WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOUR LIBRARY? page 5
ONE BOOK, ONE COLUMBIA page 3
CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH page 6
JANUARY | FEBRUARY 2014 RICHLANDLIBRARY.COM
from the director
Dear Friends: From the moment we’re born, naked and helpless, we depend on others. As babies, we cry when we need something, and when those wails are met with the soothing voice and comforting embrace of a parent, a bond is formed. We feel secure and come to believe that our needs will be met and that we’re not alone. And so begins what I think might be the most important feeling we’re capable of as humans: Trust. As we grow, trust drives every level of our engagement with our friends and our community. We share secrets with our BFF in hopes that that they will keep them. We meet the eyes of and smile at strangers on the street, trusting that their intentions are good. We choose spouses and partners and believe they will be with us in sickness and health. We make decisions about what organizations to give our money to because we trust that it will be put to good use. We vote for candidates because we trust them to keep their promises. And I find it interesting that our ability to function in the world relies on our capacity to trust complete strangers. Nurses, postal workers, teachers, police officers, bankers, and others we rely on to do their jobs well, to meet our needs and keep us safe. While certainly trust can be earned, Ernest Hemingway said, “The best way to find out if you can trust somebody is to trust them.” I like to think we do that every day at the library.
" Thank you, Richland County residents, for voting yes on November 5 and placing your trust in us and in the future of a strong library system."
Opinion surveys rank libraries as one of these most trusted public institutions in the country. That makes sense. Trust is fundamental to our operating model. We buy lots of stuff, and trust people to borrow it, take care of it and bring it back. While we trust customers with our resources, they trust us with much, much more. People turn to us to research a health issue they’ve recently been diagnosed with. We are there when a parent needs help with their third grader who still struggles to read. Customers come to us when they are new immigrants, when they want to finally get their high school diploma, make their way out of unemployment, or learn how to care for an aging parent. It is overwhelming and humbling to assist you with your important questions. Thank you for trusting us.
Melanie Huggins, Executive Director
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Service Design from Insight to Implementation
Brain on Fire
Learn THAT Dance for adults
6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 25
Polane, Lovlie and Reason
Main | 929-3434 See Page 14
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ONE BOOK, ONE COLUMBIA One Book, One Columbia connects our community through a shared reading experience. This annual effort happens every February and brings together readers all over Columbia. one book , one columbia
One Book, One Columbia encourages residents of Richland County and the Midlands to read the same book at the same time. And, to share their passion for reading with their friends and neighbors. Please join us at any of the events listed below!
Our Reading Lives for adults Notable figures share the remarkable pieces of writing that shaped their futures.
The Great Santini at the Nick for adults The Nickelodeon will show the 1979 film adaptation starring Robert Duvall. Regular admission prices will apply.
6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6
5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 19, The Nickelodeon
Getting the Boots Off – PTSD and The Great Santini for adults The struggles of the Meechams in The Great Santini are familiar to many current and former military families. Counselor Jennifer Miller, whose own experiences in Iraq left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, will speak frankly about the difficulties facing those with PTSD and their families.
Live with Pat Conroy for adults Author talk and book signing with the author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and this year’s One Book One Columbia selection, My Reading Life.
6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 13
7 p.m., Thursday, February 27 Township Auditorium
Jasper Nightstand Book Club for adults The official book club of Jasper magazine will meet to discuss My Reading Life. All are welcome. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, Bostick Auditorium
Join one of our book clubs to read My Reading Life by Pat Conroy and discuss the novel. Please see page 17 for times and locations.
* Footnotes 53,800 The number of square feet at Main that will be renovated thanks to the library bond referendum that was passed in November.
people attended more than 4,600 programs hosted by the library in 2013.
The starting cost of a Richland Library Friends’ membership. Mark your calendar for the Friends’ Winter Book Sale on January 24 and 25.
sizzling romance titles are available for download. Check one out today.
The number of Harvest Hope donation boxes filled by Richland Library Northeast customers and staff during the holidays. JANUARY | FEBRUARY 3
Kelly Jones Manager Richland Library Ballentine What’s your favorite thing about working at the library? I love helping people. I live for that magic moment when I help someone make a connection or find exactly what they are looking for. If you could trade places with one person for the day, dead or alive, who would it be? Jane Austen. I read a lot of books set in early 19th century England. I would love to see her world through her eyes for a day. How do you think the library inspires the community? The library inspires the community to say, “I can!” Whether you need help with a resume, want to learn a language or want to start a DIY project around the house, there is something at the library that can get you on the right track. Describe life at the library in three words or less. Exciting. Busy. Fun.
What is your most memorable library experience? I once got the chance to assist a customer who came to the library for help with online job applications after a lengthy stretch of unemployment and a great deal of personal tragedy. She came straight to the library to tell us when she found a job and would periodically check back in with us to let us know how much she loved her new job. It was a wonderful affirmation that what we do every day makes a tangible difference in the world.
RichlandLibrary.com now offers online event registration! Sometimes our classes, events or crafts require us to know ? folks are participating. Now you can sign up in how many your PJs at midnight if you’d like! Just click the register button next to events. (Sign up with your library card number, driver’s license or other ID.) You’ll receive an
email confirmation and a reminder two days before the event.
UPCOMING CLOSINGS All locations will be closed the following dates: • • • •
Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's Day. Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Monday, Januray 20 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Wednesday, March 20 for Customer Service Improvement Day.
BOARD BOARD MEETINGS MEETINGS Library: Library: 5:30 5:30 p.m., p.m., Mondays, Mondays, January January 13 13 and and February February 10 10 Friends: 12:30 p.m., p.m., Wednesdays, January 29 29 and and February February 26 26 Friends: 12:30 Wednesdays, January Foundation: Noon, Wednesday, February 19 Foundation: Noon, Wednesday, February 19
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We’re In Your Neighborhood locations & hours
what's happening Main | 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 | 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 | 691-9806 218 McNulty Rd., Blythewood 29016 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Cooper | 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 | 353-8584 608 Main St., Eastover 29044 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. North Main | 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 | 736-6575 7490 Parklane Rd., Columbia 29223 Mon. - Thurs. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri., Sat. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sandhills | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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. Richland Library at EdVenture 211 Gervais St., Columbia 29201 Tues. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Noon - 5 p.m.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR
IN NOVEMBER, RICHLAND COUNTY residents passed a $59 million bond referendum that will enhance library facilities over the course of the next several years. Thanks to the support of many who voted yes and who worked to spread the word about the library’s needs, we are positioned to adapt our facilities to be true community centers focused on learning and access to technology. Our goal is to update all library locations (except Eastover, which reopened on April 30, 2013 thanks to a USDA grant and matching funds from Richland County) by adding and reconfiguring space, technology and resources to better fit the way customers need and use the library today. Richland Library Main, Richland Library Ballentine and Richland Library Sandhills are expected to be the projects started first. As we look to the future, here are some additional details we know now:
2014 Additional details about construction timelines will be available once a construction manager is hired but a solid timeline for
Happening Now • The library is in the process of hiring a construction
projects will definitely be available within six to 12 months.
manager to help maximize every bond dollar by enlisting
By 2015, customers should expect to see enhancements at
the expertise of those who specialize in construction
multiple Richland Library locations. The first three capital
needs projects include:
• The library has hired a design group to oversee the reconfiguration of Richland Library Main. Firms include the Boudreaux Group, H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture and McMillian, Pazdan, Smith Architecture. • In November and December, Richland Library Main and
• Richland Library Main (renovation) • Richland Library Ballentine (new!) • Richland Sandhills (new!)
