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OMG of Homeownership Workshop

Are you thinking about buying a home? Or have you recently purchased one and still need some help with simple repairs or landscaping? The City of Columbia and Richland County teamed up and offered a free workshop on Saturday, June 22 that may have interested you. Last year about this time, we were thinking about buying a house and I found out about this workshop. It was incredible. We showed up a little early and enjoyed some free breakfast and wandered around the vendor booths which included foundation repair specialists, real estate agents and attorneys to name a few. We each took 3 different classes absorbing as much as possible so that we could report back to the other after the experience was over. It truly was a great Saturday morning. We left with some great new knowledge and even a pair of faucet covers (lucky winners of a door prize). There is always something great going on in this city.

And check out just a few of the books that Richland Library has to offer about some of these very subject areas that were covered in the workshop.


Amazon Says: A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities. The son more...
Amazon Says: A pioneering urban farmer and MacArthur “Genius Award” winner points the way to building a new food system that can feed—and heal—broken communities. The son of a sharecropper, Will Allen had no intention of ever becoming a farmer himself. But after years in professional basketball and as an executive for Kentucky Fried Chicken and Procter & Gamble, Allen cashed in his retirement fund for a two-acre plot a half mile away from Milwaukee’s largest public housing project. The area was a food desert with only convenience stores and fast-food restaurants to serve the needs of local residents. In the face of financial challenges and daunting odds, Allen built the country’s preeminent urban farm—a food and educational center that now produces enough vegetables and fish year-round to feed thousands of people. Employing young people from the neighboring housing project and community, Growing Power has sought to prove that local food systems can help troubled youths, dismantle racism, create jobs, bring urban and rural communities closer together, and improve public health. Today, Allen’s organization helps develop community food systems across the country. An eco-classic in the making, The Good Food Revolution is the story of Will’s personal journey, the lives he has touched, and a grassroots movement that is changing the way our nation eats. less...
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Amazon Says: Fifteen people—plus a class of first graders—tell how local food, farms, and gardens changed their lives and their community...and how they can change yours, too. Growin more...
Amazon Says: Fifteen people—plus a class of first graders—tell how local food, farms, and gardens changed their lives and their community...and how they can change yours, too. Growing a Garden City includes: Fifteen first-person stories of personal and civic transformation from a range of individuals, including farmers and community garden members, a low-income senior and troubled teen, a foodie, a food bank officer, and many more Seven in-depth “How It Works” sections on student farms, community gardens, community supported agriculture (CSA), community education, farm work therapy, community outreach, and more Detailed information on dozens of additional resources from relevant books and websites to government programs and national non-profit organizations Over 80 full-color photographs showing a diverse local food community at home, work, and play Read Growing a Garden City to: Learn how people like you, with busy lives like yours, can and do enjoy the many benefits of local food without having to become full-time organic farmers Gain the information you need to organize or get involved in your own "growing community” anywhere across the country and around the world less...
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Quick & Easy Curb Appeal by Better Homes and Gardens
Amazon Says: Expert tips to spruce up the front of any home Anyone who buys or sells a home knows that, when it comes to real estate, books are judged by their covers. Creating cur more...
Amazon Says: Expert tips to spruce up the front of any home Anyone who buys or sells a home knows that, when it comes to real estate, books are judged by their covers. Creating curb appeal is a key way to accomplish preserving and protecting the value of what is most likely to be a family's biggest single investment. Unlike most books that focus on projects to enhance a home's backyard, Quick & Easy Curb Appeal focuses on projects that help make the front of the house more attractive. Pulls together information from Better Homes and Gardens' rich library of content Projects for tackling walkways, driveways, porches, and more Ten must-dos for re-selling a home from real estate pros Part inspiration and ideas, part resource guide, and part home maintenance reference, this book arms readers with everything they need to let their home give its guests a great first impression. less...
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Amazon Says: Home improvement is a constant process of discovery. At first there's the initial realization that something needs to be upgraded, repaired, or replaced. Next you need to figu more...
