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The Literary Vine 2012 page 18 myRCPL.com
from the director Dear Friends,
“Reading just four to five books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores. It doesn’t take much, but it will take all of us!”
Every Tuesday morning during the school year, you’ll find me with my knees tucked under a child-sized desk, leaning in and patiently listening, as a young friend practices reading. Some of the children I’ve helped over the years have just needed to practice reading aloud to build their confidence; others never mastered the early building blocks of reading and have fallen behind. Some days, the children are eager to give any word a try. Other times, they get discouraged on the first page and want to quit. But all of the children I’ve worked with grin from ear to ear when they get a tough word right or read that first book with no help at all. Like other library staff and probably some of you, I love being a volunteer tutor for children who struggle with reading. The library has teamed up with the Midlands Reading Consortium of the United Way of the Midlands to provide one-on-one support for students and schools needing it most. But it saddens me that many of these children will miss that support for the 11 or so summer weeks. They won’t have easy access to books, a trained professional or a reading buddy who knows how to turn their frustration into success.
The facts are bleak. If children aren’t reading on grade level by third grade, their chances of graduating from high school on time decrease and the odds that they’ll end up behind bars increase. Those of us who just magically started reading around first grade or who have never seen a child go through the process take for granted what a struggle learning to read can be. Add the “summer slide”—the learning loss that occurs when students are on break—and progress takes another hit. Struggling readers are especially vulnerable to starting a school year with less reading mastery than they had just months before. In fact, research shows that low-income children, by 5th grade, are about 2.5 years behind their more affluent peers due to summer learning loss. At RCPL, we know we could do more to help struggling readers. Besides adding our staff to the cadre of volunteer reading buddies in the community, we’re also creating innovative reading intervention programs that will be among the first of their kind in the nation. I’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, there are things you can do to help. Make sure the children you know have access to books this summer. Start a children’s book club in your neighborhood. Share this letter and the entire magazine with all the parents you know and adults who work with summer programs. Reading just four to five books during the summer can prevent a decline in a child’s fall reading scores. It doesn’t take much, but it will take all of us! Warmly,
Melanie Huggins | Executive Director
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director’s picks I just finished Seeing Past Z : Nurturing the Imagination in a Fast-Forward World Beth Kephart
I’m just starting The Descendants: A Novel Kaui Hart Hemmings
I can’t stop listening to Nothing Is Wrong Dawes
You don’t want to miss Too many to choose! Check out any of our great Summer Reading Challenge events at all RCPL locations!
what’s happening at RCPL featured staff | Janice Surginer
Learn Money Saving Tips at Your Library! About her…. Janice has been with the library since 1993. She has worked at several locations and is now at the Southeast Regional Branch on Garners Ferry Road. Stop by and see her and she will greet you with a smile.
What’s your favorite thing about working at the library? It gives me the opportunity to do what I love, using creativity to promote education and learning to a diverse audience each day.
Describe life at RCPL in three words or less. Fabulous. Unpredictable. Priceless.
If you could trade places with one person for the day, dead or alive, who would it be? Walt Disney
Growing Readers Donald Carter is one of 20 RCPL staff members who read with and mentor students each week. He first enlists the help of the Children’s Room staff to choose great books to share based on his student’s interests. RCPL’s Melanie Huggins talks about her experiences working with The Midlands Reading Consortium on page 2. Did You Know? According to test scores, about 24% of South Carolina’s children are not reading proficiently by third grade. In one hour a week, you can help change this statistic and a student’s life. This school year alone, more than 300 students have been touched by this initiative, now in its sixth year. For more information: Kimberly House, United Way of the Midlands, 803.758.6983
Who couldn’t use a few tips on saving for a rainy day and planning for retirement? In tight economic times, many families struggle to save and invest. Growing Savers: Smart Money @ RCPL is a new initiative, funded by a $78,500 grant, to help families make educated financial choices for long-term and day-to-day money matters. The effort combines traditional educational activities and creative experiences, with a special focus on the African-American community.
What it Means for You: A Song You’ll Know By Heart . . . The library will partner with Lunch Money, a children’s band that brings indie-rock to family audiences, to write a children’s song about money, earning and saving for the future and much more. Powerful Performances . . . NiA, a local theater company, will create webisodes on saving money, and RCPL staff will work with our Teen Advisory Boards to engage teens in creating performances to teach financial basics to younger children.
Engaging Our Community. . . RCPL staff will partner with Columbia College and local schools to share information and resources with teachers and students alike. Outreach staff will work with preschool children and childcare providers also. A partnership between the American
and the FINRA Investor Educatio
A partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
A partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.
Watch for more details later this year.
Upcoming Closings All RCPL locations will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.
| Bostick Board Room, Main RCPL Board Meeting: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, May 14 & June 11 Friends’ Board Meeting: 12:30 p.m., Fridays, May 4 & June 1 Foundation Board Meeting: Noon, Wednesday, June 13 may + june 2012 | 3
RCPL Volunteers: Priceless From shelving books to teaching computer classes, the library relies on volunteers to maximize resources and better serve customers. Last year, 1,037 volunteers contributed more than 18,000 hours, a value of more than $309,000. More than 100 library volunteers were recognized at a special event at the Main Library in March.
Adult Volunteer of Year | Barbara Middendorf Barbara volunteers 10.5 hours a week at the Sandhills Branch. She helps with a variety of behind-the-scenes tasks at a library location that circulated more than 550,000 items in 2011. “Barbara is a treasure,” said Branch Manager Georgia Coleman. “She is a wonderful representative of the library, and she helps our staff do an even better job of serving our customers.” She has volunteered more than 1,600 hours, and is also being added to the RCPL Hall of Fame this year.
Teen Volunteer of the Year | Lakevious Telfair Lakevious is a veteran member of the volunteer program, providing more than two years of service and 150 hours to the Children’s Room and Main’s Teen Advisory Board (TAB). Whether tagging and sorting books, attending TAB meetings or helping with a puppet show for young readers, he anticipates what is needed and even takes on a leadership role with fellow volunteers. There is no question he will be missed as he graduates from high school and heads into the next chapter of his life.
