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Summer Learning Track: Let's Get Crafty

This summer channel your inner artist and get crafty with the Richland Library Summer Learning Challenge! Learn on your own by either checking out books from the library or downloading them to your e-reader device, or attend one of the many crafty programs going on this summer. The Summer Learning Challenge kicks off June 1st and runs through August 16th. Be sure to stop by your favorite Richland Library location to sign up then get started by using this sample Learning Track, or develop your own.

Get crafty in the library and join us for one of these fun and engaging programs:

  • Young Illustrators Workshop: Try your artistic hand at illustration while learning the techniques of some of our favorite picture book artists. For ages 6-12. Please register.
  • Main-3 p.m., Thursdays, June 5-June 26

  • Great Artists Summer Series: Create art in the style of the masters and explore different mediums. For ages 3-12
  • Northeast-2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 3-17

  • Flower Power!: Learn how to make beautiful flowers from clay with guest instructor Nastaran Kzerounian. For ages 6-12. Please register.
  • Blythewood-3-4 p.m., Monday June 16 and Tuesday, June 17

  • Sewing Saturdays: Learn to sew with simple and fun projects! For ages 9-12. Please register.
  • Cooper-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 14

  • Learn to Make Balloon Animals: Always wanted to learn to make balloon shapes? Join us and learn. For ages 8+. Please register.
  • Southeast- 2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday, June 27

  • Craft Cafe: Tie-dye t-shirts with the staff at North Main. Please register.
  • North Main- 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 21

  • Pastels Workshop: Local artist and instructor Jeffrey Miller will teach the basics of working with pastels.
  • Cooper-3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 28

    Sew Divine: Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!

  • Main-12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 10 & 24
  • Ballentine-6-7:30 p.m. Every Thursday
  • Sandhills-1 p.m. Every Tuesday Southeast-11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every Tuesday
  • St. Andrews- 1 p.m. First and Third Thursday of the month
  • Wheatley-6 p.m. Every Thursday
  • Hands on Art: Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! For ages 2-5.

  • Main-11 a.m., Friday, June 6
  • Cooper- 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 11
  • Northeast-10:30 a.m., Every Friday
  • St. Andrews-10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 10
  • Be sure to stop by your favorite Richland Library location to check out some of these great crafty titles, or download some right onto your e-reader from the convenience of home.


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