MCCPL Kicks Off Food For Fines Campaign on April 7!!

Food for Fines

April 7 – May 12, 2019

 

The Montgomery City-County Public Library’s annual Food For Fines Campaign will run for five weeks, from April 7 through May 12 at all ten MCCPL libraries.

Here’s how it works: Bring in a minimum of 13 ounces of non-perishable, canned food items with EACH overdue book or overdue media item (i.e. DVD, CD, book-on-tape, etc.) during the campaign. Your overdue fine will be forgiven and your record will be cleared for that item. Overdue items must be returned at the same time as your canned food donation.

The general public is invited to join our staff and patrons by dropping off non-perishable, canned food items to your nearest MCCPL library during this campaign. Look for the big blue barrel! Your donation is greatly appreciated. Since MCCPL began Food for Fines in 2001, more than 16,000 overdue items have been returned to the library and the community has donated thousands of pounds of food for the Montgomery Area Food Bank.

Montgomery City-County Public Library is proud to partner with the Montgomery Area Food Bank to help feed individuals and families in need across Alabama. The Montgomery Area Food Bank is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit, doing everything possible to combat hunger and food insecurity in 35 of Alabama’s 67 counties through a framework of philanthropic, logistic and educational programs. We connect people, food and resources to satisfy emergent hunger needs, while targeting healthier outcomes and self-sufficiency.

 

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MCCPL Announces April Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

April 2019

 

 

Bertha P. Williams Library

Children’s Programs

Story Time!

Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am (Except holidays)

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

 

April 1 and 2

Ernest the Moose Who Doesn’t Fit (Raynor) just can’t seem to fit into this book, can we help? Morris the Moose (Wiseman) is also having trouble fitting in, but at school.

 

April 8

Llama Llama Misses Mama (Dewdney), but that’s okay, because we’ll see her at the end of the day.  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Numberoff) he may just want more!

 

April 9

The Fire Department is a strong part of our community. Join us as they tell us how they protect our community and how we can protect ourselves from fire.

 

April 15 and 16

Oh No! (Fleming) Mouse has fallen down the hole and can’t get out! And what are we going to do about The Book With No Pictures (Novak)?

 

April 22 and 23

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! (Beaumont) Well, maybe just a little… We’re Traveling to the Tondo (Aardema), if only we don’t stop to rest too many times.

 

April 29 and 30

I’m a Pout Pout Fish (Diesen) and I’m here to spread my dreary wearies. Which is fitting since Yesterday I Had the Blues (Ashford)

 

Adult Program

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday

April 4 and 18 @ 3pm

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.

 

Strong Families = Strong Communities

Wednesday, April 10 @ 10:00am

 

Join us as Mona Davis from the Gift of Life Foundation talks about all the services they provide for new families from pregnancy to toddler. She will be focused on co-parenting, but will discuss other techniques for building Strong Families.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:00am

Title: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

Description: Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850–only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality. However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs. ~dust jacket

 

Novel Colors

Wednesday, April 24 @ 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.

Title: Blacksad (Vol. 1)

Writer/Artist: Juan Diaz Canales/Juanjo Guarnido

Description: Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery, digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear secrets. Guarnido’s sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the “red scare” Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents anthropomorphism in these pages and industry colleagues no less than Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans! Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put, unforgettable.~Hoopla

 

 

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

 

All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Friday, April 19 @ 3:00pm

Joins us for a mid- afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk with friends or make new ones. Movies will be PG-13 rating or lower, but parents are responsible for researching movie before allowing children to view. Call to ask what movie we’re showing or to suggest a title.

 

All Month, All Ages

We believe our community is strong, tell us why you think so by leaving a note on our bulletin board. We’ll post some of our favorites on Facebook.

 

Hampstead Branch April Programs

 

Toddler Time

Ages 2 and Under

Every Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 1: Pack up your gear and get ready because We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (by Micheal Rosen).

April 8: We’re going to read about a lot of different kinds of Dogs (by Emily Gravett) today.

April 15: Are you doing some bird watching this year? Get some practice with Birds by Kevin Henkes.

April 22: We’ll plant some seeds in the wonderfully illustrated If You Plant a Garden by Kadir Nelson.

April 29: What’s better than a truck? The garbage truck in I Stink! By Jim McMullen!

 

Story Time

Ages 3 and Up

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

 

April 2: Get active with We’re Going On a Bear Hunt (by Micheal Rosen) and have a good time with A Bear Sat On my Porch Today By Jane Yolen.

Activity: Bear puppet

 

April 9: Join us for the silly misadventures of Boot and Shoe by Marla Frazee and even more furry canines with Dogs by Emily Gravett.

Activity: Make Your Own Dog

 

April 16: We’re all about gardening with the books Up in the Garden and Down in The Dirt by Kate Messner and If You Plant a Garden by Kadir Nelson.

Activity: Egg Carton Garden

 

April 23: What does it mean when someone is a Bad Seed by Jory John? We’ll find out.

Activity: Seed Art

 

April 30: It’s all about trucks today with the friendly Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and a garbage truck in I Stink! By Jim McMullen.

Activity: Make a Truck

 

STEAM’ed

Thursday, April 25 @ 3:30 p.m.

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

All ages welcome, all children under 5 must have an adult present to assist with activities.

This month we’ll explore geometry through art and combine the logical thinking with creativity.

 

 

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time – for age three and up

Mondays @ 10:30 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read one or two picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

 

April 1 – It’s April Fool’s Day, but we’re not going to play any tricks on anyone. Instead, we’ll celebrate the joy of silliness when we read Silly Tilly by Eileen Spinelli and David Slonim.

 

April 8 – Happy National Library Week! It’s the annual event that allows us usually reserved librarians to toot our own horns for a few days. Our theme this year is “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Miss Wonderly, the librarian in today’s story, unites her community at a tea for all of the storybook characters that live nearby. We’ll see what happens when the legendary Big Bad Wolf is invited to the party in Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf by Judy Sierra and J. Otto Seibold.

 

April 15 – Finally, Turkey has come back to Storybook Time! Our favorite master of disguise really wants to win the Easter egg hunt, but animals aren’t allowed to enter. Well, animals aren’t supposed to trick or treat either, but that didn’t stop him from getting candy. We’ll witness his magnificent cosplay in Turkey’s Eggcellent Easter by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.

 

April 22 – Today is Earth Day and Arbor Day is coming up this Friday. We’ll appreciate nature when we read The Searcher and Old Tree by David McPhail. In this story, a raccoon takes refuge in a tree each day when he is done scavenging. Little does he know how the tree protects him while he sleeps.

 

April 29 – We’ll put a coda on April’s Storybook Times when we visit with another silly character. Emily is a very serious girl, so she is vexed when Duck keeps acting silly. Will Emily ever have a change of heart? Anything could happen (and probably will) in Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek and Lee White.

 

Toddler Time – for age two and under

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

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

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up

On Wednesday, April 10 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland.

Publisher’s Summary – The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice. Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war. But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, April 18 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White.

Publisher’s Summary – From the New York Times bestselling authors of The Forgotten Room comes a captivating historical mystery, infused with romance, that links the lives of three women across a century–two deep in the past, one in the present–to the doomed passenger liner, RMS Lusitania.

 

*Special Event:

The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present Jeff Barganier, local author of The Crooked Tree and The Slash Brokers. – Thursday, April 18 at 10 a.m.

Local author Jeff Barganier will discuss his books and his travels.

 

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

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 2: Hopping Frogs Day

Children will enjoy playing leapfrog and hearing the stories The Adventures of the Itty Bitty Frog and The Wide-Mouthed Frog.  Then they will do a coloring page activity.

 

(NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK –April 7-13)

April 9: Community Helper: The Librarian

Special guest presenter, Joyce Brown, retired Librarian, Montgomery Public Schools, will read stories about the library and talk about all librarians do. Then the children will make a craft.

 

April 16: Happy Easter!

Ms. Anita will read the stories Llama, Llama Easter Egg and Clifford’s Easter Surprise, followed by a coloring activity.

 

April 23: Love Your Pets

Children will enjoy the stories The Story of the Little Black Dog and The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, then make a craft.

 

April 30: (Children’s Book Week 4/29-5/5)

Fairytales and Folktales

Children will enjoy singing songs from fairytales. Then Ms. Anita will read Jack and the Beanstalk and The Three Little Pigs. Lastly, the children will role play the stories.

 

 

BOOK BUNCH

Wednesday, April 10 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

In celebration of National Library Week (April 7-13: “Libraries=Strong Communities”) , we will have special guest Dr. John Harrell, Capital Area Adult Literacy Council, who will speak on the topic “Libraries and Adult Literacy”.

