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2:30 pm
Fri, Aug 18
Blythewood
Watch the movie "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court," featuring Bing Crosby, Rhonda Fleming and a solar eclipse.
Movies
Children All Ages, Adults, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Sat, Aug 19
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Sat, Aug 19
Main
Auditorium
Frances England is coming all the way from San Francisco to help us celebrate the end of summer! Her whimsical, acoustic pop ballads have won four Parents’ Choice Awards and her latest album Explorer of the World was nominated for a Grammy. Join us for music, fun and prizes for the whole family.
Summer Learning Challenge, Performance
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Aug 19
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
11:00 am
Sat, Aug 19
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
2:30 pm
Sat, Aug 19
Blythewood
Bring up to 10 gently used children's books and trade them for different titles! The Blythewood Bookworms will be there to help you.
Children, Summer Learning Challenge, Book Group
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
3:00 pm
Sat, Aug 19
Sandhills
Auditorium
Frances England is coming all the way from San Francisco to help us celebrate the end of summer! Her whimsical, acoustic pop ballads have won four Parents’ Choice Awards and her latest album Explorer of the World was nominated for a Grammy. Join us for music, fun and prizes for the whole family.An ASL interpreter will be provided.
Summer Learning Challenge, Performance
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
3:00 pm
Sat, Aug 19
Main
Theater
Become part of a community writing circle! Respond to one of the following writing prompts and start writing a story of your own. Work on your story over the course of two months, and then join us on August 20th at 3 p.m. to share a piece of your work in person! Writing Prompts:1)“Write about someone else’s hands. Write a description of them working or doing something familiar – shaving, raking leaves, driving a car. Look at your own hands, and write about how they are similar or different.” – adapted from Kicking in the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises 2)“Write a story about three people who are on a road trip together, only to stop off at a gas station and pick up a fourth person whom they don't know. Why did they pick this person up? Where are they taking him/her? What happens?” – Brian A Klems (Creative Writing Prompts on Writer’s Digest)
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Sat, Aug 19
Eastover
Meeting Room
Learn basic smartphone features including: differences between Android and iPhone, data plans, powering on, navigation, settings, Internet search, making calls and text messaging. We will provide the devices and apps and all the support you need to become a proficient user.
Computer Class
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+
3:00 pm
Sat, Aug 19
Blythewood
Join our Book Club! Enjoy fun activities and hear about exciting books.
Book Group, Children
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
3:00 pm
Sun, Aug 20
Main
Auditorium
Columbia is answering the Solar Eclipse’s 2:30 seconds of darkness with a decade of brilliance – by introducing Southern Lights, a public laser light sculpture. Discover the Brilliance Behind the Beams during a PowerPoint presentation revealing ties between laser sculptor Chris Robinson and the laser’s inventor, Nobel Laureate and Greenville, SC native Charles Townes. For science and art lovers, teens through adults. Presenter: Rachel Haynie, author of “First, You Explore: The Story of the Young Charles Townes” and newly-released “Charles H. Townes: Beam Maker.”
Local History
Adults, 13 - 18
10:00 am
Mon, Aug 21
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
10:30 am
Mon, Aug 21
Main
Auditorium
Stories, songs and much more await you and your family at the library.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
1:30 pm
Mon, Aug 21
Blythewood
Canceled - Richland Library will close at noon on Monday, Aug. 21.Blythewood Library invites you to experience the 2017 solar eclipse. We'll read about the eclipse and make a creative craft. Then we'll watch the eclipse as it occurs!
Storytime
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Mon, Aug 21
Main
Makerspace
**This program has been cancelled** Learn basic embroidery stitches, like the French knot and stem stitch to embroider your sun sign. Bring your own pillowcase or handkerchief or use one of our provided bandanas.
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Mon, Aug 21
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
6:30 pm
Mon, Aug 21
Sandhills
Meeting Room
Conversation circle for folks wanting to brush up their Spanish
Let's Speak English
Adults
6:30 pm
Mon, Aug 21
Ballentine
CANCELLED Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for bedtime stories and songs.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Tue, Aug 22
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

