MCCPL Announces December Programs!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

December 2017 Events

 

Pintlala Branch Library

Story Time

Read A-Book-Day

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

Tuesday, December 5 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Wednesday, December 6 @ 1:45 1st Grade

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 7 @ 12:00 3rd Grade

BOOK: “The Spirit of Christmas” by Nancy Tillman

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 7 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Arthur’s Christmas” by Marc Brown

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

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

Holiday Open House — READ-A-Book-Day

 

Tuesday, December 12 @ 9:30 5th Grade

BOOK: “At Christ-Mastime” by Valerie Worth

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

     

Tuesday, December 12 @ 11:15 Pre-K

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

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Tuesday, December 12 @ 1:45 4th Grade

BOOK: “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Wednesday, December 13 @ 1:45 1st Grade

BOOK: “Angelina’s Christmas” by Katharine Holabird

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Thursday, December 14 @ 2:00 2nd Grade

BOOK: “On Christmas Eve” by Margaret Wise Brown

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

ACTIVITY: The students will make a Christmas craft

 

Pike Road Branch Library

December 2017 Programs

 

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

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

 

Storybook Time – for age three through six

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Toddler Time – for age one through three

 Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

December 6

December 13

December 20

NOTE: We will NOT have Toddler Time on December 27

 

Book Clubs

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

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

 

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

 

Ramer Branch Library Storytime

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

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

 

Tuesday, December 12- Kindergarten- 1pm

Bless You, Santa! by Eric Julie Sykes

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

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys

 

Wednesday, December 13- 2nd Grade- 1pm

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

 

Thursday, December 14- 1st Grade 1pm

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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

Craft: We will be making tube roll turkeys

 

Ramer Adult Program

 

December 13 @ 11:00 a.m.

Special Adult Program

 

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

 

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

December 5: “Christmas in Sweden”

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

 

December 12: National Poinsettia Day

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

 

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

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

door prizes, a story reader, and entertainment.

 

December 26: Everything Elephants Day

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

               

Governor’s Square Book Bunch Book Club

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

December 6

The Christmas Mouse by Anne Mortimer

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

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

December 13

Read A Book Day Celebration! Holiday Open House

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

Special Guests: Santa Claus &Coca Cola Polar Bear

 

December 20

Bless You Santa! by Julie Sykes

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

Activity: Santa Craft

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Young Adult Programming

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming

 

After 5 Book Club

Monday, December 4 @ 6 p.m.

Title: Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

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

 

Mesh Wreath Class

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

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

Presenter: Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Retired Librarian

 

Computer Class

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

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

Instructors: Library Staff

 

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

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

Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Musician

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

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

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

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, December 14

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Presenter

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

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

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

 

Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library

Story Time

Thursdays at 10:00 a.m.

www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Hours 9-6       Monday – Friday

 

December 7: We must all learn to live together!

Mucky Moose by Jonathan Allen

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

This Old House by Karen Ackerman

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

Craft – Moose craft

 

December 14: You can learn to do things yourself!

I Can Do It Myself by Diane Adams

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

Number Nine Duckling by Susan Akass

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

Craft – Duck craft

 

December 21: Christmas is near!

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

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

Little Rabbit’s Christmas by Harry Horse

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

Craft – Reindeer mask

 

December 28: Are you afraid of the unknown?

Watch Out! Big Bro Is Coming! by Jez Alborough

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

Miss Nelson Is Missing! by James Marshall

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

Craft – Mouse craft

 

Parent Pre-school Activity Center

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

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

 

Coding Club for Boys and Girls

Monday, December 4 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

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

 

Color Coders

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

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

 

Homework Assistance

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

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

 

Being Creative with Legos

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

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

 

The Tinkering Table

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

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

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

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Arts and Crafts for Adults

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

Today we will be making snow globes.

