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6:00 pm
Wed, Jul 18
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join Ballentine’s Book Battle team as we prep for the ultimate battle of book knowledge. Application available at the library.
Summer Reading Club, Children
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Wed, Jul 18
Main
BCR Classroom
Your résumé is an advertising piece that presents your relevant career story to a prospective employer. Join Chris Barstow, Career Coach, as he demonstrates how to create a detailed, chronological master draft of a résumé. Register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Wed, Jul 18
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
No plant can do entirely without water, but there are plants that are much more adaptable to occasional dry spells. Join Richland County Master Gardeners to learn how to have a water-wise garden.
Gardening
Adults, Programs for Adults, Adults 55+
6:30 pm
Wed, Jul 18
Cooper
Children's Area
Escape the heat with some classic family movies - no flicks from this millennium!
Movies, Children, Summer Learning Challenge
Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Families
Thu, Jul 19
North Main
Pop-Up Space
The African-American 371st Infantry Regiment, southern draftees mostly from South Carolina was formed in 1917, trained at Camp Jackson and sent to the Western Front to fight in WWI where they came out as heroes. Pop in and visit this exhibit that honors the service and sacrifice of South Carolina’s 371st Infantry Regiment
Art in the Library, Exhibit
Adults, Programs for Adults
9:30 am
Thu, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
Main
Auditorium
Toting his banjo and a song, Peter Picker sets off seeking fame and fortune in the big city. Along his travels, he encounters some familiar fairy tale characters who are also on journeys of their own, including Henny Penny and a hard-working ant. Recipient of a 2017 Jim Henson Foundation Family Grant, “The Pied Picker” features original moving-mouth and rod puppets designed and constructed by puppeteer David Stephens. This production also features Stephens' talents as a banjo player and songwriter. Lots of humor and fun featuring Stephens' signature fractured fairy tale style of storytelling in this show for audiences of all ages.
Performance, Good for Groups, Summer Learning Challenge
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families
12:30 pm
Thu, Jul 19
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
1:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Sandhills
Meeting Room
Lively discussion of engaging fiction and nonfiction works.
Book Group
Adults
2:30 pm
Thu, Jul 19
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
2:30 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Sandhills
Children's Maker
It's time for our Book Battle trivia competition for children! Our reading-incentive program consists of 8 children's books, 4 practices throughout July and 1 final competition on August 4th. We will compete as a team against others to test our knowledge and have fun. Registration begins June 1st.
Summer Reading Club
9-12
2:30 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Studio 220
The Studio is OPEN! Come Thursday afternoons this Summer to work on your drawing or painting skills or finish an art project from home. Some materials provided for sketching, collaging and other dry media. Please bring your own paints and canvases for painting. No registration necessary.
Maker
Adults
3:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Career Coaching Center
Are you thinking of enrolling in college? Do you have questions about the admissions process? Learn more from Brandon Benjamin, Midlands Technical College Admissions Advisor, on enrollment steps. The session will cover the various programs of study that are offered, the application process, and information on purchasing books for the first day of class. Register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Eastover
Meeting Room
A week-long crafts making to see how crafty you are. Materials will be provided.
Summer Learning Challenge, Maker
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Teen Gaming Room
The Teen Center challenges you to enter our gaming tournament to win honor and glory. Compete with your fellow gamers to dominate the bracket! Ages 12 to 18.
Teens, Gaming
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
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+
4:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Production Stage
Drop-in orientation for the Studio Services's Production Stage. No appointment required. This session lasts 30-45 minutes. It covers the equipment in the stage; basic setup, teardown, and workflow; policies and procedures; and how to reserve the room.NOTE: This is not a class. We will not be teaching a skill during this time. You can check our Events page for specific workshops. If you are interested in a Media Arts skill we are not currently offering a class on, you can request a Book A Learning Coach session.
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults

EdVenture At Eastover ★ Staff Pick

5:30 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Eastover
Children's Area
Fun-filled workshops that integrate literacy and science by linking children’s books with inquiry based hands-on science explorations. Presented by EdVenture Children’s Museum, with the Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Free Library of Philadelphia LEAP into Science Family Workshops.
STEM/STEAM, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Career Coaching Center
Schedule a one-on-one 45 minute appointment with South Carolina's Small Business Development Center Minority Business Manager, Cheryl Salley. Cheryl will answer your business questions and provide information on starting your own business. By appointment only.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
Main
Meeting Space 213
Interested in starting to save seeds from some of your favorites? Richland County Master Gardeners will discuss which seeds are better to save and why and will provide you with information on how to save seeds so they will be viable for the next planting season. This program will tie in with our new Seed Library.
Gardening, Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Join us for a community book swap.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
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, Jul 19
Main
Post Production Lab
Model, sculpt, and render! These workshops appeal to both novices and advanced users. Each 3D Thursday will cover basics and a different technique using Blender, MeshMixer, and other free tools.
Maker, Workshop
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Main
Career Coaching Center
Schedule a one-on-one 45 minute appointment with South Carolina's Small Business Development Center Minority Business Manager, Cheryl Salley. Cheryl will answer your business questions and provide information on starting your own business. By appointment only.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Thu, Jul 19
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Discuss, watch, read, and enjoy your favorite anime and manga with us! For beginners and the already obsessed.
Teens
13 - 18
Fri, Jul 20
North Main
Pop-Up Space
The African-American 371st Infantry Regiment, southern draftees mostly from South Carolina was formed in 1917, trained at Camp Jackson and sent to the Western Front to fight in WWI where they came out as heroes. Pop in and visit this exhibit that honors the service and sacrifice of South Carolina’s 371st Infantry Regiment
Art in the Library, Exhibit
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Fri, Jul 20
Cooper
Children's Area
Simple art fun with stories to boot. Dress for a mess!
Children, Craft, Storytime
Programs for Young Children, 3-5
10:00 am
Fri, Jul 20
Eastover
Meeting Room
Bring the whole family to take a break from the heat with a fun-filled flick.
Movies, Summer Learning Challenge
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:30 am
Fri, Jul 20
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Share stories, songs and more while building early literacy skills! It's fun for the whole family!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Fri, Jul 20
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Fri, Jul 20
Sandhills
Auditorium
The stage is set and the puppets are all here! Enjoy the show!
Children
3-5, 6-8, Programs for Young Children
2:30 pm
Fri, Jul 20
Main
Meeting Space 205
Is having an online presence stopping you from fulfilling your entrepreneurial dreams? Book a one-on-one appointment to find out how you can establish your business online without the upfront cost of a professional webmaster. If registration is filled, please contact Kelsey T in Studio Services at 929-3445 for additional times.
Maker, Business Event, Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Fri, Jul 20
Eastover
Meeting Room
We've got a Wii and XBox and you know how to play it. Join us to enjoy your favorite games. Welcome to bring your own game(s).
Gaming
Children All Ages, Programs for Families

Pigskin Poets ★ Staff Pick

3:00 pm
Fri, Jul 20
Community Event
Drew Wellness Center | 2101 Walker Solomon Way
Down, set, hike! It’s time for Gamecock football! The USC football team, cheerleaders and Cocky are taking the field with Richland Library for an afternoon of stories, games and autographs. The celebration will be led by popular storyteller, Darion McCloud.Please note, this event will take place at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, Columbia, SC 29204.
Summer Learning Challenge, Children, Good for Groups
Children All Ages, 13 - 18, Adults
3:30 pm
Fri, Jul 20
Main
Studio 221
For the final session of the Beginning Quilting series, come learn how to finish your piece from Beginning Quilting 1 & 2. In this class, we will work on creating our own binding, binding the quilt, and attaching hanging loops. These classes will give you the basics on quilting, confidence with tools, and the knowledge to continue the craft. Participants must know how to run a sewing machine or have come to a Beginning Sewing lesson.*All materials provided.
Maker, Craft, Hygge
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Fri, Jul 20
Operations Center
Donors to the Richland Library Friends are eligible to shop during this private sale 6:30-8:30 p.m. Not a donor? You can give at the door for as little as $25.
Book Sale
Children All Ages, 13 - 18, Adults
Sat, Jul 21
North Main
Pop-Up Space
The African-American 371st Infantry Regiment, southern draftees mostly from South Carolina was formed in 1917, trained at Camp Jackson and sent to the Western Front to fight in WWI where they came out as heroes. Pop in and visit this exhibit that honors the service and sacrifice of South Carolina’s 371st Infantry Regiment
Art in the Library, Exhibit
Adults, Programs for Adults
9:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
Operations Center
Get great deals on used books and support the library. Questions? Call 929-3436
Book Sale
Children All Ages, 13 - 18, Adults
10:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
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
10:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
Main
Meeting Space 213
A little bit of plotting will strengthen your story from the beginning. By learning this method to map out your story it helps to eliminate the hesitation and writer’s block that causes most people “isn’t going anywhere” or they “don’t know what to write next.” Join us to get your plotting on.
Maker, Workshop
Adults
10:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Ron King, Program Specialist, Community Development, City of Columbia, for practical advice on how to make informed decisions regarding budgeting, improving credit, and reducing debt. Register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Jul 21
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
11:00 am
Sat, Jul 21
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

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