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

 

 

 

MCCPL Announces February Events!!

February 2017 MCCPL Activities

 

Governor’s Square Branch Library

Preschool Storytime Schedule

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

Black History Month

 

February 7:  African Folk Tales

Special guest reader Anthony Hubbard will read The Village of Round and Square Houses and The Hunter. Then the children will do a coloring page activity.

 

February 14: Be My Valentine

Children will enjoy hearing Ms. Anita read Queen of Hearts and Amelia Bedelia’s First Valentine, followed by a craft.

 

February 21: Famous Black Americans

Guest reader Anthony Hubbard returns to delight the children with two biographies of Black Americans, Stealing Home: Jackie Robinson Against the Odds and George Washington Carver. Then the children will do a coloring page activity.

 

February 28: Celebrate Mardi Gras

Children will enjoy learning about this holiday and hearing Ms. Anita read Celebrate Mardi Gras With Joaquin, Harlequin and Marie Louise and Christoph at the Carnival. Then the children will make a craft and have a  parade in the library.

 

Adult Programs

 

Governor’s Square

Book Bunch Book Club

 

Book Bunch will meet Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 2:00 p.m.. Members will discuss the biography A Doctor in the House: My Life With Ben Carson by Candy Carson.

Summary: In this book, the author reveals many stories that have never been told before, in spite of the media spotlight on Dr. Carson in recent years.

 

The Black History Month program will be February 15, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. We are pleased to have local author and historian Dr. Richard  Bailey speak on the topic “ The History of Black Colleges and Universities in Alabama”.  Please join us for an most interesting program.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Story Times

 

February 1

SEE HISTORY @ YOUR LIBRARY! The Cleveland Ave bus will be at the Rufus A. Lewis Library

 

February 8

Celebrate African American History Month! We will be reading:

Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport & Bryan Collier

Synopsis: Building on the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr., this engaging biography tells his life story in an engaging and accessible manner for young readers.

With Books and Bricks by Suzanne Slade and Nicole Tadgell

Synopsis: This illustrated biography of the life and influence of Booker T. Washington tells the story of his life growing up and his adulthood as he sets his sights on building a school in Tuskegee, Alabama.

 

February 15

It’s a cold month, let’s get up and dance as we read:

Wiggle by Doreen Cronin & Scott Menchin

Synopsis: We join a wiggling dog as he wiggles throughout the day in this book of rhymes.

Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems

Synopsis: We join Gerald and Piggie as they learn to dance!

 

February 22

Celebrating National Library Lovers month we will be reading:

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

Synopsis: Bear and Mouse explore the wonders of the Library together!

Dog Loves Books by Louise Yates

Synopsis: Dog loves books and loves sharing them even more!

 

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Black History Month

Programming

 

Cleveland Avenue Bus

Wednesday, February 1

Description: SEE HISTORY @ YOUR LIBRARY! The Cleveland Ave bus will be at the Rufus A. Lewis Library from 10- 12.

 

Friday Afternoon Film Club

February 3: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: David Oyelowo stars as Martin Luther King Jr. in this 2015 historical drama set during the height of the American civil-rights movement.

 

February 10: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: Spike Lee’s biopic of the civil rights leader Malcolm X. Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Basset, and Al Freeman Jr.

 

February 17: Friday’s Film @ 4

Description: We will be showing Brother Outsider. Bayard Rustin posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, in 2013 for his tireless lifelong civil rights work.  This film has received 25 awards and honors and has been shown at the United Nations, The Kennedy Center, and for members of Congress, as well as at hundreds of schools, community forums, labor gatherings, faith organizations, and film festivals.

 

January 24: Friday’s Film at @ 4

Description: Charles Burnett directs this 1999 film in which 12-year-olds Sheyann and Rachel joins Martin Luther King Jr’s march from Selma to Montgomery. Staring Mackenzie Astin, Jurnee Smollett, and Clifton Powell.

 

Rufus Lewis Wikipedia Club

Thursday, February 2, 9, 23 @ 4:00 p.m.

Description: When you need information, your first stop is often Wikipedia. But have you ever wanted to contribute? This month we will concentrate on articles related to Black History month with especial attention to subjects involving the River Region.

