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Gigi the Giraffe Reports From the Columbia Public Library

picture of Gigi the GiraffeHey, folks!

As many visitors to the Columbia Public Library have noticed, I, Gigi the giraffe, have been switching up my outfits over the past few months. During the re-carpeting of the children’s area, I took on the role of supervisor and oversaw the workers, making sure everything got put back in its place. I am happy to report that construction in my area is complete, and I was able to hang up my hard hat and tool belt last week. Now I am sporting a lively rainbow scarf, hoping it will encourage more sunny days. But, just in case we get more rain, I also have my rain boots. Bring on those April showers!

I want to give everyone a heads up that even though the children’s area is complete, the library will close the lobby for a week starting March 24, so the workers can lay new flooring. The library will stay open! Just watch for signs to guide you to a temporary entrance at the far west end of the main parking lot. I may not be overseeing this part of the construction, but my buddy the owl has been keeping tabs on the workers, and I trust he will do me proud.

Stay tuned for my next costume, which will correspond with the start of Summer Reading!

Happy reading from your pal, Gigi.

Go for the Gold at our Wii Olympics!

wiiRegister now for Wii Olympics! On Wednesday, March 19 from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library you can compete in a variety of Wii sports for a chance at a gold medal. We’ll also have free pizza and and a drawing for an autographed copy of “Darth Paper Strikes Back.” Space is limited, so call (573) 443-3161 to reserve your spot today. Ages 10 and older. Parents welcome.

Parents as Teachers Screening Sign-Up at the Columbia Public Library

Do you wonder whether or not your child is developing within the normal range for his or her age? Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an organization that provides the support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. A PAT representative will be signing up children for screenings during story times at the Columbia Public Library on these dates:

Reading, by ThomasLife, flickr

  • Thursday, March 20
  • Friday, April 11
  • Monday, April 21
  • Friday, May 2
  • Monday, May 5

Join us for story time and sign your little one up for a screening!

New Carpet in Columbia

picture of shelves moving

Watch your step while the Columbia Public Library is being re-carpeted. If you visit us, you may notice that some of the collections are unavailable for browsing, or that story time is not being held in the big green egg, but in a different room! Watch for notices through social media and at www.dbrl.org for current information. Please bear with us during our makeover.

New Early Learning Activity Area In Columbia

picture of h is for house play area-picture by Burgeon Group

We are installing a colorful early learning activity area at the Columbia Public Library thanks to two generous and anonymous donations totaling $60,000. The area includes interactive panels that let kids practice fine motor skills, letter recognition and creative play. Join us as we unveil the new area Friday, November 1 with a ribbon-cutting at noon.

Don’t miss out as the celebration contiunes on Saturday, November 2, with two concerts by Jim Cosgrove and The Hiccups at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.