MCCPL Announces March Line-Up!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

March 2018

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

 

Storytime

Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays)

Time: 10:00 a.m.

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

 

March 5 and 6

The Story of Fish and Snail (Deborah Freeman) is about two friends who travel through stories together. Hi, Harry! (Waddell) is about a turtle looking for a friend to slow down with him.

 

March 12 and 13

Shrinking Mouse (Hutchins) has his friends worried as he keeps getting smaller and smaller, so they follow him to see why. A boy and his dog go through The Growing Story (Krauss) as they learn and play together.

 

March 19 and 20

Elephant and Piggie are excited when they discover, “We Are in a Book!” (Willems). The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Jeffers) discovers he can learn by eating books.

 

March 26 and 27

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See (Martin)? So many different animals we can name. We can also see what happens when you get a Mixed Up Chameleon (Carle).

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

March 2 and 16 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description:

Want to learn how to crochet? Have a project you’re working on that you want to show off, need help with? Come to the library and learn or teach a handcraft (knitting, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, macrame, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.

 

Scrabble Time

First and Third Tuesday

March 6 and 20 @ 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

March 14 @ 11:00 a.m.

Title: Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Description: Christine wakes up every morning in an unfamiliar bed with an unfamiliar man. She looks in the mirror and sees an unfamiliar, middle-aged face. And every morning, the man she has woken up with must explain that he is Ben, he is her husband, she is forty-seven years old, and a terrible accident two decades earlier decimated her ability to form new memories. Every day, Christine must begin again the reconstruction of her past. And the closer she gets to the truth, the more unbelievable it seems.

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

March 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

**New LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided. *Note, this title is a repeat from last month as a previous meeting was canceled due to schedule conflicts.

Title: City of Women by  David R. Gillham

Description:

It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women. On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime.

But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two… ~Dust Jacket

 

Author Signing: Melissa Gibbons

March 29 @ 3:00 p.m.

Title: Jesus is Speaking to You

 

Melissa Michelle Gibbons is a native of Wetumpka Alabama, the mother of one son, and works in the healthcare field as a certified nursing assistant. Her first book Jesus is Speaking to You is a book of words of encouragement and uplifting messages. She expects to publish her next book in late Spring.

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

 

Pre-registration IS required.

Sign up for a one on one genealogy session with librarian Amy Campbell. She’ll show you beginning tips and tricks for tracing your ancestry. If you’ve already been working on your tree, find ways to digitize your information to keep better track during your research. Email, Call, or come in to set up your 45 minute session.

334-240-4979

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time – for age three through six –

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

 

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

 

March 5 – Dav Pilkey is best known for his Captain Underpants and Dog Man books for older kids, but he started out with the Dumb Bunnies series of picture books. We’ll wish Dav a slightly belated “Happy Birthday!” when we read The Dumb Bunnies Go to the Zoo.

 

March 12 – Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up this Saturday. It’s the perfect time to catch a leprechaun! Have you ever wanted to catch one? If so, you’re already in luck because we will read How to Catch a Leprechaun by Adam Wallace and Andy Elkerton.

 

March 19 – Cowpoke Clyde just finished his Spring cleaning. Well, all the cleaning except for his dirty dog named Dawg. Unfortunately, Dawg leads Clyde on a hot pursuit all over his ranch in an attempt to avoid bath time. Will Dawg ever make it into the bathtub? We’ll see when we read Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen and Michael Allen Austin.

 

March 26 – Pete the Cat wakes up on Easter to find a note in his basket from the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny needs him to save Easter by gathering, decorating and hiding all the eggs. This request seems like something that could have been brought to Pete’s attention much earlier. However, Pete will gladly help anyone as we’ll see in Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure by Kimberly and James Dean.

 

Toddler Time – for age one through three –

 Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

March 7

March 14

March 21

March 28

Special Event

College Counts 529 Seminar

Thursday, March 8 at 3 p.m.

College Counts 529 is Alabama’s college savings fund. This seminar will inform families about the benefits of the fund and saving early for college. Families with children of all ages are invited to learn more about preparing to pay for a college education.

 

Book Clubs

 

Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 7 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L’Engle.

Publisher’s Summary – It is November. When Meg comes home from school, Charles Wallace tells her he saw dragons in the twin’s vegetable garden. That night Meg, Calvin and C.W. go to the vegetable garden to meet the Teacher (Blajeny) who explains that what they are seeing isn’t a dragon at all, but a cherubim named Proginoskes. It turns out that C.W. is ill and that Blajeny and Proginoskes are there to make him well – by making him well, they will keep the balance of the universe in check and save it from the evil Echthros.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, March 15 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Beartown by Fredrik Backman.

Publisher’s Summary – People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest; it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected.

 

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

 

Governors’ Square Library

Storytimes

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

March 6: What’s the Weather Today?

The children will enjoy hearing Ms. Anita read Elmo and Abby’s Wacky Weather Day and The Snowy Day, followed by a connect-the-dots activity.

 

March 13: St. Patrick’s Day

Ms. Anita will read the stories St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning and That’s What Leprechauns Do, then assist the children with a craft activity.

 

March 20: Spring Surprises Day

The children will be thrilled to watch the movie “Baby Animals” and enjoy a tasty treat.

 

March 27: Easter Fun

Children will enjoy the stories and The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Then they will make a craft.

 

 

Book Bunch

Wednesday, March 14 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

Book Bunch book club will meet at 2:00 p.m. on March 14. In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, members will discuss the novel Irish Tweed by Father Andrew M. Greeley.

Back Cover Summary: This is one of Greeley’s tales of Nuala Anne McGrail, A fey, Irish-speaking woman bless with the gift of second-sight, and her husband and accomplice Dermot Michael Coyne. In this tale, Nuala Anne and her daughter have taken up karate to fight off schoolyard bullies who are harassing the family, while their incredibly shy nanny Julie is courted by a new beau. Meanwhile, Dermot pores over a memoir of a refugee from the famine whose family died of a mysterious fever, searching for clues to what caused the illness.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

 

Women History Month: Theme “NEVERTHELESS SHE PERSISTED: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

March 6 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Anne Rockwell

Synopsis —-On St. Patrick’s Day, come dance a jig with the students in the classroom ALA Booklist calls “a lively place.” Today in Mrs. Madoff’s class we all wore something green to school. Kate played the fiddle and we danced to Irish music.  Then we learned about St. Patrick and many Irish tales and traditions. Now we know why there are no snakes in Ireland. Not every-one in school is all Irish like me, but we all can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together!

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft making / Shamrock hats

 

March 7 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Samantha and Lola” by Alma Flor Ada

Synopsis —-Samantha loves Irish dancing and has learned to dance it very well. Her friend Lola also likes this dance and she especially loves the fancy dress that Samantha wears during her presentations. Little by little, Lola learns the basic steps from her friend, until she is also ready to appear on stage. She makes her first appearance in the show that her school prepares to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft / making leprechaun face

 

March 8 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Janet Riehecky

Synopsis —-Mrs. Ryan’s class celebrates St. Patrick’s Day by making decorations, singing and dancing to Irish music, holding a treasure hunt, eating green foods, and staging their own parade. Includes crafts, games, and activities.

ACTIVITY: St. Patrick’s Day craft making/ making a bead bracelet

 

March 20 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: “Florence Nightingale” by David Adler

Synopsis —-The book describes the life of Florence Nightingale, emphasizing her determination to become a nurse, her care for soldiers in the Crimean War, her impact on health care in England, America, and India, and her training school for nurses.

