April Programs at MCCPL!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

April 2017 Library Activities

 

Pike Road Branch Library

 

Storybook Time

For age three through six

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

 

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

 

April 3 – Easter is coming up later this month. Today, we’ll read a story that just might explain why the Easter Bunny delivers colorful eggs in Kiki by Christoph Schuler with illustrations by Rahel Nicole Eisenring.

 

April 10 – Happy National Library Week! We’ll celebrate by reading some library-themed stories including I Took My Frog to the Library by Eric A. Kimmel with illustrations by Blanche Sims.

 

April 17 – Do you ever have trouble getting to sleep? After reading today’s stories, you will have lots of suggestions on what to do if you ever experience that problem. We’ll read Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton and The Prince Won’t Go to Bed by Dayle Ann Dodds and Kyrsten Brooker.

 

April 24 – Tomorrow is World Penguin Day. There will be baby penguins everywhere! Don’t get your hopes up; these are fictitious penguins. We’re not the Georgia Aquarium, after all. We’ll read Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion.

 

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:

April 5

April 12

April 19

April 26

 

Book Clubs

 

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, April 12 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy.

Publisher’s Summary – Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You’ve never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change. Rejected by their princesses and cast out of their castles, Liam, Frederic, Duncan, and Gustav stumble upon an evil plot that could endanger each of their kingdoms. Now it’s up to them to triumph over their various shortcomings, take on trolls, bandits, dragons, witches, and other assorted terrors, and become the heroes no one ever thought they could be.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, April 20 at 9:15 a.m., they will discuss Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

Publisher’s Summary – With the opening line of Silver Sparrow, “My father, James Witherspoon, is a bigamist,” author Tayari Jones unveils a breathtaking story about a man’s deception, a family’s complicity, and the two teenage girls caught in the middle. Set in a middle-class neighborhood in Atlanta in the 1980s, the novel revolves around James Witherspoon’s two families–the public one and the secret one. When the daughters from each family meet and form a friendship, only one of them knows they are sisters. It is a relationship destined to explode.

 

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Speaker Series

 

On Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library present historian and author Mary Ann Neeley, speaking about the history of the Pike Road community.

 

 

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

 

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

 

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!

 

3rd and 4th

Grumpy Goat (Brett Helquist) has just moved to a new farm and doesn’t know how to make friends until he finds something to brighten his day. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Bob Shea) involves a goat who is upset about a unicorn moving in and constantly upstaging him.

 

10th and 11th

The Very Busy Spider and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (both by Eric Carle) are both about very interesting insects and how they eat.

 

17th and 18th

The Cow Who Clucked (Denise Fleming) has lost her moo and goes looking to find it. The Cow Who Buzzed (Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha) catches a cold and finds herself buzzing AND sneezing.

 

24th and 25th

When Percy leave decides to take all of his bears on a picnic with his family, he must leave behind their lunch to do so. When his family finds out he comes up with a clever way to feed his family, so Please DO Feed the Bears (Phyllis Reynolds Naylor). I Lost My Bear (Jules Feiffer) follows the story of a girl who loses her stuffed bear. See how she finds it.

 

Children’s Programs

 

Reading Rockets (Literacy Tutors)

Mondays (except holidays)

Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Description: In partnership with the Prattville Community Development Incorporation, we’re pleased to offer reading tutors for children and adults. If you or your children need assistance in learning to read or read more fluently, please take advantage of this free program. Questions about the program should be directed to Annail Fort (334) 233-0818.

 

STEM Tutors

*Color Transforms – Coloring Contest (ages 3-11)

Due: April 7 @6pm

Come to the library and ask for our special National Libraries Week coloring sheet to be entered to win a prize. All ages are welcome to color, but the contest is for ages 3-11. Sheet will be displayed for the public to view and vote on, so parents make sure you come by to vote on your child’s work! The winner will be announced on our Facebook page on April 17th!

 

Young Adult Programs

Thursdays

April 6, 13, 20, 27

Time: 4:00-5:00

Description: Join JP da Poet in this workshop class about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. We recommend bringing a dedicated notebook and pens, but can provide pen and paper if necessary.

 

*Color Transforms – Coloring Contest (12-18, in high school)

Due: April 7 @6pm

Get a group of friends together (recommend 3-6 people) and work on coloring one of our “banner” sized coloring sheets. The prize will be a showing of a movie of your group’s choice (PG-13 or lower) and a special treat.

 

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

April 21

Time: 3:30pm

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: Home (PG)

Run time: 1hr 34 min

 

Adult Programs

 

*Art Transforms

National Library Week

April 10-15

Several art projects will be installed for National Library Week to see how art can Transform Libraries. The value of art is not always obvious until we see what it can do to change a space and make us see it in a new light. Want to get involved in our projects? Call Amy at 340-4979 to see what we’re planning, we especially need fiber artists (knitters, crocheters, etc.).

 

Our tables will also be covered with paper for you to scribble and color on during this week. See what art pops up!

 

Scrabble Time

Second Tuesday

April 11

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!

 

*Alabama ARISE

April 12

Time: 10:00am

Description: Pres Harris will come talk about how to get involved in local politics by contacting your elected officials. She will also speak about some of the work Alabama Arise is doing in reforming tax policy, ban the box, death penalty overturn, payday/lending title reform, and public transportation improvement. See what you can do to help transform Alabama into a better place to live for everyone.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

April 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: Silver Sparrow

Author: Tayari Jones

Description: Join us in our Big Read selection, funded and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. There will be many opportunities to meet the author and engage in other discussions in the city of Montgomery regarding this engaging story about the two families of James Witherspoon. His two daughters, from his separate families, meet and become friends with only one knowing they are actually sisters.

 

*Talent Transforms

April 14

Thursday

Time: 4:00pm

Description: Join us as JP da Poet and others perform spoken word, music, and other talents. Interested in sharing your talent? Sign up before the 7th to be put on the performance schedule.

 

Senior Bingo

Last Monday

April 24

Time: 10:00 AM

Audience: Seniors/Adults

Description: Seniors are invited to have fun playing an hour of Bingo @ Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch. An assortment of prizes will be available.

 

Fourth Friday Cook Up

April 28

Time: 4:00 PM

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. It’s Defeat Diabetes Month. Bring a low carb/diabetic friendly dish. Prior registration is not required, but is encouraged so that we don’t have too much salad/bread/dessert (no such thing).

 

Participation is required for partaking, but if you can’t cook feel free to bring plates, cups, tin foil, and/or plastic forks. Not sure what we need? Give us a call 240-4979.

 

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

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Children’s Programming

Story Time

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 5

Description: April is National Poetry Month and we will celebrate with some great rhymes. After our stories we will make picture poetry to take home!

 

April 12

Description: Books are great fun! But even better are books about books! Join us as we celebrate National Library Week with some great stories. For our craft activity we will make our own books!

 

April 19

Description: Spring is here! Join us for some great books to celebrate the warming of weather, blooming of flowers, and all that spring brings! A colorful craft to follow!

 

April 26

Description: With the warming weather, it’s a perfect time to take an adventure! Join us for a couple great stories of people going places, seeing things, and having fun doing it! After story time we will be making a take home craft.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Young Adult Programming

April 6             Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: What is the role of the library in your life? How important is it? Are the values of free access to information and privacy enough to fight for? Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching Library Wars, an action packed anime set in a time where the library has become militarized to defend its principles of free access to information and privacy. Enjoy the film and relax with refreshments.

 

April 7             Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Books don’t always stay books. They are adapted into graphic novels, music albums, and even movies. This afternoon come by the library and relax with popcorn, soda, and coffee and watch a film that was turned into a movie. It is often true that the book was better (than the movie), but this selection wasn’t so bad.

 

April 10-14      Rufus Lewis Book Con 2017

Summary: Our Young Adults have decided that this year to celebrate the many ways in which ‘Libraries Transform’, we will be hosting a Mini Book Convention. We will be setting up displays in the stacks to show off a little more about the transformative books and authors we have in our collection.

 

April 13           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 14           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: We will watch a recent arrival this week. Staring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Forest Whitaker, this film features mysterious alien ships that arrive suddenly around the world and the race is on to figure out how communicate.

 

April 20           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 21           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: Books don’t always stay books. They are adapted into graphic novels, music albums, and even movies. This afternoon come by the library and relax with popcorn, soda, and coffee and watch a film that was turned into a movie. It is often true that the book was better (than the movie), but this selection wasn’t so bad.

 

April 27           Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

Description: Thanks to the folks at CrunchyRoll.com we will be watching some great anime episodes this week. Throughout the month of April, we will be choosing random series from CrunchyRoll’s vast selection. At the end of the month we will pick a series to watch in May. Refreshments will be provided.

