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Writers’ Workshop with Bret Lott and Nicole Seitz

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The 2015 Berkeley Reads program aimed at recognizing authors residing in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties will culminate in a Writer’s Workshop finale to be held at Hanahan High School on Saturday, March 28th, 2015.

The Berkeley Reads program, a collaboration between Berkeley County School District and the Berkeley County Library System, will participate in Berkeley Writes, a writer’s contest to be judged by Lowcountry authors. Finalists will have a writing session with Bret Lott, Nicole Seitz, or Christi Sanford that morning from 9am to 11am.

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Renowned storyteller to visit Laurens County Library

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Experience Southern Appalachian Folklore & Music with Storyteller Marilyn McMinn-McCredie at the Laurens County Public Library

The Laurens County Public Library presents renowned storyteller Marilyn McMinn-McCredie on Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm, in the meeting room of the Laurens Library. McMinn-McCredie brings a clever, home-spun wit to her telling of stories and singing mountain ballads while she accompanies herself on the mountain dulcimer.

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Elizabeth J. McNeer Storytelling Festival

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Join the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Library System for the Elizabeth J. McNeer Storytelling Festival on Saturday, April 11, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at the Pratt Library, 451 Wilson Street, Ridgeland, SC.  The library will be host to storytelling for all ages featuring nationally known singer, song writer, storyteller, Kate Campbell & Gullah, Gullah Island Star and SC Storyteller Natalie Daise.  Free to the public! For more information, please call 843-726-7744.

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Teen Tech Week is March 8 – 14, 2015

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Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries.

Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

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Friends of the York County Library Named “Hometown Heroes” by CN2 News

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The Friends of the York County Library were recognized by CN2 News, a local cable TV station, as “Hometown Heroes” on February 17 for the tremendous service this group does for York County Libraries.  Filming of the story took place during the set up for the Friends’ winter book sale (video).  As various members were interviewed, volunteers can be seen “behind the scenes” unpacking several hundred boxes of books for the sale.

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“Science Saturdays” at Oconee County Public Library

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Once a month, the Youth Services staff at Oconee County Public Library (OCPL) host “Science Saturdays”, a fun but enriching time for hands-on STEAM-related experiments for children during the non-school hours. 

With a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services and administered by the South Carolina State Library, OCPL engages children ages 4-11 with science and math activities based on curriculum standards while promoting the library’s resources for these subjects. September’s program was all about magnets.

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Georgetown County Library Reaches Out to Hispanic Community

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When the staff at Georgetown County Library noticed that the growing Hispanic population in their county did not often visit the library, they took action. They hired a Hispanic Librarian and started to develop ideas for making the library a more inviting place for that group and for training library staff how to better serve them.

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Cherokee County Public Library Awarded Prestigious Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services

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Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the South Carolina State Library (SCSL), the Cherokee County Public Library is expanding its outreach services to the community. With funding from this grant, the library has purchased a 2015 Ford Transit Connect van which will carry books and other library materials to rural communities, agencies that serve seniors, apartment complexes, and daycare centers.

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Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship Announced

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The Richland Library Foundation established the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship in 2010 in honor and recognition of Mrs. Ethel Bolden’s years of service to the Richland County community and its libraries. The $2,500 scholarship will be awarded annually through 2017 and possibly thereafter. The scholarship seeks to encourage and provide financial support to students from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups who are working toward the completion of a Master of Library and Information Science degree at the University of South Carolina.

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