MCCPL Announces July Book Sale!!!

Book Sale @ the Library


On Friday and Saturday, July 27 & 28, 2018, the Montgomery City-County Public Library will hold its first Book Sale at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Memorial Library, 245 High Street. Thousands of gently used books will be available for purchase at a reduced price. Time: 8:30am-6pm each day.  Funds raised will be used to support library programs.


The Great American Eclipse!!

On August 21st, 2017, people across North America will have the chance to catch a peak at a solar eclipse. While a total eclipse typically happens somewhere on the planet about every 18 months, it is a rare occurrence for a total eclipse to span across a wide portion of a continent.  While the “path of totality” runs from Oregon to North Carolina, large swaths of the USA and Canada will also see partial eclipses.


What can I see in Montgomery, AL?


Montgomery, AL is in store for an about 90% partial eclipse! This means that at peak obstruction, the moon will block 90% of the sun.  At this time, daylight will become quite dim (10% the normal amount), and the air will become considerable cooler.  In addition to the obstructed sun, Venus and Jupiter will show brightly in the twilight sky.


When can I see the eclipse in Montgomery, AL?


Peak viewing depends on your particular location. For example, at the Juliette Hampton Morgan Library, we will see a peak of an 89.7% obstruction at 1:34 PM.  To see when your peak obstruction will occur, enter your zip code in this online tool:


Safety First!


As always, do not look at the sun without proper eye protection. Standard sunglasses are insufficient.  To safely look directly at the partial eclipse, NASA advises wearing solar viewers compliant with ISO 12312-2. Do not look at the partial eclipse through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. Check out NASA’s solar eclipse safety page for more information:






Join Us for a Viewing Party!

August Events @ MCCPL!!

Montgomery City-County Public Library

August 2017 Activities


Pike Road Branch Library’s August 2017 Programs

Storybook Time – for age 3 through 6 – 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:

August 7 – School starts next week! Did you know that pirates go to school? We’ll find out what they do during an average school day when we read Pirates Go to School by Corinne Demas and John Manders.

August 14 – The solar eclipse is happening next Monday. To get ready for it, we will read some books about the moon, including Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.

August 21 – Today is solar eclipse day and all eyes will be on the sky this afternoon. Since we are casting our gaze to the heavens, we will read some stories about characters that have traveled in space including Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly and C.F. Payne.

August 28 – Mo Willems may not be making Elephant and Piggie books any more, but Gerald and Piggie still want you to read. We’ll enjoy one of their “Elephant and Piggie Presents” books today. It’s called Elephant and Piggie Like Reading!: The Cookie Fiasco by Mo Willems.

Toddler Time – for age 1 through 3 – Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

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

August 2

August 9

August 16

August 23

August 30

Book Clubs

Book ManiaKs – for children in 3rd grade and up –On Wednesday, August 17 at 4:15 p.m., the ManiaKs will discuss The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.

Publisher’s Summary – Narnia . . . where a dragon awakens . . . where stars walk the earth . . . where anything can happen. A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world’s end is only the beginning.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, August 17 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Aquarium by David Vann.

Publisher’s Summary – Living in Seattle with her mother, who works at the docks, 12-year-old Caitlin visits the aquarium to lose herself in the shimmering gorgeousness of the fish. There, she befriends an old man, and a troubling family secret emerges.

Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library Annual Business Meeting

On Thursday, August 17 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Pike Road Branch Library will hold their annual business meeting during which they will elect officers for the new business year and discuss how they support library programs and materials.

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

Bertha P. Williams Library

Young Adult Programs


Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

August 18

Time: 3:30pm

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

Movie: The Lorax (PG)

Run time: 1 hr 27 min

Children’s Programs



Time: 10:00 AM

Story time is on break until September!

Adult Program

Scrabble Time

First Tuesday

August 1 **New Day**

Time: 2:00pm

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

Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

August 4 and 18

Time: 10:00am


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

Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

August 9

Time: 11:00am

Title: Miss Hazel and the Rosa parks League

Author: Jonathan Odell

Description: Set in pre-Civil Rights Mississippi, and inspired by his Mississippi childhood, Odell tells the story of two young mothers, Hazel and Vida – one wealthy and white and the other poor and black – who have only two things in common: the devastating loss of their children, and a deep and abiding loathing for one another.

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

Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

August 30

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Cafe Louisa

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

Title: Cutting for Stone

Author: Abraham Verghese

Description: Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother’s death in childbirth and their father’s disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. ~Dust jacket

Genealogy Sessions

Fridays (except holidays)

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

Pre-registration IS required.

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


EL Lowder Regional Library

Lowder Regional Library is very excited to announce that we will host a Blood Drive on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 10AM to 3PM. Be a life saver!  Come out and donate blood!

Stitch and Share will not meet in August.

