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Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library

ADDRESS AND PHONE
840 Coliseum Boulevard, Montgomery, AL 36109
271-7005                                                                            www.facebook.com/ColiseumBranchLibrary

Summer @ Your Library is on!

Out of an abundance of caution for our patrons and staff, and in effort to help limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all Montgomery City-County Public Library locations are CLOSED until further notice.

All programs, services, outreach activities, and meeting room reservations have been cancelled.

Curbside service is available to check out books and media -

contact your local branch for details.

HOURS
Monday through Friday 9 AM to 6 PM
Saturday & Sunday: Closed 
 

See Event Calendar

 


Adult Programs

May Programs are Virtual and Posted on Facebook

Library Bingo
June1-July 31
Come by and pick up your first bingo card; you can make bingo either horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  Each bingo card turned in gives you a chance to win. 

Crochet Class
June 4 and 18 Thursday
We will have virtual classes posted on these days.


Ukulele Class
June 8, 2020 - Monday
We will have a virtual class posted on that day.


Adult Program
June 17, 2020 - Wednesday

     Do you have an immigration story to share, maybe your parents; we will post a video of immigration stories. You may share yours in the message on our Facebook page.
 

Keep a lookout for summer reading registration and posts for summer on our Facebook page and on Montgomery Public Library System’s website: mccpl.lib.al.us.


Adult Book Clubs
     
Curious Genre Book Club
May 28, 2020
3:00 pm
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
     As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South in the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called The Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."
     In reality, The Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors, where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold on to Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked and the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.
     The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at The Nickel Academy.
     Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42270835-the-nickel-boys

Southern Charms Book Club
June 11, 2020 - Thursday
3:00 pm
The Last Queen of the Gypsies by William Cobb
     William Cobb's first novel in nine years is a brilliant, quirky, highly readable story as compelling as it is original. Its main characters journey on parallel quests: Lester Ray, a fourteen-year-old boy who was deserted by his mother when he was a baby and has now escaped his abusive alcoholic father, and Minnie, a woman who was abandoned by her Gypsy family of migrant fruit pickers when she was eleven. The novel interweaves their searches for families they never really knew. It ranges from the Great Depression to the mid-1960s, and from the panhandle of Florida, where much of the novel is set, to New York City during World War II, to the Georgia and Carolina coasts, to Fort Myers and south Florida. Lester Ray finds work with a carnival as he looks for his mother, accompanied by all the odd and strange and wonderful people who make up that world. Minnie moves from the dry sandy heat of central Florida in 1933, to a brothel in Cedar Key, to New York, to the little town of Piper, to the winter camps of the Gypsies near Fort Myers. She is--first as a girl, then as a woman--a person of immense fortitude and strength, as engaging and unforgettable as Scarlett O'Hara. This book published by NewSouth Books here in Montgomery.   https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9137038-last-queen-of-the-gypsies?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=7ITJcPfI42&rank=1

Curious Genre Book Club
June 25, 2020 - Thursday
3:00 pm
Playing with Fire by Tess Gerritsen     

A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.

The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25177983-playing-with-fire

Southern Charms Book Club
July 9, 2020
3:00 pm
Miss Julia Stands Her Ground by Ann B. Ross

"Miss Julia Stands Her Ground" finds our steel magnolia looking forward to many peaceful and happy years with her new husband, Sam. But she still has plenty to worry about. When Hazel Marie's troublemaking uncle, Brother Vernon Puckett, comes back to town, he claims to have conclusive proof that Little Lloyd is not the son of Miss Julia's late, philandering husband Wesley Lloyd Springer-a fact to which Miss Julia would have gladly subscribed a few years back. But that was then, before Miss Julia's life revolved around Little Lloyd, before that magical holiday when he became the apple of her eye. With DNA testing the only possible way to settle the dispute, Miss Julia shudders at the thought of exhuming her dead husband's body. But her housekeeper Lillian has a few souvenirs of Wesley Lloyd's life tucked away that, though a little creepy, might just be the key to ending the whole ugly mess. Another hilarious adventure, "Miss Julia Stands Her Ground" confirms what we know in our hearts-family is always thicker than blood.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/575393.Miss_Julia_Stands_Her_Ground

Curious Genre Book Club
July 23, 2020
3:00 pm
If She Knew by Blake Pierce

55 year old empty nester—and freshly retired FBI agent—Kate Wise finds herself drawn out of her quiet suburban life when her friend’s daughter is murdered in a home invasion—and she is implored to help.

Kate thought she left the FBI behind after 30 years as their top agent, respected for her brilliant mind, tough street skills and her uncanny ability to hunt down serial killers. Yet Kate, bored with the quiet town, at a crossroads in life, is summoned by a friend she can’t turn down.

