April Programs at MCCPL!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

April 2017 Library Activities

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time

For age three through six

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

 

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read two or more picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

 

April 3 – Easter is coming up later this month. Today, we’ll read a story that just might explain why the Easter Bunny delivers colorful eggs in Kiki by Christoph Schuler with illustrations by Rahel Nicole Eisenring.

 

April 10 – Happy National Library Week! We’ll celebrate by reading some library-themed stories including I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Blanche Sims.

 

April 17 – Do you ever have trouble getting to sleep? After reading today’s stories, you will have lots of suggestions on what to do if you ever experience that problem. We’ll read Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton and The Prince Won’t Go to Bed by Dayle Ann Dodds and Kyrsten Brooker.

 

April 24 – Tomorrow is World Penguin Day. There will be baby penguins everywhere! Don’t get your hopes up; these are fictitious penguins. We’re not the Georgia Aquarium, after all. We’ll read Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion.

 

Toddler Time

For age one through three

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

The dates will be:

April 5

April 12

April 19

April 26

 

Book Clubs

 

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, April 12 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy.

Publisher’s Summary – Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, April 20 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

Publisher’s Summary – With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families–the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode.

 

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series

 

On Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present historian and author Mary Ann Neeley, speaking about the history of the Pike Road community.

 

 

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

 

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

 

Storytime

Mondays AND Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 AM

 

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

 

3rd and 4th

Grumpy Goat (Brett Helquist) has just moved to a new farm and doesn’t know how to make friends until he finds something to brighten his day. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Bob Shea) involves a goat who is upset about a unicorn moving in and constantly upstaging him.

 

10th and 11th

The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (both by Eric Carle) are both about very interesting insects and how they eat.

 

17th and 18th

The Cow Who Clucked (Denise Fleming) has lost her moo and goes looking to find it. The Cow Who Buzzed (Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha) catches a cold and finds herself buzzing AND sneezing.

 

24th and 25th

When Percy leave decides to take all of his bears on a picnic with his family, he must leave behind their lunch to do so. When his family finds out he comes up with a clever way to feed his family, so Please DO Feed the Bears (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor). I Lost My Bear (Jules Feiffer) follows the story of a girl who loses her stuffed bear. See how she finds it.

 

Children’s Programs

 

Reading Rockets (Literacy Tutors)

Mondays (except holidays)

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Description: In partnership with the Prattville Community Development Incorporation, we’re pleased to offer reading tutors for children and adults. If you or your children need assistance in learning to read or read more fluently, please take advantage of this free program. Questions about the program should be directed to Annail Fort (334) 233-0818.

 

STEM Tutors

*Color Transforms – Coloring Contest (ages 3-11)

Due: April 7 @6pm

Come to the library and ask for our special National Libraries Week coloring sheet to be entered to win a prize. All ages are welcome to color, but the contest is for ages 3-11. Sheet will be displayed for the public to view and vote on, so parents make sure you come by to vote on your child’s work! The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on April 17th!

 

Young Adult Programs

Thursdays

April 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 4:00-5:00

Description: Join JP da Poet in this workshop class about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. We recommend bringing a dedicated notebook and pens, but can provide pen and paper if necessary.

 

*Color Transforms – Coloring Contest (12-18, in high school)

Due: April 7 @6pm

Get a group of friends together (recommend 3-6 people) and work on coloring one of our “banner” sized coloring sheets. The prize will be a showing of a movie of your group’s choice (PG-13 or lower) and a special treat.

 

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

April 21

Time: 3:30pm

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.

Movie: Home (PG)

Run time: 1hr 34 min

 

Adult Programs

 

*Art Transforms

National Library Week

April 10-15

Several art projects will be installed for National Library Week to see how art can Transform Libraries. The value of art is not always obvious until we see what it can do to change a space and make us see it in a new light. Want to get involved in our projects? Call Amy at 340-4979 to see what we’re planning, we especially need fiber artists (knitters, crocheters, etc.).

 

Our tables will also be covered with paper for you to scribble and color on during this week. See what art pops up!

 

Scrabble Time

Second Tuesday

April 11

Time: 2:00pm

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

 

*Alabama ARISE

April 12

Time: 10:00am

Description: Pres Harris will come talk about how to get involved in local politics by contacting your elected officials. She will also speak about some of the work Alabama Arise is doing in reforming tax policy, ban the box, death penalty overturn, payday/lending title reform, and public transportation improvement. See what you can do to help transform Alabama into a better place to live for everyone.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

April 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Silver Sparrow

Author: Tayari Jones

Description: Join us in our Big Read selection, funded and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be many opportunities to meet the author and engage in other discussions in the city of Montgomery regarding this engaging story about the two families of James Witherspoon. His two daughters, from his separate families, meet and become friends with only one knowing they are actually sisters.

 

*Talent Transforms

April 14

Thursday

Time: 4:00pm

Description: Join us as JP da Poet and others perform spoken word, music, and other talents. Interested in sharing your talent? Sign up before the 7th to be put on the performance schedule.

 

Senior Bingo

Last Monday

April 24

Time: 10:00 AM

Audience: Seniors/Adults

Description: Seniors are invited to have fun playing an hour of Bingo @ Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch. An assortment of prizes will be available.

 

Fourth Friday Cook Up

April 28

Time: 4:00 PM

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. It’s Defeat Diabetes Month. Bring a low carb/diabetic friendly dish. Prior registration is not required, but is encouraged so that we don’t have too much salad/bread/dessert (no such thing).

 

Participation is required for partaking, but if you can’t cook feel free to bring plates, cups, tin foil, and/or plastic forks. Not sure what we need? Give us a call 240-4979.

 

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

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Children’s Programming

Story Time

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 5

Description: April is National Poetry Month and we will celebrate with some great rhymes. After our stories we will make picture poetry to take home!

 

April 12

Description: Books are great fun! But even better are books about books! Join us as we celebrate National Library Week with some great stories. For our craft activity we will make our own books!

 

April 19

Description: Spring is here! Join us for some great books to celebrate the warming of weather, blooming of flowers, and all that spring brings! A colorful craft to follow!

 

April 26

Description: With the warming weather, it’s a perfect time to take an adventure! Join us for a couple great stories of people going places, seeing things, and having fun doing it! After story time we will be making a take home craft.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Young Adult Programming

April 6             Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: What is the role of the library in your life? How important is it? Are the values of free access to information and privacy enough to fight for? Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching Library Wars, an action packed anime set in a time where the library has become militarized to defend its principles of free access to information and privacy. Enjoy the film and relax with refreshments.

 

April 7             Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Books don’t always stay books. They are adapted into graphic novels, music albums, and even movies. This afternoon come by the library and relax with popcorn, soda, and coffee and watch a film that was turned into a movie. It is often true that the book was better (than the movie), but this selection wasn’t so bad.

 

April 10-14      Rufus Lewis Book Con 2017

Summary: Our Young Adults have decided that this year to celebrate the many ways in which ‘Libraries Transform’, we will be hosting a Mini Book Convention. We will be setting up displays in the stacks to show off a little more about the transformative books and authors we have in our collection.

 

April 13           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 14           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: We will watch a recent arrival this week. Staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, this film features mysterious alien ships that arrive suddenly around the world and the race is on to figure out how communicate.

 

April 20           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 21           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Books don’t always stay books. They are adapted into graphic novels, music albums, and even movies. This afternoon come by the library and relax with popcorn, soda, and coffee and watch a film that was turned into a movie. It is often true that the book was better (than the movie), but this selection wasn’t so bad.