ACTIVITY: Students will have a fun trivia quiz

 

March 20 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Aaron Has a Lazy Day” by P.D. Eastman

Synopsis —-P. D. Eastman’s classic character Aaron the Alligator makes his early-reader debut! On this lazy day, Aaron is hot, tired, and hungry—perhaps a nice, juicy lemon will taste good? Blech! Lemons are not good to eat! Follow daffy Aaron as his hazy, lazy day becomes less lazy and more crazy! Young readers will giggle along as they tackle the simple words and sentences all on their own.

ACTIVITY: We are making alligators out of the letter “A”

 

March 20 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: “Amelia Earhart” by Caroline Crosson Gilpin

Synopsis —-Amelia Earhart is one of the first of many National Geographic Readers that highlight important historical figures. This Level 1 Reader brings an understanding of Amelia Earhart’s historical significance to a whole new audience. Young readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of this pioneering pilot and adventurer, whose disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 has intrigued audiences for decades.

ACTIVITY: Make air planes out of gum, mints, and rubber bands

 

March 27 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister

Synopsis —-The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.

ACTIVITY: Students will make Rainbow fish

 

March 28 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Sacagawea and the Bravest Deed” by Stephen Krensky

Synopsis —-Young Sacagawea wants to be as brave as her brother. If only she were allowed to go with him and the other boys on a hunt to prove it! But while gathering wood with her grandmother, an angry rattlesnake shows Sacagawea that there are many ways to be brave.

ACTIVITY: Make Sacagawea out of brown paper bags and other craft material

 

March 29 @ 12:00 3rd Grade

BOOK: “She Loved Baseball: The Effa Manley Story” by Audrey Vernick

Synopsis —-Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first—and only—woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.

ACTIVITY: Students will make baseballs out of paper and other material

 

March 29 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Betsy Ross: and the Silver Thimble” by Stephanie Greene

Synopsis —-Betsy Ross wants to prove to her brother that she can do whatever he can — but she ends up proving something to herself instead.

ACTIVITY: Students will make Flags

 

Hampstead Programs

Story Time

Every Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m.

 

March 6th: Get ready for Spring with the animals in Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na and explore the Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis. We will complete a spring craft.

 

March 13th: We’ll explore what is In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming and discover some new creepy crawly friends in  There’s a Bug In My Book by John Himmelman. We will complete a bug craft and look at a bug collection.

 

March 20th: Learn all about Seeds in Seeds Go, Seeds Grow by Mark Weakland and what happens if you plants seeds of selfishness instead of kindness in If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson. We plant some seeds.

 

March 27th: Get ready for Easter with the silly story of a cat who wants to be the Easter bunny in Here Comes The Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood and some Easter surprises in Llama Llama Easter Egg by Anna Dewdney. We will make an Easter craft.

 

Paper Cuts March 21st @ 3:30 We’ll be making some chick and bunny baskets great for holding yours or someone else’s Easter treats.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

 

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

March 7

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

Is it a rabbit, a bird, or just spilt milk? In this childhood classic, kids are kept guessing until the surprise ending.

Activity: Cloud Craft

 

March 14

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George by Cynthia Platt

George loves a celebration, and St. Patrick’s Day means plenty o’ music, dancing, and feasting fun! He dresses up in his festive finest, looks for leprechauns, and learns some Irish dance steps. But can George make it to the parade without causing any trouble?

Activity: Shamrock Necklace

 

March 21

Pete The Cat: Cavecat Pete by Eric Litwin

Pete the Cat grooves back in time to the Jurassic era, where under the guise of “Cavecat Pete,” he helps his herbivore and carnivore friends learn to get along.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

March 28

The Story of The Easter Bunny Story by Katherine Tegen

A little rabbit watches an old couple paint eggs, make chocolate, and braid baskets for the village children at Easter, and he eventually becomes the Easter Bunny.

Activity: Easter Craft

 

March 2018 Young Adult Programming

Mondays in March (5, 12, 19, 26) @5:00 pm Young Adult Bookclub. We will be celebrating Women’s History month by focusing on women authors and characters.

Tuesdays in March (6,13,20,27) @4 Dungeons and Dragons: Not too late to join our D & D group.

Wednesdays in March (7, 14, 21, 28) @5:00 Teens Write Club :The First Rule of Write Club : Tell everyone about Write Club… If you write, this is the club for you. Whether your words turn into Poems, short stories, novels, or just essays for class… this club is for teens to gather and get their ideas on the page.

Thursdays in March (1, 8, 15, 22)  @ 4 pm Afternoon Anime Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week.

Fridays in March (2, 9, 16, 23, 30) @ 4 pm Friday Film Description: Every Friday this month we will be showing a movie related to Women’s History Month.

Homework Assistance (5, 12, 19, 26) @ 6:00 You’ve got homework to do, might as well get out of the house and go to the library to do it! We’ve got awesome resources to help you get done with your homework done!

 

 

Lewis Adult Programs

 

After 5 Book Club

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

Title: Someone Else’s Love Story

Author: Jackson, Joshilyn

Summary: Someone Else’s Love Story is Joshilyn Jackson’s funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness; about falling in love and learning that things aren’t always what they seem or what we hope they will be. It’s a story about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need. ~ Editor

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, March 8, 15, 22, 29

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

 

Computer Class

Thursday, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, @ 11:00 A.M.

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

Instructors: Library Staff

 

Transitioning From Home To A Senior Living Community

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

Jason Jordan, Community Relations Director, Cara Vita Village, Presenter

Description: If you are an active senior seeking a rewarding and simper lifestyle, come learn the advantages of living in a retirement community when deciding to transition from individual homes to a retirement community.

 

Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 13 & 27

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Hours 9 – 6       Monday – Friday

 

Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

 

March 1    I’d love to have a pet!

Pet Show! , by Ezra Jack Keats

Archie wants to enter his cat in the pet show but he cannot find her.

The Wild Woods, by Simon James

Jess finds a squirrel she wants as a pet.

Craft – Cat craft

 

March 8    It’s nice to have best friends!

Mary Ann, by Betsy James

After her best friend, Mary Ann, moves away, Amy finds a praying mantis and names her Mary Ann.

The Firefighters, by Sue Whiting

The children in Mrs. Iverson’s class have an adventure playing firemen.

Craft – Fireman masks

 

March 15   It is acceptable to be a little different!

A Different Little Doggy, by Heather Whittaker

Taz, a dog, explains how he is different from other dogs.

Little One Step, by Simon James

As three duckling brothers cross forest and field to return to their mother, the older ones encourage the youngest by teaching him a game.

Craft – Duck craft

 

March 22   I am so smart!

Baby Brains, by Simon James

Mr. and Mrs. Brains have a baby who is very smart.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy, by Oliver Jeffers

Henry loves to eat books, until he begins to feel quite ill and decides that maybe he could do something else with these books.

Craft – Baby masks

 

March 29   It’s fun to play make believe!

Dear Mr. Blueberry, by Simon James

Emily imagines she has a whale in her pool, but her teacher tells her that is not possible.

The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats

A boy dreams that the sun has melted all the snow away.

Craft – Whale mask

 

Parent Pre-School Activity Center

The table changes twice a month. We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This is an activity where parent and child explore together.

