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

Food for Fines

April 7 – May 12, 2019

 

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

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

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

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

 

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MCCPL Announces April Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

April 2019

 

 

Bertha P. Williams Library

Children’s Programs

Story Time!

Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am (Except holidays)

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

 

April 1 and 2

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

 

April 8

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

 

April 9

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

 

April 15 and 16

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

 

April 22 and 23

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

 

April 29 and 30

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

 

Adult Program

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday

April 4 and 18 @ 3pm

Description:

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

 

Strong Families = Strong Communities

Wednesday, April 10 @ 10:00am

 

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

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Wednesday, April 10 @ 11:00am

Title: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier

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

 

Novel Colors

Wednesday, April 24 @ 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

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

Title: Blacksad (Vol. 1)

Writer/Artist: Juan Diaz Canales/Juanjo Guarnido

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

 

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays) @ 10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

Pre-registration IS required.

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

 

All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Friday, April 19 @ 3:00pm

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

 

All Month, All Ages

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

 

Hampstead Branch April Programs

 

Toddler Time

Ages 2 and Under

Every Monday @ 10:00 a.m.

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

Story Time

Ages 3 and Up

Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m.

 

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

Activity: Bear puppet

 

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

Activity: Make Your Own Dog

 

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

Activity: Egg Carton Garden

 

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

Activity: Seed Art

 

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

Activity: Make a Truck

 

STEAM’ed

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

**REGISTRATION REQUIRED**

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

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

 

 

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time – for age three and up

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Toddler Time – for age two and under

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

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

April 3

April 10

April 17

April 24

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up

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

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

 

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

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

 

*Special Event:

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

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

 

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

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 2: Hopping Frogs Day

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

 

(NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK –April 7-13)

April 9: Community Helper: The Librarian

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

 

April 16: Happy Easter!

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

 

April 23: Love Your Pets

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

 

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

Fairytales and Folktales

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

 

 

BOOK BUNCH

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

 

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

All adults are welcome.

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

April Storytime

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

 

April 7-13: National Library Week

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Ramer Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3pm

 

April 3, 10, 17 & 24

 

Adult Programs

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

 

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

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

National Library Week 7-13, 2019

“Libraries = Strong Communities”

 

 

April 2: Pre-K @ 11:10

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

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

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

 

April 3: 1st Grade @ 1:30

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

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

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

 

April 5: 6th Grade @ 11:45

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

 

April 8: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game

 

April 10: 6th Grade @ 9:00

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM

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

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

 

April 11, 2019 3rd Grade @ 9:30

BOOK: “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies

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

ACTIVITY: Students will play a Library game

 

April 11: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 16: Pre-K @ 11:10

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

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

ACTIVITY: The children will make a craft

 

April 17: 1st Grade @ 1:30

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

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

ACTIVITY: Student will do a song and dance

 

April 23: 4th Grade @ 12:15

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 24: 5th Grade @ 10:30

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 24: 1st Grade @ 1:30

BOOK: “Our Library” by Eve Bunting

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

April 25: 3rd Grade @ 9:30

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will experiment with Milk making Rainbows

 

April 25: 2nd Grade @ 1:30

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

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

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

 

April 30: Pre-K @ 11:10

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

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make a craft

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 3

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

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

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

April 10

Celebrating National Library Week with a Scavenger Hunt!!!

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

 

April 17

Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen

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

Bring Your Baskets For The Easter Egg Hunt!!!

 

April 24

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

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

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

Young Adult Programs

 

Paper Flowers

When: Thursday, April 4 @ 4pm

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

 

Community Service and Servant Leadership

When: Thursday, April 11 @ 4pm

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

 

Galaxy Gems

When: Thursday, April 18 @ 4pm

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

 

DIY Bath Bombs

When: Thursday, April 25 @ 4pm

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

 

Rufus Lewis Adult Programming

After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, April 1 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Becoming, Michelle Obama

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

 

Yoga @ the Library             

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

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

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

 

Computer Class

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

Library Staff, Instructors

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

 

Scrapbooking

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

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

 

Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

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

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

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club

 

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK PROGRAM:

Managing Someone Else’s Money

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

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

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

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

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

http://www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

 

Story Time

Thursdays 2 10:00 a.m.

 

April 4: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! by Mo Willems

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

Craft – Puppy

 

April 11:   We love silly stories!

Celebrating National Library Week

This Little Chick by John Lawrence

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

The Troublesome Pig by Priscilla Lamont

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

Craft – Pig craft

 

April 18:   Easter is near!

Max’s Easter Surprise by Rosemary Wells

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

The Night Before Easter by Natasha Wing

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

Craft – Easter Bunny craft

 

April 25   It’s fun to make-believe!