 

April 28           Friday Film @ 4 pm

Description: What do your pets get up to when your away? This animated film features Louis C.K. Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper, and Lake Bell.

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

April 2017 Adult Programming

 

April 3 After 5 Book Club Discussion @ 6:00 P.M.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

Summary: (NEA BIG READ) “A tense, layered and evocative tale… Jones explores the rivalry and connection of siblings, the meaning of beauty, the perils of young womanhood, the complexities of romantic relationships and the contemporary African-American experience”.

~ Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

April 4 Celebrating National Library @ 10:00 A.M.

Elder Law Seminar

Summary: Students, along with Professor John Craft, Jones School of Law, Faulkner University, will be available to discuss Powers of Attorney, Healthcare Directives, Wills, Living Wills, and important documents that are available to state your wishes about your finances and medical choices.

 

April 6 Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

 

April 6 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

April 11 Yoga at the library @ 6:00 P.M.

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

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

April 13  Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 13 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

April 20  Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 20 Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

April 20 Walk-in Advice and Counsel Clinic @3:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

Description: Need an attorney but can’t afford one? If you are a resident of Montgomery County and need the services of an attorney in a civil matter but cannot afford to hire one, there may be help for you. Attorneys will be on hand to volunteer their services to low income individuals and families facing civil legal issues.

Presenter: Montgomery County Bar Foundation

Volunteer Lawyers Program

 

April 25           Yoga Class @ 6:00 P.M.

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

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

April 27           Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community

approach to computer literacy.

 

April 27           Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

Governors’ Square Library

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

April 4:  World Rat Day

               Children will be delighted to hear the stories Cool Daddy Rat and Don’t Need

Friends, then do a coloring page.

 

April 11: National Library Week—“Lives Transform@Your Library”

(April 9-15, 2017)

Animas That Transform

                 Special guest presenter Donna Woodfin from Bama Aquatics will bring a

tadpole and a frog, as well as a bearded dragon (lizard) for the children to see

how they transform. Then she will read the stories King Long Shanks and

The Biggest Frog in Austrailia and the children will make a craft.

 

April 18: Super Beatrix Potter Movies

                 The children will enjoy watching “The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, “Squirrel

Nutkin”, and  “The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck”, followed by a coloring page

Activity.

 

April 25: Arbor Day

The children will learn about the value of trees when they hear the

stories The Giving Tree and Saving the Old Apple Tree, followed by a craft.

 

Book Bunch Book Club

April 12, 2017

2:00 p.m.

 

Book Bunch members will discuss Anita Diamant’s The Boston Girl, which made the 2015 Best Seller list. This novel is the story of Addie Baum who was born in 1900 to immigrant Jewsh parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Addie grew up in the North End of Boston, then a teeming multicultural neighborhood, and her intelligence and curiosity take her to a world her parents can’t

imagine. The story begins with eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her twenty-two-year-old granddaughter, who has asked her “How did you get to be the woman you are today?”

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library

 April Events Kathryn Powell

Events:

April 5 – Build Your Own Series: Book or “Flower Pot” 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Sign-ups open from 3/22/17-4/3/17 The start of a new series of monthly events on building or crafting a themed project; sign-ups are required to allow for the purchasing of materials. Open to all Ages.

 

April 10 – 14 – National Library Week: Transformation Destination 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Stop by the library to let us know how the library has transformed your perspective on life and what programming you’d loved to see come up in the Hampstead Branch Library’s schedule!

 

April 13 – National Library Week: Transforming Perspectives 3 – 5:30 p.m. Adult coloring programs and coloring pages have become quite popular lately. Stop by the library to change your perspective and relieve some stress with a few coloring pages for adults. All ages welcome!

Children’s Programs 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Ages: 1—4

April 4 – Farm Animals Books: Otis and the scarecrow – Loren Long Henry’s Map – David Elliot Activity:  Paper Hen craft

April 11 – Transformation Books: What do you do with an Idea? – Kobi Yamada Perfect Square – Michael Hall Activity:  Pompom Caterpillar craft

April 18 – Easter Books: Pinkalicious: Eggstraordinary Easter – Victoria Kann The Easter Egg – Jan Brett Activity: Easter Egg Flower Pot

April 25 – Rain Showers Books: Rain – Manya Stojic Rain Feet – Angela Johnson Activity:  Coffee Filter Umbrellas

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-499

April 6

Ready For Fun!

We will read Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb. Stamp your feet to the Skunka Tanka beat as the text and animals jump and move across the page. We will also read Is Everyone Ready For Fun by Jan Thomas.  Chicken has some vistors who plans are to do a little jumping, dancing and wiggling on the sofa!  Is everyone ready for more fun?

 

April 13

National Library Week

We will read Amelia Bedelia’s First Library Card by Herman Parish and illustrated by Lynne Avril.  Amelia Bedelia gets a chance to help out at the library with her class.  She has to decide what subject of books to check out when she receives her very own library card.  We will also watch the libraries “Check this Out” video which talks about the services the library has to offer to the public.  We will end with a tour of the Children’s Department.

 

April 20

Spring into adventure with Dora the Explorer!

We will watch the Movie: Egg Hunt. Dora needs your help to find the Big Yellow Egg with a big prize inside.  We will have an activity.

 

April 27

Hungry Caterpillar

We will read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleFollow the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats through a warmed and very large quantity of food.  We will have an activity.

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

 

April Storytime

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

 

April 10-13

National Library Week

 

April 12: K-3

1:00

Donna Woodfin

Animal Fun

Have you ever seen a miniature horse, a bearded dragon, or even a pot belly pig? Well let’s have fun learning and seeing all these animals and even more.

 

April 24-27

 

Monday: Kindergarten- 1:00 pm

LMNO Peas

Join me as we roll through this colorful and fun book with Peas, you read it right… “PEAS”, and learn the alphabet. Each letter introduces a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers starting with one of the letters of the alphabet.

There will be a sing-a-long and a craft.

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

Let’s be creative: Students will design their own door hangers.

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade- 9:00 am

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly SimmsTaback

An old lady who swallowed a fly? You got to be kidding me! The story will have you asking even more questions. Let’s see what happens in this story as its gets more interesting with each turn of the page. There will be a felt board activity.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 pm

Craft Time

Students will create their own 3D parachutes and decorate them.

 

 

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Wednesday, April 12, 11:00- “Famous Alabamians” by Richard Bailey. Celebrate National Library Week by learning about some of the people who made Alabama great!

 

Wednesday, April 26, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club- “Silver Sparrow” by Tayari Jones. Two teenage girls must deal with the tragedy that comes with having a bigamist father.

 

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday at 10:00 am

 

April 6      No Story Time Today

 

April 13     Easter is near!

Splat the Cat: Where’s the Easter Bunny? by Rob Scotton

Splat wants to tell the Easter Bunny what he wants for Easter, but he

can’t find him.

The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen

A little rabbit watches an old couple paint eggs, make chocolate, and

braid baskets for the village children at Easter, and he eventually

becomes the Easter Bunny.

Craft – Bunny Easter baskets

 

April 20     If you are nice, you can find a friend!

The Early Bird by Richard Scarry

After several cases of mistaken identity, Early Bird finally finds a worm

to play with.

Handdog by Graham Round

The loneliest dog in the world, unable to make friends, sets off on a

journey in a makeshift boat, hoping to find a friend somewhere in the

world.

Craft – Bird wrist puppets

 

April 27     It’s nice to be there for your friends!

Ophelia by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert

Ophelia is in love, but her friends are worried because they think she

is sick.

Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff and Sophie Balckwell

Jumpy Jack the snail is terrified that there are monsters around every

corner despite the reassurances of his best friend.

Craft – Hippopotamus puppets

 

 

Parent/Preschool Activity Center

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

Youth Programs

 

Homework Assistance

Our program meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm. Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading.  Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lessons you will need assistance with.

Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

Special Note

We are celebrating National Library Week by reading to the students of Dalraida and Morningview Elementary Schools. We love books and want you to love them, too!

Morningview Elementary – Monday, April 10, 2017

Dalraida Elementary – Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

Lego League

Lego League is offered the third Tuesday in April.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

4:00 – 5:00 pm

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

 

Easter Contest

March 22 – April 12

How good are your estimating skills!

Come and guess how many water beads are in the jar. The person with the most accurate guess will win an Easter basket.

Drawing to be held April 12.

 

Adult Programs

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

Tuesday, April 11 @ 10:00 am

Come research your family’s history by using the Library’s database, at no charge, every second Tuesday.

 

Fiber Arts

Wednesday, April 12 @ 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.

