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6:30 pm
Mon, Jun 4
St. Andrews
Living Room
Come show us your mental mastery against some of the members of the Columbia Chess Club. Participate in a casual game or a tournament and meet some of best players in your area.
Gaming
Programs for Families, 13 - 18, Adults
10:00 am
Tue, Jun 5
Cooper
Learn the basics of Facebook and Twitter and get all of your burning social media questions answered. Registration required.
Computer Class
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
10:30 am
Tue, Jun 5
Main
Storytime Room
This special storytime for families includes stories, songs, fingerplays and puppet shows or art activities for the young. For all ages.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families
10:30 am
Tue, Jun 5
North Main
Children's Room
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children
10:30 am
Tue, Jun 5
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Children, Art in the Library
3-5, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Tue, Jun 5
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!
Sew Divine
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Tue, Jun 5
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Practice your English-language conversation with other internationals in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Let's Speak English
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Tue, Jun 5
Main
Writer's Room 211
Did you know that representatives from Lifeline Wireless, a Federal Lifeline program that provides a FREE cellular phone along with FREE minutes, data, and text messages, are at the Richland Library Main location every Tuesday from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM? They are available to enroll you and answer any questions about the program you may have.About Lifeline's Wireless Plans· No contract· Service is for 12 months and you need to re-qualify once a year· If you qualify, you will receive your cell phone in 5-7 business days.To be eligible for the Lifeline Free Phone Program, you may qualify if your income falls below your state’s residency poverty guidelines OR if you participate in a government assistance program such as:· Medicaid· Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)· Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)· Supplemental Security Income (SSI)· Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)· Other state or federal assistance programsWant to Apply or Learn More? Apply online (http://www.safelink.com), over the phone (1-800-723-3546), or with a SafeLink representative at the library on Tuesdays! If you plan on applying in person, be sure to bring proof of total household income (for income-based qualification) or a copy of a current document proving that you participate in a government assistance program. Additional questions can be asked by calling the Lifeline Wireless information line at 1-800-723-3546 or by asking a Lifeline representative!
Social Work
Adults
1:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking, or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!
Sew Divine, Maker
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
2:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join Elizabeth C. Brantley, MPH, Midlands Area Program Director of the Alzheimer's Association, to hear about research on diet, nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and learn hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.
Summer Learning Challenge, Health and Wellness
Adults 55+, Adults, Programs for Adults
2:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Main
Meeting Space 213
Please join Jerry Wallulis for a discussion of philosophical topics exploring the life and teachings of Soren Kierkegaard: The First Critic of Modern Life and First Existentialist. Please contact 929-3469 for further details.
Book Group
Programs for Adults

