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This list is regularly updated and shows items that have been ordered and will soon be available for checkout.
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Dog Days of Summer

The Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year, around the time the constellation Sirius appears to rise alongside the sun. Beat the heat by staying indoors with one of these doggone good reads. Enjoyed by yourself, or curled up with your furry best friend. 
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Richland Library Sandhills

Take No Names: A Book Review

Daniel Nieh's follow-up to Beijing Payback is the perfect crime thriller for your summer vacation or staycation. 

Oct 13 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library North Main

Understanding Expungement

Under SC law, you can apply to have certain South Carolina arrests, charges, or convictions placed under seal so they are no longer public record. Once they are sealed, these records can only be used for limited law enforcement purposes and otherwise can only be disclosed by court order. As we continue to Honor A Year of Black History join representatives from the Fifth Judicial Circuit Solicitor's Office to answer your concerns.

Nov 08 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Furiously Happy, by Jenny Lawson.

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Jul 25 10:00 a.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Sew Divine: A Gathering of Crafters

Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts?  Bring your own portable craft project, share ideas with fellow crafters, and check out the latest books on your favorite craft!

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Jul 18 10:00 a.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Sew Divine: A Gathering of Crafters

Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts?  Bring your own portable craft project, share ideas with fellow crafters, and check out the latest books on your favorite craft!

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Jul 11 10:00 a.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Sew Divine: A Gathering of Crafters

Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts?  Bring your own portable craft project, share ideas with fellow crafters, and check out the latest books on your favorite craft!

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Sep 09 1:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Ask An Attorney

Speak to an attorney, for free, for guidance on any number of issues.

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Jul 08 1:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Self-Discovery

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. More #BroaderBookshelf booklists can be found here. Get personalized recommendations 
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In Remembrance of Bastille Day

In honor of Bastille Day, a French holiday, check out some of these fiction, non-fiction, and DVD selections to further your understanding of this very chilling and bloody period in French history. 

Jul 25 5:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Double Feature: Lethal Weapon 2

Riggs and Murtaugh must guard a free-wheeling witness in a comedy of car chases, gun battles, under-water escapes, even the destruction of a chic hillside house.

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Jul 25 2:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Double Feature: Lethal Weapon

Murtaugh is a family man and veteran LAPD officer trying to survive. Riggs is a suicidal loose cannon cop. They work together to solve the mysterious murder of a banker's daughter.

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Jul 21 2:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Movie Matinee: Alien

A savage and merciless acid-blooded alien attacks the crew of an intergalactic freighter Nostromo when they respond to a distress signal. They battle to stay alive and to prevent the deadly creature from reaching Earth.

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Jul 11 2:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Movie Matinee: Raising Arizona

When a childless couple of an ex-con and his wife, an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family's quintuplets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Memoirs about Professions

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. Check out one of these memoirs by somebody who isn't a celebrity that focus on the working life. More #BroaderBookshelf booklists can be found here. Get personalized recommendations 

Jul 07 2:30 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Movie Matinee: Ambulance

Needing money to cover his wife's medical bills, a decorated veteran teams up with his adoptive brother to steal $32 million from a Los Angeles bank.

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Jul 16 3:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Community Conversation: The Impact of Gun Violence & How We Work Through It

Join Richland Library for a community conversation unpacking gun violence in Richland County. With gun violence on the rise and our community paying the price, Richland Library is holding space to hear the voices of those affected, share experiences and brainstorm ways in which we can create a safer community.

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Nature is Neat!

According to the super reliable and oh-so-scholarly Urban Dictionary, neature is "a combination of the words neat and nature. Best used to describe how neat nature is." I think this is a very fitting term for our wild and wonderful world and all the creatures that live in and on it. If you are a nature lover (and think it's pretty neat, too) or love being outdoors, or maybe just learning about Earth's many environments and ecosystems these titles are right up your alley.   
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Reading About Kaiju In June For #Kaijune

Kaijune is a month-long online event for artists. The name comes from a word for large monsters, "kaiju," and the month of June. Every month is a good one to read about kaiju. The list below includes plenty of graphic novels (and a couple of prose books) full of kaiju.

Sep 13 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Maid, by Stephanie Land.

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Oct 11 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Unsheltered, by Barbara Kingsolver.

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Aug 09 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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Jul 12 6:30 p.m.

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Richland Library St. Andrews

Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, The Stranger in the Woods, by Michael Finkel.

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#BroaderBookshelf 2022: Science & Nature Memoirs

Check out one of these captivating science & nature memoirs and fulfill the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge prompt "read a memoir by someone who is not a celebrity".  This list is part of the #BroaderBookshelf 2022 Reading Challenge. Find more lists here.  
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Historic True Crime

Many true crime books are roughly contemporary in setting.  But there’s a whole subgenre of nonfiction crime narrative drawn from historical cases, many of them scandalous in their day and some of them still unsolved.  A recent standout in this subgenre is Who Killed Jane Stanford? by respected historian Richard White, which explores the poisoning murder of the widow of Stanford University founder Leland Stanford.
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#BroaderBookshelf 2022 - Non-Celebrity Memoirs with Animals

The #BroaderBookshelf challenge helps expand your reading habits to discover authors, genres and books you might not otherwise pick up. Check out one of these memoirs by somebody who isn't a celebrity - but who does have something to do with animals!  Hawks, sheep, pigs, dogs (so many dogs) - even the occasional royal raven.
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LibraryReads for July 2022

Each month, LibraryReads lists the top upcoming titles recommended by librarians across the country.  All these books will be published in July 2022, so stay ahead of the curve and get on the holds list now!
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Afrofuturism and Africanfuturism

Early late at night I wander off into a land You can go, but you mustn't tell a soul There's a world inside Where dreamers meet each other Once you go it's hard to come back Let me paint your canvas as you dance  
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Beach Reads

Looking for the perfect book to take with you on summer vacation, or to take you away from it all when you're on a staycation? Whether you’re relaxing next to the ocean or in a lounge chair on your back porch, your summer reading will be more enjoyable with one of these books in your hand and another in your beach bag.

Jul 27 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Blythewood

OPEN MIC - Summer Jam Edition

Share your music and poetry in a live in-person and online version of our popular Open Mic event, hosted by John Wright & Rasheen Richardson and featuring special guest performers.

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View from the Jefferson Hotel

For over 50 years, the Jefferson Hotel stood elegantly on the corner of Main and Laurel Streets in downtown Columbia.

Aug 12 1:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Ask An Attorney

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LGBTQ+ Graphic Novels and Manga

Graphic novels and manga aren't exclusively for children and they aren't just for straight people either! Here's some excellent titles depicting the diversity in the LGBTQ+ community. 
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New in Science

Atlantic staff writer Ed Yong is a rising star in the science-writing world.  He received a Pulitzer in 2021 for his reporting on the pandemic, and his first book, I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, was a best seller.  Now his second book,

Feb 22 6:00 p.m.

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Richland Library Main

Vista Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

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Nov 08 10:00 a.m.

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Richland Library Ballentine

All Booked Up

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Less by Andrew Sean Greer.

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