 

Computer Class

Tuesday, April 18 @ 10:00 am

Today we will have student’s choice.

Pre-registration is required. 271-7005

 

Coliseum Adult Program

Wednesday, April 19 @ 10:00 am

Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills

Elder Law Clinic

John Craft, and his graduate students, will be discussing these important topics and will be available for one-on-one assistance with Living Wills and Power of Attorney.

 

Puzzles

We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times. Come and help put our community puzzles together.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

Thursday, April 13 @ 3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing Faithful, by Alice Hoffman.  This is a story of a young woman whose life instantly changes when her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident.  Then, we will receive our book for May titled, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’ Easter, by Lisa Patton, a comedy of a woman whose family must leave the Southern town she loves and move to Vermont where she encounters unexpected hardships.

 

Special Guest Author

Friday, April 21 @ 10:00 am

Kathie Farnell, author of Duck and Cover, will be to discuss her book describing her adventures in Montgomery from 1950 to 1960. She will also be presenting at the Alabama Book Festival on April 22, 2017.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

Wednesday, April 26 @ 10:00 am

Today we will be discussing the 200’s classification. Be prepared to share 3 to 5 items of interest with the group. Then, we will select a book from the 300’s which encompasses the social sciences.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

Thursday, April 27 @ 3:00 pm

Faithful Place by Tana French

We will discuss Faithful Place today by Tana French. This is a book from the Dublin Murder Squad series. Back in 1985, Frank Mackey was a nineteen-year-old kid with a dream of escaping his family’s cramped flat on Faithful Place and running away to London with his girl, Rosie Daly. However, on the night they were supposed to leave, Rosie didn’t show. Frank took it for granted that she had dumped him – probably because of his alcoholic father, nutcase mother, and generally dysfunctional family. He never went home again, nor did Rosie ever show up again. Then, twenty-two years later, Rosie’s suitcase shows up behind a fireplace in a derelict house on Faithful Place, and Frank, now a detective in the Dublin Undercover squad, is going home whether he likes it or not. We will receive our May books on that afternoon. goodreads.com/book/show/7093952-faithful-place

 

 

Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age

 

Arts and Crafts

Pine Cone Flowers

April 5, 2017

10:00 am

Carol Gandy will be teaching us how to make beautiful flowers out of pinecones. They look just like zinnias!

 

Technology – An Introduction to YouTube

April 12, 2017

10:00 am

Today we are going to look at two videos spotlighting two famous Alabama women authors. First, we will watch Kathryn Tucker Windham as she speaks at the 2010 Storytelling Festival and we will listen to her telling of the “Ghost of the Angry Architech”.  Then, we will watch Harper Lee in her only recorded interview of “To Kill a Mockingbird”.  This program will not only entertain you with these two famous women, but it will also teach you how to use YouTube for your educational benefits.

 

Adult Program

Elder Law Clinic

April 19, 2017

10:00 am

John Craft, and his some of his graduate students, will be providing information on Wills, Power of Attorney, and Living Wills. Then, his students will be available to offer free one-on-one assistance in making out your Power of Attorney and Living Will.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

300 Social Sciences

April 26, 2017

10:00 am

This classification contains political science, law, education, true crime, and military history.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

2590 Bell Road, Montgomery, AL 36117 www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

April 7      

Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Schwartz

A twist on “The Three Little Pigs” Pig One and Pig Two neglect their martial arts training at the Ninja School and are no match for the wolf, but their sister’s dedication to her training saves the day.

Activity: Pig Craft

 

April 14

Pete The Cat Big Easter Adventure by Kim Dean

Pete The Cat is appointed as an unwitting helper to a troubled Easter Bunny and races to deliver eggs before time runs out.

Activity: Easter Egg Craft

Bring Your Basket For Our Easter Egg Hunt

 

April 21

Chewy Louie by Howie Schneider

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

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

April 28

Too Many Frogs! by Sandy Asher

The most beautiful fish in the entire ocean discovers the real value of personal beauty and friendship.

Activity: Frog Craft

 

 

Other Happenings April 2017 @ EL Lowder Regional Library

 

Stitch and Share meets the fourth Thursday afternoon of the month. We will meet Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 3pm.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, or quilt please join us.  If there is something you need help with please bring it and let us see if we can help get you back on track.

 

Friends and Family Chess Club wants you every Saturday 10AM until 1245PM sharp as the library closes at 1PM on Saturdays. If your child or you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or knows how and wants to join a group we invite everyone to become a member of the Lowder Chess Club.  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the door as soon as we know ourselves.

 

Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM. In April the Ladies will be reading Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews.

First husbands Annajane truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason. They’ve been divorced for four years, she’s engaged to a terrific new guy, and she’s ready to leave the small North Carolina town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she has absolutely no problem attending his wedding. But when fate intervenes and the wedding is called to a halt as the bride is walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to realize that maybe this happened for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason back…

Second chances But there are secrets afoot in this small Southern town, and soon Annajane discovers that change can bring out the worst in people-even her own friends and neighbors-and uncover family scandals. Happiness could be hers for the taking…and the life she once had with Mason could be in her future. But first Annajane must find out what she’s really made of, and what really matters most…

~~Amazon.com~~

May’s date is Tuesday, May 2, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd.

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sister, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

~~Amazon.com~~

Gamers Club will meet Friday, April 14. Gamer’s Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and pre-registration is required.  Participants may sign up for 330pm-430pm or 430pm -530pm (all gaming must end at 530pm).

 

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 April 21, 2017!

 

Lowder Regional Library now has coloring for stressed out adults! The second Thursday afternoon from 4pm-5pm bring your tired of everything, frazzled, and anxious selves to color your cares away—at least for the time that you are here!  Join us Thursday, April 13.

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6PM-730PM. We are still in need of Homework Helpers on some Wednesday nights.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form for each branch that their children attend.  Students MUST bring homework and text books to Homework Assistance.

 

Lowder Regional Library is proud to present a Bilingual Korean Story Time every Tuesday of the month except the first Tuesday and this month we will also not meet the second Tuesday.  We will start at 430pm and end before 530pm.  In April we will meet April 18, and April 25, 2017.  It will be held in the Meeting Room to the right as you come in the door of the library.  Parents must stay with children.

 

Monday evening, April 17, at 7pm we will have a Scholarship Seminar for Grades 8 through 12. Eight graders are asked to bring a notebook to start their portfolios.  Seniors and juniors the time to plan for college is NOW!

 

April 9-15, 2017 is National Library Week. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform” and once again the Lowder Librarians will be having a special week of fun.  We have planned a cookie decorating contest for the Young Adults; a movie, a visit from a pig and a horse, and Lego League for the children; and we’ll have the Bloodmobile and Stress Free Coloring for the Adults, just to name a few programs.  We’ll also be “dressing up” again this year.  Come out and see us “transform.”  See our National Library Week Schedule of Events Poster for more information.

 

National Library Week 2017

EL Lowder Regional Library

 

The Lowder Librarians invite everyone to join them in dressing up again this year!

See us transform!

Each day’s theme is in CAPITAL LETTERS.

 

Monday, April 10

FICTION DAY

Confucius Institute 3pm-430pm

Chinese Traditional Festivals

 

Tuesday, April 11

BIOGRAPHY DAY

National Library Workers Day

Movie Day 330pm-530pm

We’ll be showing a biography!

 

Wednesday, April 12

398.2 DAY

National Bookmobile Day

A Pig and a Horse Walk Into the Library . . .

4pm-5pm

 

Thursday, April 13

E SEUSS

Adult Stress-Away Coloring Hour 4pm-5pm

Teen Transform Boring Into Extraordinary Cookie Decoration

Competition 430pm-530pm

 

Friday, April 14

790 DAY

Bloodmobile starting at 9AM – come give blood! Save a Life!

Story Time      1015am

Lowder Lego League 4pm-5pm

 

Pintlala Branch Library

April 2017   STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK April 9 – 15

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

April 3 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “My Garden” by: Kevin Henkes

Synopsis —-   The girl in this book grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big as beach balls, flowers that change color, and seashells in her garden. How does your garden grow?

ACTIVITY: The students will make flowers out of cupcake holders

 

April 4 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes” by: Eric Litwin

Synopsis —-   Pete the Cat is back—and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool  places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song . . . because it’s all good.     

ACTIVITY: The students will play a Pete the Cat game with shoes

 

April 5 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

BOOK: “Little Rabbit Goes to School” by: Harry Horse

Synopsis —-   It’s Little Rabbit’s first day at school. He decides his favorite toy, Charlie Horse, wants to start school too, so they set off together. Before they’ve even got to school, Charlie Horse has made Little Rabbit eat his whole packed lunch and then proceeds to create mischief all day – galloping when he should be listening and jumping in the cake mix. Little Rabbit gets very upset when Charlie Horse leads him away from his new friends on a nature walk and they find themselves all alone in the wood …But Little Rabbit’s teacher and friends find them and Little Rabbit goes home happy, looking forward to his next day at school – having decided Charlie Horse isn’t ready to start school and can stay at home!  

