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SC State Library to Close for Total Eclipse, August 21, 2017

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Due to traffic and congestion concerns, the South Carolina State Library will be closed for the 2017 Great American Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017. For more information about this historic event, please visit our online resource guide today!

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State Library Provides Comprehensive Online Eclipse Guide

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At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers in the greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast. NASA estimates that South Carolina could see an influx of up to 1 million visitors to witness the first total solar eclipse to make a path all the way across the continental U.S. in 99 years. Columbia is the third largest city in the U.S.

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New South Carolina State Government Documents for August 2017

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The South Carolina Digital State Documents Depository provides access to publications produced by state agencies and state-supported academic institutions. These publications provide citizens with crucial information about state government, including statistics, annual accountability reports, and data on a wide variety of topics related to the state.

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Free Author Talk and Signing: Champions of Civil and Human Rights in South Carolina with Marvin Lare

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Join us for this month's author talk and book signing: Champions of Civil and Human Rights in South Carolina, the first volume in a five-volume anthology. Lare introduces more than one hundred civil rights leaders from South Carolina to chronicle a massive revolution in American society.

Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public; however, we ask that you register to ensure a seat.

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SC State Library Now Offering Unlimited Access to TumbleBooks

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The South Carolina State Library and TumbleBooks Inc. are pleased to announce that the Library is now offering its citizens unlimited and unrestricted access to TumbleBookLibrary. TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books, reading comprehension quizzes, read-along chapter books, and educational resources used by over 20,000 schools and libraries in 100 countries around the world.

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Call for 2017 SCLA Conference POSTER Session Proposals

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This year’s conference theme is "Libraries Make It Happen!" The focus is on the power of libraries to change lives.  This year’s Conference is your opportunity to share your ideas, techniques, and stories of how you and your library create opportunities for exploration, innovation, and transformation in the communities you serve with your colleagues.

If you are wondering if you should do a poster session at this year’s conference, we have several good reasons below why you should!

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2017 Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Announced

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The 11th Annual Literacy Leaders Awards will be presented by the USC School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at 5:00 p.m. on September 8, 2017 at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia.  The awards go to individuals and/or groups that have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. Their contributions include:

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University flood researchers need survey participants

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Were you impacted by the catastrophic flooding that hit the South Carolina Midlands in October 2015 or Hurricane Matthew last November? Three University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science faculty — Dr. Feili Tu-Keefner, Dr. Jingjing Liu and Dr. Darin Freeburg — are conducting research to examine the role played by public libraries and how community members accessed information during these natural disasters.

They are specifically interested in knowing perceptions about the following:

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