2016 All of the projects outlined in the library’s 2014-2017 Capital
Sandhills hosted a series of Community Conversations to
Needs Plan should be in some phase of implementation by
get customer feedback and input that will help shape the
2016. Meaning that some may already be finished, while
library’s plans. Email and web surveys are also planned
others are mid-construction or just wrapping up the final
for customers who’d like to give input digitally.
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BLACK HISTORY AT RICHLAND LIBRARY
Main | 929-3434
Eastover | 353-8584
Singing Stories, Making Melodies: An African-American History Celebration for all ages Share songs and stories and celebrate our heritage with Dr. Michelle Martin, inaugural Augusta Baker Chair at the University of South Carolina.
Voices of Our People for all ages Celebrate African-American history and culture with songs, poems and other performances.
10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 1 Voices of Our People for all ages Richland Library’s kickoff celebration of African-American history and culture showcasing local talent.
Voices of Our People for all ages Celebrate Black History Month and African-American culture with songs, poems, speeches and more. Performed by people in our community and surrounding areas.
3 p.m., Saturday, February 1
2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 15
Movers and Shakers Storytime: African Drums for families Get ready to dance, shake and move to the beat while listening to stories and songs with special guest Kyle Coleman.
Representing Our Yesterdays, Todays and Tomorrows for all ages Join Samuel’s Blessed Bears Day Care Center for a special treat as they creatively portray famous African Americans. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 22
11 a.m., Friday, February 21 The Stories Mr. Darion Tells for families Celebrate Black History with Mr. Darion (Darion McCloud), professional actor, storyteller, founder of the NiA Company and the superhero of Story Squad. Hear stories, sing songs and learn about our heritage. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 22 From Slave Quarters to the Big House for all ages Join local historians and performers as they discuss the African-American historical timeline and share traditional songs. 3 p.m., Sunday, February 23
3 p.m., Saturday, February 15 North Main | 754-7734
Northeast | 736-6575 Black History Month Scavenger Hunt for all ages Want to learn more about African-American leaders of the past and present? Join us for an ongoing scavenger hunt as you find clues and seek information about AfricanAmerican history. Prizes for those who complete the hunt! February 1-28 Hair Braiding and Weaving with Anok for adults Learn how to braid and weave hair with Anok Kushab, DBA Professional Hair Braider. 7 p.m., Thursday, January 30 Stories from Africa for adults Join Roni Caw as he brings African storytelling to life as “The Griot.” 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 22
* please register
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Southeast | 776-0855 Re/Creating the Dream for all ages Join Dr. Rachelle Washington, USC Professor of Instruction and Teacher Education, and explore ways to provide a rare, rich look into the Civil Rights Movement. Children will enjoy a storytime while parents and educators learn how to craft exciting, nontraditional research reports, select “good” literature, and include performance and drama to enliven books. Open to families. Get a free book, too! 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 27 Voices of Our People for all ages Celebrate Black History Month and African-American culture through songs, poems and dance by community talents. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 17 Harlem Do You Hear Me? for all ages Local schools groups star in this special musical performance celebrating Black History Month. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Monday, February 24 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Celebrate Black History Month for all ages * Enjoy a special storytime honoring Black History Month. 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8 Voices of Our People for all ages * Celebrate African-American history through music, poetry, dance, and other performances hosted by local author Titus Davis. 3 p.m., Saturday, February 22
for all ages 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, January 3 and February 7 eReady Café for all ages Learn to download library books to your device as well as discover the best in educational apps for your family! Bring your device and your questions for a session on how to be e-savvy in this technological world. Light refreshments provided. 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 25 Gustafer Yellowgold for all ages Experience live music and original animation in what The New York Times calls “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss.” Join award-winning illustrator and songwriter Morgan Taylor in this Gustafer Yellowgold multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. 3 p.m., Sunday, January 26 Petunia–Opera for Kids! for all ages Petunia is a silly goose—until she discovers a book! The classic story by Roger Duvoisin is retold through song and movement by FBN Productions. 3 p.m., Sunday, February 2 Cooper | 787-3462 Cooper Puppet Playhouse for all ages Join us for the latest production. 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 22 and February 26 Sarah Dippity’s Storytelling Theatre for all ages Be enchanted with Sarah Dippity’s magic, stories and comedy. 11 a.m., Saturday, February 8 Eastover | 353-8584 Birding with Congaree National Park for all ages Learn the art of bird watching and see which of our avian friends are nesting in the library. 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 11 How Does Your Garden Grow? for all ages Make your very own mini-greenhouse from repurposed items! 6:30 p.m., Monday, February 10
Valentine’s Book Bingo for all ages Bring the whole family for fun and games. 5 p.m., Thursday, February 13
My Storytime Pillow for all ages Make your own special pillow to bring with you to all of your storytimes. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 5
North Main | 754-7734 Fun with Science for all ages Do you like science, or need help with a science project? Come see us!
My Heart Belongs to YOU for all ages Hear stories and make a special card for your favorite valentine.
4 p.m., Monday, January 6
4 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 12
Chinese New Year for all ages * Celebrate the Chinese New Year through stories, a lion dance and activities. 10:30 a.m., Thursday, January 30
The Big Red Truck for all ages Hear our local firemen read fun and fantastic stories and take a tour of their shiny truck! 10:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 19
Be My Valentine for all ages Make something sweet for your Valentine.
St. Andrews | 772-6675
11 a.m., Friday, February 14
Be My Valentine for ages 3 – 12 Celebrate this lovely holiday with stories and songs and make your own Valentines.
Northeast | 736-6575
3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 13
Hands on Art for ages 3-5 Simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! 10:30 a.m., Fridays, January 3 - February 28
Alice in Wonderland Ballet
Sandhills | 699-9230
for all ages
Gustafer Yellowgold for all ages 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 28
Bring the whole family for a sneak peak of the Columbia City Ballet’s “Alice in Wonderland” on the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic fable.
Family Time Fitness for all ages Stay after storytime for healthy fun for the whole family. Heather Hardee will demonstrate great exercises that everyone can do. 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 8
3 p.m., Sunday, January 19 Main | 929-3434
Southeast | 776-0855 A Morning of Puppets for all ages Join us for a special morning of puppets. 10:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 8 & Saturday, January 25 Cold Weather, Warm Stories and Hot Chocolate for all ages Warm your insides with a cup of chocolate. • 11 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, January 11 • 6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, February 10 Peek-A-Boo: Do I See You? for all ages Celebrate Groundhog Day with stories and a craft. 11 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, February 1 An Evening of Puppets for all ages 6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, February 3
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storytimes Main | 929-3434
Healthy Eating Storytime for all ages
Family Storytime for all ages Stories, songs and much more.
