2023 Winter Program Guide

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Reading

The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries have a great way to encourage you to read this holiday season and new year!

Starting December 19 and running through January 31, 2023, readers in the Valley can participate in the 2022-23 Winter Reading Challenge for a chance to win $100 gift cards and more!

Similar to the Libraries’ popular Summer Reading Challenge, the Winter Reading Challenge can be completed by any one at any age. The rules are simple:

For children, read (or be read) 30 books

For older children (who read chapter books), teens and adults, read for 15 hours

You will be able to track your reading one of two ways:

Go to our website CVLGA.org and track your progress online with the BEANSTACK Reading Challenge App! You can use your same account from the Summer Reading Challenge!

Use a printed reading log available at any of our Library branches (or download and print the log from CVLGA.org).

That’s it! One you have hit your goal, stop by your favorite branch of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries (if you filled out a printed log, bring that with you). We’ll check your log and you’ll be given an entry prize and will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for a $25 to $100 VISA gift card. LET’S START READING!

For complete details visit CVLGA.org.

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Columbus Public Library

3000 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31906 | 706-243-2669

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

All children’s programs will take place in the Aflac Children’s Department unless otherwise indicated.

* Indicates a self-directed program that is available during Library hours.

Take and Makes: Origami (Ages 0-12 and Families) *

Join us each week to learn the Japanese art of paper folding by creating simple yet beautiful objects. It’s a great lesson in mindfulness and patience.

Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25

Take and Makes: Kawaii Club (Ages 0-12 and Families) *

Do you like cute things with googly eyes? Or adorable miniatures that can fit into the palm of your hand? Stop by and make something KAWAII with our Take and Makes bundles. Bundles are limited to a first-come, first-served basis.

Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25

Discovery Hub (Ages 3-5)

Join us for this dynamic programming series tailored to expose young minds to a world full of discovery and wonder. What better time to start a life of learning than right now? Right here! Wed. January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 11:00am

All The Basics Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 11:00am Experiments in Art Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 11:00am Countries Around the World Wed. April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 11:00am Recycle, Reuse, and Upcycle

Library Games (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Board games, trivia, and scavenger hunt galore! Join us each week for an evening of fun with family and Library friends. Wed. January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 4:00pm Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 4:00pm Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 4:00pm Wed. April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 4:00pm

Simple Steps Storytime: Family (Ages 0-5) Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way! Thur. January 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:00am Thur. February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 10:00am Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 10:00am Thur. April 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:00am Thur. May 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10:00am

LEGOs® in the Library (Ages 5-12 and Families) Build. Create. Engage. Discover. Join us in using your brain to construct LEGOs® masterpieces based on a challenge theme. When we learn, we win!

Thur. January 5, 19 | 4:00pm

Thur. February 2, 16 | 4:00pm Thurs. March 2, 16, 30 | 4:00pm Thur. April 13, 27 | 4:00pm

Simple Steps Storytime: Rhythm and Rhyme (Ages 0-5)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way

Fri. January 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:00am

Fri. February 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:00am Fri. March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 10:00am Fri. April 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:00am Fri. May 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:00am

Scavenger Hunts (Ages 0-12 and Families) *

There are many things to be found – sneaky or creepy and hidden around. Keep an eye out to see what we’re talking about! Stop by on your own time- complete at your own speed!

January 8-14 – Pizza Week

January 22-28 – How to Catch A Yeti

January 29-February 4 – Groundhog Day

February 5-11 – The Missing Artist

February 12-18 – A Fancy Nancy Valentine

March 5-11 – Mario

March 12-18 – Irish Folklore

March 19-25 – Time to Wake the Bear

April 10-15 – How to Catch a Unicorn

April 16-22 – “Who Was”…Trivia

April 23-29 – Columbus Children’s Book Festival

Simple Steps Storytime: Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-36 Months)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Mon. January 9, 23, 30 | 10:00am

Mon. February 6, 13, 27 | 10:00am

Mon. March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:00am

Mon. April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:00am Mon. May 1, 8, 15, 22 | 10:00am Synovus Meeting Rooms A+B

Simple Steps Storytime: Preschool (Ages 3-5) Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Mon. January 9, 23, 30 | 11:00am

Mon. February 6, 13, 20, 27 | 11:00am Mon. March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 11:00am Mon. April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 11:00am Mon. May 1, 8, 15, 22 | 11:00am Synovus Meeting Rooms A+B

Whimsical Watercolor (Ages 5-12 and Families) Watercolor is a unique way to express yourself because of the paint’s dream-like appearance. We welcome artists of any skill level to pick up a paintbrush and get creative. Wed. January 10 | 4:00pm Wed. February 7 | 4:00pm Wed. March 7 | 4:00pm Wed. April 4 | 4:00pm

Family Fun: Nights at the Library (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Bring the whole family for a fun night! Games, trivia, and creativity abound. Each family night brings a little something different.

Thur. January 12 | 4:00pm

Tangled Movie Night

Thur. February 9 | 4:00pm

LEGOs® Competition

Thur. March 9 | 4:00pm

Paint Your Family Portrait Thur. April 6 | 4:00pm

Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo Movie Night

Chinese New Year (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Join us as we explore all things Chinese New Year! Learn about different myths, play games, and discover which Chinese zodiac animal you are.

Fri. January 20 | 4:00pm

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Code Club: Videogames! (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Using MIT’s Scratch program, you’ll learn the basics of computer programming and make a video game you and others can play.

Mon. January 23 | 4:00pm

Mon. February 27 | 4:00pm

Mon. March 20 | 4:00pm

Mon. April 24 | 4:00pm Rothschild Technology Room

LENA Start: Talk Builds Babies’ Brains! (Ages 0-36 months and Caregivers) Interactive talk is a key factor for healthy early brain development! Join this 10-week program to learn fun tips that increase the brain-boosting talk in your child’s daily routine. Families receive personalized feedback weekly from the LENA device.

Class size limited, registration required. See registration link on this guide’s back cover.

Tues. January 24, 31 |11:00am

Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am Synovus Meeting Room B

My Mad Science Lab (Preteen Recommended Ages 7-12) Learn about science while solving puzzles, mixing concoctions, and playing interactive games!

Fri. January 27 | 4:00pm Habitats

Fri. February 24 | 4:00pm Atoms and Molecules

Fri. March 24 | 4:00pm Bacteria and Viruses

Fri. April 21 | 4:00pm Brain Games

Spring Into Reading: March Madness (Ages 0-12 and Families) *

Forget basketball- we got something better! Read our curated list of picture books and drop by the Aflac Children’s Department to vote on your favorite. We will bracket out the winners until only one is left!

