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Fri, Feb 2 - Thu, May 10
Main
Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, is a multimedia exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy.  Comprising highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations; explores a broad range of topics; and ignites a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back. The groundbreaking exhibit was inspired by the award-winning book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African-American Philanthropists, written by Valaida Fullwood with photographer Charles Thomas. The 400-page hardcover book celebrates the giving spirit through photography and stories that honor a centuries-old cultural custom.  After a nationwide tour, Columbia will serve as South Carolina’s inaugural host. Designed by Atlanta-based curator and visual artist, Tracy Murrell, the Columbia showing was made possible in part by Women Engaged SC, the Central Carolina Community Foundation and Richland Library.  The Soul of Philanthropy was developed under the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Grants for African American History and Culture. The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. and New Generation of African American Philanthropists, managed the exhibition under its inaugural, IMLS grant-funded national tour, 2015-2016.
Art in the Library, Black History Month
Adults
Thu, Apr 5 - Mon, Apr 30
Main
Visit the library’s 2nd Level Pop-Up space between April 5th and 30th to experience Greg Stuart and Naomi J. Falk’s debut collaboration, A line through the earth (2018). Combining coral-like paper sculptures by Falk, electroacoustic sound by Stuart, and delicate lighting elements by both artists, the work explores how an environment emerges from constructed, found, and digital materials.
Art in the Library, Maker
Adults, 13 - 18, Children All Ages
10:00 am
Sat, Apr 21
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
Adults, Programs for Adults

Virtual Reality Explorers ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Come to the library for a (virtual) fieldtrip around the world! From the top of Mt. Everest to the depths of the ocean floor, these sessions lead by IT-oLogy allow students to engage in virtual reality exploration with Google Expeditions and the Mattel View-Master VR Viewer. Google Expeditions provides access to hundreds of virtual fieldtrips, allowing children to explore natural wonders, outer space, historic events, cities, famous museums and much more. Space is limited and registration is required. Please register online. This program is provided by IT-oLogy and made possible with grant funding from Richland County Government.
STEM/STEAM
9-12, Programs for School Age Children

A Celebration of Stories ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Auditorium
Bring the whole family to celebrate stories during the 32nd annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen! Enjoy a morning of storytelling with Darion McCloud, music with Molly Ledford, and a special presentation by two time Newbery Medal winning author Lois Lowry. Books will be available for sale and can be signed by the author.
Augusta Baker's Dozen, Author Event
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Apr 21
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Share stories, songs, and more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Apr 21
North Main
Children's Room
Share stories, songs and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Children All Ages
12:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Calling all gardeners! Bring up to 5 healthy, established plants, bulbs, and/or cuttings to swap with your neighbors. Label with a name is a must; any other growing information is appreciated. No plants to bring? Come anyway to ask questions and get tips for local gardening. Registration is encouraged.
Gardening
Programs for Adults
2:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Career Specialist, Sylvie Golod as she shares tips on how to network using your professional LinkedIn profile. Whether you are looking for employment, sharing your expertise or promoting your business, LinkedIn is the powerful way to build your network.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Studio 220
This program encourages players to develop critical thinking, imagination, socialization, and teamwork skills as well as cultural enrichment developed through playing Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing games. The D&D Adventurers League is an ongoing official organized play campaign for the Dungeons & Dragons game. The game will be held bi-monthly and is open to anyone ages 14 and up.To participate you will need the following:• Read the newest Adventurers League Players Guide before your first game.• The D&D Basic Rules. This PDF document is available for free on the Wizards of the Coast website. • A character sheet. • A D&D Adventurers League adventure logsheet.*Space limited to the first 8 Players.
Gaming, Maker
Adults, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Eastover
Meeting Room
Love is a wet nose, sloppy kisses and wagging tails! Show your pooch some love by making them dog toys that they will love.
Craft, Teens
13 - 18, Adults, Programs for Families

Wordless News ★ Staff Pick

3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join Richland Library’s Artist in Residence, Maria Fabrizio as she delves into the world of “Wordless News”, which uses illustrations to create a visual representation of a selected news story. Maria will demonstrate the techniques to give you the tools to create your own “Wordless News”. Every artistic skill level is welcome! Registration required.
Maker
Adults, 13 - 18, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Teen Makerspace
Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer organization for young people age 12-18. Teen volunteers help library staff plan and promote programs and services for our community, all while earning volunteer hours. TAB serves as the voice of Richland County teens - are you ready to be heard?
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sun, Apr 22
Main
Auditorium
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. PG-13; 2 h.
Movies
Programs for Families
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. This storytime is designed for infants and lap babies. If your child is walking, check out our Toddler Storytime for ages 18 months – 2 years.
Storytime
Babies up to 12 months, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Do you have a specific question about how to us computers or find your way around the Internet? Drop in to our Computer Basics Learning Lab for personalized assistance. Learn basic computer skills such as: using the mouse, saving files to a computer, navigating the internet, uploading files to a website, setting up an email account, attaching files to email, and navigating social media accounts. Online registration is required due to limited space*
Computer Class
Adults 55+, Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
Ballentine
Are you 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
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
Sandhills
Choose from seasonal produce from Livingston Farms as well as handmade, chemical-free skin products from This Butter Be Good.
Health and Wellness
Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Children, Art in the Library
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Want to loosen up those stiff joints, tone up those loose muscles and maybe shed some extra pounds? Then come limber up those arms and legs as we Walk Away the Pounds, an exercise system by Leslie Sansone. Call Richland Library St. Andrews at (803) 772-6675 to register.
Health and Wellness
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
4:30 pm
Mon, Apr 23
Main
Teen Makerspace
Richland Library’s Team of Anime-Seeking Teens is looking for an anime/manga fan like you! We vote on anime series to watch on a big screen and love to talk about our favorite reads, including novels and manga. We learn about Japanese culture and language and play large group games together.
Teens
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
6:00 pm
Mon, Apr 23
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Jermaine Johnson, CEO and Founder of New Economic Beginnings, as he discusses ways his program can assist individuals with barriers to obtaining gainful employment. New Economic Beginnings can assist with record expungement and job placement. All services are free of charge. Register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Makerspace
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
10:30 am
Tue, Apr 24
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

