The Charleston County Public Library is offering the following free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of January.

Special Events

Old Timey Stories (adults and young adults): Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Lowcountry Senior Center, 865 Riverland Drive. Storytellers Claire Willett and David Baxley will share stories of days gone by plus a few about events of today. Willett often tells tales passed down from her grandmother. Baxley shares stories from the early 1940s to current times.

Charleston & The Islands

Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown: 805-6930

Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit: Jan. 1-31. “The Nature of the Lowcountry,” a collection of color landscape photography by John Van Dalen, shows the natural beauty of the Lowcountry and feature area parks, beaches, nature preserves and gardens.

Early Literacy Station (all ages): Jan. 1-31. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for January is health and safety. Enter a drawing to win an activity calendar. Winner will be drawn Jan. 31.

Mock Caldecott (all ages): Through Jan. 28. Stop by the Children’s Room to vote for the book you think should win the 2012 Caldecott Medal for best illustrated book by an American artist. Find out if your prediction is right when the award is announced Jan. 28.

Wii Wednesdays (all ages): Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, at 3:30 p.m. Gamers can join the fun and show off their skills.

Fact Finder Fridays (all ages): Fridays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Test your knowledge of the library, and win a prize.

Young Musicians’ Club (grades 6-12): Jan. 18 from 3:30-5 p.m. Bring an instrument to jam out. Watch for special musical guests this month.

Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28. Calling all super sleuths, stop in the Children’s Room to read and solve the Monday mystery. If you can crack the case, you get a prize.

Main Library Teen Lounge: Make a Journal (grades 6-12). Jan. 10-11. Keep track of your 2013 wishes, resolutions and memories in a unique and personalized journal you make yourself. Materials provided.

Small Business Counseling with SCORE: Jan. 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Receive free, confidential counseling for your start-up idea or existing business from the Charleston Coastal chapter of SCORE. Available Reference Area, second floor.

After-school Adventures: “Brave” (ages 6-11): Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m. Rated PG; 93 minutes.

Social Security Planning: What Boomers Need To Know To Maximize Retirement Income. Social Security: Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Retirement: Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. This two-part workshop will cover how to coordinate benefits with your spouse, minimize taxes on benefits, check earnings for accuracy, when you should delay benefits and when you should not, and much more. Attendees will receive a free guide to social security. Space is limited. For questions, call 805-6930.

Be Your Best with Molly Manners (all ages): Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Start the year off with our friends from Molly Manners as they teach etiquette and manners in a fun and interactive way.

Underground Artists’ Club (grades 6-12): Jan. 14, 3-5 p.m. Meet and create with other teen artists and special guests. Drawing supplies provided.

Let’s Scrap (ages 6-11): Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. Bring favorite pictures of family and friends to turn them into a memorable masterpiece.

Bookworms Book Club (ages 8-11, with an adult): Jan. 15 at 3:30 p.m. Discuss the book, “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos. Copies available at the Children’s Desk. Registration required. Contact the Children’s Department at 805-6893.

Emancipation Day Parades in Post-Civil War Charleston: Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Second Floor Classroom. For years after the end of the Civil War, African-American citizens of Charleston celebrated their emancipation on the first day of January with parades, music and political speeches. Newspaper descriptions of these festivities provide vivid insight into this tense period in history.

Winter Break Movie Marathon (grades 6-12): Jan. 17.11 a.m.: “Men in Black 3.” 1 p.m.: “The Avengers.” 3 p.m.: “The Dark Knight Rises.” Pajamas welcome. Movies rated PG-13.

After-school Adventures: Puppet Productions (ages 6-11): Jan. 17 at 3:30 p.m. All puppeteers can join us as we adapt a story into a puppet play, and learn how to perform a puppet show.

The Half-Moon Battery: A Brief History of a Charleston Landmark: Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Second floor classroom. The brick half-moon battery below Charleston’s Old Exchange Building is the most visible and intact vestige of the city’s colonial fortifications.

