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Learn Freely Fest 2018

It's time for our annual celebration of summer learning! This year we have two dozen fun and informative activities, and with everything from juggling, raising chickens, and indigo dying to virtual reality, origami, and tae kwon do -- there is something for everyone!

Bring the whole family to Richland Library Main on Saturday, July 14th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. for a whole afternoon of learning, creating, and sharing.

Cupcake Decorating

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., 2nd Level - Studio 220

Learn how to create fabulously frosted cupcakes using different decorative piping tips, then enjoy the delicious results. Limited to the first 16 people.

Basic Planter Box Construction

10:00 - 11:00 a.m., 2nd Level - Makerspace

Learn about the versatile planter box and how you can create a mini garden on your back deck, window sill, or anywhere else you have a little space. Limited to 4 people. Please register online.

Virtual Reality

10:00 - 11:15 a.m., 1st Level - Auditorium

Immerse yourself in new experiences and environments through the wonders of augmented reality technology.

Getting Started With Your Family Tree

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1st Level - Local History

Researching your family history is a rewarding and personally enriching hobby. Learn how to get started and explore Richland Library's genealogy resources to discover more about your ancestors.

Art of Paper Folding: Origami Basics

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 1st Level

Drop by and learn a few key techniques to the ancient art of paper folding.

Button Making Bonanza

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Garden Level - Creative Space

Add some flair to your gear. Stop by and make your own customized button.

Developing Good Dental Habits

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Garden Level - Atrium

Learn about the importance of oral health and brushing properly with representatives from WellPartners Dental Clinic. Prizes given to every visitor!

Short Stories on Demand

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Gallery, 1st Level, 2nd Level

A vending machine for stories! Get a 1, 3, or 5 minute short story on-demand from one of our brand new Short Story Dispensers and #SetStoriesFree!

Future Scholar: Saving for College

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Starting to plan for your children's future? Learn about South Carolina's 529 college savings plan -- an investment account that can help you save over time for the high cost of education.

Old School Games

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Garden Level - Tween Space

Have fun playing a variety of classic games, such as Scrabble, Checkers, Memory, UNO, and new games like Spot It!

Keep Our Rivers Clean

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Garden Level - Atrium

Have fun while learning about our local rivers with Richland County and Columbia Water representatives. Includes hands-on activities such as a River Ranger Rummage, a make-and-take rain gauge, ideas for water conservation volunteer projects in your neighborhood, giveaways, and more!

Indigo Dying

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 2nd Level

Experiment with a traditional Japanese resistance dye technique known as shibori using indigo dye and muslin. Dress for a mess.


10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., 1st Level

Learn the basics of 3-ball juggling and hand-craft your own set of juggling balls to take home.

Growing Up Storytime

10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Garden Level - Storytime Room

Share stories, songs, and more about the garden and growing up while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.

Sun Spotters: Solar Astronomy

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Hampton Street Plaza

Learn about our closest star and how to safely observe it through special solar-safe equipment. Weather Pending.

Backyard Chickens: How to Get a Free Breakfast

11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m., 2nd Level

Learn how to get started raising chickens, the initial set up costs, local resources, and Q&A with a successful chicken mama.

Woven Keychains

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Garden Level - Children's Room

Craft a unique woven keychain using hemp cord, beads, and your imagination!

Intro to Interactive Fiction

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., 2nd Level - Room 214

Feeling nostalgic for a good choose-your-own-path adventure story? Learn about interactive, nonlinear stories, and write your own!

Tae Kwon Do

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., 1st Level - Auditorium

A performance by the Legacy Martial Arts demo team followed by a quick lesson in basic tae kwon do skills such as breaking, kicking, and self-defense.

The Sky's The Limit: Exploring Careers and Tools of the Trade

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 3rd Level - Family Career Studio

Discover the tools to exciting careers! You and your children will learn how jobs and careers are different, listen to an engaging read-a-loud, and choose and create a fun career paper doll. Space is limited, so please register online.

A Bit of Order: Pro Organization Tips

12:00 - 12:45 p.m., 2nd Level

Tips for decluttering and organizing your home and life from professional organizer June Smith.

Paper Flower Power

12:00 - 200 p.m., 2nd Level

Do you love to keep flowers in your house but hate that they never last? We'll guide you through the art of making crepe paper flowers that will always be in bloom.

Paper Flowers: Basics

12:00 - 2:00 p.m., Garden Level - Creative Space

Learn how to make simple but lovely flowers using tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

How to Stretch a Canvas

12:00 - 2:00 p.m., 2nd Level - Studio 220

Learn how to properly stretch your own canvases to display and protect your artwork for years to come. Demonstrations will begin at 12:00, 12:45, and 1:30.

Carolina Wildlife: Animal Ambassadors

12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Garden Level - Atrium

Explore and experience the natural world up close with Carolina Wildlife. This interactive, hands-on program features Miss Larson the Opossum, Ruby the Owl, and other sensory learning opportunities.

Balloon Artistry

12:30 - 1:30 p.m., 1st Level - Auditorium

Try your hand at some basic balloon twisting techniques and make your own creation.

Green Screen Meteorology

1:00 - 2:00 p.m., 2nd Level

Channel Your Inner Al Roker and become a TV weather broadcaster for the day. We'll teach you how to use a green screen and satellite weather imagery to give the forecast.