Junior Volunteer of the Year | Nina Shelley Nina began volunteering five years ago, and is one of the most dedicated junior volunteers at RCPL. She helps in the Children’s Room, sorting books, cutting and preparing materials for programs, and helping maintain displays. An avid reader, she even recommends books for customers. Nina has contributed more than 300 hours of service to RCPL and is a recipient of the Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
Presidential Award Recipients Lifetime Achievement | 4,000 hours contributed to a nonprofit organization
Mary Lewis and Fred Williams
Gold Award | 500 hours in 12 month period
Silver Award | 250 hours in 12 month period
Tina Auman, Joan Edwards, Stacey Haynes, Bill Higgins, Thomas Lide and Richard Webster Bronze Award | 100 hours in a 12 month period
Shannon Bobertz, Cynthia Cherry, Jerry Jewler, Laura Mehaffey, Catherine Samulski and Jesse Torres
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we’re in your neighborhood locations & hours
what’s happening at RCPL Main Library | 799-9084 Children’s Room | 929-3434 1431 Assembly St., Columbia 29201 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Ballentine Branch | 781-5026 1321 Dutch Fork Rd., Irmo 29063 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Blythewood Branch | 691-9806 218 McNulty Rd., Blythewood 29016 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. John Hughes Cooper Branch | 787-3462 5317 North Trenholm Rd., Columbia 29206 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Eastover Branch | 353-8584 608 Main St., Eastover 29044 Mon., Tues., 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Wed., Fri., Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thurs., 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. North Main Branch | 754-7734 5306 North Main St., Columbia 29203 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Northeast Regional Branch | 736-6575 7490 Parklane Rd., Columbia 29223 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sandhills Branch | 699-9230 1 Summit Parkway at Clemson Rd., Columbia 29229 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Southeast Regional Branch | 776-0855 7421 Garners Ferry Rd., Columbia 29209 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. St. Andrews Regional Branch | 772-6675 2916 Broad River Rd., Columbia 29210 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Wheatley Branch | 799-5873 931 Woodrow St., Columbia 29205 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tues., Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
storytimes Hello Baby! birth to 23 months Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. • Southeast Regional 10 a.m., Thursdays, May 3 – June 28 •
St. Andrews Regional 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, May 3 – June 21
Children’s Room, Main 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays, May 8 – June 26 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, May 9 June 27
Bedtime Storytime for all ages Stories, songs and puppet shows. Wear your pajamas if you like! • Children’s Room, Main 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7 and Thursday, June 7 •
Southeast Regional 6:30 p.m., Mondays, May 7 & 14 and June 11, 18 & 25
Ballentine Branch 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17
St. Andrews Regional 7 p.m., Monday, May 21
Cooper Branch 6:30 p.m., Mondays, June 11 & 25
Northeast Regional 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 * Get ready for kindergarten and gain confidence and independence in this kids-only storytime. • Children’s Room, Main 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, May 8 – June 26 •
Northeast Regional 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, May 10 – June 28
Family Storytime for all ages Stories, songs and much more for you and your family. • Children’s Room, Main 10:30 a.m., Mondays, May 7 – June 25 - Except May 28 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 9 – June 27 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 12, 19 & 26 and June 9 & 23
Other Fun Storytimes
Cinco de Mayo for ages 3-5 Celebrate with Spanish games, songs and stories. 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 1, North Main Branch Hola, Libros! for all ages Bring the family to enjoy bilingual stories and songs. 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 & June 16, Children’s Room, Main
Ballentine Branch 11 a.m., Fridays, May 4 – August 31
Blythewood Branch 10:30 a.m., Fridays, May 4 –June 29
Cooper Branch 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, May 3 – June 7 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5 – June 30
Eastover Branch 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, May 9 & 23 and June 9 & 20
North Main Branch 11 a.m., Tuesdays, May 1 –June 26
3 p.m., Saturdays, May 19, June 16, July 21 and August 18
Northeast Regional 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 – August 25
Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
St. Andrews Regional 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, May 2 –June 27 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 – June 30
Sandhills Branch 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 – August 25
Southeast Regional 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, May 2 – June 27 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 19 & June 9
Stories and songs for children with special needs and their families.
Pajamarama’s Camp Out for all ages An evening filled with stories, songs and fun. 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 4, Southeast Regional
Exceptional You! Storytime *
* Please register. may + june 2012
Anansi the Spider 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 9 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3434 for all ages | The Columbia Marionette Theatre will present this African folk tale.
Children’s Room, Main | 929-3434 Hands on Art for ages 2-5 Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! 11 a.m., Fridays, May 4 & June 1
Morning of Puppets for all ages Watch your favorite stories performed by the Children’s Room puppets! 11 a.m., Friday, May 25 & June 22 Alethea Kontis for all ages Join Alethea Kontis, author of Alpha Oops! the Day Z Went First and Alpha Oops! H is for Halloween, for a special storytime. Autographing and book signing to follow. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2
Lunch Money Spicy Kid CD Release Party 3 p.m., Sunday, June 17 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3434
for all ages | Rock out with Columbia’s own indi-rock band celebrating the release of their 4th album Spicy Kid.
Monday Afternoon at the Movies for all ages 2:30 p.m., Mondays June 4 - The Lion King (G) June 11 – Cars 2 (G) June 18 – Despicable Me (PG) June 25 – How to Train Your Dragon (PG)
World Refugee Day for all ages
Mother-Daughter Tea for all ages * Treats, talk and stories with mom. 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9 Fun Patrol for all ages Sheriff Leon Lott patrols the area with stories, songs and games. Kids can get fingerprinted. 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 19 Northeast Regional | 736-6575 Hands on Art for ages 2-5 * 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 8 Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
Family Fun for all ages Stick around after storytime for more fun for the whole family. 11:30 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 & June 2 Southeast Regional | 776-0855 Humpty Dumpty and More for all ages Celebrate Mother Goose Day with nursery rhymes, stories and crafts. 10 a.m., Tuesday, May 1
Double Take: Is That the Staff?
Celebrate our diverse community and meet refugee artists as they share their culture and experiences. Also featuring a special storytime at 10:30 a.m. 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23
for all ages Celebrate Children’s Book Week. The staff will be dressed up as your favorite characters. All day, Wednesday, May 9
Blythewood Branch | 691-9806
M is for the Many Things You Gave Me for all ages
Puppetpalooza for all ages Your favorite stories performed by puppets! 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 5
A celebration of a mother’s love with stories and a homemade craft. 11 a.m., Saturday, May 12
Cooper Branch | 787-3462
An Evening with
the Museum 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 21 and 11 a.m., Saturday, June 30 Southeast Regional | 776-0855 for all ages | Featuring Kyle Coleman from the Columbia Museum of Art for stories and crafts.
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Cooper Puppet Playhouse for all ages *
If You Give a Pig a Party for all ages
3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8
It’s a porker of a birthday party! 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 6
Family Movie Night for all ages Wear your PJs and join us for bedtime snacks and a viewing of The Muppets (PG). 6:30 p.m., Monday, June 4 The “Once Upon a Time” Club for ages 4 and up * Classic picture books, games and crafts. 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 5 & 19
Lights, Camera Action! for all ages 10 a.m., Fridays June 1 - The Princess and the Frog () June 29 - Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom (PG) June 15 – The Muppets (PG) June 22 – Happy Feet 2 (PG) St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
North Main Branch | 754-7734 Family Picture Book Club for all ages Celebrate the picture book! The pizza and soft drinks are on us! 5 p.m., Thursday, May 3 and June 7
Lights, Camera Action! for all ages 3 p.m., Saturday, June 23 – Rio (G)
for school-age children Children’s Room, Main | 929-3434
Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Kids in Print 2012
Lego Madness for ages 6-12
Celebrate young authors and artists published in RCPL’s literary magazine Kids in Print. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5, Bostick Auditorium
Create robots and cities with LEGOs. 3:30 p.m., Mondays, May 21 & June 18
New reader? Practice reading with service dogs who love to listen to a good story! 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 19 & June 23
Sandhills Branch | 699-9230 Read to a Dog for ages 6-12 * Practice your reading skills with a furry friend. 3 p.m., Wednesdays, May 2-30 and Saturday, May 12
Mysterious Library Society for ages 6-8
Join the society for secret stories, mysterious tales and more. 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, June 7 – 28
Laptops and library resources especially for students in grades 6-8. 2:30 p.m., Mondays, May 7-21
Blythewood Branch | 691-9806
Southeast Regional | 776-0855 Little Bit Garden for ages 6-12 Plant flowers at the library. Featuring the South Carolina Midlands Master Gardeners. 2 p.m., Saturdays, May 5 – 26 and June 9 & 23
Paws for Reading for ages 6-8
How Does Your Garden Grow? for ages 6-8 * Plant a garden and listen to stories. 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16
Blythewood Bookworms for ages 9-12 * Featuring your favorite books and authors. 3 p.m., Saturdays, May 19 & June 16 Eastover Branch | 353-8584 Storytime Stars for ages 6-12 * Bring a storybook to life with your acting skills. 2:30 p.m., Tuesdays, June 5 –26 Final Performance: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 27 North Main Branch | 754-7734 Twix-N-Between for ages 9-12 * Enjoy fantastical ghost stories and realistic reads-and everything in between. 2:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12
2:30 – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, June 11 – 15 Children’s Room, Main | 929-3434 for ages 9-12 | Books, art activities, games and drama!