Mon. March 1- Fri. March 31

Museum at the Library: Artful Babies –a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 0-24 Months)

Babies love art! Join us and learn about the world of art with your child. Each session includes a playtime to explore books and hands-on objects as well as an art activity for children and caregivers to complete together. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-7482562 or jsouth@columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. April 1 | 10:30am

Tues. April 4 | 10:30am Synovus Meeting Room A

Museum at the Library: Mini-Makers – a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 2-4)

Your child will discover their inner artist during our Mini Makers program! During each session, children will learn about art through story time, songs, and games. Each session includes a chance to explore new art materials and create mini masterpieces to take home! Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-7482562 or jsouth@columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. April 8 | 10:30am Tues. April 11 | 10:30am Synovus Meeting Room A

Mario Party (Ages 5-12 and Families) Celebrate all things Mario with us in a liveaction Mario Adventure! Fri. March 10 | 4:00pm

Spring Break BINGO Challenge (Ages 0-12 and Families) *

Take a break from those April showers and curl up with a book. Pick up your BINGO card at the Children’s Desk!

Mon. April 2- Fri. April 8

Teddy Bear Tea Party (Ages 0-12 and Families)

You’re invited to our annual Tea Party! Teddy bears, children, and their chauffeurs are invited to a special tea party outside in our Yancey Children’s Garden (weather permitting). Welcome Spring with snacks, games, and teddy bear crafts. Wear your Fancy Tea Party best!

Fri. April 7 | 11:00am Aflac Children’s Department and Yancey Children’s Garden

A Blessing of Unicorns: A Mythical Party (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Did you know a pack of unicorns is called a blessing? Now you do! Join us for a magical celebration of these mystical creatures! creatures!

Fri. April 14 | 4:00pm

TEEN PROGRAMS

All teen programs will take place in the Teen Department unless otherwise indicated. Teen programs are for youth ages 12 years old through 12th grade.

Teen Crafternoon: Take & Makes

Stop by after school on the first Thursday of each month to pick up a take-and-make craft kit. First come, first served, while supplies last.

Thur. January 5 | 3:00pm

Thur. February 2 | 3:00pm

Thur. March 2 | 3:00pm

Thur. April 6 | 3:00pm

Teen Takeover: Fandom Club

Join us for a new club dedicated to all things fandom. Discuss what fan fiction you’re reading, let peers read your latest fan fiction work, enjoy fandom related crafts and activities, and maybe even make some new friends in your fandom.

Fri. January 6 | 4:00pm

Fri. February 10 | 4:00pm

Fri. March 10 | 4:00pm

Fri. April 7 | 4:00pm

Teen Tank

Teen Takeover: Merry Pop-Ins

You never know what we will pull out of our bag. Pop in to play interactive games, go on scavenger hunts, and complete other selfpaced challenges alone or with your friends!

Mon. January 9, 23, 30 | 3:00pm

Mon. February 6, 13, 27 | 3:00pm Mon. March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 3:00pm Mon. April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 3:00pm

Teen Takeover

What do YOU want to do? We’ll try a new activity based on what you suggest. Movies? Crafts and DIY? Gaming? LEGOs®? Community projects? Something seasonal? You help us decide! All materials provided.

Tues. January 10, 24 | 4:00pm

Tues. February 14, 28 | 4:00pm

Tues. March 14, 28 | 4:00pm

Tues. April 4, 11, 25 | 4:00pm

Teen Tank

TBR: Teens Be Reading

Read any book you like that fits the month’s genre, topic, or theme. Then join us to talk about what you picked, help choose what we’ll read about the next month, and enjoy some light refreshments. Come to the January introductory meeting to talk about what you’ve been reading recently and help pick February’s genre/topic/theme.

Fri. January 20 | 4:00pm

Fri. February 24 | 4:00pm

Fri. March 24 | 4:00pm

Fri. April 21 | 4:00pm

Teen Tank

Get Your Game ON! — Unplugged

Take a break from the screens and come to the library for some unplugged gaming. Whether you’re interested in trying a new game or playing an old favorite, you’ll be able to meet up with other teens who share your interest. Bring your own board, card, or tabletop role-playing game or choose one of ours. All skill levels welcome.

Sat. January 28 | 3:00pm

Sat. February 25 | 3:00pm

Sat. March 25 | 3:00pm

Sat. April 22 | 3:00pm

Teen Tank

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(Chosen) Family Feud – an NEA Big Read Program

Teens! Team up with your chosen family to see if you can beat other BFFs at this game.

Wed. February 1 | 4:00pm

Auditorium

Teen Takeover: After Hours Party

Bring your friends for food and fun after the Library closes. This program is limited to 50 teens aged 12 years-old through 12th grade. Registration required; pick up registration packets in the Columbus Public Library Teen Department beginning February 1, 2023. Registration will close once all 50 slots have been filled or on February 24, whichever happens first. For more information or groups larger than five, contact us at cpl-ya@cvlga.org or call 706-243-2811.

Fri. March 3 | 6:00pm

Synovus Meeting Rooms A+B

Teen Takeover: Spring Break Movie

It’s the middle of Spring Break so come to the Library for a movie and snacks.

Wed. April 5 | 4:00pm

Teen Tank

ADULT PROGRAMS

Local History Research Challenge

Amateur (or future) historians: We’re conducting research on several topics of local historical interest, and we need your assistance! Help us find photos, letters, newspaper articles, etc. on the topics listed below and we may feature your finds in a display at the Columbus Public Library! No experience is needed, and you can use the Library’s extensive collection of materials or other external resources. Call or e-mail the Genealogy Department at 706-243-2681 or genealogy@cvlga.org, or stop by the Genealogy Desk for more information.

January – The History of Coca-Cola February – Historically Black Organizations

March – Influential Women in Columbus April – Columbus Mill Work

Family History Preservation Lab –an NEA Big Read Program

Utilize our archival quality scanner to preserve your family documents digitally. Staff will assist you in scanning and uploading your items to the site of your choice or on a flash drive. Basic computer skills are required. To register, please call our Genealogy Department at 706-243-2681.

By Appointment throughout spring. Genealogy & Local History Room

Join us to find out about the Library RESOURCE OF THE MONTH!

Wed. January 4 | 11:00am

DigEx and HeritageQuest Wed. February 1 | 11:00am Ancestry | Fold3 | FamilySearch –an NEA Big Read Program Wed. March 1 | 11:00am Access Video On Demand Wed. April 12 | 11:00am eRead Kids

Memory Café

Adults experiencing dementia or similar cognitive disabilities, along with their caregivers, are invited to join us for an hour of fun activities. Activities will be mentally stimulating and include coloring, puzzles, blackout poetry, and games.

Thur. January 5 | 2:00pm

Thur. February 2 | 2:00pm

Thur. March 2 | 2:00pm

Thur. April 6 | 2:00pm Synovus Meeting Room A

Pokémon Go for Fun and Fitness (All Ages)

Learn how to use the virtual reality game Pokémon Go to explore, meet new people, and encourage your fitness goals. Even current players may learn something new about this exciting game. All ages welcome! Must own a mobile device compatible with Pokémon Go to play.