 

Rufus Lewis Graphic Novel Club

Thursday, February 16

Comic Book Club 4:00- 4:45

We will host a discussion of Congressman John Lewis’s March Series. This Graphic Novel Series depicts the lived experience of civil rights legend John Lewis set in the light of attending the inauguration of Barack Obama, the first African American President, in 2008.

 

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Adult Programming

 

February 2: Scrapbooking@ 12 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

 

February 3: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 6: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 12 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 6: After 5 Book Club Book Discussion @ 6:00 p.m.   

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks

Summary: In an extraordinary debut novel, based on a remarkable true story, Robert Hicks draws an unforgettable, panoramic portrait of a woman who, through love and loss, found a cause. Known throughout the country as “the Widow of the South”, Carrie McGavock gave her heart first to a stranger, then to a tract of hallowed ground, and became a symbol of a nation’s soul.

 

February 7: Voices in Black History Speech Contest (Grades 6-8/Grades 9-12) @ 6:00 p.m.

Description: Each contestant will research and write his/her own speech, present a 4-7 minute speech and present in character and costume.
February 9: Scrapbooking @ 12 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

 

February 10: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment, call the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

 

February 13: SaveFirst Tax Prep@ 12 Noon – 8:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

           

February 14: Celebrating Black History @ Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: Join in the celebration with Attorney Julian McPhillips Jr. discussing his latest title, Civil Rights In My Bones. In addition, enjoy a musical selection of Negro Spirituals performed by Mrs. Minnie Stringer, Pianist/Vocalist.

 

February 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:  Mrs.Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

February 16:  Scrapbooking @ 12 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

 

February 17: SaveFirst Tax Prep@ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

                       

February 23: Scrapbooking @ 12 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

 

February 24: SaveFirst Tax Prep @ 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Description: “Did you know that you don’t have to pay for tax preparation? SaveFirst, sponsored by Huntingdon College, Auburn University in Montgomery, and Troy University – Montgomery, offers FREE certified tax preparation and electronic filing services for working families and individuals. We provide these services for households earning up to $55,000 with children, or up to $20,000 without children. To make an appointment call, the SaveFirst appointment hotline at 1-888-99-TAX-AL.”

 

February 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:  Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher

 

Bertha Pleasant Williams Library

Rosa L. Parks Avenue Branch

 

Adult Programs

 

*Motown Mondays

Every Monday in February @ 2-6 p.m.

February 6, 13, 27

(closed 20th for Presidents’ Day)

Description: Groove with us to that good “back in the day” music as we play Motown music at background levels. There will definitely be swinging and swaying, and “records” playing, but we can’t guarantee dancing in the streets. Feel free to check out our bulletin board about Black Alabama Musicians while you tap your toes. (Music may be turned down or off at request so as not to disturb patrons working).

 

*Cleveland Avenue Bus

Tuesday, February 7 @ 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Description: The Cleveland Avenue Bus will be on loan from MATS for photo opportunities and a look inside at this historical replica of the bus Rosa Parks rode, on the same street and past the same library! Bus will be stationary, but is an excellent photo opportunity.

 

*Lynching in America

Wednesday, February 8 @ 10:00 a.m.

Description: Ms. Kiara Boone from the Equal Justice Initiative will come and talk about the history of lynching in the South as well as work on the memorial to commemorate victims of racial terrorism.

 

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

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

Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League by Jonathan Odell

Summary: Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida. Embittered and distrusting, Vida is harassed by Delphi’s racist sheriff and haunted by the son she lost to the world. Hazel, too, has lost a son and can’t keep a grip on her fractured life. After drunkenly crashing her car into a manger scene while gunning for the baby Jesus, Hazel is sedated and bed-ridden. Hazel’s husband hires Vida to keep tabs on his unpredictable wife and to care for his sole surviving son. Forced to spend time together with no one else to rely on, the two women find they have more in common than they thought, and together they turn the town on its head. It is the story of a town, a people, and a culture on the verge of a great change that begins with small things, like unexpected friendship. ~Dust Jacket

 

Free Legal Clinic

Thursday, February 9 @ 3:00-5:00 p.m.

The Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program will offer free legal services for civil cases (bankruptcy, divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, public benefits, etc.). If you have questions about what may be eligible, please contact Barbara Ann at 265-0222 ext 2.

 

*Josephine McCall, Author Talk

Monday, February 13 @ 11:15 a.m.

