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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.