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.” Enter for a chance to win your very own SC Day-by-Day Calendar. A winner will be drawn on 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 23 and 30, all day. Solve the mystery and win a prize.
Wii Wednesdays (ages 6-11): 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, April 25. Are you a gamer? Come to the Children’s Room and show off your talents.
Fact Finder Fridays: All day Fridays, April 20 and 27. How well do you know the library? Test your knowledge and win a prize.
Scrambled Saturdays (all ages): Saturdays, April 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.
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,” and will offer a sneak preview of her upcoming book for audience feedback.
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. Moderator: Professor David L. Preston, The Citadel.
PLAY: Blooming Flowers Storytime (all ages): 5:30 p.m. April 24. Spring is here, enjoy what is in bloom at storytime.
The Artsy Smartsy Club: Earth Tales (ages 6-11): 3:30 p.m. April 26. Listen to the exciting tale of the Grumpy Gecko and then plant your own tomato plant as you embark on a Balinese cultural adventure.
Young Adult at Heart: 6 p.m. April 24. “Paper Covers Rock” by Jenny Hubbard.
Met Opera: Manon: 12:30 p.m. April 28. Runtime: 4 hours. Auditorium will open 90 minutes early, at which point seats may be reserved.
Folly Beach Library, 55 Center St.: 588-2001
Movies at the Beach: “Where the Wild Things Are”: 4 p.m. April 20. Rated PG; 101 minutes.
Movies at the Beach: “Tuck Everlasting”: 4 p.m. April 27. Rated PG; 88 minutes.
James Island Branch Library, 1248 Camp Road: 795-6679
PLAY: Create Your Own Bookmark (ages 11 and younger): 10:30 a.m. April 21. Bring your creativity and design a bookmark.
Music with Mr. Rob/Stories with Ms. Denise: (Ages 8 and younger): 5:30 p.m. April 23. Come out and be a part of a musical storytime.
Art with Ms. Deidre: (Ages 8 and younger): 5:30 p.m. April 24. Get those paintbrushes ready to create a masterpiece. Registration is required.
Let’s Move: (Ages 8 and younger) 5:30 p.m. April 25. These songs will get you moving while having fun at the same time.
Rhyme Time: (Ages 8 and younger) April 26 at 5:30 p.m. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day by finding a poem you would like to say.
PLAY: El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros: Children’s Day/Book Day (ages 8 and younger): 10:30 a.m. April 28. Come out and hear songs and tales in English and Spanish.
John L. Dart Branch Library, 1067 King St.: 722-7550
Mind Bending Monday Maze: (Grades 6-12) All day Mondays, April 23 and 30. Challenge yourself to complete an intricate maze. Prizes will be awarded
Trivia Tuesdays: (All ages): All day Tuesday, April 24. Stop by the service desk to answer a trivia question for a prize.
Word Play: (Grades 1-5). All day Wednesday, April 25. Challenge yourself to 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): All day Wednesdays, April 25. Challenge yourself to create as many words as you can, using only the letters in a given phrase. Prizes will be awarded.
Weekend Word Scramble: (Ages 5-10). All day Fridays, April 20 and 27. Challenge yourself to unscramble 10 words, based on a new theme weekly, for a prize.
Jr. Word Seekers: (Grades 6-12) All day Friday, April 20 and 27. Challenge yourself to find every word on thematic word find puzzles for a prize.
Game On (ages 8-18): 3:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 and 26. Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of gaming. Choose from board games and interactive video games.
Help, I Need a Resume (adults): 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 28. In today’s competitive job market, it is not enough to have the background that a job requires. You need a resume that will set you apart from the many other applicants. Whether you have a completed resume or you have no idea where to start, come get one-on-one assistance from our resume experts.
Dart After Dark’s Urban Fiction Fan Club: “Forever Soul Ties” (adults): 6:30 p.m. April 19. Come spend an evening with folks who enjoy urban fiction at the hottest new club in town, Dart Library’s Urban Fiction Fan Club. This month group will be talking about “Forever Soul Ties,” a new novel by Vanessa Davis Griggs.
Saturday Morning Cinema: “Dolphin Tale” (all ages): 10:30 a.m. April 21. Rated PG; 119 minutes.
PLAY: Sigma Saturday (ages 5-10) 1 p.m. April 21. Join the brothers of the Beta Mu Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. for an afternoon of creative, self-esteem-building activities.
Monday Midday Movie: “Tower Heist” (adults): Noon. April 23. Rated PG-13; 104 minutes.
PLAY: Family Game Time (all ages): 11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 28. Spend quality time with the kids while playing board games. Sneak in reading, listening and thinking skills, too.
Monday Midday Movie: “Super 8” (adults): Noon April 30. Rated PG-13; 112 minutes.
John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway: 559-1945
Poetry Trivia for Teens (grades 6-12): Through April 30. In honor of National Poetry Month, stop by the Reference Desk and answer a poetry trivia question for a candy prize.
Pottery Exhibit: Through April 30. Christian Royal is a 19-year-old young man with Down syndrome. Christian has shown an interest in, and aptitude for, working with clay. His motto is: Stoneware with the charm of things imperfect and simple. Christian is on the web at: vimeo.com/22425304 and christianroyalpottery.com.
Want to Learn English? LiveMocha (adults): 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 24. Spanish speakers use 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): 10-11 a.m. Fridays, April 20 and 27. Spanish speakers use computers to learn English. Self-paced instruction with immediate, interactive feedback. Provided by a grant from the town of Kiawah Island.