Description: Josephine McCall will talk about her book The Penalty for Success: My Father Was Lynched in Lowndes County. In recounting her father’s story, Mrs. McCall explores her ancestral roots, dating back to the pre-civil war era, and the evolution of her family to a status of entrepreneurs during the 1940s in the heart of the Alabama Black Belt. She places her narrative in the historical context of the Lowndes County she knew as a child and had to, in her words, “escape from” with her mother and siblings in order to save their lives. Through years of research, including interviews with relatives and elderly Lowndes County residents, Mrs. Bolling sought and found answers to many troubling questions that she had about her family, especially about events in her father’s life. Her journey of discovery presents a revealing narrative of a time, a place, and a people that challenges us to rethink the reality of life for both blacks and whites in a rural, southern community.

 

Scrabble Time

Tuesday, February 14 @ 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

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

Join us for a mid-afternoon movie after work or school. Bring snacks, suggest titles for future viewings, talk(quietly) 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: The Wiz (1978)

Run time: 2 hr 16 min

 

*Fourth Friday Cook Up

Friday, February 24 @ 4:00 p.m.

Audience: Adult

Description: Bring dishes from recipes selected on a theme. This month is African and African American inspired dishes. Celebrate these rich cultures through one of our favorite activities, eating! 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, February 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 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. Contact 334-240-4979 or acampbell@mccpl.lib.al.us
Young Adult Programs

 

Slam Poetry Workshop Class

Thursdays @ 4:00-5:00 p.m.

February 2, 16, 23

*We will not have class on the 9th due to alternate programming

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 (except holidays)

Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.

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.

 

Lego Club

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

Audience: Children

Description: Come get creative and play with our set of legos!

 

Storytimes

Mondays & Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

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

 

February 6 and 7*

We will read and act out several of Aesop’s fables from a collection by Michael Hague and another by Beverley Naidoo. We’ll also learn where these stories originated.

*There will be a short story time on the 7th as we will have the Cleveland Avenue Bus. We encourage children young and old, or those just interested, to come by and check it out.

 

February 13 and 14

Today we’re focused on African music with Leopard’s Drum (Jessica Souhami) and The Singing Man (Angela Shelf Medearis). We’ll have a special dance time listening to African music.

 

February 21

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

 

February 27 and 28

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (John Steptoe) is about how kindness is rewarded when a king seeks his queen between two sisters. In The Orphan Boy (Tololwa Mollel) an old man is helped by an orphan boy until his curiosity gets the better of him.

 

Coliseum Branch Library

Story Time

840 Coliseum Blvd.

271-7005

Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.

 

February 2:  I love dogs!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems

Synopsis: The pigeon wants a puppy, but is it really a good idea for a pigeon to have a puppy?

Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis: Biscuit gets to go to the library to discover all the library has to offer.

Activity – Vicky Potter, with Dogs on Call/Easter Seals, will be bringing her trained dog

to meet all the boys and girls.

 

February 9: Valentine’s Day is near!

Happy Valentine’s Day by Robert Scull

Synopsis: Little Bill discovers the meaning of Valentine’s Day and shares his love with all he meets.

Katy Duck and the Secret Valentine by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Synopsis: When Katy Duck receives a secret valentine filled with sparkly stars, she wonders who it could be from.

Craft – Valentine’s Day craft

 

February 16: This is a happy day!

Happy Birthday, Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Synopsis: Danny invites his dinosaur friend to come to his birthday party.

How Will I Ever Sleep in this Bed? by Della Ross Ferreri

Synopsis: A little boy feels so alone in his new, big bed until he invites his stuffed animal friends to join him.

Craft – Dinosaur masks

 

February 23: Let’s work together to make things better!

I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

Synopsis: Gerald tells Piggy a long, crazy story about breaking his trunk.

Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long

Synopsis: When a tornado threatens the farm, Otis the Tractor must try to save the animals, including the unfriendly bull.

Craft – Bull 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 p.m. Our tutors offer assistance in Math, English, and Reading.  Students in grades 1 – 12 are invited.  Please bring your own materials and homework, or the lessons you will need assistance with.

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

 

Harry Potter Book Night

Thursday, February 2 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

All ages invited!

Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and join us in a scavenger hunt, along with games and activities involving the Harry Potter books. Don’t forget to bring your cameras!  There will be a prize given for the best costume, and for the person who can score the best on a Harry Potter trivia quiz.  Then, we will end the event with refreshments in the Conference Room.  Start planning your costume today so you can join the other wizards in all their wizardry.

Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus

 

 

Lego League

Tuesday, February 21 @ 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Come join the fun and creativity as we build with Legos! Lego League is offered the third Tuesday in the month

 

 

Adult Programs

 

Computer Class

Tuesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

February 7, 2017     Today we will be setting up email accounts.

February 21, 2017     Today we will develop resumes using Microsoft templates.

Pre-registration is required.   271-7005

 

 

Fiber Arts

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

We will change this to any fiber arts project. 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.

Coliseum Adult Program

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

Attorney Julian McPhillips will be discussing his book, Civil Rights in My Bones.  This is his biography and details many of his accomplishments.  This will be a very informative event.

 

Joyful Aging: Being Your Best at Any Age

Wednesdays @ 10:00 a.m.

February 1

Arts and Crafts – Valentine’s Day Sun Mobiles

Let’s have fun making your own heart mobiles that shine like stained glass.

Pre-registration requested

 

February 8

Technology – Ancestry Database

Interested in researching your family’s history but afraid of the cost? We will show you how to do it free.

 

February 15

Program – Attorney/Author Julian McPhillips

Mr. McPhillips will be addressing his newest book, Civil Rights in My Bones, a personal biography.

 

February 22

Non-Fiction Book Club featuring the 100’s – Philosophy

This month we are reading in the 100’s. This classification number encompasses philosophy, ghosts, big foot, psychology and psychics.

 

Adult Book Clubs

 

Southern Charms Book Club

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

Today we will be discussing Civil Rights in My Bones by Julian McPhillips, a personal biography.  Then, we will receive our book for March titled, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

 

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

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

Today we will be discussing “Deeper than the Dead”, by Tami Hoag. A fifth grade boy lands on a woman’s dead body whose eyes and mouth are glued shut, while trying to get away from the class bully. This is a story set in 1985 before DNA, forensic science and no criminal profiling.  Come and find out what “Deeper than the Dead” means.

 

Dewey Decimal Book Club

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

This month we are reading in the 100’s. This classification number encompasses philosophy, ghosts, big foot, psychology and psychics.  Select your own book from this area and be ready to share 3 to 5 things you have learned from reading your book.

 

Puzzles

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

 

Coliseum Art Gallery

We will be featuring the works of Gregory Daniels. Come and see his expressive art during the months of February and March.

 

EL Lowder Regional Library

2590 Bell Road

Montgomery, AL  36117

www.mccpl.lib.al.us

Storytimes

Fridays @ 10:15 a.m.

 

February 3

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

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

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

February 10

Pete the Cat-Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kim Dean

Synopsis: Pete the Cate thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool until he realizes how many special cats are in his life.

Activity: Valentine’s Craft

 

February 17

The Fox and the Hen by Eric Battut

Synopsis: Crafty Red Fox has taken Henrietta Hen’s beautiful egg. Now Henrietta and her friends must come up with a cunning plan to trick Red Fox into giving it back.

Activity: Coloring Activity

 

February 24

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

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

Activity: Fish Craft

 

February 2017 @ E L Lowder Regional Library

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

 

Stitch and Share meets the third Thursday afternoon of the month. We will meet Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m.  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 10 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. 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 3 p.m. For February the Ladies will be reading Killer Honeymoon (A Savannah Reid Mystery) by G. A. McKevett.

Summary:  Plus-sized P.I. Savannah Reid and her new husband, Dirk Coulter, were hoping for a little honeymoon excitement, but finding a freshly killed body on the beach wasn’t what they had in mind. To their surprise, the recently deceased is Amelia Northrop, the popular L.A. anchorwoman whose super sexy looks landed her a super wealthy husband. Now, instead of hosting the news, Amelia will be the lead story.  The local police clearly don’t want Savannah’s help, so she does a little digging on her own–and what she discovers could blow the case wide open. It seems Amelia crossed more than a few powerful people on her way to the top–and learned the hard way that karma can be a girl’s worst enemy. The question is, who hated Amelia enough to shoot her dead in broad daylight? Savannah will have to find out, before a killer gets away with murder. . .

