The Charleston County Public Library is offering free programs.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. downtown: 805-6930
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through May 31. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme is “Animals.” Enter for a chance to win a S.C. Day-by-Day Calendar. Winner will be drawn May 31.
Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit: Through May 31. Reynier Llanes was born in Cuba in 1985. His dedication to his craft has helped him master different media such as oils on canvas, watercolors, acrylics and coffee on paper. The universal themes represented in his paintings include family, passion, cultural values and the beauty in our lives.
Wheel of Fortune (ages 6-11): 3:30 p.m. May 3, 10, 17, 24. Spin the wheel, solve the puzzle, win a prize.
Fact Finder Fridays: Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, all day. How well do you know the library? Test your knowledge and win a prize.
Scrambled Saturdays (all ages): Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26, all day. Find the missing letters hidden in the Children’s Room. Unscramble the phrase and win a prize.
Dream Big Puppet Show (all ages): May 5 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a puppet show presentation of some favorite stories.
Met Opera: Verdi’s “La Traviata”: May 5 at 1:30 p.m. Runtime: 3 hours, 7 minutes. Auditorium will open 90 minutes early, at which point seats may be reserved.
Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, May 7, 14, 21 and 28, all day. Solve the mystery, win a prize.
Resume and Cover Letter Editing Help: May 8 from 12:30-2 p.m. Making a good first impression with a cover letter or resume may help you land a 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.
PLAY: Go Fish Story Time (all ages): May 8 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a “fintastic” story time about fish.
Small Business Counseling with SCORE (adults): Wednesdays, May 9 and 23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Free, confidential counseling for your start-up idea or existing business from the Charleston Coastal chapter of SCORE, in the Reference area on the second floor.
Great Books Discussion: May 9 at 6:30 p.m. “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck. Books may be checked out at the Main Library Fiction Desk or contact Sara Breibart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Author Talk and Book Signing: “From Animal House to Our House” with Ron Tanner: 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 10. Author Tanner will speak as part of a national tour for his new book, “From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story,” a true recounting of his and his girlfriend’s quest to restore a historic Victorian house in Baltimore to its formal glory after it was ransacked by its previous owners, a rowdy fraternity.
Bookworms Book Club (ages 8-11 with adult): May 15 at 3:30 p.m. Discuss the book “Because of Mr. Terupt” by Rob Buyea. Copies are available at the Children’s Desk. Registration required. Contact 805-6893.
Organizing for the Health of It: May 16 from 6-7:45 p.m. If your stress level is high because you can’t find what you want when you need it, you could benefit from fundamental principles of organizing. Learn how just a few key personal organization principles can improve your health and satisfaction, from professional organizer Kristi Meyer.
Author Talk and Book Signing with Jack Shuler: May 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Author Jack Shuler will discuss his book, “Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town,” which explores the shootings known as the Orangeburg Massacre, as well as the community’s ongoing reaction.
Encore in HD from the Met to the Library: Verdi’s La Traviata: May 26 at 1 p.m. Runtime: 3 hours 7 minutes. Auditorium will open 90 minutes early, at which point seats may be reserved.
Robert Ivey Ballet Presents: “The Velveteen Rabbit” (all ages): May 29 at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m.
Backporch Storytellers: May 27 at 3 p.m. Enjoy stories and tales told by storytellers in the Lowcounty.
Lunch Money: Indie Music for the Whole Family (all ages): May 30 at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Put on your dancing shoes as indie band Lunch Money rocks out with songs that the whole family will love.
College of Charleston Opera: Little Red Riding Hood: May 31 at 9:15, 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Enjoy a classic tale with a musical twist.
Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
PLAY: Movies at the Beach: “Scooby-Doo and the Monster of Mexico.” May 4 at 4 p.m. Snacks provided. Rated G; 75 minutes.
