MCCPL Announces February Programs & Events!!

FEBRUARY 2018 PROGRAMS

 

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:

  • February 5 – Gerald really wants to play outside, but then an awful thing happens–it starts raining! Will he and Piggie ever get to play outside? We’ll find out when we read Are You Ready to Play Outside? by Mo Willems.
  • February 12 – Marylou loves Herbie, but she is too shy to tell him. Instead, she uses her slime trail to leave sweet poems for him to find and he, in turn, leaves slime poetry all over the place. However, their slimy paths never seem to cross. It’s the classic story of girl slug loves boy slug in Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson and Kevin O’Malley.
  • February 19 – There will be no Storybook Times today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day
  • February 26 – Groovy Joe loves to sing and to share. We’ll groove along to two Groovy Joe books when we read Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs and Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin and Tom Lichtenheld
  •  Wednesdays at 10 a.m.February 7February 21  Publisher’s Summary – When the last dragon and the last elf break the circle, the past and the future will meet, and the sun of a new summer will shine in the sky. In a world shrouded in darkness and continually lashed by rain, a young elf named Yorsh struggles to survive. His village has been destroyed by the torrential waters, leaving Yorsh suddenly orphaned and alone—the earth’s last elf. But soon Yorsh discovers he is part of a powerful prophecy to save the world from the Dark Age that has begun. First, however, the young elf will have to find another orphaned creature—the world’s last dragon. Full of great tenderness and humor, this magical journey tells the story of a world plagued by intolerance and wickedness, and the elf and the dragon who will fight for its redemption and bring it back into the light.Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, February 15 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss All Together Now by Gill Hornby.

 

  • 9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679 facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary
  • Publisher’s Summary – Four strangers in the midst of difficult life transitions find friendship, purpose, and perfect pitch in in this heartfelt comic novel. In the small English village of St. Ambrose, the members of the Bridgeford Community Choir have little in common. But when their singing coach dies unexpectedly before a big contest, the motley group must join forces and voices in pursuit of an impossible-seeming goal. Featuring an eclectic cast of characters including: a mother suffering from empty nest syndrome, a middle-aged man who has just lost his job and his family, and a 19-year-old waitress who dreams of reality TV stardom, All Together Now is a poignant and charming novel about small town life, community, falling in love, and the big rewards of making a small change.
  • Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 7 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss The Last Dragon by Silvana De Mari.
  • Book Clubs
  • February 28
  • February 14
  • At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week. The dates will be:
  • Toddler Time – for age one through three

 

Bertha P. Williams Library

Adult Program

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

February 2 and 16 @ 10:00am

Description:

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

February 6 and 20 @ 2:00pm

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

February 14 @ 11:00am

Title: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Summary: Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Life is hell for all the slaves, but especially bad for Cora; an outcast even among her fellow Africans, she is coming into womanhood—where even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a recent arrival from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they decide to take a terrifying risk and escape. Matters do not go as planned—Cora kills a young white boy who tries to capture her. Though they manage to find a station and head north, they are being hunted.  In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor—engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. Cora and Caesar’s first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But the city’s placid surface masks an insidious scheme designed for its black denizens. And even worse: Ridgeway, the relentless slave catcher, is close on their heels. Forced to flee again, Cora embarks on a harrowing flight, state by state, seeking true freedom. ~Dust Jacket

 

Why We Black Observe History Month

Discussion with Howard Overton Robinson, II, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 15 @ 3:00pm

Description: Dr. Robinson is the Alabama State University archivist, a historian with the National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African American Culture, and he teaches American History in the ASU History and Political Science Department.

Howard Robinson attended Alabama State University where he earned a B.A. in 1986, and a M.A. degree in 1993. Before leaving Montgomery, Robison worked at WSFA Television and with the Alabama Department of Archives and History.  In 1999, Robinson earned a Ph.D. degree in American History from the University of Akron.  In that same year he moved to Savannah, Georgia, where he worked at Armstrong Atlantic State University, as an Assistant Professor of African American History.  While in Savannah, Robinson served as curator for the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum, and he served on the Board of Directors at the King Tisdell Foundation. 

