May Programs @ Williams Library!!

May 2018


Adult Program


Crochet and Craft

First and Third Friday

May 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.


Scrabble Time

First and Third Tuesday

May 1 and 15

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!


Rosa Parks Page Turners Book Club

Second Wednesday

May 9

Time: 11:00am

Title: The Santangelos

Author: Jackie Collins

Description: A vicious hit. A vengeful enemy. A drug addled Colombian club owner. A sex crazed Italian family. And the ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with them all, while Max—her teenage daughter is becoming The “It” girl in Europe’s modeling world. And her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, is being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal. Always strong and unpredictable with her husband, Lennie, by her side she lives up to the family motto—Never fuck with a Santangelo.

Lucky rules. The Santangelos always come out on top. An epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion. ~Dust jacket.


Novel Colors

Last Wednesday

May 30

Time: 6:30pm

**New 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. *Note, this title is a repeat from last month as a previous meeting was canceled due to schedule conflicts.

Title: A Handmaid’s Tale

Author: Margaret Atwood

Description: Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now… ~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.




Children’s Programs


Mondays and Tuesdays (except holidays)

Time: 10:00 AM


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



Big and Little Are Best Friends (Garland) and even though they are different, they still have fun together. Bear and Goose both have A Splendid Friend Indeed (Bloom) even though they sometimes get in each other’s space.


7 and 8

Blue Chicken (Freedman) likes to do things her own way, but causes problems when she tries to help paint. Hi, Harry! (Waddell) is looking for a friend just like him, can he find someone who goes at his pace?


14 and 15

There’s a Giraffe in My Soup! (Burach), what can I do?! But it’s an easier problem to solve than an Alligator in My Basement (Mayer).


21 and 22

Fox wants to move Mole’s Hill (Ehlert) until moles make it so beautiful no one wants to see it go. Make room for everyone, Move Over, Rover (Beaumont), there’s plenty of room in the doghouse while it rains.



Big and Little Are Best Friends (Garland) and even though they are different, they still have fun together. Bear and Goose both have A Splendid Friend Indeed (Bloom) even though they sometimes get in each other’s space.


Summer Reading Sign Up

Summer reading sign up starts this month! Come by to get your reading log and information on how to participate in our programs and reading competition. The reading competition is done by raffle so everyone has a chance to win, but the more you read, the better your odds!



Check Out Lowder Library’s May Events!!

May 2018 at Lowder Regional Library


The Ladies of High Tea will meet the Fourth Thursday of the Month at 3PM — Join us on Thursday, May 24th, 2018.  We will be reading Where Courage Calls by Jeanette Oke.  !


Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected… Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father’s wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way. But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she’d feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals don’t even speak English. There isn’t even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth’s heart is torn between two young men–both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once. Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she’s had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?


In June, the Ladies will read Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews.  Join us on Thursday, June 28th, 2018!


A Savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn’t believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate it. But when the bride spirals into a crisis and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must come to the rescue and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all.


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


Join the Young Classic Book Club Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 as they meet from 4PM to 5 PM to discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. The Young Classic Book Club meets the first Thursday of each month from 4PM to 5PM.


On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night in the graveyard they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret, and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?



In June the Young Classic Book Club will be reading Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting.  Join us Thursday, June 7th, 2018.


Doctor John Dolittle loves animals. He loves them so much that his home and office overflow with animals of every description. When Polynesia the parrot teaches him the language of the animals, Doctor Dolittle becomes a world-famous doctor, traveling even as far away as Africa to help his friends.




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 12:45PM (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.


Gamer’s Club is the second Wednesday afternoon of the month. You must pre-register to play from 3:15PM to 4:15PM.  Parents must stay in the Main Area during play time.  Join us Wednesday, May 9th, 2018!


Lowder Lego League is the third Wednesday afternoon of the month from 3:15PM to 4:15PM. 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 the 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, May 16th, 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 second Thursday of the month.  Monthly we will have a different theme.  Join us Thursday, June 10th, 2018 from 4PM to 5PM. May’s Theme will be Library related, especially since it will be during National Library Week this year!


