Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kids Carousel Consignment Store - Going out of Business Sale

Kids Carousel children's consignment store on Northside Dr here in Valdosta is going out of business. Most clothes are 50 cents-$1.00. I haven't been up there myself but it may be worth checking out.

One Small Step for Prader-Willi Syndrome Walk

Looking for a family activity this weekend?  Friends of our family have a son that has Prader-Willi Syndrome.  There is a walk (5K and 1 mile) this weekend at Drexel Park.  Registration begins @ 8:30, walk begins @ 9).  Come support them by walking and/or your donations ~ it is appreciated!

Thank you - GoToMom

Young Life Family Hay Ride & Hoe Down, Saturday, October 22

Is your teenager looking to get connected?  Young Life is a great Christian organization to be involved in.

RSVP to:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cole Brothers Circus, October 18 & 19th

Georgia National Fair, October 6 - 16th

Fun Factory Honor Roll Program

Valdosta Public Library

Valdosta Lowndes County Youth Services Department

Hello and welcome to our Youth Services Department!

We are passionate about instilling a love of reading and literacy skills in children and young adults. We offer age appropriate storytimes to ensure that every child is engaged, entertained, and educated. All our storytimes incorporate “pre-literacy skills” which will help children develop into better readers.

What is Pre-literacy?
Children who enter kindergarten are expected to “pay attention, react to stories, to know some letters of the alphabet and the sounds that these letters make, as well as some basic print concepts, such as knowing that printed words convey meaning” (Neuman).

These abilities are referred to as “pre-literacy skills” because they are the foundation for learning to read later in life. Most pre-literacy skills are learned indirectly, through a child’s interaction with the world. A child’s tendency to repeat new and interesting words, for example, is just one way they explore language.
Although children learn a lot through passive interactions, there are many direct ways parents can help. One easy, and important, way is to take your child to the library.

Attending a storytime at the library with your child serves three functions:

  1. Children begin to associate reading with fun.
  2. Children learn “pre-literacy skills” during the storytime.
  3. Parents discover how to reinforce “pre-literacy skills” in their child’s daily life.

Parents are the single greatest influence on a child’s future literacy level, which is why we give parents tools to help them work on “pre-literacy skills” at home. We teach parents how to take advantage of everyday situations and turn them into learning experiences. A trip to the grocery store, for instance, can easily become a lesson on colors.

Play time and story time are suspended for the month of July at the main branch.

Storytime Schedule

Valdosta-Lowndes County Library
3’s to 5’s
4 - 12 years
McMullen Southside Library
Salter Hahira Library
Johnston Lakes Library
Allen Statenville Library
(Echols County)
Miller Lakeland Library
(Lanier County)

Please note that times and dates may be changed without notice.

Program Information

Age Group
Birth-2 years
Tales for 3's to 5’s
3 – 5 years
Stories and Such
4 – 12 years
All ages!
Unstructured, free play environment.
Preschool Story Time
Birth-3 1/2 years
Bring your little one for finger plays, flannel tales, crafts, puppets, and classic children's stories. For more information call 794-3063.

We look forward to seeing you and your child at our library! To make sure that both of you have the best experience possible, please remember that children age ten and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Other library patrons will appreciate your quiet conversation and your respect for library property. Of course, there are ample opportunities for noisy fun, as anyone who has helped Ms. Suzy “shake your wiggles out” will attest!

Whether you are a young person, parent, or a teacher who wishes to take advantage of classroom visits or plan a trip to the library, you are always free to contact our department at 333-0086, extension 212.


Neuman, Susan. "The Meaning of Preliteracy". Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan School of Business. March 25, 2008

(taken from website)

Planetarium Shows

Valdosta State University

 Public Planetarium Shows

 Take a tour of the far reaches of the night sky without leaving Valdosta.

This series of evening shows is open to all members of the community. The shows are designed for the general public and are suitable for ages five and up. If weather permits, the VSU Observatory will be open for public viewing of celestial objects after each show.
All shows begin at 8:00 pm and at 9:00 pm sharp and usually last 40 to 50 minutes. Seating is limited to 47 visitors for each show and the admission is on a "first-come-first-serve" basis.
The planetarium is located in Nevins Hall on the 3rd floor (room 3004). Limited public parking is available in front of Nevins Hall and at the Admissions Office on the opposite side of Patterson Street.
For more information about the upcoming shows see the schedule below. You may also contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at 229-333-5752 for further information.