Movers and Shakers Storytime for all ages Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more! 11 a.m., Friday, January 17
11 a.m., Saturdays
• 10:30 a.m., Saturdays January 4 – February 22 • 9:30 a.m., Mondays January 6 - February 24 • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26 Except January 20
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Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3 Help your toddler discover the alphabet, numbers and other concepts while building social skills and learning about our world.
Family Storytime for all ages 10:30 – 11 a.m., Fridays January 3 – February 28
10:30 a.m., Mondays, January 6 – February 24 Except January 20
Hungry Birds for ages 3 – 8 * What do birds eat in winter? How can we help them? Let’s find out by listening to stories and make some easy bird treats to use in our gardens.
Join us for storytime and a visit from a DHEC dietitian to learn all about healthy eating, get free nutritional information, and even sample some fruits and veggies! January 4 | St. Andrews January 18 | Cooper January 11 | North Main February 1 | Eastover 11:30 a.m., February 22 | Sandhills
3:30 p.m., Mondays, January 6 – February 24 Except January 20 for all ages Join us for a storytime and a special visit from a Congaree National Park Ranger to learn about some of our local wildlife and Congaree’s champion trees. • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, February 6 & 27, Cooper • 11 a.m., Saturday, January 25, St. Andrews • 10:30 a.m., Fridays, January 17 & February 21, Wheatley
Hands On Art with the Columbia Museum of Art for ages 2-5 Join us and CMA for simple art fun for the very young. Dress for a mess! • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, January 8 and February 13, Cooper • 10 a.m., Wednesdays, January 29 and February 26, Eastover • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, January 23 and February 20, Sandhills
Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. • 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25 • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays January 9 – February 27 Reading Rumpus for all ages Talk, sing, read, write and play as we build your child’s early literacy skills. 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25 Mother Goose Storytime for babies Introduce your baby to the world of books. Nurture a love of reading and develop attention spans with stories, rhymes and songs. 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26 Afternoon of Puppets for families Your favorite shows performed by the Children’s Room puppets! 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 9 and February 13
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Family Storytime for all ages 11 – 11:30 a.m., Fridays January 3 – February 28 Blythewood | 691-9806
Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 Get ready for kindergarten! Your child will gain confidence and independence in this kids-only storytime.
Meet a Park Ranger
Ballentine | 781-5026
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 14 B-R-R-R!! It’s Cold Outside for ages 3 – 8 * Let’s read stories about what animals do in cold weather and one story about a group of animals who found an unusual solution. We’ll make a surprise craft to accompany the story. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, February 1 Practical Princess Party for ages 3-8 * Some princesses are girly-girly, while others are more practical. Channel your inner princess and join us for stories about some resourceful royals. Then we’ll make that monarchy must-have – a sparkly tiara. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 4 Book Bingo for ages 3-8 * Find super new books to read by playing Book Bingo. Prizes Galore! 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Friday, February 14 Cooper | 787-3462 Family Storytime for all ages • 11 a.m., Saturdays January 4 – February 22 • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays January 2 – February 27 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 – 11:20 a.m., Tuesdays January 14 – February 25
storytimes Eastover | 353-8584 Family Storytime for all ages • 10 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26 • 11 a.m., Saturdays January 4 – February 22 North Main | 754-7734 Family Storytime for all ages 11 a.m., Saturdays, January 4 – February 15 Daycare Adventures for all ages * Story times especially for daycare groups. Please call ahead to register your group! 10 – 11 a.m., Mondays, January 6, 13 & 27 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 am, Tuesdays, January 7 – February 25 Northeast | 736-6575 Family Storytime for all ages 11 a.m., Saturdays, January 4 – February 22 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 a.m., Thursdays January 9 – February 27
Exceptional You for all ages * Stories and songs for children with special needs and their families. Call ahead to let us know how we can accommodate your child.
Southeast | 776-0855 Family Storytime for all ages 11 – 11:30 a.m. • Wednesdays, January 8 – Februray 28 • Saturdays, January 11 – February 22 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 – 11 a.m., Thursdays January 9 – February 27 Brain Teasers, Muscle Builders for ages 0 – 5 Crawl, tumble, sing, solve puzzles and hear stories while improving social skills. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays January 15 & 29 and February 12 & 26
Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months * 10:30 a.m., Thursdays January 2 – February 27
10:30 a.m., Friday, February 14
* please register
Family Storytimes for all ages • 11 a.m., Saturdays January 4 – February 22 • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26
for all ages
for all ages
Wear your PJs and snuggle up for some bedtime stories and songs.
Wear your PJs and snuggle up for some bedtime stories and songs. To meet the needs of families this program will run in conjunction with VIBES: Fitness from Scratch for adults.
6:30 – 7 p.m., Mondays January 6 & 13 Southeast | 776-0855
Valentine’s Day Storytime for all ages Join us for a lovely Valentine’s Day storytime and craft.
10:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 22 St. Andrews | 772-6675
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays January 28 and February 25 Eastover | 353-8584
Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26
Family Storytime: Circle in Tech for all ages Join us for a tech-friendly storytime using apps for children.
Family Storytime for all ages 11 a.m., Saturdays, January 4 – February 22
11:30 a.m., Saturdays • January 4 and February 1: Crafts • January 18 and February 15: Puppets • February 8 & 22: Health and Fitness
Family Storytime for all ages 10:30 a.m., Fridays January 3 – 31 and Feburary 7 & 28
6:30 p.m., Tuesdays, February 4 – 25
Sandhills | 699-9230
Family Time for all ages Stick around after storytime for more fun for the whole family!
Wheatley | 799-5873
6:30 p.m. Thursdays, January 9 – 30 Sandhills | 699-9230
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for school-age children Main | 929-3434
Sewing Saturdays for ages 9-8 * Learn to sew with simple and fun projects!
3:30 p.m., Saturdays January 11 and February 8 Cooper | 787-3462
Instant Acting Join us as we play fun theatre games and bring stories to life. Beginners are welcome! Please come ready to move.
• 3 p.m., Saturday, January 25 • 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 4 Eastover | 353-8584
Paws for Reading for ages 6-9 Practice your reading with service dogs who love to listen to a good story! For new readers. 3:30 p.m., Saturdays January 11 and February 8 TAG Team for 5th-7th graders Join our first-ever Tween Advisory Group to help the library with service projects, programs and more. 5th-7th graders are eligible to apply and team members will earn volunteer hours.
Spaceman Spiff Invades the Library! for ages 7-12 Celebrate your love for Calvin and Hobbes with wacky snowmen and creative exploits at the library. 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 12 Sandhills | 699-9230
3 p.m., Saturdays January 18 and February 15
READ to a Dog for ages 6-12 Practice your reading with one of our furry friends.
Blythewood | 691-9806
3:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26
Blythewood Bookworms for ages 9-12 * Join our Book Club! You never know what fun activities we’ll do, but you can always count on hearing about exciting books.
Book Explorers for ages 9-12 * Great books, activities and discussions for a younger crowd.
3 – 4 p.m., Saturdays January 11 and February 8
3 p.m., Saturdays January 25 and February 15
Create Your Own Comic Strip! for ages 9-12 * Fill in your own speech bubbles and create your own story. We’ll put your work on display for all to read!
