The Charleston County Public Library is offering the following free programs for children, teens and adults throughout the month of April.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through April 30. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the South Carolina Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for April is “reading.” A winner will be drawn April 30.
Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit: Through April 30. Melissa Gravano’s love of the water and the great outdoors began as a child growing up on Long Island. She has titled her pen, pencil and watercolor exhibit “Low Country Faces/Low Country Livin.”
Mystery Mondays (all ages): Mondays, April 16, 23 and 30, all day. Solve the mystery and win a prize.
Wii Wednesdays (ages 6-11): 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 18 and 25. Are you a gamer? Come to the Children’s Room and show off your talents.
Fact Finder Fridays: All day Fridays, April 13, 20 and 27. How well do you know the library? Test your knowledge and win a prize.
Scrambled Saturdays (all ages): Saturdays, April 14, 21 and 28, all day. Find the missing letters hidden in the Children’s Room. Unscramble the phrase to win a prize.
Small Business Counseling with SCORE (adults): 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 25. 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.
Spring Break Movie Marathon:10 a.m.-6 p.m. today. Bring a lunch and stay all day. Popcorn and soda provided. All movies rated PG-13. Schedule: 10 a.m., “The Help”; 12:30 p.m., “Footloose”; 2:30 p.m., “Contagion”; 4:30 p.m., “Real Steel.”
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Weird Science (ages 6-11). 3:30 p.m. today. Enjoy some wacky hands-on science demonstrations all about the states of matter.
Black Bands and Early Jazz in Victorian Charleston: 7 p.m. today. Join historian Nic Butler for a discussion of black bands and early jazz in Victorian Charleston.
Making Sense of the Civil American Civil War: Making Sense of Shiloh: 2 p.m. April 17. Join the library for a five-part lecture and discussion series. Reading: America’s War, Part III, by Edward Ayers. Moderator: Professor David L. Preston, The Citadel.
Bookworms Book Club (ages 8-11 with adult): 3:30 p.m. April 17. Discuss the book “Holes” by Louis Sachar. Registration required. Contact the children’s department at 805-6893.
PLAY: Dynamite Dinosaurs Storytime (all ages). 5:30 p.m. April 17. Roar and stomp as you listen to stories about your favorite prehistoric creatures.
Charleston Rail: History of Streetcars in Charleston: 6 p.m. April 18.
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Kids Cook (ages 6-11). 3:30 p.m. April 19. Enjoy treats from around the world.
Charleston During the War of 1812: 6:30 p.m. April 19. Join historian Nic Butler for a discussion of Charleston during the War of 1812.
Meet the Author: Jenny Hubbard: 3 p.m. April 22. In honor of National Poetry Month, Morris Award finalist Jenny Hubbard will speak about how she incorporated poetry into her young adult novel “Paper Covers Rock.”
Making Sense of the Civil American Civil War: The Shape of War: 2 p.m. April 24. Join the library for a five-part lecture and discussion series. Reading: “Antietam: Crossroads of America,” by James McPherson, and “America’s War, Part IV,” by Edward Ayers.
Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
Movies at the Beach: “A Wrinkle in Time”: 4 p.m. April 13. Thirteen-year-old Meg Murry O’Keefe, her little brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend, Calvin, are guided by unearthly strangers on a journey through space and time to search for Meg’s and Charles’ scientist father. Snacks will be provided. Rated PG; 128 minutes.