St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675 Thursday Tween Reads for ages 9-12 * Discover some of the library’s tween reads! 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, May 24 Wheatley Branch | 799-5873
Mom’s the Word! for ages 6-8 Stories and a special gift for Mom. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17
Dream Big Storytimes for ages 6-12 Explore night-time adventures with stories and songs. 10:30 a.m., Fridays, June 1 – 29
Let’s Hear it for
Dream Team *
3 p.m., Friday, June 8
4 p.m., Thursday, May 10
Blythewood Branch | 691-9806
St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
for ages 6 -12 | Listen to stories, then let your imagination soar using LEGOs! Dream up amazing models for display in the library.
for ages 6 -12 | Celebrate your mom with stories and make a special gift for her.
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2 p.m., Fridays, June 8 – August 17 Eastover Branch | 353-8584 Show off your skills in an afternoon of Wii games. Bring your friends or face off against other challengers. Program to take place at Eastover Park and Recreation Center.
Humans vs. Zombies 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9 Northeast Regional | 736-6575 Avoid zombification and keep the undead at bay. Will be played outdoors. See humansvszombies.org for information and rules.
Play it Loud for ages 10 and up
Make some noise playing Wii. 3 p.m., Saturdays, May 26 and June 23
Read any book or graphic novel between June 1 and June 30, submit an iPick at the Children’s Room desk and get entered for your chance to win an iTunes gift card. Multiple entries are accepted. Winner(s) will be notified by Friday, July 6.
Teen Otaku Association Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader Answer the questions to see if you need to go back to fifth grade! One lucky winner per week will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-summer surprise. June 1 - August 18
Teen Book Group 6 p.m., Tuesdays, May 15, June 19, July 17 and August 21 St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Teen Game Time
Northeast Anime Club
Play your favorite video games. 3 p.m., Thursdays, May 3 and June 7 – 28
Eat, drink and be merry watching anime. 6 p.m., Wednesdays, May 2 – June 27
* Please register.
Cooper Branch 3:30 p.m., Saturdays, May 19 and June 23 Southeast Branch 3 p.m., Saturdays, May 19 and June 16
6:30 p.m., Wednesdays May 9 & 23 and June 13 & 27
TAB Hosts Kids in Print 2012 Be one of the first to see the new edition, get inspired and support your library by helping host the reception. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 5 Children’s Room, Main
TAB’s Afternoon with the Author Meet Alethea Kontis and find out about her journey to becoming a published author. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 2, Children’s Room, Main
TAB’s Dancing with the Stars
Learn to dominate the black and white battlefield.
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Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
North Main Branch | 754-7734 Denim Makeover * Bring an old pair of jeans and make them over. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, May 26
Earn volunteer hours by meeting once a month to help plan programs, participate in service projects and have fun! For 7th through 12th graders.
Southeast Regional | 776-0855
Learn the language used in websites, apps and ebooks. Laptops will be provided. 3 p.m., Mondays, June 11 & 25
Featuring anime, manga, food and fun. 6 p.m., Mondays, May 7 – June 25 Except May 28 Special Meetings: June 11-DDR Tournament June 25-Manga Reading Day
teen advisory board
Dominate the Board! Chess Training
Java the Hut
TAB special events
Wii Play Hard
Main | 929-3434
Don’t know a Foxtrot from a Rumba? Join TAB and learn new steps to impress on the dance floor. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 9, Bostick Auditorium
for teens & adults
Check This Out Heather McCue | Children’s Room Librarian
One night, Charlie Bucktin is visited by Jasper Jones. Labeled as “no good” by the town, Jasper is the scapegoat of police and parents alike. During that visit, he leads Charlie on a late night walk to the dead body of one of their classmates. After Jasper begs for his help, Charlie agrees and, together, they hide the body in the river. This decision sets the stage for a strange summer of discovery for both Charlie and Jasper. When the town begins a search for their missing classmate, Charlie struggles with the knowledge, the lies and doing what is right. For fans of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird, this 2012 Printz Honor Book by Craig Silvey is a gripping story of the surface of our lives and what lies beneath.
Main | 929-3434
Fabric Baskets * Create coiled fabric baskets. 10 a.m., Thursday, June 14 Eastover Branch | 353-8584
T-N-T Saturdays Stay “Technically N’ Touch” Create or update Facebook, Myspace or Google +; get help with your new iPad, Nook or Kindle; add ebooks to * your device. 2 p.m., Saturdays, May 5 & 19 Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Go Your Own Way Learn how to play Go, a 2,000-year-old strategy game. 3:30 p.m., Fridays, May 4 and June 1
Zumba Fitness *
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvery
Fuses hypnotic Latin and international music and easy to follow moves for a dynamic exercise experience that is fun and effective. Space is limited. 11 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 & 12 Southeast Regional | 776-0855
Hablamos: Spanish Conversation Learning Spanish? Ya lo hablas? 6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 2 & 16, June 6 & 20, July 18 and August 1 & 15
Build Your Summer Play list and Keep it Forever! On the beach, by the pool or in the car - anything is better with music! Download free music with your library card. Choose from half a million songs on the Sony catalog.
World Religions Today: A Community Conversation Learn about the practice and beliefs of Islam. 7 p.m., Thursday, May 24
World Wide Knit in Public Day Drop in to the library and learn to knit! 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 16 St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
St. Andrews Chess Club Show your mental mastery against some of the members of the Columbia Chess Club. Participate in a casual game or a tournament and meet some of best players in your area. 6 p.m., Mondays, May 7 – June 25 Except May 21 & 28
Guitar Club *
Bring your guitar and get a group or individual lesson. 7 p.m., Thursday, June 28
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Royal Jubilee 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 6 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 231-6329 Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with Howard Burnham as he observes the 60 year reign of Elizabeth II.