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

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

 

Computer Class for Seniors

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

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

 

Coliseum Adult Program

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

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

 

Coliseum Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

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

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

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

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

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

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-4991

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

 

December 7

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

 

December 14

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

 

December 21

Movie Day

Charlie Brown’s Christmas Tales

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

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

 

December 28

(No Storytime)

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

Storytime

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

December 1

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

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

Flight School by Lita Judge

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

Activity: flower art

 

December 8

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen

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

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by Eric Litwin

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

Activity: Read a story to your child

 

December 15

Who Will Guide My Sleigh Tonight? by Jerry Pallotta

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

Llama Llama Holiday Drama by: Anna Dewdney

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

 

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

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

 

December 29

A Peguin Story by Antoinette Portis

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

How To Be A Cat by Nikki McClure

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

 

Holiday Open House

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

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

Librarian’s Night Before Christmas by David Davis

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

Activity: Visit and take pictures with Santa

 

Lowder Library Lap Sit Time

Every Thursday @10:00 a.m.

December 7

Red Sled by Lita Judge

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

 

December 14

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost

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

 

December 21

One Is Enough by Julie Kidd Cook

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

 

December 28

Welcome, Little Baby by Aliki

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

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library

 

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

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

~~Amazon.com~~

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

~~Amazon.com~~

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Branch

Storytime

Mondays and Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

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

 

December 4

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

 

**December 5

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

 

December 11 and 12

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

 

December 18 and 19

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

 

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

 

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

 

Adult Program

 

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

December 1 and 15

Time: 10:00am

Description:

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

 

**Scrabble Time

First Tuesday

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 2:00pm

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

 

**Open House Cookie and Recipe Exchange

Tuesday, December 5

Time: 4-5pm

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

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

December 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Georgia Bottoms

Author: Mark Childress

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

 

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

 

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

 

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

December 27

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Cafe Louisa- 503 Cloverdale Rd

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

Book Swap!

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

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

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

Pre-registration IS required.

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

334-240-4979

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

Hampstead Library Open House

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

Storytimes, Movie, and a Visit from Santa

 

 

Morgan Library Open House

Saturday, December 9

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Holiday Caroling and Musical Entertainment

Performed by Mr. Robert Walton

Library Scavenger Hunt

Light refreshments

 

Ramer Branch Library

Christmas Open House

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

Storytime, Arts and Crafts, and a visit from Santa

Refreshments will be served

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MCCPL Announces September Events!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

September 2017 Program

 

Pike Road Branch Library’s Programs

 

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series

On Thursday, September 21 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present native son and author Bobby Cole, discussing his new novels Old Money and Silent Approach.

 

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:

 

September 11 – Eddie lost his teddy bear in the woods, but, when he finds him, discovers that he has grown quite a bit since he last saw him. Is this really his teddy or might it belong to a certain real bear that is also looking for a missing pal? We’ll find out when we read Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough.

 

September 18 – This Tuesday, September 19, be International Talk Like a Pirate Day! In celebration, Captain Matt Canary will read pirate stories including Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon. Wee buccaneers should feel free to come dressed in pirate garb!

 

September 25 – Gaston is a bulldog raised by a family of poodles. Antoinette is a poodle raised by a family of bulldogs. Will nature or nurture win out in these fascinating case studies? We’ll see what happens when we read Gaston and Antoinette by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson.

 

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:

September 6

September 13

September 20

September 27

 

Book Clubs

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

Publisher’s Summary – Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends is sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, September 21 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Silent Approach by Bobby Cole.

Publisher’s Summary – One year after witnessing the tragic traffic accident that claimed his beloved wife and unborn child, accountant John Allen Harper seeks to remake his life. When he accepts a position with the Mississippi Choctaw Nation as their cultural liaison, he is tasked with one job: to track down and reclaim the tribe’s stolen artifacts dug up from sacred ground and sold on the black market.

John Allen’s investigation leads him to crooked publisher Winston Walker, who’s using these priceless antiquities to prop himself up after a wealth-wasting divorce. Racing against time, John Allen finds a cache of treasures stolen thirty years ago that may hold the key to an unsolved murder and mysterious disappearance. Along the way, he teams up with FBI agent Emma Haden, who is also investigating Walker and who stirs unexpected feelings in John Allen. But the desperate Walker won’t go quietly, and the closer John Allen gets to the truth and the proof that will put Walker away, the closer he may come to being buried himself.

 

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

 

Bertha Williams

September 2017

 

Children’s Programs

Storytime

Mondays and Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 AM

 

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

 

5

Sir Pete the Brave (Dean) is here to save the day! Little does he know The Dragon is Coming (Gorbachev)!

