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Learn Freely Fest!

Beat the summer heat! Come in and check out the following fun and informative learning sessions on Saturday, July 12th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

It's an exciting day of learning for the whole family!

Don't forget to enter the drawing to win an iPad Mini and leather case provided by Geiger O'Cain Advertising!

  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. INTRO TO GENEALOGY
  • Come to the Walker Local and Family History Center for an expert-guided tour of resources and tips to get you started on your journey through your family's history.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. HOW TO CROCHET
  • Feeling crafty? Learn the basics of crocheting with yarn and practice some beginning stitches.

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. FRUGALLY GREEN: MAKE & TAKE GREEN CLEANING PRODUCTS
  • Learn about cheap, easy, and eco-friendly cleaning products to use around the house. Then make your own "green" laundry detergent to try out at home!

  • 10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. FAMILY STORYTIME
  • Stories, songs, and much more for you and your family.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. HOW TO SING IN HARMONY
  • Head to Film & Sound for a dulcet demonstration on the basics of singing in harmony.

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. BASIC RESUME HELP WITH A CAREER COACH
  • A Business and Job Center Career Coach will be available to answer your individual resume questions on a first come, first served basis.

  • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. DAY TRIPS IN SOUTH CAROLINA
  • A representative from the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism will show you some great travel destinations you can explore one day at a time, and share tips for planning your itinerary.

  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. BASIC BICYCLE MAINTENANCE
  • An expert from Cycle Center will show you how to fix a flat bike tire, to get you back on the road or trails in no time.

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. YOGA
  • Join us for a free yoga class. All ages and abilities welcome, whether it's your first time or you're an experienced yogi. Yoga mats are limited, so please bring your own if possible.

  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. HOW TO MAKE ORIGAMI
  • Learn how to make a crane ornament using this traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

  • 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. SUMMER GARDENING
  • Get tips for growing a beautiful and bountiful summer garden from a Richland County Master Gardener.

  • 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. HOW TO TIE A BOW TIE
  • Brittons of Columbia will teach you how to perfect this quintessential accessory of Southern gentlemen.

    ONGOING SESSIONS --- AVAILABLE FROM 10 AM - 2 PM

  • GET E-READY
  • Need help downloading library materials to your electronic devices? Want to test drive the latest devices before making a purchase? Drop in to the eReady Bar and get one-on-one help.

  • TUTOR.COM DEMO
  • Learn about this new service, which will give you access to live, online tutoring and resume help as well as thousands of academic and career resources.

  • SCRAPBOOKING
  • Try your hand at this fun, creative way of preserving the special moments in your life.

  • 3-D PRINTING, READY ANIMATION, RECORDING STUDIO & MORE
  • The Teen Center is hosting an open house! Come explore the Creative Lab and all the cool gadgets we have available.

  • GIANT SCRABBLE
  • Join in the fun with this super-sized word game.

  • LEAVE A JOKE/TAKE A JOKE
  • Know some zingers? Share the laughs! Enjoy our collective knowledge of good, clean jokes.

  • PIN THE TALE ON THE FIRST LINE
  • ​A mixed up wall of famous novels and their first lines. How many can you match?


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