About Johnathan

Children's Librarian by day, reads and plays with Legos by night. Dr. Seuss taught him to enjoy life and not get stuck in a waiting place, so one of his favorite children's books is "Oh, the Places You'll Go!"

Fall Into September Programs

Book cover for Bear Sees ColorsWarm weather is still hanging around, but we’ll all be admiring colored leaves and wearing our favorite hoodies before too long. We have lots of fun programs at our branches in September. See just a sample below, and be sure to check online for all our fall programs.

Sherry Norfolk

Sherry Norfolk’s storytelling is rhythmic and melodic,‭ ‬animated and exuberant,‭ ‬enlivened by an array of voices and sounds.‭ An award-winning performer, Sherry’s vivid stories engage audiences of all ages. This program is for ages 2 and up.

Ashland: Thursday, September 3 • 10-10:30 a.m.

Columbia: Wednesday, September 2 • 9:30-10 a.m. , 6-6:30 p.m.

Fulton: Tuesday, September 1 • 10-10:30 a.m. Continue reading

Our Super Summer!


Your friendly Spider-man Librarian

Thanks to all our patrons for making this summer such a memorable one. “Every Hero Has a Story” has been one of our more popular Summer Reading themes, and kids, parents and employees showed their enthusiasm at all our branches.

Below are some favorite memories from this summer. What are your favorite moments?

2015-06-03 08.37.32Superhero Training AcademyHoly Bat Baby!Heroes triumphed over all obstacles. Continue reading

Free Summer Food 4 Kids!

School LunchThe Food Bank will be serving free lunches to kids at five local spots each weekday, from noon to 1 p.m., through August 14th. Summer Food 4 Kids is made possible by The Food Bank, general donations, the time and effort of local volunteers, support from Feeding America and the Federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). For more informaiton, visit the Food Bank’s website to see where and when free lunches can be found. Also check the dates/locations below – you can visit the library at our table on these select dates while getting your food!

  • Again Street Park – Wed, July 29
  • Bear Creek Park – Fri, July 31
  • Indian Hills Park – Wed, Aug 5
  • Fire Station #1 (St. Charles Rd) – Aug 10
  • Oakland Park (Shelter #3) – Thurs, Aug 13

photo credit: Potluck Plate via photopin (license)

July Fourth Fun!

The library is closed on Saturday, July 4th, but all branches will be open on the 3rd, and the Columbia Public Library will be open its usual Sunday hours on the 5th! Try some of the Fourth of July crafts below – great for kids who want to get in on the fun but might not be old enough for fireworks.

A Handy Flag

Flag HandSupplies

  • Finger Paint (red, white and blue)
  • Construction paper (any color aside from red, white or blue, i.e. typical flag colors)
  • Star hole punch (or grab some star stickers)
  1. Take your star hole punch and punch out lots of little stars.
  2. Paint the palm of your hand blue.
  3. Paint your fingers alternating with white and red
  4. Make your handprint on a piece of construction paper.
  5. Wash your hands
  6. While the paint is still wet, put the stars all over the blue paint
  7. Let dry and wave your hand flag in the air!

This is a fun craft for kids to do during your Fourth of July celebrations. It will keep them busy for a little while … and who doesn’t like getting paint all over their hands!? Continue reading