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    Events for: Thursday, April 17
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30

    Celebrate National Library Week
    Sunday, April 13 - Saturday, April 19
    Main Library
    Celebrate libraries, and write a poem about why you love your library. Enter a drawing to win a prize.

    Author/Book Match Game (grades 6-12)
    Monday, April 14 - Saturday, April 19
    James Island Library
    Celebrate National Library Week by matching authors to their young adult books. All correct entries will be placed in a drawing for a chance to win a gift card.

    PLAY: Poem in Your Pocket Day (ages 11 and younger)
    Thursday, April 17
    James Island Library
    Recite a poem, and receive a treat.

    Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime (ages 3 and older)
    Thursday, April 17, 9:30 AM
    Village Library
    Bring your Easter basket and join the Easter Bunny during this outdoor event. Registration requested.

    Annual Puppet Show: Tales from the Earth and Sky
    Thursday, April 17, 10:30 AM
    Otranto Road Regional
    Enjoy a puppet show featuring stories about clouds, the moon, a caterpillar and coyote finding fire.

    Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime (ages 3 and older)
    Thursday, April 17, 11:00 AM
    Village Library
    Bring your Easter basket and join the Easter Bunny during this outdoor event. Registration requested.

    Not Fiction Book Discussion
    Thursday, April 17, 11:00 AM
    West Ashley Library
    The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible by Simon Winchester.

    Spring Break Cinema
    Thursday, April 17, 11:00 AM
    John L. Dart Library
    The Black Stallion. Rated G; 113 minutes.

    Online Application Lab
    Thursday, April 17, 1:00 PM
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Drop in, and receive stress-free help with completing online applications, including unemployment forms for the state's Department of Employment and Workforce.

    PLAY: Spring Break Movie
    Thursday, April 17, 2:30 PM
    Poe/Sullivan's Island Library
    The Lorax. Rated G; 87 minutes.

    Spring Break Cinema
    Thursday, April 17, 3:00 PM
    John L. Dart Library
    The Black Stallion. Rated G; 113 minutes.

    Afternoon Adventures: Happy Un-Birthday Party
    Thursday, April 17, 3:30 PM
    Main Library
    Celebrate everyone's birthday, and enjoy fun games, stories and cake.

    Easter Egg Hunt
    Thursday, April 17, 4:00 PM
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Search the library for the golden egg, and win a prize. One gold egg per children's and young adult age groups.

    PLAY: Earth Day Art
    Thursday, April 17, 4:00 PM
    Poe/Sullivan's Island Library
    Celebrate Earth Day, and make a collage with recycled materials.

    Bilingual Homework Help (ages 5-12)
    Thursday, April 17, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    John's Island Regional Library
    Receive general homework help in English or Spanish in the Children's Department. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, and computers, Internet and educational software also are available.

    Film Movement Thursday
    Thursday, April 17, 6:00 PM
    Main Library
    Auditorium
    Broken. Not rated; 91 minutes. 11 year-old Skunk lives a carefree life with her loving father, brother and nanny. One day, Skunk witnesses her angry neighbor, Mr. Oswald, savagely beat a young man who lives across the street. Skunk is unwittingly drawn into her neighbors' unfolding melodrama of violence, sex and life-shattering illness. As Skunk's innocence begins to vanish, her home, neighborhood and school become treacherous environments where the happy certainties of childhood give way to fear-filled doubt. Skunk is drawn into chaos from which she may only return through the intense love of those closest to her. Directed by Rufus Norris.

    Mah Jongg Nights (adults)
    Thursday, April 17, 6:00 PM
    Poe/Sullivan's Island Library
    Learn to play American Mah Jongg. No experience necessary.

    Party 4 a Purpose
    Thursday, April 17, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mad River Bar and Grill
    Visit Mad River to support the Charleston Friends of the Library. A $5 donation at the door gets you a free drink and items from a discounted food menu. Proceeds from the door benefit the Friends of the Library. Silent auction items available.

    Dart After Dark: Urban Fiction Book Club (adults)
    Thursday, April 17, 6:15 PM
    John L. Dart Library
    Another One Night Stand by Kendall Banks.

    Container Gardening
    Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Join master gardener Donna Powell, and learn how to grow vegetables and plants in containers.

    Book Discussion at Otranto (adults)
    Thursday, April 17, 6:30 PM
    Otranto Road Regional
    Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout.

    PLAY: Guess the Number of Jelly Beans (ages 4-18)
    Tuesday, April 1 - Thursday, April 17
    Village Library
    Enter your guess of the number of Jelly Beans in the Jar and win a prize. The winner will be announced at the Annual Easter Egg Hunt.

    My Life is a Poem Poetry Contest
    Tuesday, April 1 - Friday, April 25
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Write a poem about you or something in your life for a poetry contest. Submissions are due by April 25, and a winner will be selected by April 30. Visit the information desk for details.

    FOL Membership Drive
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    all branches
    As National Library Week approaches, patrons are encouraged to become a Charleston Friend of the Library by signing up online or at any of our 16 locations. The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that raises money to fund more than 7,000 library programs throughout the year and provides opportunities for the community to invest in their public library through donations of time, money and books. Membership forms are available at all branches, and branches compete to see who can acquire the most memberships during the month.

    Saul Alexander Gallery Exhibit
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Main Library
    South Carolina Rural and Small Town Vernacular Architecture by John Van Dalen
    Local photographer John Van Dalen presents a selection of graceful antebellum and Victorian-era houses and structures from his photo excursions along back roads in the counties surrounding Charleston. Old houses in the countryside and in small towns never fall to capture Van Dalen's imagination with their beauty, elegance and sense of permanence. These recent color photographs call to mind a way of life off the beaten path, far from traffic and cities.

    Early Literacy Station
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Main Library
    Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for April is reading.

    Activity Zone (grades K-5)
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    James Island Library
    Enjoy puzzles, mazes and coloring activities.

    National Poetry Month: Poem a Day
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    James Island Library
    Celebrate National Poetry Month, and take a poem home with you to enjoy.

    National Poetry Month Trivia (grades 6-12)
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    John's Island Regional Library
    Answer questions about great American poets for a candy prize.

    Reflections: Poetry and Me
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    John's Island Regional Library
    Create mirror poems, video poems, moving poems and more throughout the month, and your poems will be featured in the poetry display.

    Gallery Display
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    John's Island Regional Library
    Enjoy a display of pen and ink drawings by Richard Hyde.

    Early Literacy Station
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for April is reading.

    TeenSpot Tweets for Treats
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    St. Andrews Regional Library
    Find a birdie, and tweet about your favorite book for a treat.

    National Autism Awareness Month
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
    In America, autism affects at least 1 in 88 children. April is Autism Awareness Month and parents and children of all ages are invited to visit the window display in the children's department to learn more about autism spectrum disorders.

    Early Literacy Station
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
    Visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for April is reading.

    National Poetry Month Wall
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Otranto Road Regional
    Children's Department
    Write an acrostic or haiku poem to be posted on the poetry wall.

    Teen Poetry Contest
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Otranto Road Regional
    Celebrate National Poetry Month, and submit up to three original poems during the month of April. The poems will be displayed in the Young Adult section of the library, and the winner will be announced May 5.

    Adult Poetry Contest
    Tuesday, April 1 - Wednesday, April 30
    Otranto Road Regional
    Celebrate National Poetry Month, and submit up to three original poems during the month of April. The poems will be displayed in the library, and prizes will be awarded to the three best entries.