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THE FUTURE OF RICHLAND LIBRARY page 5

NEW CATALOG EXPERIENCE page 3

HOLIDAY TRADITIONS page 13

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER 2013 RICHLANDLIBRARY.COM


from the director

Dear Friends: Am I the only one who feels like the older I get, the faster time passes? A cursory Google search on the topic let me know I am not. As it turns out, there are complex mathematical formulas that describe what I—and many others—are experiencing. Indeed, as we age and our lives become more routine, our knowledge of the world grows and time appears to speed up. The decades feel like years, years like months and so on. This explains why the events of the past year seem like a blur. And it also explains while some of these events—like our son’s first soccer game, a family trip to Williamsburg and my sweet middle child saving her allowance for weeks to buy a longed-for stuffed animal—seemed to slow time down, even if just for a little while. I have other wonderful memories from the year, ones that I share with my coworkers and customers. I won’t forget the look on the faces of the residents of Eastover when they first stepped into their brand new library. Or watching on the big screen with almost 200 other new friends as Josiah Washington, our “library kid,” won big on Jeopardy. And seeing 25 shy and happy kids sitting across the table from their new reading tutors at the beginning of summer, knowing they would go back to school ready to learn in the fall, was amazing.

"I’ve seen first-hand that the library is often a part of the personal and shared memories and stories of a community… We care about helping people look forward and rewrite their personal stories."

Growing up in the Midlands, I’ve seen first-hand that the library is often a part of the personal and shared memories and stories of a community. As the city has grown in the last 20 years and expanded into regions like Sandhills and Ballentine, the library has opened its doors six and seven days a week to accommodate 2.7 million visits a year. We welcome people when they need us most. We create opportunities for customers to make new memories with their families and friends. We care about helping people look forward and rewrite their personal stories. There are so many exciting things on the horizon for our library and our community. Take a few minutes to peruse the pages of this issue of Access, share your copy with a friend, and make plans to stop by and see us before 2013 ends. We want to wish you well and hear your plans for 2014. If you want to know more about our plans and the library’s vision for the future, stop by any of our 11 locations and we’ll gladly talk to you about them. You can also find a snapshot of the things we need to continue to advance our community on our website at RichlandLibrary.com/about or page 5 of this issue. I look forward to seeing you and talking with you soon. Happy holidays.

Warmly, Melanie Huggins, Executive Director

DIRECTOR’S PICKS

I just finished

I’m just starting

I can’t stop listening to

You don’t want to miss

One Year to a Writing Life

The Circle

Yer Favourites

The Write Idea: Teen Writing

Susan M. Tiberghien

Dave Eggers

The Tragically Hip

4:30 p.m., Friday, November 22 See Page 10

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what's happening

NEW CATALOG EXPERIENCE You’ve asked and we’ve listened! Richland Library will unveil a new catalog experience in December. In addition to more user-friendly features for managing your account, customers will also get new tools to help them navigate the thousands of materials available: • Checkout history – Customers can opt-in to have a history list, which includes all items they check out from that point forward, including book, movie and music checkouts. • Saved searches – Customers will be able to save a search and have a weekly or monthly email sent to them containing new titles that match their search.

• Username & passwords – Customers can set up a username for accessing their online account, instead of a library card number. Also, the online catalog allows customers to click a “forgot your password?” link, and the password will be sent to the email address on file. • Share freely! – Customers will have the ability to use social sites for sharing titles.

RICHLANDLIBRARY.COM now offers online registration for events. Sometimes our classes, events or crafts require us to know how many folks are participating. Now you can sign up in your PJs at midnight if you’d like! Just click the orange 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.

Register

To learn more, visit www.richlandlibrary.com/catalog.

* Footnotes

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983

T he number of books available for checkout at t he new Richland Libr ar y at EdVent ure.

The day in November that voters will help decide the future of library services in Richland County.

The number of free work spaces available in the new Coworking Center at Main.

The number of items from The Hunger Games series currently available for checkout before the November 22 opening of Catching Fire.

1,858

The average number of hours donated each month to the library by junior, teen and adult volunteers.

The number of public computers and tablets available to help customers gain access to invaluable resources. NOVEMBER | DECEMBER  3


Featured Staff

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Mayte Velasco Nicolas Bilingual Outreach Coordinator Coordinadora de Relaciones Comunitarias If you could trade places with one person for a day, dead or alive, who would it be? It has to be Leonardo da Vinci, a man of “unquenchable curiosity;" the library can fill the need of curiosity. I admire his hunger for knowledge. | Tendría que ser Leonardo da Vinci, un hombre con una ¨curiosidad voraz,¨ la biblioteca puede ayudar a contestar cualquier curiosidad. Siempre he admirado su hambre por el saber. Why did you choose to work in a library? Traditionally, a library has been an unfamiliar place for many members of the Latino community. I want to promote, inform, present or expose the library as a tool that facilitates not just books, but community forums, a Job Center, a Teen Center or a puppet show. | Tradicionalmente, la biblioteca ha sido un lugar desconocido para muchos miembros de la comunidad, la biblioteca me da la oportunidad de promocionar, informar o presentar la biblioteca como una herramienta que facilita, no solamente libros, pero también fórums comunitarios, un centro de trabajo, un centro exclusivamente para adolescentes o una función de marionetas.

How do you think the library inspires the community? One client told me that the library is a “sanctuary.” She always feels welcome. The company of a book, a picture book for her child and a little time on Facebook are the little things that help her relax. | Un cliente dijo un día que la biblioteca era su santuario. La compañía de un libro, un libro infantil o un ratito en facebook son detalles que relajan en un día de locos.

Si necesita información en español de cualquier programa que ofrece la biblioteca favor de llamar a Mayte Nicolas al número de teléfono (803) 988-0890 o escribir a mnicolas@richlandlibrary.com. Su biblioteca.

UPCOMING CLOSINGS All locations will be closed the following dates: •

At 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 27 and all day Thursday, November 28 for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday, December 25 for Christmas.

At 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 31 and all day Wednesday, January 1 for New Year's.

BOARD MEETINGS Library: 5:30 p.m., Mondays, November 11 and December 9 Friends: 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 Foundation: Noon, Wednesday, December 18

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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.


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THE FUTURE OF

RICHLAND LIBRARY IT’S NO SECRET THAT LIBRARIES are changing,

New York Daily News Columnist Pete Hamill put

serving more people—and in different ways—than

it best when he said, “What libraries give you is

ever before. Richland Library is helping people find

all three tenses—the past tense—the present

jobs, get ready for and succeed in school, and

tense in which we live and the future that we

access technology and resources.

can only imagine.”

