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11:00 am
Tue, Feb 6
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
11:00 am
Tue, Feb 6
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Practice your English-language conversation with other internationals in a comfortable, relaxed environment.
Let's Speak English
Adults, Programs for Adults
1:00 pm
Tue, Feb 6
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, Feb 6
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, Feb 6
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, Feb 6
St. Andrews
Brandon LaVar Byrd Meeting Space
Come out and express your talent through the art of poetry, spoken-word, and more.  Also celebrate African American History through song, dance, music and much more. Share your own work through Open Mic or just join us for the celebration. Open Mic for Poets, Singers, Lyricists, Musicians, Dancers and more @ Richland Library St. Andrews.Get ready for an awesome time!!!  
Black History Month, Performance, Multicultural
Adults, Programs for Families, Programs for Teens
6:00 pm
Tue, Feb 6
Main
BCR Classroom
Are you looking to take “take the leap” from hobbyist to entrepreneur? If so, you will want to join Kasie Whitener, President of Clemson Road Creative, as she discusses key factors to consider when determining your business’s viability. This class will also discuss basic business models, hiring choices, business planning, and other growth questions. This class is an introduction to building a business from scratch.
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Tue, Feb 6
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.
Adults, Adults 55+, 13 - 18
9:00 am
Wed, Feb 7
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, Feb 7
Eastover
Children's Area
Share stories, songs, craft, and much more while building early literacy skills with fun for the whole family.
Storytime
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
10:00 am
Wed, Feb 7
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, Feb 7
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, Feb 7
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Registration opens 01/31/2018
Interested in basket weaving? Bring your own supplies and share your skills with fellow basket weavers!
Craft
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:30 am
Wed, Feb 7
Main
Studio 220
Do you love origami? Or just want to learn a few key techniques? Drop by and spend your lunch break relaxing and learning the ancient art of paper folding.
Maker
Adults
2:30 pm
Wed, Feb 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
3:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Main
Meeting Space 213
Do you have boxes of old family photographs and don't know what to do with them? Are some starting to deteriorate and show signs of age? Then please join us in room 213 to learn how to scan and store images, and tips on how to utilize Adobe Photoshop to help preserve your family memories. Registration required, limited to 10 people.
Maker
Adults
4:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
North Main
Large Meeting Space
Come to the library for a (virtual) field trip around the world! From the top of Mt. Everest to the depths of the ocean floor, these sessions led 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.This program is provided by IT-oLogy and made possible with grant funding from Richland County Government.
STEM/STEAM
6-8, 9-12
4:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join us for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics projects to improve critical thinking skills and innovation, and more importantly, to have fun.
Teens, STEM/STEAM
13 - 18
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Retro games! We got 'em. Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Genesis—and more. Join us for an afternoon of delicious game goodness.
Gaming, Maker
Adults, 13 - 18, Programs for Families
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
St. Andrews
Makerspace
Registration opens 01/23/2018
Class description: Enjoy some romantic desserts for two. These recipes will surely make your heart flutter with excitement and spark a romantic evening in the kitchen. Menu: Crème Brûlée - Chocolate Ganache-Covered Strawberries. What to expect: • All classes are for ages 18 and up, unless noted otherwise • You will be standing and cooking for most of this hands-on class • Be sure to wear closed-toe shoes and have long hair tied back • All classes are limited to 16 people and you will work in groups of 4 • You will get to sample the recipes you make • All classes are roughly 1 ½ to 2 hours long
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Eastover
Challenge your friends to Wii U or Xbox 360 games!
Gaming
Children All Ages, Programs for Families
6:30 pm
Wed, Feb 7
North Main
Small Meeting Space
Miss the 70's. North Main has a throwback music party every first Wednesday of the month. Come dance and reminisce as you hear the great music of that era.
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+, Programs for Families
7:00 pm
Wed, Feb 7
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Join Cola Makerspace to share projects, knowledge, and making ideas and tips
Maker
Adults
9:30 am
Thu, Feb 8
Ballentine
Meeting Room
Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs.
Storytime, Children
Babies up to 12 months, 1-2, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Feb 8
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Thu, Feb 8
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, Feb 8
Eastover
Meeting Room
Join storyteller Nancy Tolson for a fun stroll of the past with stories, music, games and more.
Black History Month, Friends Event
Programs for Adults, Adults 55+