Fri. January 6 | 4:00pm

Rothschild Technology Room

Watch Finding Your Roots, A Genealogy and History Series

Have an interest in history and genealogy? Join us for an evening of fascinating family history as we watch the PBS series Finding Your Roots

Tues. January 17 | 6:30pm

Tues. February 21 | 6:30pm – an NEA Big Read Program Tues. March 21 | 6:30pm Tues. April 18 | 6:30pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

History Craft Hour

Listen to a short history presentation and spark your creativity with a related craft. New topics and crafts every month. All ages welcome!

Wed. January 18 | 4:00pm

Wed. February 15 | 4:00pm Wed. March 15 | 4:00pm

Wed. April 19 | 4:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Community Discussion: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

Join us to discuss the novel The Only Woman in the Room, a book that celebrates historic women in science, in preparation for Ms. Benedict’s upcoming appearance on January 20, 2023.

Sat. January 14 | 4:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Lunchtime with Author Marie Benedict

Join us for this incredible lunchtime discussion with New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marie Benedict. Known for her historical fiction, she will discuss her latest critically-acclaimed novel Her Hidden Genius as well as her other works like The Personal Librarian and The Only Woman in The Room Copies of her work will be for sale, and Ms. Benedict will sign autographs immediately following the presentation.

Fri. January 20 | 11:00am Grand Reading Room, 2nd floor

Pokémon Go at the Library

Come join us and learn about Pokémon Go, a mobile game that intends to get you outside and moving, making new friends, and exploring the world around you.

Fri. January 20 | 4:00pm

Fri. February 24 | 4:00pm

Fri. March 24 | 4:00pm

Synovus Meeting Room B

Pet Therapy

Come and learn about the benefits of pet therapy from a certified Pet Team Evaluator from Pet Partners Therapy (petpartners.org). We’ll learn what pet therapy entails and how your pet can become a certified therapy animal.

Sat. January 21 | 2:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Georgia Criminal Records Educational Townhall Is your criminal record accurate?

Representatives from the Georgia Justice Project will tell you how to check and legally correct this record that can impact your employment, housing, and finances.

Mon. January 23 | 3:00pm

Auditorium

Library Gameshow Night

Join us for Library Gameshow Night, where once a month we participate in trivia-like games with a live gameshow twist.

Mon. January 23 | 5:00pm

Mon. February 27 | 5:00pm

Mon. March 20 | 5:00pm

Mon. April 24 | 5:00pm

Synovus Meeting Room B

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Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Genealogy Interest Group

Whether you are a newcomer or a seasoned genealogist, this interest group will inspire you. Share your latest historical finds and resources with other like-minded individuals. This group will also help advise on future genealogy programming at the Library.

Tues. January 24 | 3:00pm Tues. February 21 | 3:00pm Tues. March 21 | 3:00pm Tues. April 18 | 3:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Chess at the Library

Join us for chess at the Library. A full hour dedicated to playing chess games, meeting new people, and learning new strategies. New or experienced players are welcome to participate.

Tues. January 24 | 4:00pm Tues. February 14 | 4:00pm Tues. March 7 | 4:00pm Tues. April 18 | 4:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Cathy Fussell: Quilts – an NEA Big Read Exhibition

Cathy Fussell, one of the Chattahoochee Valley’s most beloved scholar/artists, has turned her lifelong hobby of quilt-making into an ongoing examination of our area’s history and culture. In her quilts she reflects on and analyzes time, place, family, displacement and diaspora, exploring many of the same themes featured in this year’s NEA Big Read selection The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui. Join us for this first comprehensive showing of Ms. Fussell’s work before much of it goes on exhibition in museums across the East and Southeast.

Sat. January 28 – Sun. March 5 | Open during normal business hours Grand Reading Room, 2nd floor

Cathy Fussell: Quilts – Opening Reception and Artist Talk – an NEA Big Read program

The public is invited to this opening reception of the exhibition CATHY FUSSELL: QUILTS. The reception will be followed by a presentation by Ms. Fussell where she discusses her influences and inspiration and her works’ connection to the complicated history and culture of Georgia, Alabama and the greater Southeastern United States. Ms. Fussell will also compare and contrast her work with that of our NEA Big Read selection for this year, Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir.

Thurs. February 2 | 6:00pm – Reception; 7:00pm – Artist Talk

Grand Reading Room, 2nd floor

Plant Swap and Gardening Lecture

Join us for an afternoon all about plants! A representative from the Columbus Botanical Gardens will speak about the Gardens and be ready to answer your plant-related questions. Please also bring a plant or two to swap with other attendees!

Sat. February 4 | 4:00pm Synovus Meeting Room A

What’s Your Story? Oral Histories – an NEA Big Read Program

Take the opportunity to sit down with a loved one and record your family’s story for your future generations. Staff will assist you in using the technology. Call 706-243-2681 to schedule an appointment.

Create Your Own Poetry Poster – an NEA Big Read Program

We’ll introduce you to poetry broadsides — posters incorporating image and text in interesting ways, which were popular means of expression during the Vietnam War era. In this activity, we will read poems centering the experiences of Vietnamese Americans and political refugees and you will design and decorate a poster to take home.

Wed. February 7 | 4:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Genealogy Basics

Are you interested in researching your genealogy, but aren’t sure where to start? Join us for an introduction to basic genealogy strategies and learn about the Library’s genealogy resources.

Wed. February 8 | 11:00am an NEA Big Read Program Wed. April 5 | 11:00am

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Securing Your Digital Data

Develop a better understanding of how your data is being used online and how to control who has access to it to protect your privacy as well as how to spot common hacks and scams.

Fri. February 10 | 4:00pm

Rothschild Technology Room

Spa Day

Make your own bath bomb or bath salts and enjoy a game of chocolate bingo.

Thur. February 16 | 4:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

NEA Big Read Keynote Events

The Graphic Novel as Art and Literature – an NEA Big Read Program

A tag team of academic superstars from Columbus State University – Professor of Art Orion Wertz and Professor of Writing and McCullers Center Director Nick Norwood – join forces to discuss how the graphic novel has become a prominent and powerful tool for expression by some of our country’s most talented writers and artists. Using our NEA Big Read selection, Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir, Wertz and Norwood will show the interplay of visual and literary techniques and how they combine to create an immersive and emotive experience for the reader. Check cvlga.org for the time and location of this event.

An Evening with Author Thi Bui – an NEA Big Read keynote presentation Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet our NEA Big Read author Thi Bui. Her critically-acclaimed, multiple award-winning graphic memoir The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir is the harrowing and moving story of three generations of her family as they hurriedly leave Vietnam at the end of the war to start a new life in America. Ms. Bui will read from her work and discuss her family and her struggle to contain all of their stories into a collected, cohesive whole. Ms. Bui will be available to sign autographs after the presentation. Copies of The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir will be available for purchase.

Fri. February 17 | 7:30pm

Riverside Theatre, CSU Riverpark Campus 6 West 10th Street, Columbus GA 31901

Master Class: Thi Bui – an NEA Big Read Program

Our NEA Big Read author Thi Bui will lead a master class on using the graphic novel form as a structure for memoir and as a device for familial healing. The public is invited to sit in on this fascinating presentation that is part of this year’s Carson McCullers Literary Festival.