Southeast | 776-0855
3 p.m., Saturday, January 25
Homework Help Center for ages 6-12 Need help with your homework? Visit us! Homework support specifically for students in 1 – 8 grades.
Cooper | 787-3462
4:45 – 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7 – February 27
Read to a Dog for ages 6-12 Practice your reading with a furry friend! 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 9 – February 27 LEGO Madness for ages 6-12 Create robots, cities, creatures and more using LEGO bricks. 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 15 and February 19 North Main | 754-7734 Twix-n-Between for ages 9-13 Join us for a great read from fantastical to ghost stories and everything in between
Chinese Lantern Festival
LEGO Madness for ages 6-12 3:30 p.m., Mondays January 6 and February 3 & 17
2:30 p.m., Saturdays January 4 and February 1
for ages 6-12 *
Northeast | 736-6575
Celebrate through stories, songs and crafts. Everyone will make a colorful lantern to decorate their homes.
Street Rhymes of the World for ages 6-12 Bring the outdoors in as we learn international rhymes and games.
3:30 p.m., Wednesday January 29
3:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15
Ayuda con la tarea escolar para edades 6 á 12 Necesitas ayuda con las tareas escolares? ¡Visítanos! Apoyos específicamente para estudiantes en los grados 1 – 8. 4:45 – 6:45 p.m., los martes y jueves, enero 7 – febrero 27 Get Research Ready for ages 9 – 12 Middle school students, find out all of the useful online resources that Richland Library offers to help you create a blue ribbon science fair project or an A+ paper. 6 – 7 p.m., Monday, January 27 St. Andrews | 772-6675 LEGO Madness for ages 6 – 12 6 p.m., Thursdays January 30 and February 27 Thursday Tween Reads for ages 9 – 12 * Good books, good times! 3:30 p.m., Thursdays, February 27
St. Andrews | 772-6675
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¡Bienvenidos! Pat Mora Don’t miss award-winning author and literacy advocate Pat Mora at the 28th annual Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Celebration on April 24-26, 2014. A native of El Paso, Texas, Pat Mora
spent time leading efforts to promote
grew up enveloped in the Chicano
literacy and what she commonly refers
culture and has spent her life writing
to as bookjoy. Stressing the importance
books that embody the family values
of preserving the Chicano perspective
she has carried since childhood.
in American society, she considers her-
Inspired by her Mexican-American
self an advocate of Mexican-American
heritage, Mora stirs creativity in her
values and traditions. She has recently
readers by placing them under the
founded several reading initiatives
open sky of the Texas desert where
aimed at children and families in
she learned the importance of
embracing her surroundings. Mora has received Honorary Traveling the country to promote
Doctorates from North Carolina
literacy, Mora is on a mission to
State University and SUNY Buffalo,
inspire readers by expressing the
an Honorary Membership in the
Chicano culture in ways that no other
American Library Association,
writer can. Her most recent books,
a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship to write
I Pledge Allegiance and Bravo, Chico
in Umbria, Italy, and a Distinguished
Canta! Bravo! are scheduled for
Alumni Award from the University of
release in the spring of 2014.
Texas at El Paso. She was a recipient and judge of a Poetry Fellowship
In addition to her writing career, Mora
from the National Endowment for
is the mother of three and has worked
the Arts and a recipient and advisor
as a teacher, university administrator
of the Kellogg National Leadership
and museum director. She has also
Augusta Baker’s Dozen Storytelling Celebration, Richland Library’s annual storytelling event, cosponsored by the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science and the Richland Library Friends, occurs every April and brings to life the world of storytelling and children’s literature. The celebration honors the works and achievements of nationally-known author and storyteller Augusta Baker.
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Fit Quiz Think you’re health savvy? Stop by the library each week in January to take a Fit Quiz and prove it! Qualifying contestants will be entered into a drawing for a weekly prize. January 2 – 31 Eastover | 353-8584
S.T.E.A.M. Powered Are you a teen who is interested in science, technology, engineering, arts or math? If this sounds like you, then join us in the Teen Center for our all-new S.T.E.A.M. Powered programs. You’ll enjoy fantastic programs by wonderful instructors. January and February S.T.E.A.M. Powered programs will introduce teens to art and technology. 3:30 p.m., Saturdays January 18: Illustrated Letters Create personalized designs like a graphic design professional during an introduction to Adobe Illustrator! Don’t miss your chance to design and create personalized monograms and finish them with expert touches. February 28: Draw My Life Want to share your life’s story? Join us as we teach and give you the tools to create your own Draw My Life video. It’s a fun and imaginative way of telling stories. Main | 929-3470
Main | 929-3434
Northeast | 736-6575
Teen Advisory Board: Let’s Get Crafty Calling all crafty kids! We'll teach you how to make your own creative crafts.
Monthly Poetry Workshop for teens and adults Join an expedition into the depths of modern poetry technique. Freely immerse yourself in the refreshing expressive potential of subtle aural arrangements. Our discussions will add the heft and verve to words you seek.
3:30 p.m, Saturday, January 4 Teen Otaku Association There is more anime and manga available than ever. TOA is about finding the good stuff and sharing it together. We are a goofy bunch with snacks and an extra seat. Won’t you join us? 6 p.m., Mondays, January 6 – February 24 Except January 20 Teen Advisory Board: The Book Connection Ever wanted to read a popular book but didn’t know if you would really like it? Take the guesswork out of book selection and join us for a fun, interactive way of connecting you with your next best read! 3:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, February 22 Cooper | 787-3462 Teen Advisory Board Earn volunteer hours by meeting once a month to help plan programs, participate in service projects and have fun! For 7 – 12 graders. 3:30 p.m., Saturdays, January 25 and February 22 Eastover | 353-8584 Make It Happen Stop by and create what you will at our open craft hour!
North Main | 754-7734
Burn calories and have some fun hula hooping. 4 p.m., Saturday, January 18 North Main | 754-7734
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Homework Lab Want a quiet place to do your homework or study after-school? Come to our homework lab, where staff will provide a quiet room, laptops and research assistance. 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays, January 7 – February 25 Entertainment Night Join us to watch movies and anime, play board games, or create your own films with Ready Animator. 6 p.m., Wednesdays, January 8 – February 26
Financial Aid 101 College is the goal! Join area financial aid professionals to learn about state and federal financial aid programs. Assistance will be provided to complete and electronically file the 2013 – 14 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Door prizes and light refreshments will be provided.
