Talking Book Services (TBS) participated in South Carolina’s first statewide Native American Conference “Mending the Circle” held in Columbia and hosted by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs.
For Immediate Release
November 22, 2005
Talking Book Services (TBS) turned yet another page in its history, when, on November 20, 2005, we participated in South Carolina’s first statewide Native American Conference “Mending the Circle” held in Columbia and hosted by the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs. The event is slated to become a bi-annual affair.
At the conference, Talking Book Services staff introduced this important group to the many programs and services offered through the South Carolina State Library. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has a “Focus On Native Americans” initiative and regularly adds titles of interest to its Native American collection. These include titles on folklore, history, mythology, fiction and works by Native American authors. Titles can be found in the TBS online catalog at www.statelibrary.sc.gov (click on Talking Book Services) or in the NLS online catalog at http://nlscatalog.loc.gov/ .
The Indian population from the foothills to the low country was in attendance at the conference. Talking Book Services, along with other state government and community based organizations, was also present at the formal occasion that marked the first time in the history of South Carolina state recognition was bestowed on the following tribes and groups, by the board of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs: the Waccamaw Indian People; the Pee Dee Indian Nation of Upper South Carolina; the Eastern Cherokee; Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina, Inc.; the Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians; the Chaloklowa Chickasaw Indian People of South Carolina.
“Talking Book Services was proud to be a part of this history-making event and we will continue to raise the bar as we reach out to the community,” said Pamela N. Davenport, director, TBS.