Microsoft Excel (2013) ★ Staff Pick

2:30 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet, creating charts and performing calculations using Microsoft Excel (2013). Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class, Summer Learning Challenge
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Main
Children's Craft Area
Who can build the strongest table using only newspaper and tape? Put your engineering skills to the test! For 9-12 year olds.
STEM/STEAM, Children, Craft
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Ballentine
Curious about the Maker Space? Drop in for an opportunity to explore your creative side. Create at your own pace, in the perfect space. Materials Provided!
Maker
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Expression is the language through which words move and elevate minds. Come out and express your talent through the art of poetry, spoken-word, karaoke, and more. Open Mic for Poets, Singers, Lyricists, Musicians, and more @ Richland Library St. Andrews. Get ready for an awesome time!!!*Light Refreshments Provided*
Performance
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
6:00 pm
Tue, Jun 5
Main
Theater
A poetic, immersive retelling of the Pocahontas story which reveals how our histories often hinge on our response to the arrival of strangers. This screening is a part of Richland Library's Not Like Me film festival celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Join us as we explore the issues of race, immigration, and identity with local experts. For this screening, we will hear from Dr. Woody Holton, Professor of History, and Dr. Jeffrey Turner, Professor of Philosophy. Woody Holton is Bonnie and Peter McCausland Professor of History at the University of South Carolina. Dr. Woody Holton's 2009 book, Abigail Adams, which he wrote on a Guggenheim fellowship, won the Bancroft Prize. Holton is also the author of Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution (2007), which was a finalist for the National Book Award. His first book, Forced Founders: Indians, Debtors, Slaves and the Making of the American Revolution in Virginia (1999), won the Fraunces Tavern Museum Book Award (presented by the New York Sons of the Revolution) and the Merle Curti Award (presented by the Organization of American Historians). His books are required reading on more than 200 college campuses, and his work has been widely anthologized and also translated into German and Arabic. He is currently writing a comprehensive history of the American Revolutionary era under the working title Liberty is Sweet. In 2016-17, he was the Los Angeles Times Distinguished Professor at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. During the summer and fall of 2017, he was the Lloyd Lewis fellow at the Newberry Library in Chicago.Dr. Jeffery Turner, an Instructor of Philosophy at USC whose work focuses on the history of moral philosophy and virtue ethics, is a longtime admirer of director Terrence Malick's films who will help draw attention to some of the ideas addressed in the film and techniques used in its creation.
Movies, Maker
Adults
9:00 am
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Auditorium
A weekly event for local entrepreneurs to meet and present their startups to the thriving peer network of founders in Columbia. The coffee is highly encouraged.
Business Event, Maker
Programs for Adults, Adults
9:30 am
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Choose from seasonal produce from Livingston Farms and Little Mountain Homestead as well as local honey from Uncle Sonny's Honey.
Health and Wellness
Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Wed, Jun 6
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Simple art fun for the very young. Come for a short storytime in our story nook and then head to the maker lab for a fun project. Dress for a mess!
Art in the Library
Programs for Young Children, 3-5
10:00 am
Wed, Jun 6
Cooper
Children's Area
The littlest gardeners get hands on experience from soil prep through harvest. Come rain or shine and dress for a mess!
Children, Gardening, Go Green
Programs for Young Children, 3-5
10:00 am
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Career Coaching Center
Individual interview sessions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups by appointment only.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Wed, Jun 6
St. Andrews
Children's Area
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:30 am
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Storytime Room
Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs.
Storytime, Children
Babies up to 12 months, 1-2, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Wed, Jun 6
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Craft, Children
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Wed, Jun 6
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Registration opens 05/30/2018
Interested in basket weaving? Bring your own supplies and share your skills with fellow basket weavers!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Wed, Jun 6
Cooper
Children's Area
Escape the heat with some classic family movies - no flicks from this millennium!June 6 - AnnieJune 13 - The Iron GiantJune 20 - The RescuersJune 27 - The Adventures of Milo and OtisJuly 11 - HerculesJuly 18 - The Great Mouse DetectiveJuly 25 - Honey, I Shrunk the KidsAugust 1 - An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestAugust 8 - James and the Giant PeachAugust 15 - The AristCats
Movies, Children, Summer Learning Challenge
Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Families
3:30 pm
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Storytime Room
Explore the world of books and expand your imagination with stories, games, and craft activities. For 6-8 year olds.
Children, Craft
6-8
6:00 pm
Wed, Jun 6
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Have you ever heard of knotting? Probably not, since this needlework technique was all the rage in the 1700's but faded into obscurity soon afterwards. Often considered an ancestor of tatting, knotting produced textured cords used for embellishments. Jane Austen was a fan of knotting herself, and used fashion and needlework to reveal her characters' personalities in her novels. Join me on a twisted journey as we discuss fashion, handwork, and their use in the literature of Jane Austen.
Summer Learning Challenge, Maker
Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Wed, Jun 6
Main
Theater
With careful pacing and stupendous tension, an incredible story of courage unfolds. This screening is a part of Richland Library's Not Like Me film festival celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion. Join us as we explore the issues of race, immigration, and identity with local experts. For this screening, we will hear from Cali Sandel, Employment Services Coordinator at Able SC, and from Frank and Shelley Coppel from the National Federation of the Blind of South Carolina.
Movies, Maker
Adults
6:30 pm
Wed, Jun 6
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Gossip while you garden! Help us maintain and harvest from our raised bed gardens while making new friends and learning new skills. You may even have the chance to sample some of the fresh produce!
Gardening
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
6:30 pm
Wed, Jun 6
Cooper
Children's Area
Escape the heat with some classic family movies - no flicks from this millennium!June 6 - AnnieJune 13 - The Iron GiantJune 20 - The RescuersJune 27 - The Adventures of Milo and OtisJuly 11 - HerculesJuly 18 - The Great Mouse DetectiveJuly 25 - Honey, I Shrunk the KidsAugust 1 - An American Tail: Fievel Goes WestAugust 8 - James and the Giant PeachAugust 15 - The AristCats
Movies, Children, Summer Learning Challenge
Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Families
9:30 am
Thu, Jun 7
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs.
Storytime, Children
Babies up to 12 months, 1-2, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Jun 7
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Jun 7
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Help your toddler discover the alphabet, numbers and other concepts while building social skills and learning about our world. This storytime is suited for walkers.
Storytime
1-2, Programs for Families

