January Programs at Coliseum Branch

Montgomery City/County Public Library

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Blvd.



Hours 9 – 6         Monday – Friday


-Story Time

Thursday at 10:00 am

Jan. 3  Learn to share and not be greedy!

           Don’t Be Greedy, Graham, by Phil Roxbee Cox

           Graham eats everyone’s food until one day he gets lost in the pigpen.

           Give That Back, Jack!, by Phil Roxbee Cox

              Jack keeps taking things that do not belong to him until he meets Mac     the Python.

              Craft – Python  craft


Jan. 10 It’s best to do as our parents ask!

             Giggle, Giggle, Quack!, by Doreen Cronin

            When Farmer Brown goes on vacation, leaving his brother Bob in charge, Duck makes trouble by changing all the instructions to notes the animals like much better.

             Louella and the Yellow Balloon, by Molly Coxe

              Patricia Pig takes her baby, Louella, to the circus and loses her when Louella wonders off to retrieve her new balloon. 

          Craft – Duck craft



Jan. 17 We can find ways to help each other!

               Smiley Shark, by Ruth Galloway

               Smiley Shark’s toothy smile frightens the other sea animals but comes in handy when they are caught in a net.

               The Perfect Nest, by Catherine Friend

               Jack the Cat builds the perfect nest so he can get chicken’s eggs for breakfast.

               Craft – Shark craft


Jan. 24 We must learn to be nice to others!

               Don’t Be a Bully, Billy!, by Phil Roxbee Cox

               Billy is a bully to everyone until he meets an alien!

               Don’t Tell Lies, Lucy!, by Phil Roxbee Cox

               Lucy tells lies to everyone until a big wave washes her away!

               Craft – Boy and Girl happy faces


Jan. 31  It’s nice to have friends!

               Boot & Shoe, by Marla Frazee

                Boot and Shoe are dogs who live in the same house, eat from the same bowl, and sleep in the same bed.

               Toby, the Turtle Who Could Sing, by Emily C. Harrison

                Everyone thought Toby was strange because he could sing.

                Craft – Turtle 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

 Homework Assistance

January 8, 15, 22, and 29

5:00 – 5:45 pm

We will offer homework assistance every Tuesday of the month. 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

January 8 and 22

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come to join the fun and creativity in our Lego League. Registration is required.


Tinkering Table

January 15, 2019


We will do the M for Math in our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) program this month. This month we will have a program on fractals. Come and find out what a fractal is and why it is our Math program for January.

Registration is required.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brain power. Simply read to your child, birth to 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 you will receive a reward after every 100 books read.  Find out more about this new program at the Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library.

Art Gallery

Our artist for January and February is Carl Berry, come by and see his wonderful art.


– Adult Programs

Senior Tech Appointments

Tuesdays at 10:00 am

Sessions will be one-on-one and by appointment only for a maximum of one hour. The type of training will depend upon your needs.  Tell us what you want to learn!  Training can include basic computer skills, using the mouse, some Microsoft Office programs, email, and eBooks.  Call 271-7005 to make an appointment.


Crochet Class

January 3 and 17, 2019

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come to learn how to crochet or learn a new stitch and share what you have been making.


Coliseum Adult Program

January 16, 2019

10:00 am

Carol Feller, the author of Dancing Through Minefields, will be presenting her book about courage in the midst of fear concerning spousal abuse and breast cancer.  She will be available after the program for a meet and greet and book signing.


Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

January 10, 2019

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing Before We Were Yours, by Lisa Wingate. This book is a historical fiction account of one of America’s most notorious scandals where a director of a Memphis based adoption agency kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the nation.  Then, we will receive our book for February titled, Blessings, by Anna Quindlen. The story is of a caretaker at the Blessing’s estate who finds an infant abandoned at the home of his employer and decided to raise her as his own.


