Richland Library

Richland Library Northeast and Wheatley units temporarily closing for construction

In an effort to expedite construction and ensure safety, the Richland Library is temporarily closing two facilities. The Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road) and Wheatley location (931 Woodrow Street.) will close at 6 p.m., Saturday, July 1. Both libraries are expected to be closed 12-18 months. Because both properties are restricted, housing a temporary cottage at either site is prohibited. Therefore, customers…

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…

Richland Library named 2017 National Medal Finalist

Award Recognizes Innovative Institutions in the Community 

For the second year in a row, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has selected Richland Library as one of 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. It’s the nation’s highest honor given to that sector. For 22 years, the award has recognized and celebrated institutions demonstrating extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service…

Richland Library hosting prominent journalists turned authors

MEET LEONARD PITTS, JR. and COKIE ROBERTS

In collaboration with two community-wide initiatives, Richland Library is excited to present back-to-back visits with two award-winning journalists. Please join us for the following events: An Evening with Leonard Pitts, Jr. is scheduled for 7 p.m., Thursday February 23 at 701 Whaley (701 Whaley Street). A Conversation with Cokie Roberts is scheduled for 4 p.m., Friday, February 24 at our…

Person struck outside Richland-Northeast Library branch, condition unknown

Richland-Northeast Library Branch (File Photo.) A vehicle struck a person standing outside of Richland Library’s Northeast location (7490 Parklane Road.) The front entrance of the building was hit, too. The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m., Monday, according to a release from the library. Richland Library staff worked quickly to check on the conditions of people inside the library. Everyone was safely…

New Richland Library Sandhills opens, Sunday

After nearly 18 months of construction, Richland Library opened the doors to its new Sandhills location, Sunday. It’s a state-of-the-art, 30,000 sq.-ft. facility, at 763 Fashion Drive inside the Village at Sandhill. Art lessons were a part of the opening day festivities, Sunday (Marie Stover Photo.) The library offers improved access to new releases, triple the amount of computers and…

Richland Library to assist Obamacare enrollment as Tuesday deadline looms

As open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) comes to a close, Richland Library is teaming up to host the fourth annual deadline event from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Tuesday, January 31 at the library’s main location at 1431 Assembly Street. Free consultations are available through appointments or walk-ins. Social workers and Palmetto Project navigators will go…

Richland Library tackles popular 2017 resolutions

Free programs available to help you reach your goals in the New Year

As folks wave goodbye to 2016, Richland Library is encouraging the community to set and tackle another round of New Year’s resolutions. Whether local residents are looking to clean up their fiances, revitalize their career search, focus on their health or explore a new hobby, the library is offering a number of free programs throughout January to help reach those…

Columbia Mayor Benjamin, others spread joy of reading as part of extended Books 2 Boys program

The next round of book fairs will provide approximately 1,500 books to boys in grades 1-5

Folks in Columbia are hoping to spread the joys and benefits of reading to young boys — again. Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (Photo provided) Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, along with Richland Library and City of Columbia Parks and Recreation, will host two additional Books 2 Boys book fairs in November, the mayor’s office announced Monday. “The kickoff event (in September) was awesome,…

North Main library reopens to public after extensive renovations

In November 2013, Richland County voters said “yes” to a $59 million bond referendum to pay for renovations and repairs for Richland Library branches. Saturday, they got a first look at how the money is being spent. The library’s North Main Street branch reopened to the public after extensive renovations, and Richland County Councilman Jim Manning said the building’s new…

North Main library gets $3 million makeover

(Photos provided by Richland Library) After nearly a year of construction, Richland Library North Main is prepared to reopen its doors, marking the first completed system-wide building project. Library staff members on Thursday will start unveiling the newly renovated and reconfigured location at 5306 North Main St., featuring enhanced spaces. A new networking center will allow library patrons to participate…

Pigskin Poets returns to Richland Library for 20th year

There are 44 days until Gamecock football season, but fans can get their football fix a little earlier this year at Richland Library. Young fans join Gamecock football players for an afternoon of reading during Richland Library’s Pigskin Poets. (File photo) Richland Library is teaming with the Gamecocks next week at the Drew Wellness Center, 2101 Walker Solomon Way, in Columbia…

Grammy-nominated musician Molly Ledford to lead songwriting workshop

It isn’t every day people get to learn how to write songs from a Grammy-nominated musician, but Columbia teenagers will have the opportunity to do just that during “Let’s Rock with Molly Ledford!,” a workshop hosted by Richland Library. Molly Ledford will lead a teen songwriting workshop later this month at Richland Library. (File photo) Ledford has been making music…

Columbia’s Jewish history highlighted in self-guided tour

Brittons, Kline, Lyons. These names represent just some of the Jewish families who helped shape Columbia, and they are now the focus on a new self-guided tour developed by Historic Columbia. Members of the Rivkin family pose in front of Rivkin’s Delicatessen on Lady Street, the first Jewish deli in Columbia, circa 1935. (Photo courtesy of Special Collections, College of…

Calling all writers and book lovers: Nominations open for Richland Library honor

Richland Library Friends seeks individuals who have made significant contributions to promote literature and libraries. The nonprofit arm of the county library has announced a call for nominations for the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, named in honor of the former Richland Library director. The Lucy Hampton Bostick Award is named after the former Richland Library Director who advanced libraries and…

New housing development coming to Assembly Street

Richland Library will get a new neighbor as a Chicago developer looks to add a 15-story residential development at 1401 Assembly Street in downtown Columbia. Representatives of Clayco Development Corp. unveiled plans for the proposed apartments during Thursday’s Design Development Review Commission meeting. Chicago developers are proposing a 15-story multi-family unit development on Assembly Street. (Photos courtesy of Clayco Development Corporation)…

Renovation to give St. Andrews library digital, ‘techie’ feel

The St. Andrews branch of Richland Library is getting a much-needed makeover, more than 20 years after it opened on the Broad River Road corridor. Library officials unveiled plans for the branch to the public Monday night, which will include bright colors and a modern facade. Architect Angie Brose (left) explains design plans for the St. Andrews branch to a library staff…

Columbia groups take steps to honor Prince

The Purple One is getting the royal treatment thanks to the Richland Library and the Five Points Association. Richland Library has assembled a collection of purple-colored children’s books to honor Prince. (Photo provided) Library cardholders can access the music of the late rock, soul and funk artist Prince through their online digital media service Hoopla. Hoopla is a free mobile…

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…

All Richland Library branches closed Wednesday

Richland Library is taking a day off this week to put the needs of library patrons first. All Richland Library branch locations will be closed on Wednesday for Customer Service Improvement Day. All branches will reopen 9 a.m. Thursday. The annual day allows library department teams to work together on projects that will enhance the knowledge and skills of staff members…

Hot spot: Midlands attractions garnering awards and tourists

For Columbia city leaders, the recent announcement that the South Carolina State Museum has earned the Governor’s Cup Award from the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department is proof that the Midlands is becoming one the state’s hottest spots for travel and tourism. The new observatory dome is lifted to the roof of the South Carolina State Museum in 2014…