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Kid's Chess Hour ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
The Kid's Chess Hour is an opportunity for kids of all levels to come together and play and learn the game of chess. Kid's hour is much the same as an adult chess club - but for kids. Sam Copeland (The reigning South Carolina champion and twice South Carolina's high school champion (2002 and 2003)) or another strong chess player will always be on hand to help coach and teach the kids. Games and puzzles will be available.
Gaming, Workshop
Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Teens, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join us for a book club discussion. Stop by to pick up your copy or call with questions.
Book Group
Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
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

Paint Mixer ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
North Main
Small Meeting Space
An evening of painting! No instructor – just people who love to draw and paint. Limited Supplies available.
Craft, Maker
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
Main
Gallery
In conjunction with First Thursday on Main, we've invited our newest Artist-in-Residence Miles Purvis, and some other local, working artists to set up camp in our gallery do what they do best! Stop in and watch them paint, draw and create! While you're here, you can chat with them about art, and explore our newest exhibition - the whimsical mixed-media works of Miles Purvis.
Art in the Library
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
6:30 pm
Thu, Sep 6
Cooper
This presentation will help you to recognize the tell-tale signs of fraud and provides tips for avoiding investment scams. Also discussed:-Common characteristics of con artists-Common red flags of fraud-A few of the largest investment scams across South Carolina-Free resources that are easily accessible
Financial
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+, Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Sep 6
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn the basics of creating documents using Microsoft Word (2013). Registration is required.Prerequisite: Solid mouse and keyboarding skills.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Thu, Sep 6
Main
Meeting Space 200
Join our group of local writers for monthly round table readings of our creative writing work and discussions on a variety of writing topics. Every writer is welcome!
Maker, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
10:30 am
Fri, Sep 7
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
10:30 am
Fri, Sep 7
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, Sep 7
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Enjoy stories, songs and much more.
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
9:30 am
Sat, Sep 8
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

Painting With Thread ★ Staff Pick

9:30 am
Sat, Sep 8
Ballentine
Learn a new technique and take home two canvas paintings of your own creation! We’ll be creating art using thread and yarn with acrylic paint to make lines and curves. Dress for a mess!
Maker
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Sat, Sep 8
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Sat, Sep 8
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
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Sep 8
Main
Storytime 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
10:30 am
Sat, Sep 8
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Come for a viewing of an episode of an anime, discuss your favorite shows and manga, and try some delicious snacks imported from Japan!
Teens, Movies
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
11:00 am
Sat, Sep 8
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, Sep 8
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
12:00 pm
Sat, Sep 8
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with your fellow crafters!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
2:30 pm
Sat, Sep 8
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Please join us to discuss "Fool Me Once", by Harlen Coben. If you have questions or would like to arrange to pick up a copy of the book please call Chantal Wilson at 929-3400.
Book Group
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
2:30 pm
Sat, Sep 8
Cooper
Beginning on September 8, Cooper's Teen Advisory Board will host the Hunger Games series. A light snack will be provided, however teens are allowed to bring their own light snacks as well. Sept 15: Catching Fire Sept 22: Mockingjay Part 1 Sept 29: Mockingjay Part 2 All movies rated PG-13
Movies
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18

Ukulele Jam 101 ★ Staff Pick

2:45 pm
Sat, Sep 8
Main
Auditorium
Is lack of experience keeping you from attending one of our awesome ukulele jams? Come out to Ukulele Jam 101 for an introduction to everything you need to know to get started. We'll cover the basics of holding the instrument, strumming, forming chords and following a chord chart. Ukuleles will be available to borrow, though you are welcome to bring your own. Come for the basics and then stay for the jam!
Art in the Library
Adults, Adults 55+, 13 - 18

Ukulele Jam ★ Staff Pick

3:30 pm
Sat, Sep 8
Main
Auditorium
Ukulele enthusiasts meet for a relaxed and fun jam session. Newbies and seasoned strummers welcome! Never played before but still interested in attending? Join us at 2:45 pm for Ukulele Jam 101, where you'll get an introduction to the basics and then stay for the jam! We'll have ukuleles on hand for you to borrow.
Art in the Library
Adults, Adults 55+, 13 - 18

