Blues, history, wildlife, and more: What's on tap at the Charleston County Library for February

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February may be the shortest month of the year, but Charleston County Public Library is breaking records with nearly 500 free programs, events, training classes, lectures, music performances and exhibits planned during the month.

There is something for every age and interest, so come check out what is going on at the library near you:

Blues Bash 2011, February 3-11, with free programs each weekday in the Main Library Auditorium, including special performances from Doug Deming and The Jewel Tomes with Dennis Gruenling, artists from Florida and New Jersey, and Randy McAllister from Texas.

Black History Month programs, including: 

  • Award-winning artist E.B. Lewis, whose illustrations have captured the imagination of children in more than 50 children’s books - 2/9, Dart Library.
  • African American Genealogy workshops with tips on how to get started and where to find information – 2/12, St. Andrews Regional
  • Civil War encampment by the Massachusetts 54th Company I re-enactment group on the lawn all day in period clothing with period weapons and equipment to interact with the public and educate them about these celebrated African American soldiers - 2/19, St. Andrews Regional
  • Programs about Gullah heritage, the Underground Railroad, puppet shows, a children’s film festival plus reading activities featuring the works of African American authors.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition programs featuring nature artists Heiner Hertling, Carl Brenders and a look at the evolution of American sculpture through the roles of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens – 2/18 and 2/19, Main Library.

Other highlights during the month include:  

  • Opera at the Library: Encore: The Best of Joan Sutherland (film) – 2/1, Main Library
  • Weight loss strategies and exercise – 2/1, Mt. Pleasant; 2/2, Mt Pleasant; 2/3, Main Library
  • Resume writing/cover letter editing – 2/8, Main Library
  • Beginning and advanced fiction writing – 2/8, Main (advanced); 2/14, Main (beginning)
  • Podcasting 101 for small businesses and non-profits – 2/15, Main Library. ·
  • Nearly 100 PLAY (Public Libraries And You) programs scheduled for Saturdays and evenings so the entire family can come to the library together to enjoy movies, music, crafts, games, storytimes, puppet shows and more.

For a complete listing of February's Library events, click here.