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Call for Submissions #SCStronger

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image of the SC flood from October 2015 #SCStronger

The South Carolina State Library is seeking artwork and literature depicting last year’s historic floods for a display commemorating the disaster of October 2015. The library will accept submissions of prose, poetry, photographs, and digital art from the general public this month for #SCStronger, a special library gallery. The display will honor those who responded to the flood event and examine the impact it had on the state.

You may submit up to five (5) works per person by noon on Friday, October 28. 

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SC Academy of Authors Announces Writing Awards Program

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The Academy holds two annual competitions for writers. The Poetry Awards and Fiction Awards offer $1,500 to eligible state residents and $1,000 to students at SC institutions of higher learning. Judges are professional writers selected from out of state. Deadline is December 1, 2016.

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Adam King of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology

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Join us on October 12 from noon-1pm for Speaker @ the Center featuring Adam King, Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State by USC Press. All Speaker @ the Center programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia.

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LibraryVoicesSC - Interview with Dr. David Lankes, USC SLIS

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LibraryVoicesSC - Interview with Dr. David Lankes, USC SLIS

Join us this time as we talk with Dr. David Lankes, the new Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Katie, Pamela, and Dr. Lankes discuss libraries, where they are, what's happening now, and what we have to look forward to in the future. Dr. Lankes also shares some of his adventures from trips to memorable libraries around the globe.

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James A. Way's Dorchester: Our Homes - Our People - Our Story now available online

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James A. Way's Dorchester: Our Homes - Our People - Our Story now available online digital image

The four-volume history includes personal stories, historic photographs

Jennie Redmond, Dorchester County Library (DCL) Executive Director, knows the importance of local history and understands just how hard it is to preserve for future generations.

So when Redmond got the opportunity to add historian James A. Way's four-volume work Dorchester: Our Homes - Our People - Our Story to the South Carolina Digital Library this year, she was ready to help preserve the town's past.

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Byars Book to Represent SC at National Book Festival

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The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book has selected the book Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society, to represent South Carolina at the 2016 National Book Festival in Washington, D.C.  The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading Map”.  Each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction, a book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults.  The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the Festival and lists “Great Reads About Great

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Prepare Your Library for the 2017 Solar Eclipse

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2017 solar eclipse flier

Are you ready for the celestial event of the century? In just over a year from now, on August 21, 2017, the shadow of the moon will sweep across the United States from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean in a spectacle that hasn't occurred in decades. In fact, the last total solar eclipse for the United States was nearly 40 years ago, and the next total eclipse that will be visible in the continental United States will be in 2024.

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U.S. Census Bureau Unveils Stats for Students and Teachers

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The U.S. Census Bureau has unveiled a newly updated Statistics in Schools webpage for K-12 teachers and students. Using current and historical data, the Census Bureau provides teachers the tools to help students understand statistical concepts and improve their data analysis skills.

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