MCCPL Announces December Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

December 2017 Events


Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

Read A-Book-Day

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian


Tuesday, December 5 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Wednesday, December 6 @ 1:45 1st Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Thursday, December 7 @ 12:00 3rd Grade

BOOK: “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Thursday, December 7 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Arthur’s Christmas” by Marc Brown

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


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

Holiday Open House — READ-A-Book-Day


Tuesday, December 12 @ 9:30 5th Grade

BOOK: “At Christ-Mastime” by Valerie Worth

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Tuesday, December 12 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Tuesday, December 12 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Wednesday, December 13 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Angelina’s Christmas” by Katharine Holabird

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Thursday, December 14 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “On Christmas Eve” by Margaret Wise Brown

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft


Pike Road Branch Library

December 2017 Programs


Special Event: Holiday Open House – Wednesday, December 7 – 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.

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


Storybook Time – for age three through six

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

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


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


December 11 – “Oh, gobble, gobble!” Turkey survived Thanksgiving, but lots of folks like to eat turkey for Christmas dinner, too. Can this master (not really) of disguise trick his way out of being the main course for two consecutive holidays? We’ll find out when we read Turkey Claus by Wendi Silvano and Lee Harper.


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


Toddler Time – for age one through three

 Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

December 6

December 13

December 20

NOTE: We will NOT have Toddler Time on December 27


Book Clubs

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

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


9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679


Ramer Branch Library Storytime

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

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


Tuesday, December 12- Kindergarten- 1pm

Bless You, Santa! by Eric Julie Sykes

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

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys


Wednesday, December 13- 2nd Grade- 1pm

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


Thursday, December 14- 1st Grade 1pm

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys


Ramer Adult Program


December 13 @ 11:00 a.m.

Special Adult Program


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



Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


December 5: “Christmas in Sweden”

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


December 12: National Poinsettia Day

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


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

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

door prizes, a story reader, and entertainment.


December 26: Everything Elephants Day

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


Governor’s Square Book Bunch Book Club

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


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

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

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



Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library


Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.


December 6

The Christmas Mouse by Anne Mortimer

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

Activity: Coloring Activity


December 13

Read A Book Day Celebration! Holiday Open House

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

Special Guests: Santa Claus &Coca Cola Polar Bear


December 20

Bless You Santa! by Julie Sykes

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

Activity: Santa Craft



Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Young Adult Programming


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


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

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


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

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



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


Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming


After 5 Book Club

Monday, December 4 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

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


Mesh Wreath Class

Wednesday, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 @ 11:00 a.m.

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

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian


Computer Class

Thursday, December 7, 14, 21, 28 @ 11:00 a.m.

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

Instructors: Library Staff



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

Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Musician

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

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

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


Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, December 14

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator


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


Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library

Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

Hours 9-6       Monday – Friday


December 7: We must all learn to live together!

Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen

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

This Old House by Karen Ackerman

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

Craft – Moose craft


December 14: You can learn to do things yourself!

I Can Do It Myself by Diane Adams

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

Number Nine Duckling by Susan Akass

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

Craft – Duck craft


December 21: Christmas is near!

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

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

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse

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

Craft – Reindeer mask


December 28: Are you afraid of the unknown?

Watch Out! Big Bro Is Coming! by Jez Alborough

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

Miss Nelson Is Missing! by James Marshall

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

Craft – Mouse craft


Parent Pre-school Activity Center

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


“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids



Coding Club for Boys and Girls

Monday, December 4 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

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


Color Coders

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

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


Homework Assistance

Tuesday, December 5 and 12 @ 5:00 – 5:45 p.m.

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


Being Creative with Legos

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

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.


The Tinkering Table

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

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

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



Adult Programs


Arts and Crafts for Adults

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

Today we will be making snow globes.


Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

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


Computer Class for Seniors

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

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


Coliseum Adult Program

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

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


Coliseum Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

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

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


Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

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

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



Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104


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


December 7

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


December 14

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


December 21

Movie Day

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

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

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


December 28

(No Storytime)


EL Lowder Regional Library


Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.


December 1

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

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

Flight School by Lita Judge

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

Activity: flower art


December 8

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

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

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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

Activity: Read a story to your child


December 15

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta

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

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by: Anna Dewdney

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


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

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


December 29

A Peguin Story by Antoinette Portis

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

How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure

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


Holiday Open House

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

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

Librarian’s Night Before Christmas by David Davis

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

Activity: Visit and take pictures with Santa


Lowder Library Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00 a.m.

December 7

Red Sled by Lita Judge

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


December 14

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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


December 21

One Is Enough by Julie Kidd Cook

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


December 28

Welcome, Little Baby by Aliki

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


Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library


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

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


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

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


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


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

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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Branch


Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

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


December 4

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


**December 5

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


December 11 and 12

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


December 18 and 19

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


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


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


Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

December 1 and 15

Time: 10:00am


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


**Scrabble Time

First Tuesday

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 2:00pm

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


**Open House Cookie and Recipe Exchange

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 4-5pm

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


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

December 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Georgia Bottoms

Author: Mark Childress

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


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


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


Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

December 27

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Cafe Louisa- 503 Cloverdale Rd

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

Book Swap!

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


Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

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

Pre-registration IS required.

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


Hampstead Library Open House

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

Storytimes, Movie, and a Visit from Santa



Morgan Library Open House

Saturday, December 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Holiday Caroling and Musical Entertainment

Performed by Mr. Robert Walton

Library Scavenger Hunt

Light refreshments


Ramer Branch Library

Christmas Open House

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

Storytime, Arts and Crafts, and a visit from Santa

Refreshments will be served


MCCPL Closed for Independence Day

The Montgomery City-County Public Library System will be closed Monday, July 3rd through Tuesday, July 4th in celebration of Independence Day!

Pick up a good book or two this weekend to read at your gathering! Also remember that our e-content (ebooks, eComics, eAudioBooks through our Ebsco, Overdrive, and Hoopla subscriptions) are always available!