~~Amazon.com~~

This book was originally scheduled for January but due to a conflict it was moved to February.

Come join us on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

 

March’s date is Tuesday, March 7, 2017 and the Ladies will be reading The Chocolate Cupid Killings: A Chocoholic Mystery by JoAnna Carl.

Summary: 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~~

 

Gamers 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). February’s date is the 10th.

 

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 February 17, 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, February 9th.

 

Homework Assistance continues at Lowder Regional Library on Wednesdays from 6 -7:30 p.m.  We are in still 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 5:30pm.  In February we will meet February 14, February 21, February 28.  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.

 

Join the EL Lowder Regional Library Staff on Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6pm for the Elementary Regionals of the 2017 Voices in Black History Speech Competition. Some of the contestants will blow your mind with their presentations.  The Middle/Junior/Senior High Regionals will be held the next evening, Tuesday, February 7, 6pm, at the Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library on Mobile Highway and the finals will be held at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 6pm.

 

 

Hampstead Branch Library

February Events Kathryn Powell

 

Event:

Build Your Own Series: Valentine Wednesday, February 8 @ 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. (Sign-ups open from January 23 through February 3, 2017)

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 Tuesdays @ 10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Ages: 1-4

February 7: Neighbors Books: Looking Like Me by Walter Dean Myers Uptown by Bryan Collier Activity:  Love One Another Window Decorations

 

February 14: Valentines Books: Valentine’s Day Grump by Rose Greydanus The Valentine’s Day Mix-Up by Amy Ackelsberg Activity: Valentine Dog

 

February 21: Folklore Books: When Birds Could Talk and Bats Could Sing by Virginia Hamilton (selected stories: “Hummingbird and Little Breeze” and “When Miss Bat Could Sing.” Activity: Paper Plate Birds

 

February 28: Family Books: Welcome Precious­ by Nikki Grimes We Had a Picnic this Sunday Past by Jacqueline Woodson Activity:  Flowering family tree from a hand craft

 

Ramer Library Adult Program

Wednesday, February 8 @ 11:00- “A Visit With Author Betty Tucker”- Betty Tucker. Ms. Tucker discusses her life and her book Don’t Worry About the Mule Going Blind.

 

Wednesday, February 22, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club

 

 

Pike Road Branch Library

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

 

Special Book Discussion –

Frye Gaillard discusses his children’s novel,

Go South to Freedom

On Wednesday, February 8 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.

 

 

Special Event –

Responsible Pet Care and Bite Prevention for Preschoolers and Parents

On Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m., Mary Hughes and Harvey, the therapy dog, from the Montgomery Humane Society, will present a program about pet care and interacting with pets for children age 5 and under and their parents. The library will be collecting supplies for the Humane Society until the date of the event. Visit the library’s Facebook page for a full list of needed items.

 

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:

 

February 6 – Valentine’s Day is coming up, which means that chocolate factories are sure to be in high production. That is certainly true of the chocolate factory in today’s story, but something goes wrong when a rubber ducky falls into the chocolate-making machine. We’ll see just how bad things get in Oh, Ducky!: A Chocolate Calamity by David Slonim.

 

February 13 – Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and nothing says “romance” like slugs! What? You don’t think slugs can be romantic? You will believe after we read Slugs in Love by Susan Pearson with illustrations by Kevin O’Malley.

 

February 20 – There will be no Storybook Time today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.

 

February 27 – We’ll celebrate Mardi Gras a day early with some tales from the bayou including A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Story of the Fisherman and His Wife by Whitney Stewart with illustrations by Gerald Guerlais.

 

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:

February 1

February 8

February 15

February 22

 

Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 15 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss Addison Cooke and the Treasure of the Incas by Jonathan W. Stokes.

Publisher’s Summary – After twelve-year-old Addison Cooke’s uncle unearths ancient Incan secrets in Peru, he is kidnapped by a shadowy organization intent on stealing the treasure unless Addison and his friends can decipher the clues first.

 

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, February 16 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict.

Publisher’s Summary – In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow. It is the story of Einstein’s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insight. Mitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls. Most twenty-year-olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations. But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage. And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways. Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for more than one genius in a marriage.  