• 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 14 • 3 p.m., Saturday, February 8
Hula Hoops for Fun and Fitness
2:30 p.m., Thursdays January 9 and February 13
Can We Talk? for teens only Workshops that will help teenagers navigate through the challenges of life. 7 p.m., Wednesdays • January 15 and February 19: Guys Only • January 22 and February 26: Girls Only
Silverlight Photography Club From smartphone snapshots to silver gelatin prints, come learn about the basics of photography. We’ll talk about everything from composition to critique. 3 p.m., Saturdays, January 11 and February 8 Teen Advisory Board 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays January 28 and February 25 Sandhills | 699-9230 Homework Support Lab for grades 6-8 * Laptops, tutors and support to help middle school students get the most of their education. 2:30 – 5 p.m., Mondays January 6 – February 24 Except January 20 and February 17 Time for Teens * Join other teens to discuss your favorite books. Enjoy snacks, activities and great conversation! 6 p.m., Thursday, February 27 Southeast | 776-0855 Homework Help Center for grades 9 - 12 Need help with your homework? Visit us! Homework support specifically for high school students. 4:45 – 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, January 7 – February 27
for teens Growth to Greatness Series: Speech and Debate A series geared to inspire self-enhancement and inner empowerment. Join members of the Toastmasters’ club as they assist in improving communication, public speaking and leadership skills. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Thursdays January 9 – 30 & February 6 - 27 Hablamos Spanish Conversation Gathering for teens and adults Learning Spanish? Ya lo hablas? Join us on the first and third Wednesday evenings every month and enjoy an hour of some relaxed Spanish chitchat. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 15 and February 5 & 19 Bookbinding for teens and adults Have you ever wanted to make your own books? Learn with us! Light refreshments provided. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 22
Online Entrepreneur Take a tour of online resources that will get you started making money using your creativity and resourcefulness. 3 – 4 p.m., Saturday, January 25 Get Research Ready: Work Smarter, Not Harder for ages 13-18 Are teachers assigning research papers requiring an array of different reference resources? Find out about all of our useful online resources and shave hours off your searching time.
Everything Manga: Not Your Ordinary Book Club Do you like Japanese manga and animation? Join us and other Otaku fans to discuss your favorite manga titles, watch your favorite anime and compete in a manga trivia game for some great prizes! 4 p.m., Thursdays January 16 & 23 and February 6 & 20
6 – 7 p.m., Monday, February 3
Guitar Club Bring your instrument and participate in a group or an individual lesson to get you started with a great instrument.
St. Andrews | 772-6675
7 p.m., Thursdays January 16 and February 20
Chess Club Show us 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 the best players in your area.
* please register
6 p.m., Mondays, January 6 – February 24 Except January 20
Notes from an Accidental Band Geek by Erin Dionne Recommended by Christina Fuller-Gregory | Teen Services Librarian Elsie Wyatt’s dream is to become a principal French horn player with a professional orchestra like her father and grandfather. To accomplish this Elsie wants to be the youngest person ever admitted to the prestigious music camp Shining Birches, but there’s one catch. To be considered for Shining Birches, you’re required to have experience playing with a group. So, classically trained musician Elsie Wyatt becomes the newest and most unlikely member of her high school marching band.
that playing with the band takes just as much practice and discipline as playing with an orchestra. Through marching band Elsie begins to understand the importance of teamwork, friendship and what it really means to be a great musician! But will her dad see it that way? A 2013-2014 South Carolina Junior Book Award nominee, Notes from an Accidental Band Geek is a hilarious, coming-of-age story that will keep you laughing from beginning to end.
Elsie’s intense, no-nonsense personality is no match for her prank-playing, chantyelling band mates, but she soon learns
If you like this book you may also like: Wish by Joseph Monninger Hidden by Helen Frost
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Garden Like a Master Do you have a green thumb and questions? Learn from the experts with the Richland County Master Gardeners. Herbs in Containers * 10 a.m., Friday, January 17 Cooper | 787-3462 Color in the Winter Garden 2:30 p.m., Saturday, January 18 Eastover | 353-8584 Bulbs 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18 Eastover | 353-8584 Square-Foot Gardening 7 p.m., Thursday, February 20 Sandhills | 699-9230 Shade Gardening * 10 a.m., Friday, February 28 Cooper | 787-3462
Let’s Speak English Internationals, join our conversation sessions and practice speaking English in a relaxed environment.
10 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – April 30
6 p.m., Thursday, January 2
6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 25
iPick Film Series View fantastic flicks chosen by library staff.
Cooper | 787-3462
3 p.m., Sundays • January 12: The Lone Ranger (PG-13) • February 9: Fast & Furious 6 (PG-13) Storytime Café for Parents Join us for coffee and light refreshments between storytimes. Meet new friends and find out more about the great resources the library has to offer you and your family. 10 a.m., Thursday, January 16 and Wednesday, February 12 Lunch & Listen Bring your lunch and join us in Film & Sound for live musical performances. 12:30 p.m., Thursdays • January 16: Clear Vision Smooth jazz compositions are selected from a repertoire of contemporary jazz standards as well as their own originals. • February 20: Victoria White A unique blend of electric-acoustic jazz, folk and R&B ditties. Altered Books: Create Funky Art Out of Books! * Use a book as your canvas to create funky original artwork that you’ll want to display. Supplies provided.
I Have a Problem with That: Crime in Our Community Join us for a panel discussion on escalating crime in our community, with a particular focus on the African-American community. What is the root of the crime and what can be done to combat the problem?
Northeast | 736-6575 7 p.m., Mondays January 27 – February 24
Sandhills | 699-9230 11 a.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25
eReady Café Learn to download books to your device as well as discover the best in educational apps for your family! Bring your questions on how to be e-savvy. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Tuesday, January 7 Zumba Fitness * Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin and international music and easy to follow moves for a dynamic exercise experience that is fun and effective. Space is limited. 6 p.m., Tuesdays January 14, 21 & 28 and February 4 Telling Your Story: A Family History Writer’s Group * Interested in writing your family history? Meet with other writers for ideas and critiques. 6:30 p.m., Mondays January 27 and February 17 Foundations of Acrylics * Local artist and instructor Jeffrey Miller will teach the basics of painting with acrylics. Materials will be provided. 3 p.m., Saturday, February 15 Jazz Roundtable Richland Library Literary Resident Eboniramm brings smooth, swinging jazz to the library, accompanied by an ensemble group of musicians. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 End of Life Issues * Local attorney Bob Hazel will discuss end of life legal issues. 6 - 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 18
6:30 p.m., Monday, January 27 Eastover | 353-8584
Southeast | 776-0855 7 p.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25
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Learn THAT Dance! We’ll teach you today’s most popular group line dances, including the Wobble, Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, and yes, maybe even that old Electric Slide. Don’t be shy!
6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 21
Main | 929-3469
Walking in the Past Lane Popular local historian Dean Hunt will share his excitement and knowledge about the Midlands’ military and colonial history.
