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Beaufort County Library Launches New “Well-Read” Podcast

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Are you looking for a good book to read? The Beaufort County Library is pleased to introduce the Well-Read podcast, a bi-weekly conversation about books between two of our experienced librarians and avid readers: Ann Cox and Halle Eisenman. In each episode, Ann and Halle discuss reading recommendations, what they’re currently reading, and other book-related fun!

The duo has an assortment of episodes for listeners to download while they await the next episodes. Recorded episodes include:

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Charleston Friends of the Library hold Main Library Book Sale to Continue the legacy that Cynthia Hurd Left Behind

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On June 17, just a few days before the Main Library Book Sale was originally set to be held, a tragedy occurred just a block down the road from the library at Mother Emmanuel AME Church that took nine lives and left the Charleston community reeling. One of those killed was the Charleston County Public Library System’s very own Cynthia Hurd—a librarian who served for 31 years, and who was dearly loved by all who knew her.

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Berkeley County Program is 1st-of-its-kind for South Carolina

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This new service began with a grant over $11k from Google to the Friends of the Berkeley County Library. The grant helps support ongoing efforts to put Google’s technical know-how and resources to work for the communities where they live and work.

Google’s grant provided the funds for 20 Mifi jetpacks and service for the first year. The Berkeley County Library provided twenty Chromebooks, each with a case and mouse, for the program.

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Art workshops designed to help community healing

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Charleston's heart is broken, and area residents are struggling with feelings of grief, fear, anger and helplessness as they try to understand the senseless murders at Emanuel AME Church. Although grief doesn’t have a one-size-fits-all solution, residents in communities with other traumatic events such as Sandy Hook and Boston tapped into their creative process to find help with their feelings and emotions.

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John’s Island Regional Book Sale Set for July 24 & 25

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Book lovers and bargain hunters are in for a real treat when the Charleston Friends of the Library host its annual John’s Island Regional Book Sale.  With great bargains, good books and a chance to support your library system, all are in invited to this free event held on Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at the John’s Island Regional Library located at 3531 Maybank Highway, Charleston, SC 29455.

 

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Library System Brings Mifi30 to the Lowcountry

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The Berkeley County Library System, with assistance from Google, is pleased to be the first library system in the state to offer a new service, MiFi30, which allows customers to check out the internet for 30 days, free with their library card. This new service began with a grant over $11k from Google to the Friends of the Berkeley County Library. The grant helps support ongoing efforts to put Google’s technical know-how and resources to work for the communities where they live and work.

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Charleston County Public Library Loses Staff Member in Shooting

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The staff of South Carolina State Library were deeply saddened to learn of the loss of Cynthia Hurd, Charleston County Public Library’s St. Andrews Regional Library Manager, in the shootings Wednesday night at Mother Emmanuel AME Church in downtown Charleston. Cynthia was a tireless servant of the community who spent her life helping residents, making sure they had every opportunity for an education and personal growth. To honor Cynthia and all those lost in last night's shooting, the Charleston County Public Library's 16 locations are closed today, Thursday, June 18, 2015.

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SC Attorney General’s Office to provide Internet Safety Training to Public Libraries

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Joe Ryan, Education Coordinator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office is providing a new free service to the state’s public libraries. 

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National Teen Library Lock-in to be held Friday, July 31

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Each year, libraries across the United States invite teens to a locally hosted lock-in on the same night during August for online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games. While each event is sponsored by the participating library, librarians share ideas and expertise to coordinate events that bring teens together across time zones and geographic boundaries.

The 2015 National Teen Library Lock-in will be held Friday, July 31st!  

DEADLINE to sign up is July 1. 

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Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins Selected for Liberty Fellowship's 12th Class

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Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins is one of 22 innovative problem solvers selected to join the newest class of Liberty Fellows. Dynamic and diverse, these Fellows are South Carolina's standout leaders in the business, government and nonprofit sectors. "When I consider these Fellows individually, I see women and men who know what they want and deliberately go after it. There's no sitting on the sidelines, waiting on someone to lead," said Hayne Hipp, who co-founded Liberty Fellowship with his wife, Anna Kate.

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