Teen Advisory Board ★ Staff Pick

3:30 pm
Sat, Sep 8
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
10:00 am
Mon, Sep 10
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, Sep 10
Sandhills
Entry Courtyard
Choose from seasonal produce from Livingston Farms as well as handmade, chemical-free skin products from This Butter Be Good.
Gardening, Health and Wellness
Adults 55+, Programs for Families
4:30 pm
Mon, Sep 10
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 traditions and holidays and play large group games together.
Teens, Movies, Multicultural
9-12, Programs for Teens
6:00 pm
Mon, Sep 10
North Main
Large Meeting Space
You may not have a DSLR camera, but you can take great photographs with your smartphone. Come to Richland Library North Main to learn about composition, lighting, and apps to edit and enhance your images. Bring your smartphone (Android, Windows, iOS) or tablet and be ready to release your inner creative self.
13 - 18, Adults, Programs for Adults

Hablamos Spanish ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Mon, Sep 10
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Conversation circle for folks wanting to brush up their Spanish
Adults
6:30 pm
Mon, Sep 10
St. Andrews
Living Room
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
10:00 am
Tue, Sep 11
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Join us for Ballentine’s daytime book club for adults.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Meeting Space 213
Join Dr. George Geckle for a discussion of literary selections: Shakespeare Then and Now September 11: The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare; October 23: Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler;November 13: The Tempest by William Shakespeare; December 11: Hagseed by Margaret AtwoodPlease contact 929-3469 for more information.
Book Group
Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Tue, Sep 11
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
10:30 am
Tue, Sep 11
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
10:30 am
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Storytime Room
Simple art activities for the very young. Dress for a mess. For ages 2-5.
Storytime, Craft, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families

Hands on Art ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Tue, Sep 11
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
11:00 am
Tue, Sep 11
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Practice your English-language conversation with other internationals in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Let's Speak English
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Tue, Sep 11
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
12:30 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Writer's Room 211
Did you know that representatives from Titan Group, 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 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM? They are available to enroll you and answer any questions about the program you may have.A sign-in sheet is posted outside of room 211 on Tuesdays. This program is first-come, first served.Please note that this organization does not always have phones available. They are willing to install a SIM card on many unlocked, SIM-enabled smartphone. You are able to bring your own phone to see if it can be activated. 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 Titan Group 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
1:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
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, Sep 11
North Main
Digital Zone
Watch anime, discuss manga, and chat with fellow fans! For beginners and the already obsessed.
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join us at EO Library for Anime/Manga fun: We'll discuss our favorite topics, the hottest new shows out and maybe have some anime inspire crafty fun!
Children
13 - 18, Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Children's Craft Area
Increase your reading skills by learning the tricks to decoding unfamiliar words, practicing comprehension, and building fluency. For third graders only, you must pre-register to attend. For third graders. Call 929-3434 to reserve your space.
Workshop, Children
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Meeting Space 200
Join Columbia local Vikki who is a passionate advocate for all writers. Whether you are beginning or New York Times best future seller we welcome all. To find out more join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month.
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Main
Theater
Learn how to effectively navigate careers.sc.gov, state government's first-ever recruitment website. Optimize your career goals by pursuing a meaningful career within state government while gaining unique knowledge from DHEC's Director of Talent Management.
Business Event
Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Anna Rushton from the SC Attorney General’s Office will help you recognize the tell-tale signs of fraud and provide tips for avoiding investment scams. Learn about the scams that are prevalent across South Carolina, common red flags of fraud and con artists, and free resources that are easily accessible
Community Awareness, Workshop
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
St. Andrews
Teen Area
Join us for Teen Gaming Night! Xbox One, Wii U, Card and Board Game fun!Teens, Gaming
Gaming, Teens
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
6:30 pm
Tue, Sep 11
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn intermediate skills for Microsoft Word (2013), such as creating lists, using headers and footers, working with tables, and adding pictures and graphics.Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Tue, Sep 11
St. Andrews
Collaboration Space
Drop in the second Tuesday of every month for a discussion of recent best sellers and member picks. New members are welcome and encouraged to stop by the St. Andrews Library to pick up a copy of the latest selection. Call 772-6675 for more information!
Book Group
Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Adults

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