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

February 28 @ 6:30pm

**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.

Title: City of Women by David R. Gillham

 

Summary: 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

 

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: acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us or 334-240-4979

 

Children’s Programs

Storytime

Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays)

@ 10:00 AM

 

All storytimes will include song and dance so we can keep our bodies as active as our minds! For February we’ll be reading stories from Africa or based on African and African American folktales and other black cultures. Come celebrate the richness of black storytelling.

 

February 5 and 6

We will read and act out several of Aesop’s fables from a collection by Michael Hague and another by Beverley Naidoo.

 

February 12 and 13

Today we’re focused on African music with Leopard’s Drum (Souhami) and The Singing Man (Medearis).

 

February 20

Tricksters are important in every culture, but there’s no trickster like Anansi the Spider! First we’ll hear about how Anansi Does the Impossible (Aardema) so he can bring down stories from the sky god. Then we’ll enjoy his antics as he plays tricks on his friends in Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock (Kimmel).

 

February 26 and 27

The animals are hungry and must learn The Name of the Tree (Lottridge) in order to survive. And Why DO Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears (Aardema).

 

 

***Heroes Like Me Competition

Share our excitement about the new Black Panther movie and other diverse comic book characters and heroes by drawing yourself as a hero, super or otherwise! Prizes will be awarded in age categories. First prize for each category will receive a 12×24 poster of their entry and be included on a poster kept at the library to show how much we love our community heroes!

 

Entry forms will be available until end of day February 23, last day to accept entries will be February 28th. We will judge and award prizes on March 2nd for Read Across America Day!

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 6: Celebrating Black History Month

Special guest reader will delight the children by reading African-

American Folklore. Then the children will make a craft.

 

February 13: Be My Valentine

                Children will enjoy the stories Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine

and Valentine Friends, followed by a coloring page activity.

 

February 20: What are the Olympic Games?

                 The children will enjoy viewing a video, “The 2018 Winter

Olympics”, then Ms. Anita will read them the stories Dream Big,

Little Pig and Pearl’s New Skates. After that, the children will

do a craft activity.

 

February 27:   Happy Birthday, Amadaeus Mozart!

Children will enjoy hearing  songs with Mozart melodies and

hearing the stories Mozart and Zin Zin Zin: A Violin.  Then

they will do a coloring page activity.

 

 

Book Bunch Book Club

Black History Month Program

February 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

Special guest local author Dr. Daniel Haulman will present a book talk on his latest book The Tuskegee Airmen: A Chronology. Following his presentation, Dr. Haulman will have a book signing.

All adults are welcome to attend. (Please note that this program will meet one week earlier than our usual book club meetings.)

 

Hampstead Branch Library

Storytimes

Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m.

 

February 6th: Join us for a Mo Willems story time where we’ll learn the importance of having good manners in The Duckling Get a Cookie, and then why you should never, ever under any circumstances let a pigeon drive a bus in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! We will make a cookie craft.

February 13th: For Valentine’s Day we’ll read Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff in which Mouse makes some Valentine’s cards for all his friends and follow it with Where You Are My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillman. We will make a Valentine.

February 20th: Join for a story time all about feelings where we’ll read Happy Hippo, Angry Duck by Sandra Boyton and learn about the many different feelings one can have in My Heart is a Zoo by Michael Hall. The craft activity will be a color sheet.

February 27th: Come sing along with the musical books If You’re a Monster and You Know It by Rebecca and Ed Wimberly and meet the not-so-scary monster in Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems who just wants to be scary for once. We will complete a monster craft.

 

Lego Challenge

February 7th @ 3:30 Take on our Lego challenge or just build for fun. Lego creations will be displayed after the program.

Paper Cuts

February 22nd @ 3:30: We will upcycle old magazines into different things including: bowls, coasters and, if you dare, furniture. All ages welcome.

 

Ramer Branch Library

Storytimes

February 12-15

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

 

Monday, February 12: 3rd Grade- 1:00 p.m.

