Richland Library

Richland Library renovation a boon for local job-seekers

In 2008 they created a mobile lab with 10 laptops and a few pamphlets on how to find employment. But administrators at Richland Library’s main branch knew they were far from providing all the job-placement resources their patrons needed. New seating and shared work spaces are just some of the changes in the renovated Business, Research and Career Center. (Photos provided)…

One Book initiative gathers community to read together

Carla Damron lives in Columbia, and the capitol city is the setting of her newest novel, “The Stone Necklace.” Those facts were just the beginning of what made her book the choice for Richland Library’s “One Book, One Community” event. Carla Damron, author of “The Stone Necklace” (photo provided) The initiative is an effort to build community by encouraging everyone…

Blythewood library renovation gets equestrian inspiration

  Architects working on Richland Library’s Blythewood branch are tapping into the communities equestrian tradition to redesign the building. “We’re nodding to the past,” said Angie Brose, project architect with Charleston-based Liollio Architecture. Richland Library unveiled plans Thursday night for the renovation that include contemporary furnishings and earth tone colors. The branch will be expanded by nearly 2,000 square feet…

More locals register for ACA health insurance as deadline nears

Federal health care officials say enrollment numbers continue to increase in South Carolina and nationwide for the number of people who are enrolling or re-enrolling in health insurance offered through the Affordable Care Act. “People irrespective of their ideological position want healthcare. The demand for the product is high,” said Kevin Counihan, Marketplace CEO for healthcare.gov. Nearly 11.7 million people…

Richland Library announces sign up dates for Affordable Health Care insurance

Richland Library is bringing its Affordable Care Act services directly to residents as the deadline for enrollment nears. The library has scheduled three sessions this week during which residents can receive a free consultations to learn what health care coverage options are available. “In South Carolina more than 199,000 people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act as of…

Richland Library’s Cooper branch to close in February for renovations

Richland Library’s Cooper branch in Forest Acres will close next month. The library will begin its $2 million renovation, which will be paid for by the 2013 bond referendum. “Richland Library Cooper is quickly becoming the Forest Acres hub for arts, literacy and community events – as well as a neighborhood gathering space, equipped with the latest technology,” said Cooper…

‘Remembering Columbia’ offers visual road map of city’s people, places

Columbia’s history is a melting pot of race, class, religion and culture in the heart of South Carolina’s capital. The latest book to explore the Famously Hot city is “Remembering Columbia,” and it moves readers along the streets and neighborhoods of the city from behind the camera lens. “Remembering Columbia is not just a visual journey into the past, it’s also…

Seneca Jackson looks to bridge knowledge gap as Richland Library’s Ethel Bolden scholar

Public libraries are transforming into 21st century information centers replete with traditional print materials and digital resources. The shift also is changing the role librarians play in helping patrons discover and access new information. University of South Carolina graduate student Seneca Jackson is taking the lead on bridging the knowledge gap among rural and urban residents as Richland Library’s Ethel…

Grammy-nominated songwriting duo share ‘Trees’ at Richland Library

Music flowed Saturday from Richland Library’s Children’s Room as more than 150 families packed the space to hear the musical stylings of Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly. The songwriting duo performed selections from their Grammy-nominated debut album “Trees.” The album “Trees” by Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly can be checked out at Richland Library. (photo by Kelly Petty) “When I…

Richland Library hosts “Get The Facts” tour to help residents enroll in ACA health insurance

Richland Library staff took the new Access Freely bus out Thursday to help encourage people to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The library, along with the Palmetto Project, teamed up with national nonprofit Enroll America to ensure residents in the Columbia area were aware of their options. Representatives from Enroll America, Richland Library and the Palmetto Project…

Richland Library’s Cooper branch to get nearly $2 million makeover

  Renovation plans for the Cooper branch of Richland Library in Forest Acres were unveiled to the community Thursday evening. The location is getting a $1.84 million face-lift as part of the library’s bond referendum funding. “We’ve totally transformed the building,” said Michael Wenzinger, architect with The Boudreaux Group. “It’s got this great bookstore feel to it when you walk…

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,…

Richland Library opens Wednesday

Richland Library officials announced all library locations will be open Wednesday. The Main branch on Assembly Street will open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the other 10 locations will hold hours between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. “Our hope is to serve local residents during a time of crisis, giving them access to resources that can help get…

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…

New literary event Deckle Edge to pick up where S.C. Book Festival left off

The South Carolina Book Festival is no more, but book lovers can rejoice as a group of Columbia literary aficionados have a new event in the works to promote the city’s writing community. The collective, coordinated by local writer Darien Cavanaugh and Annie Boiter-Jolley of Jasper Magazine, will launch Deckle Edge, South Carolina’s Literary Festival early next year. University of…

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…

Richland Library Friends to host pop-up book sale this weekend

Book readers will have an opportunity to stock up Sunday with help from Richland Library. Richland Library Friends, a nonprofit organization that supports programs put on by the library, is hosting a pop-up book sale. “This is the first time we’re trying the pop-up sale to see if people will take advantage of it,” said Star-Schema Harris, development coordinator for Richland…