As society shifts to a digitally enhanced dialog,

It’s been 24 years since most of our facilities have

the library has become equal parts high tech and

been significantly improved or updated. As we look

high touch. From personalized services like

to the future of Richland County’s needs, here’s a

Book a Librarian to digital downloads through

glimpse into how your friends, family and neighbors

RichlandLibrary.com, the library is continually

are using the library as well some of the things we’re

evolving to meet your needs and provide

hoping to add to your favorite library location.

access to learning opportunities.

Library bond referendum—November 5 Questions? Visit www.RichlandLibrary.com/about. NOVEMBER | DECEMBER  5


Richland Library Main

Richland Library Ballentine

Richland Library Blythewood

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 242,000 square foot facility to include:

Building a freestanding library facility in the growing northwest region of Richland County has been a part of the library’s capital needs plan since its development in 2007. Thanks to support from Richland County Council, approximately seven acres of land at 1200 Dutch Fork Road in Ballentine has been purchased.

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 4,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

• New heating and air conditioning systems • New carpet in the entire building • Most-circulated items will be closest to the entrance • Quiet spaces will be relocated away from the entrance • Multipurpose, reconfigurable meeting space for 150 people • Partnering Spaces • New conference rooms to complement existing conference spaces

A new 15,000 square foot facility would include space for:

• Meeting Room • Larger public restrooms • Learning Lab • Group Study Room

• Repaving of parking facilities

• One large conference room • Two tutor or small conference rooms • 12-person Student Learning Lab

• Exterior improvements for families with strollers

• Partnering Space for two partners

• Repaving of parking facilities

• Teen Space

• Addition of outdoor programming space • 70-person meeting room with storage

• Digital teleconferencing rooms

• Addition of outdoor programming space

• Partnering Space

• Covered drop off and book returns • Possible drive up window for holds pick up • Circulation kiosks and self-service stations • Addition of outdoor programming space

  Did you know? Richland Library Blythewood’s Job Hunting Tips and Tricks program provides job seekers with one-on-one, personalized résumé and job search assistance every Friday.

  Did you know? The Business and Job Center at Main has conducted more than 35,000 transactions for job seekers in three years.

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  Did you know? Richland Library Ballentine’s new book club for adults is currently at standing room only.

91,269 people attended 4,614 programs hosted by Richland Library last fiscal year.


Richland Library Cooper

Richland Library Eastover

Richland Library North Main

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 10,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 10,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

• Teen Space

Thanks to a USDA Rural Development grant and matching funds from Richland County, a new $1.6 million renovation and expansion of the library’s Eastover location was completed in April 2013. Highlights include:

• 12-Student Learning Lab

• Expanded hours and enhanced services

• Two tutor rooms or small conference rooms

• A meeting room, tutor room and additional computers

• Family Space (adult activities that can accommodate children as well)

• Partnering Space for one partner

• 650 square foot addition to current meeting room space with storage and kitchen • Repaving of parking facilities

  Did you know? Richland Library Cooper recently added a special Read to a Dog program to help struggling readers gain confidence by reading to licensed therapy dogs.

• Teen Space

• 12-Student Learning Lab

• Integrated historical elements that promote Lower Richland’s vibrant past

• Two Tutor Rooms or Small Conference Rooms

• A state-of-the-art children’s area with exciting new features from EdVenture Children’s Museum

• Increasing current meeting room space by 650 square feet and adding a kitchen

• Richland Library Eastover is also pursuing LEED Silver Certification

• Repaving of parking facilities

• Addition of outdoor programming space

  Did you know?

  Did you know? In 2012, Richland Library Eastover saw more than 38,000 visitors and circulated 46,000 items.

Customers checked out 5,324,709 items at Richland Library last fiscal year.

• Partner Space for three partners

Richland Library North Main’s popular Voices of Our People program recently celebrated its 20th year.

Richland Library's last fiscal year door count was 2,757,208 visits.

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER  7


Richland Library Northeast

Richland Library Sandhills

Richland Library Southeast

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 15,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

The library has been exploring easilyaccessible sites for a new Richland Library Sandhills location for some time.

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 20,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

• Partnering Spaces to accommodate three partners

A new 30,000 square foot shared facility with another like-minded community organization would include:

• 12-Student Learning Lab • Two tutor rooms or small conference rooms • Increasing current meeting room size by 1,650 square feet including storage and kitchen

• Lounge area with exhibit space and circulation kiosks • 250-500 seat auditorium, which would be shared with a partner organization • Possible partner facility

• Exterior improvements

• Restroom facility and family restroom

• Addition of outdoor programming space

• Restaurant-style catering kitchen

• Repaving of parking facilities

• 70-person meeting room with storage • Two large conference rooms • Four small tutor or conference rooms

  Did you know? Located near Columbia’s International Corridor, Richland Library Northeast offers bilingual storytimes, as well as Let’s Speak English and computer classes.

• Partnering Space for two partners • 12-Student Learning Lab • Four tutoring or small conference rooms • 1,200 square feet of meeting space including storage and kitchen space • Addition of outdoor programming space • Repaving of parking facilities

  Did you know? Richland Library Southeast is one of only three library locations open on Sundays.

• Separate computer area in Children’s Department • Outside programming space and patio • Partnering Space for three community partners • Covered drop off area and book returns

  Did you know? Richland Library Sandhills helped pilot the library’s Read to a Dog program, which helps struggling readers gain confidence by reading to licensed therapy dogs. 8  NOVEMBER | DECEMBER  

Richland Library serves 206,777 registered borrowers.


Richland Library St. Andrews

Richland Library Wheatley

Richland Library at EdVenture

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 13,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

Renovation and reconfiguration of existing 4,000 square foot facility and additional square footage for:

• Partner Space for three partners

• Partnering Space for one partner

Richland Library and EdVenture Children’s Museum have teamed up to bring the library’s collection of children’s books directly to the home of Eddie. Highlights include:

• Teen Space

• Two tutoring rooms or small conference rooms

• The collection boasts more than 980 books

• Increased Children’s Space

• Puppet stage and theater

• Drive up window for holds pick-ups and returns

• Items from the collection won’t accrue fines or lost fees, so Eddie and all of his new friends can read freely.

• Family Space • 12-Student Learning Lab • Covered book returns • Two tutor rooms or small conference rooms

• Repaving of parking facilities

• Additional 2,250 square feet of meeting room space including storage, kitchen and restrooms • Addition of outdoor programming space • Repaving of parking facilities

  Did you know? Richland Library Wheatley offers more laptops for checkout than any other Richland Library location.

  Did you know? The library and EdVenture also worked together in April to develop interactive elements for the children’s space at the renovated and expanded Richland Library Eastover.