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 5 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Here Comes The Easter Cat” by: Deborah Underwood

Synopsis —-   Why should the Easter Bunny get all the love? That’s what Cat would

like to know. So he decides to take over: He dons his sparkly suit, jumps on his Harley, and roars off into the night. But it turns out delivering Easter eggs is hard work. And it doesn’t leave much time for naps (of which Cat has taken five–no, seven). So when a pooped-out Easter Bunny shows up, and with a treat for Cat, what will Cat do? His surprise solution will be stylish, smart, and even–yes–kind.

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 10@ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Bat’s at the Library” by: Brian Lies

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

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 11@ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit” by: Il Sung Na

Synopsis —-     What do the animals do when the snow falls to the ground and all the trees are bare? Some fly long distances, while some swim to warmer waters. Some take a long, warm sleep where they live, while others have a thick, cozy coat and can stay in the snow!

April 11 @ 12:00 Pre-K    

Annual EasterEgg Hunt

 

April 11 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “The Little Red Hen: Makes a Pizza” by: Philemon Sturges

Synopsis —- The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen’s friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make an Easter craft

 

April 13 @ 1:30 6th Grade

National Library Week Speaker:

Dr. White, Education Specialist, will be here for story time

 

April 18@ 10:00 Pre-K

Mrs. Lowder and her dog Amos will be here for story time reading her latest book.

BOOK: “Amos Bounces Back: A Tale of Too Much T.V. by: Margaret Lowder

Synopsis —-   Amos Bounces Back — A Tale of Too Much TV is the second award winning book in the Series of Amos Tales. This bright, energetic children’s book will capture the imaginations of children ages 3 to 7 as they are swept into Amos’s world of watching TV. He quickly realizes that he misses his real life friends and all the fun they have. Hopefully, the young reader will learn the value of living a real life away from apps, games, & too much TV.

 

April 19 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Once there was a Bull…. frog” by: Rick Walton

Synopsis —-   Once there was a Bull…(Frog) is an endearing story of a frog who lost his hop. He looks for it everywhere: under a toad…(stool), behind a dog… (house), and under a hedge…(hog), but it’s nowhere to be found. He has   cow…(boy) throw him high in the sky, but he lands in a field of straw… (berries). Thanks to a diamond… (back rattlesnake), he regains his hop. 

ACTIVITY: We will make frogs out of construction paper and paper plates

 

April 20 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Light is all Around Us” by: Wendy Pfeffer

Synopsis —-   Light is all around you! It comes in many forms: Light from the sun brightens our day, firelight flickers in the night, electric lights fill your homes—and animals even make the sea glow! With lively illustrations and diagrams and clear, engaging text, this Level 2 Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out picture book is a fascinating look into the many ways that light brightens our world.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers

 

 

 

March Events @ MCCPL!!

 

 

 

March 2017 Library Activities

 

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library’s March 2017 Programs

 

 

 

Special Book Discussion

 

 (Rescheduled from February) –

 

Frye Gaillard discusses his children’s novel, Go South to Freedom

 

On Wednesday, March 29 at 2:30 p.m., author Frye Gaillard will discuss his book, Go South to Freedom, which is based on a true story about runaway slaves taking refuge with the Seminole Indians in Florida and a community of free blacks in Mobile. All are welcome to attend the book discussion, but we are extending a special invitation to homeschooling families.

 

 

 

 

 

Storybook Time

 

 For Age Three Through Six

 

Mondays @ 10:30 a.m. & 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

March 6 – Spring is almost here, but the woodland animals are still on their winter sleep schedule. All of a sudden, some creature starts making a racket and wakes them up. Will they find out who the culprit is? All will be revealed when we read Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter.

 

 

 

March 13 – Do you know that old lady who swallowed the fly? Well, she’s back and she’s swallowing a clover. I guess a clover can count as a vegetable. We’ll see what else she swallows in There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover by Lucille Colandro with illustrations by Jared Lee.

 

 

 

March 20 – Today, we’ll read Rabbit’s Good News by Ruth Lercher Bornstein. What do you think Rabbit’s good news will be? We bet it has something to do with a certain season that begins today.

 

 

 

March 27 – Spring-time brings baby chicks to the barnyard. We’ll read about some chicks today including Little Chick in John Lawrence’s This Little Chick.

 

 

 

Toddler Time

 

For Age One Through Three

 

Wednesdays @ 10 a.m.

 

 

 

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

 

March 1

 

March 8

 

March 15

 

March 22

 

March 29

 

 

 

Book Clubs

 

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, March 15 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 1: The Mysterious Howling by Maryrose Wood

 

Publisher’s Summary – Found running wild in the forest of Ashton Place, the Incorrigibles are no ordinary children: Alexander, age ten or thereabouts, keeps his siblings in line with gentle nips; Cassiopeia, perhaps four or five, has a bark that is (usually) worse than her bite; and Beowulf, age somewhere-in-the-middle, is alarmingly adept at chasing squirrels. Luckily, Miss Penelope Lumley is no ordinary governess. Only fifteen years old and a recent graduate of the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females, Penelope embraces the challenge of her new position. Though she is eager to instruct the children in Latin verbs and the proper use of globes, first she must help them overcome their canine tendencies. But mysteries abound at Ashton Place: Who are these three wild creatures, and how did they come to live in the vast forests of the estate? Why does Old Timothy, the coachman, lurk around every corner? Will Penelope be able to teach the Incorrigibles table manners and socially useful phrases in time for Lady Constance’s holiday ball? And what on earth is a schottische?

 

 

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December.  –On Thursday, March 16 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Miller’s Valley by Anna Quindlen.

 

Publisher’s Summary – Filled with insights that are the hallmark of Anna Quindlen’s bestsellers, Miller’s Valley is an emotionally powerful story about a family you will never forget. For generations, the Millers have lived in Miller’s Valley. Mimi Miller tells about her life with intimacy and honesty. As Mimi eavesdrops on her parents and quietly observes the people around her, she discovers more and more about the toxicity of family secrets, the dangers of gossip, the flaws of marriage, the inequalities of friendship and the risks of passion, loyalty, and love. Home, as Mimi begins to realize, can be “a place where it’s just as easy to feel lost as it is to feel content.” Miller’s Valley is a masterly study of family, memory, loss, and, ultimately, discovery, of finding true identity and a new vision of home. As Mimi says, “No one ever leaves the town where they grew up, even if they go.” Miller’s Valley reminds us that the place where you grew up can disappear, and the people in it too, but all will live on in your heart forever.

 

 

 

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

 

facebook.com/pikeroadbranchlibrary

 

 

 

 

 

Bertha Williams

 

 

 

Adult Programs

 

 

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

 

Wednesday, March 8 @ 11:00 a.m.

 

Title: The Kitchen House   

 

Author: Kathleen Grissom

 

Description: Orphaned onboard a ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle. The master’s illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family. Though set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent, and the mistress battles opium addiction, Lavinia straddles two very different worlds. Then she is forced to make a choice. ~dust jacket

 

 

 

Scrabble Time

 

Tuesday, March 9 @ 2:00 p.m.

 

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

 

 

 

Mid-Afternoon Movie

 

All Ages!

 

Friday, March 17 @ 3:30 p.m.

 

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: Space Jam (1996)

 

Run time: 1 hr. 28 min.

 

 

 

Fourth Friday Cook Up

 

March 24 @ 4:00 p.m.

 

Audience: Adult

 

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. This month is National Peanut Month! Bring a peanut related dish (or not so our friends with allergies can still eat). Prior registration is not required, but is encouraged so that we don’t have too much salad/bread/dessert (no such thing).

 

 

 

Participation is required for partaking, but if you can’t cook feel free to bring plates, cups, tin foil, and/or plastic forks. Not sure what we need? Give us a call 240-4979.

 

 

 

Senior Bingo

 

Monday, March 27 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Audience: Seniors/Adults

 

Description: Seniors are invited to have fun playing an hour of Bingo @ Bertha P. Williams Rosa Parks Avenue Branch. An assortment of prizes will be available.

 

 

 

Genealogy Sessions

 

Fridays (except holidays)

 

10:30-11:15 a.m. & 2:30-3:15 p.m.

 

 

 

Pre-registration IS required.