 

April 27           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 28           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: What do your pets get up to when your away? This animated film features Louis C.K. Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, and Lake Bell.

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Adult Programming

 

April 3 After 5 Book Club Discussion @ 6:00 P.M.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Summary: (NEA BIG READ) “A tense, layered and evocative tale… Jones explores the rivalry and connection of siblings, the meaning of beauty, the perils of young womanhood, the complexities of romantic relationships and the contemporary African-American experience”.

~ Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

April 4 Celebrating National Library @ 10:00 A.M.

Elder Law Seminar

Summary: Students, along with Professor John Craft, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, will be available to discuss Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives, Wills, Living Wills, and important documents that are available to state your wishes about your finances and medical choices.

 

April 6 Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

 

April 6 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

April 11 Yoga at the library @ 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: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

April 13  Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 13 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

April 20  Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 20 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

April 20 Walk-in Advice and Counsel Clinic @3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Description: Need an attorney but can’t afford one? If you are a resident of Montgomery County and need the services of an attorney in a civil matter but cannot afford to hire one, there may be help for you. Attorneys will be on hand to volunteer their services to low income individuals and families facing civil legal issues.

Presenter: Montgomery County Bar Foundation

Volunteer Lawyers Program

 

April 25           Yoga Class @ 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: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

April 27           Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 27           Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 4:  World Rat Day

               Children will be delighted to hear the stories Cool Daddy Rat and Don’t Need

Friends, then do a coloring page.

 

April 11: National Library Week—“Lives Transform@Your Library”

(April 9-15, 2017)

Animas That Transform

                 Special guest presenter Donna Woodfin from Bama Aquatics will bring a

tadpole and a frog, as well as a bearded dragon (lizard) for the children to see

how they transform. Then she will read the stories King Long Shanks and

The Biggest Frog in Austrailia and the children will make a craft.

 

April 18: Super Beatrix Potter Movies

                 The children will enjoy watching “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, “Squirrel

Nutkin”, and  “The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck”, followed by a coloring page

Activity.

 

April 25: Arbor Day

The children will learn about the value of trees when they hear the

stories The Giving Tree and Saving the Old Apple Tree, followed by a craft.

 

Book Bunch Book Club

April 12, 2017

2:00 p.m.

 

Book Bunch members will discuss Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, which made the 2015 Best Seller list. This novel is the story of Addie Baum who was born in 1900 to immigrant Jewsh parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Addie grew up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, and her intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t

imagine. The story begins with eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today?”

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library

 April Events Kathryn Powell

Events:

April 5 – Build Your Own Series: Book or “Flower Pot” 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Sign-ups open from 3/22/17-4/3/17 The start of a new series of monthly events on building or crafting a themed project; sign-ups are required to allow for the purchasing of materials. Open to all Ages.

 

April 10 – 14 – National Library Week: Transformation Destination 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Stop by the library to let us know how the library has transformed your perspective on life and what programming you’d loved to see come up in the Hampstead Branch Library’s schedule!

 

April 13 – National Library Week: Transforming Perspectives 3 – 5:30 p.m. Adult coloring programs and coloring pages have become quite popular lately. Stop by the library to change your perspective and relieve some stress with a few coloring pages for adults. All ages welcome!

Children’s Programs 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Ages: 1—4

April 4 – Farm Animals Books: Otis and the scarecrow – Loren Long Henry’s Map – David Elliot Activity:  Paper Hen craft

April 11 – Transformation Books: What do you do with an Idea? – Kobi Yamada Perfect Square – Michael Hall Activity:  Pompom Caterpillar craft

April 18 – Easter Books: Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter – Victoria Kann The Easter Egg – Jan Brett Activity: Easter Egg Flower Pot

April 25 – Rain Showers Books: Rain – Manya Stojic Rain Feet – Angela Johnson Activity:  Coffee Filter Umbrellas

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-499

April 6

Ready For Fun!

We will read Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb. Stamp your feet to the Skunka Tanka beat as the text and animals jump and move across the page. We will also read Is Everyone Ready For Fun by Jan Thomas.  Chicken has some vistors who plans are to do a little jumping, dancing and wiggling on the sofa!  Is everyone ready for more fun?

 

April 13

National Library Week

We will read Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril.  Amelia Bedelia gets a chance to help out at the library with her class.  She has to decide what subject of books to check out when she receives her very own library card.  We will also watch the libraries “Check this Out” video which talks about the services the library has to offer to the public.  We will end with a tour of the Children’s Department.

 

April 20

Spring into adventure with Dora the Explorer!

We will watch the Movie: Egg Hunt. Dora needs your help to find the Big Yellow Egg with a big prize inside.  We will have an activity.

 

April 27

Hungry Caterpillar

We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleFollow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats through a warmed and very large quantity of food.  We will have an activity.

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

 

April Storytime

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

 

April 10-13

National Library Week

 

April 12: K-3

1:00

Donna Woodfin

Animal Fun

Have you ever seen a miniature horse, a bearded dragon, or even a pot belly pig? Well let’s have fun learning and seeing all these animals and even more.

 

April 24-27

 

Monday: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

LMNO Peas

Join me as we roll through this colorful and fun book with Peas, you read it right… “PEAS”, and learn the alphabet. Each letter introduces a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers starting with one of the letters of the alphabet.

There will be a sing-a-long and a craft.

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

Let’s be creative: Students will design their own door hangers.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade- 9:00 am

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly SimmsTaback

An old lady who swallowed a fly? You got to be kidding me! The story will have you asking even more questions. Let’s see what happens in this story as its gets more interesting with each turn of the page. There will be a felt board activity.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

Students will create their own 3D parachutes and decorate them.

 

 

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, April 12, 11:00- “Famous Alabamians” by Richard Bailey. Celebrate National Library Week by learning about some of the people who made Alabama great!

 

Wednesday, April 26, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. Two teenage girls must deal with the tragedy that comes with having a bigamist father.

 

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday at 10:00 am

 

April 6      No Story Time Today

 

April 13     Easter is near!

Splat the Cat: Where’s the Easter Bunny? by Rob Scotton

Splat wants to tell the Easter Bunny what he wants for Easter, but he

can’t find him.

The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen

A little rabbit watches an old couple paint eggs, make chocolate, and

braid baskets for the village children at Easter, and he eventually

becomes the Easter Bunny.

Craft – Bunny Easter baskets

 

April 20     If you are nice, you can find a friend!

The Early Bird by Richard Scarry

After several cases of mistaken identity, Early Bird finally finds a worm

to play with.

Handdog by Graham Round

The loneliest dog in the world, unable to make friends, sets off on a

journey in a makeshift boat, hoping to find a friend somewhere in the

world.

Craft – Bird wrist puppets

 

April 27     It’s nice to be there for your friends!

Ophelia by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ophelia is in love, but her friends are worried because they think she

is sick.

Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Balckwell

Jumpy Jack the snail is terrified that there are monsters around every

corner despite the reassurances of his best friend.

Craft – Hippopotamus puppets

 

 

Parent/Preschool Activity Center

Every three weeks we will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes. This is an activity where parent and child explore together.

Youth Programs

 

Homework Assistance

Our program meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. 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.

 

Special Note

We are celebrating National Library Week by reading to the students of Dalraida and Morningview Elementary Schools. We love books and want you to love them, too!

Morningview Elementary – Monday, April 10, 2017

Dalraida Elementary – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

Lego League

Lego League is offered the third Tuesday in April.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join the fun and creativity as we build with Legos!