Celebrate Black Music Month with
Dante Lewis 7 p.m., Thursday, June 14 1431, Main | 231-6329 Enjoy the smooth sounds of saxophonist Dante Lewis.
Main | 231-6329
Family History Workshop
Couponing Basics *
Find out about your family history with print and online genealogical resources. 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17, Local History
Want to save money at the grocery store and the drugstore? Learn basic strategies of stretching your budget using coupons and other money-saving techniques. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2
Share in the intrigue with action writer E.S. Hoover as he leads a discussion of his works. Signing to follow. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2
You’ve heard of speed dating. Now try Speed Friending! Bring your favorite book and come prepared to chat about it as we guide you through lively rounds. We’ll provide the snacks and the tunes. 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 13 Bostick Auditorium
Walking in the Past Lane
Blythewood Branch | 691-9806
E.S. Hoover: The Sebastian Bishop Trilogy
6 p.m., Thursdays, Local History May 3 - South Carolina’s First Century in Flight with Ron Shelton, South Carolina Historic Aviation Foundation Board Member and Science Curator Emeritus, South Carolina State Museum. June 7 - Historical researcher and Lower Richland County expert Rev. John Allen Middleton.
Zumba Fitness Fuses hypnotic Latin and international music and easy to follow moves for a dynamic exercise experience that is fun and effective. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing! 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 1 – June 26, Bostick Auditorium Except Thursday, May 31
David Axe: From A to B
Financial Fitness 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12 North Main Branch | 754-7734 Get help identifying your financial goals and develop a plan for reaching them.
Garden Like a Master: Rain Gardens * What is a rain garden? Why create one? Join us to find the answers to these questions, and how to make one. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 12 Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Designing Cities What makes a city? Join us as we view Urbanized, a documentary by Gary Hustwit. Learn the way cities are designed, how they work, and why sometimes they don’t. 7 p.m., Thursday, May 17 North Main Branch | 754-7734 Basket Weaving * The artistry of pine needle basket weaving. 11:30 a.m., Fridays, May 4 & 18 and June 1, 15 & 29 Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
Columbia journalist and blogger David Axe will discuss his new book From A to B : How Logistics Fuels American Power and Prosperity. 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, Local History
Lunch and Listen
St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
Bring your lunch and enjoy the sounds of banjo player Randy Lucas. Coffee’s on us! 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 1431
Graceful Chinese exercise. 10 a.m., Mondays, May 7 – August 27 Except Monday, May 28
Chinese Brush Painting Workshop * Create your own masterpiece with Chinese Brush Painting artist Wei Yao. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 1
Live music, storytimes, computer classes and more! Experience it all at your library! RCPL offers approximately 200 programs a month at all locations throughout Richland County.
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the Friends of the Richland County Public Library’s
SUMMER READ ING
READ EVERY DAY. READ A NEW WAY. Summer reading keeps your mind sharp and helps young readers avoid the “summer slide.” We encourage you to challenge yourself to read your way through the summer! Here are a few practical and creative ways you can be a part of the Summer Reading Challenge.
Share the Story Start your own summer book club
Beat the Heat Stay cool at your library
Rediscover the Classics Read one aloud with friends
June 1 through
Digitize Your Reads
Experience events like never before
Sign up for a chance to win a Kindle Fire
SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2012
SHARE WHAT YOU LOVE
Tony Tallent | Director of Literacy and Learning Have you ever read a book, seen a movie or heard a song you simply had to share with your friends? With feverish delight you summarize the plot or talk about the imagery or even hum a few lines. It makes your friends smile to see you so excited about something. Your fascination turns into their fascination! One of the great joys in life is sharing what we love with others. As you dive into our Summer Reading Challenge, I hope you’ll keep this in mind. Your library is a place that fosters conversation and opportunities to share, delight and learn from one another. You’ll find a great deal of these opportunities listed in the pages of this publication. According to the National Center for Family Literacy, a child’s reading ability improves exponentially when there is a family network that encourages reading. I believe this fact can be broadened to embrace the idea that we all learn more when we are encouraged and inspired in a supportive environment. Let your library be that place for you this summer. Through the Summer Reading Challenge, we offer a program constructed to encourage and reinforce reading throughout the summer—for children, teens and adults. More than that, we are here to help you creatively challenge yourself to read every day and read in a new way. Tell us what topic intrigues you. I bet we’ll find a book that will help you explore it more deeply. Tell us the type of song that makes you want to sing along. I bet we’ll be able to lead you to music that builds and broadens your sonic horizon.
“...we all learn more when we are encouraged and inspired in a supportive environment. Let your library be that place for you this summer.” Tell us what you’d like to know more about. I bet we’ll be able to connect you to information and community resources that you never dreamed existed. If it is an interest of yours, it’s an interest of ours! Challenge yourself in the best way this summer: share what you love with others. We’re ready to hear what delights you!
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Stop by any RCPL location.
Tell a librarian that you are ready to challenge yourself to read every day and read a new way.
Celebrate Your Success! Return your completed reading records to any RCPL location throughout the summer. Children will be presented with a reading medal to celebrate their success! Two lucky readers – a teen and an adult – will win a Kindle Fire sponsored by Geiger Carolinas O'Cain Advertising.
STAY SHARP THIS SUMMER WITH APPS It’s easy to find yourself being pulled in multiple directions, especially during the summer. Luckily, there are many apps designed to help keep you on track, learning and having fun.
Task & Time Management
Get organized & motivated.
Cozi ANDROID MARKET | free This app ties together each family member’s schedule with to do and shopping lists. It even allows you to keep a journal complete with pictures, making it perfect for family vacations.
Everyone can learn something new.
TED, TEDx Youth Day ANDROID MARKET & APP STORE | free Watch as experts in their field present ideas that could very well change the world. There are three levels of talks: TED for all ages (but mostly adults and teens), TEDx Youth Day for kids and tedxteen.com for teens.
Improving Memory & Focus
Khan Academy ANDROID MARKET & APP STORE | free This app provides a diverse selection of how-to tutorial videos on a wide variety of topics, making it perfect for reviewing school work or learning about the current credit crisis.
Improve your brain power.
Brainscape APP STORE | free - some decks may cost Improve your knowledge with this flashcard-based system.
Just for Fun
Epic Win APP STORE | $2.99 Need a little extra motivation to get things done? Use this app to ‘level up your life’ as you cross things off your to do list.
My Personal Memory Trainer ANDROID MARKET | free Play games to help improve focus and memory.
Unleash your inner storyteller.
I Can Animate APP STORE | $2.99 Make animated movies with the camera on your iPod/iPhone or iPad 2. We use this app for animation programs at the library. It’s easy to use and fun for all ages. See Teen program on page vi.
Stick Fighter ANDROID MARKET | free Animate the stick man as he goes into battle.
Don’t Forget myRCPL.com Overdrive | Download your favorite books to read on your mobile device. Freegal | Download three songs per week to keep. Tumblebooks | Watch videos of your favorite children’s books.
Weeks of Challenges
TO GROW SCHOOL READINESS AND FUN
Books All Around
NURSERY RhyMES & SONGS
family & R
Establish a reading corner with at least two books per child on a child accessible shelf. Make sure every child has a library card.
