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February 26th - 4th, 2018
Black History Month I-Spy Search the Children's Department for images of lesser known African Americans, and learn what they're famous for while you're at it! Once you've found all the pictures and identified the people, turn in your game sheet at the desk and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
February 26, ALL MONTH
The Lively Limerick: A Workshop A limerick is a type of nonsense poetry made famous by British poet Edward Lear. Though the poem's connection with the city of Limerick, Ireland is obscure, the name is generally taken to be a reference to Limerick city or County Limerick. Local poet and songwriter Colleen Anderson will share some limericks with you and give you the chance to compose your own in this fun workshop. Participants will be invited to share their verses during Celtic Calling Weekend in March at the Main Library. Colleen is the owner of Mother Wit Writing and Design, a creative studio in Charleston that provides copywriting, graphic design, and creative consultation. Ages 13 and up.
February 26, 6:00 PM
Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC is visiting the area with their heralded production of Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King. Struggle for Freedom is a 45-minute production that seeks to honor the American Civil Rights Movement. The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides the backdrop to scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth Sit-ins and much more. It is best appreciated by grades 2nd through adult and offers this study guide: http://www.brightstartheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Struggle-for-Freedom-study-guide.pdf
February 26, 10:30 AM
Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King Bright Star Touring Theatre, a national professional touring theatre company based in Asheville, NC is visiting the area with their heralded production of Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King. Struggle for Freedom is a 45-minute production that seeks to honor the American Civil Rights Movement. The life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. provides the backdrop to scenes that recreate the Montgomery bus boycott, the March on Washington, the Woolworth Sit-ins and much more. It is best appreciated by grades 2nd through adult and offers this study guide: http://www.brightstartheatre.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Struggle-for-Freedom-study-guide.pdf
February 26, 6:00 PM
Family Fun Night: Heart Art Who doesn’t love fun times with family? This month will be devoted to the popular symbol for love - the heart. Artwork made from hearts will abound! Registration required. Registration opens February 12.
February 26, 6:00 PM
Baby & Me Storytime program designed for our youngest patrons.
February 27, 10:00 AM
Teen Cupcake Wars Teens, put your cupcake decorating skills to the test! Contenders will use provided supplies to craft artistic cupcake creations for themed challenges. Prizes will be awarded for the most creative cupcakes. Registration begins Feb. 1.
February 27, 6:00 PM
For the Love of Cardboard We will take an interesting approach to quilling in this DIY workshop. We will use cardboard towel roll strips. During this class we will be quilling with cardboard towel rolls to create a unique work of art. Spread the word and meet your friends at the library for an enjoyable time.
February 27, 1:00 PM
For the Love of Cardboard We will take an interesting approach to quilling in this DIY workshop. We will use cardboard towel roll strips. During this class we will be quilling with cardboard towel rolls to create a unique work of art. Spread the word and meet your friends at the library for an enjoyable time.
February 27, 1:00 PM
Born to Read Storytime for our youngest patrons. Birth-3 with caregiver. Registration required. Registration begins February 13.
February 27, 10:30 am
DIY: Optical Illusions Everyone knows optical illusions are fun to look at and try to figure out, but just imagine how much fun you’ll have creating your own! You will have time to practice the technique, and then you will make your own on posterboard. All materials are provided, just come to have a good time.
February 27, 1:00 PM
Mall Book Group Join us at the Charleston Town Center Panera Bread on the last Wednesday of every month, 11:30 AM to discuss a different book. For February's meeting, we will talk about "The Book that Matters Most" by Ann Hood. Copies of the book will be available to check out at the Main Library Reference Desk. For updates on the group, like our page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Mall-Book-Group-690918327597217/.
February 28, 11:30 AM
Closed for Staff Development Day All KCPL locations will be closed all day for Staff Development Day.
February 28, ALL DAY
Playgroup at the Library All the fun of a traditional playgroup but none of the fuss. Drop in to socialize with other families with toddlers and play with toys reserved just for this age group. Parents supervise their children during this informal gathering.
March 1, 11:00 AM
Celtic Calling: Shamrocks and Beyond Celebrate all things Celtic! There will be crafts, traditional Celtic foods to taste and festive Celtic music. Drop in between 3:30 and 4:30. All ages are encouraged to attend.
March 1, 3:30-4:30 pm
Celtic I Spy Do you have the luck of the Irish? Grab a game sheet and spy all five Celtic pictures hidden in the Children's section of the library. Limit one prize, children 12 and under please.
March 1, All Day
Coast to Coast: Contemporary American Writers Reading and Discussion Group This book discussion series focuses on some new voices in contemporary American literature. This month's selection is "The Sea Runners" by Ivan Doig. The group meets the first Thursday of each month September 2017 through May 2018. Discussion leader is Tim Basford. Copies of the books are limited and may be picked up at the Reference Desk.