All adults are welcome.

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

April Storytime

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

 

April 7-13: National Library Week

Do you love books, reading, and drawing? If so, in celebration of National Library Week, students Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be participating in a Bookmark Design

Contest. We will be using the week to work on our designs.

 

Monday, April 8th: 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm

 

Tuesday, April 9th: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

 

Wednesday, April 10th: 2nd Grade- 1:00 pm

 

Thursday, April 11th: 1st Grade- 1:00 pm

 

Bookmarks will be judged and winners will be announced Friday, April 12. Each grade will have a winner and 2 runner ups. They will be presented with a prize.

 

Ramer Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3pm

 

April 3, 10, 17 & 24

 

Adult Programs

Wednesday, April 10, 11:00- “Montgomery County History” by Dallas Hanbury, Montgomery County Archivist. Celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial by learning more about the county’s history!!

 

Wednesday, April 24, 11:00-Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club will have Author Mike Moody as guest speaker.

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

National Library Week 7-13, 2019

“Libraries = Strong Communities”

 

 

April 2: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf” by Glen Rounds

Synopsis — Here is a true and almost unbelievably exciting retelling of an old tale concerning the adventures of the three little pigs as they try to avoid being eaten by a big bad wolf. The pigs, the houses they each built for themselves, carefully and accurately drawn from life by the inimitable Glen Rounds.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a wolf out of construction paper and Popsicle sticks

 

April 3: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Say Please, Louise: A Cautionary Tale” by Phil Roxbee Cox

Synopsis: — A cautionary tale for children everywhere to warn of the perils of behaving badly and not doing what you’re told.

ACTIVITY: The Students will do a song and dance along with questions from the story

 

April 5: 6th Grade @ 11:45

Hot Six Book Club will meet to discuss “The Young Landlords” by Walter Dean Myers

 

April 8: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM

BOOK: “Bats at the Library” by: Brian Lies

Synopsis: — Another inky evening’s here—the air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game

 

April 10: 6th Grade @ 9:00

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM

Corporal Anderson, Montgomery County Sheriff Department will be here to educate the 6th graders about the D A R E program.

D.A.R.E – Drug Abuse Resistance Education

 

April 11, 2019 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies

Synopsis: — Another inky evening’s here—the air is cool and calm and clear. Can it be true? Oh, can it be? Yes!—Bat Night at the library! Join the free-for-all fun at the public library with these book-loving bats! Shape shadows on walls, frolic in the water fountain, and roam the book-filled halls until it’s time for everyone, young and old, to settle down into the enchantment of story time. Brian Lies’ joyful critters and their nocturnal celebration cast library visits in a new light. Even the youngest of readers will want to join the batty book-fest!

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game

 

April 11: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale” by Daniel Kirk

Synopsis: — Sam the library mouse loves to write, and the children love his little books, which he leaves on the library shelves for them to find.   But no one at the library has ever met him. When Tom can’t find a partner for a book-making assignment and finds Sam’s secret hole behind the children’s reference section, will the pair be able to work together, or will Sam’s secret identity be spoiled forever? A heartwarming tale about collaboration and creative ambitions, this book will enchant any young aspiring author or illustrator.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 16: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Bruce’s Big Move” by Ryan T. Higgins

Synopsis: — After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . . A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce’s next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.

ACTIVITY: The children will make a craft

 

April 17: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “She’ll be coming around the Mountain” by Emily Coplon

Synopsis: — This version of the song “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” depicts a boisterous family celebration

ACTIVITY: Student will do a song and dance

 

April 23: 4th Grade @ 12:15

BOOK: “The Snail and the Whale” by Julia Donaldson

Synopsis — When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It’s a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 24: 5th Grade @ 10:30

BOOK: “Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth” by Oliver Jeffers

Synopsis: — Well, hello. And welcome to this Planet. We call it Earth. Our world can be a bewildering place, especially if you’ve only just got here. Your head will be filled with questions, so let’s explore what makes our planet and how we live on it. From land and sky, to people and time, these notes can be your guide and start you on your journey. And you’ll figure lots of things out for yourself. Just remember to leave notes for everyone else… Some things about our planet are pretty complicated, but things can be simple, too: you’ve just got to be kind.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 24: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Our Library” by Eve Bunting

Synopsis — When Miss Goose announces that the library is going to close forever, Raccoon and his friends spring into action. Where will they get the help they need to save their beloved library? In books, of course! This cheery tale from ever-popular author Eve Bunting shows how important libraries are to every community. Bright, playful illustrations enhance the light treatment of this serious subject, in a story that celebrates the value of books in everyone’s lives.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 25: 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Light and Color: Discover Science Through Facts and Fun” by Gerry Bailey

Synopsis — Presents an introduction to light and color, discussing how different kinds of light work and how color affects everything.

ACTIVITY: Students will experiment with Milk making Rainbows

 

April 25: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis — If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he’ll ask for a glass of milk. He’ll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn’t have a milk mustache, and then he’ll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim….

ACTIVITY: Students will make a mouse out of construction paper and a brown lunch bag

 

April 30: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Mr. Wiggle Loves to Read” by Carol Thompson

Synopsis: — Mr. Wiggle is a sweet inchworm who loves books! In this story, Mr. Wiggle explores the distinction between fiction and nonfiction books. Young readers can follow along with Mr. Wiggle as he teaches about the different genres that fall into these two categories of books. Readers will also learn where they can be found in the library.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 3

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

Synopsis: A family may have to get rid of their new pet, a cute puppy that eats everything in sight, including toys, bowls, and porches.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

April 10

Celebrating National Library Week with a Scavenger Hunt!!!

Find all the pictures on the sheet and return it for a small prize from the Treasure Chest

 

April 17

Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen

Synopsis: 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.

Bring Your Baskets For The Easter Egg Hunt!!!

 

April 24

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Synopsis: A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler’s caps while he takes a nap under a tree

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

Young Adult Programs

 

Paper Flowers

When: Thursday, April 4 @ 4pm

Description: Celebrate Spring by crafting easy to make but lovely paper flowers to brighten up your home.

 

Community Service and Servant Leadership

When: Thursday, April 11 @ 4pm

Description: Ann Cooper and Zachary Beasley from the River Region United Way will talk to young adults about ways they can work to build strong communities through volunteering and servant leadership. Come learn more about community service, how to get involved, and why it matters.

 

Galaxy Gems

When: Thursday, April 18 @ 4pm

Description: Craft your very own galaxy gemstone using nail polish then set into jewelry.

 

DIY Bath Bombs

When: Thursday, April 25 @ 4pm

Description: Learn how to make your very own bath bombs using a few simple ingredients. Customize your bomb with different colors, glitter and scents.

 

Rufus Lewis Adult Programming

After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, April 1 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Becoming, Michelle Obama

Description: An intimate, powerful, and inspiring memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. ~Editor

 

Yoga @ the Library             

Tuesday, April 9, 23, 30 @ 6:00 p.m.

Description: This course is an introduction to the ancient practice of Yoga. Through a series of gentle Yoga Poses, participants will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.  Comfortable, form-fitting, but stretchy clothing is recommended.  Participants of all levels of health, mobility, and flexibility are encouraged to attend as Yoga Poses can be adapted for comfort.

Presenter: Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

 

Computer Class

Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Library Staff, Instructors

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

 

Scrapbooking

Thursday, April 4, 11, 18, 25 @ 12 Noon

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.

 

Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, February 2, 9 16, 23 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Description: Learn to play Chess. All ages and levels of players are welcome.

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM:

Managing Someone Else’s Money

Tuesday, April 9 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: If you are responsible for managing money or property for a loved one or someone who is unable to pay bills or to make financial decisions, this seminar is for you.

Students, along with Professor John Craft, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, will be available to discuss the following:

  1. Power of Attorney
  2. Court appointed guardian
  3. Trustee
  4. Government fiduciaries (Social Security representative payees and VA fiduciaries)

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

 

Story Time

Thursdays 2 10:00 a.m.

 

April 4: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

We will look at our digital collections to help build literacy. Smartphones, tablets, and computers will work with Tumblebooks, Tumblebooks Math, and Bookflix.

Craft – Puppy

 

April 11:   We love silly stories!

Celebrating National Library Week

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

Synopsis: A little chick shows he can make the sounds of animals in his neighborhood.

The Troublesome Pig by Priscilla Lamont

Synopsis: An old woman does a lot of pleading with a variety of creatures before she gets her pig over the stile so they can get home that night.

Craft – Pig craft

 

April 18:   Easter is near!