Sat. February 18 | 9:00am

Riverside Theatre, CSU Riverpark Campus 6 West 10th Street, Columbus GA 31901

Q+A: Screenwriter/Producer Natalia Temegsen –an NEA Big Read Program

Natalia Temesgen, screenwriter for episodes of the Netflix series “Dear White People” and the Hulu series “Reasonable Doubt” and a screenwriter/co-producer for the HBO Max show “Julia” will answer questions from the audience about her dual careers balancing academia and Hollywood production. This public presentation is part of the Carson McCullers Literary Festival.

Sat. February 18 | 10:00am

Riverside Theatre, CSU Riverpark Campus 6 West 10th Street, Columbus GA 31901

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

It is presented by the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries and the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians at Columbus State University. Additional support is provided by the Muscogee County Library Foundation.

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Just Mercy Movie Showing

Come watch this popular book-to-movie adaptation following civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson as he works to free a wrongfully convicted prisoner on death row. (PG-13)

Sat. February 18 | 3:00pm Auditorium

Malcolm X, Remembered Explore the legacy of Malcolm X and enjoy this drop-in program featuring a selection of his recorded speeches.

Tues. February 21 | 5:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

HUNGRY FOR HISTORY: A LUNCHTIME LEARNING SERIES

Pack a lunch and join us for a series all about history in our local area! While you chow down, listen as professors from Columbus State University expand on topics such as the Seminole Wars of the 19th century and the Civil War. Wed. February 22 | 1:00pm

Dr. Caroline Newhall, African American prisoners of war in the American Civil War Wed. March 22 | 1:00pm

Dr. Caroline Newhall, the Creek removal and the Seminole Wars of the 19th century Wed. April 26 | 1:00pm

Dr. Bryan Banks, slave tunnels in Columbus Auditorium

Personal History Comics – an NEA Big Read Program

Inspired by this year’s NEA Big Read selection, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui, we will get together to draw our own memoirs in a graphic novel structure. Materials provided, supplies limited.

Thur. February 23 | 2:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Vietnamese in America – Two Short Documentaries – an NEA Big Read Program

Our NEA Big Read Selection The Best That We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir tells the harrowing story of author Thi Bui’s family escape from Vietnam and assimilation into the United States. Two short documentaries – The Fall of Saigon and the South Vietnamese Exodus to America and The New Generation: Vietnamese-Americans Today both give compelling background and context to the Bui family saga.

Thur. February 23 | 5:00pm

Auditorium

Discovering Pierce African Cemetery with Mona Pierce

Hear Yamona Pierces’ story of discovering her third great grandparents’ graves in the local Pierce Chapel African Cemetery, which led to a multi-year-long preservation project and the discovery of at least 500 other African Americans and enslaved peoples’ resting places dating back to the 1800s. Mona Pierce is the founder of the Hamilton Hood Foundation, which hopes to “create a model with the hope of empowering others to come together, make their own discoveries, and honor their past.”

Sat. February 25 | 3:00pm

Auditorium

Smartphone Basics

Learn quick tips and tricks to get the most out of your smartphone. This course is designed for both Apple and Android devices. All learning levels welcome!

Fri. March 3 | 4:00pm

Rothschild Technology Room

Vietnamese Culinary Demonstration: Spring Rolls – an NEA Big Read Program

Come learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls (gỏi cuốn)! Supplies are limited – please call for a reservation at 706-243-2691.

Sat. March 11 | 3:00pm

Synovus Meeting Room A

Georgia Genealogy and Local History Resources

This lecture will feature many resources related to Georgia’s history and genealogy research. Whether you are a beginner or have done genealogy research for years, you are bound to find a new resource. Resources will include what Chattahoochee Valley Libraries has to offer, online resources as well as other research facilities around the state.

Thur. March 30 | 3:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Using Census Records for Genealogical Research with Linda McCardle

Did your ancestors own a radio in 1930? Where were your ancestors’ parents born?

The U.S. Federal Census can answer many questions and give valuable clues about your ancestors. In this session, you will learn valuable tips on researching your ancestors from Linda McCardle, President of the Muscogee Genealogy Society.

Thur. April 13 | 3:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Preserving Memories and Organizing Your Digital Data

Learn to digitally preserve documents, organize them using File Explorer, back them up using cloud and physical media, and ensure that they can be passed down to the next generation.

Fri. April 14 | 4:00pm

Rothschild Technology Room

BOOK CLUBS

On the Same Page Book Club

Read a book based on the monthly theme, then come share what you have read! The monthly themes and discussions are designed to build connections by sharing books and experiences with others in the community!

Mon. January 9 | 5:00pm

Women Authors Mon. February 13 | 5:00pm – Immigrant Stories: The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir – an NEA Big Read Program Mon. March 13 | 5:00pm

Black Authors Mon. April 10 | 5:00pm

Characters or Authors with Disabilities

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

Poetry Appreciation Book Club

Read a poem of your choice and then come share with the group. We’ll watch a short film about a poem or poet in each session and explore different resources that are available for sharing and enjoying poetry. The group has its first meeting during National Poetry Month in April and will continue meeting monthly throughout the year.

Sat. April 22 | 3:00pm

Betty Van Cleave Meeting Room

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Mildred L. Terry Public Library

640 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA 31901 | 706-243-2782

For information about our programs or to reserve your spot, please call 706-243-2782 or email us at mlt@cvlga.org.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Sight Words Support @ Your Library!

(Ages 0-12 & Families)

Struggling to learn high-frequency words? Call us at 706-243-2782 to set up a 30-minute Oneon-One sight words practice session. Schedule anytime between 3:00pm and 5:00pm. Thursdays from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Unplug … For Chess’ Sake! (Ages 5-12 & Families)

Chess imitates life. Watch the moves you make! Learn winning strategies for chess & for life, from encouraging community mentors. Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 4:30pm Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 4:30pm Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 4:30pm Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 4:30pm

Simple Steps Storytime: Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play –your child is on their way!

Wed. January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10:00am Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 10:00am Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 10:00am Wed. April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 10:00am

Simple Steps Storytime: Babies and Toddlers (Ages 0-36 months)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play –your child is on their way!

Wed. January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 11:15am

Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 11:15am

Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 11:15am

Wed. April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 11:15am

AKA Room

Uno, Dos, Tres Craft! (Ages 4-8)

Uno, Dos, Tres Craft introduces Spanish to children in a hands-on form. Through crafts and stories, concepts such as numbers, colors, animals, and family are used to explore a new culture.

Sat. January 21 | 3:00pm

Sat. February 18 | 3:00pm

Sat. March 18 | 3:00pm

Sat. April 29 | 3:00pm

FOL Room

Neighborhood Game Night! (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Let’s have a cozy night of family fun with assorted board games. Bring your family’s favorite, or choose one from the Library’s collection!