Share rhymes and songs every day, and your children will learn to say them on their own. Children who know eight rhymes by heart by the time they are four are usually among the best readers by the time they are eight.
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Have your children learn five new animals by sharing books and songs. Give children toy animals to play with. Children will naturally practice the words and sounds they have learned while developing storytelling skills.
Read five color books five times this week. Mix colors and talk about them. Watch red and yellow come together to become orange! Give your children color specific toys to play with or help them sort their toys into various color groups.
Around the world
Share stories and songs from three other places and cultures. Use a variety of book styles from photographs to rhymes to bilingual books to widen your childrenâ€™s knowledge of the world beyond their daily lives.
Share alphabet books each day this week. Spend time using string, magnets, shapes, play dough and crayons to create letters. Ask children what letter their name starts with and name other things that start with that letter.
Name, trace and play with Talk about the shape of sig at the grocery store. Have of various shapes. Write shape under the rubbin on your bulletin board.
Share books that invite children to guess what happens next. Ask your children questions and they will start making predictions on their own. Children love to guess. Hum â€Ś I wonder what this book is about. Can you guess?
Have your children tell the discussing what is happen an open-ended question a you share at storytime. W live? How many trucks we do you think this book is a
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SUMMER READING CHALLENGE 2012
WHAT IS A READING MOMENT?
Clo Cammarata | Programs and Partnerships Manager Over the years, my son and I have enjoyed the discovery of reading and the fun in everyday life – our Reading Moments. Nothing in the world can compare to the utter joy and elation of a child. I never really understood how many opportunities for Reading Moments existed until I became a parent. My son would cackle with delight as we played reading games wherever we were.
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Reading Moments help supplement formal reading and allow parents and children to bond and discover together. As a parent, I encourage you to read to your child every day. Libraries are special places that bring books to life and add a social dimension for parents and children. Storytimes, crafts and discovery programs reinforce early literacy skills, such as the spoken word, color and number recognition, and even how to hold and touch a book. This helps little ones have tactile relationships with books while celebrating and sharing the joy of reading. Sign up for the Friends of Richland County Public Library Summer Reading Challenge. You’ll get great pleasure and a memento for your child’s Memory Book. Then share the laughter and delight that comes from Reading Moments with your child and share a new way you created a Reading Moment at myRCPL.com.
Here Are a Few of My Favorite Reading Moments: In the Car:
Read billboards, especially those with words and pictures. Read signs while learning colors and meanings. Read the names of restaurants and businesses to learn new words and see uppercase letters in proper names.
Read produce signs to see the spelling of the words along with the items. Read sales signs that combine numbers and letters. Read cereal boxes, cans and other recognizable items while shopping from your grocery list.
Read each label as you play pantry in your own home. Read newspaper and magazine captions and advertisements, putting pictures and words together. Write words in the sand describing the things you see and read aloud. Fill a small basket with favorite stories, rhymes and board books to pick up throughout the day. Include books about the alphabet, counting, colors, shapes and sizes.
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Check Out These Special SUMMER READING CHALLENGE EVENTS Aesop’s Fables Red Herring Puppets
Family Picture Book Club Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? Come share your favorite picture books and discover some of the best, brand new ones too! Pizza and soft drinks provided.
Watch your favorite characters from The Lion and the Mouse, The Tortoise and the Hare, and more come to life in this production, presented by the renowned Asheville Company Red Herring Puppets. 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14, Cooper Branch
Sing Along with Charlie Hope
Ready, Set, Animate with ReadyANIMATOR
Join Charlie Hope as she shares music that children and adults can both love! Explore the limitless possibilities inside yourself through her melodic songs and interactive show. 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, Sandhills Branch 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, Wheatley Branch
Find your inner artist and express yourself. Produce your own stop motion short. We’ll help you from start to finish – From envisioning your idea to uploading it on YouTube.
2:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7, Sandhills Branch 11 a.m., Friday, July 6 , Southeast Regional 3 p.m., Friday, July 13, Northeast Regional
Commedia Cinderella Taradiddle Players Our favorite children’s theatre group out of Charlotte is at it again, bringing one of the world’s most famous fairy tales to life. 11 a.m., Friday, June 8 Children’s Room, Main
EGBE Kilimanjaro Join EGBE Kilimanjaro, a family of African Drummers and Dancers, and learn about the culture of the Gullah Geechee community through the art of drumming. 10 a.m., Thursday, June 7, Eastover Branch 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 13, Blythewood Branch 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 13, North Main Branch
Balloonopolis Twist and turn with Mr. Balloon Man and Twister Extraordinaire. Watch as magnificent balloon creations take shape before your very eyes. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12, St. Andrews Regional
5 p.m., Thursdays, May 3, June 7, July 5 and August 2, North Main Branch
Celebrate Summer Reading with Miss South Carolina Miss South Carolina Bree Boyce will discuss goal-setting, reading and the challenges and triumphs that led her to her title.
3 p.m., Sunday, June 24 Bostick Auditorium, Main
Salsa Cinderella Grey Seal Puppets Come see one of your favorite fairy tales performed with a spicy new twist. Performing nationally for 30 years, the Grey Seal Puppets present Salsa Cinderella. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, Northeast Regional 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 26, Southeast Regional
Who Said That? Join in the laughter with comic ventriloquist Steve Brogan and his hilariously funny friends. 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, Blythewood Branch
CHECK OUT ALL THE SUMMER READING CHALLENGE HAPPENINGS @ MYRCPL.COM/SUMMER vi | summer reading challenge 2012
Come enjoy a presentation by the South Carolina Aquarium as they bring all the fun and adventure of the aquarium to you! With hands-on activities and a chance to learn about wildlife and animal habitats, this program is sure to be a splash! 3 p.m., Thursday, July 12, St. Andrews Branch 11 a.m., Thursday, July 12, North Main Branch
South Carolina Aquarium
Come hear this nationally acclaimed children’s band as they perform some of their most singable and danceable tunes at your library.
3 p.m., Sunday, July 22
Get your visors ready! Spurrier’s Gamecocks are taking the field at RCPL for a morning of stories, games and autographs. 11 a.m., Friday, July 13 | Bostick Auditorium, Main
Sarah Dippity is back with more magic, storytelling, puppets and fun! 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 26, Cooper Branch 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 26, Wheatley Branch
Carl Winters Is the Kalimba King
Chicken Little Porkchop Productions
Bostick Auditorium, Main
Learn about something new! “The Kalimba King” introduces the kalimba, a.k.a. the African thumb piano, and captivates young and old audiences, alike, with this instrument’s unusual sound. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 19, Eastover Branch 3:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, Northeast Regional
Summer Reading Challenge Wrap-Up Party Wrap up the summer with music, fun and prizes for the whole family. Bring your beach chairs and join us for an outdoor concert featuring nationally known children’s rock sensation Lunch Money. For more information, call 776-0855.