  Did you know? Richland Library St. Andrews offers a guitar club, which has a great following of customers who are interested in all aspects of music.

Laptop borrowing increased by 133% at Richland Library last year.

25,655 people attended early literacy programs at Richland Library this fiscal year.

We realize there are underserved areas of Richland County, and we are always working on innovative, creative ways to expand library services in those areas. Richland Library at EdVenture is an example of how the library, working with the right partners, can provide library service effectively and efficiently.

NOVEMBER | DECEMBER  9


storytimes Main | 929-3434 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months Your baby will love storytime while increasing vocabulary, listening and motor skills with stories and songs. • 10:30 a.m., Mondays November 4 – December 16 • 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

Movers and Shakers Storytime for families Get ready to move and shake, shake, shake while listening to stories, songs and more! 11 a.m., Fridays November 15 and December 20

Just Right Storytime for all ages Everyone in the entire family will enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays and movement in this storytime that is just right for your child. 10:30 a.m., Thursdays, December 5 – 26

Eastover | 353-8584

Southeast | 776-0855

Congaree National Park Storytime Enjoy storytime with a special guest from the Congaree National Park.

Pajamarama Storytime for all ages Wear your PJs and snuggle up for some bedtime stories and songs.

Preschool Storytime for ages 3-5 Get ready for kindergarten! Your child will gain confidence and independence in this kids-only storytime.

• 11 a.m., Saturday, November 9 • 10 a.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 11

6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, November 4

3:30 p.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

North Main | 754-7734

Mother Goose Storytime for babies Introduce your baby to the world of books. Nurture a love of reading and develop attention span with stories, rhymes and songs. 9:30 a.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17 Reading Rumpus for all ages Talk, sing, read, write and play as we build your child’s early literacy skills. 6:30 p.m., Mondays November 4 – December 16

Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17 Northeast | 736-6575 Toddler Storytime for ages 2-3 10:30 a.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 19 Except for Thursday, November 28 Sandhills | 699-9230 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 a.m., Mondays, November 4 – 25

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.

Exceptional You for all ages * Stories and songs for people with special needs and their families. Please call ahead to let us know how we can accommodate your needs.

10:30 a.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 19

6:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 12 – December 17

Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 – 11 a.m., Thursdays November 7 – 21 and December 5 – 19 Brain Teasers, Muscle Builders from age 0-5 Crawl, tumble, sing, solve puzzles and hear stories while improving social skills 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 11 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months * 10:30 a.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 19 Hola, Libros! for all ages Bring the family to enjoy bilingual stories and songs. 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 4 Stories around the Campfire for all ages Join us for a storytime camp out with stories, songs and a camper’s treat! 3:30 p.m., Monday, November 18 Wheatley | 799-5873

* please register

Hello, Baby! for ages 0-23 months 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

Family Storytime Stories, songs and much more. Main | 929-3434 • 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17 • 10:30 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 28 Ballentine | 781-5026 11 – 11:30 a.m., Fridays November 1 – December 27

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NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

Blythewood | 691-9806 10:30 – 11 a.m., Fridays November 1 – December 27


for school-age children Main | 929-3434

North Main | 754-7734

Paws for Reading for ages 6-9 Practice your reading with service dogs who love to listen to a good story! For new readers.

Twix-n-Between for ages 9-13 Join us for a great read from fantastical to ghost stories and everything in between .

3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2

2:30 p.m., Saturdays November 9 and December 21

TAG Team for 5th-7th graders Join Richland Library’s first-ever Tween Advisory Group (TAG) to help the library with service projects, programs and more. 5th-7th graders are eligible to apply for TAG and team members will earn volunteer hours. 3 p.m., Saturdays November 16 and December 21 Blythewood | 691-9806 Blythewood Bookworms for ages 9-12 * Hear about new books, play games, perform puppet shows and have fun!

Northeast | 736-6575 LEGO Madness for ages 6-12 3:30 p.m., Mondays November 11 and December 16

3 p.m., Saturday, November 16 Sewing 101 for ages 9-12 Learn hand sewing skills while making toys, clothing and more!

Board Games for ages 6-12 * Bored? Have some fun playing board games. Bring your favorite or enjoy one of ours.

6 p.m., Tuesdays, December 3, 10 & 17

2 – 3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 28

Read to a Dog for ages 6-12 3:30 p.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

Read to a Dog for ages 6-12 Practice your reading with a furry friend! 3:30 p.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 12 Except for Thursday, November 28

for ages 6-12 Need help with your homework? Visit us! Homework support specifically for students in 1st - 8th grades.

4:45 – 6:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays November 5 – 21 and December 3 – 19 Southeast | 776-0855

First Cirque for ages 5-12 Walk a tightrope, learn some juggling skills, twist some balloon animals and get your face painted like a star during this introduction to circus skills.

3 – 4 p.m., Saturdays November 2 and December 14

Cooper | 787-3462

Homework Help Center

Sandhills | 699-9230

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 noviembre 5 – 21 y diciembre 3 – 19 Southeast | 776-0855

Book Explorers for ages 9-12 * Great books, activities and discussions for a younger crowd. 3 p.m., Saturday, November 9

Eastover | 353-8584

St. Andrews | 772-6675

LEGO Madness for ages 6-12 Create robots, cities, creatures and more using LEGOs.

Thursday Tween Reads for ages 9-12 * Good books, good times! Join us as we discover some of the library’s tween reads!

3:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21

3:30 p.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19

* please register

Cooper | 787-3462 • 11 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 28 • 10:30 a.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 26 Except for Thursday, November 28 Eastover | 353-8584 • 10 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18 • 11 a.m., Saturdays November 3 – December 28 North Main | 754-7734 11 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 28

Northeast | 736-6575 11 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 28 Sandhills | 699-9230 11 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 28 Southeast | 776-0855 • 10:30 – 11 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 & 20 and December 4 & 18 • 11 – 11:30 a.m., Saturdays November 9 & 16 and December 7

St. Andrews | 772-6675 • 11 a.m., Saturdays November 2 – December 21 • 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18 Wheatley | 799-5873 10:30 a.m., Fridays November 1 – December 27

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for families 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 November 1 and December 6 Struggling Reader Workshop for families Explore ways to make reading time together pleasant and effective. You’ll also learn strategies to make homework easier and discover library resources available for parents and their emerging readers. This workshop is specifically designed for 1st-5th graders and their parents. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 5

North Main | 754-7734

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Eastover | 353-8584 Hands-on Art with the Columbia Museum of Art for all ages 10 a.m., Wednesdays November 20 and December 18

Sandhills | 699-9230

6 p.m., Tuesday, November 12

10:30 a.m., Tuesday November 12

11 a.m., Saturday, December 14

10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9

Family Learning Night for all ages Gain insights on strengthening and building healthy relationships for the whole family. Learn to handle everyday issues and communicate effectively and get expert advice, tips and tools to make parenting easier. Food is provided for attending families and a storytime and puppet show are available.