Curious Genre Book Club

January 24, 2019


I See You, by Clare Mackintosh

Every morning and evening, Zoe Walker takes the same route to the train station, waits at a certain place on the platform, finds her favorite spot in the car, never suspecting that someone is watching her. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26233572-i-see-you?from_search=true


MCCPL Takes Part in Recovery Supply Drive!!

On Saturday, August 25 from 10:00- 1:00, three MCCPL locations will be taking part in the Recovery Supply Drive for Booker T. Washington School. They are:


Juliette Hampton Morgan Library, 245 High Street

E.L. Lowder Branch Library, 2590 Bell Road

Rufus Lewis Regional Library, 3095 Mobile Highway

At each event monetary donations (cash, check, gift cards), art supplies, gently used PCs, Macs, photography equipment and books will be accepted.

For further information contact Jasmine Tanthongsack at 334-714-2160.

MCCPL Announces March Line-Up!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

March 2018


Bertha Pleasant Williams Library



Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

All storytimes will include song and dance so we can keep our bodies as active as our minds!


March 5 and 6

The Story of Fish and Snail (Deborah Freeman) is about two friends who travel through stories together. Hi, Harry! (Waddell) is about a turtle looking for a friend to slow down with him.


March 12 and 13

Shrinking Mouse (Hutchins) has his friends worried as he keeps getting smaller and smaller, so they follow him to see why. A boy and his dog go through The Growing Story (Krauss) as they learn and play together.


March 19 and 20

Elephant and Piggie are excited when they discover, “We Are in a Book!” (Willems). The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Jeffers) discovers he can learn by eating books.


March 26 and 27

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See (Martin)? So many different animals we can name. We can also see what happens when you get a Mixed Up Chameleon (Carle).



Adult Programs


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

March 2 and 16 @ 10:00 a.m.


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.


Scrabble Time

First and Third Tuesday

March 6 and 20 @ 2:00 p.m.


Description: Come over to Bertha Williams Library and play Scrabble with us. We have plenty of dictionaries for you to brush up on your vocabulary and the Jumble in the Montgomery Advertiser is helpful too! See how sharp your Scrabble skills are against the librarians or just play for fun!


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

March 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Title: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Description: Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.


Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

March 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

**New 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. *Note, this title is a repeat from last month as a previous meeting was canceled due to schedule conflicts.

Title: City of Women by  David R. Gillham


It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.

But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two… ~Dust Jacket


Author Signing: Melissa Gibbons

March 29 @ 3:00 p.m.

Title: Jesus is Speaking to You


Melissa Michelle Gibbons is a native of Wetumpka Alabama, the mother of one son, and works in the healthcare field as a certified nursing assistant. Her first book Jesus is Speaking to You is a book of words of encouragement and uplifting messages. She expects to publish her next book in late Spring.


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.





Pike Road Branch Library


Storybook Time – for age three through six –

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 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 4:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:


March 5 – Dav Pilkey is best known for his Captain Underpants and Dog Man books for older kids, but he started out with the Dumb Bunnies series of picture books. We’ll wish Dav a slightly belated “Happy Birthday!” when we read The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo.


March 12 – Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up this Saturday. It’s the perfect time to catch a leprechaun! Have you ever wanted to catch one? If so, you’re already in luck because we will read How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton.


March 19 – Cowpoke Clyde just finished his Spring cleaning. Well, all the cleaning except for his dirty dog named Dawg. Unfortunately, Dawg leads Clyde on a hot pursuit all over his ranch in an attempt to avoid bath time. Will Dawg ever make it into the bathtub? We’ll see when we read Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen and Michael Allen Austin.


March 26 – Pete the Cat wakes up on Easter to find a note in his basket from the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny needs him to save Easter by gathering, decorating and hiding all the eggs. This request seems like something that could have been brought to Pete’s attention much earlier. However, Pete will gladly help anyone as we’ll see in Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean.


Toddler Time – for age one through three –

 Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

March 7

March 14

March 21

March 28

Special Event

College Counts 529 Seminar

Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m.