 

11 & 12

The Three Little Pigs (Zemach) are trying to build their homes without being bothered by a pesky wolf, while The Three Billy Goats Gruff (Rounds) just want to get home without being bothered by pesky trolls.

 

18 & 19

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake (Numeroff) he may ask you How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food (Yolen) and then you’ll have to come to story time to find out.

 

25 & 26

Piglet and Papa (Wild) love each other, but sometimes those messages get missed. But it’s alright, because I Love It When You Smile (McBratney).

 

 

Young Adult Programs

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

Sept 15

Time: 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.

 

Movie: Doctor Strange (PG-13)

Run time: 1h55min

 

 

Adult Program

 

Scrabble Time

First Tuesday

Sept 5 **New Day**

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!

 

Author Talk with Julian McPhillips

Sept 13

Time: 10:00am

Description: Join us for a discussion of Julian McPhillips’s previous book Civil Rights in my Bones as well as his upcoming work. Some refreshment will be provided.

 

Author Bio: Julian L. McPhillips Jr. was born in Birmingham, Alabama, grew up in Cullman, and attended Sewanee Military Academy, Princeton, and Columbia University Law. After four years as a Wall Street attorney, Julian returned to Alabama in 1975 as an Assistant Attorney General. His private law practice from 1977 to date has involved considerable civil rights and public interest work. Julian is the subject of the twice-published People’s Lawyer, 2000 and 2005, and an autobiography, Civil Rights in My Bones. He has won numerous awards from the SCLC, NAACP, and other civil rights groups. Julian is also co-founder (with his wife Leslie) of the Scott and Zelda Museum and lay minister/administrator of Christ the Redeemer Episcopal Church. Julian has been married to Leslie for 42 years. They have two married daughters, Rachel and Grace, one son David, and three grandchildren.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

Sept 13

Time: 11:00am

Title: Pegasus

Author: Danielle Steel

Description: Danielle Steel tells the story of a family reinventing itself in America, while the country they left behind is engulfed in flames and madness, and men like Alex von Hemmerle are forced to make unbearable choices. Alex’s daughter will find sanctuary in England. In America, Nick will find love, his sons will find a future, and their left-behind world will eventually find them. A novel of hope and sacrifice, of tragedy, challenge, and rebirth, Pegasus is a brilliant family chronicle that unfolds across half a century—a masterwork from one of our most beloved writers. ~Dust Jacket

 

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

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

 

Pre-registration IS required.

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

 

334-240-4979

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Sept. 5: Grandparents Are Great!

Children will enjoy discussing their grandparents, then hearing the stories

When I Was Young and Grandma, Grandpa and Me. After that, they will

do a coloring activity.

 

Sept. 12: What is a Patriot?

The children will move and march to patriotic music, then learn more

being patriots, when Ms. Anita reads the stories  The Scrambled States

of America and The American Flag.   Then the children will enjoy

making a bookmark craft.

 

Sept. 19:   It’s Almost Autumn

                   The children will love the stories Leaf Man and Possum’s Harvest

Moon, then do a craft.

 

Sept. 26:   Autumn Movie Day

The children will be delighted to watch the movie “Johnny Appleseed”

and sample a treat. There will be a coloring activity following the

movie.

 

 

Book Bunch Book Club Meeting

September 13 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

Book Bunch members will discuss The Nightingale, by best-selling author Kristin Hannah. It is an epic love story and family drama set at the dawn of World War II.

Book Jacket Summary: “Viann and Isabelle have always been close despite their differences. Younger, bolder sister Isabelle lives in Paris while Viann lives a quiet and content life in the French countryside with her husband Antoine and their daughter. When World War II strikes and Antoine is sent off to fight, Viann and Isabelle’s father sends Isabelle to help her older sister cope. As the war progresses, it’s not only the sisters’ relationship that is tested, but also their strength and their individual senses of right and wrong. With life as they know it changing in unbelievably horrific ways, Viann and Isabelle will find themselves facing frightening situations and responding in ways they never thought possible as bravery and resistance take different forms in each of their actions. Vivid and exquisite in its illumination of a time and place that was filled with great monstrosities, but also great humanity and strength, Kristin Hannah’s novel will provoke thought and discussion that will have readers talking long after they turn the last page”