Join a park ranger from Sesquicentennial State Park as we discover the secret lives of owls! We will uncover their nocturnal habits and unveil their amazing adaptations in this fun family nature program about the owls of South Carolina. See an owl skull up close, listen to the eerie sounds of an owl call and find out what owl pellets are made of!

Strings and Stories with Marina Alexandra for all ages Enjoy a morning of strings and stories with guitarist Marina Alexandra and students.

Northeast | 736-6575

11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9

for all ages

3:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3

Morning Music with USC Suzuki Students for all ages Enjoy a morning of music with students from the Suzuki Strings program at the University of South Carolina.

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.

Learn About Owls

Cooper Puppet Playhouse for all ages Join us for the latest production of the Cooper Puppet Playhouse.

Blythewood | 691-9806 Dragon Tales for ages 3-8 * Join us as we read stories about the magical creatures, and make a fire-breathing dragon of your very own.

Hands-on Art for ages 3-5 10:30 a.m., Fridays November 1 – December 20

Family Time for all ages Stay after storytime for more fun for the whole family. 11:30 a.m., Saturdays • November 2 and December 7: Crafts • November 16 and December 21: Puppets Talk with Your Hands for ages 2-8 * Open up a new world of communication with this introduction to American Sign Language. 3:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 10 Hands-on Art with the Columbia Museum of Art for ages 2-5 * 10:30 a.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19 Southeast | 776-0855 Family Night Takeover for all ages Bring the whole family. You're the stars for Karaoke, read-alouds and more. 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Mondays November 18 and December 16

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 12

St. Andrews | 772-6675

Cooper | 787-3462

Hands-on Art for ages 3-5 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, December 3

Hands-on Art with the Columbia Museum of Art for ages 2-5 Simple art fun for the very young featuring special guests from the Columbia Museum of Art. Dress for a mess! 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 11

Wheatley | 799-5873 Ladybug Studios for all ages Join Amanda Ladymon, owner of Ladybug Art Studios, and create book inspired art. 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9

* please register


holiday traditions

Make Your Own Traditions Holidays are all about family and traditions. Create your own traditions this year with the library. We'll help you prepare for the season and celebrate! Bring your family and friends—whether it's Thanksgiving puppets or 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, we want you to celebrate with us. Look for the Make Your Own Traditions sections throughout Access and celebrate freely!

Easy Holiday Treats for ages 6+

Christmas Around the World

Simple and tasty holiday treats that even the children can make.

11 a.m. – noon, Saturday, November 2 Southeast

for all ages Join us for a Christmas celebration of stories, music and multicultural exhibits with international students.

I Sing America for all ages

3 p.m., Saturday, December 7 North Main

Celebrate Veterans Day with stories, songs and crafts.

6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, November 11 Southeast

We’re Talking Turkeys! for ages 3-8

‘ Twas The Night Before The Night Before Christmas for all ages Snuggle up in your PJs and enjoy holiday songs and classic stories.

Join us for terrific Thanksgiving fun with seasonal books and a puppet craft.

6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, December 9 Southeast

4 p.m., Thursday, November 14 St. Andrews

Christmas Around the World

Easy Holiday Crafts for all ages Make a special gift with a homemade craft.

for all ages Celebrate the holiday spirit with stories, crafts and songs from around the world.

11 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 23 Southeast

11 a.m. – noon, Saturday, December 14 Southeast

Family Game Day for all ages

Gingerbread House for all ages

Bring the whole family to have some fun playing board games the day after Thanksgiving!

Hear yummy stories and make a gingerbread house.

10 a.m., Friday, November 29 Eastover

11 a.m. – noon, Saturday, December 21 Southeast

A Holiday Evening of Puppets

Holiday Movies for all ages

for all ages Join us for a special evening of puppets.

Snuggle up with the family and watch some holiday classics!

6:30 – 7 p.m., Monday, December 2 Southeast

2:30 p.m., Monday, December 23 Eastover

Build Your Own Gingerbread House! for ages 6-12 *

* please register

Celebrate the season by building your own tasty treat! Dress for a mess.

4 p.m., Wednesdays, December 4 & 11 St. Andrews

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for teens Main | 929-3470

Eastover | 353-8584

Teen Advisory Board: Winter Meeting Join us as TAB members meet for their fall planning session.

Stop Motion Animation! Bring inanimate objects to life using our Ready Animator stations. We’ll show you how to create your own stop motion film and unveil it on YouTube.

3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 2

Teen Advisory Board: Holiday Mixer Join us for a holiday mixer full of fun and festivity!

3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7 Main

Cooper Teen Book Club and TAB Holiday Party Members of Cooper’s Teen Book Club and TAB are invited to a holiday celebration with food, games, and fun! Wrap up something from home for a white elephant gift exchange. Happy Holidays!

3:30 p.m., Saturday, December 14 Cooper

Gingerbread Architecture 101 for adults and teens Get into the holiday spirit by constructing a festive (and tasty) gingerbread house.

4 – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 7 Southeast

Teen Otaku Association TOA is a club that comes together to watch anime, enjoy manga and create! 6 p.m., Mondays November 4 – December 30

3 p.m., Saturday, November 2 Make It Happen Stop by and create what you will at our open craft hour! 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 12

Non-Stop Gaming Event Join us as we celebrate National Gaming Day! We’ll have board games, video games and retro games. 9 a.m., Saturday, November 16 The Write Idea: Teen Writing Are you a creative teen writer looking to share your work with other teens? Join us to get feedback, find inspiration and make some new friends. 4:30 p.m., Friday, November 22 Blythewood | 691-9806 PlainSpoken: A Poetry Open-Mic * Do you slam? Come to the library to read your work or that of your favorite poet, listen to others and enjoy refreshments. Call ahead to register for mic time or just come out to listen. 6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, November 14 Cooper | 787-3462 Cooper Teen Book Club: Feel-Good Books It’s the most wonderful time of the year, so we’re reading feel-good, uplifting books! Suggested Reads: • The Help by Kathryn Stockett • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 16 Teen Advisory Board Richland Library Cooper’s Teen Advisory Board meets once a month to discuss ideas for programming and to help get the word out about library events. 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 23