College Counts 529 is Alabama’s college savings fund. This seminar will inform families about the benefits of the fund and saving early for college. Families with children of all ages are invited to learn more about preparing to pay for a college education.


Book Clubs


Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 7 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle.

Publisher’s Summary – It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn’t a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny and Proginoskes are there to make him well – by making him well, they will keep the balance of the universe in check and save it from the evil Echthros.


Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Publisher’s Summary – People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest; it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.


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


Governors’ Square Library


Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


March 6: What’s the Weather Today?

The children will enjoy hearing Ms. Anita read Elmo and Abby’s Wacky Weather Day and The Snowy Day, followed by a connect-the-dots activity.


March 13: St. Patrick’s Day

Ms. Anita will read the stories St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning and That’s What Leprechauns Do, then assist the children with a craft activity.


March 20: Spring Surprises Day

The children will be thrilled to watch the movie “Baby Animals” and enjoy a tasty treat.


March 27: Easter Fun

Children will enjoy the stories and The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Then they will make a craft.



Book Bunch

Wednesday, March 14 @ 2:00 p.m.


Book Bunch book club will meet at 2:00 p.m. on March 14. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, members will discuss the novel Irish Tweed by Father Andrew M. Greeley.

Back Cover Summary: This is one of Greeley’s tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, A fey, Irish-speaking woman bless with the gift of second-sight, and her husband and accomplice Dermot Michael Coyne. In this tale, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny Julie is courted by a new beau. Meanwhile, Dermot pores over a memoir of a refugee from the famine whose family died of a mysterious fever, searching for clues to what caused the illness.


Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069


Women History Month: Theme “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian


March 6 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Anne Rockwell

Synopsis —-On St. Patrick’s Day, come dance a jig with the students in the classroom ALA Booklist calls “a lively place.” Today in Mrs. Madoff’s class we all wore something green to school. Kate played the fiddle and we danced to Irish music.  Then we learned about St. Patrick and many Irish tales and traditions. Now we know why there are no snakes in Ireland. Not every-one in school is all Irish like me, but we all can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together!

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft making / Shamrock hats


March 7 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Samantha and Lola” by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis —-Samantha loves Irish dancing and has learned to dance it very well. Her friend Lola also likes this dance and she especially loves the fancy dress that Samantha wears during her presentations. Little by little, Lola learns the basic steps from her friend, until she is also ready to appear on stage. She makes her first appearance in the show that her school prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft / making leprechaun face


March 8 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Janet Riehecky

Synopsis —-Mrs. Ryan’s class celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by making decorations, singing and dancing to Irish music, holding a treasure hunt, eating green foods, and staging their own parade. Includes crafts, games, and activities.

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft making/ making a bead bracelet


March 20 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: “Florence Nightingale” by David Adler

Synopsis —-The book describes the life of Florence Nightingale, emphasizing her determination to become a nurse, her care for soldiers in the Crimean War, her impact on health care in England, America, and India, and her training school for nurses.

ACTIVITY: Students will have a fun trivia quiz


March 20 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Aaron Has a Lazy Day” by P.D. Eastman

Synopsis —-P. D. Eastman’s classic character Aaron the Alligator makes his early-reader debut! On this lazy day, Aaron is hot, tired, and hungry—perhaps a nice, juicy lemon will taste good? Blech! Lemons are not good to eat! Follow daffy Aaron as his hazy, lazy day becomes less lazy and more crazy! Young readers will giggle along as they tackle the simple words and sentences all on their own.

ACTIVITY: We are making alligators out of the letter “A”


March 20 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: “Amelia Earhart” by Caroline Crosson Gilpin

Synopsis —-Amelia Earhart is one of the first of many National Geographic Readers that highlight important historical figures. This Level 1 Reader brings an understanding of Amelia Earhart’s historical significance to a whole new audience. Young readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of this pioneering pilot and adventurer, whose disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 has intrigued audiences for decades.