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

Cassie soars above her apartment rooftop, tar beach, and explores the city of 1939 Harlem. Let’s go on the journey with her and let our imagination soar.

We will be creating our own tar beach.

 

Tuesday, February 13: Kindergarten- 1:00 p.m.

Movie: Doc McStuffins: My Huggy Valentines It’s Valentine’s Day and Doc’s parents get her a new toy. She names it Val and introduces it to the others but Lambie gets jealous. Let’s see if Doc can fix Lambie’s broken heart.

We will do a Valentine’s Craft.

 

Wednesday, February 14: 2nd Grade- 1:00 p.m.

I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer

A biography of Rosa Parks

We will do a Rosa Park’s craft.

 

Thursday, February 15: 1st Grade- 1:00 p.m.      

BookFlix: One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell

Milton and Marvin decide to do something special on Valentines. They think in order to get something you have to give something. Let’s see what Milton and Marvin will do on this very special Valentine’s Day.

We will do a Valentine’s Craft.

 

Adult Programs

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 – “African-American Genealogy” by Nancy Dupree, Alabama Department of Archive and History. Catch up on the newest methods of tracing your family history.

Wednesday, February 28, 11:00 – Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “See Me” by Nicholas Sparks. Two people form an unlikely romance.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

3095 Mobile Highway, Montgomery, AL 36108 www.mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Storytime

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 7 (Pancake Day)

Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margret A. Rey

Synopsis: Every year George and the Man with the Yellow Hat attend the pancake breakfast to benefit the children’s hospital. Always curious, George finds his way to the pancake table and becomes the mischievous monkey he is known to be.

Activity: Pancake Coloring Sheet

 

February 14

Pete the Cate. Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kim Dean

Synopsis: Once Pete the Cat realizes how much fun Valentine’s Day can be, he decides to make valentine cards for his family and friends. But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat?

Activity: Glitter Valentines

 

February 21 (Black History Month)

Celebrating Garrett A. Morgan

Making Traffic Light Snacks

 

February 28 (Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Synopsis: Sam-I-am tries to persuade the character in the top hat to try green eggs and ham.

Activity: Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

February 2018 Young Adult Programming

Mondays in February (5, 12, 26) @5:00 pm Young Adult Book Club. We will be discussing black authors this month, from Nnedi Okorafor to Ta-Nehisi Coates to Joyce Carol Oates.

Homework Assistance (5, 12, 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!

Tuesdays in February (6,13,20,27) @4 Dungeons and Dragons: By popular demand our D&D group is back! We’ve got a huge map and an exciting adventure! Join us on quest!

Wednesdays in February (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 February (1, 8, 15, 22)  @ 4 pm Afternoon Anime

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes every Thursday this month.

Fridays in February (2, 9, 16, 23) @ 4 pm Friday Film

Description: Every Friday this month we will be showing a movie related to this year’s Black History Month Theme : “African Americans in Times of War” Refreshments will be provided.             2/2/18 Glory (1989)             2/9/18 Redtails (2012)             2/16/18 Proud (2004)             2/23/18 Men of Honour (2000)

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programs

 

After 5 Book Club

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

Title: Glory Over Everything

Author: Grissom, Kathleen

Summary: Refusing to die as slaves on a North Carolina plantation, a man, a boy, and a woman must make a terrifying run for their lives on the Underground Railroad. ~ Editor

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

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.

 

Computer Class

Thursday, February 8, 15, 22 @ 11:00 A.M.

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

Instructors: Library Staff

 

Hiding in Plain Sight: Montgomery County African American Genealogy Sources

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

Frazine Taylor, Author/Archivist, Alabama State University, Presenter

Description: Come learn how to use genealogy to locate African American families in Montgomery County and the state of Alabama. Frazine Taylor, former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), author of Researching African American Genealogy in Alabama: A Resource Guide, Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission, and currently employed at the Alabama State University Archives, brings twenty years of experience to this workshop in which she lectures, utilizes group discussions, and employs hands-on demonstrations to teach how to use common records like wills, marriage records, and estate files, as well as little-known and unique Montgomery County records, to find African American family members.

