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National Park & Recreation Month

July is an eagerly awaited month across South Carolina for outdoor activities. Park and Recreation Month's annual observance serves as a reminder of the invaluable role that parks, green spaces, and recreational programs play in enhancing the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

Press Release - Proviso 27.1 - Aid to Counties Libraries Allotment

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina State Legislature passed a change to Proviso 27.1-Aid to Counties Libraries Allotment which lacks sufficient detail for implementation.

Recent Items

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New April Electronic State Publications

The SC Forestry Commission created the Wood Magic Forest Fair Educator's Guide as a supplement to the Wood Magic Forest Fair, a free, fun, forestry-fact-filled field trip and festival for

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National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and South Carolina is bursting with verse! This month’s book display showcases our state’s poetic variety, from our award-winning authors to brand-new voices.  

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New February Electronic State Publications

The SC Department of Employment and Workforce created the monthly newsletter, Data Trends, to broaden reporting on what is presented to the public each month concerning labor market information and economic development in the state of South Carolina.
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New March 2024 Electronic State Publications

The Legislative Council of the General Assembly publishes the South Carolina State Register, an official state publication, as a temporary update to the South Carolina Code of Regulations.
Smiling senior man in a wheelchair with a smiling nurse kneeling next to him.

New January 2024 Electronic State Publications

Although the terms “assisted living” and “nursing home” are often used interchangeably, there is a big difference between the two types of facilities. Knowing the difference can empower individuals and families to make the best decision possible regarding health status.
Leesa Aiken, South Carolina Secretary of State Mark Hammond, Chris Yates

South Carolina Secretary of State’s website receives 2023 Notable State Document Award

The Secretary of State’s Office received the 2023 Notable State Document Award from the South Carolina State Library for its website. Each year, the South Carolina State Library recognizes several government documents published by state agencies for their excellence and contribution to the understanding of government processes.
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New December 2023 Electronic State Documents

South Carolina state agencies complete comprehensive self-assessments as part of state-required accountability and reporting mandates. These annual State Agency Accountability Reports, prepared for the Governor and General Assembly, provide an overview and snapshot of each agency’s performance.

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Kennedy Middle School Hosts Fifth Annual Multi-School Literacy Night

Patricia Sinclair, the State Library's Electronic Resources Director, attended Kennedy Middle School's Literacy Night as a community partner and represented the State Library's and Discus's support of literacy programs and reading initiatives.

A woman leading kids in yoga.

Strike a Pose: Yoga for Young People, from Babies to Teens

Leigh Ramey, South Carolina State Library's Youth Services Consultant, is featured in this article from the School Library Journal for Leigh's work and presentation "Namaste at the Library: Yoga Programs for Youth" at the 2022 Association for Library Service to Children Conference.

Upcoming Event

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Freedom of Information Act Roundtable

July 18, 2024, 1:00 PM

Join leaders of the South Carolina Press Association for an in-depth conversation about how the Freedom of Information Act affects the news you hear every day. The panelists of veteran journalists will discuss how FOIA helps them keep the public informed and how you can do the same.  Q&A session to follow!

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