Bertha Williams Library Announces Summer Schedule!!



JUNE 7-JULY 26, 2017




JUNE 7 – Amanda McBride, Alabama Historical Society

Archaeology helps understand our past better so we can build a better future by learning about our past


JUNE 14 – Engine 2, Montgomery Fire Department

Firefighters help people and keep us safe. Learn what they do and how they do it, see a real fire truck!


JUNE 21 – Donna and John Woodfin, The Fish and Aquarium Maintenance Service, etc.

Animals help us by working with us, as well as improving our lives as pets. Learn about different animals, their care, and how they help.


JUNE 28 – Stacey Vandortrecht, S & B Apiaries

Not only are bees natural builders, but they also provide us with food by pollinating most of our food crops. Bees are also in danger. Find out how you can build like a bee by protecting them.


July 5 – No program

Get caught reading!


July 12 – The Talking Tree, Clean City Commission

What do trees do to make the world a better place?


July 19 – Roosevelt Robinson, Extension Services

Mr. Robinson will talk about wildlife and forestry management.


July 26 – Vernon Turner, WSFA Weatherman

Being able to warn people about dangerous weather patterns helps reduce the damage done to people and property by alerting us to the need to prepare and/or evacuate.

Hampstead Library Announces Summer Reading Program Schedule!

MHP Summer Reading Plan 2017 Fitness: Building a Better World By: Kathryn Powell


Story Time Schedule:

Tuesdays: 10:30 am until 11 am Ages: 1—4 2:30 pm until 3 pm Ages: 5—9

June 6—Build a Better Environment Books: My Forever Dress – Harriet Ziefert The Curious Garden – Peter Brown Activity: Soda Bottle Greenhouse (items needed: Soda Bottles, Potting soil, seeds, scissors, plate/plastic lid)

June 13—Building a Better You Books: What do you do with a Mistake? – Kobi Yamada The Most Magnificent Thing – Ashley Spires Activity: Origami (subject to change)

June 20—Building a Better Community Books: Molly’s Organic Farm – Carol Malnor One Hen – Katie Smith Milway Activity:  Coloring Sheets

June 27—Inspire Others Books: Josephine : the dazzling life of Josephine Baker – Patricia Powell The story of Ruby Bridges – Robert Coles Activity: Compli-mats

July 4 – Library Closed: Happy Fourth of July

July 11 —Being Open and Understanding Books: Take me out to the Yakyu – Aaron Meshon ABC USA – Martin Jarrie Activity:  Empathy Dolls (items Needed: TP rolls, cardstock, markers/crayons, glue/tape)

July 18 — Be Kind and Helpful Books: If You Plant a Seed – Kadir Nelson  Pinduli – Janell Cannon Activity: Kindness Jars (items needed: plastic or glass jars, tissue paper, modpodge/glue, strips of paper)

July 25 – Be Honest Books: The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot – Scott Magoon Princess K.I.M. and the lie that grew – Maryanne Cocca-Leffler Activity: coloring sheets


Teen Schedule: 4:15 pm—5:15 pm Thursdays

June 8 — Build a Better Environment Discussion: Recycling, the Environment, and You! – How we effect the environment with our trash and what we can do to help reduce and reuse the items we have. Activity: Recycled Newspaper/Magazine Bead jewelry – Teens will create their own beads and jewelry out of old newspapers and magazines.  (Items Needed: Newspapers, Magazines, Glue/Modpodge, straws, string, scissors)

June 15 — Build a Better You Discussion: How to better ourselves through mistakes – We all make mistakes, some big and some small. We’ll be exploring some of our mistakes to see what effects they’ve had on us and what we’ve learned from them. Activity: Working through our Mistakes worksheet and “A Lie and 2 truths” game.

