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Beat the Heat - Winter Books for Summer Reading

For some people, a "beach read" is likely to be a book about people having fun in the sun - splashing in the waves, vacationing by the pool, sizzling on the beach.  Not me.  I am hot enough already, and by the time July comes around I am tired of being hot.  I want to read about snow!  I want hats and scarves and murder on the slopes!  I want ice floes and frostbite and all the avalanches you can give me.  Cool me down!  These books are all set in the cold - maybe they'll help you beat the heat.
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New in Science

New titles by best-selling authors Michael Pollan (This Is Your Mind on Plants),

Nov 09 6:30 p.m.

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Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson.

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Oct 12 6:30 p.m.

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Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, The Widows of Malabar Hill, by Sujata Massey.

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The Grilled Peaches You Didn't Know You Needed

This grilled peach with strawberry goat cheese recipe combines the sweetness of peak season peaches with the tanginess of goat cheese blended with strawberries.  Topped with toasted walnuts and honey, this quick low-fat dessert is a great finish to a summer meal. 

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Civic Engagement is Civic Power

Are you interested in being more involved in your community? Find out why it's important to be civically engaged and more!

Sep 19 3:00 p.m.

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How the Heck Do I Buy a Used Car?

Thinking about buying a new car but intimidated by the process? Scared you’ll buy a lemon or end up paying too much? This class will empower you with advice and information and take the scary and unknown bits out of the car buying process.

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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. 
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Debut Authors of 2021 (So Far)

You have your favorite authors, and by now you've read everything by them, right? Time to try someone new! The best part is that checking out up to 60 books with your Richland Library card is absolutely free, so branch out and experiment with a new genre or writer. 
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Celebrate Loving Day for Adults

Celebrate Loving Day by checking out novels featuring stories of interracial love. "The “Loving” in Loving Day is actually the last name of Mildred and Richard Loving. The Loving Day Story begins when they were arrested for being married in 1958 because they were an interracial couple living in Virginia.

Aug 10 6:30 p.m.

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Book Banter

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Next Year in Havana, by Chanel Cleeton.

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¡Que Rico!: Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos

Bring the rich flavors of our community to life in your kitchen! Try our Stuffed Honduran Pastelitos—inspired by a recipe from one of our ¡Que Rico!: Community Cookbook contributors, Karin Cantarero.

Nov 17 6:00 p.m.

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Vista Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, Number One Chinese Restaurant by Lillian Li.

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Oct 27 6:00 p.m.

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Vista Book Group

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

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Aug 25 6:00 p.m.

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Vista Book Group

Join us for a book group discussion of this month’s title, The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowler.

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Dance Columbia!

When Disco Was King!

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Famously Hotspots

From schools to libraries, community centers and more, here's a list of public Wi-Fi spots in Richland County.

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10 Books for Graduates

When the confetti falls and the celebration ends, what is next? Check out these helpful and inspiring titles as you enter a new chapter of your life. 
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Movies for Workers' Day

The first day of May has been celebrated as International Workers' Day since 1889 when labor activists were demonstrating and organizing for the eight-hour-day.  The following list is made up of dramatic features, documentaries, and educational series on the labor movement, unionizing, leftist political activism, economic inequality, and working conditions. Mostly focused on American culture and history, it nontheless includes films set around the globe, helping to illustrate the shared struggles of workers everywhere. 
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Celebrating National Bike Month

May is National Bike Month, and although it may strike you as something that was only recently adopted, it has actually been observed since 1956.

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AiR Presents: Local Artist Directory!

Let’s give our local artists as much of the spotlight we can! With the pandemic and other issues facing our community, I’m elated to share that One Columbia’s artist directory now lives here on Richland Library.com

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Jazz Appreciation Month: Feature Films

Just because Jazz Appreciation Month is drawing a close, it doesn't mean your appreciating of Jazz has to end! Here are some movies to entertain you while enriching your understanding of one of America's finest cultural creations. Sit back, pour yourself a cool drink, and enjoy some swinging horns and moving pictures. 
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An Interview with Spoken Word Artist Tammaka Staley

For this post, I spoke to Tammaka Staley, the library's current Artist-in-Residence, and the tenth AiR at Richland Library. She's a poet, spoken word artist and educator. We discuss her background, her approach to her work, and more.

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How to Make Your Resume Stand Out

Resumes need to be customized for every job; there's no one size fits all. Here are some tips on how to make your resume standout to hiring managers. 

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Herbal Guides from the Ground Up

Great Weather!  Awesome Temperatures! Spring Cleaning! Now, How About Your Garden? Dig into These Books to Get Your Herbs Up and Growing.