It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle

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

Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

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

Craft – Fish craft

 

Parent Pre-School Activity Center: This table changes once a month.  We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This table has activities where parent and child explore together.

 

 

Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

Color Coders

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

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

 

Beginning Sign Language

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

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

 

Homework Assistance

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

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

 

Being Creative with Legos

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

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

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

Registration is required.

 

Tinkering Table

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

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

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Senior Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve an appointment.

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

 

Crochet Class

April 4 and 18 @ 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

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

 

Coliseum Adult Program

National Library Week

April 10 @ 10:00 a.m.

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

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

April 11 @ 3:00 p.m.

Celebrating National Library Week

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

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

 

Curious Genre Book Club

April 25 @ 3:00 p.m.

“Celine” by Peter Heller

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

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

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

 

 

April 4th

April Showers Bring May Flowers 

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

 

April 11th 

Easter

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

 

April 18th 

Movie Day!

We will watch Spring into adventure with Dora the Explorer!

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

 

April 25th

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

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

 

 

Young Adult Department

 

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

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

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

 

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

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

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

things anime!

 

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

 

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

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

 

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

Anime/Manga Club Meeting

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting

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

 

 

Cover to Cover Book Club

April 2 @ 6:30 p.m.

Hope Springs by Kim Cash Tate

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

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

 

Computer Classes for the Month of April 2019

 

Tuesday Adult Classes

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

 

April 2 – Ace the Interview and Get the Job

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

Saturday Children’s Classes

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

 

April 6 – MS Excel 2016

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

 

Saturday Adult Classes

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

 

April 13 – Excel: Parts 1 & 2

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

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @10:00 a.m.

 

Frog

April 4

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming

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

Oh No! by Bronwen Scarffe

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

(This is our signing book for the month.)

 

Fairy Tales

April 11

Duck and Hen by Joy Cowley

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

 

Easter

April 18

Bunny, Bunny by Kirsten Hall

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

 

Arbor Day

April 25

A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

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

 

Preschool Storytime

Fridays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 5

Frog

Frog and Friends Outdoor Surprises by Eve Bunting

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

Ten Tiny Tadpoles by Debbie Tarbett

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

Activity: Frog Art

 

April 12

Fairy Tale

The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton

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

Root-A-Toot-Toot!  by Bernice Myers

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

Activity: Little Red Hen Craf

 

April 19

Easter

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

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

Easter Eggs-Travaganza by Jenne Simon

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

Activity: Annual Easter Egg Hunt

 

April 26

National Arbor Day

The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein

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

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

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

Activity: Tree Art

 

Bunny Stories

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

 

Knuffle Bunny Free by Mo Willems

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

The Velveteen Rabbit based on the story by Margery Williams

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

Activity: Bunny coloring sheets

 

Other Happenings @ Lowder in April

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

 

Monday, April 8:

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

Blue Monday—Dress up in the color blue.

Tuesday, April 9:

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

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

Wednesday, April 10:

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

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

Thursday, April 11:

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

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

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

Friday, April 12:

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

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

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

Dress up as your favorite fairy tale character.

Saturday, April 13:

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

Dress up in your favorite College Team colors or shirts.

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

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

~~Amazon.com~~

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, April 17th, 2019!

 

Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT?  Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!  We’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, April 24th!

 

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

 

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

MCCPL Announces March Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

March 2019 Programs

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time

for age three and up –

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

 

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

 

March 4 – We’ll get ready for Mardi Gras with a trip to the bayou when we read Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis. Alan the Alligator likes to scare the other animals with his big scary teeth, but Alan has a deep, dark secret that might bring an end to his reign of terror.

 

March 11 – That weird old lady is swallowing more stuff again, including a four-leaf clover! What is she going to make with all that stuff this time? The answers await us in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro and Jared Lee.

 

March 18 – Spring arrives this week, so it’s time for hibernating animals to wake up. Mole is the vernal equivalent of a morning person, but Bear just won’t wake up. What lengths must Mole go to in order to wake his friend in Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand?

 

March 25 – It’s finally spring and Bear wakes up ready for breakfast. We’ll see if his friends can ever fill him up when we read Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

 

Toddler Time

for age two and under

Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

March 6

March 13

March 20

March 27

 

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 13 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan Stokes.

Publisher’s Summary – Twelve-year-old Addison Cooke just wishes something exciting would happen to him. His aunt and uncle, both world-famous researchers, travel to the ends of the earth searching for hidden treasure, dodging dangerous robbers along the way, while Addison is stuck in school all day. Luckily for Addison, adventure has a way of finding the Cookes. After his uncle unearths the first ancient Incan clue needed to find a vast trove of lost treasure, he is kidnapped by members of a shadowy organization intent on stealing the riches. Addison’s uncle is the bandits’ key to deciphering the ancient clues and looting the treasure . . . unless Addison and his friends can outsmart the kidnappers and crack the code first. So it’s off to South America, where the excitement, danger, gold, booby traps, and car chases are never-ending!