 

Easter Contest

March 22 – April 12

How good are your estimating skills!

Come and guess how many water beads are in the jar. The person with the most accurate guess will win an Easter basket.

Drawing to be held April 12.

 

Adult Programs

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Tuesday, April 11 @ 10:00 am

Come research your family’s history by using the Library’s database, at no charge, every second Tuesday.

 

Fiber Arts

Wednesday, April 12 @ 3:00 pm

Do you have something you can teach, or would you like to learn how to do something? We still have looms and yarn, so bring your knitting needles and crochet hooks. Also, bring any projects you are working on that you would like to share.

 

Computer Class

Tuesday, April 18 @ 10:00 am

Today we will have student’s choice.

Pre-registration is required. 271-7005

 

Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, April 19 @ 10:00 am

Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills

Elder Law Clinic

John Craft, and his graduate students, will be discussing these important topics and will be available for one-on-one assistance with Living Wills and Power of Attorney.

 

Puzzles

We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times. Come and help put our community puzzles together.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, April 13 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing Faithful, by Alice Hoffman.  This is a story of a young woman whose life instantly changes when her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident.  Then, we will receive our book for May titled, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’ Easter, by Lisa Patton, a comedy of a woman whose family must leave the Southern town she loves and move to Vermont where she encounters unexpected hardships.

 

Special Guest Author

Friday, April 21 @ 10:00 am

Kathie Farnell, author of Duck and Cover, will be to discuss her book describing her adventures in Montgomery from 1950 to 1960. She will also be presenting at the Alabama Book Festival on April 22, 2017.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

Wednesday, April 26 @ 10:00 am

Today we will be discussing the 200’s classification. Be prepared to share 3 to 5 items of interest with the group. Then, we will select a book from the 300’s which encompasses the social sciences.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, April 27 @ 3:00 pm

Faithful Place by Tana French

We will discuss Faithful Place today by Tana French. This is a book from the Dublin Murder Squad series. Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family’s cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. However, on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she had dumped him – probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again, nor did Rosie ever show up again. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. We will receive our May books on that afternoon. goodreads.com/book/show/7093952-faithful-place

 

 

Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age

 

Arts and Crafts

Pine Cone Flowers

April 5, 2017

10:00 am

Carol Gandy will be teaching us how to make beautiful flowers out of pinecones. They look just like zinnias!

 

Technology – An Introduction to YouTube

April 12, 2017

10:00 am

Today we are going to look at two videos spotlighting two famous Alabama women authors. First, we will watch Kathryn Tucker Windham as she speaks at the 2010 Storytelling Festival and we will listen to her telling of the “Ghost of the Angry Architech”.  Then, we will watch Harper Lee in her only recorded interview of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  This program will not only entertain you with these two famous women, but it will also teach you how to use YouTube for your educational benefits.

 

Adult Program

Elder Law Clinic

April 19, 2017

10:00 am

John Craft, and his some of his graduate students, will be providing information on Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills. Then, his students will be available to offer free one-on-one assistance in making out your Power of Attorney and Living Will.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

300 Social Sciences

April 26, 2017

10:00 am

This classification contains political science, law, education, true crime, and military history.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

2590 Bell Road, Montgomery, AL 36117 www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

April 7      

Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Schwartz

A twist on “The Three Little Pigs” Pig One and Pig Two neglect their martial arts training at the Ninja School and are no match for the wolf, but their sister’s dedication to her training saves the day.

Activity: Pig Craft

 

April 14

Pete The Cat Big Easter Adventure by Kim Dean

Pete The Cat is appointed as an unwitting helper to a troubled Easter Bunny and races to deliver eggs before time runs out.

Activity: Easter Egg Craft

Bring Your Basket For Our Easter Egg Hunt

 

April 21

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

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

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

April 28

Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher

The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.

Activity: Frog Craft

 

 

Other Happenings April 2017 @ EL Lowder Regional Library

 

Stitch and Share meets the fourth Thursday afternoon of the month. We will meet Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3pm.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, or quilt please join us.  If there is something you need help with please bring it and let us see if we can help get you back on track.

 

Friends and Family Chess Club wants you every Saturday 10AM until 1245PM sharp as the library closes at 1PM on Saturdays. If your child or you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or knows how and wants to join a group we invite everyone to become a member of the Lowder Chess Club.  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the door as soon as we know ourselves.

 

Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM. In April the Ladies will be reading Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews.

First husbands Annajane truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a terrific new guy, and she’s ready to leave the small North Carolina town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe this happened for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back…

Second chances But there are secrets afoot in this small Southern town, and soon Annajane discovers that change can bring out the worst in people-even her own friends and neighbors-and uncover family scandals. Happiness could be hers for the taking…and the life she once had with Mason could be in her future. But first Annajane must find out what she’s really made of, and what really matters most…

~~Amazon.com~~

May’s date is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

~~Amazon.com~~

Gamers Club will meet Friday, April 14. Gamer’s Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and pre-registration is required.  Participants may sign up for 330pm-430pm or 430pm -530pm (all gaming must end at 530pm).

 

Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 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.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for April 21, 2017!

 

Lowder Regional Library now has coloring for stressed out adults! The second Thursday afternoon from 4pm-5pm bring your tired of everything, frazzled, and anxious selves to color your cares away—at least for the time that you are here!  Join us Thursday, April 13.

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-730PM. We are still in need of Homework Helpers on some Wednesday nights.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form for each branch that their children attend.  Students MUST bring homework and text books to Homework Assistance.

 

Lowder Regional Library is proud to present a Bilingual Korean Story Time every Tuesday of the month except the first Tuesday and this month we will also not meet the second Tuesday.  We will start at 430pm and end before 530pm.  In April we will meet April 18, and April 25, 2017.  It will be held in the Meeting Room to the right as you come in the door of the library.  Parents must stay with children.

 

Monday evening, April 17, at 7pm we will have a Scholarship Seminar for Grades 8 through 12. Eight graders are asked to bring a notebook to start their portfolios.  Seniors and juniors the time to plan for college is NOW!

 

April 9-15, 2017 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform” and once again the Lowder Librarians will be having a special week of fun.  We have planned a cookie decorating contest for the Young Adults; a movie, a visit from a pig and a horse, and Lego League for the children; and we’ll have the Bloodmobile and Stress Free Coloring for the Adults, just to name a few programs.  We’ll also be “dressing up” again this year.  Come out and see us “transform.”  See our National Library Week Schedule of Events Poster for more information.

 

National Library Week 2017

EL Lowder Regional Library

 

The Lowder Librarians invite everyone to join them in dressing up again this year!

See us transform!

Each day’s theme is in CAPITAL LETTERS.

 

Monday, April 10

FICTION DAY

Confucius Institute 3pm-430pm

Chinese Traditional Festivals

 

Tuesday, April 11

BIOGRAPHY DAY

National Library Workers Day

Movie Day 330pm-530pm

We’ll be showing a biography!

 

Wednesday, April 12

398.2 DAY

National Bookmobile Day

A Pig and a Horse Walk Into the Library . . .

4pm-5pm

 

Thursday, April 13

E SEUSS

Adult Stress-Away Coloring Hour 4pm-5pm

Teen Transform Boring Into Extraordinary Cookie Decoration

Competition 430pm-530pm

 

Friday, April 14

790 DAY

Bloodmobile starting at 9AM – come give blood! Save a Life!