Join us on Thursday mornings from 10AM to 1030AM for Lap Sit Time! It is for ages 0 to 2 years old.  From 10AM to 10:15AM, a Librarian will lead Lap Sit time and then from 10:15AM to 10:30AM the parent will read board books to their children.  There is no craft associated with this program.


Our regular Preschool Story Time is Fridays at 10:15AM. 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 activity.


Join us Tuesdays from 4PM to 5PM for a new program – 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 are excited to announce that we are going to be offering Help Me! Computer Classes for senior adults the 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 9:30AM to 10:30AM.  In May we will have classes Tuesday, May 8th and Tuesday, May 15th, 2018.  Please remember that pre-registration is required no later than 24 hours in advance of the class.


Confucius Institute will be here on Friday, May 18th, 2018, from 4PM to 5PM to present another in our Cultural Lectures. This month the topic will be “The Introduction of Different Types and Tastes of Hotpot in China.”  Everyone is invited to attend this great program.


Everyone is invited to our Summer Reading Kickoff on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 from 10AM to 12Noon.  We will have informational and fun booths.  This year’s theme is Libraries Rock so help us by painting (what else?) rocks!  We will also be playing games and coloring.  We have scheduled Story Times with help from the Continental Society, Author Margaret Lowder will be here to read to us, and other authors have been invited.  Come watch a Chess exposition game and visit the Scholarship Seminar booth.  CSL Plasma will also be here with a booth and volunteering to help everyone have FUN!  FUN!  FUN!


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.


Pike Road Library Announces May Programs!!

Pike Road Branch Library’s May 2018 Programs

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 one or two 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 7 – Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, so we’ll read some mom-centric tales such as A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. Brace yourselves; it’s a tear-jerker.
  • May 14 – Mister Matt will be going on vacation soon, but don’t worry because he’ll be back. Piggie is going away, too, and Gerald just can’t handle the news. We’ll see what happens when Piggie declares “I am going!” in I Am Going by Mo Willems.
  • May 21 – There will be no Storybook Time today because Mister Matt will be away. Hey, that rhymes!
  • May 28 – The library will be closed in observance of Memorial Day.


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:

  • May 2
  • May 9
  • May 16
  • May 23
  • May 30

Book Clubs

Book Maniaks – for children in third grade and up –On Wednesday, May 16 at 4:15 p.m., the Maniaks will discuss Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Madeleine L’Engle.

Publisher’s Summary – As if being small and having “S. Horten” as his name isn’t bad enough, now 10-year-old Stuart is forced to move far away from all his friends. But on his very first day in his new home, Stuart’s swept up in an extraordinary adventure: the quest to find his great-uncle Tony–a famous magician who literally disappeared off the face of the earth–and Tony’s marvelous, long-lost workshop. Along the way, Stuart reluctantly accepts help from the annoying triplets next door… and encounters trouble from another magician who’s also desperate to get hold of Tony’s treasures.

Bookies – The Pike Road Bookies meet on the third Thursday of each month, except December. –On Thursday, May 17 at 11:15 a.m., they will discuss The Book of Polly by Kathy Hepinstall.

Publisher’s Summary – Willow Havens is ten years old and obsessed with the fear that her mother will die. Her mother, Polly, is a cantankerous, take-no-prisoners Southern woman who lives to chase varmints, drink margaritas, and antagonize the neighbors—and she sticks out like a sore thumb among the young modern mothers of their small conventional Texas town. She was in her late fifties when Willow was born, so Willow knows she’s here by accident, a late-life afterthought. Willow’s father died before she was born, her much older brother and sister are long grown and gone and failing elsewhere. It’s just her and bigger-than-life Polly.  Willow is desperately hungry for clues to the family life that preceded her, and especially Polly’s life pre-Willow. Why did she leave her hometown of Bethel, Louisiana, fifty years ago and vow never to return? Who is Garland Jones, her long-ago suitor who possibly killed a man? And will Polly be able to outrun the Bear, the illness that finally puts her on a collision course with her past?

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