Max’s Easter Surprise by Rosemary Wells

Synopsis: Max can’t wait for the Easter parade so he decides to have one at home.

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

Synopsis: Two siblings witness the nighttime arrival of the Easter Bunny.

Craft – Easter Bunny craft

 

April 25   It’s fun to make-believe!

It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle

Synopsis: A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

Synopsis: Bernadette helps Paul imagine all the things he can see outside of his fish tank.

Craft – Fish 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

 

Color Coders

April 2 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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

 

Beginning Sign Language

April 10, 17, 24, and May 1 @ 4:00 p.m.

Come learn how to sign your ABC’s and basic sign language during this four-week course. Registration is required. This program is for elementary age children.

 

Homework Assistance

April 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30 @ 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

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

April 9 and 23 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

On April 9, we will be celebrating National Library Week by designing the libraries of the future. A first and second place prize will be presented to the two best designs.

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

Registration is required.

 

Tinkering Table

April 16 @ 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Peeps and STEM: we will investigate science and engineering using Peeps.

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brainpower. Simply read to your child, birth through kindergarten, every day with the goal of having read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten.  You will keep track of each book read, and your child will receive a reward after every 100 books read.  Find out more about this new program at the Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Senior Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve an appointment.

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 271-7005) for a maximum of 1 hour. The type of training will depend on your needs.  Tell us what you want to learn!  Training includes basic computer skills, some Microsoft Office programs, email, eBooks, help with the mouse, or any of our digital catalogs.

 

Crochet Class

April 4 and 18 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Come learn how to crochet, and share what you have been making.

 

Coliseum Adult Program

National Library Week

April 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Wesley Hill, Montgomery author, will be presenting her book, Altered Plans. She will be available after the program for a meet and greet and book signing.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

April 11 @ 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating National Library Week

Today we will be discussing The Lilac Girls by Martha Kelly.

Summary:  This is historical fiction of three women during WWII who find their lives forever changed during this tumultuous period.  Then, we will receive our book for May titled, The Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah.  This is the story of a former POW and his family who decide to move to Alaska.  Here they find themselves in a home covered in snow and having 18 hours of nighttime which causes the POW’s fragile state deteriorates, and his family begins to fracture.  They are now on their own.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

April 25 @ 3:00 p.m.

“Celine” by Peter Heller

Summary:  From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter, a luminous, masterful novel of suspense–the story of Celine, an elegant, aristocratic private eye who specializes in reuniting families, trying to make amends for a loss in her own past. Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up. Gabriela’s father was a photographer who went missing on the border of Montana and Wyoming. He was assumed to have died from a grizzly mauling, but his body was never found. Now, as Celine and her partner head to Yellowstone National Park, investigating a trail gone cold, it becomes clear that they are being followed–that this is a case someone desperately wants to keep closed. Combining the exquisite plotting and gorgeous evocation of nature that have become his hallmark, with a wildly-engrossing story of family, privilege, and childhood loss, Peter Heller gives us his finest work to date.   www.goodreads.com/book/show/30687236-celine?from_search=true

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

Story Times are each Thursday at 10:30 a.m.

 

 

April 4th

April Showers Bring May Flowers 

We will read ​Splat the Cat: Oopsie-Daisy by Rob Scotton. When Seymour finds a seed, Splat decides it’s time to take up gardening. But when his plant finally blooms, will it be as amazing as Splat hoped? We will also read When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes and illustrated by Laura Dronzek. Before spring comes, the trees are dark sticks, the grass is brown, and the ground is covered in snow. But if you wait, leaves unfurl and flowers blossom, the grass turns green, and the mounds of snow shrink and shrink. Watch the world transform when spring comes! We will have a craft.

 

April 11th 

Easter

We will read ​The Easter Egg by Jan Brett. ​If Hoppi can make the best Easter egg, he will get to help the Easter Rabbit with his deliveries on Easter morning. But it is not so easy. Discouraged, he goes into the woods to think when a blue robin’s egg tumbles out of its nest. ​We will also read The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Kathy Couri.​”Twas the night before Easter, just before dawn, Not a creature was stirring out on the lawn.” The Easter bunny takes center stage in this delightful spin on a beloved poem that will send families hopping to the bookstore for an Easter treat sweeter than any sugar plum!​ We will have a craft.

 

April 18th 

Movie Day!

We will watch Spring into adventure with Dora the Explorer!

We will watch Egg Hunt.  It’s a great day for and egg Hunt with Dora and Boots!  Dora and Boots need your help to find the Big Yellow Egg with a prize inside.  Be on the lookout for other surprise filled eggs and Swiper the Fox!  We will have an activity.

 

April 25th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.  Follow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats through a warmed and very large quantity of food.  We will watch a video; have a felt board and coloring activity.

 

 

Young Adult Department

 

April 2 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet in order to continue our fantasy adventure!

 

April 4 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

The Anime & Manga Club will meet once again after school for fun, friends, and all

things anime!

 

April 16 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

 

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet in the auditorium for fantastic fun and creative adventures made by the teens!

 

April 18 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

The anime Club will meet in the auditorium once more to continue watching anime. In addition, we will begin talks regarding a Manga Club.

 

April 24 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas: Book Talk with YA

The Young Adult Department will host a book talk about Angie Thomas’ newest release,

On The Come Up. Join us as we discuss topics such as racism, poverty, and hip-hop. Her newest book will soon become a movie, similar to her previous best-selling book, The Hate U Give.

 

April 30 @ 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons & Dragons Club will meet one more time to continue our adventure.

 

 

Cover to Cover Book Club

April 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate

Summary:  Hope Springs is the epitome of small-town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where not a lot changes . . . until now.

Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened. Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small-town living affect her big ministry dreams?  Stephanie London is married to a doctor in St. Louis and living an ideal life. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.  As these women come together, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God’s plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined. ~ Review from Amazon.com

 

Computer Classes for the Month of April 2019

 

Tuesday Adult Classes

Tuesday adult classes are held on the first, second, and third Tuesdays of the month at 10:00 a.m.

 

April 2 – Ace the Interview and Get the Job

Research, practice, and preparation are essential for interview success. This program will help your clients or students master these important steps and know what to expect in different types of interviews. Viewers will learn how to make a great first impression and convince employers they are the right person to hire.

 

 

April 9 – MS Excel-Part 1: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

Discover how to modify column, rows, and format cells. Practice the different ways to duplicate, move, and edit data.

 

April 16 – MS Excel-Part 2: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics

Learn how to format text and numbers in cells and learn the worksheet basics (setting print area, inserting headers/footers, page margins, etc.

 

April 23 – MS Excel-Part 3: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

Let Excel do the math for you! Practice creating and applying formulas to your worksheets and learn how Excel functions work.

 

Saturday Children’s Classes

The first Saturday of every month is for 1st-4th Grades 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM and 5th-8th Grades 11:00 AM- 12:30 PM

 

April 6 – MS Excel 2016

Students will learn how to create a simple budget with borders, clip art and word art.

 

Saturday Adult Classes

Saturday adult classes are held on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

 

April 13 – Excel: Parts 1 & 2

Learn how to enter and edit data, change the appearance of your worksheets, and create calculations and charts based on your data.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @10:00 a.m.

 

Frog

April 4

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

You see the tadpoles wriggling in the small, small pond. The minnows are scattering in the small, small pond.  What other things do you see in the small, small pond?

Oh No! by Bronwen Scarffe

“There is a hole in my umbrella and rain is coming through. Oh No!”  The little girl is finding holes in her beach ball, sweater, and her favorite hat.  What do you do when you find a hole in something that is your favorite thing?

(This is our signing book for the month.)

 

Fairy Tales

April 11

Duck and Hen by Joy Cowley

Duck and Hen are the best of friends and do everything together. When it comes to eating, Duck does not have claws like Hens to claw the earth. But then Hens does not have webbed feet for swimming like Duck does.  Can you do mostly everything your best friend does?

 

Easter

April 18

Bunny, Bunny by Kirsten Hall

Bunny, bunny is soft and furry and having a great day. He becomes sleepy at the end of the day.  Do you get sleepy after a busy day?

 

Arbor Day

April 25

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

A tree is nice for many reasons. It gives us shade and shelter is sometimes built from its lumber. It helps the cats get away from the dogs that are chasing them.  What other things can make a tree nice?

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 5

Frog

Frog and Friends Outdoor Surprises by Eve Bunting

Synopsis: Frog and Raccoon were discussing singing at a concert.  Raccoon thought that it was a great idea.  Frog did too, that is, until he lost his voice.  How do you think Frog felt about not being able to sing at the concert?