North Main | 754-7734 Can We Talk? for teens only Workshops that will help teenagers navigate through the challenges of life. 7 p.m., Wednesdays November 20 and December 18 Sandhills | 699-9230 Homework Support Lab for grades 6-8 * Laptops, tutors and support to help middle school students get the most from their education. 2:30 – 5 p.m., Mondays November 4 – December 16 Teen Book Group * Join other teens to discuss your favorite books. Enjoy snacks, activities and great conversation! 6 p.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19 Southeast | 776-0855 Homework Help Center Need help with your homework? Visit us! Homework support specifically for high school students. 4:45 – 6:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays November 5 – 21 and December 3 – 19 Ayuda con la tarea escolar para adolescentes Necesitas ayuda con las tareas escolares? ¡Visítanos! Apoyos específicamente para estudiantes en el secundario. 4:45 – 6:45 p.m., los martes y jueves noviembre 5 – 21 & diciembre 3 – 19 * please register


for teens and adults Graphicionado Gathering * Geek out about graphic novels, manga and anime over pizza. Be there! 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 and December 3 Growth to Greatness Series: Manners and Etiquette Learn the dos and don’ts of social behavior. Homeschoolers encouraged to join us! 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Thursdays November 7 – 21 and December 5 – 19 Move Your Mind Do you like to express yourself in ways more than just talking? Join us for this movement and poetry series and develop your own “movetry.” • Belly Dance/Flamenco 3 – 5 p.m., Saturday, November 9 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 13 • Salsa/Merengue 6 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 3 – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 14 Explore. Create. Serve. Need a few community hours for school? Looking to jazz up your scholarship or college applications? Join other teens once a month for fun and creative service projects. 3 – 4 p.m., Saturdays • November 16 – Transcription of scanned library materials (New York Public Library lab menu project) • December 7 – Make bookmarks for children

For Teens and Adults Northeast | 736-6575

Southeast | 776-0855

Silverlight Photo Club: Smartphone Snapshots Interested in taking photos on your phone that are more marvelous than mundane? Learn ways to use your smartphone to take compelling photographs.

Hablamos Spanish Conversation Gathering 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.

3 p.m., Saturday, November 2 Monthly Poetry Workshop Join an expedition into the depths of modern poetry technique.

Guitar Club * Bring your instrument and jam out with others or participate in an informal beginning group lesson to get you started. All levels welcome.

Freely immerse yourself in the refreshing expressive potential of subtle aural arrangements.

5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 19 and December 17

Our discussions will add the heft and verve to words you seek.

St. Andrews | 772-6675

7 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 and December 10

Chess Club Show us your mental mastery against members of the Columbia Chess Club. Participate in a casual game or a tournament and meet some of best players in your area.

St. Andrews | 772-6675

6 p.m., Mondays, November 4 – December 16

Chinese Paper Cutting Made Easy * Try your hand at Chinese Paper Cutting (or Jianzhi) with an instructor from the Confucius Institute at the University of South Carolina.

* please register

3 p.m., Saturday, November 9

6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays November 6 & 20 and December 4 & 18 NaNoWriMo Write-In Always wanted to write a book? November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). Join us for weekly “write-ins” to work on your masterpiece and connect with other aspiring local writers. 7 – 8 p.m., Thursdays, November 7 – 21 Think. Write. Thrive. Join fellow graphiliacs to sit down and write. We’ll read a short published piece to kick off the writing frenzy while we honor National Writing Month in November and National Read a New Book Month in December. 4:30 – 5:30 p.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19 NaNoWriMo Wrap Party A National Novel Writing Month tradition! So, you wrote a novel in a month. Now it’s time to celebrate your literary accomplishment! We'll be drawing for raffle prizes, so don’t miss out! 7 – 8 p.m., Thursday, December 5

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for adults Main | 929-3457

Ballentine | 781-5026

iPick Film Series: Blockbuster Prequels! 3 p.m., Sundays • November 10: The Hunger Games (PG-13) • December 8: The Hobbit (PG-13)

Have Your Cake and eBook Too! Learn to download eBooks and more! Try out our devices or bring one of your own.

Author Talk with Kim Boykin Author Kim Boykin discusses her book The Wisdom of Hair, the story of a young beauty school student who romances the wrong man.

Blythewood | 691-9806

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 12 Author Talk with Torrey Rush Join author and community leader Torrey Rush as he discusses his book Tears of a Lonely Son, a chronicle of his search for emotional healing after the loss of his father. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 13

Library Links Community to ACA Resources With the generous support of the Knight Foundation Donor Advised Funds at Central Carolina Community Foundation, Richland Library will lead the efforts to raise awareness and education of Richland County residents regarding the impact and options of the Affordable Care Act.

Affordable Care Act Forum 7 p.m., Thursday, November 14 Southeast | 776-0855 Thanks to partnerships with a large number of community organizations, the library has offered forums and information sessions throughout the past two months for area residents who are seeking reliable information about the ACA. For more information, please: • call (803) 929-3457 • visit any Richland Library location • visit RichlandLibrary.com/aca • visit healthcare.gov

“God’s Megaphone:” A Tutorial with C. S. Lewis Richland Library Literary Resident Howard Burnham returns with a special program marking the 50th anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. Join us for an evening of stories of this beloved author of Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia. Written by Howard Burnham. 7 p.m., Tuesday, November 19 Walking in the Past Lane Local historian and archaeologist D.C. Locke will share his research and artifacts about South Carolina Native Americans. 6 p.m., Thursday, December 5 How-to Festival Would you like to learn to dance the Rumba, tie the perfect Windsor knot or create a backyard wildlife habitat? Discover these how-to sessions and more, including fire safety tips from the Columbia Fire Department and emergency preparedness info from the American Red Cross. Want to learn more about the new college football playoff system? Sports radio personality Teddy Heffner will fill you in. Hiking for the first time? Check out programs from The Backpacker and the Palmetto Conservation Foundation. Arlene Marturano will help you develop a greener thumb, WIS-TV’s John Farley will share weather safety tips, and crafters will give lessons on crochet and scrapbooking. Programs for the kids will round things out. There's fun and information for the whole family. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, November 9

4:30 – 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 11

Downloading from Richland Library’s Website * Learn the basics of downloading free eBooks, audiobooks and more. Bring your device for a session on how to be e-savvy! 3 – 4 p.m. Friday, November 8 Garden Like a Master: Color in the Winter Garden * Learn how to add color to your winter garden from a Richland County Master Gardener. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 9 Cooper | 787-3462 Family Law Issues * Local attorney Monet Pincus will discuss family law issues. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 12 Telling Your Story: A Family History Writer’s Group * Interested in writing your family history? Meet with other writers monthly for ideas and critiques. 6:30 p.m., Monday, November 18 Tour of Gardens of France Join Susan Fedor from the Richland Master Gardeners for an armchair tour of glorious French gardens. 10 a.m., Friday, December 6 Eastover | 353-8584 Altered Books Use a book as your canvas to create funky original artwork that you’ll want to display! 3:30 p.m., Saturday, November 9 Genealogy 101 Trying to research your family history? This workshop will help you get started and show you how online library resources can help. 11 a.m., Saturday, December 7 Spoken Word/Poetry Lounge Submit your original poem, song or rap by November 15 for review, then perform it for an audience at Richland Library Eastover! 3 p.m., Saturday, December 14

* please register

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for adults North Main | 754-7734 Basket Weaving * Learn the art of pine needle basket weaving.

