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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
10:30 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
6:00 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Join us to discuss “A Dirty Job”, by Christopher Moore. To arrange to pick up a copy of the book or to ask questions call Chantal Wilson at 929-3400.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join us for Ballentine's adult evening book club as we discuss Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Register by phone or in person.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults

Live on the Lawn ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
If you find yourself in the vicinity of Broad River & St Andrews Rd stop by for some live music at the Richland Library - St Andrews outdoor oasis. See performances by some super talented musicians. Fun and dance for all ages.
Performance
Programs for Families, Programs for Teens, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Wed, Apr 25
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Do you have trouble growing things? Maybe you live in a home that has very little light, or you're short on time and don't want to maintain plants. Well, we have found the answer for you! Join us to paint your own Cactus Rock Garden.
Maker
Programs for Adults, Adults
9:00 am
Thu, Apr 26
Main
Auditorium
A practical, easy-to-understand workshop about cybersecurity risks and what to do to protect your small business. This workshop is packed full of information to help you understand what you’re risking, who’s threatening your small business, and how to lower risks to you, your business, your employees, your vendors, and especially your customers. You will walk away with an understanding of cybersecurity and a way to create your own cybersecurity plan to protect your business. The best part? This event is free for you to attend! Register early to reserve your seat in the workshop.
Business Event, Maker, Workshop
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Thu, Apr 26
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Apr 26
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
10:00 am
Thu, Apr 26
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, Apr 26
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
10:30 am
Thu, Apr 26
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Ever wonder who or what lives under water? Check out these critters who live in Camp Discovery's very own Simmons Creek.
STEM/STEAM, Children
3-5, 6-8, Programs for Young Children
11:30 am
Thu, Apr 26
Cooper
Learn to knit or work through a knotty situation with master knitter Boykin Exum. No prior experience needed! Beginners and master knitters are welcome!
Craft, Storytime, Sew Divine
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
2:30 pm
Thu, Apr 26
Main
BCR Classroom
Do you have a specific question about how to use computers or access Richland Library’s electronic resources? Drop-in to our Computer and eReady Basics Learning Lab for personalized assistance. Learn basic computer skills such as using a mouse, saving files to a computer, navigating the Internet, or setting up and using an email account. Or learn to download audiobooks, eBooks, comics, magazines, music, movies and more to your device as well as discover the best in educational apps for your family! Bring your questions on how to be computer and e-savvy. For more information call 929-3400.
Computer Class
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
2:30 pm
Thu, Apr 26
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd 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 using Microsoft programs.
Computer Class
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Thu, Apr 26
Cooper
Understanding personal finance and making smart decisions has become more important than ever. The City of Columbia “Start Fresh” program offers individuals and families the ‘smarts’ needed to build a strong financial foundation. Join Ron King, Program Specialist, Community Development, for practical ways to make informed decisions regarding budgeting, improving credit and reducing debt. Register online.
Financial, Workshop
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Thu, Apr 26
Main
Sign up for an appointment by registering for this event. We will work on an organizational system for your photographs, both physical and digital, in a one on one appointment. If you have boxes of old family photographs that are showing signs of deterioration, we will go over tips on how to utilize Adobe Photoshop to help preserve your family memories. If registration is filled, please contact Jennifer in Studio Services at 929-3445.
Maker
Adults

Tween Open Lab ★ Staff Pick

3:30 pm
Thu, Apr 26
Main
Storytime Room
Have a dance party, get crafty or game on in this Choose Your Own Adventure Tween Takeover.
Children, Gaming, Craft
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
3:30 pm
Thu, Apr 26
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
4:00 pm
Thu, Apr 26
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Burn Calories and have some fun Hula hooping.
Health and Wellness
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
4:00 pm
Thu, Apr 26
Sandhills
Steam Corner
Did you know that dogs LOVE stories? Pick out a book and read to a certified pet therapy dog. An excellent opportunity for struggling or new readers.
Children
Programs for School Age Children, 6-8, 3-5
6:00 pm
Thu, Apr 26
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, Apr 26
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

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