Ten Tiny Tadpoles by Debbie Tarbett

Synopsis: There were ten tiny tadpoles until one went chasing dragonflies.  Then there were nine tadpoles left.  Do you know how to count backwards beginning with ten?

Activity: Frog Art

 

April 12

Fairy Tale

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

Synopsis: Little Red Hen found some seeds and asked her three friends to help her plant them. They all told her they would not help her.  What happened when the bread was ready to eat?

Root-A-Toot-Toot!  by Bernice Myers

Synopsis: Bear finds a trumpet and his friends tell him that he is too loud. Skunk finds a trombone and his friends tell him that he is too loud.  What happens as they meet at the lake with their instruments?

Activity: Little Red Hen Craf

 

April 19

Easter

Peter Cottontail’s Easter Egg Hunt by Joseph R. Ritchie

Synopsis: Peter gets out of bed and there is lots of baking candy in the kitchen. By noon he is hiding the eggs for all the children to find.  Did you see where Peter and his friends hid the eggs?

Easter Eggs-Travaganza by Jenne Simon

Synopsis: Cotton and her friends created eggs and hats that represent their personality. They hid the eggs and had an egg hunt.  Do you like to decorate Easter Eggs and find them?

Activity: Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

April 26

National Arbor Day

The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein

Synopsis: The boy loves playing on the tree and the tree loves the boy. The tree gives until she has nothing left but a stump.  The boy is now an old man and all that he needs is a stump.  What does your favorite tree give to you?

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Synopsis: Liam was a little boy who group in a big city that didn’t have any gardens. One day he visited the old deserted railroad tracks and discovered that colorful plants and trees were beginning to bloom.  Liam took it upon himself to learn how to garden.  What do you think happened next?

Activity: Tree Art

 

Bunny Stories

Saturday, April 6 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

Synopsis: Trixie went on a trip with her parents to visit her Grandparents in Holland. Trixie brought along her friend Knuffle Bunny, but somewhere along the way she lost him.  When she gets back on the plane with her folks to return home she finds him.  There is a baby in the seat behind her that is crying.  What do you think she does with her bunny?

The Velveteen Rabbit based on the story by Margery Williams

Synopsis: There once was a toy bunny with a beautiful velveteen coat.  His boy became very sick but the bunny stayed by his side.  Once the boy was well the nurse was told to burn anything that the boy touched.  How would you feel if you had to give up your favorite toy?

Activity: Bunny coloring sheets

 

Other Happenings @ Lowder in April

It’s that time of year again—National Library Week will be April 7-13, 2019 and Lowder Regional Library has planned a whole lot of fun! And of course the Librarians will be dressing up and doing their usual shenanigans!

 

Monday, April 8:

Movie Monday All Day—Families connect with the community by watching movies together.

Blue Monday—Dress up in the color blue.

Tuesday, April 9:

Help Me! Computer Class—Adults connect by seeing what the library has to offer at the Library using our databases.

Silly Hat Day— Wear a silly hat and vote on which librarian’s hat is the silliest.

Wednesday, April 10:

Gamer’s Club– Families spend time playing video and board games as a community At your library. – 4:00PM-5:00PM

Dress up as your favorite game character. Examples: Princess Toadstool, Tomatohead, etc.…

Thursday, April 11:

Lap Sit from 10AM-11AM—Age 0-2 year olds with their Mother or Father join as a community to meet other 0-2 year olds in our area.

Make Your Space– Young Adults learn about Earth Erosion as a community at your library. ADEM (Alabama Department of Environmental Management) will be here to how Earth Erosion works.  4:30PM-5:30PM

Dress up in Earth colors or tones to celebrate Earth Day.

Friday, April 12:

Story Time  10AM Children of the community come hear a fairy tale .

D.E.A.R. Time (Drop Everything and Read) – beginning at 2PM in

Main Area— Librarians or someone else from the community will read their favorite, excerpt from a book, poetry, etc.….

Dress up as your favorite fairy tale character.

Saturday, April 13:

Friends and Family Chess Club—Come learn as a community how to play chess.–10AM–12:45PM

Dress up in your favorite College Team colors or shirts.

 

Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30PM to 5:30PM in the Meeting Room to discover and create. Make “Your” Space is a S.T.E.A.M. program for Young Adults.  We will be focusing on making things and learning how it works through science, engineering, art, and math.  People of all ages are invited to participate or observe; however, children under 14 must have an adult present to assist them with their projects.  On Thursday, April 11 at 4:30PM we will be welcoming the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.  They will be talking about soil erosion.

 

Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be April 6th. April Showers may bring May Flowers but Miss Mary is celebrating Bunnies!

 

The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM.  In April the Ladies will read Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, April 25.

Summary:  Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.  It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library…

~~Amazon.com~~

 

In May the Ladies will read Mother’s Day Murder: a Lucy Stone Mystery by Leslie Meier.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, May 23, 2019.

Summary: Two of her four kids may be out of the nest, but Lucy Stone knows only too well that mothering is a lifetime commitment. At least she gets to kick back and enjoy a fancy Mother’s Day brunch with her brood–that is, before the festivities are interrupted by a nasty scene courtesy of Barbara Hume and Tina Nowak. Opposites in every way, the only thing these mean moms have in common is the need to best each other at every turn, using their teenage daughters as pawns in elaborate games of one-upsmanship  Even after witnessing the women’s claw sharpening rituals, Lucy never expects to see actual blood spilled–until Tina is shot dead on the public tennis court. Now Lucy is determined to unravel the close-knit knot of suspects. But when the threads threaten to entangle one of her own, Lucy will come face-to-face with a killer who has a thing or two to learn about motherly love. . .

~~Amazon.com~~

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

 

The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, April 18 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Velveteen Rabbit by Margaret Williams Bianco.

Summary: The Rabbit in the stocking isn’t as expensive as the other toys: he’s covered in velveteen. On Christmas Day, the Boy enjoys his new toy but then quickly forgets and neglects him. Shunned and unsure, the Velveteen Rabbit questions his worth. Should he even be called a real toy? An answer comes from his friend, the Skin Horse: “Real isn’t how you are made. . . .It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.” The Velveteen Rabbit’s journey through love and loneliness to become who he was really meant to be is a story that inspires us all on our own journey to Real. The Velveteen Rabbit is a timeless tale of friendship, love, acceptance and honesty. When the world seems uncertain, Margery Williams’s classic story reminds all of us what really matters.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

Summary: A classic coming of age story, “Jane Eyre” is the tale of its title character, a poor orphaned girl who comes to live with her aunt at Gateshead Hall. While there she endures great emotional and physical abuse at the hands of her aunt and cousins. Jane subsequently ships off to Lowood, a Christian boarding school for poor and orphaned girls. The conditions at the school are quite brutal. The students are subjected to cold lodgings, poor food, inadequate clothing, and the harsh rule of the administrator, Mr. Brocklehurst. The maltreatment of the students is eventually discovered and after some changes life becomes more bearable. She eventually finishes her coursework and spends a period of time as a teacher at the school. After leaving Lowood she gains a position as a governess at Thornfield Hall working for Edward Rochester, a man whom she will eventually fall in love with. “Jane Eyre” is the story of one woman’s struggle to overcome adversity. The novel was revolutionary in its day for its examination of the internal conflict of its protagonist and for the way in which it addressed the themes of class, sexuality, and religion in the mid-19th century.   ~~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.

 

On the third Saturday of each month, Saturday, April 20th, from 930AM to 1230PM we will be offering a Scholarship Seminar for students in Grades 8-12.  Eighth grade is not too young to be thinking about how to pay for college.  Everyone should bring a folder to hold their handouts and be prepared to take notes.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

 

Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 4PM.

 

Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. 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, April 17th, 2019!

 

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 first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.

 

Homework Help at Lowder will end Wednesday, April 24th, 2019. Please remember that we must have textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.

 

Join us for Lap Sit Time!  It is for ages 0 to 2 years old every Thursday 10AM to 11AM for a Librarian led Lap Sit time.  From 10AM – 10:15AM the Librarians will read board books, nursery rhymes, and teach baby sign language.  From 10:15AM – 11AM the parent/caregiver may choose to stay, play and read to their child/children. There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time starts at 10AM on Friday mornings.  All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft or activity.

 

Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for 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’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, April 24th!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  We will present FaceBook on Tuesday, April 23rd.

