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6:00 pm
Thu, Oct 5
Main
Makerspace
Learn the age-old art of knitting! We will be learning to cast-on, knit, purl, and Bind off. Come create your first swatch and gain the knowledge to begin a new hobby.
Maker, Workshop, Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Oct 5
Main
Studio 221
Artist in Residence and singer/songwriter Wendell Culbreath (AKA THE Dubber) will be offering guidance, tips and lyric writing techniques in this weekly workshop for those interested in songwriting. Meet local guest musicians monthly. Sign up once, and return weekly for new challenges to help you write your next hit.
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Oct 5
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, Oct 5
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Bring a plain t-shirt or onesie for this program and we will help turn it into a costume for your little one.
Maker, Craft, Art in the Library
Programs for Adults, Adults
7:00 pm
Thu, Oct 5
Main
Meeting Space 200
Talk writing and works-in-progress with writers from all over Richland County! All skill levels and genres welcome!
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Fri, Oct 6
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, Oct 6
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
3:00 pm
Fri, Oct 6
Eastover
Participate in board games and encourage cooperation, problem solving and critical thinking.
Gaming, Teens
Programs for School Age Children, Programs for Teens, Programs for Adults
9:30 am
Sat, Oct 7
Main
Meeting Space 213
Join us for the 2nd of a 3-session course to prepare for the ACT exam! Using the strategies and preparation from Session 1, take a full practice test with USC Test Prep instructors. Please register for this event by calling (803) 929-3470 during business hours. Registration will open on September 1, 2017.This event was made possible thanks to a generous grant provided by First Citizens Bank.
Teens
Programs for Teens, 13 - 18
9:30 am
Sat, Oct 7
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
10:00 am
Sat, Oct 7
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn basic terms, the parts of the computer and how it works. Practice using the mouse by completing a self-paced tutorial. Please call 929-3469 to register.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Oct 7
Main
Auditorium
Meet Anika Denise, author of Monster Trucks and Pigs Love Potatoes. Ms. Denise will be sharing her newest book, Starring Carmen! Book signing to follow.
Storytime, Children
Programs for Families
10:30 am
Sat, Oct 7
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, Oct 7
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, Oct 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
1:00 pm
Sat, Oct 7
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Join our Book Club! Enjoy fun activities and hear about exciting books.
Book Group
9-12, Programs for School Age Children
3:00 pm
Sat, Oct 7
Eastover
Meeting Room
There are more social media platforms today that you can shake a Twitter feed at! Come and engage in a discussion about social media—the positives and pitfalls, and it will take you through many of the most popular social media tools used worldwide by internet users of all ages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.
Workshop, Computer Class
Adults 55+, Programs for Adults
3:00 pm
Sat, Oct 7
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Each year more than 13,000 cats and dogs enter into shelters throughout the Midlands, and more than 5,000 of the same cats and dogs are euthanized. Be a part of the solution! Let our teen and tween volunteers teach you how to make DIY cat toys and fleece bedding for pets in need. Want to help even more? TAB and TAG are also collecting supplies for local animal shelters!
Maker
Programs for Families
10:00 am
Mon, Oct 9
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, Oct 9
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
3:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
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, Oct 9
Ballentine
Join South Carolina naturalist Rudy Mancke to explore nature in and out of the library
Nature
Adults, Children All Ages, Programs for Families
5:30 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Board Room
Board Meeting
6:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
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
6:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Main
Auditorium
Kick off Indie Author Week with a discussion about the rise and current state of indie authorship. Our keynote Skype session will feature representatives from the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi).
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults

TRW – Blogging ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Ballentine
It’s Teen Read Week and we want to help you Unleash Your Story. Learn the ins and outs of blogging safely and spectacularly!
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
6:30 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Venga a disfrutar cuentos en bilingues en ingles y espanol. Come enjoy bilingual stories in English and Spanish.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
7:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Main
Auditorium
Join Wanda Jewell, Executive Director of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance for a presentation on the “new normal” of independent bookstores and what it means for independent authors.
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
7:00 pm
Mon, Oct 9
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
RESOLVE The National Infertility Association is pleased to announce a new Peer Support Group in Columbia, SC. If any of the following statements apply to you or someone you know, please consider joining our support group.
Health and Wellness
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Tue, Oct 10
Main
Studio 221
Artist in Residence and singer/songwriter Wendell Culbreath (AKA THE Dubber) will be offering guidance, tips and lyric writing techniques in this weekly workshop for those interested in songwriting. Meet local guest musicians monthly. Sign up once, and return weekly for new challenges to help you write your next hit.
Maker
Adults

Readers’ Morning Out ★ Staff Pick

10:00 am
Tue, Oct 10
Ballentine
Ballentine's daytime book group for adults. Register by phone or in person.
Book Group
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Tue, Oct 10
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, Oct 10
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
10:30 am
Tue, Oct 10
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
11:00 am
Tue, Oct 10
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 for 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
11:30 am
Tue, Oct 10
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, Oct 10
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+
3:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Sandhills
Children's Courtyard
Celebrate the changing seasons and enjoy stories and songs about fall! Afterwards, we will replace our summer flowers with hardy autumn plants.
Storytime, Gardening
3-5, Programs for Young Children
3:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Explore maker technology during Tech Lab.
Maker, STEM/STEAM
Adults, Programs for Adults

LEGO Madness ★ Staff Pick

4:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
North Main
Children's Room
Create robots, cities, creatures and more using LEGO's and other building tools.
Craft
6-8, 9-12, Programs for School Age Children
4:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Main
Auditorium
Join the afterschool STE(A)M Team every week for a fun, hands-on, project based program series. Ages 6-12 welcomed. Parent participation encouraged.Every 5 weeks starts a new theme. This series’ theme is Astronomy! Topics include: Meteorites (with a special guest presenter), Learning about Space Probe Missions, History of the Moon, Constellations, and Galaxies!
STEM/STEAM
Programs for Families, Programs for School Age Children
6:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Main
Meeting Space 213
Join us for a workshop designed to develop writing discipline. Taught by James D. McCallister, a two-time South Carolina Writer’s Workshop and SC Fiction Project awardee as well as a 2012 Faulkner-Wisdom finalist.
Author Event, Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Join Allison Terracio, certified yoga instructor for beginner yoga sessions.
Health and Wellness
Adults

TRW – Wreck This Journal ★ Staff Pick

6:00 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Ballentine
It’s Teen Read Week and we want to help you Unleash Your Story. Break out of your creative rut or just jumpstart your imagination by totally demolishing a journal.
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
6:30 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Sandhills
Auditorium
Frederick Douglass, one of our greatest American heroes, was an electrifying orator, abolitionist, Christian leader, writer and newspaper editor, with great wit and wisdom. He thrilled audiences across America and England in his quest to abolish slavery and create true freedom and equality in America. In this captivating and emotional one-act play, Actors' Theatre of South Carolina brings Douglass back to life and invites the audience to experience first-hand an incredible moment in American history.
Performance, Multicultural
Adults, 13 - 18
6:30 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Main
Meeting Space 201
New, old, maybe writers are invited to come and learn about Nano Wrimo and how you can except the challenge to write everyday for 30 days!
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults, 13 - 18
6:30 pm
Tue, Oct 10
Blythewood
Jazz vocalist and poet EboniRamm brings the smooth and swinging sounds of jazz to the library, accompanied by an ensemble group of musicians.
Performance
Adults, 13 - 18, Children All Ages
9:00 am
Wed, Oct 11
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, Oct 11
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, Oct 11
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

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