March 1, 3:00 PM
Winter Library Club Join our 2018 Winter Library Club for chances to win prizes. Fill out an entry slip each time you check out or renew an item during your visit to your local branch library from Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, March 2 and you’ll be entered in a weekly drawing to win a gift card. You will also have the opportunity to get one extra entry just for registering. There are prizes for children, teens and adults. The weekly prizes will be a $5.00 gift card to either the Dollar Tree, Subway or Dollar General. All gift cards must be picked up by Saturday, March 17. The prizes are sponsored by The Friends of The Library Foundation.
March 1, ALL DAY
Jump Into Storytime Storytime sessions are designed for children up to 5 years of age. Child and caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, rhymes, and much more. Caregivers are encouraged to participate along with the children! After storytime, kids are invited to stay, play, and socialize with others.
March 1, 10:30 AM
Celtic Fun Learn about Celtic culture. Celtic music, crafts and refreshments will be available.
March 1, 6:00 PM
Roast Club Teens are invited to do their best MST3K impressions for this monthly event! Join us to watch and roast a cheesy movie or TV show. Refreshments provided by The Friends of The Library.
March 1, 3:00 PM
Roast Club Teens are invited to do their best MST3K impressions for this monthly event! Join us to watch and roast a cheesy movie or TV show. Refreshments provided by The Friends of The Library.
March 1, 3:00 PM
Books 'N' More Storytime program for preschoolers including books, music and a simple craft.
March 1, 1:15 PM
This Little Piggy I-Spy March 1 is National Pig Day! Celebrate these barnyard animals by playing the library I-Spy! Search the Children's Department for popular pig characters. Once you've found all the pictures, turn in your game sheet at the desk and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
March 1, ALL MONTH
Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration Come visit the library to celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with activities, crafts, and cake! Enter to win a new Dr. Seuss book.
March 1, 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Library Brick Builders Club Use your imagination with the world's most popular building blocks and meet some new friends. Be part of our Construction Crew and earn your Building License! Using popular toy building bricks, participants may work on step by step creations or engage in more personalized designs in our free play construction zone. Family.
March 2, 3:30 PM
Celtic I Spy Do you have the luck of the Irish? Grab a game sheet and spy all five Celtic pictures hidden in the Children's section of the library. Limit one prize, children 12 and under please.
March 2, All Day
Winter Library Club Join our 2018 Winter Library Club for chances to win prizes. Fill out an entry slip each time you check out or renew an item during your visit to your local branch library from Tuesday, January 2 to Friday, March 2 and you’ll be entered in a weekly drawing to win a gift card. You will also have the opportunity to get one extra entry just for registering. There are prizes for children, teens and adults. The weekly prizes will be a $5.00 gift card to either the Dollar Tree, Subway or Dollar General. All gift cards must be picked up by Saturday, March 17. The prizes are sponsored by The Friends of The Library Foundation.
March 2, ALL DAY
Seuss-ational Early Out Extravaganza "Run, don’t walk, to the library! A day you won’t want to miss, you see? Fun and cake and games galore! Now really, who could ask for more?" Drop in anytime at the Elk Valley Branch Library between 2 and 4 PM for some Seuss-ational fun!
March 2, 2:00-4:00 PM
This Little Piggy I-Spy March 1 is National Pig Day! Celebrate these barnyard animals by playing the library I-Spy! Search the Children's Department for popular pig characters. Once you've found all the pictures, turn in your game sheet at the desk and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
March 2, ALL MONTH
Seussical Celebration It's Read Across America Day and what better way to celebrate than with Dr. Seuss! Join us and enjoy some Dr. Seuss themed crafts. This celebration is a drop-in program, meaning no sign-up is necessary! Refreshments will be provided by The Friends of The Library.
March 2, 1:00 PM
Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! It's Read Across America Day and what better way to celebrate than with Dr. Seuss? Make a craft. Enjoy a couple of stories. Refreshments will be provided.
March 2, 2:00 PM
Early Dismissal Day Movie Come and watch a movie for Early Dismissal Day! Free popcorn and refreshments provided by the Cross Lanes Library Advisory Board and the Woman's Club of Cross Lanes. Call the library for movie title and rating.
March 2, 2:00 p.m.
Celtic I Spy Do you have the luck of the Irish? Grab a game sheet and spy all five Celtic pictures hidden in the Children's section of the library. Limit one prize, children 12 and under please.
