North Shelby Library & Mt Laurel Library Program Home Page
Welcome to the Reading Program Home Page. Once you are logged in, you will be taken to your Reading Home Page.

   Children's Summer Reading - Libraries Rock!       Teen Summer Reading - Libraries Rock!       Adult Summer Reading - Summer Vibes   
Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time
6:30 PM
Description
This class will enlighten, surprise and inspire you to look at your weedy garden volunteers with fresh eyes! From food to medicinal, the most common weeds found in your garden beds are immensely tasty, medical and imperative to a greater connection with your garden and the natural world. After this class you will never look at weeding your garden beds the same again! Registration required.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Title
Date
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Time
2:00 PM
Description

This event is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation

Program Description

In 1999, Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark produced an educational resource entitled Spirit of Steel: Music of the Mines, Railroads and Mills of the Birmingham District. The focus of the book centers on the labor-related music of the Birmingham district. Migrants pouring into Birmingham's industrial district, whether from the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta or the Appalachian hills, carried with them their unique styles of music, as well as their unique traditions and culture. Music of the Mines presents the histories and personal recollections of the musicians and their families, and an outstanding array of recordings ranging from soulful ballads and blues, to union songs and old-time fiddling.

About the scholar
Karen Utz has a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Marketing from Central Missouri State University, and a Master's degree in History from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is the Curator of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark, and in this capacity, her main objectives center around collections management, research, writing, and speaking engagements. She is also very involved in expanding the oral history project at Sloss, and in the ongoing efforts to restore the site. 

About the Alabama Humanities Foundation

The purpose of the Alabama Humanities Foundation is to create and foster opportunities to explore human values and meanings through the humanities. AHF is a nonprofit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (of which AHF is the state affiliate), as well as by corporate and individual donors. AHF conducts its own statewide programs, such as the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau, SUPER Teacher Institutes and PRIME TIME Family Reading Time, and awards grants, on a competitive basis, to nonprofit organizations for humanities projects. For more information on AHF and its programs, please visit alabamahumanities.org or call (205) 558-3980.  




Location
Meeting Room
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 04, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description

Learn how to combat common household ailments using southern herbs." Part one will introduce 20 southern herbs. Discussion will focus on traditional uses for promoting relief of common ailments such as: colds, coughs, flu, stress, insomnia, and seasonal allergies. Class time will be spent on plant identification, herbal properties, growth habits, and seasonal times for harvesting medicine. Herbal highlights include: Cayenne, Elder, Goldenrod, Hydrangea, Passionflower, Peach, Solomon's Seal, Yarrow, and Yellow Root. Students will leave this class with informative handouts and recipes.

This program will be presented by Cameron Strouss. Ms. Strouss is an clinical herbalist, medicine maker, wildcrafter, and teacher dedicated to educating and empowering people in reclaiming their health through herbal medicine. She is the owner and founder of Deep Roots Apothek√© & Clinic and offers consultations at two offices; Montevallo, AL and Embody Manual and Movement Therapy in Birmingham, AL. Deep Roots also sells locally sourced, handcrafted herbal formulations at the Pepper Place Farmers Market, and offers mentorships and educational opportunities through their Herbal Mentorship Program and 10 Week Medicine Making Intensive Program.

Location
Meeting Room
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Sunday, October 07, 2018
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Susan Reynolds will be leading this program on genealogy. This is a program for those just beginning their genealogy journey. She will discuss best practices and how to avoid certain problems.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
When is the last time you colored for fun? Coloring books published for adults is a popular trend that has many emotional and creative benefits. Disconnect from your busy day and just color it out. We provide the pages, pens, colored pencils, and refreshments.  
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Title
Date
Monday, October 15, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Come to the Mt Laurel Knitting Club for learning, socializing, and new ideas!  All skill levels are welcomed.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time
10:30 AM
Description

This program presents examples of many different cultivars of Japanese maples and discusses how best to grow them.  It also includes a discussion of grafting and why this is the most popular method of propagating Japanese maples.  Handouts describe proper placement and care of Japanese maples.