I Heart You! ★ Staff Pick

10:30 am
Thu, Feb 8
Blythewood
Meeting Room
It's almost Valentine's Day. Join us as we read stories about love, then create a craft sure to make your heart flutter!
Children, Craft
3-5, Programs for Young Children
3:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
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
3:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Studio 220
Have you used perler beads? Whether you have or not, please join us as we create pixel art with fun perler bead designs.
Maker, Craft
Adults, 9-12, 13 - 18
5:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Studio 220
Do you want to design your own beaded jewelry, but don't know where to start? This class is designed for the absolute beginner! Learn about essential tools and types of beads, then design your own bracelet and earrings.
Maker
Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Blythewood
Meeting Room
It's up to you to decide what happens to your property at your death. Larry Cope will guide you through the basic steps of will making. He will also offer free notary service. Bring documents that you need notarized. Please sign up in advance.
Legal
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
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
6:00 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Job seekers, come to Career…Encore! to meet and share the challenges of looking for employment with other persons—whether younger or older, unemployed, underemployed, or seeking a career transition, the desire is the same: to find work that is purposeful and, of course, comes with a paycheck! Join us!
Job and Career
Adults, Programs for Adults
6:30 pm
Thu, Feb 8
Sandhills
Entry Maker
Create works of art and home décor for less than $5 using common household items. Class is free, and all materials are provided.
Maker
Programs for Adults, Adults
10:30 am
Fri, Feb 9
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, Feb 9
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, Feb 10
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, Feb 10
Cooper
Children's Area
Stories, songs and more!
Storytime, Children
Children All Ages, Programs for Families, Programs for Young Children
10:00 am
Sat, Feb 10
Main
BCR Classroom
Learn basic skills for creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (2013). Learn to create new slides, edit text and insert images.Prerequisite: Microsoft Word (2013) class or solid Word experience.
Computer Class
Adults, Programs for Adults
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 10
Blythewood
Meeting Room
Come enjoy a morning of board games! For all ages.
Children, Gaming
Children All Ages, Adults, Programs for Families
10:30 am
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Post Production Lab
Interested in learning about 3D Modeling and Designing in a simple and fun way? This intro session will use MagickaVoxel to create 3D models that can be used in game development, filmmaking, and more. In this class, we will define what voxels are, explain the Ins-and-Outs of MagickaVoxel, and create our first 3D model—a book!
Maker
Adults, Programs for Adults
11:00 am
Sat, Feb 10
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 10
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
2:00 pm
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Auditorium
Kimberla Lawson Roby is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of the Reverend Curtis Black series as well as many other novels and novellas. She will share her story, "From Rejection to New York Times Bestselling Author: My Personal Journey," followed by audience Q&A and a book signing.
Author Event, Black History Month
Adults
2:30 pm
Sat, Feb 10
Main
Learning Engagement Classroom
Please join us to discuss a mystery or thriller of your choice. Share an old favorite or a new discovery. If you have questions please call Chantal Wilson at 929-3400.
Book Group
Programs for Adults, Adults, Adults 55+

Teen Advisory Board ★ Staff Pick

3:30 pm
Sat, Feb 10
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
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Auditorium
"Dirt And Deeds In Mississippi uncovers the largely unknown and pivotal role played by Black landowning families in the deep South who controlled over a million acres in the 1960s. They were prepared to put their land and their lives on the line in the fight for racial equality and the right to vote in America’s most segregated and violently racist state."
Movies, Black History Month
Adults
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Second Level Programming Space
Retro games! We got 'em. Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Genesis—and more. Join us for an afternoon of delicious game goodness.
Gaming, Maker
Programs for Families, Adults, Children All Ages
3:00 pm
Sun, Feb 11
Main
Theater
USC Professor Emerita Pat McNeely will discuss her new book, “Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair”. The scandal started when the Washington wives refused to socialize with the wife of Andrew Jackson's newly appointed Secretary of War, and the President personally ordered the women to include Peggy Eaton in their social lives. When they refused, the political battles over her virtue and character caused Jackson to dissolve his cabinet in 1831 and cost Vice President John C. Calhoun his chance to be President. “The government upheaval caused by the Petticoat Affair changed American history and made national headlines well into the 20th Century,” McNeely said. McNeely’s talk is co-sponsored by the Columbia Genealogy Chapter and the S.C. Humanities Council.
Local History
Programs for Adults

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