Main | 929-3457
Walking in the Past Lane Author and journalist Salley McAlden McInerney will be talking about her new book Journey Proud. This coming-of-age tale set in Columbia during the civil rights movement exposes the inequities of the period and shows how childhood innocence is often replaced by harsh realities. 6 p.m., Thursday, February 6
GED Prep Classes 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, January 4 – 30 Love to Line Dance Join us as we learn a new line dance and practice some old favorites! 6:30 p.m., Thursdays January 16 and February 20
for adults North Main | 754-7734 Basket Weaving Experience the art of pine needle basket weaving. 11 a.m., Wednesdays January 8 – 22 and February 5 – 26 Financial Literacy Join Juliana Harris from the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs as she shares valuable information that will help you make the most of your financial future. 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 29 Wills and End of Life Issues Attorneys from the South Carolina Bar will share information concerning wills, estate planning and probate. 6 p.m., Monday, February 17 Northeast | 736-6575 Sizzling Salsa Dancing Join Shayne Kinloch from the Essence of Dance Company to learn how to salsa! 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Saturdays, January 4 – 25 Writing Boot Camp Improve your writing skills by using prompts and exercises to develop characterization, plot and setting. We’ll share what we write and offer constructive feedback to each other. 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays January 16 and February 20
Kurosawa to Bergman: Films From Around the World Can’t quite make it to Cannes? Join us for screenings of Motorcycle Diaries and Together. No passport necessary. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesdays January 21 and February 18 Sandhills | 699-9230 American Sign Language Learn and practice American Sign Language in an informal conversational setting. For all fluency levels. 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26 VIBES: Fitness from Scratch Join fitness instructor Heather Hardee as she explains simple ways for you and your family to start on the path to fitness. To meet the needs of families, this program will run in conjunction with Pajamarama Storytime.
Tai Chi Improve your balance, coordination and flexibility with this ancient form of exercise. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. 10 a.m. Fridays, January 10 – February 28 What Does Your Handwriting Say About You? Find out with Earl S. Dean, Certified Handwriting Analyst. 7 p.m., Thursday February 13 Southeast | 776-0855 The Joy of Soy – When East Meets West An introduction to soybean products combining Asian recipes with creative western recipes. 3 – 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 11 Good Health for Seniors Join experts from the University of South Carolina School of Public Health as they share information about creating an exercise plan and developing healthy habits.
6:30 p.m., Thursdays, January 9 – 30
7 – 8 p.m., Thursday, January 23
Other Ways to Graduate: GED Preparation * Prepare for the high school equivalency diploma test with a comprehensive, 10-week course of study. Students must commit to attend all sessions, as the program is cumulative. Registration is required.
Legal Clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law Attorneys from the South Carolina Bar will share information concerning Landlord and Tenant Law.
• 2 p.m., Saturdays January 11 & 25 and February 8 & 22 • 6:30 p.m., Mondays January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24
St. Andrews | 772-6675
6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, February 27
Columbia Baroque Soloists * Join us for a relaxing afternoon of Baroque music. 1 p.m., Saturday, January 11
* please register
The Nick at Richland Library Part of the Nickelodeon’s Forever and a Day series, featuring films based on or reinterpreting the works of William Shakespeare.
• The Tempest (PG-13) 12:30 p.m., Saturday, January 18
• Macbeth (R) 12:30 p.m., Saturday, February 1 Main | 929-3457 Need more than films? Visit RichlandLibrary.com/Shakespeare to download all of his works and so much more for free!
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book clubs for adults Book Clubs
North Main | 754-7734
Southeast | 776-0855
We have book clubs for everyone! If a title is not listed, please call the location for the current selection.
Urban Fiction Book Club * 1:30 p.m., Saturdays January 11 and February 8
Third Thursday Book Group * 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays • January 16: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty • February 20: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
Main | 929-3457 Great Books Discussion Group 7 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 and February 12
Page Turners Book Discussion Group * 7 p.m., Tuesdays • January 28: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot • February 25: The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier
Keep Me In Suspense! – A Mystery/Thriller Book Group 2:30 p.m., Saturdays • January 11: Death Comes to Pemberly by PD James • February 8: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion Group Join us for discussions led by Dr. Keen Butterworth. 10 a.m., Tuesdays • January 21: Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad • February 18: Sanctuary by William Faulkner Vista Book Group 6 p.m., Wednesdays • January 22: Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter • February 26: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy Special One Book One Columbia Discussion 10 a.m., Tuesday, February 4 Urban Readers Book Club Join us for a discussion of 32 Candles by Ernessa T. Carter. 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 Ballentine | 781-5026 Bookin’ It in Ballentine 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays • January 29: Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier • February 26: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy Cooper | 787-3462 Cooper Branch Book Club 10 – 11 a.m., Mondays • January 6: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy • February 3: Freeman by Leonard Pitts Eastover | 353-8584 Novel People of Eastover Join us for a discussion of My Reading Life by Pat Conroy. 6 p.m., Thursday, February 6
One Book, One Columbia Event * please register 16 JANUARY | FEBRUARY
Northeast | 736-6575 Northeast Regional Book Group 7 p.m., Thursdays • January 9: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman • February 13: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy Sandhills | 699-9230 Second Wednesday Book Group 7 p.m., Wednesdays • January 8: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro • February 12: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy Third Thursday Book Group 1 p.m., Thursdays • January 16: The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro • February 20: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
Brown Bag Short Story Discussion * Noon – 1 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 and February 12 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Book Banter Discussion Group * 7 p.m., Tuesdays • January 14: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy • February 11: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan Wheatley | 799-5873 Wheatley’s Book Group 11 a.m., Saturdays • January 25: The Age of Miracles by Karen T. Walker • February 22: The World's Strongest Librarian by J. Hanagame Young Professionals Discussion Group In your 20s to 40s and love talking about books and films? Here's a new twist to book clubs—we’ll alternate discussing books and favorite films each month. 6 p.m., Thursdays, January 16 and February 20
Jasper Goes to the Library Six months, six libraries, six artists showcasing six different disciplines from dance to theatre, film, music and the literary and visual arts. Learn more at RichlandLibrary.com/jasper 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 7
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 4
Artist Tim Floyd will introduce encaustic painting—the ancient technique of using hot wax mixed with pigments to create art.
Musicians Todd Mathis and McCullough Salehi will delight and entertain with their combination of guitar and viola. North Main | 754-7734
Ballentine | 781-5026
Sew Divine Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!
Main | 929-3457
North Main | 754-7734
St. Andrews | 772-6675 *
12:30 p.m., Tuesdays January 14 & 28 and Februray 11 & 25
11 a.m., Thursdays January 2 & 16 and February 6 & 20
1 p.m., Thursdays January 2 & 16 and Februray 6 & 20
Ballentine | 781-5026
Sandhills | 699-9230
Wheatley | 799-5873
6 – 7 p.m., Thursdays January 2 – February 27
1 p.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25
6 p.m., Every Tuesday
Eastover | 353-8584
Southeast | 776-0855
4 – 6 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays, January 7 – February 25
* please register
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for adults Northeast | 736-6575 Introduction to Computers I * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, January 8
Computer Basics If you have a computer questions, we have an answer! Whether you are a beginner or an expert, we can help.
Microsoft PowerPoint (2010) * Learn basic skills for creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (2010). Learn to create new slides, edit text and insert images.
• 10 a.m., Saturdays, January 4 & 18 • 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, February 6 & 18
Internet Basics * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, January 29
Microsoft Publisher (2010) * Learn how to user Microsoft Publisher (2010) to create newsletters, flyers, and brochures.