This program is presented by Jefferson County Master Gardener, David Doggett. David is a retired computer programmer living in Irondale where his yard once received the Irondale Beautification Award.  He has been a gardener for the last 12 years and a Jefferson County Master Gardener since 2010.  At Aldridge Gardens David gives guided tours to adult groups.  He is a member of the Alabama Hydrangea Society.  

David has become a collector of Japanese maples and in recent years has taken up grafting Japanese maples which he sells through his backyard nursery business called Trees Company.  You can Google "Irondale Japanese maples" to find a Birmingham News article about David and his Japanese maple business.  He also propagates Hydrangeas and various other trees and shrubs in his backyard nursery.  

Location
Meeting Room
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time
10:30 AM
Description
NSL Book Club Page
MEET:
Every 3rd Thursday 10:30ish to 12ish

WHERE: Library Conference Room (upstairs in Business Office )unless otherwise noted
BOOKS: Fiction and non-fiction books are typically selected at least 6 months in advance. Books are chosen by group members

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS: To have read the book (or at least attempted) and participate in the discussion. Food items are also a nice treat.
What we're about: We are a casual group that likes to get together to talk about books in addition to our discussion about the book of the month.  The books we choose to read are varied in subject matter and emotional depth.  We try to choose books that will incite discussion.  If this sounds like the group for you grab our book of the month and join us.
Books We've Read:
Check out our bookshelf at GoodReads
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Join authors and paranormal investigators, Kevin Cain and Lewis Powell for an evening of creepy but true stories from all around the Birmingham area. Come see and hear the evidence they have collected during their many adventures researching local haunts. Books available for purchase.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Title
Date
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
When is the last time you colored for fun? Coloring books published for adults is a popular trend that has many emotional and creative benefits. Disconnect from your busy day and just color it out. We provide the pages, pens, colored pencils, snacks and relaxation.
Location
Classroom - Alabama Green Industry side
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
When is the last time you colored for fun? Coloring books published for adults is a popular trend that has many emotional and creative benefits. Disconnect from your busy day and just color it out. We provide the pages, pens, colored pencils, and refreshments.  
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Title
Date
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Time
9:00 AM
Description
For more information please contact friendsofnorthshelbylibrary@gmail.com. 
Location
Meeting Room
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Time
10:30 AM
Description
NSL Book Club Page
MEET:
Every 3rd Thursday 10:30ish to 12ish

WHERE: Library Conference Room (upstairs in Business Office )unless otherwise noted
BOOKS: Fiction and non-fiction books are typically selected at least 6 months in advance. Books are chosen by group members

RESPONSIBILITIES OF MEMBERS: To have read the book (or at least attempted) and participate in the discussion. Food items are also a nice treat.
What we're about: We are a casual group that likes to get together to talk about books in addition to our discussion about the book of the month.  The books we choose to read are varied in subject matter and emotional depth.  We try to choose books that will incite discussion.  If this sounds like the group for you grab our book of the month and join us.
Books We've Read:
Check out our bookshelf at GoodReads
Library
North Shelby Library

Title
Date
Monday, November 19, 2018
Time
6:00 PM
Description
Come to the Mt Laurel Knitting Club for learning, socializing, and new ideas!  All skill levels are welcomed.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Mt Laurel Library

Enter your user name and password and click on the Login button.
Important Messages
Grand Prize is a $250 Gift Card to Amazon!


Week 1 Prize Winner: L. Avery
Week 2 Prize Winner: Martha K.
Week 3 Prize Winner: Kathleen T.
Week 4 Prize Winner: Kelly K.
Week 5 Prize Winner: Paula L.
Week 6 Prize Winner: Susan S.
Week 7 Prize Winner: Brad K.



Grand Prize Winner: Lynda S.

Reviews
Title
Probable Claws
Author
Rita Mae Brown
Review
This book is part of a series featuring "Harry" and her four-legged companions: Tucker the Corgi, Mrs. Murphy a tiger cat, and Pewter the fat gray cat. Like the other books, this mystery tells 2 stories at once - present day and 18th century - with each time frame containing interesting characters and wonderful creatures of all kinds. I enjoyed this book.



Title
The Story of Arthur Truluv
Author
Elizabeth Berg
Review
Great Book to end summer reading on.