What’s going on at the library?

Posted On December 9, 2009

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Can you believe it is December already? I sure can’t! Have you written Santa yet? Did you know that you can drop off your Santa letter’s to us here at the library? Yep! It is true! Write your Santa letter and then drop it off at the blue mailbox upstairs at the library. We will mail the letter’s to Santa on December 17th, to make sure they get to him and his elves before the big day!

While you are at the library dropping off your Santa letter, make sure you explore the library and look at all the really cool, pretty Christmas trees we have up this year! They are awesome!

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library hopes that all of you have a wonderful holiday season full of lots of love, family, fun, and friendship.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Erin @ the Library

1-2-3, Play with Me!!!!

Posted On September 30, 2009

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Hi Kiddos (and parents)!

It has been a long time since our last update! Things have been really wild and busy at the Columbus Public Library. Have you been by lately?? If not you should really stop by and see the new layout and check out the area where the NEW TEEN LOUNGE will be located! 

I want to tell you all about a new program starting soon at the library.

1-2-3, Play with Me! is a part of the Family Place Library Program. Some employees of the Columbus Public Library underwent training in New York for this program a few years ago. In October the library will implement this program and it is free to the public!

Family Place Library and the 1-2-3, Play with Me! Program is designed for children age birth to 4 years old, and their parents and caregivers. The goal of the program is for the library to become a community hub for healthy child and family development, parent and community involvement and lifelong learning beginning at birth. The program will consist of five programs that will last an hour and 15 minutes where the children will be able to engage in activities that will help strengthen their motor skills and social skills, as well as encourage early literacy. During each program we will have a special guest that will act as our community resource professional. This person will walk around the room and talk one on one with each parent and caregiver about their specialty and also try to answer any parenting questions that the parents and caregivers might have.

Registration is limited to 30 children so please some register soon! You either stop by and pick up a brochure or you can email me directly at estringer@lowndes.lib.ms.us with the following information:

1.      Child’s name

2.      Child’s date of birth

3.      Phone number

4.      Mailing address

5.      Email address

6.      Parents name or Caregiver’s name (if they will be attending the program)

I look forward to seeing everyone at the library for these programs. If you have any questions you can email me or call me!

See ya at the library,

Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

Fun Sites!

Posted On July 17, 2009

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Beat the heat and cool off inside…while you are at it, check out these fun sites on the internet!

Crayola – www.crayola.com

Disney Family Fun – http://familyfun.go.com/

PBS Kids – www.pbskids.org

Kids National Geographic – www.kids.nationalgeographic.com

Scholastic Kids – www.scholastic.com/kids

Kid Sites – www.kidsites.com

See ya at the library!

Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

another year of SLP has come to a close…

Posted On June 24, 2009

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Hi kiddos (and parents)!

I hope you all are having an awesome summer vacation. It is really hot out there so remember to drink lots of water and stay in the shade if you go outside!

Our final Summer Library Program (SLP) was yesterday, June 23rd. If you missed it, you missed an awesome program courtesy of Inky the Clown (but you can call him the Inkster)! Inky came all the way from Jackson, MS to perform for our final program. Inky started with a few juggling tricks, then a little bit of magic, he talked about his favorite books….one of which caught on fire, and he had a lot of help from the sea of kids that came to the show! Inky is a really good juggler…wow he didn’t break anything at all while here, but we held out breath a couple of times! After the program Inky stayed with us and helped award our readers their final prizes. The program was super fun and we all really enjoyed it, thanks to Inky and his silly antics! Check back soon for pictures of the program….

Now that the summer program is over things will slow down a bit at the library, but be on the lookout for some new programs starting up in the fall. We will be restarting our Between the Lions Early Literacy Program and we will also be introducing a new program, The Family Place Library. Parents be on the lookout for new information coming soon about these programs.

Until next time….stay cool and have fun!

See you at the library!

Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

SLP! SLP! YES SLP IS THE PLACE FOR ME!

Posted On May 20, 2009

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Hello Kiddos (and parents)!

It is almost time for the SUMMER LIBRARY PROGRAM….also known as SLP!

Stop by any of the public libraries in Lowndes County (Columbus, Crawford, Caledonia, or Artesia) and register your child for the SLP!

We have some great things going on at the library this summer for the kids. Registration is from May 18th until June 8th. The first program is June 2nd!

This is a listing of all the programs for the Columbus Public Library….

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CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK FUNDRAISER!!!!!

Posted On May 12, 2009

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Hello Kiddos (and parents)!!!

Guess what this week is???? It….is….CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK!!!!

In honor of Children’s Book Week, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and Books-a-Million (BAM) have teamed up for a rocking fundraiser on Saturday, May 16, 2009 at the Leigh Mall Books-a-Million. Come by the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library this week and pick up a voucher for 10% off of your purchase! When you present the voucher at check-out, you will not only get 10% off, but you will also be donating 10% of your purchase to the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library! Can you think of a better way to save money and support your public library? I can’t!!!

While this is a fundraiser, it is also going to be a fun day! From 11:00am until 5:00pm all kids and parents are asked to come to Books-a-Million dressed as their favorite book character! The best costume will win an awesome prize! There will also be a Twisted Storytime and lots of fun games throughout the afternoon.

I hope that you all can make it! It is going to be a lot of fun and I am super excited about it!

Oh yea, you can also register for the Summer Library Program while you are at Books-a-Million!!!!!!

Don’t forget to pick up your voucher at the library!!

See you Saturday at BAM!!

-Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

Some Of My Favorite Websites

Posted On April 24, 2009

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Hello everyone! Here is a small listing of some of the websites that I enjoy and thought that you might like them also!  This list is for Parents and Kids! I believe both can appreciate the information and activities found within these sites!

