The Columbia Public Library posts its upcoming schedule. The library is at 24 S. Sixth St., next to Park Elementary School. For more information, readers may call 684-2255, visit www.columbia.lib.pa.us, or check out the library’s Facebook page. All events are offered free of charge.
Family Film Nights will be offered on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The schedule includes “The Muppets” on May 9, “The Rookie” on May 16, “Treasure Buddies” on May 23, and “Dolphin Tale” on May 30.
The library will offer a community program featuring Randolph Harris and the topic “Columbia and the Underground Railroad” at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 10.
Also on May 10, at 7 p.m., there will be a meeting of the Columbia Public Library Board of Directors, and the public is welcome.
The library is welcoming two new children’s storytellers, Susan Kalas and Becky Wright. Kalas, who recently retired from the Somerset County Library System in New Jersey, will offer a family story time and a You and Me Craft Time for children and adult caregivers on alternating Mondays at 1 p.m., beginning May 7 and continuing through the summer reading season. On May 14, the family story time will feature the topic of gardening and planting. On May 21, a Memorial Day craft project will be offered. Dates and times may be adjusted depending on the needs of those attending.
Wright is a freshman at Harrisburg Area Community College majoring in early childhood education who graduated from Columbia High School in 2011. She is a cadet leader for a local Girl Scout troop, a member of the Columbia High School Drama Boosters, and an actress for the yearly Haunted Lantern Tour. Wright will offer story and craft times in May on Saturdays at 10 a.m. Topics will include “Brown Bear, Brown Bear/Corduroy” on May 12 and “It’s National Police Week” on May 19. During the summer reading season, Wright’s story and craft time will switch to 11 a.m. every Friday, beginning June 15.
A free Medicare information session, “Medicare Basics: Turning 65 – What Do I Do Now?,” will be held in the library’s conference room on Tuesday, May 22, at 10 a.m. Interested individuals should call 951-5847 to register.
The library will be closed on Saturday, May 26, and Monday, May 28.
Children and teenagers are encouraged to check out Ms. Kristy’s “Question of the Month” at the entrance to the Children’s Room. Answers to the questions can be found on posters throughout the library. The first five participants with correct answers each month will win a small prize.
The “Book Bloom” will be held at Columbia High School on Thursday, May 31, at 7 p.m. Students from grades seven to 12 are invited to swap books, receive one free book as a special gift, mingle with family and friends, and enjoy food during this event, which will be free to all teens attending Columbia High School. Attendees will have an opportunity to sign up for the Teen Summer Reading Program, which will offer prizes for hours spent reading.
Registration for the Summer Reading Program will begin on Tuesday, June 5. Fliers are being distributed at Park and Taylor elementaries, Our Lady of the Angels, and Columbia Head Start. Fliers can also be picked up at the library. Three levels of participation will be offered: preschool read alouds for ages 1 to 5, elementary for ages 6 to 12, and teen readers for ages 13 to 19.