Talking tree, puppeteer coming to Pike Road Library


The popular Pike Road Library kicks off the summer with another busy month in June that includes Beauregard the buzzard and a talking tree.

The library’s theme for the summer is building a better world, said librarian Matt Williams, adding that many libraries across the country are using the idea over the next three months to help engage young people. .

Water is vital for life and will be the focus of an event to be held on June 6.

Staff from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management will be on site at the City Hall Library site at 3 p.m. to teach about water conservation.

“Each child will make a bracelet to remind them of the water cycle,” Williams said. “Most years our summer programs could be considered more entertainment than education. However, with the theme ‘Building a Better World’, I thought we should welcome guests who can teach our attendees how they can contribute to this goal. Hopefully kids will learn why it’s important to conserve water and what they can do to help with conservation efforts.

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On June 13, educator and artist Tommy Johns will appear at 3 p.m. at the library to help children learn the steps to follow in telling a great story. This will be his fourth performance at the library.

Tommy always brings Roosevelt Rat and sometimes Beauregard the Buzzard accompanies. Sometimes they help Tommy, but often they try to steal the show by clowning around. It will guide children through the steps a good writer or storyteller takes to create great stories,” Williams said.

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On June 20, the Alabama Department of Archives and History will present an exciting tour through the state’s history that will include Indians, the five capitals, cotton, the Civil War, and industries. Each theme will include an activity, Williams said.

“Sara Kunau and her team from the Alabama Department of Archives and History will bring children artifacts from the 1700s to the early 1900s, as well as crafts and coloring sheets to remind children of this they learned,” Williams said. “Alabama was formed as a territory in 1817 and became a state in 1819. As we observe these major anniversaries, there’s no better time than the present for children to immerse themselves in the story that forged Alabama into the place it is today.”

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June 27 when the Tree appears in the library.

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“Fortunately, Talking Tree’s vocabulary consists of many more words than ‘I am Groot,’ because it will teach us how to take action for a cleaner, more engaging environment,” Williams said.

The summer schedule is full for the library, whose role is to help parents educate children during the school break.

“Summer is always our busiest time of year. Again, most of our big events are on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in June,” Williams said.

Williams said the LEGO meetings have been renamed “Brick Clickers” and will take place on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. starting June 7. Storybook Times for ages 3 and up will continue Mondays at 10:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., while Toddler Time jogs on Wednesdays at 10 a.m.

“Parents should take advantage of the free events that each branch of the Montgomery City-County Public Library System offers to keep their child’s mind active and engaged this summer,” Williams said. “In addition to our events, we are once again organizing our Summer Reading Challenge. The best readers in each of the five categories will receive a prize. In addition, children who still read picture books or have picture books read to them by an adult, can choose a prize from Captain Matt Canary’s treasure chest for every five books they read and record in their reading logs.

Parents can drop by the library to pick up the full list of rules and register their readers for the challenge.

The library is located in City Hall at 9585 Vaughn Road and can be reached at 334-244-8679, or online at


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