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State Library to Host Literary Cake Decorating Contest

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To celebrate National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017), the South Carolina State Library will host a literary cake decorating contest.  Anyone interested must register online to participate.  Participants may submit cakes decorated to represent a character from a favorite book, a favorite children's book cover, or anything else book-related.  

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Women Speak Art Gallery Exhibit

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The South Carolina State Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with art from women making history today which opens Wednesday March 8, 2017 and runs through April 3, 2017. The artwork on display shares the voice of many artists from around the state. Come enjoy the many formats of art on display including pencil, acrylic, oil, charcoal, mosaics, basket sculpture, pottery, photography, multi-media, and film.

Women artists from around the state have art on display at the SC State Library:

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ALL Awards and Peggy Parish Prize Nominations Deadline May 5, 2017

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The Annual Literacy Leaders (ALL) Awards Nominations Committee is seeking nominations for the 2017 awards program.The ALL awards are presented by the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at the University of South Carolina in the fall of each year to individuals and/or groups that have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. Their contributions can include the following kinds of activities:

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Winners of SC State Library's 'Young Minds Dreaming' Poetry Contest Announced

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Over 600 South Carolina students sent in original work for the SC State Library's "Young Minds Dreaming" Poetry Contest, but only nine made the cut to win.

The poetry contest was organized as part of this year's May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture events. South Carolina students in grades 3-12 were invited to submit poems relating stories of a person, place, or an experience that made a mark on student's lives to a panel of nine judges.

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Wintertime Botany with Curator John Nelson - LibraryVoicesSC Podcast Episode 13

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Pamela Hoppock and guest hosts Sean Gruber and Andersen Cook chat with Dr. John Nelson, curator of USC's A.C. Moore Herbarium. The interview touches on the herbarium's history, Dr. Nelson's winter botany talk, his discovery of a new species of hedge nettle, and, of course, the smelling of sticks.

Click here to visit our podcast page to listen.

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USC Union hosting Upcountry Literary Festival March 24-25

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USC Union will be the host to the seventh annual Upcountry Literary Festival this year on Friday, March 24 from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Main Building Auditorium.

The two day event will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists as part of the free public event.

The USC Union Campus Shop and Bookstore will be open during regular hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.) and a special time on Saturday during the Festival (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) to purchase books that will be presented at the festival.

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Listen with purpose. NiA! - LibraryVoicesSC Podcast

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Listen with purpose. NiA! (25:54)

Pamela and Katie chat with local artist and advocate Darion McCloud about his current and upcoming projects (and reminisce about some old ones, too). They discuss the NiA Company's production of Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life, showing this weekend, and reminisce over Pamela and Darion's days together in the Richland County Library children's room. Be prepared: After this podcast episode, you'll be itching to go to the theatre.

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iSchool movement co-founder to deliver annual lecture

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Dr. Michael Eisenberg, dean emeritus and professor emeritus of the Information School of the University of Washington, will deliver the 2017 Deans' and Directors' Lecture on Monday, April 3, at the South Carolina State Library, located at 1500 Senate Street. His presentation "South Carolina – Your Time is Now," will begin at 7 p.m.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by the School of Library and Information Science. 

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