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.

MCCPL Announces November Events!!

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-4991

November 2016

 

 

Story Times are each Thursday at 10:30 in the Auditorium

November 3

Thanksgiving

We will use TumbleBooks to watch Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens.                                            Synopsis: After Rabbit lose the race to Turtle, he goes to Bear and makes a deal to plant crops for them both while bear sleeps. The Rabbit family will plant and harvest the crops on Bear’s land. Rabbit will split the crops with Bear 50/50.  Bear has to decide do he want the top half or bottom half of the crops. Unfortunately, whether the crop is potatoes, lettuce, corn, or radishes, Bear keeps picking the “wrong half”. We will have a craft.

November 10

Pigeon Presents!

We will read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems.                                                    Synopsis: NO matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away but pigeon tries every trick a young child knows to get you to say, “Yes”.  We also will read Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! by Mo Willems.                                              Synopsis: Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.  We will watch the videos to both books.

 

 

November 17

School Jitters

We will watch First Day Jitters by Julie Dannerberg and illustrated by Judy Love.            Synopsis: Sarah June Hartwell is scared and doesn’t want to start over at a new school. She doesn’t know anybody, and nobody knows her. It will be awful. She just knows it. With much prodding from Mr. Hartwell, Sarah June reluctantly pulls herself together and goes to school. We will also read Boomer Goes to School by Constance McGeorge and illustrated by Mary Whyte.                                                                                                                                                    Synopsis: Boomer is going to school like many new students, boomer finds that going to school can be a bit confusing at first. But in the end, he discovers that school is a great place for friends, learning, and fun.

 

November 24th

Happy Thanksgiving

No Storytime

 

Hampstead Branch Library Kathryn Powell

Movie Series and Events:

 

November 3 – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 3:30 – 5:45 p.m. Open to all Ages Join the Hampstead Library for an afternoon of Harry Potter fun while we show the sixth film and offer coloring sheets.

November 10 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 3:30 – 5:45 p.m. Open to all Ages Join the Hampstead Library for an afternoon of Harry Potter fun while we show the seventh film and offer coloring sheets.

 

November 17 – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 3:30 – 5:45 p.m. Open to all Ages Join the Hampstead Library for an afternoon of Harry Potter fun while we show the eighth film and offer coloring sheets.

Children’s Programs 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Ages: 1—4

November 1 – Day of the Dead Books: Clatter Bash: A Day of the Dead Celebration by Richard Keep Dia de Los Muertos by Rosanne Thong Activity: Coloring Sheets

 

November 8 – Election Day Books: Duck for President by  Doreen Cronin Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio Activity: Future Voter button

 

November 15 – Apples Books: Curious George: Apple Harvest by Lynne Polvino Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie by Herman Parish Activity: Apple Wreath

 

November 22 – Thanksgiving Books: Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman The Squirrels’ Thanksgiving by Steven Kroll Activity: Hand Turkeys

 

November 29 – Hibernation Books: Old Bear by Kevin Henkes Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead Activity: Coloring Sheets

 

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

November 2016

Story Time

 Wednesday@ 10:00 a.m.  

 

 

November 2: This week preschoolers will become familiar with author Mo Willems’ books. They will learn how to have patience in Waiting is not easy! (Gerald the elephant learns to wait for Piggie’s surprise) and in Well, I am going! (Gerald the elephant is exhibiting anxiety). Gerald has an issue when Piggie says, “I am going!” Children will engage in songs and a coloring sheet.

 

November 9: Children will learn the importance of going to bed on time when reading Back to Bed, Ed! by Sebastien Braun and how to make friends with Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka. Children will engage in songs and a craft.

 

November 16: Children will learn the significance of Thanksgiving from the story Thanksgiving is….. by Louise Borden & 1, 2, 3, Thanksgiving by W. Nikola Lisa. Children will engage in songs and a craft.

 

November 30: Movie Day & Craft

 

 

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.

 

 

Young Adult Program addition to MRLThursdays

November 3 and 17 @ 4:00-5:00

Description: Join JP da Poet in this one off workshop about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. If you can’t make the program at Rufus Lewis, it is also on offer at Bertha Williams on November 10th from 4:00-5:00pm. There will be announcement about an upcoming competition.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

ADULT PROGRAMMING

NOVEMBER 2016

 

 

November 1:   Scrapbooking

Time:   10:00 A.M.

