February Fun @ Coliseum Blvd. Library!!

Montgomery City/County Public Library

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Blvd.



Hours 9 – 6         Monday – Friday




Story Time



Feb. 7   We can learn to get along with each other!

               Widget, by Lyn Rossiter McFarland

               A small stray dog is accepted into a household full of cats by learning to “fit in,” but when his owner is hurt, he shows that being a dog is not all bad.

               Yes We Can, by Sam McBratney

               Roo and his friends learn they each can do something well.

               Craft – Kangaroo craft


Feb. 14   Happy Valentine’s Day

               Click, Clack, Moo, I Love You!, by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

                Farmer Brown helps get the farm ready for the animal’s Valentine’s Day party.

               Freckles and Willie, by Margery Cuyler

                Freckles the dog is Willie’s best friend until a little girl who doesn’t like dogs moves in across the street.

                Craft – Valentine’s Day craft


Feb. 21 I love being with you!

               Just You and Me, by Sam McBratney

               As a storm approaches, Little Goosey and Big Gander Goose join other animals in

               searching for a place to hide.

               You’re All My Favorites, by Sam McBratney

               The three baby bears learn that mother and father bear loves each of their children

               equally but in different ways.

               Craft – Duck craft


Feb. 28 Fortunately, we are all individuals.

               A World Full of Monsters, by John Troy McQueen

               A little boy explains away the noises of the night by telling himself a story about

               a world full of friendly monsters.

               The Wonky Donkey, by Craig Smith

               A bird was walking down a street and sees a donkey that was wonky.

               Craft – Donkey craft





Parent Pre-School Activity Center: This table changes once a month.  We will have a new activity to enhance the five senses and further develop your child’s thought processes. This table has activities where parent and child explore together.






Montgomery City/County Public Library

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Boulevard



Hours 9 – 6         Monday – Friday




“Free” Extracurricular Activities for Your Kids


Color Coders

February 5, 2018

3:30 – 4:30 pm (Note new time)

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


Homework Assistance

February 5, 12, 19, and 26

5:00 – 5:45 pm

We will offer homework assistance every Tuesday of the month. 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.


Being Creative with Legos

February 12 and 26

3:30 – 4:30 pm (PLEASE NOTE THE NEW TIME)

Come, join the fun and creativity in our Lego League.

Registration is required.


Tinkering Table

February 19, 2019

3:30 (Please note new time)

STEAM and more this month we will make Snowmen and then….destroy them. We will use our science and math for this activity. Come and find out what ingredients we will use to make our snowmen and what element we will use to destroy them.


1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this powerful program geared toward boosting your infant’s brainpower.

Simply read to your child, birth to kindergarten, every day with the goal of having read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten. You will keep track of each book read, and you will receive a reward after every 100 books read.  Find out more about this new program at the Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library.


African American History Challenge

African American History Month

January and February

Come and view our African American history bulletin board and see if you can identify all the people who were involved in the Bus Boycott struggle. If you are unable to name each person, visit our Art Gallery so you may find answers to help you identify each person. 







Montgomery City/County Public Library

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Boulevard



Hours 9 – 6         Monday – Friday




Adult Programs


Senior Tech Appointments

Tuesdays at 10:00 am

Call 271-7005 to reserve your Tuesday

Sessions will be one-on-one by appointment only (call 271-7005) for a maximum of 1 hour. Type of training depends on your needs. Tell us what you want to learn! Training includes basic computer skills, some Microsoft Office programs, email, eBooks and help with the mouse.

Crochet Class

February 7 and 21

4:00 – 5:00 pm

Come learn how to crochet, and share what you have been making.


Coliseum Adult Program

February 20, 2019

10:00 am

African American History Program

Dr. Keith Krawcyznski, AUM, will be presenting a very interesting an informative program titled, “The Civil Rights Movement:  Lessons Learned from the Unfinished Revolution.”


Coliseum Art Gallery

African American History Month

Carl Berry, artist

Mr. Berry will be exhibiting his paintings, which feature key figures during the Montgomery Bus Boycott.  These paintings depict people and places that were prominent during this struggle. 



















Montgomery City/County Public Library

Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

840 Coliseum Boulevard



Hours 9 – 6         Monday – Friday



Adult Book Clubs


Southern Charms Book Club

February 14, 2019

3:00 pm

Today we will be discussing Blessings, by Anna Quindlen. This is a story of the caretaker of the Blessings estate who finds an abandoned baby at the door of the estate.  He, with the permission of the Blessing matriarch, decides to keep the infant and raise the child as his own.  Then, we will receive our book for March titled, The Distant Hours, by Kate Morton. This is a story of Edie who is on a journey into the past of her mother whom she discovered was billeted in Milderhurst Castle during WWII.  During her journey, she finds that there are many other secrets hidden in the walls of this castle. 