Tues. January 24 | 6:30pm

AKA Room

An Art Show in partnership with ‘Art by Huck’! (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Join painter, illustrator & designer LaKendra Huckaby in her childhood Library for a mini art class and show!

Sat. February 11 | 11:00am

AKA Room

LENA Start: Talk Builds Babies’ Brains! (Ages 0-36 months and Caregivers) Interactive talk is a key factor for healthy early brain development! Join this 10-week program to learn fun tips that increase the brain-boosting talk in your child’s daily routine. Families receive personalized feedback weekly from the LENA device. Class size limited, registration required See registration link on this guide’s back cover.

Thur. February 16, 23 | 11:00am Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 11:00am Thur. April 13, 20, 27 | 11:00am

AKA Room

Civics & Citizenship Quiz Time – an NEA Big Read Program (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Do you take being a U.S. citizen for granted? Join us for a civics & citizenship trivia quiz inspired by our NEA Big Read selection, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui. Sat. February 25 | 10:30am

AKA Room

Harry Potter Night @ Your Library (Ages 5-12 and Families)

The Hogwarts Express now boards quarterly from Platform 9 ¾ to Mildred L. Terry Public Library, with room onboard for the whole family! Costumes and muggles are welcome! Tues. April 4 | 6:30pm

AKA Room

Family Fitness with Grannies on Guard (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Whether in the Courtyard or inside, expect a time of healthy fun and treats with GOG! Tues. April 25 | 5:30pm

Claudya Muller Family Area

Museum at the Library: Artful Babies –a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 0-24 Months)

Babies love art! Join us and learn about the world of art with your child. Each session includes a playtime to explore books and hands-on objects as well as an art activity for children and caregivers to complete together. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-7482562 or jsouth@columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. May 5 | 10:30am Tues. May 9 | 10:30am

AKA Room

Museum at the Library: Mini-Makers – a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 2-4) Your child will discover their inner artist during our Mini Makers program! During each session, children will learn about art through story time, songs, and games. Each session includes a chance to explore new art materials and create mini masterpieces to take home! Space is limited so, sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-7482562 or jsouth@columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. May 13 | 10:30am Tues. May 16 | 10:30am

AKA Room

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen programs are for youth ages 12 years old through 12th grade.

DIY Graphic Novel Memoirs — an NEA Big Read Program

Your story is worth writing about. Inspired by our NEA Big Read selection, The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui, we’ll show you how to create your own graphic novel memoir.

Tues. February 14 | 6:00pm

AKA Room

Teen Takeover: Career Paths Fair

Meet successful professionals and mentors to learn about different career paths. Ask questions and share your dreams. Tues. April 11 | 6:00pm

AKA Room

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ADULT PROGRAMS

The Nurse Is In: FREE Blood Pressure Screenings @ Your Library!

Do you know your numbers? High blood pressure is “a silent killer,” (notably so for African Americans). Nurses from Nurses Inc. provide free blood pressure checks at your library!

1st Tuesday of Every Month – 4:00-5:00pm

¡Bi-lingual Lunchtime Reading Club!

¡Club de Español biilingue durante el almuerzo! Acompañe a la Señora Pesante a la hora de almuerzo para charlar cuentos. Todos los niveles de lectura son bienvenidos. El primer martes de cada mes de doce a una de la tarde. martes enero 3

Join Mrs. Pesante for an hour of reading and discussing short stories in Spanish. All reading abilities welcome.

Tues. January 3 | 12:00pm Tues. February 7 | 12:00pm

Tues. March 7 | 12:00pm Tues. April 4 | 12:00pm

AKA Room

Happy 70th Birthday Mildred L. Terry Public Library!

Join us to remember the old Fourth Avenue landmark and celebrate your Mildred L. Terry Public Library with memories, friendships, cake and punch. Past students of Fifth Avenue School will be special guests!

Thur. January 5 | 3:00pm

AKA Room

Get Hooked! Crochet Club

Adults of all experience levels are welcome to this non-judgmental group of happy ‘makers’. There’s always a project to ‘show & tell’ about and share with the community.

Sat. January 14, 28 | 4:00pm

Sat. February 11, 25 | 4:00pm

Sat. March 11, 25 | 4:00pm

Sat. April 8, 22 | 4:00pm

FOL Room

BOOK CLUBS

Books-n-Brews

Like books? Like brews? This adult book club is the perfect “mix” for a lazy Saturday afternoon! New members are always welcome!

Sat. January 7 | 2:00pm

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush Sat. February 4 | 2:00pm

Medicine Men: Extreme Appalachian Doctoring by Carolyn Jourdan

Sat. March 4 | 2:00pm

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui – an NEA Big Read Program Book Club members will receive a FREE copy of the book at the prior month’s meeting.

Sat. April 1 | 2:00pm

Death in Mud Lick: A Coal Country Fight Against the Drug Companies that Delivered the Opioid Epidemic by Eric Eyre Iron Bank Coffee Company, 6 11th Street

Page Turners

Join us the 2nd Saturday of each month for a lively book discussion of popular titles. New members are always welcome!

Sat. January 14 | 1:00pm

The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray Sat. February 11 | 1:00pm

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui – an NEA Big Read Program Book Club members will receive a FREE copy of the book at the prior month’s meeting. Sat. March 11 | 1:00pm

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Sat. April 8 | 1:00pm

National Poetry Month Celebration AKA Room

North Columbus Public Library

CHILDREN

AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Programs will take place in the Large Conference Room unless otherwise indicated.

Simple Steps Storytime: Babies and Toddlers (0-36 months)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 10:00am Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:00am Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:00am Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10:00am Children’s Department

Simple Step Storytime: Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 11:00am Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 11:00am

Children’s Department

Discovery Hub (Ages 5 and Under)

Join us for this dynamic programming series tailored to expose young minds to a world full of discovery and wonder. What better time to start a life of learning than right now? Right here!

Thur. January 5, 12, 19, 26 | 1:00pm

Thur. February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 1:00pm

Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 1:00pm

Thur. April 6, 13 | 1:00pm

Fun Friday! (Ages 5-12 and Families)

K-5th graders and parents, kick off your weekend with us every Friday afternoon with an exciting, themed activity! Adult supervision is required.

Fri. January 6, 13, 20, 27 | 3:00pm

Fri. February 3, 10, 17, 24 | 3:00pm

Fri. March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 3:00pm

Fri. April 7 | 3:00pm

Children’s Department

5689 Armour Road, Columbus, GA 31909 | 706-748-2855 All programs take place in the Large Conference unless otherwise noted.
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Museum at the Library: Artful Babies –a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 0-24 Months)

Babies love art! Join us and learn about the world of art with your child. Each session includes a playtime to explore books and hands-on objects as well as an art activity for children and caregivers to complete together. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-7482562 or jsouth@columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. March 4 | 10:30am

Tues. March 7 | 10:30am Large Conference Room

Lost in Time! Family Genealogy –an NEA Big Read Program (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Explore your ancestry in a fun, hands-on way — including an ‘old tech’ show-and-tell exhibit! The whole family is invited. Bring in a piece of old technology from your family collection, and let others try to guess how it was used back in its prime!