Story Time      1015am

Lowder Lego League 4pm-5pm

 

Pintlala Branch Library

April 2017   STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK April 9 – 15

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

April 3 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “My Garden” by: Kevin Henkes

Synopsis —-   The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?

ACTIVITY: The students will make flowers out of cupcake holders

 

April 4 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes” by: Eric Litwin

Synopsis —-   Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool  places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.     

ACTIVITY: The students will play a Pete the Cat game with shoes

 

April 5 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Little Rabbit Goes to School” by: Harry Horse

Synopsis —-   It’s Little Rabbit’s first day at school. He decides his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, wants to start school too, so they set off together. Before they’ve even got to school, Charlie Horse has made Little Rabbit eat his whole packed lunch and then proceeds to create mischief all day – galloping when he should be listening and jumping in the cake mix. Little Rabbit gets very upset when Charlie Horse leads him away from his new friends on a nature walk and they find themselves all alone in the wood …But Little Rabbit’s teacher and friends find them and Little Rabbit goes home happy, looking forward to his next day at school – having decided Charlie Horse isn’t ready to start school and can stay at home!  

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 5 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Here Comes The Easter Cat” by: Deborah Underwood

Synopsis —-   Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would

like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind.

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 10@ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Bat’s at the Library” by: Brian Lies

Synopsis —- 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.     

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 11@ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” by: Il Sung Na

Synopsis —-     What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare? Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters. Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow!

April 11 @ 12:00 Pre-K    

Annual EasterEgg Hunt

 

April 11 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “The Little Red Hen: Makes a Pizza” by: Philemon Sturges

Synopsis —- The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen’s friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 13 @ 1:30 6th Grade

National Library Week Speaker:

Dr. White, Education Specialist, will be here for story time

 

April 18@ 10:00 Pre-K

Mrs. Lowder and her dog Amos will be here for story time reading her latest book.

BOOK: “Amos Bounces Back: A Tale of Too Much T.V. by: Margaret Lowder

Synopsis —-   Amos Bounces Back — A Tale of Too Much TV is the second award winning book in the Series of Amos Tales. This bright, energetic children’s book will capture the imaginations of children ages 3 to 7 as they are swept into Amos’s world of watching TV. He quickly realizes that he misses his real life friends and all the fun they have. Hopefully, the young reader will learn the value of living a real life away from apps, games, & too much TV.

 

April 19 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Once there was a Bull…. frog” by: Rick Walton

Synopsis —-   Once there was a Bull…(Frog) is an endearing story of a frog who lost his hop. He looks for it everywhere: under a toad…(stool), behind a dog… (house), and under a hedge…(hog), but it’s nowhere to be found. He has   cow…(boy) throw him high in the sky, but he lands in a field of straw… (berries). Thanks to a diamond… (back rattlesnake), he regains his hop. 

ACTIVITY: We will make frogs out of construction paper and paper plates

 

April 20 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Light is all Around Us” by: Wendy Pfeffer

Synopsis —-   Light is all around you! It comes in many forms: Light from the sun brightens our day, firelight flickers in the night, electric lights fill your homes—and animals even make the sea glow! With lively illustrations and diagrams and clear, engaging text, this Level 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book is a fascinating look into the many ways that light brightens our world.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers

 

 

 

MCCPL Celebrates Montgomery County’s 200th Birthday!!

 

 

 

Montgomery City-County Public Library

Bicentennial Plans for Montgomery County

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

One on One Genealogy Sessions

Every Friday @ 10:30-11:15 a.m. and 2:30-3:15 p.m.

December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Find out how long your family has been in Montgomery, what they’ve done, who they were. In honor of the bicentennial, we’re offering one-on-one genealogy sessions. These are beginning courses for those venturing in to digital research. Learn how to use Ancestry.com (free at your library!) and other databases, forums, and family tree builders. If you’ve already done paper family trees, learn how to digitize them and methods of keeping documents online but protected. Pre-registration is required, you may sign up for additional sessions, no shows will not be given priority if they do not call to cancel an appointment.

Genealogy Talks with Frazine K. Taylor

Thursday, December 8 @ 2:30 p.m.

Join us as Ms. Frazine K. Taylor, author of Research African American Genealogy in Alabama,  former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and part-time archivist at Alabama State University, speaks about genealogical research. Ms. Taylor has a long and impressive resume that includes degrees in Business Commerce (B.S.) from Knoxville, TN and Library Science (MLS) from Atlanta University, Georgia. She is currently the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage and Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission.

Alabama Needs Your History presented by Haley Aaron,

Alabama Department of Archives & History

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be working with Bertha Pleasant Williams Library to record this area’s very special oral histories. This informational session will cover what oral histories are, their importance to research, what they’re looking for in a subject, and what the overall goal of the oral history project will be. There will also be the opportunity to sign up to participate in the project at the library. You do not have to attend the meeting to schedule an interview session!

Ramer Branch Library

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

“Early History of Montgomery County”, Rev. Gary Burton, Montgomery County Historical Society, guest speaker. Celebrate Montgomery County’s Bicentennial by learning about the early settlers of this area.

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Celebrating Montgomery County 1816-2016

Montgomery: 200 Years of Change

Tuesday, December 13 @10:00 a.m.

Presenter: Dr. Keith Krawczynski, Scholars Without Walls Speakers’ Bureau, Auburn University at Montgomery

Description: Dr. Krawczynski will discuss Montgomery’s growth and change over the past 200 years, focusing on the years 1819, 1918, and 2016.

The Sound of Music  

Description: The performers will play patriotic and Christmas Carols using a hammered dulcimer which is a percussion instrument and stringed instrument with the strings typically stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board in which the strings are beaten with small hammers.

Presenter: American Dulcimer Society, Mrs. Pamela Robinson, Director

Hampstead Branch Library 

Will feature a book display in recognition of Montgomery County Bicentennial Celebration during the week of December 5th through 9th.   

Pike Road Branch Library 

The East Montgomery County Historical Society will provide a woodblock replica exhibit of historical buildings in the Pike Road area with short histories about each location. The exhibit will be on display at the library throughout the month of December.

Pintlala Branch Library 

Will feature an historic book display during the month of December of the County and State.

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

“Gone But Not Forgotten: Montgomery County Alabama Cemeteries”

This digital exhibit of Montgomery County cemeteries and the people buried in them represents a partnership between Suzanne Horton of the Montgomery City-County Public Library and Dallas Hanbury of the Montgomery County Archives in celebration of Montgomery County’s Bicentennial. Horton and Hanbury selected cemeteries as their project’s subject for several reasons, including the availability of sources to construct an exhibit, cemeteries’ importance in Montgomery County life and history, and because cemeteries offer a direct, tangible link to the past. Cemeteries provide a living history for those who have loved ones buried in them, as well as for genealogists, historians, and the overall community.  Although all of Montgomery County’s cemeteries have historical value, time constraints demanded this exhibit employ a tight focus. As such, although Montgomery County likely contains hundreds of cemeteries, Horton and Hanbury focused on two. The same rationale was applied when deciding which individuals to spotlight. Within the exhibit’s narrow range, an effort was made to reference a wide cross section of the many individuals who lived and died in Montgomery County. This exhibit is meant to act as a conversation starter about Montgomery County’s history. We hope you enjoy it and trust it inspires further interest in the county and its past.  To access this exhibit, please copy and paste this Link:             http://dallashanbury.wixsite.com/gonebutnotforgotten

MCCPL Announces December Events!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

December 2016

 

Pike Road Branch Library

Special Event: Holiday Open House  

Wednesday, December 7 – 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

The Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library host our annual Holiday Open House featuring crafts, refreshments and visits from Elsa of Disney’s Frozen and Santa Claus! Grown-ups should bring their cameras for photo opportunities with Elsa and Santa. This is a drop-in event so families may arrive any time between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

 

Storybook Time – for ages three through six –

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read two or more picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

December 5 – Santa is sick and Christmas will be here soon! What’s a cat to do? Well, if you are Pete the Cat, then you will help out however you can because it’s all good. We’ll read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and James Dean.