ACTIVITY: Make air planes out of gum, mints, and rubber bands


March 27 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister

Synopsis —-The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.

ACTIVITY: Students will make Rainbow fish


March 28 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed” by Stephen Krensky

Synopsis —-Young Sacagawea wants to be as brave as her brother. If only she were allowed to go with him and the other boys on a hunt to prove it! But while gathering wood with her grandmother, an angry rattlesnake shows Sacagawea that there are many ways to be brave.

ACTIVITY: Make Sacagawea out of brown paper bags and other craft material


March 29 @ 12:00 3rd Grade

BOOK: “She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story” by Audrey Vernick

Synopsis —-Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.

ACTIVITY: Students will make baseballs out of paper and other material


March 29 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Betsy Ross: and the Silver Thimble” by Stephanie Greene

Synopsis —-Betsy Ross wants to prove to her brother that she can do whatever he can — but she ends up proving something to herself instead.

ACTIVITY: Students will make Flags


Hampstead Programs

Story Time

Every Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m.


March 6th: Get ready for Spring with the animals in Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na and explore the Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis. We will complete a spring craft.


March 13th: We’ll explore what is In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming and discover some new creepy crawly friends in  There’s a Bug In My Book by John Himmelman. We will complete a bug craft and look at a bug collection.


March 20th: Learn all about Seeds in Seeds Go, Seeds Grow by Mark Weakland and what happens if you plants seeds of selfishness instead of kindness in If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. We plant some seeds.


March 27th: Get ready for Easter with the silly story of a cat who wants to be the Easter bunny in Here Comes The Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood and some Easter surprises in Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney. We will make an Easter craft.


Paper Cuts March 21st @ 3:30 We’ll be making some chick and bunny baskets great for holding yours or someone else’s Easter treats.


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library


Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


March 7

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just spilt milk? In this childhood classic, kids are kept guessing until the surprise ending.

Activity: Cloud Craft


March 14

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by Cynthia Platt

George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble?

Activity: Shamrock Necklace


March 21

Pete The Cat: Cavecat Pete by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat grooves back in time to the Jurassic era, where under the guise of “Cavecat Pete,” he helps his herbivore and carnivore friends learn to get along.

Activity: Coloring Sheet


March 28

The Story of The Easter Bunny Story by Katherine Tegen

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.

Activity: Easter Craft


March 2018 Young Adult Programming

Mondays in March (5, 12, 19, 26) @5:00 pm Young Adult Bookclub. We will be celebrating Women’s History month by focusing on women authors and characters.

Tuesdays in March (6,13,20,27) @4 Dungeons and Dragons: Not too late to join our D & D group.

Wednesdays in March (7, 14, 21, 28) @5:00 Teens Write Club :The First Rule of Write Club : Tell everyone about Write Club… If you write, this is the club for you. Whether your words turn into Poems, short stories, novels, or just essays for class… this club is for teens to gather and get their ideas on the page.

Thursdays in March (1, 8, 15, 22)  @ 4 pm Afternoon Anime Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week.

Fridays in March (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) @ 4 pm Friday Film Description: Every Friday this month we will be showing a movie related to Women’s History Month.

Homework Assistance (5, 12, 19, 26) @ 6:00 You’ve got homework to do, might as well get out of the house and go to the library to do it! We’ve got awesome resources to help you get done with your homework done!



Lewis Adult Programs


After 5 Book Club

Monday, March 5 @ 6:00 P.M.

Title: Someone Else’s Love Story

Author: Jackson, Joshilyn

Summary: Someone Else’s Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson’s funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren’t always what they seem or what we hope they will be. It’s a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need. ~ Editor


Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, March 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 materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334)240-4848 for a list of recommended materials.


Computer Class

Thursday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, @ 11:00 A.M.

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

Instructors: Library Staff


Transitioning From Home To A Senior Living Community

Tuesday, March 13 @ 10:00 A.M.

