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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
Tue, Apr 24 - Fri, May 4
Sandhills
The Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)and Indie Grits Labs launched the Seen and Heard: Women and Girls in the Midlands photovoice exhibit in August of 2017 in collaboration with community partners. Visit Richland Library Sandhills to view 20 pieces of photography from community artists.
Art in the Library
Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
10:30 am
Fri, Apr 27
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 27
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
2:00 pm
Fri, Apr 27
Main
Studio 221
Join us as we learn how to properly measure a body so that you buy the right sized patterns! After class you will know your own true measurements and how to take others in the future. This is an integral skill to become proficient at garment making.
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
3:30 pm
Fri, Apr 27
Main
Teen Makerspace
Taste test milk chocolates, dark chocolates and other unique flavors as we doodle and create!
Teens, Craft
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
6:30 pm
Fri, Apr 27
Operations Center
Donors to the Richland Library Friends are eligible to shop during this private sale 6:30-8:30 p.m. Not a donor? You can give at the door for as little as $25.
Book Sale
Children All Ages, 13 - 18, Adults
9:00 am
Sat, Apr 28
Operations Center
Get great deals on used books and support the library. Questions? Call 929-3436
Book Sale
Children All Ages, 13 - 18, Adults
10:00 am
Sat, Apr 28
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:30 am
Sat, Apr 28
Main
Children's Room
Join us for this monthly bilingual storytime for all ages and enjoy songs and stories in both Spanish and English!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for Families
11:00 am
Sat, Apr 28
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 28
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 28
Eastover
Meeting Room
Walk your way to increased health, fitness, happiness and productivity. We will use Leslie Sansone’s walk workout series to increase our circulation, tone our bodies, and improve our health so we can look and feel great for the Spring and Summer. Remember to wear/bring comfortable workout clothes/shoes, accessories, and please check with your healthcare provider before starting a workout program. *Bottled water/snacks will be provided.
Health and Wellness
Adults, 13 - 18
2:30 pm
Sat, Apr 28
Main
Meeting Space 203
This session had been rescheduled for April 21st. 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

Cupcake Wars! ★ Staff Pick

3:00 pm
Sat, Apr 28
Ballentine
We provide the stuff, you provide the style! Make ‘em fancy or make ‘em plain, whatever you do, make ‘em awesome!!
Teens
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
3:00 pm
Sun, Apr 29
Main
Storytime Room
Come for a special storytime for families to celebrate philanthropy and the beauty of giving back. Afterward, create your own giving jar with special guests, Olivia the Octopus and Gordon the Yam from Auntie Karen Foundation – Take home your creation and use to it to collect your family’s charitable donations. When it is full, decide together where the money will go – how will you #GetYourGiveOn?
Storytime, Community Awareness, Craft
Children All Ages, Programs for Young Children, Programs for School Age Children
3:00 pm
Sun, Apr 29
Main
Children's Room
Create your own giving jar with special guests, Olivia the Octopus and Gordon the Yam from Auntie Karen Foundation – Take home your creation and use to it to collect your family’s charitable donations. When it is full, decide together where the money will go – how will you #GetYourGiveOn?
Children, Craft, Community Awareness
Children All Ages
3:00 pm
Sun, Apr 29
Main
Teen Makerspace
Use your voice, talents and time to give back to your community. Join friends from Every Black Girl, Inc. to create your personalized philanthropy message on a Tshirt or button and share your passion about where and how you plan to #GetYourGiveOn.
Teens, Craft, Community Awareness
13 - 18, Programs for Teens
4:00 pm
Sun, Apr 29
Main
Auditorium
Join us for an engaging afternoon with Principal Consultant of Friends of Ebonie, LLC and Executive Director and Founder of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute, Ebonie Johnson Cooper. She is an enthusiastic next generation leader with a passion for philanthropy in the black community. She will offer a keynote presentation about embracing philanthropy as an act of love and also moderate a panel of local next-gen leaders and how we are working together in today’s social climate. Including a special performance by Columbia’s very own Every Black Girl. For adults.
Community Awareness, Multicultural, Performance
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:00 am
Mon, Apr 30
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 30
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
4:30 pm
Mon, Apr 30
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