After-school Adventures: Reading to Rommie (all ages): Jan. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Improve your child’s literacy and communication skills by having them read to S.T.A.R therapy dog, Rommie.

Do-It-Yourself Business Research: Jan. 24 from 6-7 p.m. Learn how to use the Business Center’s online library to build mailing lists, learn about your competition and find customized demographic reports for grant writing or marketing needs. This valuable business research can be done from your home or workplace.

Middle School Book Group (grades 6-8): Jan. 25 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Meeting Room B. “I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil” and “I Want to Be Your Class President” by Josh Lieb.

High School Book Group (grades 9-12): Jan. 25 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green.

Underground Advisory Board (grades 6-12): Jan. 27 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Have a program idea? Join fellow teens on the Underground Advisory Board, and help the library make the Young Adult Department the best it can be.

Backporch Storytellers at the Library (all ages): Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. Join group for stories and tales by some of our favorite storytellers in the Lowcountry.

Graphic Novel Book Group (grades 6-12): Jan. 27 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. “Coraline: the Graphic Novel” by Neil Gaiman.

Let’s Scrap (ages 6-11): Jan. 28 at 3:30 p.m. Bring favorite pictures of family and friends to turn them into a memorable masterpiece.

Monday Movie Club: “Coraline” (grades 6-12): Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m. Watch the movie version of Neil Gaiman’s “Coraline,” and discuss how it compares to the book and graphic novel. Rated PG; 101 minutes.

After-school Adventures: Wheel of Fortune (all ages): Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m. Figure out the puzzles, and win a prize.

Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001

Movies at the Beach: “Secret of the Wings”: Jan. 11 at 4 p.m. Rated G; 76 minutes.

Cool Snowman Craft: Jan. 12 at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Come make a cool snowman craft.

Movies at the Beach: “Brave”: Jan. 18 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 100 minutes.

Movies at the Beach: “Snowmen”: Jan. 25 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 86 minutes.

James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679

Teen Trivia Game (grades 6-12): Jan. 2-31. Test your knowledge about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement to win a treat.

Martin Luther King Craft (ages 8 and under): Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Create a colorful world craft to honor Dr. King’s birthday.

Games in the Morning (ages 11 and under): Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Play classic board games at the library, or feel free to bring your own.

Marvelous Mittens Craft (ages 8 and under): Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Design your own pair of mittens.

John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550

Game On (ages 10-18): Wednesdays, Jan. 23 and 30, from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of gaming. Choose from board games and interactive video games.

Teen Word Play (grades 6-12): Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, all day. Challenge yourself to create as many words as you can with the letters in a given phrase. Prizes awarded.

Word Play (grades 1-5): Wednesdays, Jan. 16, 23 and 30, all day. Challenge yourself to create as many words as you can with the letters in a given phrase. Prizes awarded.

Jr. Word Seekers (grades 6-12): Fridays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, at 3 p.m. Challenge yourself to find words on thematic word find puzzles for a prize.

Weekend Word Scramble (ages 5-11): Fridays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25, all day. Challenge yourself to unscramble 10 words, based on a weekly theme, for a prize.

Mind Bending Monday Maze (grades 6-12): Mondays, Jan. 14, 21 and 28, at 3 p.m. Challenge yourself to complete an intricate maze. How twisted can it be? Prizes will be awarded.

National Brain Teaser Month (all ages): Jan. 10, 11, 12 at 3 p.m. Challenge your mind with different brain teasers.

Trivia Tuesdays (all ages): Tuesdays, Jan. 15, 22 and 29, all day. Stop by the service desk to answer a trivia question for a prize.

Saturday Cinema: “Secret of the Wings” (all ages): Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Rated G; 76 minutes. Rated G; 76 minutes.

Personal Budget Workshop (adults): Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Start the New Year right by getting your personal finances in order.

Teen DIY (grades 6-12): Jan. 16 at 4 p.m. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by making dream catchers and listening to his “I Have a Dream” speech.

