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10:30 am
Sat, Nov 4
Blythewood
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. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver in order to participate. This program is provided by IT-oLogy and made possible with grant funding from Richland County Government.
Children
6-8, Programs for School Age Children
11:00 am
Sat, Nov 4
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, Nov 4
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
1:30 pm
Sat, Nov 4
Ballentine
Join us for the final installment of a 3-session course to prepare for the SAT exam! Get feedback and results from Session 2's practice exam from USC Test Prep instructors. Please register for this event by calling (803) 929-3470 during business hours. Registration will for this program will open on September 18, 2017.This event is made possible thanks to a generous grant provided by First Citizens Bank.
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
1:30 pm
Sat, Nov 4
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
2:30 pm
Sat, Nov 4
Blythewood
Join the fun! Watch the movie "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." Please sign up in advance.
Movies
Children All Ages, Adults, Programs for Families
3:00 pm
Sun, Nov 5
Main
Auditorium
Motherland is an absorbingly intimate, vérité look at the busiest maternity hospital on the planet, in one of the world's most populous countries: the Philippines. Women share their stories with other mothers, their families, doctors and social workers. In a hospital that is literally bursting with life, we witness the miracle and wonder of the human condition. Winner, 2017 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Commanding Vision.
Movies, Community Awareness
Adults
10:00 am
Mon, Nov 6
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
10:00 am
Mon, Nov 6
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Registration opens 10/07/2017
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
12:30 pm
Mon, Nov 6
Board Room
Board Meeting
3:00 pm
Mon, Nov 6
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Curious about the makerspace? Visit for an introduction to this new space and the tools and supplies available to use in the library.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Mon, Nov 6
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Need a space to call your own…Just got out of school and don’t want to go home. Come hang at North Main from 3 - 5. Come play board games, draw, do your homework, or use laptops.
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Mon, Nov 6
Main
Makerspace
Come learn how to crochet! We will be learning how to chain stitch, single crochet, double crochet, and basic pattern reading. Hooks and yarn provided, but feel free to bring your own to learn on!
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults, Adults 55+
6:00 pm
Mon, Nov 6
Main
Theater
Do you like to use words like tsundere, shojo, or doujinshi? If so - or if you’re just curious - the doors of T.O.A.S.T., the Team Of Anime Seeking Teens, are open to you. Watch fresh-picked anime series every Monday at 6 p.m., learn brief Japanese lessons, and enjoy anime-based games and crafts. (Bread not included.)
Teens, Multicultural, Movies
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
10:30 am
Tue, Nov 7
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, Programs for School Age Children
10:30 am
Tue, Nov 7
Cooper
Do you have a tech question? Puzzled by an e-device? Want to know how to best use our website or surfing the internet? Any tech/computer questions/problems? Call or walk in to reserve a 30-minute or 1-hour in person session with one-on-one technical help. Call 803-787-3462 to book your sesison.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Tue, Nov 7
Blythewood
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, Nov 7
Main
BCR Classroom
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
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
11:00 am
Tue, Nov 7
Sandhills
Meeting Room
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, Nov 7
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+
6:00 pm
Tue, Nov 7
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join an attorney representative from the South Carolina Bar Association to learn about Social Security Issues.
Workshop
Adults, 13 - 18
6:30 pm
Tue, Nov 7
Main
Meeting Space 214
Join with fellow ukulele enthusiasts for a relaxed and fun jam session. Newbies and seasoned strummers welcome! We will have a limited number of ukuleles to try, so please bring your own if you are able.
Adults, Adults 55+, 13 - 18
10:00 am
Wed, Nov 8
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, Nov 8
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, Nov 8
Main
Career Coaching Center
Come hear the details about job training that Goodwill offers here in the Midlands. Learn about training and certification for becoming a certified nursing assistant (CNA), call center representative, custodial technician, and retail or food service worker. A Goodwill representative will provide information about program requirements, start dates, and the selection process. Best of all, you can complete an application for the program of your choice onsite.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Wed, Nov 8
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Registration opens 11/01/2017
Interested in basket weaving? Bring your own supplies and share your skills with fellow basket weavers!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Wed, Nov 8
Main
Makerspace
It's that time of year again, pumpkin spice all the time, every day, and no apologies. Join us the in Makerspace to make three DIY Pumpkin Spice products: Carpet Deodorizer, Lip Balm, and Lip Scrub.
Maker
Adults
11:00 am
Wed, Nov 8
Blythewood
Richland Library cares very much about the community and is proud to provide FREE flu shots in partnership with Walgreens Pharmacy.
Health and Wellness, Social Work
Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Wed, Nov 8
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, Nov 8
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Join us for stories and songs about fruit & veggies and learn about the Food Share Columbia program.
Children, Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
3:30 pm
Wed, Nov 8
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
6:00 pm
Wed, Nov 8
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Craig Balch, IRS Enrolled Agent, to learn “What You Need to Know About Federal Taxes and Your New Business; How to Set Up and Run Your Business so Paying Taxes Isn’t a Hassle; and What You Need to Know When You Run Your Business Out of Your Home.” Register Online.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Wed, Nov 8
Sandhills
Meeting Room
Discuss engaging works of fiction and non-fiction.
Book Group
Adults
7:00 pm
Wed, Nov 8
Main
Meeting Space 213
Please join the Great Books Discussion Group to explore classic literature with fellow readers. Please contact 929-3469 with any questions.August 9: 2nd Inaugural Address, Abraham LincolnSeptember 13: The Beast in the Jungle, Henry JamesOctober 11: Treatise on Tolerance, VoltaireNovember 8: Theological-Political Treatise, Chapters XVI, XIX, XX, SpinozaDecember 13: The Misanthrope, Moliere
Book Group
Adults
9:30 pm
Wed, Nov 8
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Every Tuesday our meeting room is open for children and their families who are home schooled of all ages to meet up and hang out.
Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
9:30 am
Thu, Nov 9
Ballentine
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, Nov 9
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
10:45 am
Thu, Nov 9
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
3:30 pm
Thu, Nov 9
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, Nov 9
Blythewood
Are you up for a challenge? We'll give you a project to complete, and it's up to you to figure out how to do it! You'll "shop" for supplies, build it, then test your creation. Registration required.
STEM/STEAM
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Paint Mixer ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Thu, Nov 9
North Main
Small Meeting Space
An evening of painting! No instructor – just people who love to draw and paint. Supplies available.
Craft
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Nov 9
North Main
Networking Center
Join Health Educators from Palmetto Health for a discussion on Carbohydrates.
Health and Wellness
Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Nov 9
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Job seekers, come to Career…Encore to meet and share the challenges of looking for employment with others. 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! This month’s theme: “Attitude of Gratitude- Volunteer Your Way to a Job”
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Nov 9
Ballentine
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
10:30 am
Fri, Nov 10
Blythewood
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, Nov 10
Ballentine
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, Nov 11
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join us for the 2nd of a 3-session course to prepare for the SAT exam! Using the strategies and preparation from Session 1, take a full practice test with USC Test Prep instructors. Please register for this program by calling (803) 929-3470 during business hours. Registration will open on October 3, 2017.This event is made possible thanks to a generous grant provided by First Citizens Bank.
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
10:00 am
Sat, Nov 11
North Main
Recording Studio
Hippie Torrales, our recording studio guru, teaches basic skills needed to use the North Main Recording Studio.
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Sat, Nov 11
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Ron King, Program Specialist, Community Development, City of Columbia, for practical ways to make informed decisions regarding budgeting, improving credit, and reducing debt. Register online.
Job and Career
Programs for Adults, Adults
11:00 am
Sat, Nov 11
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

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