Sat. March 4 | 3:00pm

Museum at the Library: Mini-Makers – a Program of the Columbus Museum (Ages 2-4)

Your child will discover their inner artist during our Mini Makers program! During each session, children will learn about art through story time, songs, and games. Each session includes a chance to explore new art materials and create mini masterpieces to take home! Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information or to register, please contact Jessamy South, Columbus Museum, 706-748-2562 or jsouth@ columbusmuseum.com.

Sat. March 8 | 10:30am

Tues. March 11 | 10:30am

Large Conference Room

Egg Hunt at the Library! (Ages 0-10 & Families)

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs all over the children’s department for kids to find! Find the golden egg and win an extra special prize! For children 0-10 only, please. There will be a special area for very young egg hunters.

Fri. April 7 | 4:00pm

Children’s Department

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Takeover

What do YOU want to do? We’ll try a new activity based on what you suggest. Movies? Crafts and DIY? Gaming? LEGOs®? Community projects? Something seasonal? You help us decide! All materials provided.

Thur. January 5, 12, 19, 26 | 6:00pm

Thur. February. 2, 9, 16, 23 | 6:00pm

Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 6:00pm

Thur. April. 6, 13 | 6:00pm

Teen Crafternoon: Chunky Bracelets

We supply everything for you to make trendy bracelets out of yarn. Sat. January 28 | 3:00pm

It’s All Relative: Genealogy for Teens –an NEA Big Read Program Learn how the Library’s free tools can help you discover more about your family’s past. Sat. February 18 | 3:00pm

ADULT PROGRAMS

Fitness Fun: an Adult Afternoon

A variety of low-impact indoor activities such as chair fitness, tai chi, or mini golf. Bottled water will be provided.

Tues. January 10 | 4:00pm Tues. February 7 | 4:00pm Tues. March 7 | 4:00pm Tues. April 4 | 4:00pm

Coffee & Coloring: an Adult Afternoon

De-stress and unwind with this surprisingly relaxing activity. Enjoy coffee and coffee-themed trivia while you color. All materials provided. Tues. January 17 | 4:00pm Tues. February 14 | 4:00pm Tues. March 14 | 4:00pm Tues. April 11 | 4:00pm

British Tea-V Time: an Adult Afternoon

Enjoy a cuppa while you chat with other British TV fans. Participants can discuss shows, share recommendations, and watch clips. Tea and light refreshments provided. Tues. January 24 | 4:00pm Tues. February 21 | 4:00pm Tues. March 21 | 4:00pm Tues. April 18 | 4:00pm

Genealogy Paper Party: an Adult Afternoon Wherever you are in your genealogy journey, we are here to help! Staff will guide participants through genealogy resources. Participants are encouraged to share their genealogy research successes.

Tues. January 31 | 4:00pm Tues. February 28 | 4:00pm – an NEA Big Read Program Tues. March 28 | 4:00pm

Plant & Seed Swap

Have a plant or seed that you are willing to trade or cuttings to share? Meet fellow plant enthusiasts and find the perfect new plant for your home. Don’t have a plant to swap? No problem! We’ll have a few extras to share. We request that plants- in soil or rooted cuttings in water- are healthy, labeled, and ready to go to a new home. Leftover seeds will be donated to the Library’s seed catalog. Master Gardeners from UGA Extension Services will be on site to offer guidance to make your garden even better.

Sat. March 11 | 3:00pm

Speed Gaming / Speed Friending

A playdate for adults! Meet new people and learn new board games in this fun, fastpaced, no-pressure program.

Sat. February 4 | 3:00pm

Sat. April 1 | 3:00pm

ALL AGES PROGRAMS

Craft for a Cause

Get creative while you give back to the community! We identify a deserving community group and provide all of the material for a special craft. You put it together before we pay it forward. Limited to-go kits available for groups. Please call ahead to reserve yours at 706-748-2855.

Sat. January 21 | 3:00pm

Sat. February 25 | 3:00pm – an NEA Big Read Program

Sat. March 25 | 3:00pm

Hooks and Needles Crochet and Knitting Club

Spin yarns and stitch together new friendships while creating masterpieces of the fiber arts. All are welcome, from beginners to pros.

Sat. January 14 | 4:00pm

Sat. February 11 | 4:00pm

Sat. April 8 | 4:00pm

BOOK CLUBS

Bring Your Own Book Club

Share what you are currently reading or have read most recently. This is a relaxed and informal discussion. Participants have the option to participate in-person, online, or by calling-in.

Thur. January 12 | 5:30pm

Thur. February 9 | 5:30pm

Thur. March 9 | 5:30pm – an NEA Big Read Program

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South Columbus Public Library

Temporarily located at Our Lady of Lourdes 1973 Torch Hill Road, Columbus, GA 31903 | 706-683-8805

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Simple Steps Storytime: Family (Ages 0-5)

Let’s get ready to read! Shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play – your child is on their way!

Tues. January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 | 10:30am

Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:30am Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10:30am Tues. April 4, 11, 18, 25 | 10:30am

STEAMpunks: Stories & Science (Ages 6-11)

This storytime focuses on an element of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with hands-on learning experiences for children of all ages!

Tues. January 3 | 3:00pm Tues. February 7 | 3:00pm Tues. March 7 | 3:00pm Tues. April 4 | 3:00pm

Get Your Game ON! (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Enjoy a weekly dose of your favorite game cravings, such as video and computer games, coding activities, and much more! Games change weekly.

Thur. January 5, 12, 19, 26 | 3:00pm

Thur. February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 3:00pm

Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 3:00pm Thur. April 6, 13, 20, 27 | 3:00pm

LEGOs® in the Library (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Build. Create. Engage. Discover. Join us in using your brain to construct LEGOs® masterpieces based on a challenge theme. When we learn, we win!

Tues. January 17 | 3:00pm

Tues. February 21 | 3:00pm Tues. March 21 | 3:00pm Tues. April 18 | 3:00pm

Picture Book Playdates (Ages 5-12 and Families)

This program is designed to help children find the types of books they like to read! We’ll curate a selection of books for you to explore, do fun book-related activities, and eat yummy snacks!

Tues. January 24 | 3:00pm

Tues. March 28 | 3:00pm Tues. April 25 | 3:00pm

Mushy-Free Valentine’s Day Party (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Join us on February 14th for a fun program full of stories, crafts, games, and treats—no mushiness allowed! Tues. February 14 | 3:00pm

Storytime: A Different Pond by Thi Bui an NEA Big Read Program (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Join us as we learn about the culture of Vietnam with a story, crafts, and snacks. Tues. February 28 | 3:00pm

St. Patrick’s Day Party (Ages 5-12 and Families)

St. Patrick’s Day is packed with parades, good luck charms, and all things green. Join us as we learn fun facts about the holiday, make crafts, and enjoy green refreshments. Tues. March 14 | 3:00pm

Columbus Children’s Book Festival Party (Ages 5-12 and Families)

In honor of the upcoming Columbus Children’s Book Festival, we will explore our featured authors and illustrators and their books through fun activities and treats. Tues. April 11 | 3:00pm

Teen Room

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen programs are for youth ages 12 years old through 12th grade.