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, March 21 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss A Well-Behaved Woman by Therese Anne Fowler.

Publisher’s Summary – After the Civil War, young Alva Smith and her sisters are left with nothing but their good name. Then she is introduced to William Vanderbilt, whose nouveau riche family is upending established New York society. They marry, but find themselves excluded by the old-money doyennes who control access to the city’s social and political scene. Refused entry, Alva designs and builds mansions and hosts her own grand balls. Denied a box seat at the Academy of Music, she helps found the Metropolitan Opera House. Outspoken, brave, and fiercely independent, Alva defies convention by championing suffrage for women, African-Americans and immigrants, and supporting labor union strikes. And, when William’s attentions wander, Alva puts her future at risk–with a scandalous strategy that changes her life.

 

 

Bertha P. Williams Library

 

Children’s Programs

Story time!

Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10am (Except holidays)

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

 

March 4 and 5

Should I Share My Ice Cream (Willems) or just keep it to myself, how will my friend know if I don’t share? Well if my friend is The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Carle), he will definitely notice!

 

March 11 and 12

The Incredible Book Eating Boy (Jeffers) can’t get enough books, but are they good for him? And if you think he eats too many books, just see how much paint a person can get into in I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More (Beaumont).

 

March 19

He’s a Pout Pout Fish (Hanna) and he has the weary drearies to spread all over the place. But don’t worry, because I Love It When You Smile (McBratney).

 

March 25 and 26

Leave Me Alone (Brosgol) shouts an old woman to her family. A little cat declares that I am a Cat (Bernstein) to much bigger cats.

 

Adult Program

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday

March 7 and 21 @ 3pm

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

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

March 13 @ 11:00am

Title: The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

Description: Some secrets can’t be kept. . . . Years ago, they were all the best of friends. But as time passed and circumstances changed, they grew apart, became adults with families of their own, and began to forget about the past-and the terrible lie they all shared. But now Gordon, the youngest and wildest of the five, has died and the others are thrown together for the first time in years. And then the revelations start. Could their long-ago lie be the reason for their troubles today? Each one of these old friends has to wonder if their secret has been discovered-and if someone within the circle is out to destroy them. ~Hoopla

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

March 27 @ 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

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

Title: POS

Writer/Artist: Pierre Paquet/Jesus Alonso Iglesias

Description: A young man struggles to build a publishing company, find love, and discover who he really is, with his one true trusted companion being the dog who truly seems to understand him. In the end, he realizes that for far too long he has been self-absorbed. A touching autobiographical story by Swiss BD publisher Pierre Paquet, the spiritual sequel to Paquet’s Eisner-nominated A Glance Backward, which recounted his experience dealing with the death of his father at age 11. ~Hoopla

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays) @ 10:30-11:15 AND 2:30-3:15

Pre-registration IS required.

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

 

All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Friday, March 15 @ 3:00pm

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

 

Hampstead Branch

 

Toddler Time

Every Monday @ 10:00

Ages 2 and Under

 

March 4: Spring is almost here, so we’ll see what happens when birds build a Nest (by Jorey Hurley).

March 11: We’re going on a trip with Money and Me by Emily Gravett.

March 18: Let’s have an adventure with Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

March 25: What happens when a cow tries to drive a car? Find out in Moo by David LaRochelle

 

Story Time

Every Tuesday @ 10:30

Ages 3 and Up

 

March 5: Duck has a very odd egg, and what is going to come out of it? Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

Activity: Build a Bird Nest

 

March 12: No Story Time

 

March 19: Everyone’s waking up for spring, let’s find out who in Who’s Awake in Springtime? by Phillis Gershator

Activity: Create a Spring Landscape

 

March 26: Bunny Bear (by Andrea J. Loney) does not act like the other bunnies. Can he find a place to fit in?

Activity: Animal Puppets

Get Steam’ed

March 28th @ 3:30

1st Grade and Up

**Registration Required**

Spring is here, so we are celebrating by learning all about leaves! We’ll see how trees breathe and what colors are in leaves with a take home experiment to enjoy.

 

Ramer Branch Library

 

March Storytime

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

 

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

Students will create their own Dr. Seuss’ The Places you’ll Go parachutes and decorate them.

 

Tuesday, March 5: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

Let’s learn our ABC’s with Dr. Seuss and his fun characters. There will be an activity.

