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!

United Nations Day

image012On October 23, the Irmo Branch hosted their third annual United Nations Day.  Dancers performed from the Hindu Cultural Center and Dance of Ireland.  Staff members Antonella Nardella and Jacqueline Owens read the bilingual book Pizza in Pienza by Susan Fillion with Antonella reading in Italian and Jacqueline reading in English.  Food was generously donated by Chapala’s Mexican Restaurant (chips and salsa), Travinia’s Italian Kitchen (lasagna), The Villa (garlic bread), Zorba’s Greek Restaurant (baklava), and Bhavani Kalapathy (yogurt salad and chicken biryani). We hope to make it an even bigger event next year!

Batesburg-Leesville October Update

Lindsay the CatOctober was full of informative and interactive programs at the Batesburg-Leesville Branch. Lindsay the Cat captivated students from the Batesburg-Leesville primary and elementary schools with a Halloween-themed Family Reading Night. Clad in costumes, the children moved to the rhythm of a Monster Mash puppet show, danced the Monster Walk and paraded through the library.

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Diann's fan dance

On October 13, the branch held an Asian Tea Party. Patrons were introduced to the various dances, songs, languages, and foods of Asia. As part of the tea, staff member Diann performed a traditional Chinese ribbon dance. She shared how this emotional style of dance represents the culture and history of China.

Tween Food Fear Factor

tweenfoodfearfactorOn October 16, the Irmo Branch Library held their second annual Food Fear Factor for tweens.  After a discussion of international cuisines, various “scary” foods were sampled.  Roaches (prunes stuffed with cream cheese), worms (slivers of hot dog), kitty litter (crumbled cake with squirts of chocolate), dirty dish water (foamy green punch) and ear wax Q-tips (marshmallows dipped in melted butterscotch on a stick) were all enjoyed.  The tweens found they loved the flavored crickets best, which were sour cream and onion, salt and vinegar and bacon and cheddar.  After a discussion of foods that the tweens liked and disliked, broccoli was unanimously voted their least favorite!