Celebrating Freedom Through Stories and Music (all ages): Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Join drummer Bob Small as he uses the drums to tell interactive stories from the days of slavery to the celebration of freedom. Learn about the importance of drums, the Stono Rebellion, and make your own music.

Dart After Dark: Lecture and Book Discussion, “The Other Wes Moore”: Jan. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about how African-Americans are depicted in literature in this book discussion led by faculty from the College of Charleston’s African-American Studies program. Refreshments and door prizes provided.

Midday Cinema: “Thunderstruck” (all ages): Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. Rated G; 90 minutes.

Midday Cinema: “Men In Black 3”: Jan. 18 at 1 p.m. Rated PG-13; 90 minutes.

Sigma Saturday (ages 5-11): Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Build a wooden project with the fraternity brothers from the Beta Mu Sigma chapter of Phi Beta Sigma. Sponsored by Lowe’s.

Reading is the Name of the Game (all ages): Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. Bring the whole family for gaming fun, including board games, cards, Legos and puzzles.

Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945

Passive Program: How well do you know Martin Luther King Jr.? (ages 5-11): Through Jan. 31. Spin the wheel, and test your knowledge about the man of peace. One prize per student, per day.

Painting Display: Through Jan. 31. Tobias McGregor displays artwork depicting local birds, including marsh and ocean scenes.

Short Film Fridays (all ages): Jan. 18 from 4-6 p.m. Looking for ways to expand your imagination and practice those problem-solving skills? Join group for a variety of quality short-films for children followed by a thought-provoking discussion at the library.

Family Fun and Games (all ages): Saturdays, Jan. 12 and 26, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the entire family, and enjoy various board-style games.

Passive Program: So You Think You Can Spell? (ages 5-11): Jan. 19, all day. Have fun spelling with our new Bookworm Deluxe game. If you have the highest score in the time allotted, you are the winner and receive a prize.

Club Anime. (ages 12-19): Jan. 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. Test your Manga knowledge while playing Club Anime’s Name that Manga Game. Teams with the most correct answers win an Anime-related prize. Also enjoy episodes of Maid Sama.

Art All Day: Fridays, Jan. 11 and 25, all day. Enjoy an array of art activities each Friday in January.

Saturday Movie: “ParaNorman” (all ages): Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. Rated PG; 92 minutes.

Sea Islands Book Club (adults): Jan. 15 at 2 p.m. Discuss “Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand” by Helen Simonson. Copies of the book available, while supplies last, from the Reference Desk.

Group Manga Creating Session (ages 12-19): Jan. 15 from 4:30-6 p.m. Work with other teens to draw and write a unique graphic novel.

Tweens: DIY Photobooth (ages 9-12): Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. Are you a character or a class clown? Have fun with your friends in our DIY Photobooth. Cameras, costumes and props available, so come make a memory.

PLAY: Martin Luther King Day for peace (all ages): Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Discover projects, explore web sites and learn about organizations committed to peace. Create a peace art project.

Happy Birthday, Winnie The Pooh (all ages): Jan. 19 from 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the birthday of Winnie the Pooh. Bring your teddy bear, and hop into some fun with Pooh, Tigger and the whole gang at this special Winnie the Pooh Tea Party.

Teen Movie Time: “Premium Rush” (grades 6-12): Jan. 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 91 minutes.

Simple Machines (all ages): Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Using software and books, learn how simple machines are used everywhere.

Roundtable Discussions with Councilwoman Johnson: Jan. 23 at 12:30 p.m. Councilwoman Anna Johnson of Charleston County District 8 wants to discuss your concerns and issues. Each month a different speaker addresses topics of interest expressed by area residents.

Club Anime (ages 12-19): Jan. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. Ichigo and company fight against evil. The first to answer the Bleach trivia question correctly wins a graphic novel.

