The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System’s Summer Library Programs: June and July

Date(s) - 06/07/2014-06/30/2014
1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library


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COLUMBUS, Miss- The Youth Services Department of the Columbus- Lowndes Public Library is pleased to announce its schedule for the 2014 Summer Library Program (SLP). No one is excluded in this year’s slate of events! All programs are FREE to the public. Registration is required only for the main library’s K-6 SLP, Mother Goose’s SLP, and the Caledonia SLP. All daycares and groups over 10 people are REQUIRED to call in advance for special arrangements. All children under the age of 12 MUST be accompanied by an adult at all programs.

This year’s theme is Fizz, Boom, Read! and all programming will be science based. While literacy is our main focus, the library is excited to branch out into the STEM areas that can be easily overlooked during summer retention efforts. The library will be hosting programs at each branch and main programs out of our main Columbus branch. As a kickoff, we will be hosting a Water Science Day in front of the library on June 7th, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This kickoff will include a water curtain provided by the Columbus Fire Department, who will be on hand with the fire truck to discuss water safety. Fun water experiments will be the main attractions, and children are encouraged to come ready to get messy! Children older than 6 are invited to attend this kick-off.

Children/ teens will be issued a reading log on the first day of all programs. Children and teens who return filled out reading logs on the last day of programming will receive certificates honoring their reading achievements and literacy fun packs from the Mayor of Columbus. Teens will also have their name put into a drawing for gift cards from area businesses.

Highlighted presenters for our K-6 SLP include Animal Tales: hands-on experiences for youngsters that explore animal classification with live animals, Tommy Terrific the Magician, and Mr. Richard the children’s musician. Tommy and Mr. Richard will be gearing their presentations towards the various branches of science. Other K-6 SLP activities will include a presentation by the Lowndes County 4-H Ext. Office and a Mad Scientist Day with hands-on science experiments, led by the library’s Youth Services Coordinator. These programs will occur on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 am in the library meeting room.

Mother Goose will be holding her traditional Summer Library Storytimes in the library meeting room on Thursday’s at 10:00 am and again on those afternoons at 3:30 pm ( June 5th – July 24th), for children ages 3 to 5. We will also be hosting Teen Events on scheduled Saturdays at 1:00 pm. These events will include Movie Days, a Science Day (brought to us by the MSU Chemistry Dept), and a Zombie Bash for teens ages 12 to 18. Registration forms for the programs held at the main branch of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library should be returned by June 7th to the Circulation Desk.

Artesia and Crawford Branch Programs will be hosted through the Community Summer Camps at the respective community centers on alternating Thursdays through June and July (June 12th and 26th, July 10th and 24th). Artesia’s programs will be conducted at 1:00 pm and Crawford’s will be conducted at 2:00 pm. There is no required registration for these programs.

Caledonia Branch Programs will be hosted Mondays in June at 11:00 am. Registration at the Caledonia Public Library is required for this program, and appropriate ages are 6 to 12 years old. Programs will include science experiments with literary tie-ins. Registration forms for programs held at the Caledonia Public Library should be turned in by May 29th.

We will begin donations for craft supplies at the beginning of May. Details will follow this press release about our Adult Summer Library Programs. On the following sheet and within attachments, you will find a full calendar of events, and a streamlined schedule with all details for each program to be utilized as reference.

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library’s Youth Services Department would like to thank the following groups for supporting this year’s Summer Library Programs: The Friends of the Library, the Columbus Fire Dept., the Columbus Police Dept., Wal-Mart, Kroger, Sunflower, The City of Columbus (Mayor’s Office), The City Council of Columbus, The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors, the 4-H Ext. Office, Roscoe & Sampson the Reading Dogs, and of course, our volunteers and patrons who have donated craft supplies!

Please help us spread the word about our FREE FREE FREE Summer Library Programs! The Columbus-Lowndes Library is pleased to serve the educational needs of the youth of Lowndes County and Columbus City during the summer months and year round!