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Storytimes

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

September 6

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

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

Activity: Making Hats

September 13

Adventures of the Itty Bitty Spider and the Itty Bitty Mouse by Kimberly Johnson

A mouse and a spider pass by many friends and neighbors on their way to the store, where they find a chipmunk who is stealing and teach him the right thing to do.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

September 20

Help! A Story of Friendship by Holly Keller

Mouse hears a rumor that snakes do not like mice and while trying to avoid his former friend, Snake, he falls into a hole from which neither Hedgehog, Squirrel, nor Rabbit can help him out.

Activity: Friendship Bracelets

 

September 27

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

When a crocodile captures Mrs. Chicken and takes her to an island to fatten her up, clever Mrs. Chicken claims that she can prove they are sisters and that, therefore, the crocodile shouldn’t eat her.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Young Adult Programming for September
Mondays in September (18, 25) Homework Assistance @ 6pm If you’ve got to do homework, might as well do it at the library. We have volunteer tutors, expert researchers, and can our librarians can point you in the right direction to finding the arc length of a polar curve. If you are part of a school club or Greek society, consider sharing what you’ve learned in school and earning volunteer hours!

 

Second Monday in September (11) Rufus Lewis YA Bookclub @ 4pm

Our Young Adult Bookclub will begin meeting the second Monday of every month starting in September. We promote reading of all types: Ebooks, Audiobooks, Graphic Novels, cinema, series or standalone works. If it has a story, we read it! Come join and talk about what your reading, what you love… what you hate… what you can’t get past the first page.

 

Tuesdays in September (5, 12, 19, 26) Young Adult Coding Club @4 pm

Ever wanted to learn how computers work? Have an idea for the next great app? Come join us as we explore the world of coding! No experience necessary.

 

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

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

 

Fridays in September (8, 15, 22, 29)        Friday Film @ 4 pm

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

 

Every Day in September: Color Therapy

Description: Our Library has access to an extensive collection of coloring sheets. Take your mind off the week’s stress and relax. Come by our circulation desk and ask for the week’s selection.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Adult Programming

 

Computer Class

Thursday, September 7, 14, 21, 28

Library Staff, Instructors   

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

 

Scrapbooking @ 12 Noon

Thursday, September 7, 14, 21, 28

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

 

After 5 Book Club – Book Discussion

Monday, September 11 @ 6 P.M.

Title: Sin Of A Woman: A Curtis Black Novel by Kimberla Lawson Roby

 Summary: After her very public divorce from Dillon, Raven Black is recovering nicely.  Dillon has done everything he can to discredit her, but Raven has learned from her mistakes and him.  She’s intent on using every bit of Dillon’s revenge and betrayal, as she prepares to take what is hers and more.

~Editor

 

Yoga @ The Library 6:00 P.M.                              

Tuesday, September 12, 26

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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

 

Exploitation of the Elderly

Tuesday, September 19 @ 10:00 A.M.

Cynthia White, Regional Agent II, Presenter

Staff from Alabama Cooperative Extension System will be available to discuss and answer questions regarding the following:

Signs of Elder Abuse

Financial Abuse

Scams

Financial Fraud

 

Coliseum Blvd Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday at 10:00 am

 

Sept. 7     Could you find your way home?

The Way Home, by Judith Benet Richardson

Unable to convince her baby to leave the beach where they have spent the day

playing, a mother elephant uses inventive means to draw her young one away to

home and safety.

Stripe, by Joanne Partis

Stripe strolls into the jungle on his own and finds more adventures than he hoped

for when he’s chased by stinging bees and snapping crocodiles and ends up in the

mouth of a whale.

Craft – Elephant craft

                 #Today we will be accepting name suggestions from our Story Time children for our           

                 “Name the Giraffe” contest.

 

Sept. 14   We help those we love!

Peter’s Pockets, by Eve Rice

Peter’s new pants don’t have any pockets, so Uncle Nick lets Peter use his until Peter’s

mother solves the problem.

 Hugo at the Park, by Anne Rockwell

Hugo the Labrador puppy goes for a walk in the park with his human friend and sees

many interesting things.