 

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

 

334-240-4979

 

acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us

 

Young Adult Programs

 

Poetry Workshop

 

Thursday, March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 @ 4:00-5:00

 

Description: Join JP da Poet in this workshop class about slam poetry and how to write and perform it. We recommend bringing a dedicated notebook and pens, but can provide pen and paper if necessary.

 

 

 

Children’s Programs

 

Reading Rockets (Literacy Tutors)

 

Mondays @ 3:30-4:30pm (except holidays)

 

Description: In partnership with the Prattville Community Development Incorporation, we’re pleased to offer reading tutors for children and adults. If you or your children need assistance in learning to read or read more fluently, please take advantage of this free program. Questions about the program should be directed to Annail Fort (334) 233-0818.

 

 

 

Storytime

 

Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

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

 

 

 

6th and 7th

 

In Up and Down (Oliver Jeffers), Penguin decides one day he wants to fly. His friend helps him achieve his goals. Two Tall Houses (Gianna Marino) is about neighbors who fight about their houses being too big.

 

 

 

13th and 14th

 

Extraordinary Jane (Hannah E. Harrison) is an extraordinary dog. She works in a circus and is trying to find her special talent. Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great (Bob Shea), but Goat isn’t so sure.

 

 

 

20th and 21st

 

The Busy Tree (Jennifer Ward & Lisa Falkenstern) is a busy place. See how birds, bees, and all sorts of animals make their home from a tree. My Garden (Kevin Henkes) is about a girl and her mother who plan a colorful garden together.

 

 

 

27th and 28th

 

A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea (Michael Ian Black & Kevin Hawkes), but we think we should have one anyway! I Know a Wee Piggy (Kim Norman & Henry Cole) follows a pig that wallows through all sorts of colors to find the perfect one.

 

 

 

 

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

 

Storytime

 

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

Mar. 7:  Healthy Foods

 

Special guest nutritionist will read Red Pepper, Green Squash and Eating the Alphabet, then tell the children about healthy eating.

 

 

 

Mar. 14: Wacky Weather Day

 

The children will enjoy hearing Ms Anita read Rain and the Poodle Who Barked at the Wind, followed by a connect-the dots activity.

 

 

 

Mar. 21:  Baby Animals Day

 

Ms. Anita will read The Pokey Little Puppy and Duckling Peep Swims with the Animals. Then the children will do a coloring page activity                .

 

 

 

Mar. 28:  Kites Fly High Day

 

Children will enjoy hearing the books Curious George Flies a Kite and Stuck, followed by a craft.

 

 

 

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

 

March Story Times

 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

 

Every Wednesday

 

 

 

March 1:  Traction Man is Here by Mini Grey

 

Follow the stupendous adventures of Traction Man in this action packed adventure. Craft activities to follow

 

 

 

March 8:  Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb

 

Paul had a normal goldfish life until he met Bernadette, then the world changed. Craft activities to follow

 

 

 

March 15:   A Library Book for Bear by Bonny Becker & Kady MacDonald Denton

 

Bear and Mouse explore the wonders of the Library Together. Craft activity to follow

 

 

 

March 22:  Dog Loves Books

 

Dog loves books and loves sharing them even more! Craft activity to follow!

 

 

 

March 29:  Do Not Open this Book! by Michaela Muntean

 

We are going to open this book and to the adventures within!

 

Craft Activity to follow

 

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

 

YA Programming

 

 

 

Friday Afternoon Film Club

 

Every Friday at 4 p.m. we will show a film for our patrons with refreshments.

 

 In March we will show The Spirit (2008), Big Hero 6 (2014), Lego Movie (2014), and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014).

 

Celebrating Teen Tech Week @ Rufus Lewis Library

 

Theme: Be the Source of Change

 

4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

 

March 6: Teen Tech Week will focus on resources teens can access via the library to develop or build upon skills in technology. On Monday 6th We will have a short talk on using Wikipedia not only for your homework projects, but be part of building a global information platform.

 

 

 

March 7:  On Tuesday, March 7 we will have a talk about HackMGM and how teens can get involved using their coding skills to make Montgomery a better place.

 

 

 

March 9:  We will have a demonstration of Open Toonz software and how to make art for the 21st century.

 

 

 

March 10:  We will have a short talk on how to use the library to develop our interests in robotics.

 

 

 

Afternoon Otaku Club

 

4:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M.

 

March 9, 16 & 23

 

 Thanks to the generosity of CrunchRoll.com, The Rufus Lewis Library will be showing

 

Japanese Anime.

 

 

 

Rufus Lewis Graphic Novel Club

 

           

 

March 2: Comic Book Club 4:00- 5:00

 

We will be discussing Book 1 of Art Spiegelman’s MAUS. We will discuss how the style of Spiegelman’s work allows for particular depth of conversation regarding the Holocaust. 

 

 

 

March 30: Comic Book Club 4:00- 5:00

 

We will be discussing Laura Lee Gulledge’s Page by Paige. Topics of discussion will include how expressions of creativity effect how we perceive our lives.

 

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional

 

Adult Programming

 

March 2017

 

 

 

March 2          Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

 

March theme for our adult computer class is the arts. While exploring the many possibilities with art and computer technology, we will build up our skills and learn new ones! All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.

 

 

 

March 2          Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

 

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

 

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

 

March 6          After 5 Book Club Discussion @ 6:00 P.M.

 

Title: Man on the Run

 

Author: Weber, Carl

 

Summary:  Jay Crawford has spent too long paying for a crime he didn’t commit.  For ten

 

Years, he’s been in prison, waiting for the right opportunity to prove his innocence.  When his family is threatened, the time for waiting is over.  Jay didn’t realize that escaping would be the easy part.  A man on the run requires absolute trust, but Jay might just be setting himself up for the ultimate betrayal.

 

 

 

March 7          Adult Graphic Novel Club @7:00 PM.

 

We will be celebrating Will Eisner Week Tuesday March 7th from 7 PM- 8 PM with a discussion of Will Eisner’s, A Contract with God, the first true modern graphic novel.

 

 

 

March 9          Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

 

March theme for our adult computer class is the arts. While exploring the many possibilities with art and computer technology, we will build up our skills and learn new ones! All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.

 

 

 

March 9          Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

 

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

 

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

 

March 14        Learning the Basics of Nutrition & Diabetes @ 10:00 A. M.

 

Description: Attendees will learn the importance of eating healthy and living with

 

Diabetes.

 

Presenter: Mr.  Justin Alexander

 

The Wellness Coalition of Montgomery, AL

 

 

 

March 14        Yoga Class @ 6:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

 

 

March 16        Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

 

March theme for our adult computer class is the arts. While exploring the many possibilities with art and computer technology, we will build up our skills and learn new ones! All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.

 

 

 

March 23        Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

 

March theme for our adult computer class is the arts. While exploring the many possibilities with art and computer technology, we will build up our skills and learn new ones! All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.

 

 

 

March 23        Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

 

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

 

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

 

March 28        Yoga Class @ 6:00 P.M.

 

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

 

Presenter: Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

 

 

March 30        Computer Class @ 11:00 A.M.

 

March theme for our adult computer class is the arts. While exploring the many possibilities with art and computer technology, we will build up our skills and learn new ones! All levels of experience are welcome in this low stress, community approach to computer literacy.

 

           

 

March 30        Scrapbooking @ 12:00 Noon

 

Description: Learn the techniques of telling stories 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 registration and a list of recommended materials.

 

Presenter: Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator

 

 

 

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

 

 Story Time

 

255 Federal Rd.

 

Hope Hull, AL 36043

 

334 281-8069

 

Women History Month:

 

Theme:  Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”

 

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

 

 

March 1 @ 9:30 3rd Grade            

 

BOOK: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman by Kathleen Krull

 

Synopsis – Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she’d run. And she did run–all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.   

 

ACTIVITY: Students will decorate a running shoe color sheet that I will display them in the library

 

 

 

March 6 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

 

BOOK:  Mia Hamm: Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm

 

Synopsis – Mia Hamm, American soccer champion and best–selling author of Go for the Goal, tells a true–life–inspired story of learning that winning and losing aren’t as important as being part of a team.  More than anyone, soccer superstar Mia Hamm knows the value of teamwork and perseverance. She shares this lesson, paired with energetic illustrations by Carol Thompson, in this motivational story perfect for soccer kids and their soccer moms!

 

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate soccer balls

 

 

 

March 7 @ 11:30 Pre-K

 

BOOK:  Squanto: and the First Thanksgiving by Teresa Celsi

 

Synopsis – A simple biography of the Wampanoag Indian who helped the Pilgrims survive in their early days in the Plymouth colony.    