Chapter Chat Teen Book Club (ages 12-19): 4:30-5:30 p.m. April 19 from Join Ms. Tama for John’s Island Regional Library’s book club designed for teens.
Preschool Adventure Zone (ages 3-6): 10:30 a.m. April 20. Scientific adventures on a preschool level. Children will explore science and math concepts through stories and hands-on adventures.
PLAY: Community Helpers (All ages): 2 p.m. April 21. Come to the library to hear all about a day in the life of a community helper.
Afternoon Cafe: (Grades 6-12): 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 24. Afternoon Café features a variety of board games, including Monopoly, Jenga, Clue, Uno, chess and checkers. Popcorn and other refreshments will be provided.
Round Table Discussions with Councilwoman Johnson (adults): 12:30 p.m. April 25. Councilwoman Anna Johnson of Charleston County District 8 wants to discuss your concerns and issues. Speakers this month will be from the Charleston County Economic Development Department and the state ReadySC workforce training program.
Hope’s Healing Boutique: (Adults) 6-7:30 p.m. April 25. Hope’s Healing Boutique provides cancer awareness and prevention information. Clothes, household articles and specialty items are available free to its participants.
PLAY: Birds and Butterflies (All ages) 6:30 p.m. April 25. Enjoy these springtime stories then make a butterfly craft to take home.
Fired Up For The Future: (Adults) 6-7 p.m. April 26. Join the Royal family as they share their encouraging story of Christian, their 19-year-old son with Down syndrome, and how they developed a promising future for him through making pottery. Any parent, teacher or caregiver of a special needs child would greatly benefit from this program. Christian’s pottery will be on display at the library for the month of April.
Preschool Book Explorers: (Ages 3-6) 10:30 a.m. April 27 Each month the Book Explorers read a book and do activities to go along with the book.
Based on the Book Movie Series: “Angels & Demons” (young adults/adults): 2 p.m. April 28. Rated PG-13; 140 minutes.
PLAY with Dad: “Hop to It!” Puppet Show (all ages): 1 p.m. April 28. These puppet shows are sure to get you hopping.
Club Anime (ages 12-19): 4:30-6 p.m. April 28. You pick what we view today. You will have a choice of Bamboo Blade, Maria-Holic, Oreimo, and Hetalia Season 3. Pocky and assorted Japanese snacks will be provided. This meeting will begin later than usual so plan your ride accordingly.
La Celebracion: Dia de los Ninos/Dia dos los Libros (all ages): 4-6 p.m. April 30. Join group for multicultural books, songs, games and crafts, all in celebration of children and books.
West Ashley Branch Library, 45 Windermere Blvd.: 766-6635
Knit and Stitch: (Adults/young adults): 6:30 p.m. Mondays, April 23 and 30. Bring your knitting supplies and knit with friends. This group is for all skill levels.
Not Fiction Book Discussion: 11 a.m. April 19. “Bossypants” by Tina Fey.
PLAY: Earth Day Craft (all ages): 2 p.m. April 21. Celebrate Earth Day by making a craft to take home. Learn about ways that you can help protect the planet.
PLAY: Movie, “African Cats” (all ages): 2 p.m. April 28. Rated G; 89 minutes.
St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546
Early Literacy Station (all ages): Through April 30. Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for April is “reading.”
St. Andrews TeenSpot Guess That Sign: Through April 30. Guess the phrase on the sign and win a sweet treat.
Movie Madness: “The Muppets” (all ages): 4 p.m. April 19. With the help of three fans, the Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Rated PG; 103 minutes.
Container Gardening: 6:30 p.m. April 19. Join Darren Sheriff, a South Carolina Nursery and Landscape Association Certified Professional Nurseryman, as he discusses what food can be grown, types of containers to use, soil, pest problems, fertilizing and many other aspects of this simple way to grow your own food in a small area.
PLAY: Movie Madness, “The Lion King” (all ages): 11 a.m. April 21. Rated G; 89 minutes.
St. Andrews Black and White Theater Presents: “Raging Bull” (1980): 1 p.m. April 21. Rated PG; 129 minutes.
Catalyst Creative Arts Studio: Hula Hoop and Circus Workshop (ages 5-11): 4 p.m. April 24. Miss Stephanie and Co. are back. You had such a blast playing hula hoop games, so join them for more fun.
Movie Madness: “Hop” (all ages): 4 p.m. April 26. Rated PG; 95 minutes.
St. Andrews TeenSpot Dances to the Music: 4 p.m. April 27. Show off your dancing skills while playing the latest dance game. Refreshments will be provided.
PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages): 11 a.m. April 28. Make a furry friend and read a book with your new pal. Certified therapy dogs and their handlers love a good story.
St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch Library, 5151 Town Council Drive: 889-3300
All About Bunnies (all ages): Through April 30. Come to the library for bunny crafts, games, and activities during the month of April.
Edisto Branch Library, 1589 Highway 174: 869-2355
PLAY: Movie and Popcorn Day: 11 a.m. April 21. “Tangled.” Rated G; 100 minutes.
Film Noir Night at the Library: 5:15 p.m. April 26. Watch Hitchcock’s “Notorious,” starring Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman.
PLAY with DAD: Earth Day Celebration: 11 a.m. April 28. Make buggy mobiles out of recycled items.