 

Wednesday, March 6: 2nd Grade- 1:00 pm

Kids Trivia Hour: Dr. Seuss Jeopardy

 

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

Horton Hears a Who!

Here comes Horton! One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry for help coming from a speck of dust. What could it be or who? Let’s find out! We will be doing a Horton Craft.

 

Lego Club

Wednesdays @ 3pm

March 6, 13, 20 & 27

 

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, March 13 @ 11:00: “Elder Abuse” by Family Sunshine Center. What are the ways to combat this problem? Find out at this program

 

Wednesday, March 27 @ 11:00: Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Woman With a Secret” by Sophie Hannah. A woman’s world is torn apart when she is charged with murder

 

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

March 5: Celebrate Mardi Gras

Children will delight in singing Mardi Gras songs and dancing, as they are thrown multi-colored beads to catch. Then they will hear Ms. Anita read the stories Celebrate Mardi Gras with Joaquin, Harlequin and Timothy and the Big King Cake, and make a craft. Last of all will be refreshments served.

 

March 12: Food for Life Day

Children will learn songs about fruits and vegetables. A special guest from County Extention Service will read the stories Growing Colors and Vegetable Soup, then talk to them about eating healthy foods, then the children will do a coloring page.

 

March 19:   Spring is on the Way!

Children will enjoy hearing the stories Marley Springs Ahead and Possum and the Peeper, followed by a coloring page.

 

March 26:   Women’s History Month: Beatrix Potter Movie Day

Children will be excited to see the movie “The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny”, followed by a craft.

 

Book Bunch

 

Book Bunch will meet Wednesday, March 13 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the historical novel The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Book Jacket Summary: What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva “Mitza” Maric is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zurich. For her, math seems like an easier path than marriage, until she falls in love with fellow student Albert Einstein. Charismatic and brilliant, Albert promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, is there room for more than one genius in a marriage? This is the untold story of Albert’s first wife, a brilliant scientist in her own right, whose contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated.

 

Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

The National Women’s History Theme for 2019 
Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence

 

March 5 @ 1:30 Pre-K

Pre-K’s Annual Mardi Gras Parade

 

March 6 @ 12:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Johnny Appleseed” by Reeve Lindbergh

Synopsis: —-Rhymed text and illustrations relate the life of John Chapman, whose distribution of apple seeds and trees across the Midwest made him a legend and left a legacy still enjoyed today.

ACTIVITY: Students will make apples out of construction paper

 

March 14 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “St. Patrick’s Day” by Jennifer Gillis

Synopsis: —-An introduction to the history and traditions of St. Patrick’s Day.

Contents include: St. Patrick’s Day from town to town; Honoring St. Patrick; Early Life; A new religion; St. Patrick’s Day in the Colonies; The Irish in America; Gifts from Ireland; An American idea; The Wearing of the green; Shamrocks; Harps, Shillelaghs, and little people; Irish tradition, American holiday.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a St. Patrick’s Day craft

 

March 14 @ 1:30 2nd 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.  Contains an informative section on St. Patrick’s Day.

ACTIVITY: Students will make a St. Patrick’s Day craft

 

March 19 @ 11:10 Pre-K

BOOK: “A House of Leaves” by Kiyoshi Soya

Synopsis: —-Sheltering from the rain, Sarah shares a house of leaves with a praying mantis, ladybug, and other small creatures of the wild.

ACTIVITY: Students will go outside find 2 leaves to come back inside and talk about them

 

March 20 @ 12:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “A Present for Mama Bear” by Bonnie Staenberg

Synopsis: —-Edgar Bear is looking for the perfect birthday gift for his mama.

Picking flowers, painting a picture, and baking a cake become a big mess — but Mama Bear loves him just the same.

ACTIVITY: Students will decorate bears out of construction paper

 

March 26 @ 12:00 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 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “Lucky Ducklings” by Eva Moore

Synopsis: —-Early one morning, Mama Duck takes her babies for a walk. They follow safely behind her as they leave their pond, waddle through the park, and stop in the little sunlit town’s parking lot for yummy breakfast.  But one by one, Mama’s little ducklings get separated when they disappear into the slats of the town’s storm drain. How three firemen and a pickup truck rush to their rescue makes for a vivid and exciting drama that children will return to over and over again. Award-winning artist Nancy Carpenter and veteran author Eva Moore have created a delightful new classic with an inspiring environmental message.

ACTIVITY: Students will make ducks out of construction paper and cardstock

 

March 28 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Synopsis: —-An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers

 

March 28 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History” by Vashti Harrison

Synopsis: —-An important book for all ages, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of forty trailblazing black women in American history. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytime

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

March 6

Green Eggs And Ham by Dr. Seuss

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

Activity: Dr. Seuss Craft

 

March 13

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day by Natasha Wing

Tim and Maureen go to great lengths to set a trap, hoping to catch a real leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day and take his pot of gold.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

March 20

 Spring Is Here by Will Hillenbrand

Excited that spring has finally arrived, Mole tries — unsuccessfully — to wake up Bear, but then he comes up with the perfect plan.

