July 2017 Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – July 2017

Summer Reading programs are heating things up at our library – we have many other activities going on in the month of July as well!

As always, let’s begin with some new books releasing this month:

The Late Show by Michael Connelly

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

Behind Closed Doors by B. A. Paris

Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Paradise Valley by C.J. Box

Secrets of the Tulip Sisters by Susan Mallery

Look Behind You by Iris Johansen

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Wired by Julie Garwood

Down a Dark Road: a Kate Burkholder novel by Linda Castillo

New movies for July:

The Zookeeper’s Wife

The Fate of the Furious

Kong: Skull Island

The Boss Baby


There will be a community program on Monday, July 3, at 6 PM.  Lori Moore will present Life Insurance Basics 101.  As you can tell from the title, this is an introduction to life insurance and why one should consider getting it.

The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4.  Happy Independence Day!  There will be no Summer Reading events the mornings of July 3 and July 4.

Calling all lords and ladies – the Princess of Dutch Wonderland will visit on Thursday, July 6, at 10 AM.  Park School (use playground entrance).  In addition to a read aloud, the Princess will pose for photos.  She loves to meet her fellow princesses (and princes), so please feel free to wear princess attire if you wish to.


Crochet with Mitzi continues its new Saturday schedule on July 8 and July 22.  The group will meet at 9 AM and finish around 10, leaving the majority of Saturday for family time.  Knitters are welcome as well – however, there is no instruction for knitting.  New crocheters are always welcome.  All you need bring is a pair of scissors.  We have donated yarn and Mitzi will show you the size crochet hook you need.  Mitzi is such an outstanding teacher that you will catch on right away.  Ages 9 and older.


Many of you remember Chris Ivey and his daring juggling performance last summer.  Chris will return on Monday, July 10, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance).  Chris became interested in this skill by reading a juggling book when he was ten years old!  You never know where a book might lead you.  Enjoy Chris’ amazing talents – this show is for all ages.

Field paleontologists Mike and Roberta Straka will take us on a Dinosaur Dig.  Dig for real dinosaur fossils and construct or build a dinosaur with the findings! Program includes a fossil talk and highlights some of Mike and Roberta’s amazing discoveries. This “hands-on” program is special because everyone will handle real dinosaur fossil bones.  The Strakas can host up to 50 children, plus their adult caregivers.  Especially appealing for ages 4-12.  Tuesday, July 11, at 10 AM (Park School – playground entrance)

Even though it is not yet open enrollment time, many seniors who are new to Medicare (or soon to be signing up for it) are confused about what benefits it does and doesn’t offer.  Kate MacJarrett of Highmark Insurance will be here Tuesday evening, July 11, at 6 PM.  You don’t have to register for this program, but it is helpful.  Call 1-888-476-6306.  Please do not call the library.

Family Movie Night is Wednesday, July 12, at 6 PM.  We will be showing “The LEGO Batman Movie”.  Non-messy snacks and drinks with a lid are welcome.

Come read to Biggie the Cat on Thursday, July 13, at 1 PM.  All ages.

Abra-cadabra!  Magician John Andrews is back this year.  John’s shows always include LOTS of audience volunteers, so be prepared to be called on.  Like Chris Ivey, John became interested in his skill by reading books about magic as a child.  He will also have some books and tricks for sale at nominal cost.  Monday, July 17, at 10 AM – for all ages (Park School – playground entrance).

And here comes Jesse Rothacker“Biome Builders” is the title of this year’s reptile show.  A biome is a large area of the earth that is home to many plants and animals. Discover how animals are equipped to build a better world within their biome. Every child in the audience will be empowered to use their own talents and abilities to build a better world within their homes, schools, and communities, and to unleash their abilities through the power of reading!  And, as always, there will be plenty of live reptiles.  This is one of our most popular shows.  Tuesday, July 18, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).





Wednesday, July 19 at 5:30 is our Family Fun Night STEM Building contest.  Families will work together to build a structure out of marshmallows and toothpicks.  Small prizes will awarded to the three best structures.  Judges will be members of the CPL Board of Directors.  Limit of 10 families due to space constraints.  Best for ages 5 and older.  Registration will be required because of space limitations.  717-684-2255 or lgreybill@columbia.lib.pa.us.


Spencer, our Reading Education Assistance Dog, will be taking a break from his swimming pool to come by and listen to you read.  Spencer enjoys all kinds of stories and is a very lovable dog!  He was even in a movie about his therapy work.  Spencer recently received the Anvil and Mirko awards from the American Kennel Club.  Thursday, July 20, at 10 AM.  Ages 5 and up.


Fire Chief Doug Kemmerly will be bringing the Columbia Borough Fire Department to visit on Monday, July 24.  The children will review fire safety procedures, watch a fireman put on 80 pounds of gear (and find out what it all does!), and have the opportunity to see (and sit inside) the fire trucks.  And, of course, Sparky will be there as well.  Monday, July 24, at 10 AM.  All ages.  (Park School – playground entrance).


On July 25, March Klutchka will bring her group “Giggle Magic” to take us on a “Silly Safari”.  Put on your safari hats, adjust your binoculars, and get ready to go on a Silly Safari! Oh, my- has Debra the Zebra lost her stripes? Will Ellie the Elephant’s disappearing act be good enough to get her on America’s Got Talent? There goes Gerry the Giraffe, he’s standing on his head…again! Have the animals GONE WILD??  This show promises plenty of giggles!  For all ages.  Tuesday, July 25, at 10 AM.  (Park School – playground entrance).


And finally on July 31, former elementary teacher Matt Dodd will entertain us with a gazebo concert!  Matt shares his talents on the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.  Lots of dancing and audience participation for all ages!  Part of the 2017 Summer Reading Program.


Last month’s Book Fair raised over $400.  Thank you for all who stopped by and purchased books – we do appreciate your support of our library.


The Columbia Public Library is located on 24 S. 6th Street, next to Park Elementary School. (Cattycorner to CVS Pharmacy and across the street from St. John’s Lutheran Church) Phone number is 684-2255 and web address is www.columbia.lib.pa.us.  Find us on Facebook!  Please stop by and visit often!