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Instructor

 

November 2:   Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

 

November 3:   Computer Class: Excel

Time:   11:00 A.M.

Description:     Attendees will learn to make spreadsheets, and input data.

 

 

November 7:    Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

 

November 7:   After 5 Book Club Discussion

Time:               6:00 P.M.

Title:                A Sinful Calling

Author:            Roby, Kimberla Lawson

Summary:        Two years ago, to everyone’s surprise, Dillon Black, the secret son of Reverend Curtis Black, boldly moved back home, married a woman named Raven, decided he was going to become a minister and then founded a church right in the center of his living room.  Alicia, the daughter of Curtis Black, married to a former drug dealer joins his church.   When Raven decides she wants a higher position in the church and Alicia hides a devastating secret, the entire family is affected in ways they don’t see coming.

~Editor.

 

November 9:   Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

November 10: Computer Class: Excel

Time:   11:00 A.M.

Description:     Attendees will learn to make spreadsheets, organize and calculate data.

 

November 14: Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

 

November 15: Scrapbooking

Time:   10:00 A.M.

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Instructor

 

November 16:            Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

November 17:            Computer Class: Excel

Time:   11:00 A.M.

Description:     Attendees will learn to make spreadsheets, organize and calculate data.

 

November 21: Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

November 22: Yoga Class

Time:   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

 

November 28: Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

November 29: Scrapbooking

Time:   10:00 A.M.

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Instructor

 

November 30: Mesh Wreath Making Class

Time:   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

 

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday at 10:00 am

https://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

 

 

November 3:   Life is full of surprises!

Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! by Jez Alborough

Synopsis: Terror spreads through the jungle as animals hear the news that rough, tough Big Bro is coming.

The Hair of Zoe Fleefenbacher Goes to School by Laurie Halse Anderson and Ard Hoyt

Synopsis: Mom, Dad, and Zoe’s kindergarten teacher love Zoe’s wild hair, but her first grade teacher does not.

Craft – Wild hair head bands

 

November 10: Is it time to go to sleep?

Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming

Synopsis: When Bear notices that winter is nearly here, she hurries to tell Snail, after which each animal tells another until finally the already sleeping bear is awakened in her den with the news.

What Shall We Do With the Boo-Hoo Baby? by Cressida Cowell

Synopsis: Duck, Cow, Cat and Dog try everything to find a way to get Baby to sleep.

Craft – Baby masks

 

November 17:   Thanksgiving is near!

Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Synopsis: A family gathers to celebrate Thanksgiving at Grandma’s house.

Thanksgiving Treat by Catherine Stock

Synopsis: There seems to be no place for the smallest child in a family’s busy preparations for Thanksgiving, until Grandpa steps in and they perform a vital task everyone else has forgotten.

Craft – Turkey masks

 

November 24:   Happy Thanksgiving

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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 the parent and child explore together.

Youth Programs

 

Homework Assistance (No program on November 22)

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.

 

Lego League

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

November 1 and November 15

4:00 – 5:00 pm

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

 

 

Literacy in Music

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

(November 2 and November 16)

4:00 – 4:45 pm

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.

 

Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages are invited!

This will be offered the first and third Thursday of November.

November 3 and November 17

4:00 – 5:30 pm

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!

 

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Weaving for Beginners

November 2, 2016

10:00 am

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

 

Coliseum Coloring Club

All ages welcome!

This will be offered the first and third Thursday of November.

November 3 and November 17

4:00 – 5:30 pm

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!

 

Christmas Pop-up Card Workshop

We are excited to have Muffin Hand, local artist, come teach us the art of making pop-up cards, and this session will concentrate on making Christmas pop-up cards. We will have all materials on hand, so all you have to do is show up with your creative ability.

First session – November 4, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:30 am

Second session – November 18, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 am

 

 

Computer Class for Seniors

10:00 am

November 9, 2016 – usage of the mouse and setting up an email account.

November 23, 2016 – using SKYPE

 

 

 

Coliseum Adult Program

November 16, 2016

10:00 am

Montgomery’s own Mary Ann Neeley will be presenting “Montgomery County and its 200th Anniversary”. This will be a program to remember by a local historian, author, and treasure of Montgomery. Come early!