Activity: Spring Craft

 

March 27

The Missing Chick by Valeri Gorbachev

One of Mother Hen’s little chicks is missing. Did they leave him in the house?  Is he hiding in his bed, or under a bush?  Mother Hen and the neighbors search high and low, but there’s still no sign of the missing chick.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

Young Adult Programs

Rufus Lewis Branch

 

Myth Busters: Urban Legends, Hoaxes, and Fake News

Thursday, March 7 @ 4pm

Description: Join us as we take a look at hilarious, creepy, and just plain weird urban legends, internet hoaxes, and fake news. Put your critical thinking skills to the test to see you can tell the difference between an urban legend and real news.

 

Trivia Night: Superheroes

Thursday, March 14 @ 4pm

Description: Love superheroes? Consider yourself an expert on comic books and comic book based movies? Put your knowledge to the test against fellow fans!

 

Marshmallow Pops

Thursday, March 21 @ 4pm

Description: Have fun making a sweet treat for yourself. Customize your marshmallow pop to your taste with dipping chocolate, candy, and sprinkles.

 

Tile Art

Thursday, March 28 @ 4pm

Description: Experiment and relieve stress with this easy and fun craft. Create beautiful works of art on a piece of tile using sharpies and paint.

 

Adult Programs

March 2019

Income Tax Prep

Friday, March 1 & 8 @ 10:00 A.M. – 5:45 P.M.

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

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

Preparers: SaveFirst (Impact America – AL)

 

Saturday Morning Chess @ the Library

Saturday, March 2, 9 16, 23, 30 @10:00 A.M. – 12:30 pm

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

Presenter: Friends and Family Chess Club

 

After 5 Book Club Book Discussion

Monday, March 4 @ 6 P.M.

Title: Seized By Seduction by Brenda Jackson

Description: “Jackson again straddles the fine line of romance and suspense with skill.”

-RT Book Reviews

 

Computer Class

Thursday March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 10:30 A.M.

Library Staff, Instructors

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

 

Scrapbooking

Thursday, March 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 12 Noon

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

Protecting Senior Citizens

Tuesday, March 12 @ 10:00 A.M.

Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Staff, Presenter

Description: Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office provides protection to senior citizens in many ways. Learn about three of their most popular programs designed to protect seniors during their golden years:

Are You Ok? – Telephone reassurance program (community service for seniors)

Yellow Dot – Citizens and first responders working together to preserve the golden hour of emergency care

Project Life Saver – A practical way to keep loved ones safe and reassure family and friends that by wearing a special bracelet, they can be safe at all time.

 

Yoga @ the Library

Tuesday, March 12, 26 @ 6:00 P.M.

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

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

 

 

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

 

Story Time

 

March 7: We should learn to help each other!

Caillou Gets the Hiccups, by Sarah Margaret Johanson

Synopsis: Caillou develops hiccups and he cannot get rid of them.

Bark, George, by Jules Feiffer

Synopsis: George the dog cannot bark despite everyone’s efforts.

Craft – Dog craft

 

March 14: Things are not always what they seem!

Fang, by Barbara Shook Hazen

Synopsis: Although he is big and looks fierce, Fang the dog is afraid of so many things that he is even afraid of himself.

Contrary Mary, by Anita Jeram

Synopsis: Contrary Mary the mouse decides one day to do the opposite of what she is supposed to do, but when her mother does the same, Mary has a change of heart.

Craft – Mouse craft

 

March 21: Don’t be afraid of imaginary things!

Dear Bear, by Joanna Harrison

Synopsis: Katie is afraid of the bear that lives under the stairs at her house, until they exchange letters and she finally gets to meet him.

The Dinosaurs Are Back and It’s All Your Fault Edward!, by Wendy Hartmann and Niki Daly

Synopsis:  Edward’s brother makes him believe that the dinosaurs are everywhere and that they are after him.

Craft – Pterodactyl Craft

 

March 28: Sometimes things are not as bad as they seem to be!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!, by Candace Fleming and Brian Karas

Synopsis: After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to   find a way to keep some persistent bunnies from eating all his vegetables.

Bad Boris Goes to School, by Susie Jenkin-Pearce

Synopsis: Bad Boris does not want to go to school, but when he does he finds he doesn’t want to leave.

Craft – Elephant craft

 

Parent Pre-School Activity Center:  This table changes once a month.  We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes.  This table has activities where parent and child explore together.