PLAY: Movies at the Beach: “Mars Needs Moms.” May 11 at 4 p.m. Nine-year-old Milo finds out just how much he needs his mom when she’s nabbed by Martians. Snacks provided. Rated PG; 88 minutes.
PLAY: Play-Doh Animals. May 12 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sculpt animals with clay.
James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679
PLAY with Dad: Mother’s Day Craft (ages 11 and younger). May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Design a card to give to your mom on her special day.
PLAY: A Library Story time (ages 8 and younger). May 12 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with stories about the joy of reading.
John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550
Mind-Bending Monday Maze (grades 6-12): Mondays, May 7, 14 and 21, 3- 6 p.m. Complete an intricate maze. Prizes.
Trivia Tuesdays (all ages): Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 3-6 p.m. Stop by the service desk to answer a trivia question for a prize.
Healthy Attitude Series for Teens (grades 6-12): Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29, at 4 p.m. Local community leaders share tips on healthy living. May 8: Afro Puffs and Ponytails presents Young Ladies/Leaders Conquering Obstacles (YLCO). May 15: Teen Fit 2012 Workshop: parent-teen session about nutrition and wellness. May 22: Charleston Center provides information about alcohol and drug abuse prevention. May 29: Health Quest: Using library resources, answer trivia questions about health.
Word Play (grades 1-5): Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 3-6 p.m. Create as many words as you can, using only the letters in a given phrase. Prizes will be awarded.
Teen Word Play (grades 6-12): Wednesdays, May 9, 16, 23 and 30, from 3-6 p.m. Create as many words as you can, using only the letters in a given phrase. Prizes will be awarded.
Game On (ages 8-18): Thursdays, May 3, 17, 24 and 31 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 5-10): Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 3-6 p.m. Challenge yourself to unscramble 10 words, based on a new theme weekly, for a prize.
Jr. Word Seekers (grades 6-12): Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, from 3-6 p.m. Find every word on thematic word find puzzles for a prize.
PLAY: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo (all ages): May 5 at 10:30 a.m. Create an artistic masterpiece of your own to celebrate Latino culture.
I Need a Resume (adults): Mondays, May 7 and 21 from 10 a.m.-noon. Get one-on-one assistance from resume experts.
Teen DIY (grades 6-12): May 10 from 4-5 p.m. Create a beautiful Mother’s Day gift.
Reading is the Name of the Game (all ages): May 11, all day. Spend quality time at the library by playing classic and new card and board games.
PLAY: Morning Out with Mom (ages 3-10). May 12 from 11 a.m. Make a memory by reading and creating a special craft together at the library.
Monday Midday Movie: “Joyful Noise” (adults): May 14 at noon. A small-town choir is out to win a national competition despite overwhelming odds. Rated PG-13; 118 minutes.
Legal Clinic: Landlord/Tenant Law (adults): May 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. Attorneys from S.C. Legal Services will give a brief presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session.
Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
Student Art Exhibit: May 1-31. St. John’s High School student artwork will be on display.
South Carolina Book Award Nominee Trivia (grades 6-12): May 1-31. Stop by the Reference Desk and answer a trivia question about the current South Carolina Book Award nominees for a candy prize.
Want to Learn English? LiveMocha! (adults): Tuesdays, May 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Spanish speakers use our computers to learn English. Self-paced instruction with immediate, interactive feedback. Provided by a grant from the town of Kiawah Island.
Want to Learn English? LiveMocha! (adults): Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 10-11 a.m. Spanish speakers use computers to learn English. Self-paced instruction with interactive feedback. Provided by a grant from the town of Kiawah Island.
Fun Friday (all ages): Fridays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy an exciting art activity each Friday at the library.
PLAY: Puppet Playtime (all ages): May 5 at 11 a.m. Come to the children’s area and get your hands on some cool puppets.
Children’s Movie: “Happy Feet 2” (all ages): May 5 at 2 p.m. Rated PG; 100 minutes.