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

Remember that the Ladies of High Tea meets the first Tuesday of each month at 3PM. For the month of August the Ladies will be reading Big Fish by Daniel Wallace.

In his prime, Edward Bloom was an extraordinary man. He could outrun anybody. He never missed a day of school. He saved lives and tamed giants. Animals loved him, people loved him, women loved him. He knew more jokes than any man alive. At least that’s what he told his son, William. But now Edward Bloom is dying, and William wants desperately to know the truth about his elusive father—this indefatigable teller of tall tales—before it’s too late. So, using the few facts he knows, William re-creates Edward’s life in a series of legends and myths, through which he begins to understand his father’s great feats, and his great failings. The result is hilarious and wrenching, tender and outrageous.

Note this is a change in titles. The title that we were scheduled to read was unavailable; hopefully we will be reading it later in the year.  For the month of September the Ladies will be reading the classic Rebecca by Dame Daphne du Maurier.

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again . . . The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady’s maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives–presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave. First published in 1938, this classic gothic novel is such a compelling read that it won the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Century.

There is no Story Time in August at Lowder Regional Library. See you on Friday, September 1 at 1015AM.

Gamers Club will meet Friday, August 11, 2017. 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).

Come Build Something with Us! 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 August 15, 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, August 10, 2017.

Our new Young Classic Book Club will meet Thursday, August 3, 2017 and will meet the first Thursday of each month on a regular basis. This book club is open to anyone but is planned with Young Adults in mind and will be reading Young Adult and Children’s Classics (some of which are assigned reading).  Our third book is The Pearl by John Steinbeck.

Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering pearls from the gulf beds that once brought great wealth to the Kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull’s egg, as “perfect as the moon.” With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security…. A story of classic simplicity, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man’s nature, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous possibilities of love.

September’s selection is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.

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

The Young Adult Classics Book Club selections are taken from student required reading lists.

Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change without prior notice.


Coliseum Branch Library Programs for August

840 Coliseum Boulevard



Story Time

There will be no Story Time at the Coliseum Branch Library during the month of August. We hope to see you September 7, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Total Solar Eclipse Watch

August 21, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 pm

We will have information about the total solar eclipse available to interested patrons on August 18 and 21. The times specified for our viewing area are for August 21 with the eclipse beginning at 12:03, with maximum viewing at 1:34, and ending at 3:00 pm.

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.


Elementary Programs


Fun With Ukuleles

August 2, 2017 at 4:30 pm

Come to a ukulele jam, beginners are welcome.

Lego League

There will be no Lego League during the month of August.

We hope to see you September 12 and 26 at 4:00 pm for our new Lego season.


Adult Programs

Adult Arts and Crafts

August 2, 2017

10:00 am

Today we will make decorative candleholders utilizing tissue paper. You will not need to bring any materials.

Computer Class

August 1, 8, 15 and 22

10:00 am

We will be concentrating on Microsoft Word during the month of August.

Pre-registration is required.


Genealogical Research – Ancestry Library Edition

August 3, 10, 17, and the 24

10:00 – 12:00

Each Tuesday in August you can register for a 45 minute appointment with our volunteer who will guide you in how to get started with Ancestry or your next steps. You must pre-register to assure our volunteer will be available to assist.


Adult Program

August 16, 2017

10:00 AM

Robert Negro, a retired federal criminal investigator in the Drug Enforcement Administration, will be presenting a program on Fraud Protection.

Fiber Arts

August 17, 2017

3:00 pm

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

Total Solar Eclipse Watch

August 21, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 pm

We will have information about the total solar eclipse available to interested patrons on August 18 and 21. The times specified for our viewing area are for August 21 with the eclipse beginning at 12:03, with maximum viewing at 1:34, and ending at 3:00 pm.

Tai Chi Class

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

Adult Book Clubs

Southern Charms Book Club

August 10, 2017

3:00 pm

Today we will discuss the book, “Citizens Creek”, by Lalita Tademy, a story of the first black chief of the Creek Indian nation and his granddaughter, who sustains his legacy of courage. Then, we will receive our book for September titled, “In the Name of the Family”, by Sarah Dunant.  This is a story of the final years of the House of Borgia during Renaissance Italy.

Eastbrook Mystery Book Club

August 24, 2017


“The mistress of high tension” (The New Yorker) and undisputed Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark brings us another New York Times bestselling novel that USA TODAY calls “her page-turning best” about a killer who targets lonely women on cruise ships, a masterful combination of page-turning suspense and classic mystery.

Hampstead Branch Library

 August Events Kathryn Powell


August 9 – Build Your Own Series: Space 3:45 – 5:15 p.m. Sign-ups open from 7/24/17-8/4/17 The start of a new series of monthly events on building or crafting a themed project; sign-ups are required to allow for the purchasing of materials. Open to all Ages.