Teen Takeover

What do YOU want to do? We’ll try a new activity based on what you suggest. Movies? Crafts and DIY? Gaming? LEGOs®? Community projects? Something seasonal? You help us decide! All materials provided.

Wed. January 4, 11, 18, 25 | 4:00pm Wed. February 1, 8, 15, 22 | 4:00pm Wed. March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 | 4:00pm Wed. April 5, 12, 19, 26 | 4:00pm

Get Your Game ON!

Enjoy a weekly dose of your favorite game cravings such as video and computer games, coding activities, and much more! Games change weekly.

Thur. January 5, 12, 19, 26 | 4:00pm Thur. February 2, 9, 16, 23 | 4:00pm

Thur. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 4:00pm

Thur. April 6, 13, 20, 27 | 4:00pm

ADULT PROGRAMS

One-On-One Computer Help for Adults

Whether you need an introduction to basic computer skills, help setting up an email address, or assistance creating a resume, library staff are here to assist you. To make a free appointment, please call 706-683-8805.

The Conversation Circle

Practice your English in a relaxed group setting. Mon. January 9, 23, 30 | 10:30am Mon. February 6, 13, 27 | 10:30am Mon. March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:30am Mon. April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:30am

BOOK CLUBS

Forever Young Adult Book Club

Forever Young Adult Book Club is for readers who are a little less Y and a bit more A, but who still enjoy a good YA book. Join us at the Midtown Coffee House on 13th St. each month. Find what we are reading on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ groups/fyacolumbusga/) or call 706-683-8805.

Fri. January 13 | 7:00pm

Fri. February 10 | 7:00pm

Fri. March 10 | 7:00pm

Fri. April 14 | 7:00pm

Midtown Coffee House, 1342 13th Street

Dessert

& Drama Book Club

Join us in-person for sweet treats and all the drama as we discuss a great read about black lives. To find titles and reminders, follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/groups/ dessertdrama/) or call 706-683-8805 for more information.

Sat. January 21 | 3:00pm

Sat. February 18 | 3:00pm

Sat. March 18 | 3:00pm

Sat. April 15 | 3:00pm

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Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library

262 Broad Street, Cusseta, GA 31805 | 706-989-3700

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Homeschool Happenings (All Ages)

Meet and learn with other homeschoolers!

Hands-on activities, stories, experiments, and sharing.

Thur. January 5, 19 | 11:00am

Thur. February 2, 16 | 11:00am

Thur. March 2, 16 | 11:00am

Thur. April 6, 20 | 11:00am

Children’s Room

Simple Steps Storytime: Preschool (Ages 3-5)

Let’s get ready to read! Shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore!

Sing, Talk, Read, Write, and Play – your child is on their way!

Fri. January 6, 20 | 10:00am

Fri. February 3, 17 | 10:00am

Fri. March 3, 17, 31 | 10:00am

Fri. April 14, 28 | 10:00am

Children’s Room

Creative Kids (Ages 5-12 and Families)

Activities, crafts, and stories

Mon. January 9 | 4:00pm

Mon. February 13 | 4:00pm

Mon. March 13 | 4:00pm

Mon. April 17 | 4:00pm

Children’s Room

Columbus Public Library

3000 Macon Road, 31906 706-243-2669 or 800-652-0782

Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: 1:30pm-6pm

Mildred L. Terry Public Library

640 Veterans Parkway, 31901 706-243-2782

Monday: 10am-6pm

Tuesday: 10am-8pm

Wednesday-Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: Closed

North Columbus Public Library

5689 Armour Road, 31909 706-748-2855

Monday-Wednesday: 10am-6pm

Thursday: 10am-8pm

Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: Closed

Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library

Simple Steps Storytime: Babies (Ages 0-36 months)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Thur. January 12, 26 | 10:00am

Thur. February 9, 23 | 10:00am

Thur. March 9, 23 | 10:00am

Thur. April 13, 27 | 10:00am

Children’s Room

STEAMpunks – Stories and Science (Ages 0-12)

Focus on an element of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) with hands-on learning experiences for children of all ages!

Sat. January 21 | 11:00am

Sat. February 18 | 11:00am

Sat. March 18 | 11:00am

Sat. April 22 | 11:00am

Children’s Room

Cinema Saturdays

Come watch a family-friendly movie with us! Popcorn and drinks are provided.

Sat. January 28 | 12:00pm

Sat. February 25 | 12:00pm

Sat. March 25 | 12:00pm

Sat. April 29 | 12:00pm

Children’s Room

South Columbus Public Library UNDER RENOVATION

Address during construction: Our Lady of Lourdes, 1973 Torch Hill Rd. 706-683-8805

Monday & Tuesday: 10am-6pm Wednesday: 10am-8pm

Thursday-Saturday: 10am-6pm

Sunday: Closed

Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library 262 Broad Street, Cusseta, GA 31805 706-989-3700

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday: 10am-1pm; 1:30pm-6pm

Friday: 10am-1pm; 1:30pm-4pm

Saturday: 10am-2pm

Wednesday and Sunday: Closed

Valentine’s Day Party (Ages 0-12 and Families)

All ages are welcome to this special Valentine’s Day celebration! Tues. February 14 | 4:00pm

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Takeover (Ages 11-18)

What do YOU want to do? We’ll try a new activity based on what you suggest. Movies? Crafts and DIY? Gaming? LEGOs®? Community projects? Something seasonal? You help us decide! All materials provided.

Tues. January 10, 24 | 4:00pm

Tues. February 7, 21 | 4:00pm

Tues. March 7, 21 | 4:00pm

Tues. April 4, 18 | 4:00pm Makerspace Room

ADULT PROGRAMS

Adult Craft Time (Ages 18+)

Enjoy some conversation while beading, painting, decorating, and more!

Thur. Jan 12, 19, 26 | 2:00pm

Thur. Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 | 2:00pm

Thur. Mar 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 2:00pm

Thur. Apr 6, 13, 20, 27 | 2:00pm Multipurpose Room

Marion County Public Library 123 East 5th Avenue, Buena Vista, GA 31803 229-649-6385

Monday-Wednesday & Friday: 10am-12:30pm; 1pm-5:30pm Saturday: 10am-2pm Thursday & Sunday: Closed

Parks Memorial Public Library 890 Wall Street, Richland, GA 31825 229-887-2103

Monday-Wednesday: 9:30am-5:30pm

Thursday & Saturday: 9:30am-1:30pm Friday and Sunday: Closed

Double Churches 24 Hour Library 1241 Double Churches Road (Next To Double Churches Elementary School)

Midland 24 Hour Library 6600 Flat Rock Road (Behind McDonalds off US-80)

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Marion County Public Library

123 East 5th Avenue, Buena Vista, GA 31803 | 229-649-6385

All programs will take place in the Meeting Room unless otherwise indicated. * Indicates a self-directed program that is available during Library hours.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Table Top Crafts (Children and Families) *

Each month is a new theme. Stop by any time to make a themed craft for yourself or one for a community friend. All donated completed crafts will be collected for community distribution.