Wii Olympic Games (grades 6-12): May 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Competition with your peers in Wii Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Whether you want to play fencing, swimming, sprinting, archery or other Summer Olympics sports, this game is for you. Expect fun and excitement. Other board games will be available and refreshments will be provided.
PLAY: Books in Motion (all ages): May 9 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a story time to get you up and moving.
Club Anime (ages 12-19): May 10 from 4:30-6 p.m. Miharu is a reluctant ninja who possesses incredible powers that rival clans are willing to kill for. The world of the ninja is brought into modern-day life in this meeting’s viewing selection: “Nabari no Ou.”
Fun Friday: Celebrate Children’s Book Week (all ages). May 11 from 3-5 p.m. Come by on this special Fun Friday to celebrate Children’s Book week with bookmark crafts and games.
PLAY: I Love My Mom (all ages). May 12 at 11 a.m. Celebrate Mother’s Day with this story time, and make a card.
Saturday Movie Matinee: “The Muppets” (all ages). May 12 at 2 p.m. With the help of three fans, the Muppets reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Rated PG; 103 minutes.
Sea Islands Book Club (adults): May 15 at 2 p.m. Join a discussion of “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave. This novel presents a tale of a precarious friendship between an illegal Nigerian refugee and a recent widow from suburban London. Copies of the book may be obtained from the Reference Desk for check-out while supplies last.
Afternoon Cafe (grades 6-12): May 15 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Play board games, including Monopoly, Clue, Connect Four, Jenga, Sorry, Uno, chess and checkers. Refreshments and drinks provided.
Tween Program: DIY Makeup Party (ages 9-12): May 16 at 4:30 p.m. Make your own makeup and toiletries, including sugar scrubs and fizzy bath bombs to take home.
PLAY: “Jump, Frog, Jump” (all ages). May 16 at 6:30 p.m. Hop down to the library for frog stories, songs, and a craft.
Chapter Chat Teen Book Club (ages 12-19): May 17 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Join Ms. Tama for the library’s book club designed for teens. Discuss your choice of title from Ms. Tama’s April meeting book talk. A small number of copies will be available from the Reference Desk to check out.
Student Art Reception and Poetry Reading (all ages): May 19 from 11 a.m.-noon. Meet the artists of the St. John’s High School art department and view their work. Students will read selections featured in the school’s current art and literary magazine, Islander Lines.
PLAY: Explore Asian Pacific culture through crafts (all ages). May 19 at 1 p.m. Make creative crafts in celebration of Asian-Pacific Heritage Month.
PLAY: It’s National Bike Month (all ages). May 30 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy stories, songs and a craft in honor of this great invention.
West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.: 766-6635
PLAY: Ocean-Themed Bookmark (all ages). May 5 at 2 p.m. Come to the library and get ready for summer by making this awesome ocean-themed bookmark for your summer reads.
PLAY: Legos (all ages): May 12 at 2 p.m. The library supplies the Legos and Duplo blocks.
Not Fiction Book Discussion: May 17 at 11 a.m. “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef” by Gabrielle Hamilton.
PLAY: CD Fish Craft (all ages): May 19 at 2 p.m. Create a work of art out of an old CD.
St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546
Early Literacy Station (all ages): May 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 May is “Animals.”
Happy Mother’s Trivia Month: May 1-31. Name that famous mother in the picture and win a sweet treat.
Title Twist Tuesdays: Tuesdays May 8, 15, 22 and 29 at 3 p.m. Unscramble the letters to find out the mystery book and win a sweet treat. Win a bonus treat if you can name the author of the book.
Text Lingo Thursdays: Thursdays May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at 3 p.m. Celebrate Teen Tech Week playing text lingo trivia. Get them all correct and win a treat.
Movie Madness: “The Adventures of Tintin” (all ages): May 3 at 4 p.m. Reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship. Rated PG; 107 minutes.
Black and White Theater: “The Man Who Cheated Himself” (1950). May 4 at 10 a.m. A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case. Rated PG; 81 minutes.