Hands on Art ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Tue, Aug 22
Blythewood
Simple art fun with stories to boot. Dress for a mess! Registration required.
Children, Art in the Library
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Tue, Aug 22
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Learn how to select the right business entity. What exactly is a business plan and why do you need one? Discuss access to credit and capital including SBA programs and much more.
Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
11:30 am
Tue, Aug 22
Main
Meeting Space 203
Did you know that representatives from SafeLink 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 SafeLink 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 SafeLink 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 SafeLink Wireless information line at 1-800-723-3546 or by asking a SafeLink representative!
Social Work
Adults
1:00 pm
Tue, Aug 22
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+
4:00 pm
Tue, Aug 22
Sandhills
Children's Maker
Activate your STEAM-engines! Tinker in our Maker Lab with a variety of projects geared towards Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
STEM/STEAM
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Coloring Café ★ Staff Pick

5:30 pm
Tue, Aug 22
Ballentine
Keep calm and Color On!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Aug 22
Eastover
Children's Area
Wear your pajamas and snuggle up for bedtime stories and songs.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Tue, Aug 22
North Main
Large Meeting Space
North Main Video Gaming Club. If you love playing NFL Madden or NBA 2k, then this is the club for you! Join us twice a month to enjoy a rotating schedule of NFL Madden and NBA 2K on Playstation 4.
Gaming
Programs for Teens, Programs for School Age Children
9:00 am
Wed, Aug 23
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
10:00 am
Wed, Aug 23
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! A second session of the same craft will be held at 10:45.
Art in the Library
Programs for Young Children, 3-5
10:00 am
Wed, Aug 23
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

Hello, Baby! ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Wed, Aug 23
Main
Children's 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
11:00 am
Wed, Aug 23
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
11:30 am
Wed, Aug 23
Main
Studio 220
Do you love origami? Or just want to learn a few key techniques? Drop by and spend your lunch break relaxing and learning the ancient art of paper folding.
Maker
Adults
2:30 pm
Wed, Aug 23
Main
Career Coaching Center
Career Coaches are available to answer your résumé questions on a first-come, first-served basis.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
4:00 pm
Wed, Aug 23
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join us for Teen Gaming Night! PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Atari, and Retro Board Game fun!
Teens, Gaming
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
6:00 pm
Wed, Aug 23
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Discuss “Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America”, by Jill Leovy.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Wed, Aug 23
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.
Children, STEM/STEAM
Children All Ages, Programs for Families

Byte Size Computer Basics ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Wed, Aug 23
Sandhills
Do you have a tech question? Puzzled by an edevice? Want to know more about how to best use our website? Drop in for one-on-one help.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Thu, Aug 24
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, Aug 24
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Thu, Aug 24
Main
Auditorium
Stories, songs and much more await you and your family at the library.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
2:00 pm
Thu, Aug 24
Main
Makerspace
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!
Sew Divine, Craft, Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Thu, Aug 24
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+
3:00 pm
Thu, Aug 24
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Certified pet therapy dog, Josh loves to be read to. Participants will individually read to the dog in a setting where they can feel comfortable and confident. Afterall, this dog will not correct them or make them feel awkward if they stumble.
Children
6-8, 3-5
3:30 pm
Thu, Aug 24
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, Aug 24
Main
Meeting Space 200
We've got a Playstation 4, Xbox One, and a Wii U and we know how to use them. Join us every Thursday on our second floor to enjoy a rotating schedule of consoles and games. 
Teens, Gaming
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
4:00 pm
Thu, Aug 24
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Burn Calories and have some fun Hula hooping.
Health and Wellness
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
5:30 pm
Thu, Aug 24
Eastover
Children's Area
Create robots, cities, creatures and more using LEGO blocks/KEVA Planks and LEGO Mindstorm!
Gaming, Children
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Thu, Aug 24
Main
BCR Classroom
Sylvie Golod, Career Specialist, 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. Intermediate class for active LinkedIn users only.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Aug 24
Main
Makerspace
For this iteration of Handmade Home we will be creating a small cardboard loom and begin weaving small wall hangings or coasters on them.  All materials provided. Please be prepared for small detailed handwork.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults

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