Join the Friends' Summer Reading Challenge and challenge yourself to read every day this summer!
Summer reading keeps your mind sharp and helps young readers avoid the “summer slide.” The Richland Library Friends sponsor Richland Library's Summer Reading Challenge to foster reading in children during the summer months. We encourage you to challenge yourself to read your way through the summer!
If the sound of a banjo makes your toes tap and your heart sing, you won’t want to miss Grammy-award winning kindie duo, The Okee Dokee Brothers, who’ll be performing live Sunday, April 14 at 3:00pm at Main Library as part of the Augusta Baker’s Dozen storytelling festival in April.
Inspired by nature, the duo has poured their love of the great outdoors into the heart of their Americana Folk music in the hope that children and parents will gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.
With music sewn into the very fabric of Columbia, we couldn’t agree more. That’s why the library’s music collection and music-related events strive to have something for everyone. Listen freely!
Create a Music Library:
Did you know you can download three free songs a week from Richland Library? All you need is your library card number and PIN. Start downloading and Listen freely.
Check it Out:
If you’re an old school rocker, the library has dozens of genres of music on thousands of compact discs. Stop by any library location to browse the racks, or check out our online collection: Search freely.
Stay in the Loop:
Keep up to date on all of the latest music industry news with the library’s eMagazine collection. Subscribe to Billboard, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, XXL and more. Read freely.
No matter your age or stage of life, Richland Library has resources to help get your finances in order.
Library Partners With Museum, Local Author to Enrich Third Graders’ Experience
In South Carolina, there is a noticeable gap in third grade reading levels and limited opportunities for students to experience authentic education on South Carolina history.
It is that time of the year when we resolve to be better than ever. We have the resources and the knowledge to help you achieve your goals...whether your quest is for a better mind, body, or soul.
- Leslie Tetreault
Library Storytime is a developmentally important and meaningful experience for children. When you bring your child to storytime, you introduce him to the Library, the best picture books, and what may be his first group experience with children his own age. By attending weekly, you make storytime part of his routine, and teach him that the library is not only where you go to get more free books, but where you go to have lots of entertaining fun. This fun time is also enriching.
- Melissa Thigpen
One of my favorite things about children’s books is and has always been the wonderful art that accompanies the text and enriches the story. Now that my son is older, he is usually curled up in bed with a novel before lights out, rather than next to me as we read a picture book together. Our collection of these books was like having a mini-museum full of fine art sitting on a bookshelf right in our own home. We loved talking about the pictures as much as we loved the stories.
- Rebecca Kolb
Children learn so much during the first few years of elementary school – especially when it comes to reading. These are the years when many children become independent readers and transition from picture to chapter books. Reading on his own will open up the world for your child, but reading as a family is important, too. At Richland Library we believe you are never too old to enjoy a good book read aloud!
- Rebecca Kolb
Richland Library is dedicated to helping your child get ready for kindergarten. Nothing prepares a child for school better than reading aloud. Your preschooler will learn the alphabet and practice narrative skills as you read together. Read to your child every day, and before you know it they will be reading on their own!
Volunteers are the heart of Richland Library, giving countless hours of time to further the library’s mission. Volunteers are recognized with individual awards for hours of service, an annual recognition event and the selection of Richland Library Volunteers of the Year.