Children’s Programs 10:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. Ages: 1—4

August 1 – Ice Cream Books: Should I Share My Ice Cream? – Mo Williems Ice-Cream Larry – Daniel Pinkwater Activity:  Giant Paper Popsicle Craft

August 8 – Back to School Books: Flight School – Lita Judge Mittens at School – Lola Schaefer Activity:  Bookmark craft

August 15 – Apples Books: Ten Red Apples – Pat Hutchins Apple Harvest – Lynne Polvino Activity: Apple Tree Craft

August 22 – Space Books: Toys in Space – Mini Grey Mush, a Dog from Space – Daniel Pinkwater Activity:  Alien Spaceship Craft

August 29 – Leaves Books: Leaves – David Stein Fletcher and the Falling Leaves – Julia Rawlinson Activity: Paper Plate Leaves craft

Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

August 2017 Young Adult Programming

Mondays in August (7, 14, 21, 28 )     Dungeons and Dragons @ 3pm

Description: Our teens found a ‘Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure’ box and have been setting up a weekly Dungeons and Dragons group. We are learning how to play the game together and much fun is had by all. Come join us and let the adventuring begin!


Thursdays in August (3, 10, 17, 24, 31)     Afternoon Anime @ 4 pm

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

Fridays in August (4, 11, 18, 25)        Friday Film @ 4 pm

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


Rufus A. Lewis Regional Library

Adult Programming

August 2017

After 5 Book Club’s Discussion

Monday, August 7 @ 6 P.M.

Title: No Way Back by Andrew Goss

Summary: A breathtaking tale featuring two strong, sympathetic women who must rely on each other to take down powerful forces. No Way Back is a riveting tale full of twists and thrilling surprises from the bestselling author who is “coming up on the rails behind Harland Coben and Lee Child”.

~ Evening Standard, U.K.

Meet the Author

Tuesday, August 8 @ 10:00 A.M.

Author, Glenn Wills will takes us on his journey across Alabama as he documents the

remnants of Alabama’s past. A discussion of how his book, Forgotten Alabama cam about and a power point presentation about his journey will be shown.

Yoga @ the Library

Tuesday, August 8 & 22 @6:00 P.M.

Mrs. Susan Enzweiler, Registered Yoga Teacher, Instructor

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

Computer Class

Thursday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Library Staff, Instructors

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


Thursday, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 @ 12 Noon

Mrs. Alberta Riley, Retired Educator, Instructor

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.





Wednesday, August 23, 11:00- Ramer Readin’ Right Book Club. “Murder in Montgomery” by Charlotte Magruder. A group of powerful men try to prevent a shocking secret from being discovered.


The children and adult departments of the Morgan Library will be holding a joint program to view the Great American Eclipse on August 21st.  The viewing party begins at 12:30 pm and will include a viewing of NASA’s live tracking, a children’s story time, a craft, free solar eclipse viewers, and a viewing on the McDonough street lawn.

Color & Chill

Simple Art Therapy

August 12 @ 10am-12pm

Reference Department

Sunday @ the Movies

August 13 @ 2:30 pm

Computer Classes for the Month of August 2017



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

August 1, 2017 – Internet for Beginners

Students learn how to access the Internet and surf the Web. The course examines the makeup of Web addresses and teaches how to find information using search engines.

August 8, 2017 – Word I (MS Office 2010)

Microsoft Word is used to create documents and letters. This course covers basic features such as ribbon, tabs, and scrolling. Students learn to enter and select text, double space, and print. Word Art and Clip Art are also covered.

August 15, 2017 – PowerPoint (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn basic functions of this program to create presentations, including adding graphics and multimedia.

August 22, 2017 – Excel I (MS Office 2010)

Microsoft Excel is used to create spreadsheets, which are used to organize information or to do numerical record-keeping. The course covers creating a basic spreadsheet and a chart.



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

August 5, 2017 – PowerPoint (MS Office 2010)

Students will learn basic functions of this program to create presentations, including adding graphics and multimedia.



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

August 19, 2017 – Excel I (MS Office 2010)

Microsoft Excel is used to create spreadsheets, which are used to organize information or to do numerical record-keeping. The course covers creating a basic spreadsheet and a chart.




Homework Assistance Schedule

The following branches will provide after school homework assistance on the days listed below beginning September 12, 2017 and ending May 11, 2018.

Monday                      6:00 pm          Rufus Lewis Library              240-4848

Tuesday                       5:00 pm          Coliseum Branch Library        271-7005

6:00 pm          Morgan Library                      240-4999

Wednesday                 6:00 pm          EL Lowder Library                    244-5717

Thursday                     4:00 pm          Governor’s Square Library      284-7929

Please contact one of the libraries above for additional information and assistance.

Homework assistance is provided as a community service of the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, & Zeta Phi Beta Sororities, Inc. Additional    assistance is provided by employees of the City of Montgomery and Alabama State University, and other community partners.