The Charleston County Public Library is offering the free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of September.
Library Card Sign-Up Month: Through Sept. 30. All branches. September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when the American Library Association and libraries across the country remind parents that the most important school supply is the library card. Throughout the month free replacement library cards will be issued and the library will work to issue library cards to children kindergarten-grade 6. All grade levels will be serviced upon request and teachers are encouraged to contact their local library for details. Get access to books, computers, homework help, resume and job search assistance, music, movies, downloadable eBooks and audio books and much more.
Scavenger Hunt for Teens (grades 6-12): Through Oct. 23. Inspired by the puzzles and scavenger hunts that captivate Oskar in the book “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” take part in a virtual scavenger hunt designed for teens and tweens. Visit the library’s web site at www.ccpl.org to see photos of sites where the book were randomly left throughout the Charleston area. Identify the locations in the photos and be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. The hunt began Sept. 11, and entries will be accepted online through Oct. 23. Meanwhile, stop by any branch library and check out a book to read. Winners will be drawn from the entries with the most correct answers. Limit one entry per person.
Exhibit: First Responders Provide the “Keys” to Our Safety: Through Oct. 23. After losing his father on 9/11, the 9-year-old main character in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” finds a key in his father’s closet and sets out on a mission to find the key’s owner and what it opens. During the tragic events of 9/11, just as in our everyday lives, emergency responders provided a lifeline for those in crisis. In an effort to honor these everyday heroes, Charleston County Public Library invites you to share your appreciation by writing a note of thanks. Stop by any branch library to pick up a paper “key,” and share your gratitude for the men and women who risk their lives to save others. A display will be created with the “keys of thanks” at the Main Library. After One Book Charleston County ends on Oct. 23, the keys will be delivered to emergency service agencies throughout the county.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown: 805-6930
Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit: Through Sept. 30. Angie Brown’s exhibit, Paperdoll evolution, focuses on dynamic forces: the structured versus the chaotic, the geometric versus the organic. Through her art she explores issues relating to the current socio-economic climate, the effects of reckless consumerism, and the industries of fashion, beauty and advertising on identity.
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through Sept. 30. Location: Children’s Area. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the South Carolina Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for September is Letters. Enter for a chance to win your very own S.C. Day-by-Day Calendar. A winner will be drawn on Sept. 30.
Fact Finder Fridays (all ages): Sept. 29, all day. Location: Children’s Area. Test your knowledge of the library and win a prize.
Afterschool Adventures: Puppet Productions (ages 6-11): Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Calling all puppeteers. Stop by the library and check out a cool puppet play and learn how to create your very own puppet show.
Seventh Annual Bonsai Demonstration: Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Location: Auditorium. Enjoy a demonstration on the ancient Japanese art of Bonsai, the practice of growing miniature trees in containers.
Campfire Tales (all ages): Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. From spooky to silly, gather ‘round our indoor campfire and listen to some terrific tales.
Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
PLAY: Movies at the Beach: “Underdog”: Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 84 minutes.
James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679
PLAY: Dora’s Bingo (ages 8 and younger): Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Learn Spanish and have fun too.
John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550
Game On (ages 10-18): Sept. 27 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of gaming. Choose from board games and interactive video games.
Weekend Word Scramble (ages 5-11): Sept. 28, all day. Challenge yourself to unscramble 10 words, based on a new weekly theme, for a prize.
Jr. Word Seekers (grades 6-12): Sept. 28, all day. Challenge yourself to find every word on thematic word find puzzles for a prize.
Teens Night Out @ the Library (ages 12-18): Sept. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Teens take over the library for this after-hours event. There will be food, prizes and brand new video games.
PLAY: Palettes and Playlists: Sept. 29, all day. Celebrate the work of a great children’s illustrator by creating an artistic masterpiece of your own.
Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
Girl Scout Memorabilia: Through Sept. 30. Brenda Britton will display Girl Scout memorabilia highlighting 100 years of the organization’s history.
Drawings: Through Sept. 30. Lee Garrett is a self-taught, natural artist who describes his work as “contemporary, graphic and black.” His style is clean and uncluttered, with emphasis on the beauty of his culture.