 

 

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

November 10, 2016

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “The Secret Chord”, by Geraldine Brooks. This is an historical fiction account of David as he rises from an obscure shepherd to a renowned king.  Then, we will receive our book for December, “Titans”, by Leila Meacham.  It 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.  Here, two unforgettable characters emerge and find their fates irrevocably intertwined; Samantha Gordon, the privileged heiress to the sprawling Las Tres Lomas cattle ranch near Fort Worth, and Nathan Holloway, a sweet-natured and charming farm boy from far north Texas.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

November 17, 2016

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “The Unexpected Guest”, a play by Agatha Christie and adapted as a novel by Charles Osborne. This is a classic Christie mystery where what seems obvious isn’t.  You will find in this story a tangled web of lies and cover ups, where nothing can be taken at face value, and the murderer, and motive, is the greatest mystery of all.  We will receive our next book “The Fallen Man” by Tony Hillerman.

 

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams

November 2016

 

Children’s Programs

 

Lego Club

Third Friday

November 18 @ 3:30 a.m.

Audience: Children

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

 

 

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!

 

1st

We’re getting close to the end of our colors, but we can’t forget about brown. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? By Eric Carle is a fun classic where we get to see many different animals, starting with Brown Bear. Ernest the Moose who Doesn’t Fit by Cather Rayner is about a big brown moose who can’t fit into the story book, can we find a way to help him?

 

7th and 8th

Black and white are just as important as all the other colors! We’ll talk about black and white animals, starting with Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb and then Turtle’s Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev.

 

14th and 15th

We’ll wrap up our color story times with rainbows and talking about how color works together. We can’t do rainbow story time without The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister. Rainbow Fish has beautiful scales and doesn’t want to share with his friends, but later realizes that it’s better to have friends than pretty scales. In Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert we’ll learn how to plant rainbows in a garden for everyone to see.

 

21st and 22nd

We have so much to be thankful for! In I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Allison Jackson, we’ll be thankful for eating just enough. Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode, and so are all our family members. This book talks about what to do when so many people come into your home and how to get to eating sooner!

 

28th and 29th

It’s getting cold and that means we have to start bundling up, so let’s talk about different clothes that help keep us warm. Hats are one of my favorites, and I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen is a perfect place to start. We’ll also read Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina and find out what happens when a peddler’s hats are stolen by monkeys.

 

 

Young Adult Programs

Thursday

November 10

Time: 4:00-5:00

Description: Join JP da Poet in this one off workshop about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. If you can’t make the program at Bertha Williams, it is also on offer at Rufus Lewis on November 3rd and 17th from 4:00-5:00pm. There will be announcement about an upcoming competition.

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Scrabble Time

Second Tuesday

November 8 @ 2:00 p.m.

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

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

November 9 @ 11:00 a.m.

Title: The Man in My Basement

Author: Walter Mosley

Description: Charles Blakey is a young man whose life is slowly crumbling. His parents are dead, he can’t find a job, he drinks too much, and his friends have begun to desert him. Worst of all, he’s fallen behind on the mortgage payments for the beautiful home that’s been in his family for generations. When a stranger offers him nearly $50,000 in cash to rent out the basement for the summer, Charles needs the money too much to say no. The man has a very particular — and very odd — set of requirements, and Charles tries to satisfy him without getting drawn into the strangeness. But he sees an opportunity to understand a world of secrets that have always been just out of his reach. ~Dust jacket.

 

Fourth Friday Cook Up

We’re on break for the holidays! See you in January!

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 a.m. AND 2:30-3:15 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. 334-240-4979: acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Senior Bingo

Last Monday

November 28 @ 10:30 a.m.

Audience: Seniors

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.

 

 

E L Lowder Regional Library

 

November 2016

Preschool Storytime

(in Meeting Room)

 

Fridays @ 10:15 AM

 

November 4:

 

Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston

Synopsis: Emily Ann isn’t feeling very thankful at the beginning of the day. Her day begins off badly, but towards the end of the day something changes her mind.  What is she thankful for?

Activity: What I am Thankful for…

 

 

November 11: (No Storytime)

The library will be closed on this day in observance of Veterans’ Day

 

The Librarians would like to thank everyone who served and is currently serving.

