Fresh and Fun and Learning Freely!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Learn Freely Fest on Saturday, July 12th, and to all of our wonderful volunteers and staff who made it possible. I hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did! What better way to spend a summer day than exploring and learning new things, from crocheting and scrapbooking to bicycle maintenance and summer gardening.
We are especially grateful for these community volunteers for taking the time to share their knowledge and talents with us:
The SC Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism - Marion Edmonds
Cycle Center - John Green
Yoga instructor Jordan Keels
Richland County Master Gardeners Association - Cathy Beattie
Brittons of Columbia - Lucky Levinson
Scrapbooker Extraordinaire Celeste Smith
Southern Region River 2 Americorps NCCC
If you missed the event or would like a refresher for something you learned, check out the links and attachments below. You will find a video tutorial of presenter Lucky Levinson showing you how to tie a bow tie, a wealth of resources from Master Gardener Cathy Beattie to keep your garden growing all year long, and more. And of course, check out the photos! Can you spot yourself?
We have a LOT of programs for every interest -- and if we don't offer it yet, we always welcome your ideas! Here are a just few more exciting events happening this summer that will help you continue learning freely. Check out our online events calendar or pick up a printed copy of our Access magazine to find even more great experiences!
Pigskin Poets -- Richland Library Main, 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 18
Get your visors ready! Spurrier's Gamecocks are taking the field at Richland Library for an afternoon of stories, games, and autographs. For families.
Recycled Runway -- Richland Library Main, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday, July 28
Teens: Do you love fashion and want to create your own original wardrobe? We're adding a twist to design by creating fashions using duct tape, bubble wrap, and other recycled materials.
Soap Making 101 -- Richland Library Cooper, 3:30 p.m., Saturday, August 2
Join local soapmaker Becky Ratz for a soap making workshop using fresh, local, organic ingredients. For ages 13+. Please call 787-3462 to register.
Basket Weaving -- Richland Library North Main, 11:00 a.m., Wednesdays, July 23-30 & August 6 - 27
Learn the basics of weaving pine needle baskets. Materials provided. Please call 754-7734 to register.
Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life -- Richland Library Main, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 29
Come learn about simple, delicious cooking methods that make a do-it-yourself healthful lifestyle possible, and sample healthy treats from Patricia Moore-Pastides' second cookbook.
Tai Chi Class -- Richland Library Northeast, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thursdays, July 31-August 21
Improve your balance, coordination, and flexibility with this gentle, low-impact Chinese system of movement taught by a certified dance instructor.
Experience the Art of Chinese Calligraphy and Painting -- Richland Library St. Andrews, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 30
Learn and enjoy the Chinese way of writing and painting with brush, ink, stick, Xuan paper, and inkstone -- the "four treasures of the study." Please call 772-6675 to register.
Summer Learning Challenge Wrap-Up Party -- Richland Library Southeast, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., Saturday, August 16
Wrap up the summer with music, fun and prizes for the whole family. Join us for an outdoor concert featuring nationally-known children's rock sensation Lunch Money!
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Lucky Levinson from Brittons of Columbia demonstrates how to tie a bow tie