 

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library

245 High Street

Montgomery, AL 36104

334-240-499

 

February 2

Happy Valentine’s Day

We will read Pete the Cat Valentine’s Day Is Cool by Kimberly and James Dean. Pete the Cat thinks Valentine’s Day isn’t cool that is until he realizes how many special cats ther are in his life. We will also read The Crayon Box that Talked by Shane DeRolf and illustrated by Michael Letzig. Although they are many different colors, the crayon in a box discovers that when they get together they can appreciate each other and make a complete picture. We will have a craft.

February 9

Be Mine Valentine

Movie Day (Wubby Be Mine)

Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Love is in the air! We will watch Wubbzy Be Mine. Wubbzy, Widget, Walden, and daizy in Valentine themed episodes full of friendship and appreciation!

February 16

We will read I Love Chocolate by Davide Cali. A child describes the taste, smell and color of the world’s most beloved treat. We will also read Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch. From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste. We will have a craft.

February 23

A Day with Emily Pearl

We will read I Can Do It Myself ! by Diane Adams. Emily Pearl is a big girl and wants to do things all by herself. We will also read I Want to Help! by Diane Adams. Emily Pearl is the first to offer to help the teacher because she can do almost anything.

 

Cover to Cover Book Club

Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library Auditorium

Tuesday, February 28 @ 6:30 p.m.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones

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. This is the third stunning novel from an author deemed one of the most important writers of her generation (the Atlanta Journal Constitution). Published: September 2013 (Books in Print)

 

 

Ramer Branch Library

February Storytime

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

 

February 6-10

 

Monday: Kindergarten- 1:00 p.m.

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

 

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

BookFlix: One Zillion Valentines by Frank Modell

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

 

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

Movie: Doc McStuffins: My Huggy Valentines

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

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                      We will be doing a Valentine’s Craft.

 

February 21-24

Tuesday: 2nd Grade- 1:30 p.m.                                                                                                       We will be doing a Martin Luther King, Jr. craft.

 

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

Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles-Think of That! by Leo Dillon

Let’s get up and move with Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, as he tap dances his way through the colorful tale.

 

Thursday: 3rd Grade- 1:30 p.m.

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold

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

 

 

Pintlala Branch Library

STORY TIME

255 Federal Rd.

Hope Hull, AL 36043

334 281-8069

Black History Month: “The Crisis in Black Education”

Mrs. Sandra Berry, Librarian

 

February 1 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

What is Valentine’s Day?        

ACTIVITY: Student will make Valentine Day cards with “Sign” I love You

 

February 2 No Storytime

                                                                                                                                                          

February 6 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Henry and the Valentine Surprise” by Nancy Carlson

Synopsis —- Just before Valentine’s? Day, Henry and his classmates discover a heart-shaped box on their teacher Mr. McCarthy’s desk. Who? It’s for? As the students spy on Mr. McCarthy, they see him talking to the playground monitor, smiling at the lunch lady, and eating with the French teacher! How many girlfriends does Mr. McCarthy have? When Henry finally asks Mr. McCarthy just who that heart-shaped box is for the class gets a big surprise!    

ACTIVITY: Students will make Valentine treat cups out of paper cups

 

February 7 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Henry in Love” by Peter McCarty

Synopsis —- Henry is a bit of a dreamer and not much of a talker. Then there’s Chloe, who says what she thinks and knows how to turn a spectacular cartwheel. This is the story of how one blueberry muffin makes all the difference.

ACTIVITY: Student will make candy Valentine butterflies

 

February 7 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “I Love it When You Smile” by Sam McBratney

Synopsis —- When Little Roo wakes up, he just feels grumpy. His mother tries everything to make him feel better, but nothing she does makes any difference. So how will a deep, wide, and muddy-at-the-bottom hole make Little Roo smile?    

ACTIVITY: Students will make heart butterflies out of construction paper

 

February 8 @ 11:20 Kindergarten

BOOK: “I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy

Synopsis —-“I saw the baby! Did you see the baby?” “Yes! I saw the baby, the teeny weeny thing.” It’s so exciting! News of the baby is buzzing from animal to animal, with each one — fish, bird, squirrel, insect, frog — boasting of seeing, feeding, singing to, tickling, and kissing the tiny little thing.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make lollipop hearts

 

February 9 @ 9:30 6th Grade

BOOK: “Aunt Clara Brown: Official Pioneer” by Linda Lowery

Synopsis —- Introducing new readers to some of history’s most interesting and important people, these biographies focus on the pivotal episodes that show what kind of person the subject is (or was) and how he or she came to be famous. Although written in a story format, these books are not fictionalized accounts. A chronology of major events follows the story, along with a brief summary of the subject’s life.