Craft – Dog craft

                 #Today we will be announcing the winner of our “Name the Giraffe” contest.

 

Sept. 21   Can you turn bad things into good things?

Olivia Meets Olivia, adapted by Ellie O’Ryan

Olivia meets a new classmate named Olivia, and she does not like sharing her name.

Olivia Takes a Trip, by Ellie O’Ryan

Olivia’s trip by airplane is cancelled, so she uses her imagination to make things

better.

Craft – Pig craft

 

Sept. 28   Be creative!

The Counting Race, by Margaret McNamara

When Mrs. Conner challenges her first grade students to count to 10 in less than one

second, they work together to find a way to count that will beat the clock.

Eency Weency Spider, by Joanne Oppenheim

After climbing the water spout, Eency Weency Spider meets Little Miss Muffet,

Humpty Dumpty, and Little Jack Horner.

Craft – Spider craft

 

“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids

 

Fun with Ukuleles

September 6, 2017

4:30 pm

Come join a ukulele jam and share in the fun of making music together.

See the Facebook page “Dewberry Jam” for ongoing educational links and announcements.

 

Being Creative with Legos

Come join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

September 12 and September 26

4:00 – 5:00 pm

 

The Tinkering Table

September 15, 2017

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join us as we help develop your creative abilities. Once a month, on the third Friday of the month, we will have an activity that will enhance the arts or encourage your engineering skills by providing math and science projects.

 

Homework Assistance

Our program will begin September 12, and then we will meet every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading.  Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the 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.

 

Adult Programs

 

Arts and Crafts for Adults

September 6, 2017

10:00 am

Come join Carol Gandy as she teaches us to make beautiful pine cone flowers. All materials will be provided.

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Each Thursday from 10:00 – 12:00, you can register for an appointment with our volunteer.

She will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps. You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist.  271-7005

 

Computer Class for Seniors

September 5, 12, 19, and 26

10:00 am

We will be concentrating on Microsoft Power Point during the month of September.

Pre-registration is required.   271-7005

 

Coliseum Adult Program

September 20, 2017

10:00 am

Sara Dubose, author

Sara Dubose will be discussing “Be Anxious for Nothing”, and she will also touch on her other

5 books. She is a Montgomery author and you will be in for a real treat.

 

Fiber Arts

September 21, 2017

3:00 pm

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

 

Tai Chi Classes

We will be offering Tai Chi classes September 11, 18, 25, and October 2 from 10:00 – 11:00 am. This will be a 4 week introduction to Tai Chi taught by Jim Caldwell.  You will need to come by to pre-register and complete a waiver before attending any of these classes.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

September 14, 2017

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “In the Name of the Family”, by Sarah Dunant. In this novel, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.  Then, we will receive our book for October titled, “All the Light We Cannot See”, by Anthony Doerr.

 

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

September 28, 2017

3:00 pm

We will discuss “Tishomingo Blues”, by Elmore Leonard. Daredevil Dennis Lenahan has brought his act to the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi — diving off an eighty-foot ladder into nine feet of water for the amusement of gamblers, gangsters, and luscious belles. His riskiest feat, however, was witnessing a Dixie-style mob execution while atop his diving platform.  goodreads.com/book/show/147210.Tishomingo_Blues

 

 

Banned Book Week

September 25 – 29

Have a date with a banned book from our collection of books which have been wrapped to secure their identity.

 

Think Outside the Lines

 

We are thinking outside the lines this week at the Coliseum Branch Library by providing fun and informative programming. Come see what we have planned.

 

September 11, 2017

Angels for the Elderly Nursing Home

We will be reading short stories to the residents today.

 

September 12, 2017

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Lego League

Today we will be designing a 21st century library with our Legos today.  There will be a prize awarded to the most creative design.

 

September 13, 2017

10:00 am

Relief by Reeves

William Reeves, a massage therapist, will be on hand to relieve everyday tensions by offering free chair massages to our patrons.

 

September 14, 2017

Story Time

10:00 am

We will be having a fun and educational program today, so come join the fun.

We will also be announcing the winner of our “Name the Giraffe Contest”.