 

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

Color Coders

Tuesday, March 5 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

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

 

Homework Assistance

March 5 and 12 @ 5:00 – 5:45 pm

(No assistance March 19 or 26 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 lessons you will need assistance with.  Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Being Creative with Legos

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

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League. Registration is required.

 

Tinkering Table Celebrates “STEAM” – The Universe

Monday, March 18 – March 22 @ 3:30 – 4:30 pm

We will be offering activities to enhance your child’s learning through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).  Our theme will involve The Universe.  We will be making a Star Finder & Big Dipper Star Clock, a Bristle Bots, a Lego Space Craft, a model of Saturn, and of course cloud slime.  Pre-registration is required to assure adequate material supply.  Please call 271-7005, or stop by the Coliseum Branch Library to register.

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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

 

Adult Programs

 

Senior Tech Appointments

Call 271-7005 to reserve an appointment.

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

 

Crochet Class

Thursday, March 7 @ 4:00 – 5:00 pm

(We are meeting only once this month.)

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

 

Coliseum Adult Program – Alabama 200 Years

Wednesday, March 20 @ 10:00 am

Capitals of Alabama

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will be presenting interesting and historical information pertaining to the five capitals of Alabama.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, March 14 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton.  This is a story of Edie who is on a journey into the past of her mother whom she discovered was billeted in Milderhurst Castle during WWII.  During her journey, she finds that there are many other secrets hidden in the walls of this castle.  Then, we will receive our book for April titled, The Lilac Girls, by Martha Kelly.  This is a historical fiction story of three women during WWII who find their lives forever changed during this tumultuous period.

 

Curious Genre Book Club

Thursday, March 28 @ 3:00 pm

“The Black-Eyed Blonde” by Benjamin Black

Raymond Chandler’s incomparable private eye is back, pulled by a seductive young heiress into the most difficult and dangerous case of his career “It was one of those summer Tuesday afternoons when you begin to wonder if the earth has stopped revolving. The telephone on my desk had the look of something that knows it’s being watched. Traffic trickled by in the street below, and there were a few pedestrians, too, men in hats going nowhere.” So begins The Black-Eyed Blonde, a new novel featuring Philip Marlowe–yes, that Philip Marlowe.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910123-the-black-eyed-blonde?from_search=true

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Story Times

Thursdays @ 10:30 am

 

March 7: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

We will read ​A Rainbow of My Own​ by Don Freeman. ​A small boy imagines what it would be like to have his own rainbow to play with.  We will also read ​Maisy’s Rainbow Dream​ by Lucy Cousins. Maisy dreams about a red ladybug, and there’s Charley flying by with a ladybug umbrella. She dreams of a big orange fish, and she and Panda grab a fin and float along. Soon things get even more amazing. And when Maisy finally reaches Rainbowland—well, it must be seen to be believed! We will have a craft.

 

March 14: St. Patrick’s Day

We will read ​Pete the Cat: The Great Leprechaun Chase​ by James Dean. It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and it’s also the grand opening of Pete the Cat’s leprechaun catching business. Pete gears up to trap a leprechaun for his friends! But catching a leprechaun is never easy—especially if it’s Clover, who’s full of tricks. Will luck be on Pete’s side? Or will Pete learn luck is actually something earned? We will also read ​There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover! ​b​y Lucille Colandro. She’s back! That lovely old lady has returned just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Now she’s swallowing items to make the perfect rainbow to hide a pot of gold. We will have a craft.

 

March 21: Fly High, Butterfly!

We will read ​The Very Hungry Caterpillar​ by Eric Carle. One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums – and still he was hungry. We will also read ​Elmer and Butterfly​ by David McKee. One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. But just how can a butterfly ever help an elephant? We will have a craft.

 

March 28: Children’s Picture Book Day.

We will read ​Where the Wild Things Are​ by Maurice Sendak. Max is the hero of this beloved children’s classic in which he makes mischief, sails away, tames the wild things, and returns home for supper. We will also read ​The Cat in the Hat​ by Dr. Seuss. Poor Dick and Sally. It’s cold and wet and they’re stuck in the house with nothing to do …until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! We will have a craft.

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Young Adult Department

 

March 5

Dungeons & Dragons Club Meeting 2:30 to 4 PM

The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet and continue with their characters in this exciting fantasy RPG adventure!

 

March 7

Anime/Manga Club Meeting 2:30 to 4 PM

The Anime Club will meet once again to continue our anime viewing. In addition, we will begin learning about Origami, the art of japanese paper folding.

 

March 15

De-stress Day 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Spring Break is almost here so why not relax with us? There will be board games, card games, coloring pages, and more!