Say "Hola" to Stories ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Mon, Apr 30
Sandhills
Storytime Room
Venga a disfrutar cuentos en bilingues en ingles y espanol. Come enjoy bilingual stories in English and Spanish.
Storytime, Multicultural
Children All Ages, Programs for Families

Hablamos Spanish ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Mon, Apr 30
Sandhills
Meeting Room
Conversation circle for folks wanting to brush up their Spanish
Adults
6:30 pm
Mon, Apr 30
St. Andrews
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
Tue, May 1
Eastover
Please call to schedule an in-person appointment time.
Legal
Adults, Programs for Adults
Tue, May 1
Eastover
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 in person session with one-on-one technical help.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults

Reading Buddy ★ Staff Pick

Tue, May 1
Eastover
Do you have a struggling reader? If so, bring the reader to the Eastover Library for a one on one to read with a Reading Buddy.The reader will gain self confidence, reading skills, academic growth and a new desire to read. Please come in in person or call to make a reservation @353-8584 with Yolonda.
Children
Children All Ages, Programs for School Age Children
10:00 am
Tue, May 1
Cooper
Take your Word skills to the next level by learning to add headers/footers, make lists, and more! Registration and basic Word skills required.
Computer Class
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+
10:30 am
Tue, May 1
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, May 1
Blythewood
Meeting 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
11:00 am
Tue, May 1
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, May 1
Main
Writer's Room 211
Did you know that representatives from Lifeline 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 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 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 Lifeline Wireless information line at 1-800-723-3546 or by asking a Lifeline representative!
Social Work
Adults
1:00 pm
Tue, May 1
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, May 1
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
6:00 pm
Tue, May 1
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, May 1
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
6:00 pm
Tue, May 1
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Expression is the language through which words move and elevate minds. Come out and express your talent through the art of poetry, spoken-word, karaoke, and more. Open Mic for Poets, Singers, Lyricists, Musicians, and more @ Richland Library St. Andrews. Get ready for an awesome time!!!*Light Refreshments Provided*
Performance
Adults, Programs for Adults, Programs for Teens
6:00 pm
Tue, May 1
Main
BCR Classroom
The “10 Steps to Starting a Business” are a practical guide for individuals who may be considering entrepreneurship. Join Frank Anderson, Lender Relations Specialist, Small Business Administration, as he discusses tips on creating your business plan, determining your legal structure, and exploring finance options for your small business. Register online.
Business Event
Adults, Programs for Adults

Ukulele Jam ★ Staff Pick

6:30 pm
Tue, May 1
Main
Auditorium
Ukulele enthusiasts meet for a relaxed and fun jam session. Newbies and seasoned strummers welcome! We will have a limited number of ukuleles to try, so please bring your own if you are able.
Summer Learning Challenge
Adults, Adults 55+, 13 - 18
9:00 am
Wed, May 2
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
9:30 am
Wed, May 2
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
Wed, May 2
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, May 2
Cooper
Children's Area
The littlest gardeners get hands on experience from soil prep through harvest. Come rain or shine and dress for a mess!
Children, Gardening, Go Green
Programs for Young Children, 3-5
10:00 am
Wed, May 2
Eastover
Enjoy a reading of Alice In Wonderland accompanied by ballet; featuring dancers from Richland Northeast High School’s Palmetto Center of the Arts!
Performance, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Wed, May 2
Main
Career Coaching Center
Individual interview sessions are conducted on a first-come, first-served basis. Groups by appointment only.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Wed, May 2
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
Wed, May 2
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
4:00 pm
Wed, May 2
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join us for Teen Gaming Night! PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Atari, and Retro Board Game fun!
Teens, Gaming
13 - 18

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