 

Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare?  Are you confused about Medicare?  You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, April 3rd from 1PM to 2PM in the Meeting

MCCPL Announces February Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

February 2019

 

Bertha Williams Library

 

Adult Program

 

***Black Business, Present and Past

Wednesday, February 6 @ 3pm

Description: Gumptown Magazine and MCCPL will give a brief presentation on the historical importance of black owned businesses. Then we will open up discussion to panel guests who own and operate local black businesses about their current work and impact on black communities and any challenges and successes they have. Contact us to see what businesses are included, or if you would be interested in being added to the panel (availability may be limited).

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday, February 7 and 21 @ 3pm

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.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday, February 13 @ 11:00am

Title: The Darkest Child

Author: Delores Phillips

Description: Pakersfield, Georgia, 1958: Thirteen-year-old Tangy Mae Quinn is the sixth of ten fatherless siblings. She is the darkest-skinned among them and therefore the ugliest in her mother, Rozelle’s, estimation, but she’s also the brightest. Rozelle—beautiful, charismatic, and light-skinned—exercises a violent hold over her children. Fearing abandonment, she pulls them from school at the age of twelve and sends them to earn their keep for the household, whether in domestic service, in the fields, or at “the farmhouse” on the edge of town, where Rozelle beds local men for money.  But Tangy Mae has been selected to be part of the first integrated class at a nearby white high school. She has a chance to change her life, but can she break from Rozelle’s grasp without ruinous—even fatal—consequences? ~Dust jacket

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday, February 27 @ 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.

Meet and Greet session

No title this month. We’re just getting together to plan for the year and talk about what we’d like to read for the next few months. So if you’ve been shy about joining us because you haven’t read the comic, bring coloring supplies and come chat with us.

 

 

 

Genealogy Sessions

Every Friday (except holidays)

February 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 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. Contact 334-240-4979 or acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday, February 15 @ 3:00pm

Joins us for a mid afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk with friends or make new ones. Movies will be PG-13 rating or lower, but parents are responsible for researching movie before allowing children to view. Call to ask what movie we’re showing or to suggest a title.

 

**Rosa Parks Bus Tour

Monday, February 4 @ 9am-5pm

Description: See a replica of the bus that was in use during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

 

Children’s Programs

Story Time!

Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am (Except holidays)

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

 

February 4

Children will have the opportunity to see and enter the Rosa Parks bus. A short video will be played about her role in the bus boycott.

 

February 5

The animals must learn The Name of The Tree (Lottridge) so they can eat its delicious fruit, but who will be able to remember it? There’s a Giraffe in My Soup (Burach), this is not delicious, what should we do?!

 

February 11 and 12

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears? (Aardema) Could it be because he’s been telling fibs? Grumpalump (Hayes) grumps, but what is it?

 

February 19

The Leopard’s Drum (Souhami) is the biggest drum, the best drum, but the Sky god wants it, and Leopard says noooo. What! Cried Granny (Lum) When she learns her grandson doesn’t have everything he needs to stay over for the first time.

 

February 25 and 26

Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock (Kimmel) is a tricky tale where the trickster gets tricked. The Wide Mouthed Frog (Faulkner) escapes, but narrowly after being too curious.

 

***Heroes Like Me Competition (open to pre-K through 12)

We need heroes who look like everyone, including you! Too often we see heroes who don’t look like us, whether we’re a different body shape or have different abilities or a different color. Show us what you would look like as a hero. Prizes will be awarded by grade level. 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! Contest is open to pre-k through 12. Submissions must be flat for our scanner to accommodate the artwork. No glitter please!

 

Entry forms will be available until end of day February 22, last day to accept entries will be February 26th. We will judge on February 28th and award prizes in March.

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library’s

 

*Special Event:

The Alabama Department of Archives and History presents Major Leaders and Events from the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama

Wednesday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m.

In observance of Black History Month, the Alabama Department of Archives and History will present a program about leaders and events from the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. The program is intended for students and their grown-ups. We are extending a special invitation to home-schooling families.

 

Storybook Time – for age three and up

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read one or two picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

 

February 4 – February is here and with it comes Valentine’s Day. You know what that means – candy everywhere! Everybody loves a sweet treat, including Badger. Every day, Honeyguide helps Badger find honey for the two of them to share, until one day when Badger decides to be greedy. We’ll see if Badger learns his lesson in Honey…Honey…Lion! by Jan Brett.

 

February 11 – It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Little Duck is so excited that she decorates the barn for the animals’ party. However, her enthusiasm has drawn some unwanted attention from Little Fox, who may not be welcomed by the other animals. We’ll see if disaster is averted when we read Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

 

February 18 – There will be no Storybook Time today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

 

February 25 – International Polar Bear Day is coming up this Wednesday. To prepare for the day, we’ll read Pup and Bear by Kate Banks and Naoko Stoop. It is a sweet story about what happens when a wolf cub becomes lost and is taken in by a loving polar bear.

 

Toddler Time – for age two and under

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

February 6

February 13

February 20

February 27

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 13 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Publisher’s Summary – Liam has always felt a bit like he’s stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he’s a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he’s about thirty. Sometimes it’s not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it’s just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It’s not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again–only this time he’s 239,000 miles from home.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, February 21 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Flight Patterns by Karen White.

Publisher’s Summary – Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china-especially Limoges-requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit. It has been ten years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace in seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing-and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life-mistakes and all-she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep.

 

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

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library Programs

 

Toddler Time

Mondays @ 10:00am

For Children 2 and Under

 

February 4: Let’s go got a walk and meet some animals in I Went Walking by Sue Williams.

February 11: We’re going on a trip on a very colorful Freight Train by Donald Crews.

February 18: NO TODDLER TIME. LIBRARY CLOSED.

February 25: Things get wild when Hippos Go Berserk (by Sandra Boynton).

 

Story Time

Tuesdays @ 10:30am

For Children 3 and Up

February 5: Story time is about an important historical movement that happened in Alabama. We’ll read We March by Shane W. Evans

Activity: Process Art

 

February 12: There’s only one chicken the Chicken Catching Queen of Lamar County (by Janice N. Harrington) can’t catch, and she’s determined to catch her. Join us for the exciting chase and find out will Miss Hen get caught?

Activity: Chicken Craft

 

February 19: A lot of things can happen when you go on a walk. We’ll read I Went Walking by Sue Williams and practice our story telling and coding skills.

Activity: Story Telling/Coding

 

February 26: Annabelle has got a lot of Extra Yarn (by Marc Barnett). How much extra yarn does she have?

Activity: Free Play

 

Get STEAM’ed

Grades 1st and Up

Thursday, February 28th @ 3:30pm

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

 

For this special session of Get STEAM’ed, join us in celebrating African American scientists by discussing some of their greatest inventions and discoveries. We’ll also recreate an invention.

 

 

Ramer Library

February Storytime

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

 

Monday, February 4: 3rd Grade- 1:00 pm

Tar Beach by Faith Ringold

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 5: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

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 6: 2nd Grade- 1:00 pm

Mad Lib Story Sheet

I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer

A biography of Rosa Parks. We will do a Rosa Park’s craft.

 

Thursday, February 7: 1st Grade- 1:00 pm

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.

 

Ramer Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3:00 pm

February 6, 13, 20, 27

 

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, February 13@ 11:00: “Historical Black Schools & Cemeteries” by the Alabama Historical Commission. Learn about these institutions and the role they played in Alabama history.

 

Wednesday February 27 @ 11:00: Ramer Readin’ Right– “The Rooster Bar” by John Grisham. Third year law students get caught up in a mystery!

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 am

 

February 5:   Chinese New Year: It’s the Year of the Pig!

Children will be delighted to hear the stories Happy Pig Day! and When You Give a Pig a Party, then make a craft.

 

February 12: Happy Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

Ms. Anita will read the stories Long, Tall Lincoln and A Picture Book of Abraham Lincoln, followed by a coloring page activity.

 

February 19: Celebrate Black History

Special guest Joyce P. Brown, MPS retired librarian, will present a Black History program and assist the children with an activity.

 

February 26: Children’s Dental Health Day

Dental hygienist (TBA) will present a program on tooth care and visiting the dentist, then hand out goody bags to each child.

 

Book Bunch

February 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

Book Bunch Book Club members will discuss the biography Condoleeza Rice: An American Life, written by Elisabeth Bumille

Book Jacket Summary: Condoleeza Rice, one of the most powerful and controversial women in the world, has until now remained a mystery behind an elegant, cool veneer.