March 3, All Day
The Orkney Islands: A Travelogue and Historic Adventure Dr. Tim Mainland has spent his career teaching Music Theory, Music History and collecting folk music. His surname (a bit unusual in the U.S.) is quite common in Orkney and he wanted to know more about that. Two recent trips there to explore old family stories plunged Dr. Mainland deep into his career interests and led him to discover the old stone houses and graves of direct relatives and the welcoming arms of many Mainlands (half the phone book, there!). He discovered the magnificent Saint Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, the Orkney Folk Festival, the Ness of Brodgar and the mysterious Neolithic Cairns of Rousay, all unexpected treasures. In this arts-oriented talk, the presenter will use the narrative of his journeys to play and discuss the origins of a couple of Scottish-American tunes (banjo and flute), show some slides and tell the intriguing story of St. Magnus and present the archeological mysteries of the Neolilthic peoples that left their epic mark in the Scottish Isles.
March 3, 11:00 AM
Tinkerbell Versus The Celts: Fairy Lore as Oral History Celtic fairy lore is not just entertaining stories for children, Disney-esque ‘Tinkerbell’ type ‘fakelore’ of the nineteenth and twentieth century romanticists, nor dismissible as rural superstition; stories of the dangerous, sinister Sidh/Fey/Gentry/Good People of peasant folk tradition actually may be the oral history of a series of 2,500 to 3,000 year old clashes between Iron Age cattle herding people and Bronze Age cultivators that resulted in continuous guerilla warfare. The speaker will examine some key elements of fairy lore, legends, history, cultural analogies, and archeology to conclude that some legends would be better considered as oral history. Michael J. Simonton earned his PhD in Social Anthropology at the National University of Ireland-Galway with a longitudinal study of aging within the context of sociocultural transformation. He is the author of several books and papers that include Celtic subjects. Currently he is the Director of Celtic Studies at Northern Kentucky University.
March 3, 3:30 PM
Scottish Blackface Sheep Petting Zoo Several Scottish Blackface sheep will be on the library walkway for kids young and old to see. The Scottish Blackface is the most common breed of domestic sheep in the British Isles. This tough and adaptable breed is often found in the more exposed locations, such as the Scottish and Irish Highlands and Mountains.
March 3, 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
The Lively Limerick: Readings Students of Colleen Anderson’s Lively Limericks Workshop will share the verses they created with curious listeners. Listeners can vote for their favorite with their applause.
March 3, 1:00 PM
Spinning and Weaving Demonstrations Knitting and weaving were a staple part of the 'fabric' of Scottish and Irish Life. Come and see top-of-the-hour demonstrations of wool being spun on a spinning wheel. At the bottom of the hour, there will be a demonstration of weaving on an 8-shaft table loom. In between times there will be opportunities to make a take away piece on a heddle loom, or perhaps learn to knit. Presenters are Sarah Sands and Sarah Radow from the Kanawha City Yarn Company.
March 3, 12:00 to 3:00 PM
Celtic Fire and Drum Things will be heating up on the library plaza with a performance by two members of the Fire Artists of Kanawha Valley. There will be three separate performances of around 15 minutes. The burns will take place at 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Watch from the street as fire is twirled and spun. Prepare to be amazed!
March 3, 5:30 to 7:15 PM
This Little Piggy I-Spy March 1 is National Pig Day! Celebrate these barnyard animals by playing the library I-Spy! Search the Children's Department for popular pig characters. Once you've found all the pictures, turn in your game sheet at the desk and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
March 3, ALL MONTH
Designer Purse Bingo The Sissonville Library Advisory Board hosts Designer Purse Bingo, Saturday, March 3! Doors open at 2:30 p.m., bingo starts at 4 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the Sissonville Branch Library. Presale $20 for 20 games, $25 at the door. There will be a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, auction, quilt raffle and concessions. Purchase tickets from the Sissonville Branch Library 304-984-2244 or Joan Shaffer 304-543-0515.
March 3, 2:30 PM
Sunday Jams: Mountain Thyme Our long running family music series is back by popular demand! People of all ages are invited to hear live music performed in a relaxed setting. Celebrate Charleston's Celtic Calling weekend with Mountain Thyme, the all-women band which has performed and preserved music that they describe as “Appalachian Celtic” in the region since 1982. The band’s Celtic-flavored tunes include jigs, reels, hornpipes, marches, waltzes, contemporary melodies written in traditional style, and original compositions. Visit http://www.mtnthyme.com/ for more information. Funding for Sunday Jams provided by KCPL Annual Book Sale.
March 4, 2:00 PM
This Little Piggy I-Spy March 1 is National Pig Day! Celebrate these barnyard animals by playing the library I-Spy! Search the Children's Department for popular pig characters. Once you've found all the pictures, turn in your game sheet at the desk and choose a prize from our treasure chest!
March 4, ALL MONTH