 

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

Homework Assistance

5:00 – 5:45 pm

March 6 and 27 this month due to Spring Break

Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading. Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lesson you will need assistance with.  Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Color Coders

March 6, 2018

4:00 – 5:00 pm

All ages are invited.

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

 

Being Creative with Legos

March 14 (special date), and March 27

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

 

The Tinkering Table

There will be no Tinkering Table this month. Instead, we will have STEAM each day during the week of March 12 – 16.  (See below.) The Tinkering Table will return April 17, 2018.

 

 We are Full STEAM Ahead during Spring Break Shark Week

March 12 – 16

4:00 – 5:00 pm

March 12 – Steam (Science)  Why Do Sharks Float?

March 13 –sTeam (Technology)  Use technology to model a shark out of clay

March 14 –stEam (Engineering)  Create a shark out of Legos

March 15 –steAm (Art)  Paint the shark we made out of modeling clay

March 16 – steaM (Math)  Measuring to make sand slime

 

Adult Programs

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Each Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00, you can register for an appointment with our volunteer. She will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps.  You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist.

271-7005

 

Computer Class for Seniors

March 6, 13, and 20

10:00 am

This month we will be concentrating on Microsoft Word.

 

Crochet Class

March 15, 2018

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Today we will be learning how to crochet new stitches.

 

Coliseum Adult Program

March 21, 2018

10:00 am

Caylor Roling, with EAT South, will be teaching us the methods of seed planting and seed saving. This will be a great program for the gardening enthusiast who may need a little help, or a great deal of help, in growing plants from seed.  This will also be a great time to see our selection of seeds we have to offer our patrons in our new Seed Library.

 

Coliseum Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, March 8, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “Eventide”, by Kent Haruf. This is a story of the good and bad times in the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, where the residents confront events that test the limits of their resilience and means.  Then, we will receive our book for April titled, “The Marriage of Opposites”, by Alice Hoffman.  This is a story of a young rebellious girl who is married off to a widower with three children.  He soon dies and she falls in love with her husband’s nephew much to the dismay of her entire family.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

Thursday, March 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm

“Green Angel”, by Alice Hoffman

Alice Hoffman writes in several genres.   If you have never read anything by her, this small book is a short foray into her writing style. This book is classified as Science Fiction, so this would be a good soft introduction to science fiction for those who have never read this genre before.  Green Angel is about a post-apocalyptic time and the young woman in the story experiences a terrible disaster.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Story Time

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

March 2: Dr. Seuss Day

Great Day for Up by Dr. Seuss

The sun is coming up so everyone needs to wake up. It’s a great day to go up on a Ferris wheel.  Look around.  What do you see that goes up around you?

I Am NOT Going to Get up Today by Dr. Seuss

Everyone may try and wake me up, but I don’t want to get up. You can give my egg back to the Hen.  I’m not going to get up today, because today is my “Woozy-Snoozy Zizz-Zizz Zizz Zazz Zuzz.”

Activity: Dr. Seuss

 

March 9: Kite Day

Little Chick: The Kite That Would Not Fly by Amy Hest

Little Chick is trying to fly his leaf kite. He gets so frustrated until Old-Auntie helps him out.  Every now and then don’t we all need some help?

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

Floyd gets his kite stuck in the tree and takes his shoe off to get it unstuck, but when he throws his shoe up into the tree and it gets stuck. He continues throwing all sorts of items into the tree and they all get stuck.  How does he finally get his kite out of the tree?

Activity: kites

 

March 16: World Sleep Day

When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff

A little girl is trying to fall asleep, but all the sheep that she normally counts have fallen asleep. She begins counting deer.  She also counts rabbits.  What actually makes her so sleepy that she finally falls to sleep?

Splat the Cat Dreams Big  by Rob Scotton

Splat’s mother reads to Splat at bedtime. He is scared to go to sleep, because last night he dreamed that he was a prince and he fell in a moat.  What happens tonight in Splat’s dream?

Activity: Wear Pajamas and read books to each other

 

March 23: Art Day

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is very frustrated and says she cannot draw. She hands in her art teacher a blank page.  Her art teacher thinks she has drawn a polar bear in the snow.  Vashti does not think her teacher is funny.  She is handed back the picture and draws a dot and her teacher frames it.  Do you ever think that you cannot do something because you are frustrated?

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

A square that is perfect has four equal sides. On Monday the happy little square becomes cut into pieces and poked full of holes. It doesn’t look like a square any more.  What can you create out of a square?

Art: Square Art

 

March 30: Easter

Fancy Nancy and the Missing Easter Bunny by Jane O’Connor

JoJo brings home the class pet to watch over the weekend. Nancy takes Nibbles out of his cage so her brother and friend may play with the rabbit. Her dad tells them that the Easter Egg Hunt has begun and she forgets to latch Nibbles cage.  Guess who escapes?  Where does Nancy find Nibbles?

The Easter Egg by Jan Brett

The rabbits are decorating eggs and getting ready for Easter. Hoppi goes around looking at his family and neighbors eggs collecting things to decorate his egg.   The Rabbit who decorates the neatest egg will get to help the Easter Bunny deliver the eggs.  When it is time there is no Hoppi and no egg.  What happened to Hoppi and who gets to help the Easter Bunny?

Activity: Easter Egg Hunt

 

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

March 1

Would you rather be a Bullfrog? by Dr. Seuss

Think about what you would rather be and tell me. “ Would you rather be a Bloogle Bird and fly around and sing…   …or would you rather be a Bumble Bee and fly around and sting?”  Where would you like to live in a tent or in igloo?  Please tell me what you would rather be?

Five Little Ducks by Child’s Play

Five little ducks went swimming one day. The mother calls them back by quacking.  Only four of the ducks return.  It continues until we have no ducks left.

(This is our sign language book for the month.)

 

March 8

The Kite by Mary Packard

Look at my kite flying high in the sky. Will my kite touch the birds in the sky?  What would you do if you could ride on your kite?

 

March 15

So Sleepy Story by Uri Shulevitz

In this sleepy sleepy house everything is sleeping. The cuckoo bird makes his noise.  The house wakes up and begins dancing.  The boy opens his eyes and then goes back to sleep.  Everything finally drifts back off to sleep.

 

March 22

Bunny, Bunny by Kirsten Hall

Bunny plays all day long and gets tired. When you play all day do you get tired?

 

March 29

Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea

Goosie and Gertie are gathering eggs and so are BooBoo and Peddie. All of them are decorating their eggs.  They hide their eggs, but then Ollie re-hides them.

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library

 

The Ladies of High Tea will meet the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3:pm — Join us Thursday, March 22nd to discuss Blood Orange by Susan Whittig Albert.

Summary:  It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.  At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.  But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?  China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk… ~~Amazon.com~~

 

In April 2018 the Ladies will read The Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer.  Join us on Thursday, April 26th, 2018!

Summary: Miss Peggy, Dr. Maggie, and Miss Li’l Bit, friends and confidantes for nearly a lifetime, find it funny and bewildering that they have become icons in Charles Valley, Georgia. Little does the rest of the town know that beneath the irreproachable façades of its three doyennes lies an explosive decades-old secret that is about to be revealed. Thirty-odd years ago the three Miss Margarets did something extraordinary, clandestine, and very illegal. Although they are haunted by the night that changed their lives, they believe that their crime was simply a matter of righting an egregious wrong. But when a stranger’s arrival in town and a tragic death open the floodgate of memory, their loyalty, friendship, and honor are tested in ways they could never have imagined—particularly when they have to contend with Laurel Selene, a young woman who has spent her life nursing an alcoholic mother and a huge grudge. Now Laurel is on the verge of discovering what happened the night the three Miss Margarets swore their oath of secrecy. Once she knows, will she reveal the truth about the three women she was raised to despise? Or will she face her own troubled history and put the dark legacy they all share behind them?

