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6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 22
Southeast
Meeting Room
Need a few hours of community service but can't make a long term commitment? Here is your chance to earn 1 to 2 hours of service while helping out your library! Registration is required. Please call 776-0855 to register.
Teens
Programs for Teens
6:30 pm
Wed, Feb 22
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Facebook is a great tool to help you stay in touch with friends and family. Learn how to set up an account, adjust privacy settings, post updates and pictures, and join conversations.
Computer Class
Adults
9:00 am
Thu, Feb 23
North Main
Pop-Up Space
Come hear the details about the job training programs that Goodwill offers here in the Midlands. Learn about training and certifications in Retail, Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Call Center, Food Service and Custodial Technician. A Goodwill representative will provide information about program requirements, start dates and the selection process. Best of all, you can fill out an application for the program of your choice onsite! Please register online.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Thu, Feb 23
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
10:30 am
Thu, Feb 23
Northeast
Conference Room
Share songs and stories with babies from birth to age 3.
Storytime
Babies up to 12 months, 1-2, 3-5
10:30 am
Thu, Feb 23
Southeast
Meeting Room
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Programs for Families, Children All Ages
2:30 pm
Thu, Feb 23
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Drop by studio services while your at the library and create something awesome! We'll provide the supplies! You provide the creativity!
Art in the Library, Craft, Maker
Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Thu, Feb 23
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, Feb 23
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, Feb 23
Eastover
Meeting Room
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, Feb 23
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 a powerful way to build your network. Register online.**Intermediate class for active LinkedIn users only.**
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 23
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! Students of all levels welcome.
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults, Adults 55+
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 23
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
6:30 pm
Thu, Feb 23
Main
Theater
Creative Commons is a great initiative to get copyright holders to share their work – but what exactly can you do with it as a fellow creator? This program will explain the Creative Commons copyright addition in context of sharing artistic work that wants to be shared and protected at the same time. Creators will be shown how they can not only take advantage of the Creative Commons copyrights on works they would like to use, but also how they can add the Creative Commons to their own original work to further sharing in the artistic community while protecting their work from being exploited.
Maker, Workshop
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Feb 23
Southeast
Meeting Room
Do you like: Getting the high score on your favorite video game? Relaxing with a good comic, manga, or graphic novel? Laughing at an anime's crazy antics? If you answered "yes" to any of these, come check out "Panels and Pixels" - promising discussion, activities, tournaments, and fun!
Book Group, Gaming
13 - 18, Programs for Teens, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Feb 23
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Come and join us as we read and discuss great international books.
Adults
7:00 pm
Thu, Feb 23
Community Event
701 Whaley | 701 Whaley Street
One Book, One Community will culminate in an engaging discussion and signing with Leonard Pitts, Jr., Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of this year's One Book selection Grant Park.No tickets are necessary. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.
OneBook, Author Event
Adults
10:30 am
Fri, Feb 24
Wheatley
Share stories, songs and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Fri, Feb 24
Main
Storytime Room - Children's Room
See your favorite shows performed by the Children’s Room puppets.
Performance, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Fri, Feb 24
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
4:00 pm
Fri, Feb 24
Main
Theater
Ms. Roberts joins the Deckle Edge Literary Festival to address the importance of women's history and how her books for children grew naturally out of her adult offerings, from Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised our Nation in 2005, to 2016's Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868.
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18, 9-12
9:00 am
Sat, Feb 25
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Richland County Sheriff's Deputies will teach you how to use your strengths, as a woman, to defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and tennis shoes; bring water or other sports drink.For ages 16 & up. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, please contact Nina Mauldin at the Richland County Sheriff's Department: 576-3086 or nmauldin@rcsd.net. Space is limited.
Community Awareness
Adults, Programs for Teens
9:00 am
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 214
Featuring Ed Madden, Cassie Premo Steele, Kimberly Simms, and Nathalie Anderson.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
10:00 am
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Take some time to visit these exhibitors while you're enjoying all the other Deckle Edge Literary Festival programming: Books on Broad; Doretha's African Books & Gifts; the Jasper Project; Muddy Ford Press; the Pat Conroy Literary Center; SC Humanities; the South Carolina Academy of Authors; the SC Center for Children's Books & Literacy; the South Carolina State Library; Time Treasures Books & Antiques; University of South Carolina Libraries; the University of South Carolina Press.
Adults, 13 - 18, Children All Ages
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 214
Featuring Shane Bradley, Terry Barr, Gil Allen, and Cindi Boiter.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Theater
Editors and writers for Yemassee talk about the journal and share some of their recent work. Panelists include Maya Marshall, Tracie Dawson, Emylisa Warrick, Liz Countryman, Catherine Ntube, and Carlos Gomez Marquez.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival*This session takes the place of “Arthur and Sherlock: Conan Doyle and the Creation of Holmes”
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 213
Members of the SCWA discuss the role a writing group plays in their process.Moderated by Bren McClain, author of new Story River Book, One Good Mama Bone.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
11:00 am
Sat, Feb 25
Northeast
Conference Room
Share stories, songs, and more while building early literacy skills.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Feb 25
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 25
Southeast
Children's Area
Share stories, songs, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Programs for Families, Children All Ages
12:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 214
Featuring author Sandra JohnsonPart of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
12:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 213
Featuring Stephen Chesley, Jim Casada, and Eric Morris.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
12:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Theater
Featuring Ed Madden, Marcus Amaker, and Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay.In this panel presentation the poets laureate from Columbia, Charleston, and Nashville, where Lagnajita Mukhopadhyay is the Youth Poet Laureate, discuss the challenges of their work, their greatest accomplishments, and why a poet a laureate is important to a place from the local to the national level.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
1:30 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Theater
Calling all romance readers! Grab your friends and join us for a screening of the documentary Love Between the Covers, followed by a discussion with several successful romance novelists and a book signing. Featured authors include: Sarah Wendell -- romance expert, author and blogger at Smart Bitches, Trashy Books; Synithia Williams -- author of spicy southern novels such as Just My Type and Show Me How to Love; Kim Boykin -- author of contemporary romance and southern fiction, including Peach of a Pair and Sweet Home Carolina; Cheris Hodges -- author of African American romance novels such as Just Can't Get Enough and More Than He Can Handle."Romance fiction is the behemoth of the publishing industry; it outsells mystery, sci-fi, and fantasy combined. Yet no filmmaker has ever taken an honest look at the global community romance writers and readers have built--until now. This funny and inspiring look into a billion-dollar industry turns up trailblazers who've found fortunes and fulfillment in romance, who are on the front lines of a revolutionary power shift in publishing." -- from Love Between the Covers*Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival*
Author Event, Movies
Adults
1:30 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 214
Presented by Auntie Bellum and moderated by Meeghan KanePart of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
1:30 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 213
Featuring Eric Morris, Carla Damron, Jennifer Bartell, Tim Conroy, and Cindi Boiter.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18