 

September 14, 2017

Southern Charms Book Club

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing “In the Name of the Family”, by Sarah Dunant. In this novel, she offers a thrilling exploration of the House of Borgia’s final years, in the company of a young diplomat named Niccolo Machiavelli.  We will also be serving cannoli to our members who read “In the Name of the Family” to celebrate the joys of Italian pastries while discussing this historical fiction of the Borgia family.

 

September 15, 2017

The Tinkering Table

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come join us as we help develop your creative abilities. Once a month, on the third Friday of the month, we will have an activity that will enhance the arts or encourage your engineering skills by providing math and science projects.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

September 2017

Story Time

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

Library Tour

Friday, September 1

Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

Lola is so excited about Tuesdays because she and her mother go to the library. She attends Story Time and gets to check out any book that she wants to read. What is your favorite thing about the library?

Respect and Take Care of Things by Cheri Meiners

This book teaches you that if you respect and take care of your things they will last longer. Everything has a place and there is a place for everything.

Mr. Wiggle’s Library by Carol Thompson

Mr. Wiggle goes to the library and takes a tour.

Would you like a tour with Mr. Wiggle?

Activity: Library Tour

 

 

Teddy Bear Sleepover

Friday, September 8

Amelia Bedelia, Bookworm by Herman Parish

Amelia Bedelia is so silly she seems to get things all mixed up. She tries to help the librarian, but it turns out incorrect. Like making actual jackets for the books. Come find out what other funny things that happen when we read this book.

 

Where’s My Teddy?  by Jez Alborough

Eddie is looking for his teddy named Freddie. Eddie finds this big teddy, but it’s not his. What happens when the owner comes for his teddy?

Activity: Bookmarks (Bring Teddy for a teddy bear sleepover.)

TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER @ THE LIBRARY

Bring your teddy bear to Story Time on September 8th for a sleepover. Teddy Bear will have overnight adventures in the library from September 8th to September 15th. Pick up Teddy, read to him, and view all the great adventures Teddy had at the Library at story time on September 15th.

 

Pajama Day

Friday, September 15

Bedtime for Bear by Brett Helquist

Bear is ready to hibernate and go to sleep until Spring, but his friends really want him to play just one more day. Does he play with his friends or does he sleep?

A Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker

Bear has never had a guest spend the night with him until Mouse stays the night over. Bear is used to it being absolutely quiet, but Mouse tests Bear’s patients. Do you sleep in abso-lute silence or do you have noise?

Activity: Bear Art/Read a story to your Teddy Bear

 

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Friday, September 22

Captain Matt Canary, librarian from Pike Road Branch, will be here to teach you the ways of the pirates. He will be reading “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” and “How I Become a Pirate” by Melinda Long.

Activity: create a pirate hat

 

Pets

Friday, September 29

Pick a Pet by Diane Namm

Which pet is right for this little girl? She starts out by going to the zoo and ends up at the pet store. Which one does she bring home?

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Lucy finds a child and decides to take him home to be her pet. Her mother warns her that children make terrible pets. Why do you think children make terrible pets and can Lucy prove her mother wrong?

Activity: Bring an object to Show and Tell (nothing live please)

 

Lowder

Lap Sit Time @ Lowder Library

Thursdays @10:00 a.m.

September 7

My World by Margaret Wise Brown

Do you remember the book Good Night Moon? The same bunny family in Good Night Moon is comparing this is mine and this is yours. Example: Mommy’s bed and my bed. Daddy’s toothbrush and my toothbrush. It is about children discovering their world.

 

September 14

Shapes That Go by Scholastic

Do you ever think about the vehicles that we drive and see on the road? After reading this book you should be able to talk about the shapes that you see on cars and trucks. It also teaches about colors.

 

September 21

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around by Penny Dann

“Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around is a book that teaches your child how to do things.  For instance touch their nose, turn around and touch the ground.

 

September 28

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

This book introduces children to different animals by the use of rhymes.

