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: Sept. 1-30. 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, in conjunction with the Charleston County School District, will work to issue library cards to children kindergarten-grade 6. 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): Sept. 11-Oct. 23. Inspired by the puzzles and scavenger hunts that captivate Oskar, 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 “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” 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 begins 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: Sept. 11-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.
The Media’s Evolution in the Era of Instant News: Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library Auditorium. Hear from seasoned journalists about the evolution of news reporting in this digital age, what they see in the future and how they strive to ensure accuracy and immediacy. Panelists include news anchor Raphael James of WCSC-Live 5 News, veteran reporter Bruce Smith with the Associated Press and Chris Lamb, an experienced journalist, author and communications professor at the College of Charleston.
Eyewitness to Disaster: Personal Stories of 9/11 Responders: Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library Auditorium. Hear the personal stories of two first responders who found themselves on the scene in New York City and Washington, D.C. Rob Dewey, senior chaplain with Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, spent two weeks at Ground Zero as part of a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, providing around-the-clock support to emergency workers tasked with setting up a morgue and identifying the individuals who perished. Laurie Rose, a captain with North Charleston Fire Department, was a rookie firefighter with the Alexandria, Va., Fire Department when she responded to the scene at The Pentagon. Dewey and Rose will share their stories of being part of this national tragedy and its aftermath.
Movie Showing: “9/11: The Filmmakers’ Commemorative Edition”: Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m. Main Library Auditorium. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, French filmmaker brothers Jules and Gedeon Naudet were working on a documentary about a rookie New York City fireman when hijacked jets crashed into the World Trade Center towers. Their resulting footage provides a firsthand account of history and of the horror and heroism that was born on that day. Not Rated; 130 minutes.
McClellanville Branch Library, 222 Baker St.: 887-3699
PLAY: Egg-stra Special Saturday (all ages): Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. Create a Humpty Dumpty Finger Puppet to take home.
PLAY: Use Your Noodle (all ages): Sept. 15 at 11 a.m. You will be surprised by what you can create with colored macaroni.
PLAY: FALL-ing Leaves (all ages): Sept. 22 at 11 a.m. Celebrate autumn with a beautiful leaf rubbing.
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: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages): Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Grab a book and read to a furry friend. Certified therapy dogs love a good story.
Book Discussion (adults): Sept. 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. “Left Neglected” by Lisa Genova.
Scrabble at the Library (adults): Sept. 21 from 10-11:45 a.m. Looking for a fun way to keep your brain sharp? Play Scrabble at the library. Bring your own board, or use one provided by the library. If you don’t enjoy Scrabble, other games will be available.
PLAY: Celebrate Autumn (all ages): Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. Welcome the first day of autumn with a colorful craft.
Teen Movie Night: “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World” (grades 6-12): Sept. 24 from 6-8 p.m. Rated PG-13, 112 Minutes.
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 Lorax”: Sept. 6 at 5 p.m. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss. Rated PG; 94 minutes.
PLAY: Bookworm Bookmarks: Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate back-to-school by making a wormy, squirmy bookmark.
Popcorn Theater: “Chimpanzee”: Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. Rated G; 78 minutes.
Beach Lover’s Book Club (adults): Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. “Sashenka” by Sebag Montefiore.
PLAY: Make a Hat Day: Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Design and create your own hat. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative hats.
Popcorn Theater: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”: Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Rated PG; 88 minutes.
PLAY: First Day of Fall: Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate the turn of the season and Johnny Appleseed’s birthday by making apple and leaf prints.
Popcorn Theater: “The Hunger Games”: Sept. 27 at 5 p.m. 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: Color Corner: Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. Join the library for a fun evening of coloring in the children’s corner.
PLAY: Picture BINGO!: Sept. 15 at 10:30 a.m. Bring along family and friends and play picture BINGO at your Village Library. Prizes will be awarded.
PLAY: Color Corner: Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. Join the library for a fun evening of coloring in the children’s corner.
Family Movie Night: Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. Stop by the library for a movie perfect for the whole family.
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.
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.
Scrambled Saturdays (all ages): Saturdays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, all day. Location: Children’s Area. Unscramble the letters to figure out the book title.
Homework Helpers (ages 6-11): Location: Children’s Area. Need help with homework? Students in Grades 1-5 are encouraged to come to the Children’s Area after school for basic homework assistance from College of Charleston Honors College students. 3-5 p.m. Sept. 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26.
Wii Wednesdays (all ages): Wednesdays, Sept. 12, 19 and 26, at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Calling all gamers to come show off your skills.
Teen Underground Book Group (grades 6-12): Sept. 19 from 4-5 p.m. Location: Teen Area. “Beautiful Creatures” by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. By popular demand, a weekly book group where teens read YA favorites. Every month the library will feature two books (two meetings per book).
Afterschool Adventures: Super Skillz (ages 6-11): Sept. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Amaze and astound with magic tricks and a magic wand to take home.
Fact Finder Fridays (all ages): Saturdays, Sept. 8, 15, 22 and 29, all day. Location: Children’s Area. Test your knowledge of the library and win a prize.
Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, Sept. 10, 17 and 24, all day. Location: Children’s Area. 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.
Let’s Talk About It Series: Banned Books Part I: Sept. 10 at 2 p.m. Location: Auditorium. Historical attempts to keep “undesirable” books out of the hands of readers have sparked controversy and backlash. Celebrate your freedom to read by enjoying five books deemed too provocative for public consumption. This series will feature commentary from scholar Nan Morrison, Ph.D. Today’s selection: “Unbearable Lightness of Being” by Milan Kundera.
Resume & Cover Letter Editing Help: Sept. 11 from 12:30-2 p.m. Location: Reference Area. Making a good first impression with a cover letter or resume can help you land your next job. Bring a completed resume and cover letter for review and a job advertisement of interest. Kathy Kleibacker will be in the reference area to offer one-on-one editing help of cover letters and resumes.
Strategies for Creating Retirement Income That Lasts as Long as You Do: Sept. 11 and 13 at 6 p.m. Location: Meeting Room B. How much income will you need to retire? Get the answers to these questions and more during this informative program about retirement.
Small Business Counseling with SCORE (adults): Sept. 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Location: Reference Area. 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.
The War of 1812 Comes to Charleston: Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Location: Second Floor Training Room. Although often overlooked in history, this conflict represented a serious threat to the Palmetto City. Join the library for an overview of the fervent military preparations that occupied Charlestonians from 1807-15.
Afterschool Adventures: “Big Miracle” (ages 6-11): Sept. 13 at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Rated PG; 111 minutes.
One Book Movie Showing: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”: Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Location: Auditorium. Rated PG-13; 129 minutes.
Book Discussion: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (adults): Sept. 15 from 2-3 p.m. Location: Meeting Room A. Participate in a group discussion of Jonathan Safran Foer’s book that 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.
Underground Drawing Club (grades 6-12): Sept. 17 from 3-5 p.m. Location: Teen Area. Join teen artists for free-drawing time. Supplies are provided.
Bookworms Book Club (ages 8-11): Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Discuss the book, “The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity” by Mac Barnett. Copies are available at Children’s Desk. Registration required. Contact the Children’s Department at 805-6893.
Afterschool Adventures: Reading to Rommie (all ages): Sept. 20 at 3:30 p.m. Location: Children’s Area. Improve your child’s literacy and communication skills by having them read to STAR therapy dog, Rommie.