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Children's Services
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library offers a wide variety of services and weekly children's programming. Below is a list of our weekly standing programs, special programs and events that are held throughout the year. For Mother Goose information, select her program icon to the left of the page. Please contact our Children's & Teen Services Coordinator, Tori Hopper at 662-329-5300 if you have any questions. 
Children's Services Programs
Children's Programs
Family Place Libraries Program
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is proud to be one of three designated Family Place Libraries in the state of Mississippi. This program is called Toddler & Baby Learn and Play and takes place on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. During each session, children and their parents enjoy music, a story time, play and socialization in developmentally appropriate context. This program is designed for children aged birth to three (3) and their parents and caregivers, but all ages are welcome. This program focuses on encouraging parent/caregiver participation as a child's first teacher. In partnership with this program, our Family Place Libraries collection of materials is available to patrons with books on various parenting and early childhood development topics. Dates are subject to change. For more information, call 662-329-5300.
Wee Babies takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. In this exciting musical program, children will learn to develop rhythm, body awareness, and gross and fine motor skills. Literacy skills are also developed with the inclusion of number recognition, colors, and print awareness. This program is designed for children ages birth to five (5).  Please note dates are subject to change.
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If you are new to Columbus and Lowndes County, you will quickly hear tales of Mother Goose and her story times at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Mother Goose Story Time is held twice every Thursday. Story times are from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and then again from 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Each story time is unique and full of lessons in counting, manners, and self confidence. This program is recommended for children ages three (3) to six (6). 
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Children's Program Brochure
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Yearly Children's Programs
Special events and programs are held throughout the year for our littlest patrons and their families. These events usually coincide with something special that is happening that month. Below is a list of events that are offered each year:
  • March: Read Across America Party
  • April: Autism Resource Center (ARC) Family Fair
  • June-July: Weekly Summer Library Programming & Reading Challenge
  • October: Annual Haunted Library 
  • December: Annual Snow Day
Children's Services Resources
Children's Resources
Biography Report Resource Handout
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Along with the expansive children's book collection CLPLS offers, the library provides access to other resources that promote sensory learning, financial literacy, and more.
Biography Report Resource Handout
Designed to assist students reporting on their biographical reports of historical figures, this document highlights specific areas within the library resources where can be found. The document includes information about digital resources, such as databases and encyclopedic sources as well.
ARC Center Brochure
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1BBK Brochure
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Autism Resource Center
The Autism Resource Center of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System provides information, support, and programming for families that have a child diagnosed with or showing signs of Autism
Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and for other families with special needs. The center includes a full collection of books available to patrons, materials to promote sensory development, emotional skill management, life skills growth, and more.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge (1BBK)
The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library has partnered with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers. The program is held to encourage parent-child bonding through reading. The program works on the honor system and is also provided digitally via the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library. Registration forms and reading progress submission forms can be accessed below with Google Forms.
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