In this stunning new biography, New York Times reporter Elisabeth Bumiller peels back the layers and presents a revelatory portrait of the first black female secretary of state and President George W. Bush’s national security advisor on September 11, 2001.the book relates in more intimate detail than ever before the personal voyage of a young black woman out of the segregated American South and also tells the sweeping story of a tumultuous half-century in America’s history. In the book, we see Rice’s Alabama childhood under Bull Connor’s reign of terror in “Bomingham”, the name given to Birmingham when it was the central battleground of the civil rights movement; her education in foreign policy under Josef Korbel, a charismatic Czech intellectual who also happened to be the father of Madeleine Albright, the only other female secretary of state in U.S. history: and Rice’s confrontations with minorities and women while she was provost at Stanford  University in the 1990’s.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

Black History Month/Happy Valentine’s Day

 

 

Tuesday, February 5: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “Henry and the Valentine Surprise” by Nancy Carlson

Synopsis: — Just before Valentine’s Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart-shaped box on their teacher Mr. McCarthy’s desk. Who’s it for? As the students spy on Mr. McCarthy, they see him talking to the playground monitor, smiling at the lunch lady, and eating with the French teacher! How many girlfriends does Mr. McCarthy have? When Henry finally asks Mr. McCarthy just who that heart-shaped box is for the class gets a big surprise!

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Valentine’s craft

 

Wednesday, February 6: Kindergarten @

BOOK: “Happy Valentine’s Day” by Robert Scull

Synopsis: —- Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Little Bill is busily making cards for all the people he loves in his life, including his teacher and Baby Jamal.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Valentine’s craft

 

Thursday, February 7: 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Happy Valentine’s Day Delores” by Barbara Samuels

Synopsis: —- Time and time again Dolores has been told to keep out of her big sister Faye’s room. But when Dolores sees Faye hiding a mysterious heart-shaped box, she can’t resist sneaking in and taking a peek. Join the irrepressible Dolores and her long-suffering cat, Duncan, in this hilarious escapade as Dolores pushes the limits of sisterly love and learns that, in matters of the heart, it’s important to give, as well as take.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Valentine’s craft

 

Thursday, February 7: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane deGroat

Synopsis: —- Gilbert is all set to write fifteen friendly valentine cards to his classmates.

But how can he write a nice poem for the boy who tweaked his nose, or the girl who made fun of his glasses? Instead, Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines…and signs the wrong name on both! When his classmates read his poems, their feelings are hurt, and Gilbert’s prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But with the help of a friend and an honest apology, there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a Valentine’s craft

 

Tuesday, February 19: Pre-K @ 11:10

BOOK: “The Wide Mouthed Frog” by Keith Faulkner

Synopsis: —- From the Okefenokee Swamp comes a frog with a wide mouth that he just loves to use. He’s particularly interested in the eating habits of other creatures found in the great outdoors–that is, of course, until he comes upon a big green one with lots of teeth who finds wide-mouthed frogs simply delicious.

ACTIVITY: Make frogs out of construction paper and paper plates

 

Monday, February 25: 6th Grade @ 9:30

Black History Speaks

Black History Program

Pintlala Elementary School 6th Graders

 

Tuesday, February 26: 4th Grade @ 12:15

BOOK: “TrueFlix Biographies Harriet Tubman” by Robin S. Doak

Synopsis: —- After escaping from slavery when she was a young woman, Harriet Tubman devoted herself to helping others do the same. Readers will discover how Tubman became the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, rescuing her family members and dozens of others from plantations in the south and helping them reach safety in the north.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft project

 

Wednesday, February 27: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna” by Douglas Rees

Synopsis: —- Tyrannosaurus Rex wants breakfast. He stomps and he roars and he gnashes his teeth—and he scares all the other dinosaurs right out of the forest.  Only Edna, the very first chicken, is unafraid. She won’t let that bully T. Rex push her around! But will Edna’s mighty beak and terrible flapping wings be a match for T. Rex’s mighty claws and terrible jaws? This hilarious tale of bravery will have readers clucking in triumph!

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft project

 

Thursday, February 28: 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Pop: The Invention of Bubble Gum” by Megan McCarthy

Synopsis:—- Gum. It’s been around for centuries—from the ancient Greeks to the American Indians, everyone’s chewed it. But the best kind of gum—bubble gum!—wasn’t invented until 1928, when an enterprising young accountant at Fleer Gum and Candy used his spare time to experiment with different recipes.

ACTIVITY: Word find with words from the story

 

Thursday, February 28: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Light and Color: Discover Science Through Facts and Fun” by Gerry Bailey

Synopsis —- Presents an introduction to light and color, discussing how different kinds of light work and how color affects everything.

ACTIVITY: Students will experiment with Milk making Rainbows

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 6 (Pancake Day!)

Mr. Wolfe’s Pancake by Jan Fearnley

Mr. Wolf asks some of his neighbors to help him make pancakes, and even though they all rudely refuse, when the pancakes are done they expect to share the feast.

We will celebrate by having mini pancakes!

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

February 13

Click Clack Moo: I Love You! by Dorin Cronin

Little Duck is working hard making valentines for everyone and decorating for the Valentine’s Day dance, but what happens when an unexpected guest arrives?

Activity: Valentine Craft

 

 

February 20

Celebrating Garrett A. Morgan

Making Traffic Light Snacks

 

February 27

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

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

Activity: Coloring Sheet

Young Adult Programs

Thursdays @ 4pm

 

February 7

Candy Bouquets

Craft a tasty and beautiful candy bouquet for your special someone.

 

February 14

Love Stinks! An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party

Got dumped? Tired of hearts, flowers, and sappy love songs? Then come attend our anti-Valentine’s Day party! Make rude conversation hearts, craft black duct tape roses to give to someone you don’t love, and stir up a fizzy Valentine potion just for you.

 

Black History Month Programs

 

February 21 @ 4pm

The Art of Alma Thomas

Description: Alma Thomas is an African American Expressionist painter best known for her colorful abstract paintings. Her signature style consisted of board, mosaic-like patches of vibrant color in circles and stripes. Come explore the beauty and exuberance of her art by creating your own watercolor painting in her groundbreaking style.

 

Thursday, February 28 @ 4 pm

Celebrating Annie Malone

Description: Madam C. J. Walker is often credited as the first African American millionaire; however that honor actually belongs to Annie Malone, the woman who trained her. Come learn fun facts about her and her creations.

 

Adult Programming

 

Income Tax Prep

Friday, February 1, 8, 15, 22 @ 10:00 A.M. – 5:45 P.M.

Monday, February 4, 11, 25 @ 11:00 A.M. – 8:45 P.M.

Description: High-quality, free income tax preparation services to members of the Montgomery community.

Preparers: SaveFirst (Impact America – AL)

 

Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, February 2, 9 16, 23 10:00 A.M. – 12:30

Description: Learn to play Chess. All ages and levels of players are welcome.

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club

 

After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, February 4 @ 6 P.M.

Title: The Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story

Author: Smith, Kemba

Description: “In this long-awaited memoir, Kemba Smith shares her dramatic story, as it has never been told. Poster Child: The Kemba Smith Story chronicles how she went from college student to drug dealer’s girlfriend to domestic violence victim to federal prisoner.  Kemba shares her story of how making poor choices blinded by love and devotion can have long-term consequences.

 

Yoga @ the Library 6:00 P.M.                               

Tuesday, February 12, 26

Description: This course is an introduction to the ancient practice of Yoga. Through a series of gentle Yoga Poses, participants will experience a sense of well-being and relaxation.  Comfortable, form-fitting, but stretchy clothing is recommended.  Participants of all levels of health, mobility, and flexibility are encouraged to attend as Yoga Poses can be adapted for comfort.

Presenter: Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

 

Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

Thursday, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Library Staff, Instructors

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

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, February 7, 14, 21, 28

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories of your memories through the art of scrapbooking using words, paper, glue, photos, etc. Attendees are encouraged to provide material for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334)240-4848 for a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

 

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10am

 

February 7   We can learn to get along with each other!

Widget by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

Synopsis: A small stray dog is accepted into a household full of cats by learning to “fit in,” but when his owner is hurt, he shows that being a dog is not all bad.

Yes We Can by Sam McBratney

Synopsis: Roo and his friends learn they each can do something well.

Craft – Kangaroo craft

 

February 14   Happy Valentine’s Day

Click, Clack, Moo, I Love You! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

Synopsis: Farmer Brown helps get the farm ready for the animal’s Valentine’s Day party.

Freckles and Willie by Margery Cuyler

Synopsis: Freckles the dog is Willie’s best friend until a little girl who doesn’t like dogs moves in across the street.

Craft – Valentine’s Day craft

 

February 21 I love being with you!

Just You and Me by Sam McBratney

Synopsis: As a storm approaches, Little Goosey and Big Gander Goose join other animals in searching for a place to hide.