Chinese Zodiac (all ages): Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m. Are you a rat, dog or tiger? Learn about the Chinese New Year, and sample sweet treats from China and other Asian cultures.

West of the Ashley

West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.: 766-6635

Knit and Stitch (adults and young adults): Mondays, Jan. 14 and 28, at 6:30 p.m. Want to know more about knitting or share your knowledge? Bring your knitting supplies, and knit with friends. All skill levels welcome.

PLAY: Legos (all ages): Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. We supply the Legos and Duplo blocks. Come and create a Lego Masterpiece.

Not Fiction Book Discussion: Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. Discuss “The Swerve: How the World Became Modern” by Stephen Greenblatt.

St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546

Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through Jan. 31. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for January is health and safety.

St. Andrews TeenSpot Celebrates National Book Blitz Month (ages 12-17): Through Jan. 31. In honor of National Book Blitz Month, teens can vote for their favorite book between two choices each week. Those choosing that week’s winning book can win a prize in a weekly drawing.

Movie Madness: “Secret of Wings” (all ages): Jan. 10 at 4 p.m. Rated G; 76 minutes.

St. Andrews Friday Flicks: “Pay It Forward”: Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. PG-13; 123 minutes.

Lowe’s Build and Grow Projects (ages 4-11): Jan. 12 from 11 a.m. Make something awesome with Dad using materials donated by Lowe’s. Registration isn’t necessary, but come early because supplies are limited.

Open Lab for Job Hunters: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Need assistance applying online for a job, creating a resume or learning where to find job leads? Get help in this special Open Lab. Bring a laptop or use one from the library. Bring work history information, if working on a resume. If planning to use a library computer, don’t forget to bring a disk or flash drive to save your work.

St. Andrews TeenSpot Theater Presents: “Amazing Spiderman” (ages 12-17): Jan. 14 at 4:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 136 minutes.

Susie Eades Book Club: Jan. 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. “Art Held Hostage” by John Anderson. “Passport to the World: Asia” (all ages): Jan. 15 at 4 p.m. The travel is imaginary, but the learning is real. On this literary adventure, kids will create a passport and learn about neighbors around the world, one book at a time.

St. Andrews TeenSpot: Wired Wednesdays/Teen Ambassador’s Meeting (ages 12-17): Jan. 16 at 4:30 p.m. Have fun with technology. Use laptops to surf the web and do homework or enjoy games on the Wii. It’s your choice. Also, join fellow teens to develop ideas for future library programs.

Movie Madness: “Brave” (all ages): Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 93 minutes.

St. Andrews Friday Flicks: “The Rainmaker”: Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. PG-13; 135 minutes.

PLAY: “Katy Perry: Part of Me” (all ages): Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Rated PG; 93 minutes.

The Master Gardener Youth Committee (all ages): Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. Join Clemson Tri-County master gardeners and make biodegradable grow cards that can be planted in the spring.

St. Andrews TeenSpot: Wired Wednesdays (ages 12-17): Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Have fun with technology. Use laptops to surf the web and do homework or enjoy games on the Wii. It’s your choice.

Movie Madness: “ParaNorman” (all ages): Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 92 minutes.

St. Andrews Friday Flicks: “The Outsiders”: Jan. 25 at 11 a.m. PG-13; 91 minutes.

PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages): Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Make a furry friend, and read a book with your new pal. Certified therapy dogs and their handlers love a good story.

St. Andrews TeenSpot Theater Presents: “Step Up Revolution” (ages 12-17): Jan. 28 at 4:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 99 minutes.

After-School Cool: Bookworms Book Club (ages 8-11): Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Foster the love of reading as we discuss the book, “11 Birthdays” by Wendy Mass. Copies available at the Children’s Desk.

St. Andrews TeenSpot Bead Magic (ages 12-17): Jan. 30 at 4:30-5 p.m. Want something cool to do after school? Make a gift from beads for a friend or to keep. Refreshments provided.

Movie Madness: “Thunderstruck” (all ages): Jan. 31 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 109 minutes.