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

 

On March 1st the Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4:pm to 5:pm to discuss The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. The Young Classic Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 4:pm to 5:pm.

Summary: Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.  In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, the Franks and another family lived cloistered in the “Secret Annex” of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and surprisingly humorous, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short.

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

Summary:  Manor Farm is like any other English farm, expect for a drunken owner, Mr Jones, incompetent workers and oppressed animals. Fed up with the ignorance of their human masters, the animals rise up in rebellion and take over the farm. Led by intellectually superior pigs like Snowball and Napoleon, the animals how to take charge of their destiny and remove the inequities of their lives. But as time passes, they realize that things aren’t happening quite as expected. Animal Farm is, on one level, a simple story about barnyard animals. On a much deeper level, it is a savage political satire on corrupted ideals, misdirected revolutions and class conflict-themes as valid today as they were sixty years ago.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Lowder’s Friends and Family Chess club meets every Saturday 10:am to 12:45pm (All children must be picked up by our 1:pm closing time). If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or if you have been looking for a place to play join us each Saturday.  All ages and levels are welcome!  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the Meeting Room door.

 

Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play from 3:15pm to 4:15pm.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, March 14th, 2018!

 

Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 3:15pm to 4:15pm. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but the adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, March 21st, 2018!

 

Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, March 8, 2018 from 4:pm to 5:pm.

 

Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday, 6:pm to 7:30pm — unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.

 

We are pleased to announce a new Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year old Thursday from 10:am to 10:15am, a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time is Fridays at 10:15am. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft activity.

 

Join us Tuesdays from 4:pm to 5:pm for a new program – Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30am to 10:30am.  In March we will have classes Tuesday, March  13th and Tuesday, March 20th, 2018.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.

 

The third Saturday of the month, Saturday, March 17, 2018, we will have our monthly Scholarship Seminar in the main area of the library. Students in Grade 8 and up are invited to attend and 8th grade is not too young to be thinking about scholarships!  Join us at 10am!

 

We will be having a College Admission Workshop Monday, March 19th in the Meeting Room at 5:30pm.  Graduating Seniors are invited to attend.

 

Confucius Institute will be here on Friday, March 23rd, from 4:pm to 5:pm to present another in our Cultural Lectures. This month the topic will be “Beijing Hutong, One of the Traditional Family Houses of China.”  Everyone is invited to attend this great program.

 

Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change and cancellation without notice due to situations beyond our control; however, the Lowder Staff makes every effort possible to adhere to posted planned programming.

 

Ramer Branch Library

March 2018 Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, March 14, 11:00- “Preventing Litter”- Alabama PALS. Find out what you can do keep your community beautiful.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Sisters First” by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush. The twin daughters of President Bush write about growing up in the White House.

 

 

 

 

 

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MCCPL Announces February Programs & Events!!

FEBRUARY 2018 PROGRAMS

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time – for age three through six

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

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

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

 

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

 

Bertha P. Williams Library

Adult Program

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

February 2 and 16 @ 10:00am

Description:

Want to learn how to crochet? Have a project you’re working on that you want to show off, need help with? Come to the library and learn or teach a handcraft (knitting, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, macrame, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.

 

Scrabble Time

First and Third Tuesday

February 6 and 20 @ 2:00pm

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

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

February 14 @ 11:00am

Title: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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

 

Why We Black Observe History Month

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

Thursday, February 15 @ 3:00pm

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

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

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

February 28 @ 6:30pm

**New LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

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

Title: City of Women by David R. Gillham

 

Summary: It is 1943—the height of the Second World War. With the men away at the front, Berlin has become a city of women.  On the surface, Sigrid Schröder is the model German soldier’s wife: She goes to work every day, does as much with her rations as she can, and dutifully cares for her meddling mother-in-law, all the while ignoring the horrific immoralities of the regime. But behind this façade is an entirely different Sigrid, a woman of passion who dreams of her former Jewish lover, now lost in the chaos of the war. But Sigrid is not the only one with secrets—she soon finds herself caught between what is right and what is wrong, and what falls somewhere in the shadows between the two… ~Dust Jacket

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

 

Pre-registration IS required.

Sign up for a one on one genealogy session with librarian Amy Campbell. She’ll show you beginning tips and tricks for tracing your ancestry. If you’ve already been working on your tree, find ways to digitize your information to keep better track during your research. Email, Call, or come in to set up your 45 minute session: acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us or 334-240-4979

 

Children’s Programs

Storytime

Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays)

@ 10:00 AM

 

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

 

February 5 and 6

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

 

February 12 and 13

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

 

February 20

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

 

February 26 and 27

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

 

 

***Heroes Like Me Competition

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

 

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

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 6: Celebrating Black History Month

Special guest reader will delight the children by reading African-

American Folklore. Then the children will make a craft.

 

February 13: Be My Valentine

                Children will enjoy the stories Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine

and Valentine Friends, followed by a coloring page activity.

 

February 20: What are the Olympic Games?

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

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

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

do a craft activity.

 

February 27:   Happy Birthday, Amadaeus Mozart!

Children will enjoy hearing  songs with Mozart melodies and

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

they will do a coloring page activity.

 

 

Book Bunch Book Club

Black History Month Program

February 7 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

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

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

 

Hampstead Branch Library

Storytimes

Tuesday @ 10:30 a.m.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Lego Challenge

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

Paper Cuts

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

 

Ramer Branch Library

Storytimes

February 12-15

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

 

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

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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

We will be creating our own tar beach.

 

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

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

We will do a Valentine’s Craft.

 

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

I am Rosa Parks by Brad Meltzer

A biography of Rosa Parks

We will do a Rosa Park’s craft.

 

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

BookFlix: One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell

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

We will do a Valentine’s Craft.

 

Adult Programs

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

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

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

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

 

Storytime

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 7 (Pancake Day)

Curious George Makes Pancakes by Margret A. Rey

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

Activity: Pancake Coloring Sheet

 

February 14

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

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

Activity: Glitter Valentines

 

February 21 (Black History Month)

Celebrating Garrett A. Morgan

Making Traffic Light Snacks

 

February 28 (Celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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

Activity: Dr. Seuss Bookmarks

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

February 2018 Young Adult Programming

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

Homework Assistance (5, 12, 26) @ 6:00 You’ve got homework to do, might as well get out of the house and go to the library to do it! We’ve got awesome resources to help you get done with your homework done!

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

Wednesdays in February (7, 14, 21, 28) @5:00 Teens Write Club :The First Rule of Write Club : Tell everyone about Write Club… If you write, this is the club for you. Whether your words turn into Poems, short stories, novels, or just essays for class… this club is for teens to gather and get their ideas on the page.

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

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

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

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

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programs

 

After 5 Book Club

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

Title: Glory Over Everything

Author: Grissom, Kathleen

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

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, February 1, 8, 15, 22

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

 

Computer Class

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

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

Instructors: Library Staff

 

Hiding in Plain Sight: Montgomery County African American Genealogy Sources

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

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

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

 

Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.                              