6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 18 Southeast Regional
The sky is falling and Chicken Little, Henny Penny and the rest of their friends want you to know about it! Enjoy live music and loads of fun during Porkchop Productions’ adaptation of this classic tale. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 19, Sandhills Branch 2:30 p.m., Thursday, July 19, Southeast Regional
ENCOURAGING YOUR RELUCTANT READER If “reading for fun” is not something you normally see around your house, try some other approaches. Check out a pile of books - various genres, subjects and reading levels. Ask your young person to try one of the books. If he isn’t engrossed, have him set it aside and try another.
Check out the 39 Clues series & the Trackers series by Patrick Carmen.
Encourage your young reader to pick out the stack of books at the library. Library staff members are happy to help select a number of items and highlight a few hidden gems that may be easily overlooked.
Today, there are many interactive multimedia books available that involve the reader in not only the physical book but also in online games. The 39 Clues series by various authors is an excellent adventure mystery that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Throughout the series, readers are encouraged to do online puzzles to solve the 39 clues along with the characters. If your reader likes his action more tech-based, the Trackers series by Patrick Carmen is a good bet. Visit any library location and the expert staff will help you find a wealth of great books and resources to encourage your child. summer reading challenge 2012 | vii
GREAT FRIENDS, INDEED! The Friends of Richland County Public Library support RCPL and our community in so many ways throughout the year. From their engaging author series to their signature event, The Literary Vine, the Friends work hard to bring even more value and delight to the library offerings. This summer, the Friends are graciously sponsoring the Summer Reading Challenge. Knowing that reading is both important in creating connected individuals and communities, it fits perfectly with the Friendsâ€™ goal to increase support for library programs. By supporting the Summer Reading Challenge, the Friends are helping put more strength into one of the broadest reaching programs of the year! Itâ€™s easy to join the Friends of RCPL! Memberships start at only $25. Simply visit myrcpl.com/friends or call 988-0885.
Join Today! Visit myrcpl.com/friends or call 988-0885.
STUDENTS, GIVE US A HAND! VOLUNTEER AT YOUR LIBRARY.
Volunteer Today! Call 929-3436 or visit myRCPL.com/volunteer.
The library is looking for volunteers, rising 5th graders through high school students, for its Summer Volunteer Program. Volunteers can apply at any branch location through May 26 and at the Main Library through June 28. Volunteers will help with programs, help maintain shelves, create and prepare materials for storytimes and help with special projects. Volunteers work one hour per week, Monday through Saturday throughout the summer at any library location. We hope to see you this summer!
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summer reading challenge Ballentine Branch | 781-5026
Dreams and Wishes: A Pajamarama Storytime for all ages Wear your PJs and snuggle up for some bedtime stories, songs and crafts at our special Summer Reading Challenge Pajamarama storytimes. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6, 13 & 20
Sweet Dreams for ages 6-12 * Explore the dream world and make a dreamcatcher to capture your memories. 3:30 p.m., Monday, June 4
Lit Blitz for ages 9-12 Join the most exciting book club ever with discussions, games and more. Noon, Saturday, May 19
Wacky Wednesday for ages 6-12 *
Repurpose Your Stuff: Summer Tote Bags for teens
Listen to silly stories and create outrageous costumes! 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 6
Blythewood Branch | 691-9806
Sizzlin’ Summer Fun! for ages 6-8 * Beat the heat for stories and more. 3 p.m., Wednesday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 26
Coupon Cash Connection for adults * Looking for ways to cut your expenses? Tara Dempsey-Robinson will share proven strategies to drastically reduce your bills. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 30
Repurpose tank tops into summer tote bags. We will have plenty of supplies, but feel free to bring your own. 11 a.m., Friday, June 8
Game On Unplugged for ages 6 -12 Games, games and more games! 2:30 p.m., Fridays, June 8 & 29
North Main Branch | 754-7734
Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off for all ages Kick off this summer’s challenge with books, reading logs and refreshments. 11:30 a.m., Saturday, May 26 Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Genre of the Month Book Club for teens A book club that caters to your choice of books! Every month will reflect a different genre, and you can tell others what you have read in that genre and find out about good reads others enjoyed. 3-5 p.m., Fridays May 18 – Mystery June 15 - Steampunk
Summer Reading Challenge Kick-Off for all ages School’s Out! Come in and sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge. Get a head start on completing your summer reading goal through an interactive telling of stories. 3 p.m., Saturday, June 2
Sandhills Branch | 699-9230 Catch the Reading Bug for all ages Be on the lookout for bugs hidden in our children’s materials. If you find one, bring it back and put it in our bug jar. You’ll be entered to win a prize at the end of the summer! June 1 - August 18
Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader for teens Answer the questions to see if you need to go back to fifth grade! One lucky winner per week will be entered in a drawing for an end-of-summer prize. June 1 - August 18 Southeast Regional | 776-0855 Breakfast Book Club for teens * First up is Nothing by Janne Teller. We’ll decide on the other books at our first session. Breakfast goodies will be provided. 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, May 3, June 7, July 5 and August 2
* Please register.
Community Helpers for all ages Meet our community’s firemen, policemen and utility workers and see their amazing trucks and animals. 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 12
It’s a Fancy Nancy Party for all ages Party like the young girl who adores all things fancy. 3 p.m., Thursday, June 21 St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675 Catch the Reading Bug for all ages Be on the lookout for bugs hidden in our children’s materials. If you find one, bring it back and put it in our bug jar. You’ll be entered to win a prize at the end of the summer! June 1 - August 18
Launch Your Summer Reading Challenge for all ages Start off your summer by signing up for the Summer Reading Challenge! Launch your challenge with books, reading logs and a gift from us. 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, June 2
Echos of Africa
Once Upon a Time:
6 p.m., Saturday, June 9
11 a.m., Saturdays, May 5 & 26 and June 2 & 16
4 p.m., Thursday, June 21
An Outdoor Concert Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
Tales from a Fairy * St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675
Southeast Regional | 776-0855 for all ages | Celebrate AfricanAmerican music appreciation month with an outdoor concert featuring song, dance, food and fun for the whole family.
for all ages | Ten minutes to read the book, 30 minutes to reconstruct the book through a craft, five minutes to retell the story. Winners’ pictures go on the “Family Wall of Fame.”
for ages 3 - 8 | Do you like fairytales? Meet Zephyr, a fairy who will share her own tales and crafts.
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Find everything you need for a summer adventure at your library!
Stay-cation In Your Hometown Columbia: Gem of the South by Suzanne McGrane Lost Columbia: Bygone Images from South Carolina’s Capital by Alexia Jones Helsley Scenes from Columbia’s Riverbanks: A History of the Waterways by Vennie Deas-Moore
Weekenders Guide to South Carolina Travel Carolina Journeys: Exploring the Trails of the Carolinas by Tom Fowler Look Up, South Carolina: Walking Tours of 25 Towns in the Palmetto State by Doug Gelbert Traveling With Your Pet: The AAA Petbook by AAA
For your pets
Camping Trip with Your Family Wilderness Pleasures: A Practical Guide to Camping Bliss by Kevin Callan The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids by Helen Olsson Camping Made Easy by Michael Rutter 12 | may + june 2012
Plan a Backyard Barbecue Grill it!: Secrets to Delicious Flame-Kissed Food by Better Homes and Gardens All Fired Up!: 250 Fresh and Flavorful Grilling Recipes by Margaret Howard The Complete Book of Vegetarian Grilling: Over 150 Easy and Tasty Recipes You Can Grill Indoors and Out by Susann Geiskopf-Hadler
It’s Date Night One Day (PG-13) Midnight in Paris (PG-13) Date Night (PG-13)
Calico Joe by John Grisham
An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen
Cuddle Up with a Great Movie The Help (PG-13) Hugo (PG) The Adventures of Tintin (PG) Cars 2 (G) Captain America: The First Avenger (PG-13) Dolphin Tale (PG)
We have the book too!
