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4:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join us for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics projects to improve critical thinking skills and innovation, and more importantly, to have fun.
Teens, STEM/STEAM
13 - 18
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Retro games! We got 'em. Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Genesis—and more. Join us for an afternoon of delicious game goodness.
Gaming, Maker
Adults, 13 - 18, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Registration opens 01/23/2018
Class description: Enjoy some romantic desserts for two. These recipes will surely make your heart flutter with excitement and spark a romantic evening in the kitchen. Menu: Crème Brûlée - Chocolate Ganache-Covered Strawberries. 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 • All classes are limited to 16 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
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Main
Makerspace
Join us as we explore this wonderful tradition of color-work knitting known as fair isle or stranded knitting. Each participant will make a small swatch of fair isle on straight needles. Basic knitting skills of cast on, knit stitch, purl stitch, bind off, and personal tension are a must. All materials provided.*If you have any questions, please contact Kelsey Andrus.
Maker, Craft, Hygge
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Eastover
Challenge your friends to Wii U or Xbox 360 games!
Gaming
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
6:30 pm
Wed, Feb 7
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Miss the 70's. North Main has a throwback music party every first Wednesday of the month. Come dance and reminisce as you hear the great music of that era.
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Families
7:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join Cola Makerspace to share projects, knowledge, and making ideas and tips
Maker
Adults
9:30 am
Thu, Feb 8
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, Feb 8
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Feb 8
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, Feb 8
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join storyteller Nancy Tolson for a fun stroll of the past with stories, music, games and more.
Black History Month, Friends Event
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+

I Heart You! ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Thu, Feb 8
Blythewood
Meeting Room
It's almost Valentine's Day. Join us as we read stories about love, then create a craft sure to make your heart flutter!
Children, Craft
3-5, Programs for Young Children
3:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
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
3:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Studio 220
Have you used perler beads? Whether you have or not, please join us as we create pixel art with fun perler bead designs.
Maker, Craft
Adults, 9-12, 13 - 18
5:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Studio 220
Do you want to design your own beaded jewelry, but don't know where to start? This class is designed for the absolute beginner! Learn about essential tools and types of beads, then design your own bracelet and earrings.
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Blythewood
Meeting Room
It's up to you to decide what happens to your property at your death. Larry Cope will guide you through the basic steps of will making. He will also offer free notary service. Bring documents that you need notarized. Please sign up in advance.
Legal
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
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
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Job seekers, come to Career…Encore! to meet and share the challenges of looking for employment with other persons—whether younger or older, unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a career transition, the desire is the same: to find work that is purposeful and, of course, comes with a paycheck! Join us!
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults

Natural Dyes: Cochineal ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Makerspace
In this iteration of Natural Dyes, we will be experimenting with cochineal. This natural protein dye results in a variety of pink and red tones depending on mordant choices. Each participant will be able to dye a bandana, handkerchief, or small bag using wholecloth or resistance techniques. All materials provided. *Please dress in clothing that can get permanently stained.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Create works of art and home décor for less than $5 using common household items. Class is free, and all materials are provided.
Maker
Programs for Adults, Adults
10:30 am
Fri, Feb 9
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, Feb 9
Ballentine
Meeting 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
9:30 am
Sat, Feb 10
Blythewood
Earn volunteer hours by meeting once a month to help plan programs, participate in service projects and have fun! For 7th through 12th graders.
Teens, Meetings
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
10:00 am
Sat, Feb 10
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Sat, Feb 10
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn basic skills for creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (2013). Learn to create new slides, edit text and insert images.Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 10
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Come enjoy a morning of board games! For all ages.
Children, Gaming
Children All Ages, Adults, Programs for Families
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Post Production Lab
Interested in learning about 3D Modeling and Designing in a simple and fun way? This intro session will use MagickaVoxel to create 3D models that can be used in game development, filmmaking, and more. In this class, we will define what voxels are, explain the Ins-and-Outs of MagickaVoxel, and create our first 3D model—a book!
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Sat, Feb 10
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, Feb 10
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
2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Auditorium
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She will share her story, "From Rejection to New York Times Bestselling Author: My Personal Journey," followed by audience Q&A and a book signing.
Author Event, Black History Month
Adults
2:30 pm
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Please join us to discuss a mystery or thriller of your choice. Share an old favorite or a new discovery. If you have questions please call Chantal Wilson at 929-3400.
Book Group
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+