June 22 — Build a Better Community Discussion: Why community Matters –Whether at home or at school, we have a community of people who make up our daily lives. Today we discuss why our communities matter and who makes up our community including agencies like law enforcement, fire and rescue, etc. Activity: Mute Organization activity and Cup Tower Build activity

June 29 — Inspiring Others Discussion: Inspiration Station – Everyone has inspirations, whether it’s a parent, teacher, or a friend. We’ll be discussing people and things that inspire us to do great things. Activity: String Art (string, cardboard/cardstock, brads/pushpins)

July 6 – No Program this Week! Happy 4th of July

July 13 – Be Open and Understanding Discussion: Strength of Diversity – No two people are the same, and while we all might have similarities, our differences are what make us a stronger community. We’ll be looking at various ways we differ and where one person’s weakness might be another’s strength within our community. Activity: Human Knot and Balloon Pass


Other Programs:

“Build Your Own” series: June 7 – “Upcycling” Planter 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of “up-cycling” your old plastic bottles into small planters for your indoor growing needs. Participants are asked to bring their own plastic bottle if at all possible. Other materials will be provided. Open to all ages. Please RSVP by June 2nd so materials for crafts can be obtained.

July 12 – “Summer Fun” 3:45 – 5:30 p.m. Join us for an afternoon of Summertime Fun crafts including pocket ladybug rocks and beaded spiral sun catchers. Open to all ages. Please RSVP by July 7th so materials for crafts can be obtained.

June 12 – Department of Archives and History Program 2:00 p.m. Join the library and the Department of Archives and History for a fantastic program featuring prominent history in the state and how we can use it to build a better future.

Stress Relief Coloring MW 3:45-5:30 Spend some time connecting with coloring! The library will have coloring sheets for all age levels and welcome everyone who wants to attend. Stop by and spend a bit just taking a break from your hectic schedule to destress with some crayons and a coloring sheet.

Reading Challenge June 5 – July 14 Children and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate in our Summer Reading challenge. There are small prizes for anyone who completes the goal for their age level! Sign-ups for children and teens will begin on May 5, 2017.

May Happenings @ Pike Road Library!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s May 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:

  • May 1 – It’s very important to eat your vegetables. Sure, they provide lots of great nutrients, but there are other reasons why you should, as well. For example, they might stage a coup and kidnap your parents. We’ll learn what we should do if that happens in How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle and Mark Fearing.
  • May 8 – Alan comes from a long line of scary alligators. He loves scaring the other jungle creatures every day. However, Alan has a terrible secret that might bring an end to his scaring days. We’ll find out what it is when we read Alan’s Big Scary Teeth by Jarvis.
  • May 15 – It is a bittersweet time at the library when we have to say “goodbye” to the military families who have become part of our Storybook Time family. We will read an appropriately bittersweet book to mark the occasion – The Thank You Book, the final Elephant and Piggie book by Mister Matt’s favorite children’s author, Mo Willems.
  • May 22 – There will be no Storybook Times today because Mister Matt will be away.
  • May 29 – There will be no Storybook Times today because the library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


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:

  • May 3
  • May 10
  • May 17

Book Clubs

Angry Dragons – for children in 3rd grade and up –On Wednesday, May 17 at 4:15 p.m., the Dragons will discuss The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2: The Hidden Gallery by Maryrose Wood.

  • Publisher’s Summary – Of especially naughty children it is sometimes said, “They must have been raised by wolves.” The Incorrigible Children actually were. Thanks to the efforts of their plucky governess, Miss Penelope Lumley, Alexander, Beowulf, and Cassiopeia are much more like children than wolf cubs now. They are accustomed to wearing clothes. They hardly ever howl at the moon. And for the most part, they resist the urge to chase squirrels up trees. Despite Penelope’s civilizing influence, the Incorrigibles still managed to ruin Lady Constance’s Christmas ball, nearly destroying the grand house. So while Ashton Place is being restored, Penelope, the Ashtons, and the children take up residence in London. Penelope is thrilled, as London offers so many opportunities to further the education of her unique students. But the city presents challenges, too, in the form of the palace guards’ bearskin hats, which drive the children wild – not to mention the abundance of pigeons the Incorrigibles love to hunt. As they explore London, however, they discover more about themselves as clues about the children’s – and Penelope’s – mysterious past crop up in the most unexpected ways…


Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, May 18 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave.

  • Publisher’s Summary – As World War Two begins, Mary–a newly qualified teacher in London, left behind to teach the few children not evacuated–meets Tom, a school official. They quickly fall in love, but this is not a simple love story. . . . Moving from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, this is an epic story of love, loss, prejudice and incredible courage.9585 Vaughn Road, Pike Road, AL 36064 – Phone: 244-8679