Storytime in the Garden ★ Staff Pick

10:00 am
Thu, Jun 7
Community Event
Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens | 1615 Blanding Street
Join Richland Library and Historic Columbia for a special outdoor storytime! Enjoy stories and songs in the Hampton-Preston Gardens gazebo and then try your hand at old fashioned historic games in gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. For more information, please call (803) 988-0891.
Storytime, Children, Nature
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Thu, Jun 7
St. Andrews
Collaboration Space
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts?Bring your own portable craft project, share ideas with fellow crafters, and check out the latest books on your favorite craft!
Sew Divine
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Thu, Jun 7
Sandhills
Children's Maker
After storytime head on over to the Maker Lab for a STEAM activity for future Einsteins.
Maker, STEM/STEAM
3-5, Programs for Young Children
12:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
North Main
Digital Zone
We've got a Playstation 4 and Wii U and we know how to use them.
Gaming, Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
2:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Gather 'round the campfire for stories, songs, and smores as we transform the storytime nook into Camp Sandhills. Make a wilderness craft and earn a special badge!
Storytime, Summer Learning Challenge
3-5, 6-8, Programs for Young Children

Microsoft Word (2013) ★ Staff Pick

2:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn the basics of creating documents using Microsoft Word (2013). Registration is required.Prerequisite: Solid mouse and keyboarding skills.
Computer Class, Summer Learning Challenge
Adults, Programs for Adults

STEAM Studio ★ Staff Pick

2:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join us for inventing, building, and creating using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!
STEM/STEAM, Children
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
3:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Discover the art of Japanese sand gardens. Dig in and learn to bridge the space of style and serenity. Participants will leave with hands-on knowledge of how to create their own calming miniature gardens.
Children, Multicultural, Summer Learning Challenge
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
5:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Class Description: The kickoff of summer starts with the firing of the grill, or indoor grill in our case. We will learn indoor grilling techniques that can be used year round, but tastes especially delicious in the summer.Menu: Shrimp and Cherry Tomato Kabobs - Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri - Arugula Orange Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette.What to expect:• All classes are for ages 18 and up, unless noted otherwise• You will be standing and cooking for most of this hands-on class • Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back• This class is limited to 12 people and you will work in groups of 4 • You will get to sample the recipes you make • All classes are roughly 1 ½ to 2 hours long
Cooking, Workshop
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Main
Makerspace
Create a small and durable double sided business card holder out of felt. Pick your color, then measure, cut and sew everything yourself!
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Explore different styles of art with us! This is for teens of all skill levels that love art or are interested in art. We will sketch, paint, build, color and create. Bring your own art and ideas to work on too.
Teens, Art in the Library
13 - 18

Kid's Chess Hour ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
The Kid's Chess Hour is an opportunity for kids of all levels to come together and play and learn the game of chess. Kid's hour is much the same as an adult chess club - but for kids. Sam Copeland (The reigning South Carolina champion and twice South Carolina's high school champion (2002 and 2003)) or another strong chess player will always be on hand to help coach and teach the kids. Games and puzzles will be available.
Gaming, Workshop
Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Teens, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Ballentine
Living Room
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!
Sew Divine
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Jun 7
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper was the first African American to graduate from the United State Military Academy at West Point. In 1880, Lt. Flipper distinguished himself in the war against Warm Springs Apache Chief Victorio. A year later, he was tried for embezzlement. This one-act play dramatizes the controversial trial and draws audiences into the debate about whether Flipper was treated fairly before, during, and after the trial.
Performance, Multicultural
Adults, 13 - 18
7:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Discuss, watch, read, and enjoy your favorite anime and manga with us! For beginners and the already obsessed.
Teens
13 - 18
7:00 pm
Thu, Jun 7
Main
Meeting Space 200
Join our group of local writers for monthly round table readings of our creative writing work and discussions on a variety of writing topics. Every writer is welcome!
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens

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