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.


Meet Isabelle at Chapin Branch Library


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.

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!

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!

Not-So-Scary Halloween Bash

image007image008image009Lots of Halloween fun went on at the Irmo Branch in October.  There was a Halloween pajama storytime attended by elves, wizards and even a doctor! On October 25, we had a large crowd of 56 little ones attend our “Not-So-Scary Halloween” program.  Participants came dressed in their costumes ready for a story. Afterwards, everyone moved and wiggled to a dance party  DJ’ed  by Puppet Playhouse’s puppets.  The puppets sang “Monster Mash” while the children danced in their costumes. The party ended with cookie decorating fun!