Saxton B. Little Free Library offers programs for all ages this summer

By Kitty LeShay - ReminderNews
Columbia - posted Mon., Jul. 8, 2013
Susan Smith and her daughter Aubrey relax and read during the Saxon B. Little Free Library's new infant-toddler program. Photos by Kitty LeShay.
Susan Smith and her daughter Aubrey relax and read during the Saxon B. Little Free Library's new infant-toddler program. Photos by Kitty LeShay.

A new outreach program for infants and toddlers began at the Saxton B. Little Free Library on July 5. Parents are invited to bring the youngest members of their families (infants to 2 years old) to the library for play and readings with other families between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Fridays. “This is an informal way for families with young children to meet up with each other and see what the library has to offer,” said Megan Quigley, the children’s librarian. This program will be offered every Friday at the same time during the summer.
Quigley went shopping for toys for the library, and has three bins stuffed with toys the younger set will love. She will alternate them over the program during the summer, so they will be fresh and new for the kids.

All ages are included in the library’s summer programming. The Summer Reading Program encourages children to read by providing interesting books targeting many reading levels over a wide range of subjects of interest to kids. The program has a huge number of participants who track their reading. Young children may pick a prize for every three books a week they read, with older children getting a prize for reading 100 pages. There is also a raffle at the end of the program. “I suspect the kids would read without prizes as well,” Quigley said. But there is no question it is fun for the kids to look through the bins filled with a large selection of prizes.

There are a variety of other activities scheduled, ranging from visits with Chip - a golden retriever therapy dog who comes in to read with kids – to a Bob the Builder construction party for little builders, to Pajama Story Time and many other theme-oriented reading and craft activities. All programs listed on the Saxon B. Little Free Library website, www.columbiactlibrary.org.

In addition, there are special programs; a visit from Creature Teachers, From the Grave with Caroline Wilcox, Fossil Factory, Composting with Worms for Kids, and a Comedy Magic Show.

For patrons interested in book clubs, there is a Middle Grade Book Club (grade 6-8), a Teen Book Club (grade 9 and up) and a Mother-Daughter Book Club (grade 3-6). These clubs will begin meeting in August.

Susan Smith who was at the library with her daughter, Aubrey, comes to the library often. “We take advantage of the many programs,” Smith said. “Free is good.”


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