When you think “libraries,” you never really associate them with breaking the rules. But on Friday the 24th, after the Columbia DBRL branch was closed, library patrons were
throwing airplanes from the highest reaches of the library and star-gazing all night long (well, actually,
only until about 10 p.m.). Party with the Stars Plus Paper Airplanes was the name of this event, and a great time was had by children and adults alike.
After the library locked its doors at 6 p.m., patrons began shuffling through the back doors to get started folding their paper airplanes and helicopters. Children and parents watched in amazement as their paper creations soared, hovered and weaved their way down the three stories of the library.
Have you checked out some of the fun programs we have here at the library? Monday was May the Fourth Be With You, aka National Star Wars Day. All three branches of our library system got in on the action with programs celebrating the day.
Practice Your Mind Powers with Trivia and a Scavenger Hunt
Kids gave us a run for our money on trivia questions, and they hunted the Children’s Department to find hidden characters. Luke Skywalker by the farm was easy, but many families had to really hunt to find the elusive bounty hunter, Boba Fett. Continue reading
On November 4, 1922 the tomb of King Tut was opened for the first time since antiquity. Ninety-two years later, he still fascinates us. On November 4, from 2-3 p.m., the Columbia Public Library is celebrating King Tut. Below are some of the activities we’ll be doing during this fun program.
- Learn about ancient Egyptian burial rites and mummification.
- Make and play the Egyptian board game, Senet. (Four of these games were found in Tut’s tomb.)
- Write your name in hieroglyphs.
- Make a paper sarcophagus, mummy case and clothespin mummy.
- Design jewelry out of paper and stick on-jewels on yellow foam or gold card stock.
- Make a pet or shwabti (a small servant).
Ages 5 and older. Registration is now open.
Don’t stop your Egyptian exploration with this fun program! Check out these other cool Egyptian resources
at the library!
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The Newbery Medal is awarded each year to “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.” The Newbery Medal is to children’s literature what the Oscar is to the Academy Awards. In plain English: This award is given to the best chapter book of the year. Some popular Newbery award-winning titles include “The One and Only Ivan” by Katherine Applegate, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry and “The Graveyard Book” by Neil Gaiman.
About our Mock Newbery Program:
Throughout the fall, we are inviting youth in grades 4-8 to join us twice per month to discuss this year’s Newbery finalists. Library staff will facilitate the sessions along with Nancy Baumann, a local educator and previous Newbery committee member. This is the third year that the library has offered this unique book club opportunity and we hope that you will consider signing up.
How to get involved:
Sessions will be held from 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library on the following Wednesdays: Sept. 10, Oct. 1, 15, 29, Nov. 5, 19, Dec. 3, 17. Registration begins Tuesday, September 2. To sign-up, please call (573) 443-3161.
This year’s books:
Wondering what books we’ll be discussing this year? See the list below!
We had a diagnosis from an audiologist, but I still wasn’t 100% certain my son really had this Auditory Processing Disorder thing. I finally became convinced when I went to a presentation about APD. Every parent in attendance had variations of the same stories. One woman said, “I observed my daughter’s gym class, and she didn’t run when the coach told them to. She waited until she saw everyone else running, then took off behind the pack.” Yes! That was my son exactly. “We couldn’t use the vacuum when he was little,” someone else said. “For us it was the blender,” I volunteered. “My kid screamed when we turned it on.” For the first time in my mothering life, I was with other parents who understood. Continue reading