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop Create your own masterpiece with Chinese brush painting artist Wei Yao.

Southeast | 776-0855 Let’s Speak English 7 p.m., Tuesdays, November 5 & 12

11 a.m., Wednesdays November 6 – 20 and December 4 – 18

3 – 5 p.m., Saturday, December 14

Nursing a Healthier Community A team of nurses will teach classes on heart disease, stroke, diabetes and more!

Tai Chi Improve your balance, coordination and flexibility with this ancient form of exercise. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Safe Cycling in Columbia Are you an avid cyclist wanting to meet others of like mind? Come for an engaging presentation and discussion about riding in traffic and SC bike laws. Leave feeling more confident about riding in the road.

10 a.m., Fridays, November 1 – December 27

7 – 8 p.m., Thursday, November 7

eBook, eMagazine, eMusic Drop-in Help Need help downloading library materials to your electronic device? Drop in and get one-on-one help.

Three Interesting Women: A Case Study Join Walker Family and Local History Room Manager Debbie Bloom as she discusses three fascinating local women and the resources she used to find them.

6 p.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 11 Northeast | 736-6575 Living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: Preserving Quality of Life We'll educate people who care for persons who exhibit signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and/or related dementias and teach strategies on positive interaction. 10 a.m. – noon, Saturdays • November 2 - Introduction to Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia; Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementias • November 9 - Communication and Behavioral Issues of Someone Living with Dementia Let’s Speak English Internationals, join our conversation sessions. and practice speaking English in a relaxed environment. 7 p.m., Mondays, November 4 – 18 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 November 21 and December 19 Family Law Legal Clinic * Members of the South Carolina Bar will give advice and answer your questions about all aspects of family law. 6:30 – 8 p.m., Thursday, December 5

Sandhills | 699-9230

6:30 p.m. Tuesdays November 5 - December 17

6 – 7 p.m., Thursday, November 14

Let’s Speak English 11 a.m., Tuesdays, November 5 – December 17 and December 31

Wheatley | 799-5873

Internacionales de la Comunidad ¡Únete a la diversidad de este grupo! El programa está diseñado para que cada persona practique inglés con nativos. El programa no solo te da oportunidad de practicar inglés, además podrás aprender costumbres y dichos estaunidenses. Este programa es gratuito y no necesitas la tarjeta de la biblioteca. Por favor llame al 803-988-0890 para más información.

10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6

Los Los Lunes, 11 – 25 de noviembre y los lunes 9 – 23 de diciembre a las 6:30 p.m. American Sign Language Learn and practice ASL in an informal conversational setting. For all fluency levels. 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, November 6 – December 18 Except for November 27

Color in the Winter Garden Let the Richland Master Gardeners show you how to care for your winter garden.

Jasper Goes to the Library The first of a series celebrating six artistic disciplines with guests from Jasper magazine. Literary and visual artist Laurie Brownell McIntosh uses more than 70 painted panels to tell the cradle-to-grave story of her late mother in All the In Between: My Story of Agnes. She'll read from her book and talk about her art and writing. This series will continue on the first Tuesday of each month at selected Richland Library locations. 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 3

* please register


for adults

Garden Like a Master: Holiday Plants

A 20 and 30 Somethings Holiday Book Swap

Richland County Master Gardeners provide information and inspiration for your holiday plants and flowers.

Don’t keep pushing that dusty, once-loved book around your place—unload it on someone else! Bring a new or gently-used book to swap and a cheerful attitude for mingling.

7 p.m., Thursday November 14 Sandhills | 699-9230

Walking in the Past Lane Thinking about saluting Veterans Day? Learn about the Confederate home that was located on Bull St. and Confederate Ave. until May 1963. Local historian Brian Dolphin will share his research about this last home for Confederate soldiers and their families.

Garden Like a Master: Holiday Plants

7 p.m., Tuesday, December 10 This event is held at the Hunter Gatherer

A Jazzy Christmas with Dante Lewis

Richland County Master Gardeners provide information and inspiration for your holiday plants and flowers.

Hear Jazz Saxaphonist Dante Lewis deck the halls with some seasonal sounds to get you into the holiday spirit.

2 p.m., Saturday, November 16

6 p.m., Thursday, December 19

Eastover | 353-8584

North Main | 754-7734

Holiday Gadget Gallery

Handmade Cards Create a beautiful, handcrafted card for the holidays.

Let the Richland Master Gardeners show you how to care for all your holiday plants.

There’s no shortage of digital devices vying for space on your holiday wish list, and Richland Library is here to help. Explore the latest and greatest gadgets perfect for enjoying our downloadable services.

10 a.m., Friday, November 8

3 p.m., Saturday, November 16

* please register

6 p.m., Thursday, November 7 Main | 929-3457

Holiday Plant Care *

Cooper | 787-3462

Main | 929-3457

Creating a Budget in Excel *

Gluten-Free for the Holidays

Budgeting for the holidays? Want to get a head start on that New Year’s Resolution to budget better? Learn how to create a budget and easily keep track of your finances in Excel.

Want to know more about gluten-free diets? Learn how to read food labels, order in restaurants, and find the best information and useful apps to enhance your healthy gluten-free lifestyle. Taste some delicious samples and take away new recipes to try at home.

2:30 p.m., Tuesday, November 12 Cooper | 787-3462

6 – 7 p.m., Tuesday, December 3 Southeast | 776-0855

Be ‘Tis the Season to

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on with Richland Celebrate the seas ent Eboniramm, sid Library Literary Re ensemble swinging accompanied by an holiday jazz. with the sounds of day, December 10 6:30 – 8 p.m., Tues Ma in | 92 9-3 45 7

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2 p.m., Saturday, December 21 Eastover | 353-8584


series for adults

Book Clubs

Cooper | 787-3462

We have book clubs for everyone! If a title is not listed, please call the location for the current selection.