St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch Library, 5151 Town Council Drive: 889-3300

Family Story Time and Game Night (all ages): Jan. 10 and 24 at 6 p.m. Bring the whole family for gaming fun, and listen to stories while you play.

Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174: 869-2355

Bowman’s Bingo: Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Come play Bingo with Miss Marilyn, and pick from our prize bucket.

Inauguration Day Fest: Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Make a craft to commemorate Inauguration Day.

Movie Fun: Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Watch a movie, and enjoy popcorn.

East of the Cooper

McClellanville Branch Library, 222 Baker St.: 887-3699

Shaving Cream Snow Paint (all ages): Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Make a puffy snow painting using shaving cream and glue.

MLK Jr. Worksheet (all ages): Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Read and fill in worksheet about MLK Jr. and you.

Paper Snowflake (all ages): Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Make a snowflake from paper.

Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 849-6161

Self-Publishing Workshop (ages 16 and up): Jan. 12 from 1-2 p.m.; Jan. 16 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join author Susan Sloate to learn about the new paradigm in publishing. What is the new market, and how can you become part of it? Learn about getting your novel ready for publication, how to market your book to the right audience, the importance of electronic distribution and how to create an Amazon best-seller. Registration not required.

Writing Critique Group (ages 16 and up): Jan. 12 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Following Susan Sloate’s self-publishing presentation; local writers of all levels are invited to an informational session for Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s Writing Critique Group to discuss group structure, expectations and scheduling. No registration necessary. For more information, call the reference desk at 849-6161 or email

Monday Book Discussion (adults): Jan. 14 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.

Teen Movie: “The Lorax” (grades 5 and up): Jan. 14 at 4 p.m. Zac Efron, Rated PG; 86 minutes.

Spinal Health (adults): Jan. 15 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Are you trying to improve your health in this New Year? Dr. Addison Nelson offers information on spinal hygiene and wellness.

Great Decisions: Future of the Euro (adults): Jan. 17 from 2-4 p.m. Attend the first meeting of the Great Decisions program series to discuss the future of the Euro. Call the reference desk at 849-6161, or email

Friday Night Movie: “Hope Springs” (adults): Jan. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Rated PG-13; 100 minutes.

STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages): Jan. 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Read to a certified therapy dog that loves to hear a good story.

Music, Movies and TV Online (adults): Jan. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m. Reference staff will teach you how to bring entertainment into the 21st century, covering websites such as Hulu, Netflix and IMDB. You’ll also discover how iTunes, Amazon, Freegal and Redbox work.

Great Decisions: Egypt (adults): Jan. 24, from 2-4 p.m. Attend the second meeting of the Great Decisions program series to discuss Egypt.

I Got a Ukulele for Christmas. Now What?? (all ages): Jan. 26, 2012, 11 a.m.-noon. Local ukulele enthusiast Don “Noodle” Whitley provides an introduction to the ukulele and gets everyone started with some simple songs and strums. Start off the New Year with the resolution to make music the ukulele way.

Great Decisions: NATO (adults): Jan. 31, 2-4 p.m. Attend the third meeting of the Great Decisions program series to discuss NATO.

Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Ave.: 883-3914

Popcorn Theater: “Paranorman”: Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Rated PG; 92 minutes.

STAR Therapy Dogs: Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Pick a dog, pick a book and read. Certified therapy dogs and their handlers love a good story.

Popcorn Theater: “Brave”: Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. Rated PG; 93 minutes.

Amazing Alphabet Search: Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Search through magazines to find all 26 letters of the alphabet, and create an alphabet poster.

Beach Lover’s Book Club (Adults): Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. “Little Princes: One Man’s Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal” by Conor Grennan

Popcorn Theater: “Odd Life of Timothy Green”: Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Rated PG; 105 minutes.

Food Pyramid: Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. In celebration of National Staying Healthy Month, construct your own food pyramid to help you learn about healthy foods.