 

ACTIVITY: Students will make Indians hats

 

 

 

March 7 @ 1:30 1st Grade

 

BOOK: Amelia Earhart by Caroline Crosson Gilpin

 

Synopsis – This Level 1 Reader brings an understanding of Amelia Earhart’s historical significance to a whole new audience. Young readers will learn about the fascinating life and legacy of this pioneering pilot and adventurer, whose disappearance over the Pacific in 1937 has intrigued audiences for decades (Level 1).    

 

ACTIVITY:  The students are making airplanes out of candy

 

 

 

March 8 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

 

BOOK: Mia Hamm: Winners Never Quit! by Mia Hamm

 

Synopsis – Mia Hamm, American soccer champion and best–selling author of Go for the Goal, tells a true–life–inspired story of learning that winning and losing aren’t as important as being part of a team.  More than anyone, soccer superstar Mia Hamm knows the value of teamwork and perseverance. She shares this lesson, paired with energetic illustrations by Carol Thompson, in this motivational story perfect for soccer kids and their soccer moms!

 

ACTIVITY: The students will decorate soccer balls

 

 

 

March 9 @ 9:30 6th Grade

 

BOOK: Florence Nightingale by David Adler

 

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

 

ACTIVITY: Students will make paper lanterns

 

 

 

March 9 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

 

BOOK: Betsy Ross: And the Siler Thimble by Stephanie Green

 

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

 

ACTIVITY: The students will make Popsicle sticks flags.

 

 

 

March 13 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

 

BOOK: A Berry Lucky St. Patrick’s Day by Mickie Matheis

 

Synopsis – Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this special St. Patty’s-themed 8×8 featuring Strawberry Shortcake and all her friends and a berry lucky four-leaf clover!    

 

ACTIVITY: Students will make St. Patrick’s Day four-leaf clover hats.

 

 

 

March 14, 2017 @ 11:30 Pre-K

 

BOOK: Over in a River: Flowing Out to the Sea by Marianne Berkes

 

Synopsis – The great rivers of North America are teeming with life and on the pages of Over in a River—from blue herons in the Hudson to salmon in the Columbia, and from dragonflies in the Rio Grande to mallards in the St. Lawrence. Children will slither like water snakes and slide like otters while singing to the tune of “Over in a Meadow.” And they’ll count baby animals in watersheds all over North America!  What a delightful way to learn about riparian habitats and geography at the same time!    

 

ACTIVITY: Students will work on their workbooks and play a game over and under

 

 

 

March 15 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

 

PLAY:  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams

 

Synopsis – Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap.  And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!    

 

ACTIVITY: The students will act out the play

 

 

 

March 15 @ 3:30 Good Times After Schoolers 

 

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

 

Synopsis – Effa always loved baseball. As a young woman, she would go to Yankee Stadium just to see Babe Ruth’s mighty swing. But she never dreamed she would someday own a baseball team. Or be the first – and only –woman ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. From her childhood in Philadelphia to her groundbreaking role as business manager and owner of the Newark Eagles, Effa Manley always fought for what was right. And she always swung for the fences.  From author Audrey Vernick and illustrator Don Tate comes the remarkable story of an all-star of a woman.

 

ACTIVITY: Students will make a baseball and bat out of construction paper

 

 

 

March 16 @ 10:30 5th Grade

 

BOOK:  Little Melba and Her Big Trombone by Katheryn Russell-Brown

 

Synopsis – Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family’s Majestic radio.  At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba’s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with exuberance and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.    

 

ACTIVITY: Students will do a fill in the blank activity sheet

 

 

 

MARCH 20 – 24:  SPRING BREAK

 

 

 

March 27 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

 

PLAY:  The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams

 

Synopsis – Once upon a time, there was a little old lady who was not afraid of anything! But one autumn night, while walking in the woods, the little old lady heard . . . clomp, clomp, shake, shake, clap, clap. And the little old lady who was not afraid of anything had the scare of her life!    

 

ACTIVITY: The students will act out the play

 

 

 

March 27 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

 

BOOK:  Curious George’s Dream by Margret & H. A. Rey

 

Synopsis – After a long day at the fair George is frustrated. It seems he is always too small! But when George falls asleep and wakes up BIG, he discovers being too large can be difficult, too, and maybe he’s the right size after all.   

 

ACTIVITY: We will play around with words form the story

 

 

 

March 27 @ 1:45 4th Grade

 

BOOK:  Faith Ringgold by Mike Venezia

 

Synopsis – Artist, author, educator, and activist, Faith Ringgold’s work provides an important window into the struggles and experiences of African American women. Mike Venezia’s colorful cartoons help young readers understand and appreciate Ringgols’s life and work, in a book filled with examples of her paintings, story quilts, and sculptures.                                   

 

ACTIVITY: Questions and answers about Ms. Faith Ringgold

 

 

 

March 28 @ 11:30 Pre-K

 

BOOK:  Day Out with Daddy by Stephen Cook

 

Synopsis – A special day with Daddy can be a whole lot of fun. Just don’t tell Mommy. . .When Mommy leaves town, a young son has a day out with Daddy. Whether they’re starting the day with a good breakfast, of every donut and pastry available, or finishing it with a late, late show on TV (with Daddy watching with eyes closed), everything is extra fun. Daddy sure likes to do things his own way! Each event in a boy’s day is filled with double meanings and humor when told from his unique point of view. Mommy will be so sorry she’s missing out on all the fun.   

 

ACTIVITY: D is for Dad. We will do something special with the letter D

 

 

 

March 29 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

 

ACTIVITY: Students will learn some trivia and fun facts to share with others.

 

Today –this day, March 29th  in history, Coca-Cola was invented in 1886.

 

 

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

 

Story Time

 

Thursdays @ 10:30 a.m.

 

 

 

March 2

 

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

 

We will read My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Steve Johnson.  This rhyming story describes each day in terms of a particular color which in turn is associated with specific emotions.  If You’re Happy and You Know It!  by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Lindsey Gardiner.  If You’re Happy and You Know It clap your hand explores different ways to express happiness.  We will have an activity.  We will have a craft.

 

 

 

March 9

 

Movie Day!

 

We will watch Spring into Adventure with Dora the Explorer! 

 

 

 

March 13

 

Nursery Rhymes

 

We will read Who Stole the Cookies? by Judith Moffatt.  A little girl tries to solve the mystery of the cookies taken from the jar but the animals all deny taking anything.  We also will read Shoo Fly! by Iza Trapani.  See what happens when a young mouse tries to get rid of a pesky fly.

 

 

 

March  23

 

Pigeon Present!

 

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

 

 

 

March  30

 

Storytime Favorites

 

We will read Tanka Tanka Skunk by Steve Webb.  Stomp your feet as Tanka and Elephant show you how to make rhythm and beats with words.  We will also read Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin.  As he walks down the street, Pete the Cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change colors then get wet. 

 

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library

 

 March Events
Kathryn Powell

 

 

 

March 8 – Build Your Own Series:  “Lucky” Charm
3:45-4:45 p.m.
Sign-up open from February 17-March 3
The start of a new series of monthly events on building or crafting a themed project; sign-ups are required to allow for the purchasing of materials. Open to all Ages.

 


Children’s Programs
10:30-11:00 a.m. 

 

Ages: 1-4

 

March 7 – Presidents
Books: 
Madam President – Lane Smith
The great White House breakout – Helen Thomas
Activity:  American Bunny Paper Craft

 

 

 

March 14 – Saint Patrick’s Day
Books: 
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Samantha and Lola – Alma Ada
The Night before Saint Patrick’s Day – Natasha Wing
Activity: Heart Shamrock Paper Craft

 

 

 

March 21 – Spring
Books: 
When Spring Comes – Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
King for a Day – Rukhsana Khan
Activity: Daffodil Craft

 

 

 

March 28 – Picnic
Books: 
The Pigs’ Picnic – Keiko Kasza
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack – Doreen Cronin
Activity:  Coloring Sheets

 

 

 

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

 

March Storytime

 

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

 

 

 

March 6-8

 

 

 

Monday: Kindergarten @ 1:00 p.m.

 

Don’t Copy Me by Jonathan Allen

 

Little Puffin is out for a nice walk when he is then followed and imitated by three gull chicks. Little Puffin really gets frustrated and tries to find ways to make them stop. What plan will he come up with?

 

 

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade @ 1:30 p.m.

 

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly Simms Taback

 

An old lady who swallowed a fly? You got to be kidding me! The story will have you asking even more questions. Let’s see what happens in this story as its gets more interesting with each turn of the page. There will be a felt board activity.

 

 

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade @ 9:00 a.m.

