Shhh! Stop Saying Libraries Are Dying!

Photo of scolding librarian

There are many, many things that I dearly love about working in a library, about providing children’s services and that absolutely thrill me about my decision to pursue my post-graduate education in library science. But people telling me…

“That’s what Google is for.”

“Nothing relevant is even in print form anymore; even books can be digital.”

“Once everyone owns a Kindle no one will even go to the library.”

“You chose, like, the Latin of professions.”

…are DEFINITELY NOT among those many, many things. (Don’t even get me started on, “You need a degree for that?”)

Because the truth is, libraries are not just giant warehouses full of musty, dated books, just like librarians are not brittle, grumpy ladies who wear ugly cardigans and cat-eye glasses on chains and shush you from on high through lipstick-stained teeth. (We are really more ChapStick people.) Continue reading

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.

Summer Reading 2014 Bookmark Contest

picture of chemistry setHelp us get ready for Summer Reading by designing an original bookmark based on either the teen theme, ”Spark a Reaction,” or the kids’ theme, “Fizz, Boom, Read!” Winners’ artwork from each library will appear on bookmarks to be distributed late spring through summer.

Please design two-dimensional artwork, using crayons, markers or any other illustration tool or medium, or create it on the computer. Photography is also acceptable, as long as it is your own! For ages 18 and under. Download an entry form or get one at your library or on the bookmobile.

Entry deadline is Monday, March 31.

Check It Out: My Blue is Happy

Book cover for My Blue is HappyMost people have a favorite color. And the reasons for that favorite are probably as varied and diverse as the shades it could be. In “My Blue is Happy” by Jessica Young, our narrator goes through all the colors and talks about what they mean to her and her family. While yellow is a cheery color for her mother, her own yellow “is worried like a wilting flower.” With lovely illustrations and vibrant colors, she demonstrates how we all see the world differently and how everyone may not feel the same things when they see a certain color. And that’s okay.
I love a children’s book that celebrates our different experiences but doesn’t make them divisive. Because no matter what it means to me, her blue is happy. And that makes me smile.

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.