Tuesday, February 13

February 27 class is cancelled due to State Senate Runoff Election

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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

 

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Boulevard

271-7005

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Hours 9 – 6     Monday – Friday

Story Time

Thursday at 10:00 am

 

February 1: We love dogs!

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

Amos Likes to Jump by Margaret Lowder

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

Craft – Putting together an Amos puzzle

 

February 8: We can always learn something new!

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

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

The Great Pig Escape by Eileen Christelow

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

Craft – Pig craft

 

February 15: Nature is cool!

The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

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

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child

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

Craft – Tree craft

 

February 22: Do you like alligators?

Guji Guji by Chick-Yuan Chen

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

But I Am an Alligator by Lauren Child

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

Craft – Alligator craft

 

Parent Pre-School Activity Center

The table changes twice a month. We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This is an activity where parent and child explore together.

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

Homework Assistance

5:00 – 5:45 pm

February 6, 13, 20, and 27

Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading. Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lesson you will need assistance with.  Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Color Coders

February 6 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

All ages are invited

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

 

Being Creative with Legos

February 13 and 27 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

 

The Tinkering Table

February 20 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

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

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

 

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

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Each Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00, you can register for an appointment with our volunteer. She will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps.  You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist.

271-7005

 

Computer Class for Seniors

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

Today we will be concentrating on Windows 10.

 

Crochet Class

February 15 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

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

 

Coliseum Adult Program: Black History Month

February 21 @ 10:00 am

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

 

Coliseum Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

February 8 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “One Perfect Lie” by Lisa Scottoline, an emotional thriller and a suburban crime story that will have readers riveted up to the shocking end, with killer twists and characters you won’t soon forget. (Lisa Scottoline).  Then, we will receive our book for March titled “Eventide”, by Kent Haruf.  This is a story of the good and bad times in the High Plains community of Holt, Colorado, where the residents confront events that test the limits of their resilience and means.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

February 22 @ 3:00pm

“Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George

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

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

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00 a.m.

  

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

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

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

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

 

February 15: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

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

 

February 22: Touch and Feel: Bedtime by DK Publishing

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

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

Friday, February 2: Groundhog Day

Wake Up, Groundhog! by Susan Korman

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

Gregory makes a loud noise.

Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby

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

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

Activity: Groundhog

 

February 9: Valentines

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen

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

Love is a Handful of Honey by: Giles Andreae

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

Activity: Valentines

February 16: Show and Tale

Who Can? Daniel Can! by Maggie Tests

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

Nate Likes to Skate by Bruce Degen

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

if you like it or not?

Activity: Bring something to share at Story Time

 

February 23: Why it’s not good to Lie

The Wolf Who Cried Boy by Bob Hartman

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

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

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

Activity: Read a book with your child

 

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

Summary: It’s mid-April in Pecan Springs, and China is renting her guest cottage to Kelly Kaufman, who needs a temporary place to live as she contends with a very acrimonious divorce from her husband Rich. One nasty point of dispute is her part ownership of the Comanche Creek Brewing Company, which she is refusing to sell.  At the same time, as a nurse employed by a local hospice, Kelly has discovered instances of suspicious practices. Even more disturbing, she suspects that a patient was murdered. Kelly’s knowledge could be dangerous, and she wants to get guidance from China on what to do.  But on her way to China’s house, Kelly is forced off the road and critically injured, putting her in a medically induced coma. Now it’s up to China to determine who wanted her out of the picture. Was it her soon-to-be ex? His new lover—who happens to be the sister of China’s friend Ruby? Or someone connected with the corruption at the hospice?  China owes it to her friend to uncover the truth—but she may be putting her own life at risk…   ~~Amazon.com~~

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

 

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

Summary: This beloved story of a pioneer girl and her family begins in 1871 in a log cabin on the edge of the Big Woods of Wisconsin. Laura lives in the little house with her pa, her ma, her sisters Mary and Carrie, and their dog, Jack. Pioneer life is sometimes hard for the family, but it is also exciting as they make their own homemade toys and treats, do the spring planting, bring in the harvest, and visit town. And every night Laura and her family are safe and warm in their little house, with the happy sound of Pa’s fiddle to send them off to sleep. Based on the real-life adventures of Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods is the first book in the award-winning Little House series, which has captivated generations of readers with its depiction of life on the American frontier.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

(Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice).

 

Lowder’s Friends and Family Chess Club meets every Saturday 10AM to 1245PM (All children must be picked up by our 1PM closing time). If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or if you have been looking for a place to play join us each Saturday.  All ages and levels are welcome!  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the Meeting Room door.

 

Gamer’s Club is moving to the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play 315PM to 415PM.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, February 14th, 2018!

 

Lowder Lego League is also moving to the third Wednesday afternoon of the month 315PM-415PM. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, February 21st, 2018!

 

Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.

 

Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday, 6PM-730PM– unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.

 

We are pleased to announce a new Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year every Thursday 10am to 1015m for a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time is Fridays at 1015am.  All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft activity.

 

Join us Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm for a new program – Study Break!  We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 930am to 1030am.  In February we will have classes Tuesday, February 13th and Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.

 

Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change and cancellation without notice due to situations beyond our control; however, the Lowder Staff makes every effort possible to adhere to posted planned programming.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Black History Month

Theme: African Americans in Times of War

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

 

Tuesday, February 6 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

Wednesday, February 7 @ 1:45 1st Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

 

February 13 @ 9:30 6th Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY:  Students will make a Mardi Gras craft

 

Tuesday, February 13 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: Valentine’s Day craft

 

Tuesday, February 13 @ 1:30PM

Pre-K’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade

 

Thursday, February 15 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

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

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

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

 

 

Tuesday, February 20 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: Song and Dance

 

Wednesday, February 21 @ 1:45 1st Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY: Music, Music, Music, Music

 

Wednesday, February 28 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will play with tooth brush timers

 

 

MCCPL Announces December Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

December 2017 Events

 

Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

Read A-Book-Day

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

Tuesday, December 5 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Room for a Little One” by Martin Waddell

Synopsis —- In the stable next to an inn, Kind Ox is just settling in for the night when Old Dog comes into the stable. Kind Ox makes room for Old Dog, who in turn makes room for Stray Cat, who then makes room for Small Mouse–and each time, the larger animal says to the small, “There’s always room for a little one here.” Finally, Tired Donkey comes by, carrying Joseph and Mary, who asks “Where will my child be born?” Kind Ox replies, “There is always room for a little one here.” And so, Jesus is born in the stable with the animals all around Him.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Wednesday, December 6 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “I’LL Be Home for Christmas” by Holly Hobbie

Synopsis —- Toot goes to a family reunion in Scotland, promising Puddle that he’ll be back in Woodcock Pocket in time for Christmas. But a huge snowstorm strands him far away from home on Christmas Eve! As Puddle waits anxiously for his friend, another holiday traveler helps Toot find his way to Woodcock Pocket, just in time.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 7 @ 12:00 3rd 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: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 7 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Arthur’s Christmas” by Marc Brown

Synopsis —- Arthur is taking his Christmas shopping for Santa very seriously. He wants his gift to be absolutely perfect, but with Christmas only days away he needs a little help from his sister, D.W., to make this holiday a success.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Friday, December 8 @ 9:00 to 1:00

Holiday Open House — READ-A-Book-Day

 