Jason Jordan, Community Relations Director, Cara Vita Village, Presenter

Description: If you are an active senior seeking a rewarding and simper lifestyle, come learn the advantages of living in a retirement community when deciding to transition from individual homes to a retirement community.


Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 13 & 27

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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.


Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library


Hours 9 – 6       Monday – Friday


Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.


March 1    I’d love to have a pet!

Pet Show! , by Ezra Jack Keats

Archie wants to enter his cat in the pet show but he cannot find her.

The Wild Woods, by Simon James

Jess finds a squirrel she wants as a pet.

Craft – Cat craft


March 8    It’s nice to have best friends!

Mary Ann, by Betsy James

After her best friend, Mary Ann, moves away, Amy finds a praying mantis and names her Mary Ann.

The Firefighters, by Sue Whiting

The children in Mrs. Iverson’s class have an adventure playing firemen.

Craft – Fireman masks


March 15   It is acceptable to be a little different!

A Different Little Doggy, by Heather Whittaker

Taz, a dog, explains how he is different from other dogs.

Little One Step, by Simon James

As three duckling brothers cross forest and field to return to their mother, the older ones encourage the youngest by teaching him a game.

Craft – Duck craft


March 22   I am so smart!

Baby Brains, by Simon James

Mr. and Mrs. Brains have a baby who is very smart.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers

Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with these books.

Craft – Baby masks


March 29   It’s fun to play make believe!

Dear Mr. Blueberry, by Simon James

Emily imagines she has a whale in her pool, but her teacher tells her that is not possible.

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

A boy dreams that the sun has melted all the snow away.

Craft – Whale mask


Parent Pre-School Activity Center

The table changes twice a month. We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This is an activity where parent and child explore together.



“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids


Homework Assistance

5:00 – 5:45 pm

March 6 and 27 this month due to Spring Break

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 lesson 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.


Color Coders

March 6, 2018

4:00 – 5:00 pm

All ages are invited.

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


Being Creative with Legos

March 14 (special date), and March 27

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.


The Tinkering Table

There will be no Tinkering Table this month. Instead, we will have STEAM each day during the week of March 12 – 16.  (See below.) The Tinkering Table will return April 17, 2018.


 We are Full STEAM Ahead during Spring Break Shark Week

March 12 – 16

4:00 – 5:00 pm

March 12 – Steam (Science)  Why Do Sharks Float?

March 13 –sTeam (Technology)  Use technology to model a shark out of clay

March 14 –stEam (Engineering)  Create a shark out of Legos

March 15 –steAm (Art)  Paint the shark we made out of modeling clay

March 16 – steaM (Math)  Measuring to make sand slime


Adult Programs


Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Each Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00, you can register for an appointment with our volunteer. She will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps.  You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist.



Computer Class for Seniors

March 6, 13, and 20

10:00 am

This month we will be concentrating on Microsoft Word.


Crochet Class

March 15, 2018

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Today we will be learning how to crochet new stitches.


Coliseum Adult Program

March 21, 2018

10:00 am

Caylor Roling, with EAT South, will be teaching us the methods of seed planting and seed saving. This will be a great program for the gardening enthusiast who may need a little help, or a great deal of help, in growing plants from seed.  This will also be a great time to see our selection of seeds we have to offer our patrons in our new Seed Library.


Coliseum Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “Eventide”, by Kent Haruf. This is a story of the good and bad times in the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, where the residents confront events that test the limits of their resilience and means.  Then, we will receive our book for April titled, “The Marriage of Opposites”, by Alice Hoffman.  This is a story of a young rebellious girl who is married off to a widower with three children.  He soon dies and she falls in love with her husband’s nephew much to the dismay of her entire family.


Curious Genre Book Club

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

“Green Angel”, by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman writes in several genres.   If you have never read anything by her, this small book is a short foray into her writing style. This book is classified as Science Fiction, so this would be a good soft introduction to science fiction for those who have never read this genre before.  Green Angel is about a post-apocalyptic time and the young woman in the story experiences a terrible disaster.