 

 

Other Happenings at Lowder Regional Library in September

 

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month so all the Librarians at the EL Lowder Regional Library would like to invite those residents of Montgomery County to drop by Lowder or any of the other ten locations and get your very own MCCPL library card! For verification we will need a picture ID and your present address.  If your Driver’s License has your present address on it that’s all we need.  If you’ve moved and not updated your address we can still use an unexpired Driver’s License but we will also need two “official” pieces of mail with the same name and the new address on it.  Examples are Car Tag Receipts, Leases, Mortgages, Pay Stubs,

 

September starts new programs and jumpstarts old ones!

 

The Ladies of High Tea will continue to meet the First Tuesday of the Month at 3PM—Tuesday, September 5th at 3PM the Ladies will meet to discuss Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier.

 

The unassuming young heroine of Rebecca finds her life changed overnight when she meets Maxim de Winter, a handsome and wealthy widower whose sudden proposal of marriage takes her by surprise. Rescuing her from an overbearing employer, de Winter whisks her off to Manderley, his isolated estate on the windswept Cornish coast–but there things take a chilling turn. Max seems haunted by the memory of his glamorous first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy is lovingly tended by the sinister housekeeper, Mrs. Danvers. As the second Mrs. de Winter finds herself increasingly burdened by the shadow of her mysterious predecessor, she becomes determined to uncover the dark secrets that threaten her happiness, no matter the cost.

 

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In October the Ladies will discuss Saving Ceecee Honeycutt: A Novel by Beth Hoffman.

 

Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her mother, Camille, the town’s tiara-wearing, lipstick-smeared laughingstock, a woman who is trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia. When tragedy strikes, Tootie Caldwell, CeeCee’s long-lost great-aunt, comes to the rescue and whisks her away to Savannah. There, CeeCee is catapulted into a perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity—one that appears to be run entirely by strong, wacky women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who bathes in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapons; to Tootie’s all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones; to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer. A timeless coming of age novel set in the 1960s, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt explores the indomitable strengths of female friendship, and charts the journey of an unforgettable girl who loses one mother, but finds many others in the storybook city of Savannah. As Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away, says, Beth Hoffman’s sparkling debut is “packed full of Southern charm, strong women, wacky humor, and good old-fashioned heart.”

 

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

 

Stitch and Share is back! The fourth Thursday in the month – September 28th – 3PM-530PM bring your quilting, knitting, crocheting, embroidery projects to work on..

 

The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM the first Thursday of each month, September’s date is September 7th and the book is: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

 

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television. When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.

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In October, on October 5th the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

 

Few creatures of horror have seized readers’ imaginations and held them for so long as the anguished monster of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The story of Victor Frankenstein’s terrible creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Considering the novel’s enduring success, it is remarkable that it began merely as a whim of Lord Byron’s.

“We will each write a story,” Byron announced to his next-door neighbors, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin and her lover Percy Bysshe Shelley. The friends were summering on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in 1816, Shelley still unknown as a poet and Byron writing the third canto of Childe Harold. When continued rains kept them confined indoors, all agreed to Byron’s proposal. The illustrious poets failed to complete their ghost stories, but Mary Shelley rose supremely to the challenge. With Frankenstein, she succeeded admirably in the task she set for herself: to create a story that, in her own words, “would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature and awaken thrilling horror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.”

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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 door as soon as we know ourselves.

 

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, September 8th!

 

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 September 15th, 2017!

 

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, September 18th, 2017.

 

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.  Monthly we will have a different theme and in September we will celebrate the Autumn Season.  Join us Thursday, September 14th from 4PM-5PM.

 

Homework Help Returns to Lowder Wednesday, September 13th, 6PM-730PM.  Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.  We are also taking applications at the Circulation Desk for Homework Helpers at this time.

 

We are pleased to announce a new Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 1 year every Thursday 10am to 1015m for a Librarian led Lap Sit time and then from 1015am to 1030am the parent will read board books to their children.  Our first program is Thursday, September 7, 2017 (10am-1030am).  There is no craft associated with this program.

 

Our regular Preschool Story Time returns Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1015am. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft activity.

 

Join us Tuesdays, beginning September 5, 2017 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.  Pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  The first class will be Computer Basics on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.

 

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

September

 

Wednesday, September 13, 11:00- “Alabama Needs Your History” by Haley Aaron, Alabama Department of Archives and History. Learn how important it is to share your family and community history with others.

 

Wednesday, September 27, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club