 

 

Friday, November 18

What Is Thanksgiving? by Michelle Medlock Adams

Synopsis: This book talks about the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Is it about football games?  Is it about friends and family?

Thelonius Turkey lives! (on Felicia Ferguson’s Farm) by Lynn Rowe Reed

Synopsis: Thelonius had heard turkeys of disappearing before him.  He noticed that Felicia was getting him fat and plucking his feathers. Felicia takes him to town and he discovers that he is something very special to Felicia.

Activity: Turkey Art

November 25: No Story Time today in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. Please enjoy this time with your family.

 

 

Other Happenings @E L Lowder Regional Library November 2016

 

Due to the holidays Stitch and Share will meet one week earlier — the THIRD Thursday in November (and December).  We invite you to bring your quilts, knitting, crochet, or any other kind of needlework and join us.  If you are stuck on a project need help maybe we can get you going again!  The date to remember in November is November 17, 2016 (at 3PM)!

 

Chess Club wants you every Saturday at 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 meet the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM. November’s date is Tuesday, November 1—at 3PM.

 

For November the Ladies will read another of Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Bear Books—Fatally Flaky.

It’s been a long summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning a wedding reception for Aspen Meadow’s nuttiest bridezilla. But then Doc Finn, beloved local physician and the best friend of Goldy’s godfather, Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the local spa—allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked. So Goldy adds more work to her plate and dons chef’s whites to go undercover at the spa, where coffee is outlawed in favor of smoothies. But if she doesn’t find the clever killer on the spa grounds who’s watching her every move, catering weddings and cooking low-fat food might just be the death of Goldy Schulz . . .

~~Amazon.com~~

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, 2016.

 

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~~

 

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 is 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.   November 11, 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.  November 18th is the date!

 

Troy University’s Confucius Institute will present A Tour to Sichuan Friday, November 4, 2016 from 330PM-5PM at Lowder in the Meeting Room.  This is an introduction of the Sichuan Province and Sichuan Food.  It is also the hometown of the Giant Panda.  Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-730PM. 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.

 

Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10AM to 12Noon we are proud to have Dr. Sharon Reynolds Cook, the author of The Wounded Spirit. Dr. Cook will hold a book signing in our Main Area. She is a former TBN Parise the Lord host and holds a Doctorate of Divinity.  Her book is about overcoming church hurts there will copies of her book available to purchase.  She will be available to autograph copies of this book or her previous book Came Out of the Wilderness.  Join us for this event!

 

The Staff of Lowder Regional Library wishes everyone happy and safe holidays as we will be closed Friday, November 11, 2016 for Veteran’s Day and then Thursday and Friday, November 24-25, 2016 for Thanksgiving.

 

November 25: No Story Time today due to our observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. Please enjoy this time with your family.

 

Governors Square Library Preschool Storytime Schedule

November 2016

10:00 a.m.

 

November 1:  Candy Corn and Raccoons

Ms. Anita will read Candy Corn: Poems and Racoons and Ripe Corn, followed by a coloring page activity.

 

November 8:   Nutritious Food

Children will hear the stories Johnny Appleseed and Vegetable Soup. Then they will make a craft.

 

November 15: Native Americans Day

Children will enjoy the stories Paiute Princess and Dancing with the Indians, then make a craft.

 

November 22: Thanksgiving’s Almost Here!

Ms. Anita will read The Berenstain Bears’ Thanksgiving and Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale. Activity: coloring page

 

November 29: Favorite Cakes

Read: Clever Jack Takes the Cake and Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake. Cake puzzle activity.

 

 

Governor’s Square Book Bunch Book Club

November 9, 2016

 

The November meeting for Book Bunch Book Club will be on November 9 at 2:00 p.m. They will discuss Bill O’Reilly’s best-selling nonfiction book, Killing Reagan, a page-turning epic account of the career of President Ronald Reagan that tells the vivid story of his rise to power—and the forces of evil that conspired to bring him down.

 

 

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

November 2016

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Happy Thanksgiving

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

November 1 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: Duck for President by Doreen Cronin

Synopsis —- It is our pleasure, our honor, our duty as citizens to present to you Duck for President. Here is a duck who began in a humble pond. Who worked his way to farmer. To governor. And now, perhaps, to the highest office in the land. Some say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he is a duck. We say, if he walks like a duck and talks like a duck, he will be the next president of the United States of America. Thank you for your vote.