EL Lowder Regional Library

Story Time

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


March 2: Dr. Seuss Day

Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss

The sun is coming up so everyone needs to wake up. It’s a great day to go up on a Ferris wheel.  Look around.  What do you see that goes up around you?

I Am NOT Going to Get up Today by Dr. Seuss

Everyone may try and wake me up, but I don’t want to get up. You can give my egg back to the Hen.  I’m not going to get up today, because today is my “Woozy-Snoozy Zizz-Zizz Zizz Zazz Zuzz.”

Activity: Dr. Seuss


March 9: Kite Day

Little Chick: The Kite That Would Not Fly by Amy Hest

Little Chick is trying to fly his leaf kite. He gets so frustrated until Old-Auntie helps him out.  Every now and then don’t we all need some help?

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd gets his kite stuck in the tree and takes his shoe off to get it unstuck, but when he throws his shoe up into the tree and it gets stuck. He continues throwing all sorts of items into the tree and they all get stuck.  How does he finally get his kite out of the tree?

Activity: kites


March 16: World Sleep Day

When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff

A little girl is trying to fall asleep, but all the sheep that she normally counts have fallen asleep. She begins counting deer.  She also counts rabbits.  What actually makes her so sleepy that she finally falls to sleep?

Splat the Cat Dreams Big  by Rob Scotton

Splat’s mother reads to Splat at bedtime. He is scared to go to sleep, because last night he dreamed that he was a prince and he fell in a moat.  What happens tonight in Splat’s dream?

Activity: Wear Pajamas and read books to each other


March 23: Art Day

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is very frustrated and says she cannot draw. She hands in her art teacher a blank page.  Her art teacher thinks she has drawn a polar bear in the snow.  Vashti does not think her teacher is funny.  She is handed back the picture and draws a dot and her teacher frames it.  Do you ever think that you cannot do something because you are frustrated?

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

A square that is perfect has four equal sides. On Monday the happy little square becomes cut into pieces and poked full of holes. It doesn’t look like a square any more.  What can you create out of a square?

Art: Square Art


March 30: Easter

Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny by Jane O’Connor

JoJo brings home the class pet to watch over the weekend. Nancy takes Nibbles out of his cage so her brother and friend may play with the rabbit. Her dad tells them that the Easter Egg Hunt has begun and she forgets to latch Nibbles cage.  Guess who escapes?  Where does Nancy find Nibbles?

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

The rabbits are decorating eggs and getting ready for Easter. Hoppi goes around looking at his family and neighbors eggs collecting things to decorate his egg.   The Rabbit who decorates the neatest egg will get to help the Easter Bunny deliver the eggs.  When it is time there is no Hoppi and no egg.  What happened to Hoppi and who gets to help the Easter Bunny?

Activity: Easter Egg Hunt


Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.


March 1

Would you rather be a Bullfrog? by Dr. Seuss

Think about what you would rather be and tell me. “ Would you rather be a Bloogle Bird and fly around and sing…   …or would you rather be a Bumble Bee and fly around and sting?”  Where would you like to live in a tent or in igloo?  Please tell me what you would rather be?

Five Little Ducks by Child’s Play

Five little ducks went swimming one day. The mother calls them back by quacking.  Only four of the ducks return.  It continues until we have no ducks left.

(This is our sign language book for the month.)


March 8

The Kite by Mary Packard

Look at my kite flying high in the sky. Will my kite touch the birds in the sky?  What would you do if you could ride on your kite?


March 15

So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz

In this sleepy sleepy house everything is sleeping. The cuckoo bird makes his noise.  The house wakes up and begins dancing.  The boy opens his eyes and then goes back to sleep.  Everything finally drifts back off to sleep.


March 22

Bunny, Bunny by Kirsten Hall

Bunny plays all day long and gets tired. When you play all day do you get tired?