You’re All My Favorites by Sam McBratney

Synopsis: The three baby bears learn that mother and father bear loves each of their children equally but in different ways.

Craft – Duck craft

 

February 28 Fortunately, we are all individuals

A World Full of Monsters by John Troy McQueen

Synopsis: A little boy explains away the noises of the night by telling himself a story about a world full of friendly monsters.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith

A bird was walking down a street and sees a donkey that was wonky.

Craft – Donkey 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

 

Color Coders

Tuesday, February 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm (Note new time)

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

 

Homework Assistance

Tuesday, February 5, 12, 19, and 26 @ 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

Tuesday, February 12 and 26 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

(PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME)

Come, join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

Registration is required.

 

Tinkering Table

Tuesday, February 19 @ 3:30pm (Please note new time)

STEAM and more this month we will make Snowmen and then….destroy them. We will use our science and math for this activity. Come and find out what ingredients we will use to make our snowmen and what element we will use to destroy them.

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brainpower.

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.

 

African American History Challenge

African American History Month

January and February

Come and view our African American history bulletin board and see if you can identify all the people who were involved in the Bus Boycott struggle. If you are unable to name each person, visit our Art Gallery so you may find answers to help you identify each person.

 

Adult Programs

 

Senior Tech Appointments

Tuesdays @ 10:00 am

Call 271-7005 to reserve your Tuesday

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 271-7005) for a maximum of 1 hour. Type of training depends on your needs. Tell us what you want to learn! Training includes basic computer skills, some Microsoft Office programs, email, eBooks and help with the mouse.

 

Crochet Class

Thursday, February 7 and 21 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come learn how to crochet, and share what you have been making.

 

Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, February 20 @ 10:00 am

African American History Program

Dr. Keith Krawcyznski, AUM, will be presenting a very interesting an informative program titled, “The Civil Rights Movement:  Lessons Learned from the Unfinished Revolution.”

 

Coliseum Art Gallery

African American History Month

Carl Berry, artist

Mr. Berry will be exhibiting his paintings, which feature key figures during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  These paintings depict people and places that were prominent during this struggle.

 

Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, February 14 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing Blessings by Anna Quindlen. This is a story of the caretaker of the Blessings estate who finds an abandoned baby at the door of the estate.  He, with the permission of the Blessing matriarch, decides to keep the infant and raise the child as his own.  Then, we will receive our book for March titled, The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. This is a story of Edie who is on a journey into the past of her mother whom she discovered was billeted in Milderhurst Castle during WWII.  During her journey, she finds that there are many other secrets hidden in the walls of this castle.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

Thursday, February 28 @ 3:00 pm

THE BEAT GOES ON presents all of the Rebus short stories, brought together for the first time and including never-before-published works. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death (“A Good Hanging”), the disappearance of his high-school girlfriend’s son (“Death is Not the End”), and suspicious happenings in a nursing home (“Atonement”). A must-have book for crime fiction lovers and Rankin fans alike.

goodreads.com/book/show/23731870-the-beat-goes-on?from_search=true

 

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

February 2019

Story Times are each Thursday at 10:30

February 7

Wake up, Groundhog!

We will read Wake Up, Groundhog! By Susan Korman and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes. Anxious to know if spring will soon be sprung, the friends of Gregory Groundhog arrive one by one to rouse him from his cozy burrow on Groundhog Day, with very surprising results. We will also read Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby and illustrated by Carmen Segovia. When Brownie steps outside, there’s no sign of spring—just her shadow, a frosty field, and a hungry fox. Determined not to become a meal, Brownie finds a clever and tasty way to melt the ice and turn Fox into a friend. We will have a craft.

 

February 14

Valentine’s Day

We will read Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day is Cool by James and Kimberly Dean. Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool until he realizes how many special cats there are in his life! But what happens when he realizes he’s forgotten to make a card for a very important cat? We will also read Love, Splat by Rob Scotton. It’s Valentine’s Day and Splat has a special valentine for a certain someone in his class. Her name is Kitten. But Kitten doesn’t seem to like him at all. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end? We will have a craft.

 

February 21

Friendship

We will read Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper. There was a cat who lived alone.

Until the day, a new cat came. And so a story of friendship begins, following the two cats through their days, months, and years until one day, the older cat has to go. We will also read Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller. Mouse, Hedgehog, Rabbit, Squirrel, and Snake are friends but Mouse hears from Skunk (who heard it from Fox) that snakes are dangerous, especially to mice. Oh, dear! Should friends stick together, no matter what? And what do friends do when a friend is in trouble? We will have a craft.

 

February 28

The Tooth Fairy

We will read The Night Before the Tooth Fairy by Natasha Wing and illustrated by Barbara Johansen Newman. It wiggles, and waggles, and wiggles some more, but this little boy’s stubborn tooth just won’t come out! He hopes it will fall out soon, because he can’t wait to meet the Tooth Fairy! We will also read How to Trick the Tooth Fairy by Erin Danielle Russell and illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli. Kaylee loves pulling pranks; she’s a prize-winning prankster! But is she the Princess of Pranks? No! That title is held by none other than the Tooth Fairy. We will have a craft.

 

Young Adult Department

 

Tuesday, February 5

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet and bring more adventures and spells to cast!

 

Thursday, February 7

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

2:30 to 4 PM

We will continue watching our top ranked anime. See you then!

 

Thursday, February 14 @2:30 to 4:30

Valentine’s Day Party

Love is in the air! Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day with YA as we make our own valentines, decorate cookies, have coloring pages as watch the movie Beauty and the Beast. In addition, we will have a Blind Date with a Book display, where you can take home a mystery book!

 

Tuesday, February 19 @2:30 to 4 PM

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet once again to continue our adventures with our created characters.

 

Thursday, February 21 @ 2:30 to 4 PM

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

The Anime Club will meet again to continue our anime viewing.

 

Reference Black History Month Programs 2019

 

February 3rd: 3pm-5pm Author Talk: Tony Watkins

Join local author Tony Watkins as he discusses his book Shackled Again? : from Slavery to Civil Rights (2013) and his upcoming work Shackled Again Too. Copies will be available for sale for $20 and cash and check will be accepted. Book signing to follow question and answer session in the Global Classroom.

 

February 7th: 11am The Montgomery Room Celebrates Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month in the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library’s new Montgomery Room. Our collection includes many titles concerning Rosa Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Selma to Montgomery March, and the Tuskegee Airmen to name a few. Stop by Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. to see what a great collection we have and get a personalized tour of available resources.

 

February 17th: 3pm Sunday @ the Movies (Global Classroom)

In honor or Black History Month, we will be showing a new film relating to the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in America: A young girl constantly switches between two worlds. The balance between these two worlds soon shifts and now she has to face the consequences. The girl has to decide whether to stand up for what’s right or do nothing. What will she do? The film is PG-13 and light refreshments will be served. Please contact the Reference Desk at (334) 240-4982 for more information.

 

Cover to Cover Book Club Selection

Sweet Magnolia by Norma L. Jarrett

Summary: From the author of fiction favorite Sunday Brunch comes an inspirational novel about two bitterly divided sisters struggling to forgive each other and renew their faith in God.
Everything is not always sweet on Magnolia Lane, where the Ledoux clan had always gathered under the watchful eye of the family matriarch, Hannah. Years later, Hannah’s granddaughter Summer, a soon-to-be bride, has planned a weekend event that prompts a major family reunion. But once relatives come together to celebrate Summer’s wedding, generational secrets that have spanned decades slowly come to the surface. Blowing in belatedly and stoking long-standing resentments is Summer’s older sister, Misa, an international model. Unbeknownst to them, the sisters share something besides a feud: they have inherited the depression that had darkened the life of their mother, Elizabeth. While Summer relies on God to keep her from the abyss, Misa submerges herself in drinks and men. But neither can avoid what happens when, after a particularly vitriolic argument, one of the sisters flees in anger into the darkness of a rain-swept night. The aftermath leads the sisters to uncover the truth about their family and themselves, testing their spiritual reserves. And along the way, God’s spirit continues to send them messages about the beauty of faith and love. Spiritual, dramatic, and a memorable tribute to our beloved New Orleans, Jarrett’s second novel is a confident step forward in an already bright career.

Review from Amazon.com

 

Computer Classes for the Month of February 2019

 

TUESDAY ADULT CLASSES

Tuesday adult classes are held on Tuesdays (Except on holidays) at 10:00 a.m.

 

February 5 – Internet Searching

Web Browser or Search Engine…COM, ORG, or GOV – what does all of that mean? When you use the internet, do these terms make your head spin? Join us to discover the differences and find the information you want quickly and safely.