A Song for Coretta ★ Staff Pick

3:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
North Main
Large Meeting Space
The NiA Company presents a reading of the play, A Song for Coretta by Pearl Cleage. Directed by Bonita Peeples, this show tells the story of 5 very different women connected by their grief as they wait in line to pay tribute to a Civil Rights icon.
Black History Month, Performance
Programs for Families, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 214
Featuring Matthew O'Leary, David Travis Bland, Maggie Schein, Mike Miller, and Julia Elliott.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
3:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Meeting Space 213
Featuring award-winning photographer Susan Johann.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
3:30 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Eastover
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, Craft
13 - 18
4:00 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Main
Theater
A conversation with Cassandra King, novelist and widow of the great Pat Conroy, about A Lowcountry Heart - a nonfiction collection honoring Conroy's legacy and the innumerable lives he touched through his final words and heartfelt remembrances, as well as touching pieces from his many friends. Moderated by Jonathan Haupt, Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
4:30 pm
Sat, Feb 25
Southeast
Meeting Room
Bring your stringed instrument and jam out with others or if you're a beginner get some pointers to help get you started. All levels welcome!
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens, Programs for Adults
2:00 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Meeting Space 214
Featuring author Cynthia GraubartPart of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
2:00 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Theater
Featuring Alex Flinn, author of Beastly, Cloaked, a Kiss in Time, Bewitching, Mirrored, and more.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
13 - 18, 9-12, Adults
2:00 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Meeting Space 213
Featuring Bernard Powers, professor of history at the College of Charleston, where he teaches United States and African American history. He has been a consultant to historic sites and has served on the boards of several history oriented nonprofit organizations. Dr. Powers has been seen in PBS films, such as The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross and Slavery and the Making of America.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Did you know that South Carolina is chock full of amazing writers? Come discover great books written by talented locals. Meet and mingle with authors and add some signed books to your collection. From poetry and history to inspirational books and mysteries, there is something for everyone. Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival.
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18, Programs for Families
3:30 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Meeting Space 214
An author panel with Bren McClain, Carla Damron, and Deno Trakas. Moderated by Tim Conroy.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
3:30 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Theater
Featuring Chuck Brown, John Pading, and Shigeharu Kobayashi.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
3:30 pm
Sun, Feb 26
Main
Meeting Space 213
Featuring Len Lawson, Al Black, Marcus Amaker, and Melissa Reese. Moderated by City of Columbia Poet Laureate Ed Madden.Part of the Deckle Edge Literary Festival
Author Event
Adults, 13 - 18
10:00 am
Mon, Feb 27
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

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