March 29

Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea

Goosie and Gertie are gathering eggs and so are BooBoo and Peddie. All of them are decorating their eggs.  They hide their eggs, but then Ollie re-hides them.


Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library


The Ladies of High Tea will meet the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3:pm — Join us Thursday, March 22nd to discuss Blood Orange by Susan Whittig Albert.

Summary:  It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.  At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.  But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?  China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk… ~~Amazon.com~~


In April 2018 the Ladies will read The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer.  Join us on Thursday, April 26th, 2018!

Summary: Miss Peggy, Dr. Maggie, and Miss Li’l Bit, friends and confidantes for nearly a lifetime, find it funny and bewildering that they have become icons in Charles Valley, Georgia. Little does the rest of the town know that beneath the irreproachable façades of its three doyennes lies an explosive decades-old secret that is about to be revealed. Thirty-odd years ago the three Miss Margarets did something extraordinary, clandestine, and very illegal. Although they are haunted by the night that changed their lives, they believe that their crime was simply a matter of righting an egregious wrong. But when a stranger’s arrival in town and a tragic death open the floodgate of memory, their loyalty, friendship, and honor are tested in ways they could never have imagined—particularly when they have to contend with Laurel Selene, a young woman who has spent her life nursing an alcoholic mother and a huge grudge. Now Laurel is on the verge of discovering what happened the night the three Miss Margarets swore their oath of secrecy. Once she knows, will she reveal the truth about the three women she was raised to despise? Or will she face her own troubled history and put the dark legacy they all share behind them?



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


On March 1st the Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4:pm to 5:pm to discuss The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The Young Classic Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 4:pm to 5:pm.

Summary: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.  In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.



In April the Young Classic Book Club will be reading Animal Farm by George Orwell.  Join us Thursday, April 5, 2018.

Summary:  Manor Farm is like any other English farm, expect for a drunken owner, Mr Jones, incompetent workers and oppressed animals. Fed up with the ignorance of their human masters, the animals rise up in rebellion and take over the farm. Led by intellectually superior pigs like Snowball and Napoleon, the animals how to take charge of their destiny and remove the inequities of their lives. But as time passes, they realize that things aren’t happening quite as expected. Animal Farm is, on one level, a simple story about barnyard animals. On a much deeper level, it is a savage political satire on corrupted ideals, misdirected revolutions and class conflict-themes as valid today as they were sixty years ago.  ~~Amazon.com~~


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 10:am to 12:45pm (All children must be picked up by our 1:pm 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. You must pre-register to play from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, March 14th, 2018!


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. 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 the 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, March 21st, 2018!


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 second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4:pm to 5:pm.


Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday, 6:pm to 7:30pm — unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each 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.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.


We are pleased to announce a new Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year old Thursday from 10:am to 10:15am, a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.


Our regular Preschool Story Time is Fridays at 10:15am. 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 activity.


Join us Tuesdays from 4:pm to 5:pm for a new program – 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 are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30am to 10:30am.  In March we will have classes Tuesday, March  13th and Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.


The third Saturday of the month, Saturday, March 17, 2018, we will have our monthly Scholarship Seminar in the main area of the library. Students in Grade 8 and up are invited to attend and 8th grade is not too young to be thinking about scholarships!  Join us at 10am!


We will be having a College Admission Workshop Monday, March 19th in the Meeting Room at 5:30pm.  Graduating Seniors are invited to attend.


Confucius Institute will be here on Friday, March 23rd, from 4:pm to 5:pm to present another in our Cultural Lectures. This month the topic will be “Beijing Hutong, One of the Traditional Family Houses of China.”  Everyone is invited to attend this great program.


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.


Ramer Branch Library

March 2018 Adult Programs


Wednesday, March 14, 11:00- “Preventing Litter”- Alabama PALS. Find out what you can do keep your community beautiful.


Wednesday, March 28, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Sisters First” by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. The twin daughters of President Bush write about growing up in the White House.