Curious Genre Book Club

February 28, 2019

3:00 pm

THE BEAT GOES ON presents all of the Rebus short stories, brought together for the first time and including never-before-published works. In these gripping, fast-paced tales, the legendary Scottish detective investigates the sinister cases that are his specialty, including a gruesome student death (“A Good Hanging”), the disappearance of his high-school girlfriend’s son (“Death is Not the End”), and suspicious happenings in a nursing home (“Atonement”). A must-have book for crime fiction lovers and Rankin fans alike. 






February Programs @ Pike Road Library!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s February 2019 Programs

*Special Event: The Alabama Department of Archives and History presents Major Leaders and Events from the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama  −  Wednesday, February 20 at 3:30 p.m.

In observance of Black History Month, the Alabama Department of Archives and History will present a program about leaders and events from the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. The program is intended for students and their grown-ups. We are extending a special invitation to home-schooling families.

Storybook Time – for age three and up – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

At Storybook Time, we sing a few songs, read one or two picture books and make a craft. We will read the same books at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Here is what we have planned for this month:

  • February 4 – February is here and with it comes Valentine’s Day. You know what that means – candy everywhere! Everybody loves a sweet treat, including Badger. Every day, Honeyguide helps Badger find honey for the two of them to share, until one day when Badger decides to be greedy. We’ll see if Badger learns his lesson in Honey…Honey…Lion! by Jan Brett.
  • February 11 – It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Little Duck is so excited that she decorates the barn for the animals’ party. However, her enthusiasm has drawn some unwanted attention from Little Fox, who may not be welcomed by the other animals. We’ll see if disaster is averted when we read Click, Clack, Moo I Love You! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
  • February 18 – There will be no Storybook Time today because the library will be closed in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • February 25 – International Polar Bear Day is coming up this Wednesday. To prepare for the day, we’ll read Pup and Bear by Kate Banks and Naoko Stoop. It is a sweet story about what happens when a wolf cub becomes lost and is taken in by a loving polar bear.


Toddler Time – for age two and under – 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 6
  • February 13
  • February 20
  • February 27

Book Clubs

Book Maniacs – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, February 13 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniacs will discuss Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce.

Publisher’s Summary – Liam has always felt a bit like he’s stuck between two worlds. This is primarily because he’s a twelve-year-old kid who looks like he’s about thirty. Sometimes it’s not so bad, like when his new principal mistakes him for a teacher on the first day of school or when he convinces a car dealer to let him take a Porsche out on a test drive. But mostly it’s just frustrating, being a kid trapped in an adult world. And so he decides to flip things around. Liam cons his way onto the first spaceship to take civilians into space, a special flight for a group of kids and an adult chaperone, and he is going as the adult chaperone. It’s not long before Liam, along with his friends, is stuck between two worlds again–only this time he’s 239,000 miles from home.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, February 21 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Flight Patterns by Karen White.

Publisher’s Summary – Georgia Chambers has spent her life sifting through other people’s pasts while trying to forget her own. But then her work as an expert on fine china-especially Limoges-requires her to return to the one place she swore she’d never revisit. It has been ten years since Georgia left her family home on the coast of Florida, and nothing much has changed except that there are fewer oysters and more tourists. She finds solace in seeing her grandfather still toiling away in the apiary where she spent much of her childhood, but encountering her estranged mother and sister leaves her rattled. Seeing them after all this time makes Georgia realize that something has been missing-and unless she finds a way to heal these rifts, she will forever be living vicariously through other people’s remnants. To embrace her own life-mistakes and all-she will have to find the courage to confront the ghosts of her past and the secrets she was forced to keep.


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

Lowder Library Announces February Programs!!

Join us the 2nd Thursday of the month from 4:30PM to 5:30PM in the Meeting Room to discover and create. Make “Your” Space is a S.T.E.A.M. program for Young Adults.  We will be focusing on making things and learning how it works through science, engineering, art, and math.  People of all ages are invited to participate or observe; however, children under 14 must have an adult present to assist them with their projects.  On Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 4:30PM we will be making snow.

We will not be having our Super Saturday Story Time in the month of February. We are delighted to have the ladies of the Continental Societies do a series of special Black History Story Times, February 2, 9, and 23, 2019.  These Story Times will be from 10am to 12noon every Saturday but February 16, when we will have the second of our three program series Black Leaders of Montgomery: Their Stories.