ACTIVITY: Make ducks out of paper plates and construction paper

 

November 1 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: Mrs. Chicken and the Hungry Crocodile by Won-Ldy Paye

Synopsis —- One morning Mrs. Chicken took her bath in a puddle.  “Cluck, cluck,” she said proudly. “What a pretty chicken I am!” Mrs. Chicken can’t see her wings in the puddle, so she walks down to the river where she can admire all of herself. She doesn’t know that Crocodile is there, waiting for dinner―and a tasty chicken would do nicely! To save herself, Mrs. Chicken tells Crocodile that they are sisters. But how can a speckled chicken and a green-skinned crocodile be related? Mrs. Chicken had better prove that they are, and fast, because Crocodile is getting hungrier . . .

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers

 

November 2 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson

Synopsis —- Whoo goes there? Whoo? In this mystical story of hunter and hunted, an owl listens for little creatures scurrying far below. Mouse? Squirrel? Rabbit? Or something else entirely? Stunning illustrations plus hypnotic text take readers on a suspenseful journey through night and nature.      

ACTIVITY: Make owls out of brown lunch bags

 

November 2 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: Cluck O’ Clock by Kes Gray

Synopsis —- It’s 4 o’cluck in the morning. Another day is dawning….Colin the rooster puffs out his chest. Ready to do what he doodle-doos best. Telling the time has never been funnier, as the hens clock watch from food time until fox time. But there may not be a next time unless Colin and the hens save themselves from the greedy fox.    

ACTIVITY: Decorate the poem Don’t

 

November 3 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY: Word find with words from the story

 

November 7 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson

Synopsis —- Whoo goes there? Whoo? In this mystical story of hunter and hunted, an owl listens for little creatures scurrying far below. Mouse? Squirrel? Rabbit? Or something else entirely? Stunning illustrations plus hypnotic text take readers on a suspenseful journey through night and nature.           

ACTIVITY: Make owls out of brown lunch bags

 

November 7 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: Turkey Surprise by Peggy Archer

Synopsis —- Two pilgrim brothers set out to find a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The big pilgrim is ready and raring to get one, but the little pilgrim is not sure so he has other ideas about what makes a good Thanksgiving, but how can he convince his older brother? Meanwhile, the turkey, with the help of his animal friends, is doing his hilarious best to escape from becoming the main course!

ACTIVITY: Make paper turkeys

 

November 8 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: Thanksgiving is Here! by Diane Goode

Synopsis —- As soon as Maggie’s grandma and grandpa get the turkey in the oven, bright and early on Thanksgiving morning, the guests arrive and the commotion begins: glamorous aunts, crying babies, acrobatic cousins, strange dogs, mysterious gifts, romance, friendships, “yackety-yak”ing and, of course, lots of wonderful food and fun.  

ACTIVITY: Make turkey gift cups

 

November 9 @ 3:30 GOODTIME After Schoolers

BOOK: Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Beto and Gaby by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis —- Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. One by one, they call to inform the family they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm. Suddenly, their grandmother appears with a group of elder friends who have nowhere to have dinner, and the celebration becomes really special. Contains an informative section on Thanksgiving Day      

ACTIVITY: Make turkey gift cups

 

November 14 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: The Six Fools by Zora Neal Hurston

Synopsis —- Who’s the biggest fool? Is it the girl who floods her basement with cider, the man who jumps into his pants, the farmer who feeds his cow on the roof, or the woman who tries to fill her wheelbarrow with sunshine?    

ACTIVITY: Questions and answers

 

November 15 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: Share and Take Turns by Cheri J. Meiners

Synopsis —- Sharing is a social skill all children need to learn—the sooner the better. Concrete examples and reinforcing illustrations help children practice sharing, understand how and why to share, and realize the benefits of sharing.

ACTIVITY: Do something special with This is My Hand poem

 

November 15 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na

Synopsis —- When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep . . . except for the watchful owl!     