 

February 12 – Email Basics

Learn to send and receive e-mail messages, attach files, and more.

 

February 19 – Online Job Searching and Creating Resumes

Are you interested in finding a new job or upgrading your career? Join this class and learn techniques to improve your chances of online job searching success. Also learn how to create a resume or improve your existing resume.

 

SATURDAY CHILDREN’S CLASSES

The first Saturday of every month is for 1st-4th Grades 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM  and

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

February 2 – Internet Searching

Learn what databases are available for students who are needing assistance with their assignments in school.

 

SATURDAY ADULT CLASSES

Saturday adult classes are held on the third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.

 

February 9 – Online Job Searching and Creating Resumes

Are you interested in finding a new job or upgrading your career? Join this class and learn techniques to improve your chances of online job searching success. Also learn how to create a resume or improve your existing resume.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00AM

Black History

Thursday, February 7

I, Too Am America  by: Langston Hughes

“I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother.  They will all be ashamed when they come to dinner and I am sitting with them.” We should never treat others differently.  How do you treat others?  (This will be our book that we sign this month.)

My People by: Langston Hughes

The night and stars are beautiful and so are my people. What else is beautiful?

 

Valentines Day

Thursday, February 14

No Mirrors In my Nana’s House by: Ysaye Barnwell

“There are no mirrors at all in my Nana’s house. She believes that she sees beauty in everything and that there are no need for mirrors.”  Do you need a mirror to see beauty?

 

National Dental Hygiene Month

Thursday, February 21

Mouth/Boca by: Cynthia Klingel & Robert B. Noyed

“This is my mouth. I can eat with my mouth.”  What else can you do with your mouth?

 

Thursday, February 28

The Quilt by: Ann Jones

A little girl loves the new quilt that her mother and father made for her. When she places it upon her big girl bed she notices part of her shirt that she wore on her second birthday is in the quilt.  Has anyone ever given you something that meant a lot to you?

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10am

Black History

Friday, February 1

Before She Was Harriet by: Lesa Cline-Ransome

Everyone thinks of Harriet as just one of the leaders of the Underground Railroad. Before she did all that she was a conductor, a Moses, and Aunt, a nurse, a spy, a General and a suffragist.  And before being all those things she was a little girl.  What can you do to help people around you?

I am Harriet Tubman by: Brad Meltzer

Harriet Tubman kept trying to cross the line to go to the northern states so she could be free, but she would get caught.  She did not give up and continued until she and others were freed. Do you ever dream of doing something important in life?

Activity: Harriet Tubman Activity

 

Valentine’s Day

Friday, February 8

Fun is a Feeling by: Chara M. Curtis

Fun is a feeling that hides until you are ready for it to come out and play. Instead of being upset when it rains, try to look at the raindrop as a kiss.  If you turn everything to fun, then you won’t be sad.  How can you change things to make them fun?

Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by: Michael Rosen

Sometimes when someone is smiling they are putting up a front because they are really feeling sad. Sometimes people do bad things because they are sad.  How can you help someone who is sad?

Activity: Make and exchange Valentines

 

Colorful

Friday, February 15

Shades of Black by: Sandra L. Pinkney

We are all very unique in our skin color. We are all not the same skin tone.  “ I am velvety orange in a peach and coppery brown in a pretzel.”  What is your skin shade?

My Many Colored Days by: Dr. Seuss

Different days I feel different ways. “On Purple Days I’m sad.”  Do different colors make you feel different?

Activity: Coloring

 

National Dental Hygiene Month

Friday, February 22

Curious George Visits the Dentist  by: Monica Perez

Curious George is visiting with his neighbor Mrs. Ross when he bites into a wax apple. The man with the yellow hat tells him that you should always ask before you eat something.  They end up taking George to visit the Dentist.  Have you ever broken your tooth?

Bear’s Loose Tooth  by: Karma Wilson

As Bear is eating with his friend he notices that his tooth is moving. All his animal friends try to help him pull the loose tooth out. Have you ever had a loose tooth and how did you pull it out?

Activity: Mouth Art

 

Saturday Story Time

Saturday, February 2, 9, 23, 2019

Time: 10:00AM

This Story Time will be in the Main Area.

The Continental Societies will be conducting Special Black History Story Time every Saturday in February except for February 16. They will be reading books about Black History that are poetic, written by black authors, biographies of famous Black Americans, and anything dealing with Black History. Come enjoy their story telling and invite a friend to come along.

 

Other Happenings @ Lowder Library in February

 

Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30PM to 5:30PM in the Meeting Room to discover and create. Make “Your” Space is a S.T.E.A.M. program for Young Adults.  We will be focusing on making things and learning how it works through science, engineering, art, and math.  People of all ages are invited to participate or observe; however, children under 14 must have an adult present to assist them with their projects.  On Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 4:30PM we will be making snow.

 

We will not be having our Super Saturday Story Time in the month of February. We are delighted to have the ladies of the Continental Societies do a series of special Black History Story Times, February 2, 9, and 23, 2019.  These Story Times will be from 10am to 12noon every Saturday but February 16, when we will have the second of our three program series Black Leaders of Montgomery:  Their Stories.

 

We will begin our three program series Black Leaders of Montgomery: Their Stories on Monday, February 4 with a visit with Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.  Sheriff Cunningham is the first African-American to be elected Sheriff of Montgomery County. He was born in Washington State and moved to Tuscaloosa with his family when he turned 12.  After graduating from High School he later moved to Montgomery to begin what he always knew was his calling in life—to be in Law Enforcement.  On February 16, at 11am, we will welcome Lieutenant General Anthony J. Cotton the Head of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base here in Montgomery.  There he leads the “intellectual and leadership center of the United States Air Force.”  Our final program will be at 6pm on Monday, February 25, and we will have a visit from Montgomery Police Chief Ernest N. Finley, Jr.  Chief Finley’s childhood dream was to become the chief of police in a major city and his current goal is to make Montgomery the safest city in America.

 

The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM.  Join us Thursday, February 28 to discuss Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews.

Summary: The night before her wedding, in the middle of an oh-so-smart rehearsal dinner, interior decorator Keeley Murdock chances upon her fiancé and maid of honor in flaming flagrante delicto. Keeley throws the hissy fit to end all hissy fits and storms out.

The next day, though, she has to deal not only personally with a broken engagement but also with her business being shut out by folks in a town financially obligated to her ex. Rescue comes in the form of the new owner of the local bra plant. He hires Keeley to redo the broken-down antebellum mansion he’s bought for the woman of his dreams. So Keeley dives in, scouring for antiques and searching for clues to her mother’s puzzling disappearance. Keeley finds out that things can work out even for those who throw humdinger hissy fits. ~~BarnesandNoble.com~~

 

In March 2019 the Ladies will read The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Summary:  Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.  Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.  Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg. (Due to availability please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without notice).

 

The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, February 21 the Young Classic Book Club will read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

 

Summary: Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare’s original. Shakespeare’s use of his poetic dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

Summary: ‘You are the last man in the world I would marry.’ Why does spirited, lively Elizabeth Bennet so rudely reject the proposal of the handsome, rich Mr. Darcy? What could he possibly have done to offend her? Elizabeth is proud of her ability to judge others; Mr. Darcy is proud of his family name. When their social worlds collide, feelings run high. Misunderstandings, poor judgement and wicked lies bring danger to the Bennet family. Can broken hearts be mended? Can hurtful words be forgiven? Can the Bennets be drawn back from the brink of disgrace? Will Elizabeth’s prejudice and Darcy’s pride be the ruin of them both?

~~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.

 

On the third Saturday of each month, Saturday, February 16, from 930AM to 1230PM we will be offering a Minority Scholarship Seminars for students in Grades 8-12.  Eighth grade is not too young to be thinking about how to pay for college.  Everyone should bring a folder to hold their handouts and something to write on/with to use to take notes.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.

 

Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 4PM.

 

Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. 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 20!

 

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 first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, February 6 from 4PM-5PM.

 

Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each school year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.

 

Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for 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’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, February 27!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  We will present Microsoft Publisher on Tuesday, February 26.

 

Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare?  Are you confused about Medicare?  You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, February 6 from 1PM to 2PM in the Meeting Room.

 

Join us for Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 2 years old every Thursday 10AM to 11AM for a Librarian led Lap Sit time.  From 10AM – 10:15AM the Librarians will read board books, nursery rhymes, and teach baby sign language.  From 10:15AM – 11AM the parent/caregiver may choose to stay, play and read to their child/children. There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time starts at 10AM on Friday mornings. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft or activity.