Teen Advisory Board ★ Staff Pick

3:30 pm
Sat, Feb 10
Ballentine
Earn volunteer hours by meeting once a month to help plan programs, participate in service projects and have fun!
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Auditorium
"Dirt And Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state."
Movies, Black History Month
Adults
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Retro games! We got 'em. Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Genesis—and more. Join us for an afternoon of delicious game goodness.
Gaming, Maker
Programs for Families, Adults, Children All Ages
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Theater
USC Professor Emerita Pat McNeely will discuss her new book, “Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair”. The scandal started when the Washington wives refused to socialize with the wife of Andrew Jackson's newly appointed Secretary of War, and the President personally ordered the women to include Peggy Eaton in their social lives. When they refused, the political battles over her virtue and character caused Jackson to dissolve his cabinet in 1831 and cost Vice President John C. Calhoun his chance to be President. “The government upheaval caused by the Petticoat Affair changed American history and made national headlines well into the 20th Century,” McNeely said. McNeely’s talk is co-sponsored by the Columbia Genealogy Chapter and the S.C. Humanities Council.
Local History
Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Mon, Feb 12
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Introduce your baby to the world of books and nurture a love of reading with stories, rhymes, and songs. This storytime is geared for crawlers.
Storytime
Babies up to 12 months, Programs for Families
3:00 pm
Mon, Feb 12
Main
Makerspace
Join us to learn how to read a sewing pattern, both physical and pdf versions, to create a successful sewing experience. This class is designed as a continuation of our sewing 101 and 102 class and is excellent for both beginners and those who need a refresher. We will discuss how to read, purchase accordingly, lay out and cut a sewing pattern.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Mon, Feb 12
Sandhills
Children's Maker
The Children's Maker Space is open to help young artists explore their creative side. Materials are available to draw, paint, and create.
Maker, Summer Learning Challenge, Art in the Library
9-12, 6-8, Programs for School Age Children
6:30 pm
Mon, Feb 12
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join us to learn fun recipes that only require a coffee mug, a microwave, and few ingredients!
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Mon, Feb 12
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
RESOLVE-Columbia is a peer-led support group under the National Infertility Association. If you are struggling with infertility, you are not alone. We are here to listen, provide support, and encourage you on your path to parenthood. Please email resolvecolumbia@gmail.com if you need additional information. Register online.
Health and Wellness
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 am
Tue, Feb 13
Main
Auditorium
Join us for a special screening and discussion following this film about one of our unsung heroes of the civil rights era. “On November 20, 2013, Bayard Rustin was posthumously awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. Who was this man? Bayard Rustin is best remembered as the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, one of the largest nonviolent protests ever held in the United States. His activism for peace, racial equality, economic justice and human rights, and how he navigated through his life and career as an openly gay man are the themes of this portrait.”
Black History Month, Movies
Adults

Reader's Morning Out ★ Staff Pick

10:00 am
Tue, Feb 13
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Ballentine's daytime book group for adults. Register by phone or in person.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults

Hands on Art ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Tue, Feb 13
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
10:30 am
Tue, Feb 13
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
11:00 am
Tue, Feb 13
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
11:00 am
Tue, Feb 13
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Malcolm Dennis, Assistant Branch Manager, as he provides an overview of the Trojan Labor hiring process. Trojan Labor is currently recruiting more than 50 positions, both full and part time, for facility management at the University of South Carolina. Requirement to apply: 2 forms of ID.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Tue, Feb 13
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Practice your English-language conversation with other internationals in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Let's Speak English
Adults, Programs for Adults
1:00 pm
Tue, Feb 13
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, Feb 13
Main
Makerspace
Learn how to needle felt decorative hearts onto Valentine's day treat bags.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Feb 13
Eastover
Meeting Room
Please join us for an informative legal session-a Member of the SC Bar, will give advice and answer your questions about Wills, Estates and Probate issues.
Legal
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults

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