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“REAL MEN READ”: 9 a.m.-noon Tuesday at Joseph Keels Elementary School, 7500 Springcrest Drive. The program aims to heighten student awareness and the importance of reading. Call (803) 736-8754, ext. 3018
“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: MODERN AMERICAN POETS”: This five-part moderated reading, video and discussion features five of the most influential American poets. This week’s installment features Emily Dickinson, Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. The last two discussions feature Robert Frost, March 6; and William Carlos Williams, March 13 at the Kershaw County Public Library, Camden branch, 1304 Broad St., Camden. Call (803) 425-1508.
ONE BOOK, ONE COLUMBIA: The 2013 pick is “The Dry Grass of August,” by A. J. Mayhew. The novel is the story of a young girl’s coming-of-age in the face of racial prejudice in the segregation era. Several events will tie into the book: writing groups that work with the author, 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, and author events, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Richland Library, Bostick Auditorium. To learn how to join others reading the novel at one of Richland Library’s book clubs, visit www.richland library.com/onebook.
SPEAKER AT THE CENTER SERIES: Hosted by the South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book, USC Press and Hub City Press, the series takes place during lunch and features a variety of authors. The first installment includes Jonathan Green, Edward Madden and Charlene Spearen from noon-1 p.m. Thursday at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate St. Upcoming discussions include Eric Emerson, March 21; Susan Tekulve, April 18; Aida Rogers, Cindi Boiter, Ceille Baird Welch and Billy Deal, May 16; and Tom Polland and Phil Sawyer, June 20. Call (803) 734-8666
LEADING BY READING: During February, the Leadership Columbia Class of 2013 will collect books for the United Way of the Midlands Reading Consortium. Books will be collected at 2020 Hampton, 4th floor, Suite 4069. A portion of the books will go to children dealing with homelessness. Visit facebook.com/leadingbyreading.
READING WITH RINGLING BROTHERS: Pick up a Rewards Club Card, read five books through March 7 and receive a free ticket to see “The Greatest Show On Earth.” Call (803) 425-1508; www.kershawcountylibrary.org