Williams Library Announces December Programs!!

Dec 2018


Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Thursday **New Day**

Dec 6 and 20

Time: 3pm


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

Dec 12

Time: 11:00am

Title: And the Rivers Rose

Author: Deborah Vogelgesang

Description: In 1818 the sacred mound at the ancient Indian village of Cahawba is ominously ignored when the site is chosen as Alabama’s first capital. Rapid construction of mercantile shops, the new capitol and stately homes create an air of excitement as the town emerges into a bustling center of commerce, state government, and social prominence.

Newlywed, Arabella and Elias Smith, leave Virginia to settle land just outside the new capital. They are welcomed into upper class society, but Elias, shamed by a youthful indiscretion, is determined to his his past. Soon, beautiful Arabella is forced to face the lie within her marriage and must make the decision that will change her heart and life forever.
~Dust Jacket


Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

Dec 26

Time: 6:30pm

LOCATION: Books-a-Million in Eastchase

Really want to join a book club but don’t really like to read? Come join us at Books-a-million as we talk and color. Read the book, or don’t! Browse with a new friend. Just want to color and enjoy our company? You’re welcome! Bring your own supplies or use some of ours. Coloring sheets provided.

Title: Steam Engines of Oz (vol. 1-4)

Authors/Illustrators: Sean Patrik O’REilly, Eric Hendrix, and Yannis Roumboulias

Available on Hoopla


A century after the witch was killed, the Emerald City is ruled by a once-revered hero, and salvation comes from the unlikely wrench of young Victoria Wright. ~description from Hoopla


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.





All Ages

Mid-Afternoon Movie

Third Friday

Dec 21

Time: 3:00pm

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


**Cookies and Crafts

Dec 21

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

We will provide an easy origami and ornament project all day on request and serve cookies. Cookies are available until they run out. Participants are welcome to bring cookies to share (homemade or otherwise, please label for allergies).




Children’s Programs

Story time!

Mondays and Tuesdays – 10am (Except holidays)

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


Dec 3

Christmas is coming, but Elephant and Piggie know Waiting Isn’t Easy (Willems). What happened, When Santa Lost His Ho Ho Ho (Rader) and how did he get it back?


**Dec 4

We will have a very special visitor as part of our Open House celebrations. Come see Santa!


Dec 10 and 11

We’re all excited about our new toys, but especially Piggie in I Love My New Toy (Willems). The holidays are tough for everyone, but be especially careful about Llama Llama Holiday Drama (Dewdney)!


Dec 17 and 18

Twas the Night Before Christmas (Moore/Pinkney) is a classic, we can’t leave before the holidays without a reading of this poem. For something a little less traditional we’ll read Santa Claus and the Three Bears (Modugno).

Dec 24 and 25 – Closed for Holidays


Dec 31

Hattie and the Fox (Fox), Hattie thinks she sees a fox, Goodness Gracious! This is Not My Hat (Klassen)! Well then whose is it?!


**Indicate special Open House activities



Holiday Open House


**Dec 4

We will have a very special visitor as part of our Open House celebrations. Come see Santa!

Although we welcome all ages to participate, we encourage older “children” to be considerate of Santa’s time.



**Cookies and Crafts

Dec 21

Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm

We will provide an easy origami and ornament project all day on request and serve cookies. Cookies are available until they run out. Participants are welcome to bring cookies to share (homemade or otherwise, please label for allergies).




December Fun @ Hampstead Library!!

Hampstead Branch Library December Programs


Hampstead Holiday Open House

Thursday, December 13th @ 3:30

Join us for the Hampstead Branch Library’s Holiday Open House! We’ll start with some winter songs and follow those with some books, including Jingle, Jingle by Nicola Smee; make edible candy trees; and watch a holiday movie. Light refreshments will be provided.


Toddler Time

Mondays @ 10:00

Ages 2 and Under


December 3rd It’s getting chilly, so we’ll find the perfect hat with Minerva Louise in A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke.

December 10th We’ll get ready to sleep with Bedtime Bunnies by Wendy Watson.

December 17th Let’s talk about what we enjoy about the holidays with I Love Christmas by Anna Walker.