Sandhills | 699-9230
• 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 13 • 10 a.m., Saturday, February 8
Introduction to Computers I * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 14
• 10 a.m., Saturday, January 11 • 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 13
2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 21
10 a.m., Saturday, January 25 Internet Basics * Become familiar with using a web browser to view information on the internet. Learn how to use search engines, such as Google, to find information. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 27 Microsoft Word (2010) * Learn the basics of creating documents using Microsoft Word (2010). • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 8 • 10 a.m., Saturday, February 1 Intermediate Microsoft Word (2010)* Learn intermediate skills for Microsoft Word (2010), such as creating lists, using headers and footers, working with tables, and adding pictures and graphics. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15 Microsoft Excel (2010) * Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet, creating charts and performing calculations using Microsoft Excel (2010). • 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 27 • 10 a.m., Saturday, February 15 18 JANUARY | FEBRUARY
Introduction to Computers I 10 a.m., Wednesday, January 8 Introduction to Computers II 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 5
Cooper | 787-3462
Introduction to Computers II * Learn how to perform basic computer tasks using Microsoft Windows. Open programs and learn how to edit and organize files.
Email Basics * Become familiar with using electronic mail to create, send and receive messages. Learn how to save contacts and tips for identifying junk mail.
Email Basics * 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, January 23
• 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 29 • 10 a.m., Saturday, February 22
Main | 929-3457 Introduction to Computers I * Learn basic terms, the parts of the computer and how it works. Practice using the mouse by completing a self-paced tutorial.
Introduction to Computers II * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, January 15
Internet Basics 10 a.m., Wednesdays January 15 and February 12
Introduction to Computers II *
Internet Basics I * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 28 Internet Basics II * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 4 Microsoft Word I (2010) * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 Microsoft Word II (2010) * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18 Microsoft PowerPoint (2010) * 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 25 Eastover | 353-8584 Introduction to Computers I 11 a.m., Mondays, January 6, 13 & 27 Introduction to Computers II 11 a.m., Monday, February 3 Internet Safety Learn the basics of protecting your computer and yourself online. 11 a.m., Monday, February 17 North Main | 754-7734 Introduction to Computers I * 11 a.m., Mondays, February 3 – 17
* please register
Email Basics 10 a.m., Wednesdays January 15 and February 19 Southeast | 776-0855 Introduction to Computers I 10 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday January 8 and Saturday, February 1 Introduction to Computers II 10 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday January 15 and Saturday, February 8 Email Basics 10 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday January 22 and Saturday, February 15 Internet Basics 10 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesday January 29 and Saturday, February 22 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Introduction to Computers I * 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15 Internet Basics * 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 22 Microsoft Word (2010) * 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 29 Microsoft Publisher (2010) * 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 12 Microsoft Excel (2010) * 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18
2013 STAFF AWARDS Three Richland Library employees were recently recognized at Staff Engagement Day for their leadership and innovation. The Outside Over There Ginger
The Helen Ann Rawlinson
Shuler Learning Grant is a unique
Leadership Award recognizes
travel award that provides monetary
the professional contributions
support and recognition for staff
and outstanding leadership of
development opportunities in one
a Richland Library employee.
of two areas: Youth Services and a
A plaque bearing the recipient’s
Strategic Plan Learning Adventure.
name remains at the library.
It was presented to two employees:
This year’s recipient is Teresa
Christina Fuller-Gregory, Teen
Windham, Director of Library
Services Librarian and Mary Kate
Quillivan, Main and Branch Support Librarian. Ginger Shuler 2010
Helen Ann Rawlinson 2010
Your library is changing. See for yourself in our annual eReport: accessfreely.com/annualreport/
2013 Annual Report
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the business & job center Main | 929-3457
It’s Time for Personal and Professional Renewal * It’s a NEW year; are you ready to make changes and create NEW possibilities? Join Paulette Cunningham of Phenomenal Communications, LLC, for a fresh perspective on reconnecting your personal & professional life by letting go of the old & starting anew. 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 14 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3457
Employment Opportunities Within a School District * Did you know that employment in your local school district may offer you opportunities in addition to teaching? Join Kwamine Simpson, Coordinator – Office of Human Resource Services, Richland One School District, as she presents an overview of possible Richland One job opportunities such HVAC, Plumbing, IT, Food Service, Registered Nurse and more! 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15 Main | 929-3457
How to Start a Food Business Ever thought of owning your own food truck, food cart, or baking, catering or specialty food business? Join local expert David Roberts from DER Kitchen LLC and DER Consulting to learn the ins and outs of starting a food business in South Carolina. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 11 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3457
Career Encore Monthly Networking and Support Group Join fellow job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or simply looking to make career transitions. Share the challenges you are facing in the job hunt, obtain free workforce development advice and tangible resources and enhance your networking opportunities in a supportive and empowering environment. 9:30 – 11:30 a.m., Thursdays, January 2 and February 6, Bostick Auditorium Interview Practice Practice interviews will be conducted in the Business and Job Center on the third level. These sessions for individuals are first-come, first-served. Groups by appointment only. 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays January 8 – February 26
Revamp How You Find Job Leads Online * Explore various online resources and ways to discover what kind of work interests you. Learn how to search and apply for jobs online and how to upload a resume to a website or application. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, January 17 Redefine YOU: Volunteer! * Did you know that by volunteering your time and talent you are also enhancing your overall well-being? It not only protects your mental and physical health, but also affords you the opportunity to find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills and even advance your career. Learn about the many benefits of volunteering, tips on getting started, and how it actually prepares you in the job search process. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 18
Résumé Help with a Career Coach Do you wish you could ask for résumé guidance from a Career Coach without having to make an appointment? Now you can. Our Business and Job Center Career Coach will be available to answer your individual resume questions on a first come, first served basis. Please check in at the Business and Job Center Desk.
Refresh How You Use Social Networking * LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking sites provide effective ways for job seekers and employers to connect. Learn how to maximize results as you network, search for jobs, identify and research companies and promote yourself online.
• 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays January 8 – February 26 • 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, January 11 • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, February 15
Get Noticed on LinkedIn! * Over 80% of jobs are obtained through networking. LinkedIn is a professional social media website that serves as an effective research tool supplementing other methods of cold calling, face-to-face networking and pounding the pavement to find employment. Join a Business and Job Center Career Coach to learn how to create your LinkedIn profile, develop your positive online reputation and your personal brand!
Rediscover YOU with a Career Coach * A Business and Job Center Career Coach can help you successfully navigate through the career process. How? By encouraging YOU to reflect on where you’ve been, where you are now and where you want to be. Your career coach assists in transferring the power of critical thinking, analysis and assessment back to you. This way you understand that you are the expert and become more confident in listening to your inner voice! 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, January 9 Bostick Auditorium Goodwill Training and Opportunities Information Session A representative from Goodwill Job Connections will be available to share information about the many Goodwill job training and placement opportunities available to all job seekers regardless of age, background or experience.