ACTIVITY: Make eye mask for sleeping

 

November 17 @ 10:30 5th Grade

BOOK: Celebrate Thanksgiving Day with Beto and Gaby by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis —- Beto and Gaby anxiously wait for their relatives to arrive for Thanksgiving dinner. One by one, they call to inform the family they will not be able to attend because of a great snowstorm. Suddenly, their grandmother appears with a group of elder friends who have nowhere to have dinner, and the celebration becomes really special. Contains an informative section on Thanksgiving Day     

ACTIVITY:  Question and Answers. Make corn out colored paper and candy

 

November 17 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner

Synopsis —- With the help of Miss Brooks, Missy’s classmates all find books they love in the library—books about fairies and dogs and trains and cowboys. But Missy dismisses them all—“Too flowery, too furry, too clickety, too yippity.” Still, Miss Brooks remains undaunted. Book Week is here and Missy will find a book to love if they have to empty the entire library. What story will finally win over this beastly, err, discriminating child? William Steig’s Shrek!—the tale of a repulsive green ogre in search of a revolting bride—of course!       

ACTIVITY: Explore the world of Legos build and display

 

November 28 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: Cluck O’ Clock by Kes Gray

Synopsis —- It’s 4 o’cluck in the morning. Another day is dawning….Colin the rooster puffs out his chest. Ready to do what he doodle-doos best. Telling the time has never been funnier, as the hens clock watch from food time until fox time. But there may not be a next time unless Colin and the hens save themselves from the greedy fox.    

ACTIVITY: Decorate the poem Don’t

 

November 28 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

CHECKBOOKS: The class will check out books today.

 

November 28, 2016 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: Henny – Penny by Jane Wattenberg

Synopsis —-“Chickabunga!” The alarmist chicken and all her funny feathered friends are back! Henny-Penny thinks the sky is falling when an acorn smacks her on her fine red comb. Come flock along as she and her barnyard pals take a side-splitting trip around the world to tell the king.

ACTIVITY: Speed Puzzles

 

November 28, 2016 @ 1:45 4th Grade

             CHECKBOOKS

 

November 29 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis

Synopsis —- Cowboy bunnies wake at sunrise and off they go, riding their ponies, roping cattle, mending fences, and tossing hay. When evening falls, they gather round the campfire to feast and play their fiddles.  But soon cowboy bunnies are rubbing their sleepy eyes, and it’s time to head home, where mamas sing sweet lullabies, and papas softly harmonize.      

ACTIVITY: Make Sheriff Badges

 

November 29 @ 1:30 1st Grade

CHECKBOOKS

 

November 30 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: Forensic Science by Alex Frith

Synopsis:—This title explains the ingenious ways in which detectives analyze crime scene and deduce Criminal Identity using Scientific Methods and covers subjects such as ballistics fingerprints DNA. Pathology clues in nature, forgery and forensic psychology. Each chapter contains a case study of a real-life crime solved through forensic methods told in comic strip form as well as illustrations of crime scenes for readers to investigate for themselves. It contains a full glossary of technical terms and internet-links to encourage further learning.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a set of their fingerprints

 

November 30 @ 3:30 GOODTIME After Schoolers

BOOK: Beans Baker Bounces Back by Richard Torrey

Synopsis —- Beans Baker sure can pogo. He’s the Robo-Pogo champion of the school—until his classmate Sheldon beats his record. Beans knows he can become the Robo-Pogo Champion for Life, if only he didn’t have to study for that pesky spelling test.

ACTIVITY: Play a game with words

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library’s November 2016 Programs

 

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:

  • November 7 – Bear decides to show his friends how much he appreciates them by preparing a big meal for them, but his cupboards are empty. (Bear’s cupboards are bare! Get it?) What will he do? We don’t know just yet, but Bear and his friends tend to work things out and we’re sure they’ll do so again in Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.
  • November 14 – We all know that Pete the Cat is a cool dude, but starring in a play about the first Thanksgiving can make even Pete nervous. Will all be good? We’ll find out when we read Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by Kimberly and James Dean.
  • November 21 – Oh, gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving is almost here and Turkey is what’s for dinner. Can Turkey survive by becoming a master of disguise? We’ll observe a Pike Road Branch Library Thanksgiving tradition when we read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.
  • November 28 – Did you help your family put away the leftovers after Thanksgiving? We hope so, because otherwise they are fair game for Mouse. We’ll see what happens when he tries to partake of the meal in One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox and Jeffrey Ebbeler.

 

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, November 23 due to Thanksgiving. The dates will be:

  • November 2
  • November 9
  • November 16
  • November 30

Book Clubs

 

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, November 9 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss Return to Augie Hobble by Lane Smith.