As Kate hunts the killer, she soon finds herself at the forefront of a manhunt, as more bodies turn up—all suburban moms in perfect marriages—and it becomes apparent there is a serial killer stalking this quiet town. She unearths secrets from her neighbors she wishes she never knew, discovering that all is not what it seems in this picture of model streets and neighbors. Affairs and lying are rampant, and Kate must sift through the town’s underbelly if she will stop the killer from striking again.

But this killer is one step ahead of her, and it may end up being Kate but this killer is one step ahead of her, and it may end up being Kate who is in danger. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41559688-if-she-knew?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=ySV8hh46br&rank=1
 

Keep a lookout for summer reading registration and posts for summer on our Facebook page and on Montgomery Public Library System’s website: mccpl.lib.al.us.


 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Register now for this free powerful program geared toward boosting your infant's brainpower.  Read to your child, birth through kindergarten, every day to have read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten.  You will keep track of each book read, and your child will receive a reward after every 100 books read.  Find out more about this free new program at the Coliseum Boulevard Branch Library.


"Free" Activities for Your Elementary Aged Children

June Programs are Virtual and Posted on Facebook

Tuesday - Chapters 9 - 11 with an Insect STEAM
June 2, 2020
What can you do with objects around your house? We will make insects that are known and those unknown.

June 4, 2020, @ 10:30 am Friday – Virtual Kickoff 
Synopsis: Come see what your library has planned for this summer!

Ukulele Class 
June 8, 2020 - Monday
We will have a virtual class posted on this day.

Tuesday – Chapters 12-14 and Creating a Lego Circus
June 9, 2090 
We will all make something that would be in a circus. 

Mummies
June 12, 2020 – Friday
Synopsis: Have you ever mummified anything? If not, now’s your chance. Reserve your kit at 271-7005 to make sure we have enough supplies to hand out. You will also need a shoebox.

Tuesday – Chapters 15 – 17 and Create an Amusement Park
June 16, 2020 
Pull together Legos or other items you can build with and create your own amusement park!

How to Make Bouncy Balls
June 19, 2020 - Friday
We will make bouncy balls. Come and find out how?
Reserve your spot at 271-7005 to make sure we have enough supplies to hand out.

Fourth Tuesday – Chapters 18 - 21 with Creative play
June 23, 2020
What can you come up with to make and play? 

Civil Air Patrol
June 26, 2020 – Friday
Synopsis: The Civil Air Patrol will do a virtual program for a soaring good time.  We will learn about parachutes and make our own. Reserve your kit at 271-7005 to make sure we have enough supplies. (While supplies last).
 

Keep a lookout for summer reading registration and posts for summer on our Facebook page and on Montgomery Public Library System’s website: mccpl.lib.al.us.


"Free" Activities for Your Teens

May Programs are Virtual and Posted on Facebook

Virtual Activities for Your Teens

Crochet Class
June 4 and 18 - Thursday
We will have virtual classes posted on these days.


June 4, 2020, @ 10:30 am – Summer @ Your Library Kickoff 


Ukulele Class
June 8, 2020 - Monday
We will have a virtual class posted on this day.

Homeschool STEM
June 10, 2020 - Wednesday
We will make an End Effector. We will post instructions on Facebook on this date. 

Mondays for Teens

June 15, 2020 – Make Your Own Comic Book!
Synopsis: Comic books involve imagination, creativity, and skill. We can give you a good starting point and some skills to make your own comic book in this virtual program. All you need is paper, and pencil. 

June 22, 2020 – Make Your Own Dish: Chopped Style.
Synopsis: Based on the TV show Chopped, teens and their parents are asked to make their own creative dish that must contain three special ingredients along with other items. They can choose from the food they have at the house. Take pictures of the teen’s dish and the parent’s dish and we will vote on the best dish. Winner gets to choose what’s for dinner that night. 

June 29, 2020 – Make Your Own Portable Games.
Synopsis: Teens will make their own board games using Altoid tins. They will be given the resources to make checkers and a board game they make up themselves. Supplies can be picked up at Coliseum Library @ 11 AM that day. (While supplies last).
 

Keep a lookout for summer reading registration and posts for summer on our Facebook page and on Montgomery Public Library System’s website: mccpl.lib.al.us.

ATTENTION TEENS
What programs or activities would you like to see at Coliseum Blvd. Branch Library? Let us know 271-7005.


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.


Puzzles
We have an adult level puzzle on a table at all times. Come and help put our community puzzles together.


Laptops for check out
Laptop computers are now available for check-out to be used in the library ONLY. 


Map and Directions


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