1. http://www.mowillems.com  

Mo Willems, author and illustrator of many popular children’s books, such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, has created an interactive website that will bring children into the zany world of his characters. The main page of Willems website is a guide to various aspects of the author/illustrator’s life, including a blog, a frequently asked questions section, a store, a picture gallery, and the Pigeon Presents website. The Pigeon Presents website (http://www.pigeonpresents.com/) is a very interactive website that will provide children with fun in games, books, and pictures. This website is geared toward children and is very user friendly. One of my favorite aspects of this site is that if you move your mouse over different parts of the website you will hear someone telling you what that part of the site is. This will be beneficial to children that are not yet reading, but do know how to use the computer on their own. While the website is based on Willems beloved Pigeon, other characters found on the site are Edwina the dinosaur, Elephant and Piggie, Leonard the terrible monster, Wilbur the naked mole rat, and Knuffle Bunny and Trixie. The website also features a useful parents and teachers section that includes unit guides based on various books in Willems collection. This website is very fun and interactive; children as well as parents and teachers will enjoy exploring the online world that Mo Willems has created.

Source: Welcome to MoWillems.com. [Online] Available http://www.mowillems.com, April 23, 2009.

2. http://www.randomhouse.com/seussville

Random House Publishing has designed a wonderful Dr. Seuss website! Theodore Seuss Geisel, more commonly known as Dr. Seuss was the author and illustrator of more than sixty children’s books. Some of the most popular Dr. Seuss books are The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and Horton Hears a Who. The Dr. Seuss website, http://www.seussville.com, is a very interactive and fun website for children. The website features different activities such as a playground, a biography of Dr. Seuss, a catalog of all the Dr. Seuss books, and many other fun things. When you first enter the website you are welcomed by circus themed music that plays continuously throughout your stay at the website. The playground features many games that are based on various Dr. Seuss books and can either be played on the website or printed off. One fun activity that is on the website that children will enjoy doing is the Seussville Story Maker. Children will be able to put in their name and select various options for their personal story. This is a fun way for children to express themselves through a Dr. Seuss story. Another fun aspect of the website is the Dr. Seuss Quote Maker, while this is something that might be more useful to parents and teachers, because it provides very encouraging and fun quotes from some of the best Dr. Seuss books. Children, parents, and teachers will all enjoy visiting the Dr. Seuss website. The welcoming music and the interactive options will provide children will endless entertainment.

Source: Seussville. [Online] Available http://www.randomhouse.com/seussville, April 23, 2009.

3. http://www.cydmoore.com/  

Cyd Moore is the illustrator of many popular children’s books such as I Love You Stinky Face, I Miss You Stinky Face, and What Do Parents Do. Moore’s website is full of whimsical illustrations that will be pleasing to young children. The website features a gallery of illustrations that can be viewed, a listing of all the books that Moore has illustrated, a fun stuff page, and a page where visitors can submit their questions or just say hey to Cyd if they want to. Moore’s website also features a link to some of her favorite websites, including other authors and illustrators. My favorite aspect of the website is the section containing the illustrations from various books. The illustrations on the website are very beautiful and appealing to the eye. While the website does not offer the activities and games that are found on other author and illustrator sites, it is a very useful website for parents and teachers. The books section of the website provides a synopsis of the story as well as the publishing information. This will be helpful to parents, teachers, and librarians that might want to add some of Cyd Moore’s books to their collection.

Source: Cyd Moore. [Online] Available http://www.cydmoore.com, April 23, 2009.

4. http://www.pilkey.com/ 

Dav Pilkey’s “Extra Crunchy Website O’ Fun” is a very fun website for older children that are familiar with the Captain Underpants series. Pilkey, author and illustrator, has written twelve books in the Captain Underpants series, along with numerous other books for children. While Captain Underpants is by far the most popular book series by the author, his website also features information on his other series. Pilkey’s website features many different options, such as Dav’s Books, Groovy Games, Junk Stuff and Things, Boring Grown Up Stuff, and my favorite Duh! The humor found on Pilkey’s website matches the humor found in his books and will be well loved by kids, especially boys. One fun aspect I love about this website is the Groovy Game page! Kids will be encouraged to play games such as Crazy Carrot, Booger Buster 2000, Hamster Highway, and Sulu the Bionic Hamster. Pilkey’s creative imagination has helped to create a very kid friendly website that will be very appealing to those kids who are familiar with his series. One drawback of this website is that parent’s that are not completely familiar with the website might have some objection to the humor that is featured. While children find humor in many things, such as boogers, not all parents will approve of this website. However, there is a disclaimer at the bottom of the main page stating that many parents may not appreciate the silliness that is found on the website and should seek permission from their child before proceeding.

Source: Dav Pikley’s Extra Crunchy Website O’ Fun. [Online] Available http://www.pilkey.com, April 23, 2009.

What are some of your favorite author or illustrator websites? Let me know which ones you like and I will have to visit them next!

Hope you have a great weekend! See ya at the library soon!

-Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

Hello world!

Posted On April 21, 2009

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Thank you for stopping by the Kidz Space Blog for the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. My name is Erin and I will be your tour guide through this experience!

This blog will be used to inform kids and parents of upcoming events and programs at the library, new book releases, fun websites and lots of other cool things.

One fun website I want to share with you today is BuiLD YouR WiLD SeLF. This website is sponsored by the New York Zoos and Aquarium Wildlife Conservation Society. Look at my WiLD SeLF!  I am a Hiss-fro-orse-flamingo! Can you guess what all creatures make me up?

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Go try it out and tell me what makes up you!?!?

Please check often for new updates and information.

See ya at the library!

-Erin (Youth Services Coordinator)

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