March Newsletter

Columbia Public Library Newsletter – March 2019


“Irish” you would come into the library and check out some of these great new books:

Run Away by Harlan Coben

The First Lady by James Patterson

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

The Last Second by Catherine Coulter

Wolf Pack by C. J. Box

Silent Night by Danielle Steel

Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Wild Card by Stuart Woods

Dark Tribute by Iris Johansen

Celtic Empire by Clive Cussler

The Big Kahuna by Janet Evanovich

Deep Harbor by Fern Michaels

The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson


New on DVD for March:

“Instant Family”

“Creed 2”

“Fantastic Beasts: the Crimes of Grindelwald”

“Spiderman:  Into the Spider-verse”



Our March newsletter begins on a sad note – we are mourning the passing of our beloved board president Jeanette Sherk.  Under Jeanette’s leadership, our board aspired to a united mission:  to better our library services for all in the community.  This is most visible in our remodeling and addition – however, our community involvement and programming are also part of our library’s growth to serve everyone.  Jeanette continues her legacy of support even beyond her passing – she has requested all memorial gifts go to our building expansion fund.  Signage will be placed in the library in honor of Jeanette, as well as Bob McCarthy, another long-time board president.

Dates for our Yarn arts classes in March are:

March 5 and 19 – Crocheting

March 7, 21, and 28 – Knitting (no class March 14)

Those with no knitting or crochet experience are welcome and all you need to bring is yourself!  Yarn has been donated and you will receive guidance as to what size hook or needles to use.

One of our Crochet class members came up with a very worthwhile project:  turning all those used grocery bags into “Plarn” (plastic yarn) that can be used to crochet mats to provide homeless folks with a comfortable place to sleep.  We need:  Plastic Grocery Bags!

The bags also need to be prepared into large “balls” in order for the crocheters to crochet the mats.  A new Thursday afternoon group, “Project Plarn Mats”, will meet in the library’s Community Room.  There, Cathy will teach you how to straighten, fold, cut, and connect the plastic bags into “plarn” balls for the crocheters.

If you are interested in helping prepare bags for this worthwhile project, just show up at the Columbia Public Library on Thursdays beginning March 7 at 1 PM!!

Young Adult Book Club meets on Wednesday, March 6 at the Columbia High School library.  Middle school at 1:50, high school at 2:45.    Middle school readers will be discussing “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare, while high school readers focus on “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds.

About “City of Bones”:  15 year old Clary discovers a secret her mother has kept from her.  She is a “shadowhunter” – a part angel, part-human meant to protect humans from those out to destroy them.  When Clary discovers a hidden group of other shadowhunters, they reluctantly teach her what her new responsibilities are – and the sacrifices she must make.

About “Long Way Down”: When Will’s older brother, Shawn, is killed in a shooting all Will can think about are the “rules” of his neighborhood – getting revenge.  Will swipes a handgun and heads for the elevator determined to avenge his brother.  But during his 60-second trip to the ground floor of his building, Will meets seven surprising figures who board the elevator at each floor – and provide advice about what the rules – and being a man – really mean.

For more information on the Young Adult book clubs, stop by the high school library and talk to Mr. White.

Friday, March 1, is Read Across America day – in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  I will be participating in activities at our local schools to celebrate this beloved children’s author.

Monday, March 11, is a day off for our students, so the County Parks and Recreation staff are bringing a program for ages 3 to 12.  In celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday on March 2, the program is titled “The Science of Seuss”.  It features the book Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

To accompany the reading of this Seuss classic we will introduce some animal sounds and why they are made.  Animals make all sorts of sounds for many different reasons.  We will also play a rousing game of “Animal Sounds Jeopardy”.   The fun begins at 10:30 AM on Monday, March 11.

PreSchool Pals will be meeting for stories and fun on March 4, March 18, and March 25 at 10:30 AM.  Children ages 2 to 5 and their adult caregivers are welcome for stories and an easy craft.  No sign-up is needed; adults must stay with their child(ren).

The Prime Timers, for ages 50 and older, will feature Anne Kempsell with the program: “Mythbusters:  Health Care’s Best Kept Secret”.  “Hospice” is often “the h word” in the minds of many people…..let’s not go there!  The reality is hospice services are all about life and living it as fully as possible in the manner you choose to.  Many myths – such as cost and in-patient only treatment – will be busted in this encouraging and informative program.  Join us at 1:30 PM on Wednesday, March 27.  Light refreshments provided.

Our monthly community programs held the first Monday of the month at 6 PM will begin again on April 1 (no fooling!)  The first two programs will invite input from the community, so please come out and join us.  Upcoming presenters are Dr. Bob Frick, Chris Vera, and an art project with Diana Thomas.

Our Family Movie for March will be “Ralph Breaks the Internet”.  Date is the first day of spring – Wednesday, March 20!  Time is 6 PM.  The movie is rated PG and is for all ages.

Our Food for Fines collection runs through the end of March.  Thus far we have collected 143 nonperishable food items.  Donations are applicable toward Columbia fines only and are not to be used as payment for lost items.  People without fines are welcome to donate as well.  Thank you for helping your neighbors!

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  Find us on Facebook!  Please visit and find out what new worlds await for you!