Star Cluster


schedule of shows

October 7thAutumn Stargazing
November 4thTwo Small Pieces of Glass
December 2ndOrigins of Life
February 3rdWinter Stargazing
March 2ndThe Dawn of the Space Age
April 6thSpring Stargazing

Fall Break Camp for Lowndes County Schools

  • Full day camp (from 7:30 - 5:30)
  • Fun And Friendly Competitions In Different Activities
  • Mid Morning And Mid Afternoon Snacks Included
  • Multi Child Discount
  • Bully Prevention
  • Physical Fitness
  • Sportsmanship
  • Ages 5 - 12
$30 per day
Multi Child Discount: $20 for each additional child
 White Tiger Martial Arts Academy • 4560 - I ValNorth Drive • Valdosta, GA 31602
(229)244.4110 •

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brooks County Skillet Festival, Saturday, September 17

The skillet festival should be a good kid-friendly event. Pink firetrucks (cancer memorial), a skillet toss, a dog show, all kinds of stuff...

Leapin' Lizards

NOW OPEN! Leapin’ Lizards is an indoor, climate controlled inflatable fun center open seven days a week for walk-in play and parties. Our 9,000 square foot fun zone is filled with giant inflatable play structures, plasma cars and track, toddler area, three private party rooms and concessions. We also have a parent area with comfortable seating, FREE Wi-Fi, and big screen TVs. We invite you and y...our kids to enjoy an unlimited amount of sliding, bouncing, jumping and leaping at our indoor play center. Pay one price for ALL DAY PLAY! Parents and babies under one are FREE when accompanying a paying child. Our inflatable arena features wall-to-wall fun with slides, obstacle courses, interactive bounce houses and combination units. Coming soon: Our interactive play area is filled with kid sized play houses, games, and toys. This unique combination of physical activity and imaginative play promote physical health and social, sensory, and motor skills. Guaranteed to keep your kids active, healthy, and happy! Leapin’ Lizards holds the best, most fun and original parties in the Valdosta area. Our parties are customized exclusively for our special guests. We offer many party packages and most of our party packages are all inclusive, you just have to bring the kids and we will take care of everything!!!! We can even provide the cake. Leapin’ Lizards is also available after hours for private events. Leapin’ Lizards was created by a local mom of three children (one with special needs). As a parent of a child with autism, we truly understand the unique gifts and abilities of all children. The center is family owned and operated is focused on providing a clean, safe, and fun environment for children of all ages. Leap into the fun zone! Call 229-469-4406 to book your party or special event!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Free Passes to the Atlanta Zoo

Check us out at your local public library!
Thanks to an exciting new partnership with the Georgia Public Library Service, Georgia residents can check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass for free admission for a family of four.

Where do I get the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass?

  • You must visit your local public library to obtain the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass.
  • Adults with a valid library card from any branch of a participating public library system throughout the state of Georgia* may access the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass. One pass is available for checkout at each participating branch and may be checked out once per year, per household.
    *excluding the Auburn Avenue Research Library in Atlanta

How do I use the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass?

  • Check out the Zoo Atlanta Family Pass DVD at your local library. (No self-checkout; DVD must be checked out at the library front desk.) When you return the DVD to your library, you will receive a receipt. Please save this receipt; it is required for Zoo admission. The pass is valid for 7 days from the date of the receipt showing the return of the DVD.
  • Present your Zoo Atlanta Family Pass receipt at the Zoo Atlanta front gate for admission.
  • Pass is valid for two adults and up to two children; standard general admission will apply to families larger than four. The pass is valid for general admission only and may not be used for fee-based events or programs. Not valid with any other discount, offer or promotion; may not be redeemed for cash.
  • If the DVD is lost or damaged, a $30 replacement fee will be charged by the library system. Overdue fines will be charged for late returns.

4th Annual Kids Dig It! Saturday, September 17