Popcorn Theater: “Men in Black 3”: Jan. 31 at 6 p.m. Rated PG-13; 106 minutes.

Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.: 884-9741

Winter Picture Bingo: Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Play Winter Picture Bingo, and win a prize.

Paper Plate Snowman Craft: Jan. 19 at 10:30 p.m. Make a paper plate snowman craft.

Seashell Creature Craft: Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about different types of seashells, and make a seashell craft.

Afterschool Activity Zone: Thursdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31, at 3:30 p.m. Come do coloring, puzzles and mazes with us after school.

North Charleston

Cooper River Memorial, 3503 Rivers Ave.: 744-2489

Family Movie Matinee: “Secret of Wings”: Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. Rated G; 76 minutes

Storytime fun: Book Circus/Circo de los Libros: Jan. 15 at 5 p.m.

Family Movie Matinee: “Daddy Daycare”: Jan. 19 at 1 p.m. Rated PG; 92 minutes.

Family Movie Matinee: “Yogi Bear”: Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. Rated PG; 80 minutes.

Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road: 552-6466

Create Candy Creatures (grades 6-12): Jan. 10 at 4:30 p.m. Bring your friends, and have fun making and eating candy creatures.

Discovery Room (ages 5-11): Jan. 12 at 10:30 a.m. Check out the Discovery Room where you’ll have hands-on-fun with themed activities based on life science, earth science and physical science.

Teen Movie Time: “Men in Black 3” (grades 6-12): Jan. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Rated PG; 106 minutes.

What You Need to Know About Self-Publishing: How I Became a Former Would-Be Novelist. Jan. 19 at 2 p.m. Join first-time novelist Kim McLendon, author of “Izzy and the Crystal of Power,” as she explains what to expect from a self-publishing house. She’ll review what to look for, how to work with Amazon, the three critical people needed on your team and how to use guerilla marketing.

Wii Wednesday (grades 6-12): Jan. 23 at 4:30 p.m. Bring a friend, and have some fun playing Wii games.

Saturday Movies: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (all ages): Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Rated PG, 105 minutes.

Adult e-book Discussion: Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. “Cleopatra: A Life” by Stacy Schiff. Download the book onto your e-reader from CCPL’s Overdrive e-book collection, or request a print copy at the Information Desk.

Adult Book Discussion: Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. “East of Eden” by John Steinbeck. Copies are available at the Information Desk for checkout.

Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road: 572-4094

Teen Book Club: Just Book It (grades 6-12): Jan. 10 from 4-5 p.m. This is a great way to get together, talk about books you enjoyed reading and share them with fellow book club members.

Crafty Saturdays: Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. Today is make-and-take craft day to inspire young minds to be creative.

Game Time (grades 6-12): Jan. 14 from 3:30-5 p.m. Teens can enjoy a fun afternoon playing Wii games or new board games.

Martin Luther King Jr. Scavenger Hunt: Jan. 16-19. Do you know about Martin Luther King Jr. and his legacy, or would you like to know more? Test your knowledge with this scavenger hunt.

Book Discussion @ Otranto: Jan. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. “Happiness Project: or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun” by Gretchen Craft Rubin. The author chronicles her 12-month adventure to be happier by testing wisdom of the ages, current scientific research and lessons from popular culture.

Lowe’s Make-and-Take Clinic: Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. Make a wooden project, and get cool items to take home.

Martin Luther King Jr. Craft Activity: Jan. 22. Share in the dream, and make a handprint unity wreath.

Food Fear Factor (grades 6-12): Jan. 24 from 6-7:30 p.m. If you have a strong stomach and dare to eat icky and slimy food concoctions, take the Food Fear Factor challenge to win a great prize.

Boogie with Books: Jan. 26 at 11 a.m. Put on your dance shoes as instructor, Jamie Bierdz brings books to life with creative dance moves.

MOVIE: “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted”: Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. Rated: PG; 93 minutes.