March into the library for fun, learning

By FRANCES SMITH / Community Columnist

‘Tis the season for book awards and our library gives you access to the winners. The 2018 Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went to Wolf in the Snow, illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell. The Caldecott honor books are: Big Cat, little cat by Elisha Cooper, Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James, written by Derrick Barnes, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Phi, and Grand Canyon by Jason Chin.

The 2018 Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly. Newbery honor books are: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson, and Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes.

You can check out these and other award winners from our library. We hope you’ll also attend some of our programs.

Youth Programs:

Story Times are Tunes & Tales Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and Toddler Tales Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

March 6 Lego League 6-6:45 p.m.

March 9 Fractured Fairy Tales Friday 4 p.m. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

March 12 Homeschool Happening: Stretch & Strengthen with Miss Charity from Shelby County 4-H 10-11 a.m.

March 13 Pete the Cat Book Club 6 p.m.

March 19 Magic Tree House Passport to Adventure 4 p.m. Leprechaun in Late Winter

March 20 Dye-ing to Color Workshop 6:15 p.m. $3 per half-dozen eggs. Sign up and pay in advance by March 19. Make checks out to the library. Sorry, no refunds. All children must be with an adult.

March 21 Hippity-Hoppity Tales 10:15-11 a.m. Children accompanied by an adult can come for fun with “Miss Spring” and the Easter Bunny and get a goody bag. Remember to take photos.

March 23 American Girls Club 4 p.m. Celebrate Women’s History Month. Girls age 7 and older can come with or without a doll. Please sign up.

Adult Programs:

Free AARP Tax Help for seniors by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays now through April. Sign up at the library or call 664-6822.

Computer Classes March 5, 10 a.m. Microsoft Word Part 1; March 8, 6 p.m. Ancestry.com;

March 19, 10 a.m. Microsoft Word Part 2. Sign up.

Ya Ya Yarners Mondays 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information, call the library, 664-6822, or email Carol Smith at csmith@shelbycounty-al.org.

ABC & Ds of Medicare March 12, 1 p.m.

Library Book Group March 15, 7 p.m. The Seven Daughters of Eve: The Science That Reveals Our Genetic Ancestry by Bryan Sykes.

Cake & Culture Discovering Alabama: Whooping Cranes March 18, 2 p.m. Writer and award winning TV producer Roger Reid presents a pre-broadcast peek at Discovering Alabama: Whooping Cranes.

Programs are in the meeting room. Children age 6 and younger must be with an adult unless otherwise indicated. Sign up for programs at the circulation desk or call 664-6822.

Looking ahead to April, ABC 33/40 chief meteorologist James Spann will visit during Homeschool Happening on April 2 at 10 a.m.