 

March 26

Women’s History Month: Movie – ​Hidden Figures 2:30 PM

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Young Adult Department will be showing the movie, ​Hidden Figures​ (PG-13). Three brilliant African-American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

 

March 28

Tabletop Game Club Meeting 2:30 to 4:30

Come and play new and exciting board games as we introduce a new club in the YA Department. Bring a board game for everyone to try!

 

Reference Department

 

March 16th 11am-12pm – (Global Classroom)

MCCPL Seed Swap

Calling all Montgomery area gardeners and veggie-lovers alike! The Morgan Library invites you to our 1st ever Seed Swap! All are welcome to join us in celebration of the upcoming growing season. Please bring any new (no more than 3 years old) or harvested seeds you would like to swap and come take a look at what others have to offer. Chat with other local gardeners and get advice for this season’s garden. You do not have to bring seeds to get seeds, first time gardeners are welcome! Please clearly label all seed you wish to swap.

For more information call Suzie or Jim at (334) 240-4992.

 

 

March 21 @ 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. – Montgomery Room

Alabama Native American History in the Montgomery Room

Books covering Alabama Native American history will be highlighted and on display this month in the Montgomery Room at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library. The Montgomery Room is the Montgomery City-County Public Library’s special collection of books primarily concerning local, state, and southeast history.  It also contains among other subjects children’s materials, cookbooks, science, and poetry of local interest.

 

Cover to Cover Book

March 5 @ 6:30 p.m.

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

Second Time Sweeter (A Blessings Novel) by Beverly Jenkins

NAACP nominee and USA Today bestselling author Beverly Jenkins continues her beloved Blessings series with a new heartwarming novel set in Henry Adams, Kansas.

Malachi “Mal” July has run into trouble in the past. With a reputation as a player, he’s now a recovering alcoholic and has made progress in redeeming himself in the eyes of his family and the citizens of Henry Adams, Kansas. He’s not only turned his diner into a profitable business, but also mentors the town’s foster kids. And he’s even staying true to one woman—Bernadine Brown. But all it takes is a moment of pride to blind Mal to his blessings—a moment that makes him betray his friends and family, and lose Bernadine’s trust and love. Will he ever be able to win her forgiveness? Meanwhile Homecoming Weekend is fast approaching, and store owner Gary Clark is reunited with his high school sweetheart. All it takes is a few minutes for them to realize the spark is still there, but is it too late for second chances? A little help from the good people of Henry Adams may give both Mal and Gary the best second chance at the happiness they missed the first time around… Review by Amazon.com

 

Computer Classes for the Month

 

TUESDAY ADULT CLASSES

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

 

March 5 – MS Excel-Part 1: Opening & Creating Workbooks

Learn how to create basic workbook files using Microsoft Excel 2016. Discover how to organize data more efficiently using spreadsheets.

 

March 12 – MS Excel-Part 2: Formatting and Modifying Workbooks

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

 

March 19 – MS Excel-Part3: More on Formatting Cells and Worksheet Basics

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

 

March 26 – MS Excel-Part 4: Introduction to Formulas & Excel Functions

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

 

 

SATURDAY CHILDREN’S CLASSES

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

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

 

March 2 – MS Excel 2016

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

 

 

SATURDAY ADULT CLASSES

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

 

March 9 – Excel: Parts 1 & 2

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

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Lap Sit Time

Thursdays @ 10am

 

March 7: Sharing

Move Over, Rover! by Karen Beaumont

Rover is in his dog house all alone and it is beginning to rain. Rover begins to sleep through the storm and Cat decides he wants to get dry.  “Move over, Rover!”

Do you sometimes share your bed with Mom and Dad?

Wake Up, Crock! by Kirsten Mayer

Baby Crocodile hatches out of his egg and is sleepy. “He hugs 2 fairies.”  Come count along with Baby Crocodile as he makes new friends.

(This will be our book that we sign this month.)

 

March 14: World Sleep Day

Little Donkey Close Your Eyes by Margaret Wise Brown

“Little Donkey on the hill standing there so very still”

Little Donkey close your eyes and go to sleep. All the animals are going to sleep.  Do you have a hard time falling asleep?

 

March 21: Tornado Season

This Beautiful Day by: Richard Jackson

This beautiful day has the children dancing and spinning around. Then the children go outside to skip and sing in the rain.  Do you ever play in the rain?

 

March 28: Spring Cleaning

Stinky Clothes by: Joanna Emery

 “Hold your nose around stinky clothes!” First we put them in the washing machine and then the dryer.  Finally we fold our clothes and put them away.  Do you do your own laundry?