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Divine Let’s Speak
Internationals, join our conversation sessions and practice speaking English in a relaxed environment!
Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share some fun with fellow crafters!
Check out myRCPL.com/sewdivine for details.
7 p.m., Tuesdays, Through August 28 Southeast Regional
series programs Main | 929-3457 Introduction to Computers I 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 7 10 a.m., Saturday, June 9
Introduction to Computers II 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 14 10 a.m., Saturday, June 16 Internet Basics 6:30 p.m., Monday, May 21 eMail Basics 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23 Microsoft Word 2010 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 9 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 7 Intermediate Microsoft Word 2010 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 2 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 28
10 a.m., Wednesdays, July 11, 18 and 25 Main
Microsoft Powerpoint 2010 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 16 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 14 Microsoft Excel 2010 10 a.m., Wednesday, May 23 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 21
Book Clubs at RCPL Main | 929-3457
Sandhills Branch | 699-9230
Great Books Discussion Group
Wednesday Book Club
7 p.m., Wednesdays, May 9 and June 13
7 p.m., Wednesdays, May 9 and June 13
Vista Book Group
Thursday Book Club
6 p.m., Wednesdays, May 23 and June 27
1 p.m., Thursdays, May 17 and June 21
Ballentine Branch | 781-5026
Southeast Regional | 776-0855
Bookin’ It at Ballentine
Busy Person’s Brown Bag Short Story Club *
6:30 p.m., Wednesdays, May 30 and June 27
Noon, Wednesdays, May 9 and June 13 Cooper Branch | 787-3462
Cooper Branch Book Club *
Third Thursday Book Club
10 a.m., Mondays, May 7 and June 4
7 p.m., Thursdays, May 17 and June 21
North Main Branch | 754-7734
St. Andrews Regional | 772-6675 Book Banter * 7 p.m., Tuesdays, May 8 and June 12
Page Turners Book Discussion Group 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 29 Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Northeast Regional Book Group 7 p.m., Thursdays, May 10 and June 14
Northeast Regional | 736-6575 Introduction to Computers I 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 9
Introduction to Computers II 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 23 Internet Basics 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 13 eMail Basics 10 a.m, Wednesday, May 30 6 p.m, Thursday, June 21 Southeast Regional | 776-0855 Introduction to Computers I 6 p.m., Thursday, May 10 6 p.m., Thursday, June 7
Introduction to Computers II 6 p.m., Thursday, May 17 6 p.m., Thursday, June 14 eMail Basics 6 p.m., Thursday, May 24 6 p.m., Thursday, June 21 Microsoft Word 2007 6 p.m., Thursday, May 31 6 p.m., Thursday, June 28
* Please register for all classes.
Consider a Career in Mental Health Services * Learn more about in-demand occupations within the mental health field, featuring Katie Turman, MSW Adult Clinical Counselor, Dr. Bryan Fox, Adolescent Recovery Center and Dr. Shirley Vickery, Director for Psychological Services for Richland School District Two. 10 a.m., Thursday, May 10
Encore Career Tour for 50+ Job Seekers * Are you looking for advice about handling the stress of the job hunt process, rediscovering new career opportunities, achieving work/life balance, and tackling age hangups? Join Jim Love with AARP and Sylvie Golod, RCPL Career Specialist, for the “Encore Career Tour,” an excursion towards empowerment and employment. 10 a.m., Thursday, May 31
Consider a Career in Security * Security is one of the fastest-growing professional careers worldwide. Join Glenda Davis from Allied Barton Security Services for an overview of the company, career opportunities, requirements for employment and how to best prepare yourself for a career in security. 11 a.m., Thursday, June 7
So You Want to be a Cop? * Join Bryan Oliver, Safety & Security Manager at RCPL and 30+ year veteran in Law Enforcement and Executive Leadership, as he shares information about the typical career path for becoming a police officer and the many career options within Law Enforcement. 11:30 a.m., Thursday, June 14
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Tech Tuesdays @ Eastover One-on-one assistance with computer skills, software, resumes and job searching. 4 p.m., Every Tuesday | Eastover Branch
Tech Tuesdays @ North Main One-on-one assistance with computer skills, software, resumes and job searching. 4 p.m., Every Thursday | North Main Branch
Interviewing Skills Class * Learn how to prepare for and make a great impression on an interview. 11 a.m., Monday, June 11
Social Networking for Your Job Search * Learn how to use social media sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter to network and search for jobs. 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 20
Interview Practice These sessions are first come, first served. 10 a.m. – Noon, Every Wednesday Job Center, Main Job Center, Main | 929-3457 Find a Job Online * Explore online resources and ways to search for and apply for jobs online. Learn to upload a resume to a website or application. Noon, Wednesday, May 2
LinkedIn Open Lab Work with trained staff to actively create or enhance your LinkedIn account . 11 a.m., Saturday, June 23
Enhance Your Employability * Discover free online learning and web resources for job seekers available from myRCPL.com and other websites. Noon, Wednesday, June 27
Resume Open Lab Work with trained staff to actively construct or update your resume 11 a.m., Saturday, May 5 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 12
Northeast Regional | 736-6575
Volunteering Your Way to a Job! *
Interviewing Skills *
Learn how volunteering can fuel a more effective job search. 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 8
3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 27
Business Etiquette * Explore ways to present yourself properly in spoken, written, online and social business interactions. Noon, Thursday, May 17
Resume Open Lab 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 23 6 p.m., Thursday, June 7
Sandhills Regional | 699-9230
Finding a Job Online * 3 p.m., Monday, June 11
* Please register.
Innovation at Work . . . The Job Center is this year's winner of the Gale Cengage Learning Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services. The annual award is presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique library resource to meet customers’ needs. In the past year, the Job Center has helped nearly 1,000 people a month, putting Richland County back to work!
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what’s happening at RCPL
Libraries for $500 Don’t miss Sara Shiver, a librarian at the Main library, on Jeopardy! in May on ABC Columbia. Sara taped the show in January but was not allowed to tell anyone. She also can’t tell us if she won. We tried to pry it from her. No such luck. A lifelong Jeopardy! enthusiast, Sara vied for a spot twice and this time it worked. Last May, she found herself in a room with 25 other residents from throughout the Southeast who had scored high online. They took more tests, played a mock game with buzzers, and had personality interviews. At the end of the day, she made it into the pool of possible contestants and she was told she could expect to be called sometime during the next 18 months! But she didn’t have to wait long. The much anticipated phone call came in December, inviting her to come to the Sony Studios in Los Angeles on January 18 to be on the show.