December 24: No Toddler Time. Library Closed for Christmas!

December 31: No Toddler Time.


Story Time

Tuesdays @ 10:30

Ages 3 and Up


December 4th We’ll find the perfect hat with a plucky chicken in A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke and then follow the adventure of another hat in This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen.

Activity: Coloring Sheet

December 11th There’s nothing bears like more than sleeping all winter, but the bear in Good Night Already! by Jory Jon can’t get to sleep. We’ll then Sleep Like a Tiger (by Mary Logue).

Activity: Sleeping animal puppet

December 18th We’ll get some advice for meeting Santa in If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, DON’T! by Elisa Parsley and talk about what we love about Christmas as we read I Love Christmas by Anna Walker.

Activity: Making Snowflakes

December 25 –No Story Time. Library Closed for Christmas!


Get STEAM’ed

December 20th @ 3:30


1st Grade and Up

Get Slimed! We’re wrapping up the year with some slime science! Please be sure to register so we have enough materials for everyone.



Lowder Library Announces December Programs!!

Everyone is invited to our Holiday Open House on Friday, December 7th from 10AM to 5PM.  We will start off with our pre-school Story Time—including a visit from the old man in red himself!  There will be lots of photo opportunities.  After Story Time we will have special Christmas games and watch Christmas Movies for the rest of the day in the Main Area.  We look forward to seeing you!


We will have a Book Signing for B. C. Raines in celebration of the publication of her book I Am the Crown: A Self-Discovery Guide for Girls and Women.  Join us in the Main Area Saturday, December 8th from 10AM to 12Noon.


Our NEW Saturday Story Time (held once a month) will be in the Main Area beginning at 10AM. There is no craft activity with this program, only reading and checking out books.  Saturday Story Time with Miss Mary will be Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 10AM.  {P.S.  Miss Mary wanted me to tell you that A) She will not always be the one doing the reading, and B) You never know who might show up at one of Miss Mary’s Saturday Story Times (Hink!  Hink!  Wink!  Wink!).}


The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. Join us Thursday, December 27, 2018 to discuss The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans.


At thirty-two Kimberly Rossi, a finance officer at a Lexus car dealership, has had her heart broken more times than she wants to remember. With two failed engagements, a divorce and again alone with no prospects, she hardly seems the type to dream of being a published romance author. Dreading another holiday alone, she signs up for The Mistletoe Retreat, a nine-day writing retreat in Burlington, VT. Deep inside Kimberly knows she’s at a junction in her life and it’s time to either fulfill her dream or let it go. The other reason she decides to attend the conference is because famed romance writer, H.T. Cowell, once the best-selling romance writer in America, and the author whose books instilled in her the desire to be a writer, will be speaking in public for the first time in more than a decade.

In one of her breakout sessions Kimberly meets another aspiring writer, and one of the few men at the conference, Zeke, an intelligent man with a wry wit who seems as interested in Kimberly as he is in the retreat. As Kimberly begins to open up to him about her stories and dreams, she inadvertently reveals her own troubled past. As Zeke helps her to discover why her books fail to live up to their potential she begins to wonder if he’s really talking more about her life than her literature. But as she grows closer to him, she realizes that Zeke has his own darkness, a past he’s unwilling to talk about.

The theme of The Mistletoe Inn is that like literature, relationships must be lived with passion and vulnerability to succeed.



In January 2019 the Ladies will read Murder Runs in the Family by Anne George.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, January 24, 2019!


Mary Alice has spared nothing for her only daughter’s wedding — from seventy-five yards of bridal train to gourmet food for over three hundred guests and enough glittering elegance to make Mary Alice think about finding herself a fourth rich husband to pay for it all.

Practical Patricia Anne has put away her aunt-of-the-bride blue chiffon and settled back into domesticity when fun-loving Mary Alice calls to say they have a post-wedding date with a genealogist from the groom’s side of the family. Lunch is a fascinating lesson on the hazards of finding dirty linens in ancestral boudoirs that ends abruptly when their guest scurries off with the local judge, leaving the sisters with their mouths open — and finishing their luncheon companion’s cheesecake — when the police arrive.