We will begin our three program series Black Leaders of Montgomery: Their Stories on Monday, February 4 with a visit with Sheriff Derrick Cunningham.  Sheriff Cunningham is the first African-American to be elected Sheriff of Montgomery County. He was born in Washington State and moved to Tuscaloosa with his family when he turned 12.  After graduating from High School he later moved to Montgomery to begin what he always knew was his calling in life—to be in Law Enforcement.  On February 16, at 11am, we will welcome Lieutenant General Anthony J. Cotton the Head of the Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base here in Montgomery.  There he leads the “intellectual and leadership center of the United States Air Force.”  Our final program will be at 6pm on Monday, February 25, and we will have a visit from Montgomery Police Chief Ernest N. Finley, Jr.  Chief Finley’s childhood dream was to become the chief of police in a major city and his current goal is to make Montgomery the safest city in America.


The Ladies of High Tea meets the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM. Join us Thursday, February 28, 2019 to discuss Hissy Fit by Mary Kay Andrews.


The night before her wedding, in the middle of an oh-so-smart rehearsal dinner, interior decorator Keeley Murdock chances upon her fiancé and maid of honor in flaming flagrante delicto. Keeley throws the hissy fit to end all hissy fits and storms out.

The next day, though, she has to deal not only personally with a broken engagement but also with her business being shut out by folks in a town financially obligated to her ex. Rescue comes in the form of the new owner of the local bra plant. He hires Keeley to redo the broken-down antebellum mansion he’s bought for the woman of his dreams. So Keeley dives in, scouring for antiques and searching for clues to her mother’s puzzling disappearance. Keeley finds out that things can work out even for those who throw humdinger hissy fits.




In March 2019 the Ladies will read The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg.  Join us at 3PM on Thursday, March 28, 2019.


Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother’s past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family’s filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girl Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration for her own life.

Fabulous, fun-filled, spanning decades and generations, and centered on a little-known aspect of America’s twentieth-century story, The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion is another irresistible novel by the remarkable Fannie Flagg.


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, February 21, 2019 the Young Classic Book Club will read Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.


Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families. It was among Shakespeare’s most popular plays during his lifetime and, along with Hamlet, is one of his most frequently performed plays. Today, the title characters are regarded as archetypal young lovers. Romeo and Juliet belongs to a tradition of tragic romances stretching back to antiquity. Its plot is based on an Italian tale, translated into verse as The Tragical History of Romeus and Juliet by Arthur Brooke in 1562 and retold in prose in Palace of Pleasure by William Painter in 1567. Shakespeare borrowed heavily from both but, to expand the plot, developed supporting characters, particularly Mercutio and Paris. Believed to have been written between 1591 and 1595, the play was first published in a quarto version in 1597. This text was of poor quality, and later editions corrected it, bringing it more in line with Shakespeare’s original. Shakespeare’s use of his poetic dramatic structure, especially effects such as switching between comedy and tragedy to heighten tension, his expansion of minor characters, and his use of sub-plots to embellish the story, has been praised as an early sign of his dramatic skill. The play ascribes different poetic forms to different characters, sometimes changing the form as the character develops. Romeo, for example, grows more adept at the sonnet over the course of the play.



Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 4PM the Young Classic Book Club will discuss Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

‘You are the last man in the world I would marry.’ Why does spirited, lively Elizabeth Bennet so rudely reject the proposal of the handsome, rich Mr Darcy? What could he possibly have done to offend her? Elizabeth is proud of her ability to judge others; Mr Darcy is proud of his family name. When their social worlds collide, feelings run high. Misunderstandings, poor judgement and wicked lies bring danger to the Bennet family. Can broken hearts be mended? Can hurtful words be forgiven? Can the Bennets be drawn back from the brink of disgrace? Will Elizabeth’s prejudice and Darcy’s pride be the ruin of them both?



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, February 16, from 930AM to 1230PM we will be offering a Minority 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, February 13, 2019 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, February 20, 2019!


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, February 6, 2019 from 4PM-5PM.


Homework Help at Lowder is every Wednesday unless school is out. Everyone must fill out a new registration each school 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 – 10:15AM the Librarians will read board books, nursery rhymes, and teach baby sign language.  From 10:15AM – 11AM the parent/caregiver may choose to stay, play and read to their child/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, February 27, 2019!


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 present Microsoft Publisher on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.


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 Wednesday afternoon, February 6, 2019 from 1PM to 2PM 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.