This Week in History: December 3, 1967

transplantOn December 3, 1967, a South African heart surgeon, Dr. Christiaan Barnard, performed the first human heart transplant operation. Leading a large team of surgeons at Groote Shuur Hospital in Cape Town, Bernard replaced the mortally diseased heart of Louis Washkansky, a 53 year old grocer, with the healthy heart of a 25 year old motor accident victim, Denise Darvall. Barnard said the main problem was not the operation itself, but persuading the patient’s immune system not to reject the new heart.

On this day : the history of the world in 366 days. New York, NY : Crescent Books. (1992.).

To find out more, visit the following databases available through the library:

Gale Virtual Reference Library:

Christiaan N. Barnard. (2004). In Encyclopedia of World Biography (2nd ed., Vol. 2, pp. 7-8). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from

Health and Wellness Resource Center:

Christiaan Barnard: his first transplants and their impact on concepts of death. (Looking back…)

Raymond Hoffenberg. British Medical Journal. Dec 22, 2001 v323 i7327 p1478(3).

Find a full list of our available online Resources and Databases by clicking here.

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.


Yule Ball

image005Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library’s Youth Services Department held a Yule Ball for their teen program on October 30.  Participants made wands as they entered this magical wizarding world, then participated in a sorting ceremony and a potions class of fruity drink mixing.  The highlight of the evening was a competitive round of quidditch.  Thanks to Pickens County Library for loaning us their inventive quidditch course built of PVC pipe and hula hoops!

Introducing Teen Zine + LCPL Teens on Goodreads

teenzineLCPL TeenZine is our new blog just for teens!  It features highlights from recent events, award winning books, and reviews of interest for those in grades 6 – 12.

In addition to TeenZine, check out the LCPL Teens Goodreads page where our library professionals review and recommend YA books of all genres.  This is a great resources for both teens and fans of YA at any age!

Cayce-West Columbia Branch Community Health Fair

comhealthfairupdatedCayce-West Columbia Branch hosted their second annual Community Health Fair on October 10.  This year the fair was combined with a Community Baby Shower for new and expectant parents.  Health screenings and information were provided by the Lion’s Club, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Palmetto Chiropractic Center, NAMI, Cooperative Ministry, and Family Connection of S.C. The baby shower, coordinated by Youth Services Librarian Kirsten Barber, included a bilingual Lapsit Storytime with the help of Ivette Villarreal, presentations by PASOs about breastfeeding, and information from the Columbia SC Moms Blog on new and improved cloth diapers. Everyone was given a goody bag with information, an early literacy calendar, and a board book.  Some were lucky enough to win diapers, books, infant clothing, and supplies.

The fair also featured:

  • a flu clinic provided by Walgreens (insurance or fee required).
  • free vision screenings provided by the Lion’s Club.
  • spinal screenings provided by Palmetto Chiropractic Center.
  • Affordable Care Act assistance provided by Cooperative Ministry.
  • information on services available to children and adults with special health care needs provided by Family Connection.
  • mental health information provided by NAMI.

Caught Reading Banned Books at Cayce-West Columbia Branch

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Cayce-West Columbia staff have been caught reading banned books!  Banned Books Week (September 21-27) is an annual event which celebrates the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information.

The top ten challenged books of 2013 as reported to the American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom:

  1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
  2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
  4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
  6.  A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
  7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
  8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith