Summer Reading Fest

We’re diving into Summer Reading at the Icehouse Amphitheater with a show and family fun. Columbia Children’s Theatre Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience at 4 and 6 PM. Gates open at 3 PM for games, storytimes and crafts. This is a free event, but tickets are required to manage capacity.

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience is a rock ‘n roll parable with a significant message, based on the hit children’s book by Mo Willems. Wilbur and all his fellow naked mole rats in the Tunnel have always been, well…naked. Wondering what other possibilities are out there, Wilbur discovers a love for clothing and style. When word of his new passion turns the Tunnel upside down, he proves to everyone that there’s no need to be just like everyone else.

A special lesson and rock show all in one, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed has energetic songs, quirky characters and a story unlike any other.

Join us for a conversation with New York Times bestselling author and Food Network star Chef Jeff Henderson. Inspirational speaker Chef Jeff knows what it feels like to be hungry, and he knows what it is to struggle.

Jeff Henderson will inspire attendees with his emotional journey of redemption from the streets to the stove, sharing real-life strategies to help others achieve their dreams, no matter their stage of life.

From humble beginnings in South Central Los Angeles, to life as an imprisoned drug dealer, and then as an award-winning celebrity chef and best-selling author, Jeff is a role model for anyone who needs the encouragement to reinvent their life. Since he discovered his passion and gift for cooking in the unlikeliest of places — prison — Jeff has completely turned his life around, and today serves as a popular and powerful voice for self-transformation.

Talk Saves Lives is a community-based presentation that covers the general scope of suicide, the research on prevention and what people can do to fight suicide. Join us for a conversation with Jennifer Butler, program director for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health Office of Suicide Prevention. Learn the risk factors and warning signs of suicide, and how together we can help prevent it. This program will be presented online through GoToMeeting. You can also access the program by phone.

So Creative introduces new skills and techniques with fun hands-on projects — we’ll be creating sun catchers. Take & Make Kits will be available at Cayce-West Columbia Branch on May 19 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This program will be presented online through GoToMeeting. You can also access the program by phone.

What do Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Rogers and your favorite high school teacher or coach have in common? According to Pete Davis, they are all “long-haul heroes,” folks who have gone against the grain and committed themselves to a particular place, community or cause. In his new book, Dedicated: The Case for Commitment in an Age of Infinite Browsing, Davis articulates the joys voluntary commitment can bring in a world that celebrates flexibility, keeping your options open, and chill. Along with discussing his new book, Davis will also explore the budding counterculture of commitment.

ABC Columbia’s weatherman and co-host of Good Morning Columbia Tyler Ryan discusses the importance of being a smart news consumer in today’s digital age. Ryan will explore the historical role that media played in shaping today’s perceptions as well as its current state of news. We’ll also examine the role social media played with disinformation campaigns and how some social media platforms are designed to grab our attention. Learn how to be a responsible media-consumer by finding reputable sources, fact-checking data, not sharing articles blindly on social media and how to discern fact from opinion.

Want to test your trivia knowledge from books to TV to history and beyond? Join us for a fun-filled family trivia event to challenge your brain and keep you entertained. Drop by South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library to pick up your answer packs (or label four index cards A, B, C and D). This program will be presented online and is geared for all ages. Children under 15 should be accompanied by an adult.

Born and raised in Topeka, Kansas, Gary Jackson is the author of the poetry collection Missing You, Metropolis, which received the 2009 Cave Canem Poetry Prize. His poems have appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, Tin House, The Sun, Los Angeles Review of Books, Crab Orchard Review and Copper Nickel. He’s been published in Shattered: The Asian American Comics Anthology and was featured in the 2013 New American Poetry Series by the Poetry Society of America. He teaches in the MFA program as an associate professor at the College of Charleston.

Snuggle up to a great book at Pajama Storytime. Throw on your pj’s, grab your blanket and stuffed animal friend, and join us for a soothing evening of stories, songs and rhymes. All ages welcome.

So Creative introduces new skills and techniques with fun hands-on projects — we’ll be decorating Easter Egg Mason jars. Take & Make Kits will be available at Cayce-West Columbia Branch on April 14 from 10 AM to 5 PM. This program will be presented online through GoToMeeting. You can also access the program by phone.

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