Publisher’s Summary – Augie Hobble lives in a fairy tale – or at least Fairy Tale Place, the down-on-its-luck amusement park managed by his father. Yet his life is turning into a nightmare: he’s failed creative arts and has to take summer school, the girl he has a crush on won’t acknowledge him, and Hogg Wills and the school bullies won’t leave him alone. Worse, a succession of mysterious, possibly paranormal, events have him convinced that he’s turning into a werewolf. At least Augie has his notebook and his best friend Britt to confide in – until the unthinkable happens and Augie’s life is turned upside down, and those mysterious, possibly paranormal, events take on a different meaning.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. On Thursday, November 17 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Harriet Wolf’s Seventh Book of Wonders by Juliana Baggott.

Publisher’s Summary – Reclusive author Harriet Wolf is long dead, but rumors of a final, revelatory book left unpublished are still very much alive. Harriet; her fiercely protective daughter, Eleanor; and Eleanor’s grown daughters, runaway rebel Ruth, and Tilton, now as reclusive as Harriet, share a narrative that delivers a powerful sense of the meaning of motherhood and the bonds between sisters.

 

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

 

 

Ramer November Storytime

These story times will be held at the Dunbar-Ramer School

for Grades K-3

 

November 1-3

 

Monday: Kindergarten 1:00

LMNO Peas by Keith Baker

Synopsis: 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

If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder and Marc Brown

Synopsis: What would you do if Bears, Monkeys, Pandas, and Zebras came inside your house and ran all over the place? What if they jumped on your couch, ate all your food, and ran up and down the stairs. Join this family on their wild adventure and see what happens.

There will be a craft.

 

Wednesday: 1rd Grade

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Synopsis: It’s bed time again, and little red chicken is ready for her story. But will she let her Papa finish without interrupting this time? Will Papa ever finish the story and will both of them ever get to sleep? Let’s find out as Papa prepares to read little red chicken her bedtime tales.

There will be a sing-a-long.

 

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade

Lego Challenge

Synopsis: Each group of students will pull from the bag of challenges. They will then complete the challenge by using Lego and there imagination. It’s time to get those creative juices flowing.

 

November 14-17

 

Monday: Kindergarten 1:00

The Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing

Synopsis: Let’s help this family prepare for a great Thanksgiving. Filled with food and family fun, this holiday is sure to be the best one yet.

There will be a craft.

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade 1:30

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Synopsis: Arthur is the director of his school’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone wants to be a star but no one wants to play the turkey. Will Arthur find one in time? Let’s find out.

There will be a craft.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade 9:30

Arthur’s Thanksgiving by Marc Brown

Synopsis: Arthur is the director of his school’s Thanksgiving play. Everyone wants to be a star but no one wants to play the turkey. Will Arthur find one in time? Let’s find out.

There will be a craft.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade 1:30

We will be decorating Fall wreaths

 

November 28-30

 

Monday: Kindergarten 1:00

The Very Clumsy Beetle by Eric Carle

Synopsis: A little click beetle goes and explores but at one point falls on his back and can’t get up. A very wise beetle comes along and teaches him how to get back up. With a few friends coming by to encourage him, does the little click beetle learn how to get back up. Let’s read and find out!

There will be a craft.

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade 1:30

Tumble Books- Fifty Below Zero by Robert Munsch

Synopsis: On a very cold night, Jason wakes up to find his Dad sleep walking around the house. Why isn’t his Dad asleep in the bed? Everytime Jason falls back to sleep, his Dad goes bumping along, and Jason wakes up and finds him in different place. Let’s explore the home and see where Jason finds his Dad and what he does to help his Dad STAY PUT!

There will be an activity.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade 9:30

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Synopsis: Let’s read about how a beautiful fish learns to share his prize possession with his friends.

There will be a craft.

 

Ramer Branch Library

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, November 9 @ 11:00- “Taking Care of Pets”, Montgomery Humane Society. Learn about how to take care of the special pet in your life!!

 

Wednesday, December 14 @ 11:00- “Early History of Montgomery County”, Rev. Gary Burton, Montgomery County Historical Society. Celebrate Montgomery County’s Bicentennial by learning about the early settlers of this area.