 

 

Dr. Seuss Saturday

March 9, 2019

10:00 AM

Dr. Seuss Story Time with Ms. Mary

 

Gertrude McFuzz was a girl bird who only had one feather. Miss Lolla-Lee-Lou had two beautiful long feathers.  Gertrude ate from the tree with pills on it and grew lots of feathers.  What happens when she eats even more of the pills from the tree?

 

Dr. Seuss’s ABC book goes through the alphabet using alliterations. “Ten tired turtles on a tuttle-tuttle tree.” Do you know your alphabet?

Would You Rather be a Bullfrog? “Would you rather be a rooster or a hen?” What would you rather be?

 

 

Storytime

Fridays @ 10am

March 1: Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Sam I am and I do not like green eggs or ham anywhere or with anything. Have you ever just decided that you did not like something but had never even tried it?  See what happens when Sam tries the green eggs and ham for the first time.

Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss

Yertle the Turtle was the king of a small pond, but he wanted much more and ordered his turtles to begin stacking up. Do you always have to be the first one in line?  Come hear what happens when Yertle is King of it all.

Activity: Yertle the Turtle Art

 

March 8: Imagination

Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon

Ralph has trouble trying to write a story until he speaks to his desk buddy Daisy. What type of story do you think he finally writes?

Dog Loves Drawing by Louis Yates

Dog loved reading so much that he opened up a bookstore. Then one day a package arrived.  It was from his aunt who sent him a book with blank pages.  What do you think Dog did with the book?

Activity: Imagine something fun and draw or write about it

 

March 15: World Sleep Day

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

There is a house where it very is quiet and everyone is sleeping. The Granny is snoring, but something wakes her up that causes her to break the bed.  Was it you?

No Go Sleep! by Kate Feiffer

The baby said, “No Go Sleep!” The sun has set and will be back up to play in the morning, but the moon is there as a night light.  Do you refuse to go to sleep when told?

Activity: Wear pajamas, stay and read day

 

March 22: Tornado Season

Mud by Mary Lyn Ray

Overnight the winter has disappeared and turned into mud. Mud is squishy and icky.  Do you like to play in the mud?

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

Otis the tractor was friends with most everyone on the farm. There was a bull who did not like anyone.  Instead of being friendly, he stood and snorted at you.  One day a terrible storm came and all the humans went into a storm shelter.  Otis led all the animals to safety.  Otis did not see the bull, so he went to find him. Do you help the people who you are not friends with sometimes?

Activity: Create a tornado

 

March 29: Spring Cleaning

Laundry Day by Jessixa Bagley

Tic and Tac were bored after they had been fishing and caught everything in the pond. Ma showed them how to do the Laundry so they finished the laundry for Ma.  Do you ever help your mother with the laundry?

Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Trixie went on a trip to the laundry mat with her daddy. They put in a load of clothes to wash and dry.  Trixie takes her bunny Knuffle everywhere she goes.  Guess what gets left at the laundry mat?

Activity: Spring Cleaning Art

 

Other Happenings @ Lowder

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

Super Saturday Story Time for this month will be March 9. Join Miss Mary and celebrate Dr. Seuss.

 

The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. Join us Thursday, March 28, 2019 to discuss The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.

~~Amazon.com~~

 

In April 2019 the Ladies will read Twelve Angry Librarians by

Miranda James. Join us at 3PM on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

Charlie is stressed out. The Southern Academic Libraries Association is holding this year’s annual meeting at Athena College. Since Charlie is the interim library director, he must deliver the welcome speech to all the visiting librarians. And as if that weren’t bad enough, the keynote address will be delivered by Charlie’s old nemesis from library school.

It’s been thirty years since Charlie has seen Gavin Fong, and he’s still an insufferable know-it-all capable of getting under everyone’s skin. In his keynote, Gavin puts forth a most unpopular opinion: that degreed librarians will be obsolete in the academic libraries of the future. So when Gavin drops dead, no one seems too upset…

But Charlie, who was seen having a heated argument with Gavin the day before, has jumped to the top of the suspect list. Now Charlie and Diesel must check out every clue to refine their search for the real killer among them before the next book Charlie reads comes from a prison library… ~~Amazon.com~~

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

The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, March 21, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

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

~~Amazon.com~~

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss The Velveteen Rabbit by Margaret Williams Bianco.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. Participants under the age of 8 must have an adult present with them while they play.  Participants older than 8 must have an adult with them as well, but adult may wait in the Main Area of the library.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, March 20, 2019!

 

Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, March 6, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.

 

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

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

 

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

 

Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!  We’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, March 27, 2019!

 

We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  We will present Microsoft PowerPoint on Tuesday, March 26, 2019.

 

Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare?  Are you confused about Medicare?  You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Wednesday afternoon, March 6, 2019 from 1PM to 2PM in the Meeting Room.

 

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.