December 12 – “Oh, gobble, gobble!” Turkey survived Thanksgiving, but lots of folks like to eat turkey for Christmas dinner, too. Can this master (not really) of disguise trick his way out of being the main course for two consecutive holidays? We’ll find out when we read Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.

December 19 – It’s almost here! Are you excited? You are probably not as excited as the little bear in Is It Christmas Yet? by Jane Chapman. He won’t stop asking Big Bear a certain question. You can probably guess what that question is by reading the title of the book.

December 26 – NOTE: There will be no Storybook Times today because the library will be closed in observance of Christmas.

 

Toddler Time – for ages one through three –

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

At Toddler Time, we sing songs, recite nursery rhymes and read one story each week. NOTE: We will not have Toddler Time on Wednesday, December 28. The dates will be:

December 7

December 14

December 21

 

Book Clubs

The Angry Dragons Book Club and The Pike Road Bookies will not meet in December.

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

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

Rosa L. Parks Avenue Branch

Children’s Programs

Storytime

Mondays AND Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

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

December 5th and 6th

It’s finally December and (hopefully!) getting cold. Come to story time and listen to When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan to learn what happens in the winter. One Winter’s Day by M. Christina Butler is a cozy follow up as Hedgehog shares his warm winter clothes and finds a nice surprise.

December 12th and 13th

TOYS: Christmas is coming soon! Let’s talk about all the kinds of things we might want and how to take care of them. We’ll start with I Love My New Toy! By Mo Willems. Then we’ll read another book by the same author called Watch Me Throw the Ball that shows how you can have fun with old toys in new ways.

December 19th and 20th

Join us for a very special Christmas themed story time! We’ll find out How Santa Got His Job in a story written by Stephen Krensky and Where Teddy Bears Come From by Mark Burgess. There may even be a special visitor for our Tuesday story time!

December 27th

New Year’s Eve is coming, and with it the possibility of staying up late and parties. We’ll read about both in Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! By Mo Willems and elephant Small Goes to a Party by Sally Grindley.

Lego Club

Friday, December 16 @ 3:30 p.m.

Description: Come get creative and play with our set of Legos!

 

Young Adult Programs

Teen Writing Group

Thursday, December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 @ 4:00 p.m.

Get your pens and notebooks and we’ll work together with JP da Poet to create some of the best poets and writers Montgomery has ever seen!

 

Adult Programs

Medicaid and Medicare!

Thursday, December 1 @ 10:00 a.m.

Virginia Walker, licensed benefits advisor, will be talking about the ins and outs of Medicaid and Medicare. Come with your questions and see if you might qualify and what you need to do to apply.

 

Genealogy Talks with Frazine K. Taylor

Thursday, December 8 @ 2:30 p.m.

Join us as Frazine K. Taylor, author of Research African American Genealogy in Alabama,  former Head of Reference for the Alabama Department of Archives and History and part-time archivist at ASU speaks about genealogical research. Taylor has a long and impressive resume that includes degrees in Business Commerce (B.S.) from Knoxville, TN and Library Science (MLS) from Atlanta University, GA. She is currently the President of the Elmore County Association of Black Heritage and Chair of the Black Heritage Council of the Alabama Historical Commission.

Scrabble Time

Tuesday, December 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

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

Alabama Needs Your History

Presented by Haley Aaron, ADAH

Wednesday, December 14 @ 10:00 a.m.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be working with Bertha Pleasant Williams Library to record this area’s very special oral histories. This informational session will cover what oral histories are, their importance to research, what they’re looking for in a subject, and what the overall goal of the oral history project will be. There will also be the opportunity to sign up to participate in the project at the library. You do not have to attend the meeting to schedule an interview session!

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

No Rest for the Dead

Author: many

Description: When Christopher Thomas, a ruthless curator at San Francisco’s McFall Art Museum, is murdered and his decaying body is found inside an iron maiden in a Berlin museum, his wife, Rosemary, is the primary suspect, and she is tried, convicted, and executed. Ten years later, Jon Nunn, the detective who cracked the case, is convinced that the wrong person was put to death. In the years since the case was closed, he’s discovered a web of deceit and betrayal surrounding the Thomases that could implicate any number of people in the crime. ~Dust jacket.

 

Open House, Ugly Sweater, Christmas Movie Extravaganza (with Legos)

Friday, December 16

Description: We’ll be in a festive mood ALL DAY at Bertha Williams Library. Come check out our Christmas decorations and our ugly sweaters. Bring a snack and grab a seat in our meeting room turned Christmas movie showroom. We’ll be showing movies all day. Call and ask what’s on our schedule (if we don’t have what you’re looking for, bring it with you, we’re flexible)!

 

Senior Bingo

Monday, December 19* @ 10:00 a.m.

Audience: Seniors/Adults

Description: Seniors are invited to have fun playing an hour of Bingo @ Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch. An assortment of prizes will be available.

*We’ll be closed Dec 26 for the holidays

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays) @ 10:30 a.m. AND 2:30 p.m.

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, acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Governor’s Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 6:   Holiday Surprises Day

Children will sing holiday songs, then enjoy the stories A Star for Christmas and Elijah’s Angel, followed by a craft.

December 13: Jolly Old Santa

Ms. Anita will prepare the children for a special visitor by reading Santa Calls and The Night Before Christmas.  Then they will get a surprise visit from Santa himself!

December 20: Almost Christmas!

The children will be very excited that the holidays are approaching, and will enjoy singing Christmas songs! Then Ms. Anita will read the stories Mary Englebreit’s A Merry Little Christmas and Dream Snow. Then the children will do a connect-the-dots activity.

December 27:  Winter Movie Day

Children will enjoy watching the movie Winter Wonderland, followed by a coloring page activity.

Governor’s Square Book Bunch Meeting

Book Bunch Book Club will meet on December 14 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the David Baldacci unique novel The Christmas Train. The author displays his remarkable versatility in this holiday tale. Members and non-members alike are welcome to join the discussion, and experience the spirit of the season. Refreshments will be served.

Book jacket summary: Disillusioned journalist Tom Langdon must get from Washington to L.A. in time for Christmas. Forced to take the train across the country because of a slight “misunderstanding” at airport security, he begins a journey of self-discovery and rude awakenings, mysterious goings-on and thrilling adventures, screwball escapades and holiday magic. He has no idea that the locomotives pulling him across America will actually take him into the rugged terrain of his own heart, as he rediscovers people’s essential goodness and someone very special he believed he had lost.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Story Time

Movie Days @ the Library

Wednesday @ 10:00 a.m.  

December 7: Children will enjoy the movie “Annie”.  The movie features a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when businessman and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks takes her in. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 14:  Children will enjoy the movie “Lorax”.  A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of a girl. To find it, he must discover the story of the Lorax. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 21: Children will enjoy the movie “Tangled”.  The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her life in a tower, but a runaway thief stumbles upon her, and Rapunzel discovers the world for the first time. Children will also enjoy songs and craft.

