Introducing Little Pim!

pimMeet Little Pim!  The Little Pim program supports foreign language learning for children, which multiple studies have shown improves memory and analytic abilities while strengthening problem-solving skills.  The program helps children acquire a new vocabulary and a near-native accent. Children will love following along with Little Pim, the adorable cartoon panda bear who serves as teacher. Together with Little Pim, children can learn 360 words and phrases, providing the essential building blocks for language learning. Each of the educational videos has a unique child-friendly theme, such as eating, playtime and feelings.

To access Little Pim from our website, go to our Resources page and find the Mango link under “M.”  On the Mango page you will select the “Kids” link, as shown below.

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Friends of the Irmo Branch Library 25th Anniversary Celebration with Cassandra King

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The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library celebrated their 25th anniversary in the month of September. To kick off the celebration, author Cassandra King visited the branch and spoke about her writing process, how she comes up with story ideas, and what she’s working on next.  On September 14, Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor entertained patrons all afternoon with bluegrass.  Throughout the month, the Friends also hosted an art show where works from over 20 local artists associated with the Corley Mills Artists Group and the Seven Oaks Art League were displayed. Patrons were able to vote on the works throughout the month, and a reception was held to announce the winning piece.  Carole Timmerman took home the prize as her piece, “Hanging Out,” was selected as the favorite.

Meet Isabelle at Chapin Branch Library

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The Meeting Room was packed on Saturday, September 13 at the Chapin Branch Library as everyone gathered for an American Girl: Meet Isabelle program. Elizabeth Meade of the Columbia City Ballet Training Company demonstrated and instructed the children, ages 5-12, in ballet techniques.  After their ballet lesson, everyone made paper ballet fashions and decorated cookies. Each participant received an American Girl Isabelle book which were provided by the Friends of the Chapin Branch Library.

Dia de los Muertos at Lexington Main

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Our partnership with the Parenting Center of Lexington County School District One in cultural events continues to thrive. Dia de los Muertos was held at the Lexington Main Library on Saturday, October 25 with over 150 attending.  Children had their photos taken, made crafts, and participated in a Storytime, along with a new black light puppet show. Suzette Hawkins and Angela O’Connell of Lexington Main Youth Services worked diligently to create the new glowing puppets and Youth Services Librarian Patty Taylor compiled and edited the soundtrack. The show was well received at Dia de los Muertos, so much so that our Cayce-West Columbia Branch borrowed it for their own Halloween Spooktacular, and Lexington Main presented it in three additional events for Halloween Music and Movement.

Pelion Elementary Career Day

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Pelion Branch Manager, Shirley Sprenne, participated in the Pelion Elementary Career Day on October 10. Shirley spoke to students about her job as a librarian and manager at the Pelion Branch. Library programs for youth were displayed, and the new LCPL website was available for all to view. There were lively Q&A opportunities with the older kids, and stories were read to the younger groups. Approximately 790 students were able to learn more about the library that day!