 

Don’t Copy Me by Jonathan Allen

 

Little Puffin is out for a nice walk when he is then followed and imitated by three gull chicks. Little Puffin really gets frustrated and tries to find ways to make them stop. What plan will he come up with?

 

 

 

March 20-23

 

 

 

Monday: Kindergarten @ 1:00 p.m.

 

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 

Let’s read about how a beautiful fish learns to share his prize possession with his friends. We will be doing a Rainbow Fish Craft

 

 

 

Tuesday: 2nd Grade @ 1:30 p.m.

 

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

 

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

 

 

 

Wednesday: 1st Grade @ 9:00 a.m.

 

We will be doing a Rainbow Fish Craft

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 pm

 

Lego Challenge

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

 

Adult Programs

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 8, 11:00- “Facing Cancer”- Montgomery Cancer Society. Find out about the best ways to cope with cancer.

 

 

 

Wednesday, March 22, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club The English Spy by Daniel Silva. A spy tracks down the assassin of a member of the British Royal Family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coliseum Branch Library

 

Story Time

 

840 Coliseum Blvd.,  271-7005

 

Thursdays @ 10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

March 2    Try to overcome your fear!

 

Black Dog by Levi Pinfold

 

Synopsis:  Everyone was afraid of the big, black dog except for Small who discovers he is a friendly dog.

 

Lizzy & Skunk by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

 

Synopsis:  When Lizzy’s favorite puppet is lost, she overcomes her fears to find him.

 

Craft – Big dog masks

 

 

 

March 9   Be safe and stick together!

 

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

 

Synopsis:  Swimmy teaches the other fish that staying together is a safe idea.

 

Hamster Monster by Susanne Lohlein and Henning Lohlein

 

Synopsis:  Three little hamsters think they have to be big to be scary.

 

Craft – Hamster masks

 

 

 

March 16   Don’t trust strangers!

 

Run!  by Sue Ferraby

 

Synopsis:  Jonathon the mouse sneaks into a stone house one dark night, but when he tries to return to his home in the woods he encounters many frightening obstacles.

 

Mr. Wolf’s Pancakes by Jan Fearnley

 

Synopsis:  Mr. Wolf asks his neighbors for help so he can trick them when they do.

 

Craft – Wolf masks

 

 

 

March 23   Some days it seems everything goes wrong!

 

Little Bear’s Bad Day, by Else Holmelund Minarik

 

Synopsis:  Everything seemed to go wrong for Little Bear until he learned he made others happy by being a good friend.

 

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

 

Synopsis:  George couldn’t bark until the doctor found the reason why.

 

Craft – Bear masks

 

 

 

March  30   It’s all a part of growing up!

 

Little Bear’s Picture by Else Holmelund Minarik

 

Synopsis:  Momma Bear wants a picture of Little Bear before he grows any taller.

 

A Tooth Story by Margaret McNamara

 

Synopsis:  Jamie was the only one in school who had not lost any teeth, until the day of the school pictures.

 

Craft – Missing teeth face masks

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

Youth Programs

 

 

 

Homework Assistance

 

Our program meets every Tuesday from 5:00 – 5:45 pm.  Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading.  Students in grades 1–12 are invited.   Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lessons you will need assistance with.

 

Registration is required of students, and adults who are interested in tutoring are invited to assist, with pre-registration required.

 

There will be no Homework Assistance on March 21 or March 28.

 

 

 

Spring Break at Your Library Using STEAM

 

Geared toward 8 to 10 year olds

 

March 20 – 24 @ 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Science – Monday – ADEM will be teaching us about pollution

 

Technology – Tuesday – Making copper motors from batteries

 

Engineering – Wednesday – Legos and other materials

 

Art – Thursday – Making art from  recycled materials

 

Math – Friday – Measurement – How to make slime!

 

 

 

Adult Programs

 

 

 

Coliseum Adult Program

 

Tuesday, March 7 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Today we welcome Master Bee Keeper, Cathy Coleman, as she explains the important benefits of bees, honey, and beeswax.

 

 

 

Fiber Arts

 

Wednesday, March 8 @ 3:00 p.m.

 

 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.

 

 

 

Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

 

Tuesday, March 14 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Come research your family’s history by using the Library’s database, at no charge, every second Tuesday.

 

 

 

Computer Class

 

Tuesday, March 21 @ 10:00 am

 

Today we will have student’s choice.  Pre-registration is required.  271-7005

 

 

 

Puzzles

 

We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times.  Come and help put our community puzzles together.

 

 

 

Coliseum Art Gallery

 

In March, we will welcome the Aid to Inmate Mother’s art exhibit.  Sale proceeds benefit the inmate artists of Tutwiler prison so they may buy things for their children.  Come see the wonderfully eclectic works of art!

 

 

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

 

 

Southern  Charms Book Club

 

Thursday, March 9 @ 3:00 p.m.

 

Today we will be discussing Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones, a story of a girl’s coming of age in Atlanta during the 1980’s. This is our NEA’s Big Read selection of the year. Then, we will receive our book, Faithful by Alice Hoffman, a story of a girl whose life is changed as her best friend’s future is destroyed in an accident.

 

 

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

 

Thursday, March 23@ 3:00 p.m.

 

Today we will be discussing Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones, a story of a girl’s coming of age in Atlanta during the 1980’s.  This is our NEA’s Big Read selection of the year. 

 

 

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

 

Wednesday, March 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

This month we will be discussing the 100’s classification.  Be prepared to share 3 to 5 items of interest with the group.  Then, we will select a book form the 200’s which encompass world religions and myths.

 

 

 

*  Notice:  Kathie Farnell, author of Duck and Cover, will be here April 21, 2017, to share her book describing her adventures in Montgomery from 1950 to 1960.

 

 

 

Joyful Aging:  Being Your Best at Any Age

 

 

 

Arts and Crafts – Tissue Paper Crosses

 

Wednesday, March 1 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Let’s make Easter crosses with tissue paper that glow like stained glass.

 

 

 

Adult Program – Bee Keepers

 

Tuesday, March 7 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Cathy Coleman, Master Beekeeper, will be discussing the benefits of bees, their honey and beeswax.

 

 

 

Technology – Gale Databases and Power Speak

 

Wednesday, March 15 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

Learn what our free databases can offer you in the privacy of your own home.

 

 

 

Non-Fiction Book Club – 200 World Religion and Myths

 

Wednesday, March 22 @ 10:00 a.m.

 

This classification emphasizes religion.  Learn what you have always wanted to know about your religion or other religions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

 

Preschool Story Time

 

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

March 3

 

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ Birthday we are celebrating by reading Green Eggs and Ham and Dr. Seuss’s ABC.  Green Eggs in Ham is a story about someone not wanting to try something new.  However, once he tries them he likes them.  Have you ever tried green eggs and ham? 

 

Dr. Seuss’s ABC book is about learning the alphabet in a fun unique way.  “Big A little a what begins with a….”  It goes throughout the entire alphabet rhyming in a way that it could get stuck in your head.

 

Art Activity: Dr. Seuss Activity

 

We will have a green eggs and ham celebration on this day

 

 

 

March 10   

 

Don’t Copy Me! by Jonathan Allen is about Little Puffin going on a walk.  He thinks he is all by himself.   Then three others decide to join him without him noticing.  They begin to copy him.  Have you ever had anyone copy you before?

 

Who Stole the Cookies? by Judith Moffatt is about an rhythm that goes like this: “Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?  I think Cat stole the cookies from the cookie jar.”  Different animals get blamed until you find out who it was that stole the cookies.  My question is: Was it you?

 

Art Activity: Coloring Sheet

 

 

 

March 17

 

Don’t forget to wear something green to Storytime today.

 

Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

 

Throughout this book we are looking for the green sheep.  Where oh where is it hiding? As we are looking we are learning our colors. 

 

Green by Laura Vaddaro Seeger

 

Did you know that there are more than one shade of green?  This is very simple book that illustrates the different shades of green. 

 

Art Activity: Shamrocks

 

 

 

March 24

 

Boom Chicka Rock by John Archambault

 

The mice (One o’clock, two o’clock and etc.) escape the clock and are racing to get a piece of cake off the table.  They are trying to be as quiet as possible so that they don’t disturb the sleeping cat. Do the mice make it back in the clock before the new day begins, or does the cat get them? 

 

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

 

This is a counting book where all the children seem to have ten fingers and toes.  Do you have ten fingers and toes? 

 

Art Activity: Number Activity

 

 

 

March 31

 

Movie Day featuring: Where The Wild Things Are and 5 More Stories by Maurice Sendak

 

Max is sent to bed without supper and he ends up with some different creatures.  He becomes the King of the Wild Things.  Have you ever gotten in trouble and had to go to bed without eating your dinner?  Come join us as we learn what happens to Max. 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Happenings March 2017 @ EL Lowder Regional Library

 

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from the staff of Lowder Regional Library!