December 28: No Storytime

 

Afternoon Fun Time

Every Wednesday @ 4:15pm – 4:45pm

Come join Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library and the Montgomery Therapeutic Center for an afternoon of fun and activities. Enjoy story time, games and movies to help relax from a day at school.

Comic Book Club

Every 3rd Thursday in Month

@ 4:00pm – 4:45pm

Come join Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library and others as we discuss & trade the latest adventures of our favorite comic book heroes.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming

Computer Class

Thursday, December 1 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Attendees will learn to use databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.

 

MESH WREATH CLASS

Monday, December 5 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian

 

After 5 Book Club Discussion

Monday, December 5 @ 6:00 p.m.

I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan

Summary:  Big-hearted, genuine and universal, I Almost Forgot About You shows what can happen when you face your fears, take a chance, and open yourself up to life, love, and the possibility of a new direction.  It’s everything you’ve always loved about

Terry McMillan. ~ Editor

Scrapbooking

Tuesday, December 6 @ 10:00 a.m.

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

MESH WREATH CLASS

Wednesday, December 7 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian

 

Computer Class

Thursday, December 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Attendees will learn to databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.

 

MESH WREATH CLASS

Monday, December 12 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Tuesday, December 13 @ 10:00 a.m.

Celebrating Montgomery County 1816-2016

Montgomery: 200 Years of Change

Description: Dr. Keith Krawczynski will discuss Montgomery’s growth and change over the past 200 years, focusing on the years 1819, 1918, and 2016.

Presenter: Dr. Keith Krawczynski, Scholars Without Walls Speakers’ Bureau, Auburn University Montgomery

The Sound of Music

Description: The performers will play patriotic and Christmas Carols using a hammered dulcimer which is a percussion instrument and stringed instrument with the strings typically stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board in which the strings are beaten with small hammers.

Presenter: American Dulcimer Society

Mrs. Pamela Robinson, Director

Yoga Class

Tuesday, December 13 @ 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: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

MESH WREATH CLASS

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description: Learn to make Christmas and all occasion Mesh Wreaths.  Attendees are encouraged to provide materials for this program.  Please contact staff @ (334) 240-4848 for registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian

 

Computer Class

Thursday, December 15 @ 11:00 a.m.

Description:       Attendees will learn to databases purchased by Montgomery City-County Public Library and Alabama Virtual Library.

Yoga Class

Tuesday, December 20 @ 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: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Hampstead Branch Library

December Events Kathryn Powell

December 5 through 9

Montgomery County History Book Display

Come visit us during the week as we use a book display to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Montgomery County, Alabama!

 

Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 8 @ 3:45 p.m. – 5.45 p.m.

Join the Hampstead Branch Library for an afternoon of fun with a visit from Santa and crafts. We’ll have crafts, a movie, and a story with Santa. Gingerbread cookies will be provided too. Children’s Programs Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Ages: 1-4

December 6 – Winter Books: One Winter’s Day – Christina Butler Chaucer’s First Winter – Stephen Krensky Activity: Snowflake Tissue Paper Suncatcher

December 13 – Hanukkah Books: Hanukkah Bear – Eric Kimmel Sadie’s Almost Marvelous Menorah – Jamie Korngold Activity: Menorah Coloring Sheets

December 19 – Christmas Books: A Very Fuddles Christmas – Frans Vischer Librarian’s Night Before Christmas – David Davis Activity: Foam Christmas Ornaments

December 27 – No Story Time No story time this week! Have a happy and safe New Year and we’ll see you next year!

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 1: Try not to make too many requests at one time!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis: Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young boy’s day.

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff

Synopsis: One thing leads to another when you give a pig a party.

Craft – Mouse masks

December 8: Where is that noise coming from?

Z – Z Zoink by Bernard Most

Synopsis: A pig has trouble finding a place to sleep because she snores so loudly and wakes up the entire barnyard.

Fergus the Farmyard Dog by Tony Maddox

Synopsis: Fergus searches the farm to find the source of an unusual noise.

Craft – Dog masks

December 15: You are loved just the way you are!

Don’t Forget I Love You by Miriam Moss

Synopsis: After spending too much time playing with his favorite toy, Billy and his mother are very late for nursery school, and his mother forgets some crucial things as she rushes to work.

Chicken Chuck by Bill Martin, Jr., Bernard Martin, and Michael Sampson

Synopsis: Chicken Chuck the rooster, who has set himself up as boss of the barnyard because of his blue feather in the middle of his forehead, finds his authority undermined by a circus horse with two blue feathers.

Craft – Chicken with blue feather masks

December 22: Christmas is near!

Santa Duck by David Milgim

Synopsis: When Nicholas Duck, wearing a Santa hat and coat he found on his doorstep, goes looking for Santa to tell him what he wants for Christmas, all the other animals mistake him for Mr. Claus.

Santa Duck and His Merry Helper by David Milgrim

Synopsis: Every Christmas, Nicholas Duck helps Santa by collecting gift lists, but this year his little brothers and sister create havoc when they try to help.

Craft – Reindeer masks

December 29: No Story Time Today

See you next Thursday!

Parent Pre-School Activity Center

Every three weeks we will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s though processes. This is an activity where the parent and child explore together.

 

Youth Programs

Homework Assistance

Our program meets every Tuesday from 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.

Lego League

Lego League is offered the first and third Tuesday in December.

December 6 and December 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Come join the fun and creativity as we build with Legos!

 

Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages are invited.

This will be offered the first and third Thursday in December.

December 1 and December 15 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join our coloring club. Adult level coloring sheets, children’s coloring sheets, crayons, and colored pencils will be provided.  Studies have shown this can be a great stress reducer.  Come relax with us!

 

Literacy in Music

Literacy in Music is offered the first and third Wednesday in December.

December 7 and December 21 @ 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Students must be accompanied by their parents and are encouraged to bring stringed instruments (ukulele, guitar, etc.). Students who do not play a stringed instrument may borrow a rhythm instrument to join in with the music making.  Activities which enhance literacy in music, language, and art will include games, movement, singing, and some crafts.

This course is appropriate for ages 6 – 9.

 

Adult Programs

Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages welcome!

This will be offered the first and third Thursday in December.

December 1 and December 15 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join our coloring club. Adult level coloring sheets, children’s coloring sheets, crayons, and colored pencils will be provided.  Studies have shown this can be a great stress reducer.  Come relax with us!

 

Coliseum Adult Program

Holiday Open House

Wednesday, December 14 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with us as we welcome the Dulcimers. They will be playing our favorite holiday music along with a sing-a-long.

 

Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, December 21 @ 10:00 a.m.

Come celebrate the Holiday Season with us as we welcome the Dulcimers. They will be playing our favorite holiday music along with a sing-a-long.  This will also be the day of our Holiday Open House.

Weaving for Beginners

Wednesday, December 7 @ 10:00 a.m.

Barbara Hightower will be teaching weaving as we learn how to make a wall hanging. Please bring your own yarn as only limited yarn will be on hand.  Also, bring any projects you are working on that you would like to share.

 

Computer Class for Seniors

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

December 14 – setting up an email account and the use of the internet

December 28 – Student’s choice; you get to choose what you would like to learn

 

Puzzles

We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times. Come and help put our community puzzles together.

Art Gallery

We are happy to welcome Debbie Link as our Artist of the Month. Ms. Link will be exhibiting her black/white and color photography.

 

Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, December 8 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing “Titans”, by Leila Meacham. This is a story about Texas in the early 1900’s and its inhabitants who were on the cusp of an oil boom that would spark a period of dramatic changes and economic growth.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, December 15 @ 3:00 p.m.