Hands on Art ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Tue, Apr 24
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Simple art fun with stories to boot. Dress for a mess! Please sign up in advance.
Children, Art in the Library
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Tue, Apr 24
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, Apr 24
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, Apr 24
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, Apr 24
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Do you have a specific question about how to use computers or find your way around the Internet? Drop-in to our Computer Basics Learning Lab for personalized assistance. Learn basic computer skills such as using a mouse, saving files to a computer, navigating the Internet, uploading files to a website, setting up an email account and attaching files to email.
Computer Class
Adults 55+, Adults, Programs for Adults
2:00 pm
Tue, Apr 24
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
6:00 pm
Tue, Apr 24
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Come to laugh, learn, socialize, share, & have fun as we discuss The Turner House by Angela Flourney! To join please come by or call 754-7734 and ask for Kimberly.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Apr 24
Main
Teen Center
Turn your passion into cash. Whether you want to market your talents or sell products in your own store, meet experts who will explain their business and what it takes to excel. This will also be an opportunity to learn about Richland Library's summer entrepreneurship courses. Teen entrepreneurs will have opportunities to apply themselves in several different fields, from fiber arts to food and hospitality to comics publishing and more. These events are made possible through a generous grant from AT&T.Refreshments will be served.
Teens
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
6:00 pm
Tue, Apr 24
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Kimico Myers , owner of TeamLogic IT, to learn how he turned his passion for technology solutions into a successful small business. Mr. Myers will discuss money management, marketing, and the importance of customer service. TeamLogic IT offers a variety of services, including cybersecurity, data backup, and website services. Register online.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Apr 24
Main
Studio 221
Singer/songwriter Wendell Culbreath (AKA THE Dubber) is back! He will be offering guidance, tips and lyric writing techniques in this special 4-week series of workshops for those interested in songwriting. Sign up once, and return monthly for new challenges to help you write your next hit.
Maker
Adults
6:30 pm
Tue, Apr 24
Main
Theater
This free screening is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program at the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust as part of the American (Jewish) Humor Conference. Join us for a free screening of the award-winning documentary on Holocaust humor, The Last Laugh. In this film, director Ferne Pearlstein showcases an intimate portrayal of Auschwitz survivor Renee Firestone alongside interviews with influential comedians and thinkers ranging from Mel Brooks, Sarah Silverman, Larry Charles, and Gilbert Gottfried, to authors Etgar Keret and Shalom Auslander. The film also includes rare archival footage of cabarets inside the concentration camps themselves, as well as video of performances from comics George Carlin, and Chris Rock, and newly discovered footage of Jerry Lewis’s never-released Holocaust comedy The Day the Clown Cried.Ferne Pearlstein will be speaking at Gambrell 153 at 9:15 on Saturday, April 28th.
Maker, Community Awareness, Movies
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Tue, Apr 24
Main
Meeting Space 213
Please join local poet Mike Murray in a workshop centered around spotlighting two of the most paralyzing emotions in life, fear, and anger, and spinning them into introspective poems using multiple forms of imagery. All are welcome to come pick up a pen and learn the ways of using symbolism to not say, but SHOW how you really feel!
Maker, Workshop
Adults, 13 - 18
9:00 am
Wed, Apr 25
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, Apr 25
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, Apr 25
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, Apr 25
Eastover
Children's Area
Share stories, songs, craft, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Wed, Apr 25
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
10:30 am
Wed, Apr 25
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, Apr 25
Main
Storytime 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 Families, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Wed, Apr 25
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, Apr 25
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Interested in basket weaving? Bring your own supplies and share your skills with fellow basket weavers!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Main
Career Coaching Center
Career Coaches will be available to answer your résumé questions on a first-come, first-served basis.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Sandhills
Steam Corner
Let your imagination run wild as you build and create with Legos in the Sandhills Steam Corner.
STEM/STEAM, Children
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children
3:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Make bubble magic with science using Little Bits!
STEM/STEAM, Children
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Everything Manga ★ Staff Pick

5:00 pm
Wed, Apr 25
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Watch anime, discuss manga, and play games with fellow fans! Whether you've only just become interested in the medium or have long been an otaku, we have a chair for you.
Teens
13 - 18, Adults, Programs for Teens

Meet Chef Sarah Simmons ★ Staff Pick

5:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Main
Cafe
Join Chef Sarah Simmons to kick off a program series for business leaders and entrepreneurs in the community. Sarah will share her business story as well as introduce upcoming opportunities to move your business forward.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults

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