 

 

 

Stitch and Share meets the third Thursday afternoon of the month.  We will meet Thursday, March 23 at 3pm.  If you have ever wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, or quilt please join us.  If there is something you need help with please bring it and let us see if we can help get you back on track.

 

 

 

Friends and Family Chess Club wants you every Saturday 10am until 12:45pm sharp as the library closes at 1PM on Saturdays.  If your child or you have ever wanted to learn how to play chess or knows how and wants to join a group we invite everyone to become a member of the Lowder Chess Club.  There is no need to pre-register, just show up on Saturday.  If Chess Club is canceled we will post a sign on the door as soon as we know ourselves.

 

 

 

Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM.  For March 7th,  the Ladies will be reading The Chocolate Cupid Killings: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl.

 

            It’s Valentine’s Day at TenHuis Chocolade, but Lee is getting no love from detective         Derrick Valentine. He’s looking for one of their new employees-an abused woman who           Lee and her Aunt Nettie have been hiding. But when Valentine meets his own sticky end,         it’s Aunt Nettie who is suspect. Now, Lee has to free Nettie of guilt without exposing         their innocent guest-and find a killer with a heart that’s definitely not made of chocolate…

 

            ~~Amazon.com~~

 

 

 

The Ladies will also be taking part in Troy University’s Big Read of Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.  Troy has received a National Endowment for the Arts Grant to organize activities around the mass reading of the book that is set in the 1980’s in Atlanta and centers around the lives of two teenage girls who are half-sisters.  The Ladies of High Tea will be reading and discussing it as well during the month of February.

 

 

 

April’s date is Tuesday, April 4 and the Ladies will be reading Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews.

 

            First husbands
            Annajane truly believes she is over her ex-husband, Mason. They’ve been divorced for       four years, she’s engaged to a terrific new guy, and she’s ready to leave the small North       Carolina town where she and Mason had so much history. She is so over Mason that she          has absolutely no problem attending his wedding. But when fate intervenes and the            wedding is called to a halt as the bride is walking down the aisle, Annajane begins to             realize that maybe this happened for a reason. And maybe, just maybe, she wants Mason   back…

 

            Second chances
            But there are secrets afoot in this small Southern town, and soon Annajane discovers that             change can bring out the worst in people-even her own friends and neighbors-and        uncover family scandals. Happiness could be hers for the taking…and the life she once had with Mason could be in her future. But first Annajane must find out what she’s really    made of, and what really matters most…

 

            ~~Amazon.com~~

 

 

 

Gamers Club will meet Friday, March 10th.  Gamer’s Club meets the second Friday afternoon of the month and pre-registration is required.  Participants may sign up for 330pm-430pm or 430pm -530pm (all gaming must end at 530pm). 

 

 

 

Registration is also required for the Lowder Lego League on the third Friday afternoon of the month 4-5pm.  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 March 17!

 

 

 

Lowder Regional Library now has Coloring for stressed out adults!  The second Thursday afternoon from 4pm-5pm bring your tired of everything, frazzled, and anxious selves to color your cares away—at least for the time that you are here!  Join us Thursday, March 9.

 

 

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6-730pm.  We are still in need of Homework Helpers on some Wednesday nights.  Parents are required to fill out a registration form for each branch that their children attend.  Students MUST bring homework and text books to Homework Assistance. 

 

 

 

Lowder Regional Library is proud to present a Bilingual Korean Story Time every Tuesday of the month except the first Tuesday.  We will start at 4pm and end before 530pm.  In March we will meet March 8, March 15, March 22, and March 29.  It will be held in the Meeting Room to the right as you come in the door of the library.  Parents must stay with children.

 

 

 

Monday evening, March 20th, at 7pm we will have a Scholarship Seminar for Grades 8 through 12.  Eight graders are asked to bring a notebook to start their portfolios.  Seniors and juniors the time to plan for college is NOW!

 

 

 

Confucius Institute, Troy University, will present a Cultural Lecture Program on the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival on Friday afternoon, March 24 at 3pm.  “Harbin Ice Festival provides the visitors each year a whole new world of ice and snow. The Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month. It is China’s original and greatest ice artwork festival, attracting hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world.  Everyone is invited to attend.” (Copied from schedule)  Join us as we learn many new things about China!

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out the Big Read at the Alabama Book Festival!!

Why It’s a Big Deal that the NEA’s Big Read Program is Coming to the Alabama Book Festival in 2017

 

Every year since 2006 the National Endowment for the Arts has awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 for communities to promote the benefits of reading literature through its wildly popular Big Read program.

In 2017 the Big Read makes its debut at the 12th annual Alabama Book Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. with an appearance by Tayari Jones. The festival will take place at Old Alabama Town, located at 301 Columbus Street in downtown Montgomery.

Ms. Jones’s 2011 novel, Silver Sparrow, is one of the fifty titles the NEA makes available to sponsoring institutions to select as the centerpiece of their programming. Other novels range from classics such as Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (1925) to more recent works like Joy Harjo’s How We Became Human (2002) and Kelly Link’s Pretty Monsters (2010).

Silver Sparrow tells the story of two teenage girls in the 1980s, Dana and Chaurisse, who share more than just their middle-class Atlanta neighborhood. They also have the same father – although only Dana knows it. James Witherspoon, the bigamist the girls’ lives revolve around in very different ways, isn’t a cad, however – he’s depicted as a charismatic, devoted parent…one who’s just deeply flawed, and whose secret bears immense consequences on his daughters as they become friends.

“I chose Silver Sparrow for our grant because I thought it would be a good fit for our Troy Montgomery Campus and the city of Montgomery,” says Alyssa Martin, instruction and reference librarian at Troy University’s Rosa Parks Library, who spearheaded the grant. “I wanted one of the newer NEA Big Read books that would give us the opportunity to have a living author visit our town. Tayari considers herself a Southern author, originally from Atlanta and she mentions Rosa Parks and the importance that history has on our everyday lives.”

Ms. Jones’s novel addresses issues of honesty within families and the pain that truth inflicts on relationships. The author has spoken of the story’s unusual situation as a metaphor for young people’s feelings of confusion and inadequacy when their parents have children from other marriages.

“I was giving a reading in Florida and a woman had me sign her book,” she told National Public Radio in 2011, “and she said that on Father’s Day she had written on her Facebook status something like, ‘Happy Father’s Day to the greatest dad in the world.’ And she had seen her sister’s Facebook page, and her sister had written, ‘I never had a father ‘cause the coward wasn’t there.’ It’s the same man. What does that mean?”

For the Alabama Book Festival, the NEA Big Read program means an opportunity to reach out to audiences that don’t always have access to novels, or to readers whom may simply not have much exposure to fiction. Between now and April 22, readers have an opportunity to receive a free copy of Silver Sparrow and participate in community activities with the following institutions:

  • Montgomery City-County Public Libraries (all 10 branches) – book clubs are reading/discussing the book
  • Trenholm State Community College – students in English, History and Cosmetology are reading/discussing the book
  • Troy University Montgomery Campus – employees and students in English, Sociology and Psychology
  • Alabama Librarians – books will be passed out at the Alabama Library Association Convention (held the same week as the Alabama Book Festival) so that librarians can take the books back to their libraries
  • Carver High School in Montgomery – all 9th grade English classes will read the book
  • Pike Road Liberal Arts School, Troy
  • Julia Tutwiler Women’s Prison – inmates have been provided books
  • The Phoenix Salon & Spa in Montgomery – will host a book discussion

“The Big Read grant is a tremendous opportunity for our Montgomery Campus, but also for all of the citizens of Montgomery,” says Dr. Christopher Shaffer, dean of library services at Troy University. “This grant provides all of us the opportunity to have the shared experience of reading and reflecting on a fascinating piece of literature. It is such a great way for a large number of people to step back from the frenetic world in which we live, and without the obstacle of technology, read a unique book, reflect on it, and then interact with each other. It is in moments like these that members of a community can forge stronger ties.”

In addition to Ms. Jones, the 12th Alabama Book Festival will feature some forty other authors in a variety of genres, including nonfiction, children’s and young adult literature, cooking, outdoor adventures, and entertainment – a little something for everyone, in other words.

That’s not including an entire day of free writing workshops with nationally known writers. The festival will also feature a bevy of family activities to celebrate the power of books and reading to enliven imaginations and inspire empathy and thought. There will be story time session for infants and toddlers and an open mic for authors to promote their work.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information on all the fun that will be had on April 22, please visit http://www.alabamabookfestival.org