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 10, 17, 24. Spin the wheel, solve the puzzle, win a prize.
Fact Finder Fridays: Fridays, May 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 12, 19 and 26, all day. Find the missing letters hidden in the Children’s Room. Unscramble the phrase and win a prize.
Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, May 14, 21 and 28, all day. Solve the mystery, win a prize.
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 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.
Piccolo Spoleto American Film Festival: May 25 at 1 p.m. “Rear Window,” starring James Stewart and Grace Kelly. Rated PG; 112 minutes.
Piccolo Spoleto Children’s Festival on Marion Square (all ages): May 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Join the library to celebrate the kickoff to Piccolo Spoleto and Dream Big: Summer Reading Program.
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.
Piccolo Spoleto American Film Festival: May 29 at 1 p.m. “Citizen Kane,” starring Orson Welles and Joseph Cotton. Rated PG; 119 minutes.
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.
Piccolo Spoleto American Film Festival: May 30 at 1 p.m. “Raging Bull,” starring Robert DeNiro and Cathy Moriarty. Rated R; 129 minutes.
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.
Piccolo Spoleto American Film Festival: May 31 at 1 p.m. “The Shawshank Redemption,” starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. Rated R; 142 minutes.
Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
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.
PLAY: Movies at the Beach: “Bolt.” May 18 at 4 p.m. Rated PG; 96 minutes.
PLAY: Movies at the Beach: “Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom.” May 25 at 4 p.m. Snacks provided. Rated PG; 90 minutes.
James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679
PLAY: A Library Storytime (ages 8 and younger). May 12 at 10:30 a.m. Celebrate Children’s Book Week with stories about the joy of reading.
PLAY Day: Animal Puppet (ages 8 and younger). May 19 at 10:30 a.m. Decorate a well-known animal puppet out of paper bags.
PLAY: “Dora’s Bingo” (ages 8 and younger). May 26 at 10:30 a.m. Learn some Spanish, and have some fun.
John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550
Mind-Bending Monday Maze (grades 6-12): Mondays, May 14 and 21, 3- 6 p.m. Complete an intricate maze. Prizes.
Trivia Tuesdays (all ages): Tuesdays, May 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 15, 22 and 29, at 4 p.m. Local community leaders share tips on healthy living. 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 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 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 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 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 11, 18 and 25, from 3-6 p.m. Find every word on thematic word find puzzles for a prize.
I Need a Resume (adults): May 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.
Dart After Dark: Book and Lecture Series (adults): May 17 at 6:30 p.m. Learn more about the African-American experience as depicted in literature. Discussions will be led by faculty from the College of Charleston’s African-American Studies Program. This program is funded by a grant from the National Council of Black Studies. This month’s selection is “Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness” by Toure.
PLAY: Sigma Saturday (ages 5-10): May 19 at 1 p.m. Join the Beta Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity for an afternoon of creative, self-esteem-building activities. This activity is sponsored by Lowe’s.
PLAY: Family Game Time (all ages): May 26 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Spend quality time with the kids while playing board games. Sneak in reading, listening, thinking skills.
Johns Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
Student Art Exhibit: Through May 31. St. John’s High School student artwork will be on display.
South Carolina Book Award Nominee Trivia (grades 6-12): Through May 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 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 11, 18 and 25 from 10-11 a.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.
Fun Friday (all ages): Fridays, May 11, 18 and 25 from 3-5 p.m. Enjoy an exciting art activity each Friday at the library.
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 storytime, 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. 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.
Wii Sports (grades 6-12): May 22 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Competition with your peers in Wii Sports. Choose whether you want to play bowling, tennis, boxing or baseball. Expect fun and excitement. All you have to do is sign up. Other board games will be available and refreshments will be provided.
Read-A-Thon: Nadine Johnson (all ages): May 23 from 9-11 a.m. Author presentation from Nadine Johnson. Ms. Johnson is a local author and designer known for her “Last Night I Dreamt” series for children. The presentation will be followed by readings for young children provided by local middle and high school students.
PLAY: “There Was a Little Turtle” (all ages): May 23 at 6:30 p.m. Celebrate turtles with stories and songs, and make a turtle puppet to take home.
West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.: 766-6635
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): Through May 31. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. May theme is “Animals.”
Happy Mother’s Trivia Month: Through May 31. Name that famous mother in the picture and win a sweet treat.
Title Twist Tuesdays: Tuesdays May 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 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: “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 furry friends, get a Kennel Club coloring book.
TeenSpot Ambassador’s Meeting and Book Dish (ages 12-17): May 16 at 3 p.m. Teens meet 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 mins.
Black and White Theater: “The 39 Steps” (1935). May 18 at 10 a.m. A man in London tries to help a counterespionage agent, but when the agent is killed and he stands accused, the man must run to both save himself and stop a spy ring. 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.
TeenSpot Theater Presents: “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.” May 21 at 5 p.m. Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the 8-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy has unexpected consequences. Rated PG-13; 94 min. Refreshments.
S.C. Caribbean Culture and Heritage (all ages): May 22 at 4 p.m. Celebrate the islands by learning about Caribbean culture.
St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch Library, 5151 Town Council Drive: 889-3300
PLAY: April Showers Bring May Flowers (all ages). Saturdays, May 12, 19 and 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy an array of flower crafts.
PLAY: Family Storytime and Game Night (all ages). May 17 at 6 p.m. Family time at the library with stories and games.
Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174: 869-2355
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.
PLAY Day: Movie and Popcorn Day (all ages). May 19 at 11 a.m. Enjoy a “Scooby-Doo Where are You!” moviethon.