Pike Road Library Announces Summer, 2018 Programs!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s Summer Library Reading Challenge and Activities for 2018

Summer Reading Challenge – The Challenge Begins Monday, June 4.

For Picture Book Readers: For every five books read by a child in the “I Can Read All By Myself” category or read to a child by a grown-up in the “My Grown-up Reads to Me” category, readers may earn one treasure from Cap’n Matt’s treasure chest. The reader in each category who has enjoyed the most books by the end of the program will receive a Books-A-Million gift card courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library. Readers may begin recording titles on their reading logs on June 4. Reading logs must be turned in by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. The top readers in each category will be announced at our final summer event on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m.

 

For Chapter Book Readers: For the Chapter Book Challenge, kids will record the number of pages read instead of the number of books. Once a reader finishes a book, he or she will record the title and total number of pages in the book on the reading log. Grown-ups must verify the number of pages read by initialing the page counts for each book on the child’s reading log. We will have three categories:

  • Rising Third Graders through Rising Fifth Graders
  • Rising Sixth Graders through Rising Eighth Graders
  • Rising Ninth Graders through Rising Twelfth Graders

The top reader in each category will be determined by total pages read and will receive a Books-A-Million gift card courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library. Readers may begin recording titles on their reading logs on June 4. Reading logs must be turned in by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10. The top readers in each category will be announced at our final summer event on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m.

 

Please note that a child should only sign up for one reading challenge at one MCCPL location.

 


 

Summer Activities at Pike Road Branch Library

Summer Events for age 5 and up – Tuesdays at 3 p.m.

  • June 5 – The Alabama Department of Archives and History presents “Musicians of Alabama,” featuring activities and artifacts.
  • June 12 – Magician and puppeteer Tommy Johns returns with The Slightly Off-beat Musical Magic Show. Tommy Johns appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
  • June 19 –Mark Seymour and son will rock the library with their Be at Your Best music show.
  • June 26 – Dr. Magical Balloons combines his two great loves – balloons and music– for this year’s Fun Time Balloon Show. Please note that Dr. Magical Balloons will not be able to make balloon creations for individuals. Dr. Magical Balloons appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
  • July 10 – The Auburn University Southeastern Raptor Center will introduce us to some of the magnificent birds in their care. The Raptor Center appears courtesy of the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library.
  • July 17 – We will bring our Tuesday events to an end with The DIY Magician. He uses upcycled props to make magic and music! We will also announce the top readers in each of our summer reading challenge categories.

LEGO and Mega BloksTime – Wednesdays at 3 p.m.

  • Each week, builders (age 5 and up) will face a new challenge and create something awesome using the library’s collection of LEGO™ bricks. Meanwhile, our younger builders will create using the library’s Mega Blok™ collection.

 

Storybook Time for Age 3 through 6 – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

  • At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read one or two picture books and make a craft.

 

Toddler Time for Age 1 through 3 – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

  • At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week.

 

Book Clubs

    • Book Maniacs – Our book club for kids in third grade and up continues throughout the summer.
  • Pike Road Bookies – Our adult book club continues throughout the summer.

 

Check our Facebook page or join our email list for updates about book clubs.

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Pike Road Library Announces May Programs!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s May 2018 Programs

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:

  • May 7 – Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so we’ll read some mom-centric tales such as A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. Brace yourselves; it’s a tear-jerker.
  • May 14 – Mister Matt will be going on vacation soon, but don’t worry because he’ll be back. Piggie is going away, too, and Gerald just can’t handle the news. We’ll see what happens when Piggie declares “I am going!” in I Am Going by Mo Willems.
  • May 21 – There will be no Storybook Time today because Mister Matt will be away. Hey, that rhymes!
  • May 28 – The library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.

 

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:

  • May 2
  • May 9
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • May 30

Book Clubs

Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, May 16 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Madeleine L’Engle.

Publisher’s Summary – As if being small and having “S. Horten” as his name isn’t bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart’s swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony–a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth–and Tony’s marvelous, long-lost workshop. Along the way, Stuart reluctantly accepts help from the annoying triplets next door… and encounters trouble from another magician who’s also desperate to get hold of Tony’s treasures.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall.

Publisher’s Summary – Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors—and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It’s just her and bigger-than-life Polly.  Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly’s life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

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

Pike Road Library Announces April Programs!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s April 2018 Programs

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series

On Thursday, April 19 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present native daughter and author Gin Phillips discussing Fierce Kingdom, her new novel.

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:

  • April 2 – Today is International Children’s Book Day! We’ll celebrate with two stories from other countries – Monkey: A Trickster Tale from India and Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa, both retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott.
  • April 9 – Happy National Library Week! Naturally, we’ll read some stories about libraries including I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Blanche Sims.
  • April 16 – The Alabama Book Festival is coming up this Saturday! We’ll read books by Charles Ghigna, one of the authors who will be at the festival, including Barn Storm which he wrote with his wife, Debra.
  • April 23 – World Penguin Day takes place this Wednesday. We’ll read tales featuring our tuxedoed friends including Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon.
  • April 30 – We began the month with trickster tales and we’ll finish the month with one, as well. This time, we are off to Hawaii to learn about Pig-Boy in Pig-Boy: A Trickster Tale from Hawai’i, retold and illustrated by Gerald McDermott.

 

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:

  • April 4
  • April 11
  • April 18
  • April 25

Book Clubs

Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, April 11 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle.

Publisher’s Summary – In this companion volume to A Wrinkle in Time and A Wind in The Door fifteen-year-old Charles Wallace and the unicorn Gaudior undertake a perilous journey through time in a desperate attempt to stop the destruction of the world by the mad dictator Madog Branzillo. They are not alone in their quest. Charles Wallace’s sister, Meg–grown and expecting her first child, but still able to enter her brother’s thoughts and emotions by “kything”–goes with him in spirit. In overcoming the challenges, Charles Wallace must face the ultimate test of his faith and will, as he is sent within four people from another time, there to search for a way to avert the tragedy threatening them all.

 Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, April 19 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.

Publisher’s Summary – The zoo is nearly empty as Joan and her four-year-old son soak up the last few moments of playtime. They are happy, and the day has been close to perfect. But what Joan sees as she hustles her son toward the exit gate minutes before closing time sends her sprinting back into the zoo, her child in her arms. And for the next three hours—the entire scope of the novel—she keeps on running.  Joan’s intimate knowledge of her son and of the zoo itself—the hidden pathways and under-renovation exhibits, the best spots on the carousel and overstocked snack machines—is all that keeps them a step ahead of danger. A masterful thrill ride and an exploration of motherhood itself—from its tender moments of grace to its savage power—Fierce Kingdom asks where the boundary is between our animal instinct to survive and our human duty to protect one another. For whom should a mother risk her life?

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