Their mysterious guest has taken a plunge from the ninth floor of the courthouse building — an apparent suicide. But given the scandals a nosy genealogist might have uncovered, the sisters are betting that some proud Southern family is making sure their shameful secrets stay buried. . .along with anyone who tries to dig them up.



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


The Young Classic Book Club will meet from 4PM to 5PM on the third Thursday of the month. Thursday, December 20, 2018 the Young Classic Book Club will read The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson.


Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.

This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.



Thursday, January 17, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will read The BFG by Ron Doald.


When Sophie is snatched from her orphanage bed by the BFG (Big Friendly Giant), she fears she will be eaten. But instead the two join forces to vanquish the nine other far less gentle giants who threaten to consume earth’s children.


The BFG is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and jumbly. It’s lucky for Sophie that he is. Had she been carried off in the middle of the night by the Bloodbottler, or any of the other giants—rather than the BFG—she would have soon become breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are flush-bunking off to England to swollomp a few nice little chiddlers, she decides she must stop them once and for all. And the BFG is going to help her!



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


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


On the third Saturday of each month, Saturday, December 15, 2018, from 930AM to 1230PM we will again be offering our Scholarship Seminars for students in Grades 8-12. Eighth grade is not too young to be thinking about how to pay for college.  Everyone should bring a folder to hold their handouts and something to write on/with to use to take notes.  Parents are strongly encouraged to attend as well.


Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month from 4PM-5PM. You must pre-register 24 hours in advance to play.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 4PM.


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 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.  Registration is also required and complete rules are available at the Circulation Desk.  Come and sign up for Wednesday, December 19, 2018!


Come be a part of DEACT! And just what is DEACT? Drop Everything And Color Time! All ages are invited to come and spend the hour coloring in the Main Area the first Wednesday of the month.  We will have a different theme every month.  Join us Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 4PM-5PM.


Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday unless school is out—which means that we will not have Homework Assistance on December 26, 2018 or January 2, 2019. Everyone must fill out a new registration each year and they may be picked up at the Circulation Desk.  Textbooks, worksheets, and assignments must be brought to every session in order for students to receive assistance.


Join us for Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 2 years old every Thursday 10AM to 11AM for a Librarian led Lap Sit time.  From 10AM to 1015AM the Librarians will lead the program, and then from 1015AM to 1030AM the parent/caregiver will read board books to their child/children.  From 1030AM to 11AM the child/children and caregiver may “stay and play” which encourages interaction between the children.  There is no craft associated with this program.


Our regular Preschool Story Time starts at 10AM on Friday mornings. All ages are welcome but please remember that programming is geared towards ages 3 to 5.  The usual program is to read a couple of books interspaced with songs and movement ending with a craft or activity.


Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 4PM to 5PM for Study Break! We would like to invite everyone, from elementary to college age to drop by and take a study break by playing a board game, putting together a puzzle, coloring a picture, or even filling a page with doodles!  We’ll be looking for you on Wednesday, December 26, 2018!  Perhaps since school is on break you would like to take a break from being on break!


We are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for Senior Adults again this year, the fourth Tuesday of the month from 330PM-430 PM.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.  We will not be having a class in December but will present Microsoft Excel on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.


Confucius Institute from Troy University (Montgomery) Chinese Cultural Lectures will visiting from 4PM to 5PM on Thursday, November 20, 2018.


Are you about to go on Medicare? Are you already on Medicare?  Are you confused about Medicare?  You don’t have to be, join us for Medicare 101 presented by Heathcare Resource Center on Thursday afternoon, December 6, 2018 from 2PM to 3PM in the Meeting Room.


Please note that schedules and selections are subject to change and cancellation without notice due to situations beyond our control; however, the Lowder Staff makes every effort possible to adhere to posted planned programming.



The Staff of the EL Lowder Regional Library

would like to thank all of our wonderful patrons

for allowing us to be a part of your lives in 2018.

We cherish all of you and wish everyone

the merriest of holiday seasons

and the happiest of New Years in 2019.