Teen Trivia: Banned Books Week (grades 6-12): Sept. 1-30. Teens answer trivia questions on Banned Books Week to win a candy prize.
Family Fun and Games (all ages): Sept. 29 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Bring the family to the library to play board games.
Fun Fridays (all ages): Sept. 28 from 3-5 p.m. Stop by the library for a variety of arts and crafts.
One Book Movie Showing: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”: Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. A 9-year-old amateur inventor, Francophile, and pacifist searches New York City for the lock that matches a mysterious key left behind by his father, who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Rated PG-13; 129 minutes.
St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546
Show Me the Card (ages 12-17): Through Sept. 30. Show your library card to anyone at the information desk and receive an entry form to win weekly prizes, including gift cards from I-Tunes, Barnes and Noble and GameStop.
St. Andrews TeenSpot Library Word Search (ages 12-17): Sept. 1-30. Find all the words that are associated with the library in a cool word search? Find all the words.
Movie Madness: “The Pirates: Band of Misfits” (all ages): Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 88 minutes.
St. Andrew’s Library Friday Matinee Presents: “Witness for the Prosecution” (1957): Sept. 28 at 11 a.m. Agatha Christie tale of a man on trial for murder: a trial featuring surprise after surprise. Rated PG; 116 minutes.
PLAY: Club Lego (ages 11 and younger): Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Listen to music and create something cool with Legos.
St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch Library, 5151 Town Council Drive: 889-3300
PLAY: Family Storytime and Game Night (all ages): Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Come enjoy a fantastic family time at the library with stories and games.
Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174: 869-2355
Book Discussion: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (adults): Sept. 27 from 6-7 p.m. Participate in a group discussion. Jonathan Safran Foer recasts recent history through the eyes of Oskar Schell, an unusually intelligent 9-year-old on an urgent quest to find the lock that matches a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center.
PLAY Day: Happy to Be Me (all ages): Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Construct a self-portrait and say why you are happy to be you.
McClellanville Branch Library, 222 Baker St.: 887-3699
PLAY: Apple of My Eye (all ages): Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Get crafty and create an apply print card.
Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 849-6161
Teen Poetry Magnets Display (grades 6-12): Through Sept. 30. Unleash your inner poet using the library’s magnetic poetry kit.
Teen Word Search (grades 6-12): Through Sept. 30. Pick up a word search, bring it to the Reference Desk, and get a sweet treat for correct answers.
PLAY: Build with Legos (ages 4 and up): Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. Show your friends what you can build with a pile of Legos.
Poe/Sullivan’s Island Branch Library, 1921 I’on Ave.: 883-3914
Popcorn Theater: “The Hunger Games”: Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. Set in a future where teens are selected to fight to the death on live television, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take her younger sister’s place for the latest match. Based on the book by Suzanne Collins. Rated PG-13; 142 minutes.
PLAY: Fingerprinting: Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the science of fingerprinting, make your own fingerprints and maybe solve a whodunit crime.
Village Branch Library, 430 Whilden St.: 884-9741
PLAY: Picture BINGO!: Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Bring along family and friends and play picture BINGO at your Village Library. Prizes will be awarded.
Family Movie Night: Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Stop by the library for a fun movie perfect for the whole family.
Cooper River Memorial, 3503 Rivers Ave.: 744-2489
PLAY: Family Movie Matinee: “Lady and the Tramp”: Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. The romantic tale of a sheltered Cocker Spaniel and a streetwise Mutt. Rated G; 76 minutes.
Dorchester Road Regional Library, 6325 Dorchester Road: 552-6466
Preschool Adventure Zone (ages 3-6 with adult): Sept. 25 at 11 a.m. PLAY: Saturday Movies: “The Pirates: A Band of Misfits” (all ages): Sept. 29 at 10:30 a.m. Rated PG; 88 minutes.
Adult Book Discussion: Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. “Wench” by Dolen Perkins-Valdez. Copies are available at the Information Desk for checkout.
Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road: 572-4094
Teen Bingo (ages 12-17): Sept. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m. It’s bingo time at Otranto. Join your fellow teens for an evening of fun.
PLAY: Silly Saturday: Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. Join the library for silly stories and activities.