Free Comic Book Day: May 5, all day. Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the library. If you can unscramble the Comic Day words correctly you will be entered into a drawing to win a gift card valued at $20 from Barnes & Noble. Winner will be notified on May 7.
PLAY: Club Lego (ages 11 and younger): May 5 at 11 a.m. Listen to cool music and create something with the library’s Legos, or bring your own.
TeenSpot Theater Presents: “The Green Hornet.” May 7 at 5 p.m. Following the death of his father, wealthy heir Britt Reid teams up with his late dad’s assistant, Kato, to become a crime-fighting team. Rated PG-13; 119 minutes. Refreshments provided.
Charleston Dog Training Club (ages 11 and younger): May 8 at 4 p.m. Dog training experts will have the dogs perform some tricks and provide information about training your pet. Meet these smart pooches.
Your Medicare Questions Answered: May 9 from 1-2:30 p.m. Join Linda Naert from the Trident Area Aging Agency as she discusses Medicare and other services available to older citizens. Handouts and refreshments will be provided. Registration is required; call 766-2546.
Movie Madness: “Hugo” (all ages): May 10 at 4 p.m. An orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father. Rated PG; 126 minutes.
Black and White Theater: “The Phantom of the Opera” (1925). May 11 at 10 a.m. A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. Not Rated; 93 minutes.
TeenSpot Indy 500 Wii Racing: May 11 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the “greatest spectacle in racing,” the Indianapolis 500, with a great game of Mario Kart. Refreshments will be provided.
PLAY with Dad: Lowe’s Build and Grow Projects (ages 4-11). May 12 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Get out your tools and get ready to make something awesome. Lowe’s has donated the materials for you and Dad to create a project together. Registration is not necessary, but come early as supplies are limited.
TeenSpot Theater Presents: “From Prada to Nada.” May 14 at 5 p.m. In this Latina spin on Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility,” two spoiled sisters who have been left penniless after their father’s sudden death are forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. Rated PG-13; 107 minutes. Refreshments provided.
Susie Eades Book Club: May 15 from 1:30-3 p.m. “The First Tycoon” by T.S. Stiles
Charleston Kennel Club Presents: Meet the Breeds (all ages). May 15 at 4 p.m. Handlers from the Charleston Kennel Club share different characteristics of dog breeds. Make some new furry friends and get a Kennel Club coloring book.
TeenSpot Ambassador’s Meeting and Book Dish (ages 12-17): May 16 at 3 p.m. Fellow teens meets to discuss, plan upcoming teen programming and dish on selected South Carolina Award Book Nominees. Refreshments.
Movie Madness: “Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire” (all ages). May 17 at 11 a.m. Rated G; 79 minutes.
Black and White Theater: “The 39 Steps” (1935). May 18 at 10 a.m. Rated PG; 86 minutes.
PLAY: Movie Madness: “Gus” (all ages). May 19 at 11 a.m. The California Atoms are in last place with no hope of moving up, until they switch the mule mascot to team member. Rated G; 96 minutes.
SAT 101: May 19 at 4 p.m. A hands-on training class demonstrating test preparation and practice using The Learning Express Library research database. Class is limited to seven students.
St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch Library, 5151 Town Council Drive: 889-3300
PLAY: April Showers Bring May Flowers (all ages). Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy an array of flower crafts.
PLAY: Family Story Time and Game Night. Thursdays, May 3 and 17 at 6 p.m. Family time at the library with stories and games.
Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174: 869-2355
PLAY Day: Fluttering Butterflies (all ages). May 5 at 11 a.m. Create a pencil pal butterfly to write your own stories.
Scrabble Night at the Library (all ages): May 10 at 4:30-7:30 p.m. Compete in a game of Scrabble. All ages welcome.
PLAY Day: Celebrate Mom (all ages). May 12 at 11 a.m. Make mom a special flowery gift for Mother’s Day.