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 http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CCX3404700449&v=2.1&u=lcpls&it=r&p=GVRL&sw=w&asid=47ad94fd26eda74015134a2d0c65464f

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.

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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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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!

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!

Summer Reading Kickoff Celebrations

Lexington Main:

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Chapin:

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Gaston:

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Cayce-West Columbia:

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The 2014 Summer Reading Kickoffs started with a BOOM on June 2 at the Batesburg-Leesville and Chapin Branch Libraries. At the Gilbert-Summit Branch, the children celebrated our summer science theme by making batches of slime and having their photos taken with the mad scientist photo display.  Irmo Branch prepared for the big day by sliming their meeting room!  Youth Services staff were busy drawing, cutting, gluing, and hanging decorations until the entire children’s area and meeting room were slimed and “science-ified” from Einstein to signs of the elements hanging from the ceiling. 

 On June 4 the party moved to the Main Library where, per custom, the Library hosted the popular attractions: games; food; face-painting; a bounce house and slide; and, for the older youth, a rock climbing wall. The day concluded with the “After Party, Party” featuring the high energy performance of Story Squad. This wonderful event, which marks the “official” beginning of summer for so many families in our community, was made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library and by many community partners including Air Fun Rentals, Kmart, Fatz Cafe, Donut Guy, Jimmy Johns, and Chick-fil-A.

Gaston Branch hosted their kickoff on June 5. There were five stations manned by our volunteers where children could make an ocean in a bottle, salt paint, color, have their face painted, and grab a snack. For the grand kickoff finale there were two science experiments. The first one was a coke and mento geyser, and the second experiment was learning how a balloon could inflate with soda. The kids used pop rocks and three different types of soda to see which one would blow up a balloon the fastest. Everyone had great time and laughed at Ms. Stephanie when she got all sticky in the name of science.

Cayce-West Columbia followed with their kickoff on June 5.  This year’s event included something for all ages.  Story Squad performed Once Upon a Time Remixed for the younger patrons, DNR set up an inflatable archery range for the teens, and Willie Wells and the Blue Ridge Mountain Grass performed for the adults.  We also offered a gadget gallery for patrons to explore and ask questions about our downloadable services for eBooks, audio books, and magazines.  The Friends of Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library sponsored the event and manned a membership and t-shirt sales table.  One of the highlights of the evening was when the band called up our Jr. Volunteer Ella Thomas to play along with them.  She and her family frequently play at Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor who graciously helped us in arranging the music for the event.

The turnout at all of our branches was wonderful!  South Congaree-Pine Ridge, Swansea, and Pelion Branch Libraries brought our Kickoff celebrations to a close by June 7, and patrons are on their way to filling out those reading records!  We look forward to seeing everyone throughout the summer months.