ACTIVITY: Student will make pencil Valentine cards

 

February 9 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink” by Diane DeGroat

Synopsis —-   When Gilbert writes two not-so-nice valentines to his classmates, his prank quickly turns into pandemonium. But there’s always time for a change of heart on Valentine’s Day.    

ACTIVITY: Students will make fans out of construction paper hearts

 

February 14 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Dog Loves Books” by Louise Yates

Synopsis —- A picture-book treat for the youngest dog lovers. Dog loves books SO much he opens his very own bookstore. At first he’s short of customers. But that’s all right, because when Dog is surrounded by books, he is never short of friends—or fun. And when customers begin arriving, he knows just which books to recommend.      

ACTIVITY: Student will make Valentine flowers

GAME: Valentine Candy Walk

                              

 

February 15 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

Black History Program

Who am I?

The children will be given information about African Americans from history and they have to say who that person is.

 

February 20 LIBRARY CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY

 

February 21 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “Llama Llama Misses Mama” by Anna Dewdney

Synopsis —- Strange new teacher. Strange new toys. Lots of kids and lots of noise! What would Llama like to do? Llama Llama feels so new . . . It’s Llama Llama’s first day of preschool! And Llama Llama’s mama makes sure he’s ready. They meet the teachers. See the other children. Look at all the books and games. But then it’s time for Mama to leave. And suddenly Llama Llama isn’t so excited anymore. Will Mama Llama come back? Of course she will. But before she does, the other children show Llama Llama how much fun school can be!  

ACTIVITY: Students will work in their activity books

 

February 21 @ 1:30 1st Grade

BOOK: “Eating Up Gladys” by Margot Zemach

Synopsis —- Gladys loves being the oldest sister, swanning around on her bike, feeding the baby, and … bossing Hilda and Rose. But when Hilda and Rose’s joke plan for revenge ends with Gladys stuck in a big soup pot, the younger girls find out what it means to be the biggest. Are they really ready to be in charge – and find a way to unstick Ms. Stuck-Up? Caldecott Medalist Margot Zemach wrote this topsy-turvy tale about her children before she died, and now her daughter Kaethe completes the book with cheerful illustrations that capture both the fury and the fun of sibling rivalry.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers from the book

 

February 22

No Story Time

                       

February 23 @ 1:30 2nd Grade

BOOK: “A Play of “Frog and Friends: Frog Saves the Day” by Eve Bunting

Synopsis —- Frog Saves the Day Frog and his friends Rabbit, Possum, Raccoon, and Squirrel mistakenly think a nearby train is a ferocious dragon and later Frog rescues a friend’s child from danger.    

ACTIVITY: Questions and Answers about the play

 

February 27 @ 9:30 3rd Grade

Black History Program

Who am I?

The children will be given information about African Americans form history and they have to guess who the person is.

 

February 27 @ 1:00 Kindergarten

BOOK: “Betty Bunny loves Chocolate Cake” by Michael B. Kaplan

Synopsis —-   Betty Bunny is the youngest in her family of rabbits and she’s just discovering the important things in life, like chocolate cake. She declares, “I am going to marry chocolate cake” and takes a piece to school with her in her pocket. Mom values healthy eating and tells Betty Bunny she needs patience when it comes to dessert. But Betty Bunny doesn’t want patience, she wants chocolate cake!

ACTIVITY: Students will make bunny rabbits out of paper plate

 

February 28 @ 11:30 Pre-K

BOOK: “It’s Hard to be Five: Learning How to Work My Control Panel” by Jamie Lee Curtis

Synopsis —-It’s hard to be five. Just yelled at my brother. My mind says do one thing. My mouth says another.  It’s fun to be five!  Big changes are here!  My body’s my car, and I’m licensed to steer.  Learning not to hit? Having to wait your turn? Sitting still? It’s definitely hard to be.

 

February 28

PRE-K MARDIS GRAS PARDE

February 28 @ 1:30 1st Grade

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