C.S Lewis Storytime

A beautiful storybook retelling of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe will be presented. Craft activities and themed refreshments will follow the enchanting storytime. Sat. January 14 | 10:30am

Movies

and Munchies (Ages 5-12 & Families)

The live-action movie of C.S. Lewis’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (PG) will be shown with festive refreshments. Bring your jackets as we embark on a fantastical adventure to Narnia. Sat. January 14 | 11:15am

My Plate in Georgia Storytime (Ages 5-12 and Families)

During Agriculture Week, Marion County Farm Bureau will celebrate with a “My Plate is Georgia Grown” activity! Join us for stories, crafts, and an edible education opportunity. Mon. March 20 | 3:30pm

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Takeover: Mini Slumber Party

Grab your PJ’s, pillow and blanket as we settle in for a mini slumber party. We’ll be watching an age-appropriate movie along with snacks and drinks. All materials provided. Come be entertained!

Fri. February 17 | 2:00pm

Fri. March 10 | 2:00pm

Fri. April 7 | 2:00pm Conference Room

ADULT PROGRAMS

Coffee and Coloring (Ages 18 and older) Enjoy a relaxing activity to distress and unwind, with refreshments provided by us. Enjoy coffee while you color. All materials provided.

Monday, January 9, 23, 30 | 10:30am Monday, February 6, 13, 27 | 10:30am Monday, March 6, 13, 20, 27 | 10:30am Monday, April 3, 10, 17, 24 | 10:30am

Blind Date with Book (Ages 18 and older) * February 1-28 during regular business hours Confidentially wrapped books will be displayed all month with a brief description revealing a bit about the unknown title inside. Make your selection of which one to take home. Return your “book date” with a review to receive a gift.

Parks Memorial Public Library

890 Wall Street, Richland, GA 31825 | 229-887-2103

All programs will take place in the Meeting Room unless otherwise indicated.

CHILDREN AND FAMILY PROGRAMS

Simple Steps Storytime: Family (Ages 0-5)

Let’s get ready to read! This storytime, based on our Simple Steps to Early Literacy, helps shape growing minds with rhymes, games, songs, and stories galore! Sing, Talk, Read, Write, Play – your child is on their way!

Tues. January 17 | 4:30pm Tues. February 14 | 4:30pm Tues. March 14 | 4:30pm Tues. April 11 | 4:30pm

TEEN PROGRAMS

Teen Takeover

What do YOU want to do? We’ll try a new activity based on what you suggest. Movies? Crafts and DIY? Gaming? LEGOs®? Community projects? Something seasonal? You help us decide! All materials provided.

Tues. January 24 | 4:30pm Tues. February 21 | 4:30pm Tues. March 21 | 4:30pm Tues. April 18 | 4:30pm

ADULT PROGRAMS

Coffee & Coloring Club

Enjoy a relaxing activity to de-stress and unwind, with refreshments provided by us. Enjoy coffee while you color. All materials provided. Tues. January 31 | 11:00am Tues. February 28 | 11:00am Tues. March 28 | 11:00am Tues. April 25 | 11:00am

Adult Crafty Hour

Get creative! We provide all the material for a special craft.

Tues. January 31 | 4:30pm

Tues. February 28 | 4:30pm Tues. March 28 | 4:30pm Tues. April 25 | 4:30pm

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Winter Programs
Marion County Public Library / Parks Memorial Public Library

RESOURCES of the month

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January

DigEx* & GENEALOGY

Submit items for digitization or share your story by recording oral histories. Explore CVL’s new online and ever-changing digital exhibit “Columbus, Georgia: Hear Us Talking” and learn more about local history, focusing on the stories of traditionally marginalized peoples. Further your local research with HeritageQuest, an online comprehensive treasure trove of family and local history books and the complete U.S. Federal Census from 1790-1940. *DigEx was created in partnership with GPLS and the Digital Library of Georgia

March

Access Video On Demand provides instant access to world-class documentaries, award-winning educational films, and helpful instructional videos covering a wide range of subjects, such as business, career planning, health, history, travel, and more.

Ancestry | Fold3 | FamilySearch | Free Programs

Interested in exploring your family history? Your Library offers a variety of free resources and classes to help you get started.

February April

Access more than 15,000 free e-books and e-audiobooks for children in Pre-K through 4th grade.

these great resources FREE with your library card
| 15 2023 Winter Programs

Family Literacy Fun at Your Library Upcoming Events

Discover all we have to offer for young readers! Our free programs and services promote early literacy and help bring the joy of reading to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Storytimes

Join the fun with stories, songs, puppets and learn early literacy tips. This beloved Library tradition features the five Simple Steps –Sing, Talk, Read, Write, & Play. These easy practices help prepare young learners for future success.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read to your baby or child daily with the goal of 1,000 books before they start kindergarten. You can easily reach this goal in less than 3 years by reading just 1 book each night. Pick up a paper log at branches or log your reading using the free Beanstack app.

NEW! Ferst Readers of Muscogee County

Ferst Readers eliminates the key reason why parents do not read to their children by ensuring the availability of quality books in the home. Through this program, children are mailed one book per month from birth until five years of age — completely free of charge.

Sign up at ferstreadersofmuscogeecounty.org.

NEW! Lena Start: Talk Builds Babies’ Brains! (AGES

0-36 MONTHS AND CAREGIVERS)

Interactive talk is a key factor for healthy early brain development! Join this 10-week program to learn fun tips that increase the brain-boosting talk in your child’s daily routine. Families receive personalized feedback weekly from the LENA device.

Class size is limited, registration required. Choose from 2 in-person sessions or 1 virtual session beginning in January of 2023.

IN PERSON

Tues. January 24, 31 | 11:00am

Tues. February 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am

Tues. March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 11:00am

Columbus Public Library, Synovus Room B

IN PERSON

Thurs. February 16, 23 | 11:00am

Thurs. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 11:00am

Thurs. April 13, 20, 27 | 11:00am

Mildred L. Terry Public Library, AKA Room

AUTHOR APPEARANCE: MARIE BENEDICT The Personal Librarian

January 20 • 11am

Columbus Public Library

NEA BIG READ: The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui Coming in February 2023 Various Locations

COLUMBUS CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL

April 29

Columbus Public Library

SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

April 29 - July 31 All Locations

AMERICANS AND THE HOLOCAUST EXHIBITION

July 7 - August 18

Columbus Public Library

VIRTUAL

Thurs. February 16, 23 | 6:30 pm

Thurs. March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 | 6:30 pm

Thurs. April 13, 20, 27 | 6:30 pm

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