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, January 23
• 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, January 23 • 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, February 20 Rethink How You Brand and Market Yourself * Your brand is about building a name for yourself, showcasing what sets you apart from other job-seekers, and describing the added value you bring to an employer. Come learn how to develop your personal brand, how to promote your brand to prospective employers, and how to sustain your personal brand within your respective career field. 6 – 8 p.m., Tuesday, January 28 Bostick Auditorium
2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Mondays January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24 * please register 20 JANUARY | FEBRUARY
the business & job center Social Networking for Your Small Business * Learn how to use social media websites to promote and market your business. 2 – 4 p.m., Thursday, January 30 Business Etiquette * In this class, we will discuss the unwritten rules of professionalism: the things most people learn not in a classroom, but through “the school of hard knocks.” Explore ways to present yourself properly in spoken, written, online and social business interactions. 10 a.m. – noon, Friday, January 31 Behavior-Based Interviewing * Because past performance is the single greatest predictor of future success, interviewers are trying to get to know you by asking “Tell me about…” questions. Learn how to answer competency-based or behavior-based interview questions that are popular with hiring managers today. Noon – 2 p.m., Saturday, February 1
3-2-1 Contact! How to Network * Experts say 80% of jobs are not advertised and 70% of job seekers say networking helped them land a job! Learn effective ways to build, maintain and call upon your network of people who have the advice, information and referrals you need. This class will focus on traditional networking techniques more than online social networking.
Career Retraining Opportunities * In today’s economy it is important to think strategically and creatively when looking for employment. This means looking at education for employment in a different way. Rather than focusing on job retraining that simply trains in the skills you’ll need for a certain kind of job, target career retraining programs that prepare you for multiple jobs within a career field of work! Join us and we will explore various retraining options that can help you adapt to the new 21st-century workplace.
Eastover | 353-8584
Noon – 1 p.m., Thursday, February 6
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesdays January 7 – February 25
GED and WorkKeys Take free GED classes or receive training and certification for WorkKeys, an employment skills assessment used by a number of Midlands companies and employment services. 5 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays January 7 – 29 and February 4 – 26 North Main | 754-7734
Eastover | 353-8584 Job Center On The Go Join Richland Library’s Job Readiness Trainer for one-on-one Career Coaching and assistance with resumes, interview skills, online job searching and computer skills. First come, first served, no appointment necessary.
North Main | 754-7734 Job Center On The Go Join Richland Library’s Job Readiness Trainer for one-on-one Career Coaching and assistance with resumes, interview skills, online job searching and computer skills. First come, first served, no appointment necessary. 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mondays January 6 – February 24 Northeast | 736-6575 Job Safari Need help applying for jobs online or setting up your resume? Schedule an appointment for personalized assistance. 3 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 19 Quick and Basic Resume Lab * Receive one-on-one assistance in constructing or updating your résumé.
* please register
Ms. Paulette Cunningham will lead this workshop for those ready to commit to obtaining their GED. 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, January 4 – 30
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesday, February 18
6:30 – 8 p.m., Wednesday, February 12 Bostick Auditorium
GED Prep Classes
11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thursday, February 13
Everyone is Employable! Tips for Job Seekers * Once you understand what employers are looking for in job candidates, you can tailor your job search efforts and marketing materials (such as résumés) for optimum effectiveness. When necessary, improve your employability skills with free online learning and web resources for job seekers available from Richland Library and other websites.
How to Find the Work You Love * Due to stress brought about by life’s pressures we often feel the need to make quick decisions when it comes to getting a job. This causes many of us to look for work in all the wrong places. But, if you will slow down and take the time to be clear about which stage in the career process you’re in, as each stage forms a foundation for the next one to build upon, you’ll develop a more powerful employment action plan. Join Sylvie Golod, Career Specialist, and learn which stage you are in so you can make the best use of your time to find the work you love.
GED and WorkKeys
Other Ways to Graduate: GED Preparation * Prepare for the high school equivalency diploma test with a comprehensive, 10-week course of study. Students must commit to attend all sessions, as the program is cumulative. Registration is required. •
2 p.m., Saturdays January 11 & 25 and February 8 & 22 6:30 p.m., Mondays January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24
Sandhills | 699-9230
3 – 5 p.m., Wednesday, February 26 JANUARY | FEBRUARY 21
support your library
AFP Board Members/Co-chairs of National Philanthropy Day Louis Fawcett and Debora D. Lloyd with Friends’ President JP Lee (center)
Friends’ Members: Jess Torres, John Bradley, Tina Auman, JP Lee, Fred Williams, Susan Hackett and Susan Mazur
National Philanthropy Day is a special
The Richland Library Friends is a nonprofit
day set aside annually to recognize and
organization that raises awareness of and
The Richland Library Friends received
pay tribute to the great contributions that
support for the library. Memberships start
the 2013 Outstanding Group Volunteer
philanthropy—and those people active
at only $25. Call (803) 988-0885 to join today.
Fundraiser Award at this year’s National
in the philanthropic community—have
Philanthropy Day luncheon. Held on
made to our lives, our communities and
Wednesday, November 20 in Columbia,
our world. Awards luncheons and dinners
the luncheon was hosted by the Central
are hosted across the United States and
South Carolina Chapter of the Association
Canada by chapters of the Association of
of Fundraising Professionals.
WINTER | January 24 & 25 SPRING | April 25 & 26 SUMMER | July 18 & 19
BOOK SALES MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
22 JANUARY | FEBRUARY
FALL | October 24 & 25 Need a few books to accomplish a New Year’s resolution? Want to learn more about history? Or cooking? Find these and more at the Friends’ Book Sales. Prices start as low as 50 cents for paperbacks! Movies, music and audiobooks are also available. Questions? Call (803) 988-0885. All sales are held at the Richland Library Operations Center 130 Lancewood Rd. | Columbia, SC 29210
support your library
Richland Library Foundation Awards Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship Tamara King was selected as the 2013
“Tamara’s dedication and enthusiasm
recipient of the Richland Library
are a natural continuation of
Foundation’s Ethel Bolden Minority
Mrs. Bolden’s efforts to make our
community a learning center.”
While pursuing her lifelong dream
Established in 2010, the scholarship
to obtain a Masters in Library and
honors students from underrepresented
Information Science from the University
ethnic and racial groups who embody
of South Carolina, King started a
Ethel Bolden’s 40-year commitment
successful adult literacy initiative at
to promote reading and establish
St. Lawrence Place that is designed
excellence in library services.
to help families in crisis. For more information about the “Ethel Bolden was a consummate
application process or to help fund the
advocate and pioneer for library
scholarship, call (803) 929-3424.
services to African-American children,” said Richland Library Foundation
Top: Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins and Deputy Director Valerie Rowe-Jackson with Tamara King and Warren Bolden.
Chair Lee Rambo.
Bottom left: Dr. Samantha Hastings, Director, USC School of Library and Information Science, with King. Bottom right: King with father Rev. Nelson Rivers III.
Volunteer Opportunities Need a few community service hours
of our quarterly volunteer sessions.
for school but can’t commit to a
You can earn up to two hours at each
consistent volunteer schedule?
session and this opportunity will
Call the Richland Library’s Volunteer
be offered at more than one library
Coordinator at (803) 929-3436 for
location. Registration required.
information about registering for one
F O U N D AT I O N give freely.
Support the Foundation Help advance our community while making your library even better. Contact Tina Gills at (803) 929-3424 or tgills@RichlandLibrary.com to support your library.
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Columbia, SC artist doni jordan creates mixed media assemblages, collages, art installations and fiber art. Her exhibit, Tomes: A Collection of Heavy Books will be shown in the The Gallery at Richland Library Main from January 15 â€“ March 31, 2014.