Eastbrook Mystery Book club will discuss The Fallen Man by Tony Hillerman.

Human bones lie on a ledge under the peak of Ship Rock mountain, the remains of a murder victim undisturbed for more than a decade. Three hundred miles across the Navajo reservation, a harmless old canyon guide is felled by a sniper’s bullet. Joe Leaphorn, recently retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, believes the shooter and the skeleton are somehow connected and recalls a chilling puzzle he was previously unable to solve. But Acting Lieutenant Jim Chee is too busy to take an interest in a dusty cold case … until the reborn violence of it hits much too close to home. goodreads.com

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Time

Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

 

December 1st

We will read Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean. When Santa falls ill and Christmas may have to be canceled, Pete the Cat comes to the rescue. We will also read The Last Christmas Present by Matt Novak. One of Santa’s elves sets out on an adventurous journey to deliver a present that was accidentally left behind. We will have a craft.

December 8th

We will be using BookFlix to watch Morris’s Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells and narrated by Nicole Freshette. Morris thinks his brother and sisters have better Christmas presents. But inside the last box the last box he finds a magical gift that makes all his troubles disappear.   We will also watch The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson. This classic clement Moore poem of Saint Nicholas visit on Christmas Eve. We will have an activity.

December 15th

Merry Christmas from Ruby & Max

We will read and watch Max’s Christmas by Rosemary Wells. Max is told that he can’t stay up to see Santa, but he sneaks down anyway. Will Santa still come if Max is awake? We will have a craft.

December 22th

Movie Day: We will watch Little Brother Big Trouble: A Christmas Adventure. On Christmas Eve, Niko the young reindeer must find his little brother, who has gone missing. But in order to save Christmas, it’s going to take a lot of help from Niko’s friends. While on his epic journey to save his brother, Niko learns the importance of friendship and family, in this heartwarming Holiday tale that all ages will enjoy.

December 29th No Storytime

 

Cover to Cover Book Club Selection

Stepping to a New Day: A Blessings Novel by Beverly Jenkins                                                                 Summary: In Henry Adams, Kansas, you can’t start over without stirring things up . . .Many a good woman has had to leave a no-good man, but how many of them took a back-seat to his 600-lb. hog? On her own for the first time, Genevieve Gibbs is ecstatic, even if certain people preferred the doormat version of Ms. Gibbs. Finding someone who appreciates the “new” her has only just hit Gen’s to-do list when T.C. Barbour appears in her life. A tiny Kansas town is a far cry from his native Oakland, California, but it’s just the change T. C. needs. While helping his divorced nephew acclimate to single fatherhood, T. C. lands a gig driving a limo for the most powerful woman in Henry Adams. It’s a great way to meet people—and one in particular has already made the job worthwhile. All it takes is a short trip from the airport for Genevieve to snag T.C.’s attention for good. But it wouldn’t be Henry Adams without adding more drama to the mix. When Gen’s ex Riley returns with his hog in tow, it sets off a chain of events that can ruin everything—unless the residents pull together once again to save the day.  Review from Amazon.com

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Storytimes

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

December 2        

Bless You Santa! by Julie Sykes

Synopsis: When Santa comes down with a terrible cold just before Christmas, his animal friends send him to bed, finish all of the presents, load the sleigh hoping that he will be well in time to make his deliveries.

Activity: Santa Craft

December 9

Santa Claus and The Three Bears by Maria Modagno

Synopsis: When Papa, Mama, and Baby Bear return from a walk on Christmas Eve, they’re surprised to find their pudding eaten and their chairs broken.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

December 16: “Ugly Sweater Day”

The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland

Synopsis: On Christmas Eve, a little mouse decides to stay awake to see Santa and ends up taking a wild ride in Santa’s sleigh before being returned home safe and sound.

Activity: Christmas Craft

(Come Join Us and Celebrate Our Last Storytime for 2016 by wearing your Ugly Sweater or Sweatshirt)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!

Stories And Crafts Are Subject To Change

 

Other Happenings @ EL Lowder Regional Library in December

Lowder Regional Library would like to invite everyone to our Holiday Open House on Friday, December 16th. Our theme this year is “the Night Before Christmas.”  We are planning a fantastic slumber party that will start in the morning at 10:15AM with Story Time (with a visit from the jolly old elf himself!).  The librarians have asked Santa for lots of new books this year so you can bet that they will be wearing their ‘kerchiefs and caps ready a long winter’s nap.  We will be having a coloring contest that we will award prizes for the best each hour starting at 11AM and ending at 5PM.  We will also have a large search-a-word and a mad lib for patrons to enjoy.  At 1:30pm we will be showing a Holiday Movie and from 4PM to 5PM we will have the Holiday edition of Lowder Lego League (we’re going to see what we can build using only red and green blocks!).  During the afternoon we are planning on Christmas Skits starring the Lowder Librarians and old fashioned board games will be available for guests to play.

 

Stitch and Share will be taking the holidays off. We will not meet again until January 26, 2017.  Hope to see you then.

 

Chess Club wants you every Saturday at 10AM until 12:45PM sharp as the library closes at 1PM on Saturdays.  If your child or you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or knows how and wants to join a group we invite everyone to become a member of the Lowder Chess Club.  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the door as soon as we know ourselves.

 

Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM.  December’s book choice is Christmas Letters by Debbie Macomber.  Our yearly “Pot Luck Munch and Watch” will be this date; however, bringing munchies is not a requirement for attendance.  Our Christmas movie will be decided at a later date so mark your December calendars for Tuesday, December 6th.

            Summary:  Katherine O’Connor often spends her days at a cozy café on Blossom Street in Seattle—where she writes Christmas letters for other people. She’s good at making their everyday lives sound more interesting. More humorous. More dramatic.             But for Dr. Wynn Jeffries, who also frequents the café, Christmas means lies and deception. In fact, the renowned child psychologist recommends that parents “bury Santa             under the sleigh.” Katherine, however, feels that his parenting philosophy is one big             mistake—at least, based on her five-year-old twin nieces, who are being raised according      to his “Free Child” methods. She argues with Wynn about his theories, while he argues             that her letters are nothing but lies. They disagree about practically everything—and yet,   somehow, they don’t really want to stop arguing.  As the days—and nights—move closer   to Christmas, Katherine and Wynn both discover that love means accepting your        differences. And Christmas is about the things you share….  ~~Amazon.com~~

January’s date is Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading Killer Honeymoon by G. A. McKevett.

Summary:  Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid and her new husband, Dirk Coulter, were          hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but finding a freshly killed body on the beach        wasn’t what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is Amelia       Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super       wealthy husband. Now, instead of hosting the news, Amelia will be the lead story.The             local police clearly don’t want Savannah’s help, so she does a little digging on her own–    and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia crossed more     than a few powerful people on her way to the top–and learned the hard way that karma            can be a girl’s worst enemy. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead       in broad daylight? Savannah will have to find out, before a killer gets away with murder..           ~~Amazon.com~~

 

Gamers Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and Lowder Lego League meets on the third Friday afternoon of the month.

Registration is required for Gamer’s Club as there are a limited number of slots available. Participants may sign up for 330PM-430PM or 430PM to 530PM.  Parents are required to stay in the main area near the gaming system while participants are playing.  If there are others waiting and participant is more than 10 minutes late participant has forfeited their time slot and an alternate, if in the library at the time, will be allowed to complete the hour.   December 9, at 330PM and 430PM will be the next meeting.  Gaming will not continue past 530PM due to closing procedures.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk at Lowder Regional Library.

