E10, or T only), or play ours! Come experience the new games and devices that have been added!

 

Lego League is Wednesday, November 20 (meets every third Wednesday of the month) from 4pm to 5:30pm. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play. All participants must have a guardian inside the building during construction time. Registration is required, and can be done at the Circulation Desk. This month we will be building our favorite animals.

 

Thursday, November 21 4PM-5PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan.

This beloved Newbery Medal–winning book is the first of five books in Patricia MacLachlan’s chapter book series about the Witting family. Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna’s point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa’s advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?

This children’s literature classic is perfect for fans of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books, historical fiction, and timeless stories using rich and beautiful language. Sarah, Plain and Tall gently explores themes of abandonment, loss and love. ~~Amazon.com~~

 

The Young Classic Book Club will meet Thursday, December 21 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss.

The Robinsons leave their home in Switzerland planning to settle half a world away. But things do not turn out as they had expected. The sole survivors of a terrible shipwreck, they wash ashore to learn that the danger has only begun. Their new world will test their courage, cleverness, endurance, and faith as they struggle to survive and create a civilization of their own in the wilderness.   ~~goodreads.com~~

 

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

 

Adult Programming:

 

In November 2019 the Ladies of High Tea will read The Giving Quilt: An Elm Creek Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, November 21.  Please note that due to the Thanksgiving Holiday falling on the fourth Thursday we will be meeting a week earlier.

Summary:  At Elm Creek Manor, the week after Thanksgiving is “Quiltsgiving,” a time to commence a season of generosity. From near and far, quilters and aspiring quilters—a librarian, a teacher, a college student, and a quilt-shop clerk among them—gather for a special winter session of quilt camp, to make quilts for Project Linus. (In real life, Chiaverini has long been active in this charitable organization, dedicated to providing handmade quilts and blankets to children in need.)   Each quilter, ever mindful that many of her neighbors, friends, and family members are struggling through difficult times, uses her creative gifts to alleviate their collective burden. As the week unfolds, the quilters respond to Sylvia’s provocative question in ways as varied as the life experiences that drew them to Elm Creek Manor. Love and comfort are sewn into the warm, bright, beautiful quilts they stitch, and their stories collectively consider the strength of human connection and its rich rewards.   Featuring not only well-loved characters but also intriguing newcomers, The Giving Quilt will remind us all: Giving from the heart blesses the giver as much as the recipient, and while giving may not always be easy, it is always worthwhile.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

In December 2019 the Ladies of High Tea will read The Ghost of Christmas Past:   Molly Murphy Mystery by Rhys Bowen.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, December 17.  As with November is meeting, due to the holiday, we will meet one week earlier than usual.

Semi-retired private detective Molly Murphy Sullivan is suffering from depression after a miscarriage following her adventure in San Francisco during the earthquake of 1906. She and her husband, Daniel, are invited for Christmas at a mansion on the Hudson, and they gratefully accept, expecting a peaceful and relaxing holiday season.

Not long after they arrive, however, they start to feel the tension in the house’s atmosphere. Then they learn that the host couple’s young daughter wandered out into the snow ten years ago and was never seen again. Molly can identify with the mother’s pain at never knowing what happened to her child and wants to help, but there is so little to go on. No ransom note. No body ever found. But Molly slowly begins to suspect that the occupants of the house know more than they are letting on. Then, on Christmas Eve, there is a knock at the door and a young girl stands there. “I’m Charlotte,” she says. “I’ve come home.”  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

 

Lowder Regional Library is happy to announce that we are beginning a new Book Club—The Great American Read Book Club! We will meet the second Wednesday of the month at 6PM.  Join us in the reserved tables in the Main Area Wednesday, November 13 at 630pm.  We will discuss the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.

 

We will also be offering a Free ESL Class Tuesdays, 930am-11am.  This will be taught in the Meeting Room.  Adults only please, as child care will not be available at this time.

 

Starting November 7 we will begin weekly Diabetes Education Classes by the Southeast Diabetes Faith Initiative/The Balm in Gilead, Inc.  These classes are for those 18 years or older who have prediabetes or are at a high risk for prediabetes.  They are free and will be held every Tuesday afternoon 130PM-230PM.  We will need at least 12 people to continue the classes for the next year.  Please see the flyer for more information.