Amazon Says: Home improvement is a constant process of discovery. At first there's the initial realization that something needs to be upgraded, repaired, or replaced. Next you need to figure out how to tackle the situation. That's when Fix, Repair & Replace comes to the rescue! The editors at the Family Handyman magazine have packed this practical guide with expert advice, step-by-step directions, and clear photos and illustrations to help you ensure a fix and not a failure. Whether you're interested in plumbing, tiling, woodworking, insulating, or electrical repair, you'll find it inside. And as an added bonus, special sections on tools, skills, and techniques will bring you extraordinary results in less time. Get set to take on all kinds of do-it-yourself projects, including: Interior Projects, Repairs & Remodeling: Super-insulate your attic; create a glass tile vanity top; save a flooded basement; triple your closet space; spray-texture a damaged ceiling Electrical & High-Tech: Save a cut extension cord; add a circuit to your breaker box; install a wall-mounted light; organize your phone and appliance chargers Plumbing, Heating & Appliances: Prevent pipes from freezing; replace a leaking main shutoff valve; fix rotting A/C insulation; save money on your water bill; plumb a water-powered sump pump; replace copper pipes with PEX Exterior Maintenance & Repairs: Patch rotted wood; repair mortar joints; install a new entry door; repack a stem seal on a street valve; make your own window screens less...
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Amazon Says: We all have household projects that we keep putting off because we don’t quite know how to go about doing them or we simply don’t have the time. Now, Trade Secrets more...
Amazon Says: We all have household projects that we keep putting off because we don’t quite know how to go about doing them or we simply don’t have the time. Now, Trade Secrets can help you shorten your to-do list by teaching you how to complete those projects quickly, safely and effectively. This book will walk you through big projects and also provide tips and tricks that will make the jobs simpler. The tips and techniques include:   Putting together a kit of essential tools Tips on basic wall repair Understand how to choose and install proper blinds How to repair holes in plaster How to hang a heavy picture Tips for sanding a large area How to build a home theater system The basics of upholstery Common exterior paint problems and solutions How to sharpen a mower blade Fixing a sluggish garage door Understand how to choose and install proper blinds   Next time you have a project to do around the house, just check Trade Secrets for the proper procedure to follow, tools to use and tricks to speed and improve your work. You’ll be done in no time and your house will look better than ever. less...
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Amazon Says: The American Bar Association Guide to Wills & Estates, Fourth Edition, is the user-friendly guide that contains everything you need to know about planning an estate and prepa more...
Amazon Says: The American Bar Association Guide to Wills & Estates, Fourth Edition, is the user-friendly guide that contains everything you need to know about planning an estate and preparing a will. It is organized in easy-to-follow chapters with sidebars containing tips, checklists, and key information, encouraging you to begin the process quickly and easily. The ABA Guide to Wills & Estates will help you: • Determine what to put in an estate plan • Decide whether to prepare a will, trust, or living trust • Avoid or reduce estate taxes • Transfer property without a will with substitutes such as life insurance and joint tenancy • Understand the benefits of living gifts and life insurance, among many other topics   The Fourth edition features new and updated topics, such as: • Life-threatening and chronic illnesses • Incorporating your religious beliefs into your estate plan   • Assisted reproduction and its resulting estate planning implications • Civil unions and same-sex marriages • Elder abuse and care • Information about Roth IRAs in estate plans • The impact of digital assets on estate planning less...
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Quick & Legal Will Book by Denis Clifford
Amazon Says: Make your own legal will, quickly & easily! If you want to create a will with the least amount of time and trouble, Quick & Legal Will Book is for you. It provides forms an more...
Amazon Says: Make your own legal will, quickly & easily! If you want to create a will with the least amount of time and trouble, Quick & Legal Will Book is for you. It provides forms and step-by-step instructions to make a basic will that meets your needs. Find out how to: name beneficiaries choose a guardian set up a trust for minors name an executor finalize your will change or revoke a will and more The book provides all the forms you need as tear-outs and on CD-ROM, including an all-purpose will, and customized wills for a: single person with no children single person with children married person with children married person with no children The 6th edition is updated to reflect changes in the law, including information about the new estate tax law. less...
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