When to watch:
“I had a fantastic time and met some amazing people. It’s a great experience whether you win or lose!”
7:30 p.m., Monday, May 28, WOLO ABC Columbia
Get Out Your Smart Phones
RCPL’s on CardStar! Have a key ring full of plastic cards from the library, grocery store, pharmacy, gym and more. All those loyalty cards now have a place to go. There’s an APP for that and your library’s on it.
It’s simple and easy to use! Download the free Cardstar app. (iTunes and Android markets) Use your phone’s camera to scan your membership card and store it on your phone. When checking out a book, just scan your library card on your phone.
She Plays Well with Others: Producing a Jazz Icon Shari Hutchinson, General Manager of ETV Radio, Director of National Radio Projects and Columbia native, produced the Marian McPartland Show for 25 years. Ms. Hutchinson shares her favorite memories of those years with memorabilia from her personal collection.
May 21-November 2 Walker Local History Room, Main
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Your Stories Are Heard at the Library We’re here to inspire, entertain and inform! But the stories we hear every day from you, our customers, inspire and motivate us. You’ve shared how your library helps you find employment, reconnect with long-lost friends and family, learn new skills and spend time with those you care about.
Just call me the Dog Whisperer . . . “RCPL was my first stop for resources on how to raise a puppy. I spent the week before she came home reading up on housetraining, behavior, health and well-being, and it certainly helped her to grow up to be a wonderful dog.” - Eirin
You Told! Because Every Story Matters! This spring, more than 400 customers shared their library stories, inspiring staff to keep providing invaluable information and resources on every subject imaginable. Karen Epps was the lucky winner of a Kindle Fire for telling us how she and her young cousin enjoy RCPL.
Lifelong Love of Reading . . . “My daughter, at three, asked the librarians for books on cats. They brought her picture books, fiction and nonfiction books on domestic and wild cats. She was hooked! May be why she’s going off to Clemson this fall to study writing.” - Barbara
Even from Miles Away . . . “At the end of last year, I took a new job that required me to be in the Charleston area during the week. I was only able to be home in Columbia on weekends. Thanks to the ebook program, I was able to access enough books to keep myself occupied during the evenings. Plus, I never had to worry about forgetting to bring a certain book with me.” - David S.
A Lifelong Friendship . . . “I use all aspects of the library. We go to storytime. We reserve movies. I checked out a repair manual for my car and changed out my radiator two weeks ago. I use your online services to reserve items. They even bring it to my local branch. We have also downloaded music and we also love the art exhibits. I’m always an advocate for the library. We have made a great lifelong friendship with our library.” - David M.
Exploring My Artistic Side . . . “After viewing the Egg a Day art exhibit, I felt inspired to begin a daily artistic endeavor just as Mr. Burns did. I don’t consider myself artistically gifted, but I do enjoy doodling, and I am now inspired to choose my own subject, with which I can create a similar portfolio of themed drawings. What a grand idea, and I never would have experienced it and been inspired by it without RCPL.” - Payne
“The library helps me instill a love of reading in my cousin Nadia. I bring her to the library to read and play with computers and puzzles. Nadia is a student at Seven Oaks Elementary, and this quarter, she was recognized as a Top Reader. I am so proud of her!” Karen Epps
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Thanks For Supporting Your Library! January 1 - February 29, 2012 Gifts to RCPL In support of the RCPL Program Fund John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. Matching Gifts Program In support of the Smart Investing Grant FINRA Investor Education Foundation In support of the RCPL Summer Reading Tutor Project Central Carolina Community Foundation
Gifts to the Friends of RCPL Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A. Dr. and Mrs. Neal Reynolds Turner Padget Graham & Laney, P.A. In memory of Reverend Richard Bollea Janice, Harry and Kyle Brown In memory of George M. Magoolaghan Friends’ of RCPL Book Barn Thursday Group Janice, Harry and Kyle Brown Gifts-In-Kind Checker Yellow Cab Columbia Marriott
Gifts to the RCPL Foundation Ms. Marci B. Andino Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc./ Gamma Nu Omega Chapter Anonymous Barnes, Alford, Stork & Johnson, L.L.P. Ms. Patricia E. Black Bluestein, Nichols, Thompson & Delgado, LLC Mr. and Mrs. Jack Brimm Mr. and Mrs. James M. Brooks Claire Bristow Interiors Dr. and Mrs. Edward F. Corcoran Mrs. Margaret S. Courtney Mr. William P. DuBose Mr. Riley W. Eubank Ms. Madilyn M. Fletcher Ms. Gwendelyn Geidel Ms. Dianne Gillam Ms. Mary M. Glenn Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Goldman Mr. and Mrs. Jack S. Graybill Ms. Valeria V. Green Ms. M.J. Hassell Mr. and Mrs. David G. Hodges Ms. Judith B. Holford Ms. Betty Jean Ireland Ms. Ann D. Johnson Mr. Harry D. Johnson Ms. Judith E. Kalb Mr. Arnold Karr Dr. Jessica Kross Mr. and Mrs. Mark Lewis Ms. Sue W. Markwood Mrs. Kelly McCook Dr. Bob A. McIlwain
Mr. and Mrs. Gerry Melendez Mr. Michael L. Miller Dr. and Mrs. Prakash N. Prabhu Mr. Leonard L. Price Ms. Pamela J. Roberts and Mr. Joel H. Smith Mr. James R. Roseberry III Ms. Adele W. Scaccia Ms. Charlotte Schonfeld Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Seezen Mr. Harry F. Smithson Dr. and Mrs. Karl Snyder Mr. Douglas Steimle Mrs. Hazel C. Stewart Mrs. Bobbie G. Stocker Mr. and Mrs. George C. Taylor Ms. Susan D. Terry Mr. Broadus Thompson Mr. and Mrs. Norman M. Tisdale Mr. Stephen Valder Mr. Ysbrand C. Van Duyn Mr. Paul B. Vrana and Ms. Frances C. Lee Mrs. Mary Ellen Wall-Mitchell Ms. Nancy B. Wilson In honor of Bob Gahagan Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Gahagan III Mr. and Mrs. Christopher T. McKenzie In honor of Ron Rash Ms. Ann Humphries In memory of Carolyn C. Bierley for the purchase of books for the Children’s Room The John Coggins Family Mr. and Mrs. Richard S. Coggins Cecilia B. Colbert, Ph.D. Ms. Jean E. Ferguson Mr. and Mrs. Dallas H. Foscue Sr. Mr. and Mrs. Wayne D. Fretland Mr. and Mrs. Richard J. Holden Ms. Bonita B. Jardaneh Jim and Franklin Ms. Ann P. Miller Ms. Becky Richards Ms. Lorraine Sharp Ms. Jean Stock In memory of Ellen Parr Oliver Mrs. Betsy McKay In support of the Children’s Room Mrs. Shirley McCue Knox In support of the Walker Local History Room Anonymous Mrs. Mary Harmon Mr. Joseph F. Watt
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