Melanie Huggins

Richland Library named national award winner, one of top five libraries in the country

The Institute of Museum of Library Services has named Richland Library as a winner of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for their service and dedication to the community. Melanie Huggins making the announcement Monday in front of library board. (Terry Ward Photo) The award comes after back-to-back years…

Youngsters enthralled by Columbia storytelling festival

Darion McCloud is an accomplished raconteur. And on Friday the local actor and director shared with schoolchildren gathered in downtown Columbia for a storytelling festival an old Gullah tale about a man named Aaron Kelly. McCloud began by explaining to the children that Gullah is an African-influenced culture and language still found today on the coast of South Carolina. Then…

Hammer time: Library renovation begins by tearing down some walls

The transformation of Richland Library’s Cooper branch is a bright spot for the Forest Acres community, which was devastated by floods that struck the area last October. On Thursday neighbors gathered to knock down some walls at the Cooper branch, the next step toward revitalizing an important community hub. Richland Library held a wall-breaking ceremony at the Trenholm Road location in…

Richland Library offers FEMA application assistance at Main branch

Richland Library’s Main branch on Assembly Street is assisting patrons with FEMA applications. Staff will be on hand during normal operating hours to help individuals affected by the flood navigate the application process. Residents will be able to learn which communities are designated FEMA Assistance Areas, receive help with  FEMA application preparation, gain access to technical support including fax machines,…

Photo Gallery: Richland Library kicks off construction on new North Main branch

And the walls came tumbling down. Richland Library celebrated the start of construction for its new North Main Branch Monday morning with a wallbreaking. Children from neighboring Arden Elementary School toppled over a faux brick wall, while library officials lined up to take a whack at the one of the library’s existing walls. “The children having access to library materials…

Richland School District Two, Richland Library unveil partnership to construct joint facility

Richland School District Two celebrated a new partnership with Richland Library that will combine a student learning center and a library into the one large building. Kevin Alberse, director of the Richland Two Institute of Innovation looks at the new R2i2 floor plan, which includes the library space addition. (photo provided) School and library officials gathered Thursday to unveil plans…