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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
10:00 am
Thu, Apr 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, Apr 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, Apr 19
Eastover
Meeting Room
Experience the relaxing atmosphere of a traditional Chinese tea house; identify types of Chinese tea leaves and their health benefits; enjoy a freshly brewed cup of tea and delicate Chinese refreshments.
Multicultural, Friends Event
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+, Adults
10:00 am
Thu, Apr 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

Pachyderm Parade ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Thu, Apr 19
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Elephants are endearing! Join us for stories and songs about these jumbo giants, then we'll make a craft that will make you wiggle your trunk!
Children
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:30 am
Thu, Apr 19
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+
1:00 pm
Thu, Apr 19
Sandhills
Meeting Room
Lively discussion of engaging fiction and nonfiction works.
Book Group
Adults

After School Games ★ Staff Pick

2:00 pm
Thu, Apr 19
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Swing by the library for some board game fun!
Gaming, Children
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children

Google What? ★ Staff Pick

2:30 pm
Thu, Apr 19
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Basic introduction to the basics of what Google offers: Gmail, Google Docs, Google Drive.
Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Thu, Apr 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
4:00 pm
Thu, Apr 19
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 19
Main
Makerspace
Using our scraps from the wool felt baskets, we will be creating sets of colorful wool coasters for your homes! This class is limited to 12 people, but is running first come first serve style.
Maker, Hygge
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Apr 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, Apr 19
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn how to use Microsoft Publisher (2013) to create newsletters, flyers, and brochures. Registration is required. Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Apr 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
6:30 pm
Thu, Apr 19
Sandhills
Beloved children’s author, Lois Lowry, will speak at Richland Library as the featured guest for the 32nd annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen. Lowry has twice been awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal and has written many novels for children including Number the Stars and The Giver. A book sale and signing will follow.
Augusta Baker's Dozen, Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18, 9-12
7:00 pm
Thu, Apr 19
Main
Theater
SCREENDOOR Storytelling hosts monthly live community events to foster connection through the art of sharing stories. Inspired by The Moth’s model, each event has a theme, and a judging panel of peers selects a winner and runner-up for the night. There are only three rules: stories must be true from your life and related to the theme, told without notes, in under 10 minutes. April’s theme is “Dirty Work”: share a story about composting toilets, your government internship, or pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Connect with us on Facebook at Screendoor Storytelling to sign up for a storytelling spot, or email screendoorcolumbia@gmail.com for more information.
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Fri, Apr 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
10:30 am
Fri, Apr 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, Apr 20
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, Apr 21
Blythewood
Makerspace
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, Apr 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, Apr 21
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet, creating charts and performing calculations using Microsoft Excel (2013). Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
North Main
Networking Center
The North Main Gardeners share a variety of gardening tips.
Gardening
Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Come enjoy a morning of board games! For all ages.
Children, Gaming
Children All Ages, Adults, Programs for Families

Virtual Reality Explorers ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
Ballentine
Meeting Room
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. Please register online. This program is provided by IT-oLogy and made possible with grant funding from Richland County Government.
STEM/STEAM
9-12, Programs for School Age Children

A Celebration of Stories ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Auditorium
Bring the whole family to celebrate stories during the 32nd annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen! Enjoy a morning of storytelling with Darion McCloud, music with Molly Ledford, and a special presentation by two time Newbery Medal winning author Lois Lowry. Books will be available for sale and can be signed by the author.
Augusta Baker's Dozen, Author Event
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Apr 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
11:00 am
Sat, Apr 21
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, Apr 21
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
12:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Calling all gardeners! Bring up to 5 healthy, established plants, bulbs, and/or cuttings to swap with your neighbors. Label with a name is a must; any other growing information is appreciated. No plants to bring? Come anyway to ask questions and get tips for local gardening. Registration is encouraged.
Gardening
Programs for Adults
2:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Career Specialist, Sylvie Golod as she 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.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Studio 220
This program encourages players to develop critical thinking, imagination, socialization, and teamwork skills as well as cultural enrichment developed through playing Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing games. The D&D Adventurers League is an ongoing official organized play campaign for the Dungeons & Dragons game. The game will be held bi-monthly and is open to anyone ages 14 and up.To participate you will need the following:• Read the newest Adventurers League Players Guide before your first game.• The D&D Basic Rules. This PDF document is available for free on the Wizards of the Coast website. • A character sheet. • A D&D Adventurers League adventure logsheet.*Space limited to the first 8 Players.
Gaming, Maker
Adults, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Eastover
Meeting Room
Love is a wet nose, sloppy kisses and wagging tails! Show your pooch some love by making them dog toys that they will love.
Craft, Teens
13 - 18, Adults, Programs for Families

Wordless News ★ Staff Pick

3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join Richland Library’s Artist in Residence, Maria Fabrizio as she delves into the world of “Wordless News”, which uses illustrations to create a visual representation of a selected news story. Maria will demonstrate the techniques to give you the tools to create your own “Wordless News”. Every artistic skill level is welcome! Registration required.
Maker
Adults, 13 - 18, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 21
Main
Teen Makerspace
Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer organization for young people age 12-18. Teen volunteers help library staff plan and promote programs and services for our community, all while earning volunteer hours. TAB serves as the voice of Richland County teens - are you ready to be heard?
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sun, Apr 22
Main
Auditorium
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. PG-13; 2 h.
Movies
Programs for Families
9:30 am
Mon, Apr 23
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
Mon, Apr 23
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Grow your baby’s vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. This storytime is designed for infants and lap babies. If your child is walking, check out our Toddler Storytime for ages 18 months – 2 years.
Storytime
Babies up to 12 months, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
North Main
Large 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 navigating social media accounts. Online registration is required due to limited space*
Computer Class
Adults 55+, Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
Ballentine
Are you 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
Mon, Apr 23
Sandhills
Choose from seasonal produce from Livingston Farms as well as handmade, chemical-free skin products from This Butter Be Good.
Health and Wellness
Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess!
Children, Art in the Library
3-5, Programs for Young Children
11:00 am
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Want to loosen up those stiff joints, tone up those loose muscles and maybe shed some extra pounds? Then come limber up those arms and legs as we Walk Away the Pounds, an exercise system by Leslie Sansone. Call Richland Library St. Andrews at (803) 772-6675 to register.
Health and Wellness
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
4:30 pm
Mon, Apr 23
Main
Teen Makerspace
Richland Library’s Team of Anime-Seeking Teens is looking for an anime/manga fan like you! We vote on anime series to watch on a big screen and love to talk about our favorite reads, including novels and manga. We learn about Japanese culture and language and play large group games together.
Teens
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
6:00 pm
Mon, Apr 23
Main
BCR Classroom
Join Jermaine Johnson, CEO and Founder of New Economic Beginnings, as he discusses ways his program can assist individuals with barriers to obtaining gainful employment. New Economic Beginnings can assist with record expungement and job placement. All services are free of charge. Register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Mon, Apr 23
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Come show us your mental mastery against some of the members of the Columbia Chess Club. Participate in a casual game or a tournament and meet some of best players in your area.
Gaming
Programs for Families, 13 - 18, Adults
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

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