 

Especially for Senior Adults:

 

Our Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults will not meet in November and December.  Join us again in January.

 

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 Healthcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, November 6 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.

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

 

Story Times

Thursday at 10:30am

 

November 7

Hoo-Hoo! Owls!

We will read Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli. Owl is ready for bed. But as soon as he settles in, he hears a strange noise. He’ll never get to sleep unless he can figure out what’s going on! We will also read Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan. It’s evening in the forest and Little Owl wakes up from his day-long sleep to watch his friends enjoying the night. A full moon rises and Little Owl can’t understand why anyone would want to miss it. Could the daytime be nearly as wonderful? We will have a craft.

 

November 14

Give Thanks!

We will read I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson. And with that the feast begins! After the pie the old lady swallows a whole squash, all of the salad, and the entire turkey! As Mother and Father watch in shock, the two children are delighted to see the old lady growing fatter and fatter…We will also read Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks! by Margaret Sutherland and illustrated by Sonja Lamut. Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together. We will have a craft.

 

November 21

Funny School Adventures

Movie Day

We will watch Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg.  Stanley arrives at school excited to celebrate Crazy Hair Day, only to realize that he has mixed up the date with school Picture Day!  We will also watch How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?  Come along for a very unusual day at school as dinosaurs enjoy story time, show-and-tell, and recess!

 

 

Teen Department

 

November 1st – 30th

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo)

Throughout the month of November, teens are encouraged to challenge themselves as they use their creative writing skills to write all through the month.

 

November 3rd – 9th

International Gaming Week

International Gaming Week is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games. Teens are invited to play card games, board games, and video games!

 

November 5th

Dungeons & Dragons Club

2:30 to 4:30 PM

The D&D Club will continue their adventures in the Forgotten Realms, working against the Cult of Dragons.

 

November 7th

Anime & Manga Club

2:30 to 4 PM

The Anime and Manga Club will celebrate International Gaming Week with samples of anime about video games such as Sword Art Online, No Game No Life, Log Horizon and more!

 

November 8th

YA GAMES DAY

2:30 PM

The Young Adult Department will host a Games Day for International Gaming Week. Activities will include board games, card games, and games using the Smart Board and conclude with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Switch for all teens to play!

 

November 19th

Dungeons and Dragons Club

2:30 to 4:30 PM

The D&D Club will continue their adventures in the Forgotten Realms, working against the Cult of Dragons.

 

November 21st

Anime & Manga Club

2:30 to 4:00 PM

The Anime and Manga Club will meet once again before Thanksgiving Break and continue with our usual activities.

 

 

Cover-to-Cover Book

 

I Almost Forgot About You: A Novel by Terry McMillan

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale is back with the inspiring story of a woman who shakes things up in her life to find greater meaning.  In I Almost Forgot About You, Dr. Georgia Young’s wonderful life–great friends, family, and successful career–aren’t enough to keep her from feeling stuck and restless. When she decides to make some major changes in her life, including quitting her job as an optometrist and moving home, she finds herself on a wild journey that may or may not include a second chance at love. Georgia’s bravery reminds us that it’s never too late to become the person you want to be, and that taking chances, with your life and your heart, are always worthwhile. Big-hearted, genuine, and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction. It’s everything you’ve always loved about Terry McMillan. ~ Summary taken from Amazon.com

 

Computer Classes for the Month of November 2019

Tuesday Adult Classes

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

November 5 – Publisher I (MS Office 2016)

Learn how to use a template and edit each part to make it your own.

 

November 12 – Publisher II (MS Office 2016)

Make a publication from scratch. Create a newsletter with clip art.

 

November 19 – Publisher III (MS Office 2016)

The students will learn basic functions of this program to create brochures and invitations.

 

November 26 – Publisher IV (MS Office 2016)

Students will learn how to create greeting cards and business cards.

 

Saturday Adult Classes

Saturday @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

November 16 – Publisher (MS Office 2016)

Students will learn how to create various publications such as newsletters, business cards, menus, and invitations using Publisher.

 

Saturday Children’s Classes

The first Saturday of every month

1st-4th Grades 10:00AM – 11:00 AM

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

 

November 2 – Publisher (MS Office 2016)

Students will learn how to create various publications such as newsletters, business cards, menus, and invitations using Publisher.

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