Cooper Branch Book Club * 10 – 11 a.m., Mondays November 4 and December 2

Main | 929-3457 Urban Readers Book Club 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 12

Eastover | 353-8584

Great Books Discussion Group 7 p.m., Wednesdays • November 13: Antigone by Sophocles • December 11: On Tranquility of Mind by Seneca Tuesday Morning Literary Discussion Group Narrative Strategies with Dr. George Geckle. 10 a.m., Tuesdays • November 19: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce • December 17: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach Vista Book Group Discuss Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson. 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 20 Ballentine | 781-5026 Bookin’ It in Ballentine 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays • November 20: The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty • December 18: Reader’s Choice end of the year celebration

Sew Divine

Interested in knitting, needlework, scrapbooking or other crafts? Bring your own portable craft project and share with fellow crafters!

Main | 929-3457 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 12 & 26 and December 10

Ballentine | 781-5026 6 – 7 p.m., Thursdays November 7 – December 26 Except for November 28

Eastover | 353-8584 2 – 4 p.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

North Main | 754-7734

Novel People of Eastover 6 p.m., Thursdays • November 7: The Secrets of Newberry by McGlothin • December 5: Holiday Social—Talk about your favorite holiday books, recipes, magazines or moments. North Main | 754-7734 Urban Book Club * 1:30 p.m., Saturdays November 16 and December 14 Page Turners Book Discussion Group * 7 p.m., Tuesdays November 26 and December 17 Northeast | 736-6575 Northeast Regional Book Group 7 p.m., Thursdays November 14 and December 12 Sandhills | 699-9230 Second Wednesday Book Group Discuss The Noticer by Andy Andrews. 7 p.m., Wednesday, November 13

Book Group's Holiday Event Join Furman University Professor of English Margaret Oakes to discuss the great mystery writers of Britain’s Golden Age of Detection (1920s-1940s). 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 Southeast | 776-0855 Third Thursday Book Group * 7 – 8:30 p.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19 Brown Bag Short Story Discussion * Noon – 1 p.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 11 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Book Banter Discussion Group * 7 p.m., Tuesdays November 12 and December 10 Wheatley | 799-5873 Wheatley’s Book Group 11 a.m., Saturdays November 16 and December 14 Young Professionals Discussion Group In your 20s to 40s and love talking about books and TV? Here's a new twist to book clubs—we’ll alternate discussing books and favorite TV series each month. 6 p.m., Thursdays November 21 and December 19

Third Thursday Book Group 1 p.m., Thursday, November 21

Northeast | 736-6575 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 12 & 19 and December 10 & 17

Sandhills | 699-9230 1 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17

Southeast | 776-0855 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17

St. Andrews | 772-6675 * 1 p.m., Thursdays November 7 & 21 and December 5 & 19

Wheatley | 799-5873 6 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17

11 a.m., Thursdays November 7 & 21 and December 5 & 19 * please register

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the business & job center

Interview Practice Practice interviews for individuals are first come, first served. Groups by appointment only, please.

Get LinkedIn! Over 130,000 recruiters use LinkedIn to search for job candidates. You could be one of them! Join us to work on or improve your profile.

10 a.m. – noon, Wednesdays November 6 – December 18

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, November 16 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, December 5

Quick and Basic Résumé Session Need a quick and basic résumé? These two-hour sessions will be conducted by one of Richland Library’s Career Coaches and will be on a first come, first served basis.

Personal Career Branding and Networking Tips * Your personal career brand is a statement about your unique promise of value, your reputation, what you offer, and what distinguishes you from others. Can you express your career brand in one minute? Learn to craft your brand statement and how to effectively use it when networking. This class is perfect preparation for the Speed Networking Social on December 12!

Main | 929-3457

Encore Entrepreneurs Meet Small Business Mentors! * Aspiring entrepreneurs, come connect with experts and successful business owners and obtain resources through a series of one-on-one speed mentoring sessions. Topics will include starting and operating a business, marketing, financing, accounting, business owner best practices and more! Presented by the Small Business Administration, AARP and Richland Library’s Business and Job Center. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3457

Get to Work with Midlands Technical College * Quick Jobs, Certifications, Degrees, oh my! Did you know that Midlands Technical College offers innovative and affordable programs that get you trained and career ready in a relatively short period of time? Noon – 1 p.m. Wednesday, December 4 Business & Job Center, Main | 929-3457

2:30 - 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays November 6 – December 18 Career Encore 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, tangible resources and enhance your networking opportunities in a supportive and empowering environment. 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Thursday, November 7 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Thursday, December 5 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. 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., Mondays November 11 & 25 and December 9 & 23 How to Create a Résumé Need a résumé? Have a résumé you would like to have critiqued? Join a Career Coach for this two-hour interactive class to learn how to tailor your résumé for maximum results. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, November 9

A Speed Networking Social* We all want to get on the fast track to career success and networking is the key! This Speed Networking social will allow you to efficiently expand your network and effectively communicate your personal career brand through a variety of impactful exercises. Join us for a fun, social event and practice your networking skills in a pressure-free, supportive environment. 5:30 – 8 p.m. Thursday, December 12 Bostick Auditorium, Main | 929-3457

Online Tools for Finding a Job * We will explore the various online resources and ways to discover what kind of work interests you and how to search for and apply for jobs online. You will also learn how to upload a résumé to a website or application. 10 a.m. – noon, Thursday, November 14 Social Networking: Build Your Brand and Find Job Leads * 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. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, November 15

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3 – 5 p.m., Thursday, December 5 Résumé Review with a Business and Job Center Career Coach Six computers will be reserved for anyone who has already written a résumé. Bring your résumé with you, preferably attached to your email or on a flash drive, and a Business and Job Center Career Coach will help you make sure it is written and targeted correctly. If you do not have a résumé, attend a Wednesday Quick and Basic Résumé Session. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, December 7 GED Classes Join us for free GED Preparation classes for adults! Participants should attend TABE assessment testing prior to attending classes. Please call 929-3457 to register or for more information. Classes are held from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Seminar Room on the Garden Level unless otherwise noted. November Tuesday, November 5, Business & Job Center Thursday, November 7, Business & Job Center Tuesday, November 12, Business & Job Center Thursday, November 14 Tuesday, November 19 9 – 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 21, Bostick Auditorium Tuesday, November 26 December Tuesday, December 3 Thursday, December 5 Tuesday, December 10 Thursday, December 12 Tuesday, December 17 Thursday, December 19

* please register


business & job center | computer basics Eastover | 353-8584 Job Center On-the-Go Join Richland Library’s Job Readiness Trainer for one-on-one Career Coaching and assistance with résumés, interview skills, online job searching and computer skills. First come, first served, no appointment necessary. 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesdays November 5 – December 17

COMPUTER BASICS Main | 929-3457

North Main | 754-7734

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 I * 11 a.m., Mondays, November 4, 11 & 18

10 a.m., Saturday, November 2 GED Prep Classes Join us for free GED Preparation classes for adults! Participants should attend TABE assessment testing prior to attending classes. Please call 353-8584 to register or for more information. 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays November 5 – 26 1 – 3 p.m., Saturdays, November 9 and 23

Microsoft Word (2010) * Learn the basics of creating documents using Microsoft Word 2010. 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 7 Introduction to Computers II * Learn how to perform basic computer tasks using Microsoft Windows. Open programs and learn how to edit and organize files.