 

Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.                              

Tuesday, February 13

February 27 class is cancelled due to State Senate Runoff Election

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

840 Coliseum Boulevard

271-7005

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Hours 9 – 6     Monday – Friday

Story Time

Thursday at 10:00 am

 

February 1: We love dogs!

Mrs. Lowder will be sharing her book, today, about her beloved dog, Amos.

Amos Likes to Jump by Margaret Lowder

Synopsis: Amos, the dog, teaches us the value of individuality and why being yourself is the best way to be.

Craft – Putting together an Amos puzzle

 

February 8: We can always learn something new!

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!, by Nancy Carlson

Synopsis: Even though Henry is looking forward to going to kindergarten, he is not sure about staying once he gets there.

The Great Pig Escape by Eileen Christelow

Synopsis: Bert and Ethel try raising pigs on their farm, but when they get to market the pigs have disappeared.

Craft – Pig craft

 

February 15: Nature is cool!

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

Synopsis: The many different animals that live in a great hapok tree in the Brazillian rain forest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

Synopsis: Charlie tries different ways to get his sister to eat her vegetables.

Craft – Tree craft

 

February 22: Do you like alligators?

Guji Guji by Chick-Yuan Chen

Synopsis: A duck adopts an egg only to find that it is an alligator egg.

But I Am an Alligator by Lauren Child

Synopsis: Lola love dressing up in her alligator costume and she says she is never taking it off.

Craft – Alligator craft

 

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

February 6, 13, 20, and 27

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

February 6 @ 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

February 13 and 27 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

 

The Tinkering Table

February 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join us as we help develop your creative abilities. Once a month, on the third Tuesday of the month, we will have an activity that will enhance the arts or encourage your engineering skills by providing math and science projects.  This program is geared specifically for boys and girls fourth grade and up.

*Today we will receive our cars that we painted in January. Then, we will explore how fast these cars can travel and how we can enable them to travel even faster.

 

*Watch for upcoming information pertaining to our Spring Break activities utilizing the STEAM approach to excellence.

 

 

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.

271-7005

 

Computer Class for Seniors

February 6, 13, and 20 @ 10:00 am

Today we will be concentrating on Windows 10.

 

Crochet Class

February 15 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Today we will be learning how to correctly stitch a square by making pot holders. We have the yarn, but you will need to bring a size G hook.

 

Coliseum Adult Program: Black History Month

February 21 @ 10:00 am

Today we welcome Dr. Daniel Haulman, author, who wrote Eleven Myths About the Tuskegee Airmen.  Come learn more about these amazing airmen who sacrificed their lives to help keep America free.

 

Coliseum Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

February 8 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline, an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget. (Lisa Scottoline).  Then, we will receive our book for March titled “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.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

February 22 @ 3:00pm

“Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George

Inspector Thomas Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, the wealthy and influential Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.

goodreads.com/book/show/11737276-believing-the-lie?from_search=true

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00 a.m.

  

February 8: Love Me, Love You  by Susan Heyboer O’Keffe

The baby and mother rabbit in this story are learning to love each other through repetition and rhyming words. Example: “Love me, love my nose. I can touch it with my toes.”

If You’re Happy and You Know It by Penny Dann

If you are happy and you know clap your hands and learn through movements throughout this book to mimic with your little one. (This is our monthly book.)

 

February 15: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The caterpillar is very hungry in this story. He eats everything in sight.  Then he gets a tummy ache.  How does he get rid of his tummy ache?

 

February 22: Touch and Feel: Bedtime by DK Publishing

Touch and feel through items used for bedtime. Example: “Tickle Teddy’s furry feet.”  What does Teddy’s feet feel like to you?

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

Friday, February 2: Groundhog Day

Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susan Korman

Synopsis: Gregory Groundhog is sound asleep and each and everyone of his friends tries to wake him up. He finally gets up to discover that they will have six more weeks of winter.  His friends all decide to go take a nap.  Once they are good and asleep

Gregory makes a loud noise.

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby

Synopsis: Brownie Groundhog is out look for some signs of Spring and February Fox is very hungry.  Brownie talks February into clearing off the lake so that they may go ice skating.