Tuesday, December 12 @ 9:30 5th Grade

BOOK: “At Christ-Mastime” by Valerie Worth

Synopsis — Festive poetry and full-color illustrations celebrate the entire Christmas season, from candy canes to Wise Men, from early December to Twelfth Night. By the award-winning author of All the Small Poems.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

     

Tuesday, December 12 @ 11:15 Pre-K

BOOK: “Santa Knows” by Cynthia and Greg Lritich Smith

Synopsis —- Who knows if you’ve been naughty or nice? Santa knows, that’s who! But not everyone believes in Santa Claus. Bah, humbug. Consider Alfie F. Snorklepuss. He thinks he’s proven that Santa Claus doesn’t exist. Alfie thinks there is no way that Santa could do all the things he’s supposed to, like deliver billions of presents all over the world in one night or know what every little kid wants. When Alfie starts spreading the word that there is no Santa Claus, he makes someone very unhappy: his little sister Noelle. And so Noelle turns to the only person who can help her. The one person Alfie thinks doesn’t exist: Santa Claus. Ho, ho, ho! In this sweet and funny picture book from husband-wife team Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, with illustrations by Steve Björkman, Alfie gets an attitude adjustment, North Pole-style, from Santa and his elves, and Noelle gets exactly what she wanted for Christmas: a nicer big brother.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Tuesday, December 12 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

Synopsis —- A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . . Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Wednesday, December 13 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Angelina’s Christmas” by Katharine Holabird

Synopsis —- When Angelina Ballerina sees old Mr. Bell all alone at Christmastime, she decides to bring him some holiday cheer. Cousin Henry doesn’t want to help until he finds that there’s a real Santa Claus living in their town! Angelina’s Christmas is a heartwarming story that is perfect for holiday giving.

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 14 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “On Christmas Eve” by Margaret Wise Brown

Synopsis —- In the big, quiet house where parents are sleeping, the children wait and listen, thinking of reindeer and angels and stars. Then, with no sound but their own thumping hearts, the children creep downstairs to see the glorious tree and to make a Christmas wish. Margaret Wise Brown’s magical story captures all the wonder and mystery of a child’s Christmas Eve. Nancy Edwards Calder’s

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Pike Road Branch Library

December 2017 Programs

 

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 a visit from Santa Claus! Grown-ups should bring their cameras for photo opportunities with 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 age three through six

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

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

 

December 4 – Bear just wants to sleep. It is winter time, after all, and that is what bears do. His friends, however, have other plans for his evening. Can Bear stay up for Christmas? All will be revealed in Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

 

December 11 – “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 18 – Christmas is ONE WEEK AWAY and we’re excited! The characters in today’s stories are excited, too…maybe a little too excited. Teddy keeps asking, “Is It Christmas Yet?” in a book by Jane Chapman and Llama Llama just needs to calm down in Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney.

 

Toddler Time – for age one through three

 Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

December 6

December 13

December 20

NOTE: We will NOT have Toddler Time on December 27

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, December 13 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss The Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis.

Publisher’s Summary – On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the center of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself.

 

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

 

Ramer Branch Library Storytime

These story times will be held at the Dunbar-Ramer School for Grades K-3
Monday, December 11- Third Grade- 1pm

Activity/Craft Hour: We will be decorating Styrofoam cone Christmas Trees.

 

Tuesday, December 12- Kindergarten- 1pm

Bless You, Santa! by Eric Julie Sykes

Santa gets sick right before Christmas Eve, who will deliver the presents and will there be Christmas? Let’s find out as we read along.

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys

 

Wednesday, December 13- 2nd Grade- 1pm

Activity/Craft Hour: We will be decorating Paper Plate Christmas Tree.

 

Thursday, December 14- 1st Grade 1pm

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

Let’s get groovy with Pete the Cat as he saves Christmas.

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys

 

Ramer Adult Program

 

December 13 @ 11:00 a.m.

Special Adult Program

 

“Food Preparation” by Montgomery County Cooperative Extension Service. Learn how to keep food safe & healthy!

 

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

December 5: “Christmas in Sweden”

As part of this year’s international Christmas theme for the libraries, Mr. Jon will read “The Tomten and the Fox”-a story about the tomten, mischievous “little people” in Swedish children’s stories. The children will do a craft to make their own Tomten.

 

December 12: National Poinsettia Day

Children will enjoy the movie The Legend of the Poinsettia, then Ms. Anita will read The Legend of the Indian Painbrush, followed by a craft.

 

December 19: Holiday Open House “Christmas Around the World: In Sweden”

                 We will host our open house from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with refreshments,

door prizes, a story reader, and entertainment.

 

December 26: Everything Elephants Day

Children will enjoy singing elephant songs, then Ms. Anita will read Little Elephant and Can You Move Like an Elephant? Finally, they will do a coloring page activity.

               

Governor’s Square Book Bunch Book Club

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

 

Book Bunch will discuss the Christian fiction novel The Gift by Richard Paul Evans.

The theme of the book is based on a personal experience the author had when he was 9 years old. His older brother fell out of a tree and grabbed a seven-thousand-volt power line. He had fallen to the ground and gone limp, but survived with holes burned through the soles of his shoes and deep imprints burned on his fingers. That night his grandfather came to the house. He had what Christians call gifts of the Spirit, particularly the gift of healing. He blessed the brother’s hand to heal without scar or blemish.

A week later, when the doctor removed the bandage to check the wound, there was no evidence of any injury. There was neither sore nor blemish. The Gift is about healing of the wounds within us. Please come join us for an interesting discussion of this powerful book.

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

December 6

The Christmas Mouse by Anne Mortimer

Synopsis: Mouse gets ready for Christmas Day and makes a special Christmas wish.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

December 13

Read A Book Day Celebration! Holiday Open House

Come join us in celebrating Read-A-Book Day with

Special Guests: Santa Claus &Coca Cola Polar Bear

 

December 20

Bless You Santa! by Julie Sykes

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

Activity: Santa Craft

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Young Adult Programming

 

Mondays in December (4, 11, 18, 25)            Young Adult Book Club @ 5pm                                                     Meet afterschool to discuss your latest read, the movie you saw over the weekend, or that awesome track you discovered last week.

 

Thursdays in December (7, 14, 21, 28)           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Refreshments will be provided.

 

Fridays in December (1,15, 22, 24)                Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Join us for popcorn, soda, and a great movie! Every Friday we will be watch a feature film decided by participants at the previous week’s showing!

 

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Homework Assistance (4, 11, 18, 25) @ 6:00 You’ve got homework to do, might as well get out of the house and go to the library to do it! We’ve got awesome resources to help you get done with your homework done!

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming

 

After 5 Book Club

Monday, December 4 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Summary: All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara did not have an ideal home life.  The question why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her.  Finally, she is ready to take steps and to find closure.  ~Editor

 

Mesh Wreath Class

Wednesday, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 @ 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 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 11:00 a.m.

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

Instructors: Library Staff

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

The Sound of Music @ the Library Featuring the Montgomery Dulcimer Players and

Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Musician

Tuesday, December 19 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: The Montgomery Dulcimer Players will perform using hammered dulcimers which are percussion and stringed instruments with the strings typically stretched over a trapezoidal sounding board in which the strings are beaten with small hammers. In addition, the audience is invited to

Sing- Along with Mrs. Stringer in a series of holiday carols.

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, December 14

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

Yoga @ The Library 6:00 p.m. will resume January 2018

 

Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library

Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

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Hours 9-6       Monday – Friday

 

December 7: We must all learn to live together!

Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen

Synopsis: Mucky Moose is so smelly that he uses this to scare away the mean, old wolf.

This Old House by Karen Ackerman

Synopsis: Although an old house appears abandoned, an owl, squirrels, mice, rabbits, and many other wild creatures have made it their home.

Craft – Moose craft

 

December 14: You can learn to do things yourself!

I Can Do It Myself by Diane Adams

Synopsis: Emily Pearl is a big girl who insists on doing everything for herself, until evening when having someone help her get ready for bed is nice.

Number Nine Duckling by Susan Akass

Synopsis: A duckling learns he can do anything if he sets his mind to it.

Craft – Duck craft

 

December 21: Christmas is near!

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pollotta & David Biedrzycki

Synopsis: Santa tries to decide which animals will be best suited to guide his Christmas sleigh.

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse

Synopsis: When the Christmas Rabbit makes his wish come true and brings him the beautiful red sled from the store window, Little Rabbit wants it all to himself until he learns that even the best gift is better when shared.

Craft – Reindeer mask

 

December 28: Are you afraid of the unknown?

Watch Out! Big Bro Is Coming! by Jez Alborough

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

Miss Nelson Is Missing! by James Marshall

Synopsis: The kids in room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a vile substitute.

Craft – Mouse craft

 

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 thought processes. This is an activity where parent and child explore together.

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

 

Coding Club for Boys and Girls

Monday, December 4 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join the fun and the great educational experience in learning to “Code”. This is a wonderful opportunity for boys and girls in grades 4 and up.  The class will have limited seating for this series of classes.

 

Color Coders

Tuesday, December 5 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Homework Assistance

Tuesday, December 5 and 12 @ 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 lesson you will need assistance with.  Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Being Creative with Legos

Tuesday, December 12 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

 

The Tinkering Table

Tuesday, December 19 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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

*Today we will make Christmas ornaments with glitter and popsicle sticks.

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Arts and Crafts for Adults

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

Today we will be making snow globes.

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Each Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00, you can register for an appointment with our volunteer. She will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps.  You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist. Call 271-7005

 

Computer Class for Seniors

Tuesday, December 5, 12, and 19 @ 10:00 a.m.

We will be concentrating on what the library offers digitally during the month of December.

 

Coliseum Adult Program

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

The Montgomery Dulcimer’s will be performing for our annual Open House. Come by and enjoy your favorite holiday music and join us for refreshments afterwards.

 

Coliseum Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, December 14 @ 3:00 p.m.

Today we will be discussing The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck.  This is a novel of three women who are striving to survive during WWII, and what they must do to escape the atrocities of war.  Then, we will receive our book for January titled, A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, December 28 @ 3:00 p.m.

The Memory Collector by Meg Gardiner will be discussed today. Forensic psychiatrist Jo Beckett’s specialty is the psychological autopsy- an investigation into a person’s life to determine whether a death was natural, accidental, suicide, or homicide. She calls herself a dead-shrinker instead of a head-shrinker: The silence of her “patients” is a key part of the job’s attraction.  https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2421292.The_Memory_Collector

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-4991

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

 

December 7

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 14

We will read The Jacket I Wear In the Snow by Shirley Neitzel and illustrated by Nancy Winslow Parker.  A young girl names all the clothes that she must wear to play in the snow.  We will have an activity.

 

December 21

Movie Day

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

Ready, set; glow as the Peanuts Gang gets into the spirit of the season! While Linus writes his letter to Santa, Lucy tries her best to be nice, Charlie Brown and Sally wait

up for Santa and Snoopy has a run in with a ferocious cat next door.

 

December 28

(No Storytime)

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

December 1

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Synopsis: Ferdinand is a bull from Spain. He enjoys smelling the flowers until one day he sits on a bee.  After a few men see him running they decide to a bull fighter.  How do you think Ferdinand feels about bull fighting?

Flight School by Lita Judge

Synopsis: Penguin is a mixed up bird who thinks he can attend flight school and learn to fly.  Now at the end of three weeks do you think Penguin is able to fly?

Activity: flower art

 

December 8

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

Synopsis: Dinosaurs are supposed to be good patients and not act bad.  They are supposed to take their medicine, drink their juice and get plenty of rest.  Are you a good dinosaur or a bad dinosaur when you get sick?

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

Synopsis: Santa catches a cold and asks Pete the Cat to takes his place.  Is Pete the Cat Christmas?  Is Pete the Cat able to save Christmas for everyone?

Activity: Read a story to your child

 

December 15

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta

Synopsis: Santa tries using all sorts of animals to guide his sleigh.  He tries tigers, but they try to eat him.  The mice are too little and the sleigh weighs too much.  What animal does he finally choose to use?

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by: Anna Dewdney

Synopsis: Llama Llama is excited about Christmas, but is very impatient.  Llama Llama wants Christmas to hurry up and get here.

 

December 22 @ 10:30 a.m. Story Time for Everyone

We will be showing a movie on this day. Please feel free to wear your pajamas.  This holiday movie is about a little boy and he is able to hear the sound of Christmas.  If you believe, you will hear it too.

 

December 29

A Peguin Story by Antoinette Portis

Synopsis: Edna is a penguin looking for something that is not black, white or blue.  Do you think she will find it?

How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure

Synopsis: Cats chase and stalk.  This book uses lots of verbs to describe how cats behave.  Activity: Color pinwheel craft

 

Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 14 @ 10:30 a.m.

A Special Story Time to take pictures with Santa at our Holiday Open House

Librarian’s Night Before Christmas by David Davis

Synopsis: The Librarian is busy mending books. Until Santa appears giving out books in a bookmobile.

Activity: Visit and take pictures with Santa

 

Lowder Library Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00 a.m.

December 7

Red Sled by Lita Judge

A child goes sledding in this story and makes the noises of the snow.

 

December 14

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

It talks of a traveler who goes through the woods, but never names the traveler in the story.

 

December 21

One Is Enough by Julie Kidd Cook

This little girl says that one is enough for her. “One dog. One stick.”  Is one enough for you?

 

December 28

Welcome, Little Baby by Aliki

This book is welcoming the new little baby to the world. Telling the baby that they will learn all sorts of things.

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library

 

The Ladies of High Tea meet the First Tuesday of the Month at 3pm—Join us Tuesday, December 5th to discuss Christmas Caramel Murder by JoAnne Fluke.

Summary:  The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues. Like the fact that Lisa’s husband will be playing Mr. Claus to his ex-girlfriend Phyllis Bates’ Mrs. Claus. Or that before the curtains even go up Phyllis is found dead in the snow—wearing a costume that the real Mrs. Claus would put on the naughty list. Soon after, the suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, while a merry murderer remains on the loose. With clues even harder to find, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays . . .

~~Amazon.com~~

 

On January 2, 2018 the Ladies will read Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs.

Summary:  Theodosia Browning’s dear friend Delaine Dish has asked her to be a bridesmaid for her wedding. But when the big day arrives, everything seems to be going wrong. First, a massive storm is brewing over Charleston. A bad omen? Second, Delaine’s sister is late for the ceremony. And finally, the groom not only has cold feet—his whole body is cold. A murderer has crashed the wedding.  As Theodosia comforts a devastated Delaine, she needs to sort out the suspects on the groom’s side from the suspects on the bride’s side. One thing soon becomes apparent—revenge won’t be the only dish served cold at this wedding. And if Theodosia doesn’t watch her step, a cold-blooded killer may have a rude reception in store for her…  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

 

On December 7th the Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4pm to 5pm to discuss A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. The Young Classic Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 4PM to 5PM.