North Main | 754-7734

10 a.m., Saturday, November 9

Job Center On-the-Go Join Richland Library’s Job Readiness Trainer for one-on-one Career Coaching and assistance with résumés, interview skills, online job searching and computer skills. First come, first served, no appointment necessary.

Microsoft PowerPoint (2010) * Learn basic skills for creating a presentation using Microsoft PowerPoint (2010). Learn to create new slides, edit text and insert images.

3 – 6 p.m., Mondays November 4 – December 30 GED and Work Keys Take free GED classes or get training and certification for Work Keys, an employment skills assessment used by a number of Midlands companies and employment services. Participants should attend TABE assessment testing prior to the class. 5 – 7 p.m., Tuesdays and Wednesdays October 1 – December 11

6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 14 Email Basics * Become familiar with using electronic mail to create, send and receive messages. Learn to save contacts and tips for identifying junk mail. 10 a.m., Saturday, November 16 Microsoft Excel (2010) * Learn the basics of building a spreadsheet, creating charts and performing calculations using Microsoft Excel (2010). 6:30 p.m., Thursday, November 21

Northeast | 736-6575

Eastover | 353-8584

Quick and Basic Résumé with a Career Coach* Receive one-on-one assistance from Lori Cook, Richland Library Job Readiness Trainer, in constructing or updating your résumé.

Email Basics 11 a.m., Monday, November 4

2 – 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 20 * please register

Internet Basics Become familiar with using a Web browser to view information on the Internet. Learn how to use the mouse to navigate the Web. Learn how to use search engines, such as Google, to find information. 11 a.m., Monday, November 18 Microsoft Word 11 a.m., Monday, December 2 Social Networking Safety Learn tips to protect your privacy and identity when using online social networking services such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Microsoft Word (2010) * 6 p.m., Thursday, December 12 Northeast | 736-6575 Introduction to Computers I * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, November 6 Clases De Computadora en Español * Los Miércoles 6 de noviembre, 20 de noviembre, y 4 de diciembre a las 6 p.m. Por favor, regístrate llamando al 803-988-0890. No necesitas la tarjeta de la biblioteca. Email Basics * 6 – 8 p.m., Thursday, November 7 Introduction to Computers II * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, November 20 Internet Basics * 10 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, December 11 Sandhills | 699-9230 Introduction to Computers I 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 6 Internet Basics 10 a.m., Wednesdays November 13 and December 18 Email Basics 10 a.m., Wednesdays November 20 and December 11 Microsoft Word (2010) 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 4 Southeast | 776-0855 Introduction to Computers I * 10 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 9 Introduction to Computers II * 10 – 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 16 Email Basics * 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 5 Internet Basics * 6 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 12 St. Andrews | 772-6675 Introduction to Computers I * 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 4 Internet Basics * 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 11 Microsoft Word (2010) * 7 p.m., Wednesday, December 18

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RICHLAND LIBRARY

FRIENDS give freely. Join the Friends

2014

BOOK SALES

The Richland Library Friends is a nonprofit organization that raises awareness of and support for the library. Memberships start at only $25. Call (803) 988-0885 to join today.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

WINTER | January 24 & 25 SPRING | April 25 & 26 SUMMER | July 18 & 19 FALL | October 24 & 25 Need a few books to accomplish a New Year’s resolution? Want to learn more about cooking? Or maybe you just want to find some of your classic favorites on vinyl. Find all of these and more at the Friends’ Book Sales. Prices start as low as 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hard backs. Movies, music and audiobooks are also available. Questions? Call (803) 988-0885.

Congaree Swamp Panel Discussion The Richland Library Friends will host a panel discussion featuring L.L. “Chick” Gaddy and John Cely, authors of The Natural History of Congaree Swamp. This free event will be moderated by Stuart White, executive director of

All sales are held at the Richland Library Operations Center 130 Lancewood Rd. | Columbia, SC 29210

Congaree Land Trust. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the discussion. Questions? Call (803) 988-0885. 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 20 Bostick Auditorium, Main

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Learn Freely at the Library The Richland Library Foundation is working

By developing 21st century learners, the

to raise $750,000 to fund Learning Centers

centers will help prepare our community to

in seven library locations — Ballentine,

be college and career ready. There is no other

Blythewood, North Main, Northeast, Sandhills,

example in the Midlands of this type of multi-

Southeast and St. Andrews. The Learning

generational, holistic approach to learning,

Centers will provide space and opportunities

where individualized instruction is free and

for job seekers, students and entrepreneurs to

available to all.

learn, experiment and network.

Interested in learning more or want to support

The centers will be welcoming, technologically

the Foundation’s effort? Contact Tina Gills at

sophisticated spaces that promote tinkering,

(803) 929-3424 or tgills@richlandlibrary.com.

mentor-mentee learning styles, formal classes and creativity. During out-of-school times, the centers will engage students through 3D printing, software coding, web development and high-touch opportunities. Teens will also have access to a range of experts in everything from engineering to movie and music production. By day, the centers will focus on business and job support needs for adults, offering personalized assistance in small business start-up, resume writing and online job searching. Classes will be collaborative, ensuring that adults increase their technology competencies and develop important soft skills that employers need, like problem solving and conflict resolution. Equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and smart board technology, these spaces will also support small business development crucial to a healthy economy.

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F O U N D AT I O N give freely.

Support the Foundation Help advance your 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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Give Freely this Holiday Season Your support helps Richland Library make a real difference in our community and the lives of so many. As the year ends, and always, there are several ways you can give to your library. Volunteer. Join the more than 1,100 junior, teen and adult volunteers who give their time and talent to help the library advance our community. Visit RichlandLibrary.com or call 929-3436. Join the Richland Library Friends, a nonprofit organization that works to raise awareness of and support for the library. Memberships start at only $25. For details or to join online, visit RichlandLibrary.com or call 988-0885. Support the Foundation. Consider making the library a part of your year-end giving. Visit RichlandLibrary.com/foundation to make a gift online or call 929-3424.


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