 

Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 4PM-5PM.  This event takes place in the Meeting Room which, due to fire regulations, limits the number of people that may legally be in the room at one time.  Parents of 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 must wait in the main area of the library while participant is in Meeting Room.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk at Lowder Regional Library. December 16th is the date!

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-7:30PM. We are in still need of Homework Helpers on some Wednesday nights.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form for each branch that their children attend.  Students MUST bring homework and text books to Homework Assistance.  There will be no Homework Assistance during the student holiday vacation.  When the schools are closed there is no Homework Assistance.

 

The Staff of Lowder Regional Library wishes everyone happy and safe holidays as we will be closed Monday, December 26, 2016 and Monday, January 2, 2017 to spend time with our families during this holiday season. We also wish everyone the happiest of New Years!

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

December 1 @ 9:30 6th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Tree that came to Stay” by: Anna Quindlen

Synopsis – Choosing the perfect tree bringing it home to put an angel on the top branch and the next morning, seeing all of the presents underneath it what excitement and anticipation for two young boys and their baby sister. In this warm Christmas story for the whole family, well-loved author Anna Quindlen sensitively evokes the emotions all children feel at Christmas.   

ACTIVITY: A word activity for the holidays

December 5 @ 9:30 3rd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

BOOK: “Christmas in the Country” by: Cynthia Rylant

Synopsis – Christmas in the Country , brings the simple joys of the holiday season to families everywhere. Boxes of treasured, homemade ornaments are finally brought out of the closet; an evergreen wreath brightens the front door; an oversized tree is squeezed into the living room; and relatives gather for a delicious, noisy meal. As fresh and bright as new-fallen snow, here is a warm and loving celebration of Christmas: the memorable moments we cherish, share, and hold in our hearts — always.

ACTIVITY: Make snow flake ornaments

December 5 @ 1:00 Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Smallest Gift of Christmas” by: Peter Reynolds

Synopsis – Roland can’t wait for Christmas Day, and when the morning finally arrives he races downstairs to see what is waiting for him. What he sees stops him in his tracks. Could that tiny present really be what he had waited all year for? It has to be the smallest gift he has ever seen! So Roland wishes for something bigger . . . and bigger . . . and bigger. But he’s still convinced there must be a bigger gift somewhere in the universe. Will he know it when he sees it?

ACTIVITY: The children will make angel necklaces

December 5 @ 1:45 4th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

BOOK: “The Spirit of Christmas” by: Nancy Tillman

Synopsis – Bells jingle, sleds dash through the snow, trees are topped with sparkling stars, and children everywhere dream of candy canes and presents. But   the best gift of all-the most magical gift of the season-is when we spend Christmas with those we love.

ACTIVITY: Make a Tic Tac game for the holidays

December 6 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Holly’s Christmas Eve” by: Wendy Watson

Synopsis – On Christmas Eve, Holly is ready to join the other ornaments in celebration. But disaster strikes when naughty Bad Cat bats the tree’s branches: Holly loses her wooden arm! Cloth Bear and Tin Horse rush to help her find it, meeting danger and becoming good friends along the way. Wendy Watson’s paintings glow with excitement as the trio hurries to get home safely before Santa arrives.

ACTIVITY: Color Santa’s face and countdown to Christmas

December 7 @ 11:20 Kindergarten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

BOOK: “A Very Fuddles Christmas” by: Frans Vischer

Synopsis – The way Fuddles, the overly indulged feline, sees the world, it’s better to receive than give! And what better gift for Fuddles than Christmas? One winter day, he wakes up to the smells and sights of the holiday: a juicy turkey dinner, sweet gingerbread, and a tree decorated with shiny, glittering toys—all for him! But when Fuddles tries to climb the tree, his family chases him away. He runs outside to escape, smack into cold and ice and snow! Will Fuddles ever make it back home in time to celebrate the merriest time of the year?   

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate trees made out of foam

December 8 @ 10:30 5th Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “The Oldest Elf” by: James Stevenson

Synopsis – In Santa’s workshop the elves are busy building video games, helicopters, dolls that walk and talk, and racing cars that go wherever you tell them to go. No one seems very interested in the old-fashioned toys that Elwyn, the oldest elf, is making. In fact there is so little interest in them that Santa and the sleigh leave without them. It is Blitzen who tells Elwyn what happened. And Blitzen, himself too old to go dashing through the night has been replaced by a doe named Josephine. With his well-known wit and ingenuity, James Stevenson solves the Problem.

ACTIVITY: Students will play holiday Library Bingo

December 8 @ 1:30 2nd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

BOOK: “McDuff’s New Friend” by: Rosemary Wells

Synopsis – On a snowy Christmas Eve, Fred, Lucy, McDuff, and the baby are nestled safely at home. Hopeful that Santa will make it through the blizzard, the family settles into bed…everyone except a restless McDuff, that is. With his ears in the radar position, McDuff watches and woofs through the night. Suddenly the whole house is startled by a loud thump. Could it be Santa?

ACTIVITY:  The children will make snowmen out of marshmallows

Friday December 9

READ-A-BOOK-DAY

Theme: Celebrating the Joy of Reading @the Library

A community gathering at the library to celebrate the holiday season through music, crafts, story time and light refreshments

December 13 @ 11:30 Pre-K                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

BOOK: “Bears stayed up for Christmas”   by: Karma Wilson

Synopsis – Bear’s friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up–by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents!  

ACTIVITY: We are making big marshmallow snowmen

December 13 @ 1:30 1st Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

BOOK: “Night Before the Night Before Christmas” by: Natasha Wing

Synopsis – It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist.

ACTIVITY: We are making paper bag reindeer

December 14 @ 9:30 3rd Grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

BOOK: “Huff and Puff’s Foggy Christmas” by: Jean Warren

Synopsis – Two child-like cloud characters follow Santa on his rounds, creating such a thick mist that Santa can’t see to deliver his gifts. Includes Christmas songs and activities.

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate holiday ornaments

December 14 @ 3:30 GOOD TIMES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

BOOK: “You are my Miracle” by: Maryann Cusimano Love

Synopsis – Nothing beats the magic of time spent between parent and child, and perhaps no time is more magical than Christmas. Presented in gentle rhymes and illustrations as warm and glowing as a winter’s fire, here is one such Christmas.

ACTIVITY: Students will enjoy our Holiday Cake Walk

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

Christmas Open House

Friday, December 9, 3:00- 5:00 p.m.

Featuring story times, crafts, refreshments and a visit from Santa Claus!!

 

 

Computer Classes for the Month of December 2016

TUESDAY ADULT CLASSES

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

December 6 – Internet for Beginners  Students learn how to access the Internet and surf the Web. The course examines the makeup of Web addresses and teaches how to find information using search engines.

December 13 – Word I (MS Office 2010) Microsoft Word is used to create documents and letters. This course covers basic features such as ribbon, tabs, and scrolling. Students learn to enter and select text, double space, and print. Word Art and Clip Art are also covered.

December 20 – Excel I (MS Office 2010) Microsoft Excel is used to create spreadsheets, which are used to organize information or to do numerical record-keeping. The course covers creating a basic spreadsheet and a chart.

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  December 3 – Publisher I (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn how to create holiday greeting cards and invitations using Publisher.

SATURDAY ADULT CLASSES

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

December 17 – PowerPoint (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn basic functions of this program to create presentations, including adding graphics and multimedia.