The Charleston County Public Library offers the following free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of January.
East of the Cooper
--McClellanville Branch Library, 222 Baker St.: 887-3699
PLAY: Paper Plate Snowman Craft (all ages). Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. Join the library and make a paper plate snowman.
--Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 849-6161
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through Jan. 31. This month will focus on Health and Safety. Ask at the Children's Desk for a Food Pyramid coloring sheet.
Family Game Night (all ages): Jan. 19 from 6-7:45 p.m. Play Scrabble, Sorry, Chess and more. Boards will be provided but patrons are free to bring their own. This event is part of Mount Pleasant Regional's New Year, New You Jan. programming.
PLAY with Dad: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages). Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. Read to a pup. Therapy dogs love a good story.
Get Fit With the Wii (ages 11-17): Jan. 21 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Get active in 2012 by playing Wii Games. A snazzy prize is in store for our Wii Champion.
Homeschoolers Unite (all ages): Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Join Mr. Zack for an entertaining twist on education.
Gluten-Free Diet (adults): Jan. 24 from 4-5:30 p.m. Want to know what gluten is and why some people need to avoid it? Join group as Katherine Boyce, Pediatric Edocrine Dietitian at MUSC, gives an overview on gluten and how you can eliminate it from your diet.
Preschool Adventure Zone: Science and Math (ages 3-6): Jan. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Build pre-literacy skills with fun winter-themed experiments and adventures.
Music, Movies and TV Online (adults and young adults): Jan. 25 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how to access entertainment in the 21st century. Reference Librarian Rick Pelletier will demonstrate websites such as Hulu, Netflix and IMDB. He'll also explain iTunes, Amazon and Redbox.
Great Decisions: Middle East Realignment (adults): Jan. 26 from 2-4 p.m. Join group for the first meeting of the Great Decisions program. Call the Information Desk at 849-6161.
Women and Investing Workshop (adults): Jan. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Financial planner Donna Mathias of Edward Jones will explain various options for investing, with a special emphasis for women. Call the Information Desk at 849-6161 to register.
PLAY with Dad: Lego Club (ages 4 and older). Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. It's time to use your imagination. Create something cool and display it for all to see.
--Poe/Sullivan's Island Branch Library, 1921 I'on Ave.: 883-3914
Popcorn Theatre at Poe: "Cars 2" (all ages): Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. Rated G; 106 minutes.
Beach Lovers Book Club: Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. "A Devil and A Good Woman, Too: The Lives of Julia Peterkin" by Susan Millar Williams
PLAY: Edgar Allan Poe's 202nd Birthday Celebration (all ages). Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Poe's Birthday with arts and crafts, trivia, cupcakes and stories about his life while stationed at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island in 1827.
Popcorn Theatre at Poe: "Sarah's Key" (teens and adults): Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. Based on the bestselling novel by Tatiana de Rosnay. Rated PG-13; 111 minutes.
--Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.: 884-9741
Afterschool Activity Zone: Thursdays, Jan. 19 and 26, at 3:30 p.m. Stop by the library for after-school coloring, puzzles and mazes.
PLAY: Seashell Creature Craft. Jan. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Come learn about the different types of seashells and make a seashell creature.
PLAY: Food Pyramid. Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m. Construct your own Food Pyramid and learn about healthy eating.
Charleston & The Islands
--Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through Jan. 31. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the South Carolina Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for January is Health and Safety. Enter for a chance to win your very own S.C. Day-by-Day Calendar. A winner will be drawn Jan. 31.
Mock Caldecott (all ages): Through Jan. 23. Stop by the children's room to cast your vote on which 2011 book title should win the Caldecott Medal, which is given to an American artist for the best illustrated book of the year. Find out if your prediction is right when the award is announced Jan. 23.
Wii Wednesdays (all ages): 3:30 p.m. Jan. 25 Calling all gamers to come show off your skills. Stop by the library for a fun afternoon with Wii games.
Fact Finder Fridays (all ages): Fridays, Jan. 20 and 27, all day. Test your knowledge of the library and win a prize.
Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, Jan. 23 and 30, all day. Stop in the children's room to read and solve the Monday mystery. Crack the case and win a prize.
Small Business Counseling with SCORE (adults): 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 25. Free, confidential counseling for your start-up idea or existing business from the Charleston Coastal chapter of SCORE will be available in the Reference area on the second floor.
Change Management: From Surviving to Thriving at the Networking Lunch. Jan. 19 from noon-1:15 p.m. Want to learn how to handle change effectively in your workplace or career? Join the library for a talk led by Hillary Hutchinson of TransitioningYourLife.com. Bag lunches are welcome.
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Kids Cook (ages 6-11). Jan. 19 at 3:30 p.m. Breakfast is yummy any time of day. Join the library for some yummy morning eats.
Techniques for Better Health: Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. Marsha Kite, M.S., of Aurora Counseling Services of Mount Pleasant, will discuss how to increase your energy, improve digestion and decrease pain.
Pinkalicious Party (all ages): Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. Celebrate pink by listening to the story "Pinkalicious" by Elizabeth Kahn. Don't forget to dress in your prettiest pink outfit, too.