February ties to eat Brownie. Brownie ties  the fox to the tree and feeds him  a snack.  They become friends in the end.

Activity: Groundhog

 

February 9: Valentines

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen

Synopsis: You can wake up in the morning in a bad mood and your mother and father will still love you.  You can kick the back of the seat in the car and they still love you.  No matter what you do your parents will still love you. 

Love is a Handful of Honey by: Giles Andreae

Synopsis: Love makes you want to get out of bed in the morning.  Love is telling someone that you love them.  What does love mean to you?

Activity: Valentines

February 16: Show and Tale

Who Can? Daniel Can! by Maggie Tests

Synopsis: Daniel and all his friends share what they can do at the beach.  “Katerina can dance in the sand.  What can you do?”

Nate Likes to Skate by Bruce Degen

Synopsis: Nate likes to skate and his friend Kate likes to wear hats.  Nate and Kate don’t seem to try what the other one likes at first.  How do you know if you don’t try something different

if you like it or not?

Activity: Bring something to share at Story Time

 

February 23: Why it’s not good to Lie

The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman

Synopsis: Little Wolf was tired of eating the same old meal all the time.  He wondered why they never ate boy.  His dad told him that long ago that they did and that if he ever saw a boy that they would eat him.  The Little Wolf claims to see a boy several times and the boy even comes into their cave.  Do to Little Wolf lying his parents no longer believe him.  Have you ever told a lie?

Don’t Tell Lies, Lucy! A cautionary tale by: Phil Roxbee Cox

Synopsis: Lucy tears her shirt and she tells her mother that she was kidnapped by pirates.  Lucy makes a big splash in the bathtub and she tells her Auntie Bea that an elephant did it.  Now have you ever told a story to get yourself out of trouble?

Activity: Read a book with your child

 

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library

 

February is Black History Month and Lowder has as great program planned for all to attend on Monday evening, February 12, from 630pm to 730pm. We will welcome Dr. Naomi Slipp, Professor of Art History, Auburn University Montgomery, to present a program on African American Modern Art & the Harlem Renaissance.

 

The Ladies of High Tea will meet the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM — Join us Thursday, February 22nd to discuss Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier.

Summary:  It’s frigid in snow-covered Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues–and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer’s Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. Soon Lucy discovers there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male customers. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin turns up dead, her body covered in chocolate. . .Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There’s no sugar-coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer. . .   ~~Amazon.com~~

 

In March 2018 the Ladies will read Blood Orange by Susan Whittig Albert.  Join us on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018!

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~~

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

 

On February 1st the Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM to discuss The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. The Young Classic Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 4PM to 5PM.

Summary: This beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family begins in 1871 in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her pa, her ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, but it is also exciting as they make their own homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and visit town. And every night Laura and her family are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa’s fiddle to send them off to sleep. Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers with its depiction of life on the American frontier.  ~~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 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 moving to the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play 315PM to 415PM.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, February 14th, 2018!

 

Lowder Lego League is also moving to the third Wednesday afternoon of the month 315PM-415PM. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, February 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, February 8, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.

 

Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday, 6PM-730PM– 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 every Thursday 10am to 1015m for 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 1015am.  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 4pm to 5pm 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 930am to 1030am.  In February we will have classes Tuesday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.

 

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.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Black History Month

Theme: African Americans in Times of War

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

 

Tuesday, February 6 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine” by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis —- When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from! With a little help from her friend Ralph, Katy makes the perfect card for her secret valentine…and discovers who it is!

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

Wednesday, February 7 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Wherever You Are, my love will find you” by Nancy Tillman

Synopsis —-   . . . I wanted you more than you’ll ever know, so I sent love to follow wherever you go. . . .Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It’s the one thing they can carry with them each and every day. If love could take shape it might look something like these heartfelt words and images from the inimitable Nancy Tillman. Here is a book to share with your loved ones, no matter how near or far, young or old, they are.

