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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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Mt. Pleasant Book Sale set for March 6 & 7

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The Charleston Friends of the Library are proud to present their first book sale of the year at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library of the Charleston County Libraries. With great bargains, good books and a chance to support your library system, all are in invited Friday, March 6 and Saturday, March 7 at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.

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Laurens County Public Library Launches 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program

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Laurens County Public Library announces the launch of their 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The Laurens County Public Library will partner with First Steps in Laurens County to offer this fun and exciting reading program for children ages 0-5 years. This program was developed to increase awareness of the importance of reading to very young children as well as to encourage each parent to embrace being the child’s first teacher.

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Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival - March 13-14, 2015

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Set under magnificent moss-draped oaks, the annual Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival brings together some of the best national and local storytellers with performances that reminisce about the carefree days of childhood, showcase humorous slice of life moments and transport audiences to significant times in history.

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Tri-County Literary Celebration Announced

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The inaugural Tri-county Literary Celebration (TLC) and kick-off event for Berkeley Reads aims to recognize published authors residing in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties, foster interest in the arts, increase the number of avid Lowcountry readers, and connect writers and readers of all ages with published authors. Over 100 authors have been invited to meet readers at the TLC event in Dean Hall from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, 2015. The event is FREE to the public, and the published works of local authors will be available for purchase.

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