Summary:  Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for the poor or the wretched. And it’s “Bah, humbug!” to anyone who wishes him a Merry Christmas. But when he turns in for the night one cold, fateful Christmas Eve, his past, present, and future converge. Three haunting guests are about to show him that the time has come to change his miserly ways—before it’s too late.  ~~Amazon.com~~

 

On Thursday, January 4, 2018 the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Bridge to Terabethia by Katherine Paterson.

Summary: Jess Aarons has been practicing all summer so he can be the fastest runner in the fifth grade. And he almost is, until the new girl in school, Leslie Burke, outpaces him. The two become fast friends and spend most days in the woods behind Leslie’s house, where they invent an enchanted land called Terabithia. One morning, Leslie goes to Terabithia without Jess and a tragedy occurs. It will take the love of his family and the strength that Leslie has given him for Jess to be able to deal with his grief.

~~Amazon.com~~

Note: Selections are taken from Required Reading Lists and please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.

 

Lowder’s Friends and Family Chess Club meets every Saturday 10am to 1245pm (All children must be picked up by our 1PM closing time).  If you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or if you have been looking for a place to play join us each Saturday.  All ages and levels are welcome!  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the Meeting Room door.

 

Gamer’s Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play either a 330pm to 430pm slot or 430pm to 530pm slot.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Friday, December 8!

 

Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 4pm-5pm.  Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Friday, December 8!

 

Open Mic Night is back! Join us the third Monday of the month at 6pm to “show your stuff!”  If you can sing or dance, if you write poetry, or if you like to make people laugh sign up by 5pm the day of the program and show us what you can do!  As always this is a family oriented program so nothing offensive to little (or big) ears and we never ever criticize.  Join us Monday, December 18.

 

Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACTMAL? Drop Everything And Color (in the Main Area of Lowder)! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring the second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, December 14 from 4pm-5pm.  Since Alabama became the 22nd state to join the Union on December 14th, 1819 we will celebrate our state’s 198th birthday as this month’s theme!

 

Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday, 6pm-730pm— unless school is out.  Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.

 

Join us Tuesdays from 4pm to 5pm for a new program – Study Break!  We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 930am to 1030am.  In December we will have classes Tuesday, December 12th and Tuesday, December 19th.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.

 

Our annual Christmas Open House will be Thursday, December 14th starting at 10am. We will have a visit from the Jolly Old Elf Himself from 10:30am to 12N and everyone is invited to come tell Santa what they want for Christmas!

 

We are pleased to announce a new Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year every Thursday 10am to 1015m for a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time is Fridays at 1015am. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft activity.

 

 

Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Branch

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 4

Christmas is coming and we need to prepare our want lists. We’ll get ideas from Santa Claus: The World’s Number One Toy Expert (Frazee) and I Love My New Toy (Willems)

 

**December 5

Join us for a very special Christmas story time during our Open House. We’ll read the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas (Moore) and a very special visitor will help us read When Santa Lost His Ho Ho Ho! (Rader)

 

December 11 and 12

With Christmas coming, we all know Waiting is Not Easy (Willems), we’ll learn why it’s important to wait and how sometimes it’s worth it. Unfortunately, Llama Llama hasn’t learned that lesson yet in Llama Llama Holiday Drama (Dewdney).

 

December 18 and 19

Santa Claus gets really tired during his Christmas Eve flight and takes a nap, when he wakes up he finds himself surrounded by bears in Santa Claus and the Three Bears (Modugno). Don’t worry! We have less scary bears too, we’ll find out Where Teddy Bears Come From (Burgess).

 

December 25 and 26 – Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays! No Story time!

 

**Open House activities! Join us all day for Christmas music, play a board game, or just read and relax with us.

 

Adult Program

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

December 1 and 15

Time: 10:00am

Description:

Want to learn how to crochet? Have a project you’re working on that you want to show off, need help with? Come to the library and learn or teach a handcraft (knitting, sewing, crochet, cross-stitch, macrame, origami, chainmail, whatever). Crafters of all ages and genders are welcome. Bring supplies and we’ll build the expertise together.

 

**Scrabble Time

First Tuesday

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 2:00pm

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

 

**Open House Cookie and Recipe Exchange

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 4-5pm

Description: Join us for milk and cookies (milk provided by us) for our first cookie exchange. Bring a plate of at least a dozen cookies and we’ll send you home with a dozen of different varieties and a recipe booklet. If you aren’t able to make the date/time, drop off your cookies the day of and we’ll hold a plate for you up until closing Dec 6th. To get a recipe booklet, just share a cookie recipe any time before the 5th. Don’t want to leave your house? Email us! acampbell@montgomeryal.gov. Let us know if you want the recipe book in digital or print format. Note: you must contribute cookies to get a cookie plate.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

December 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Georgia Bottoms

Author: Mark Childress

Description: Georgia Bottoms may be Six Points, Alabama’s finest feature – beautiful, worldly, a splendid cook and faithful churchgoer who cares for her aged mother and sells handmade quilts to her grateful neighbors.

 

Georgia also has a discreet side business, “entertaining” six local gentlemen at night. Judge Barnett on Sunday, Sheriff Allred on Friday, the doctor on Wednesday (Monday’s are Georgia’s own). Each gentleman gets a night tailored to his particular tastes, each has been trained to leave a “gift” to help Georgia get by, and each one thinks he is Georgia’s only secret lover.

 

When Preacher Eugene Hendrix (Saturdays) decides he must confess their affair in front of his wife and the entire congregation, Georgia may be able to stop him in time. But one pin pulled out of her elaborately protected life may be all it takes to send the whole structure to hell in a hurry. Chin high, posture perfect, her Chanel handbag tucked firmly under her arm, Georgia sets out to save herself, her mama, and her particular notion of virtue from total ruin. ~Dust Jacket

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

December 27

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Cafe Louisa- 503 Cloverdale Rd

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Cafe Louisa as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! We alternate between fiction and nonfiction/biography as well as discuss other books we read during the month or in the past that are related. Additional titles on the theme will be available, so bring your library card! Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.

Book Swap!

Description: Instead of all reading the same book we will choose someone to pick a book for. Pair off with your chosen person and get to know their tastes and what they’ve enjoyed in the past. See if they’re looking to read outside their normal genre, or if there’s a book you’ve read you think they’ll like. Then we’ll discuss those books in January and see how we all did. This is a great time for new people to join! Books may be lent from personal collections, but it is at the lender’s risk and borrowers should be made aware beforehand.

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

Pre-registration IS required.

Sign up for a one on one genealogy session with librarian Amy Campbell. She’ll show you beginning tips and tricks for tracing your ancestry. If you’ve already been working on your tree, find ways to digitize your information to keep better track during your research. Email, Call, or come in to set up your 45 minute session.

334-240-4979

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

Hampstead Library Open House

Thursday, December 21 @ 4:00 p.m.

Storytimes, Movie, and a Visit from Santa

 

 

Morgan Library Open House

Saturday, December 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Holiday Caroling and Musical Entertainment

Performed by Mr. Robert Walton

Library Scavenger Hunt

Light refreshments

 

Ramer Branch Library

Christmas Open House

Friday, December 15 @ 3-5p.m.

Storytime, Arts and Crafts, and a visit from Santa

Refreshments will be served