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

 

February 13 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: “Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquin, Harlequin” by F. Isabel Campoy

Synopsis —- Joaquin is enjoying Mardi Gras with his family, but he gets lost in the crowd. His parents and siblings search everywhere for him, and inadvertently they take other children who, like Joaquin, are disguised as harlequins. The confusion is solved in the end and the involved families continue enjoying the carnival together. Contains an informative section on Mardi Gras.

ACTIVITY:  Students will make a Mardi Gras craft

 

Tuesday, February 13 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquin, Harlequin” by F. Isabel Campoy

Synopsis —- Joaquin is enjoying Mardi Gras with his family, but he gets lost in the crowd. His parents and siblings search everywhere for him, and inadvertently they take other children who, like Joaquin, are disguised as harlequins. The confusion is solved in the end and the involved families continue enjoying the carnival together. Contains an informative section on Mardi Gras.

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

Tuesday, February 13 @ 1:30PM

Pre-K’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade

 

Thursday, February 15 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Lincoln Tells a Joke” by Kathleen Krull and Paul Brewer

Synopsis —- Poor Abraham Lincoln! His life was hardly fun at all. A country torn in two by war, citizens who didn’t like him as president, a homely appearance—what could there possibly be to laugh about? And yet he did laugh. Lincoln wasn’t just one of our greatest presidents. He was a comic storyteller and a person who could lighten a grim situation with a clever quip. This unusual biography of Lincoln highlights his life and presidency, focusing on what made his sense of humor so distinctive—and so necessary to surviving his tough life and times.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Patriotic necklace to go along with the story

 

 

Tuesday, February 20 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: Storytime Stretchers: “The Dramatic Diagnosis of Doctor Drake” by Naomi Baltuck

Synopsis —- Kids appreciate the humor in this snappy, quirky little ode to the sardine. They also love to shout, and in this call and response song, they have plenty of opportunity to do just that.

ACTIVITY: Song and Dance

 

Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Before John was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane” by Carole Boston Weatherford

Synopsis —- Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John’s own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.

ACTIVITY: Music, Music, Music, Music

 

Wednesday, February 28 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Curious George Goes to the Dentist” by Margret Rey

Synopsis —- When George bites into a shiny apple made of wax, his tooth begins to hurt. The next morning George shows his wiggly tooth to the man with the yellow hat, who takes him to the dentist. George is nervous about his first visit to the dentist, but overcomes his fear and learns about better dental hygiene—with a little good-natured mayhem on the side!

ACTIVITY: The students will play with tooth brush timers

 

 

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March Events @ Lowder Library!!

March 2018 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.

 

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!

 

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?

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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.

 

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.

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

 

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.

 

February Events @ Lowder Library!!

February at Lowder Regional Library

February is Black History Month and Lowder has as great program planned for all to attend on Monday evening, February 12, from 630pm to 730pm. We will welcome Dr. Naomi Slipp, Professor of Art History, Auburn University Montgomery, to present a program on African American Modern Art & the Harlem Renaissance

The Ladies of High Tea will meet the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM — Join us Thursday, February 22nd to discuss Chocolate Covered Murder by Leslie Meier.

It’s frigid in snow-covered Tinker’s Cove, and Lucy is fighting the winter blues–and her widening waistline. No one in their right mind would vacation in Maine this time of year, but to boost the economy, the town is launching a travel promotion for Valentine’s Day. As a reporter for the Pennysaver, Lucy is assigned a puff piece on upscale Chanticleer’s Chocolates, and its deliciously handsome owner, Trey Meacham. Soon Lucy discovers there’s another tantalizing tart behind the counter. Sultry store manager Tamzin Graves is only too eager to serve her male customers. Leaving a throng of jealous women in her wake, it’s almost no surprise when Tamzin turns up dead, her body covered in chocolate. . . Could a bitter ex-wife be behind the crimes? Or a candy shop competitor? There’s no sugar-coating the truth, and as Lucy closes in on the culprit, she may find herself locked in the clutches of a half-baked killer. . .

~~Amazon.com~~

In March 2018 the Ladies will read Blood Orange by Susan Whittig Albert.  Join us on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018!

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~~

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