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, in conjunction with the Charleston County School District, 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: 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.
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, currently 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 individual 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: 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: “Chimpanzee”: Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. Oscar, an orphaned baby chimpanzee struggles to survive in the jungles of the Ivory Coast until he is adopted by a fully grown Alpha male. 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. 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. 15 and 29 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 fun movie perfect for the whole family.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., downtown: 805-6930
Scrambled Saturdays (all ages): Saturdays, Sept. 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. The assistance is first-come, first-serve and is intended for basic homework help. Sept. 18 from 3-5 p.m. 3-5 p.m. Sept. 19, 25 and 26.