Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Helping Out

The Lee County Library is again partnering with the Lee County Chamber of Commerce to put on the "Hometown Christmas" party on Friday Night. This a great annual event featuring music, food and, oh yeah, the lighting of Main Street. (Don't forget about the food!)

This is a picture of the hardest working guys in Bishopville, Mr. Byrd and Mr. Bramlett as they were stringing the lights on Main St. Great job, guys, it's going to look great.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christmas comes to Bishopville

Well, the Lee County Library Staff have been busy little bees! We have partnered with the Lee County Chamber of Commerce to help promote the Chamber's "Hometown Christmas" this Friday November 30th. This is going to be a great community event.

The Library is also busy getting Christmas of it's own. Director Dawn is once again weaving her magic, and we will be posting lotso pictures.

Monday, November 19, 2007

What, MORE Publicity??!!

We had a great call from SC-ETV today. They want to include us on their "Road Show" segment of "Your Day." "Your Day" is an hourlong radio program produced by Clemson University; it airs daily at noon. it's a wonderful state wide information program with some neat personalities. "The Bug Guys" "The Vet Guys" and Walter Edgar every Friday are just a few of MY favorites.

Thanks SC-ETV - we can't wait!!!!!

Mor details will follow as the date approaches. Whooo-hooo!

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More publicity

We had a great conversation this morning with Susan Trautsch, live, during her morning radio program. Susan and Beth Hedagor called us and asked us to tell them the details of our upcoming performance of "The Nutcracker" We were happy to comply. "The Nutcracker" is going to be a great show. Through our partnership with the Lee County Arts Council, we are able to bring this to the community free of charge. There will be one matinee performance at 3:00PM on Sunday December 16th at the Bishopville Opera House.

We hope to see all our friends at this performance.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Ane the winners are.................

We had a great time at last week's Halloween party! Also had a bunch of winners for the costume party.

Scariest Costume: Gavin Melton, age 8

Most original costume Jasmine Whittington, age 9

Cutest Costume: Alex Bernard, age 18 months

Funniest Costume: Kameron Webb, age 6

Congratulations to all our winners. Also, thanks to the parents who came and participated with their children. You give your children an edge in life when you bring them to the library.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Librarian Missy IS Dorothy!!!!

Have you ever seen a cuter Dorothy impersonator?

Library 2.0 = FUN!!!!

The Lee County Librarians pulled out all the stops for Halloween. Director Dawn is a CONVINCING wicked witch, Librarian Brenda is a great cowardly lion, Librarian Elizabeth is a rather pudgy scarecrow and Librarian Missy is the cutest Dorthy this side of Judy Garland. We will be posting the pictures of our costume party later today. Stay tuned blogger buddies!

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Whew, Cotton Festival is over

Last weekend the community celebrated the 30th Annual Cotton Festival Weekend. What a great weekend. The weather was perfect and all the events were well planned and well received. Librarian Brenda participated in the Arts and Crafts pavilion. Librarian Missy held a story time at the old Library Yard. Librarian Elizabeth stage managed the continous music acts. The library loves to partner with the Lee County Chamber of Commerce and salutes them for their tremendous achievment.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

We are on WIS-TV 10

Well the piece that Trey Paul taped yesterday was on air last night. Way to go Trey - you did an exquisite job of editing and we appreicate all your hard work. Thanks for remembering us and come back soon!!

Monday, October 15, 2007

It keeps getting better and better.........

What a suprising Monday morning we had here at the 'ol Lee County Library. Director Dawn called your faithful blogette this morning and told me that WIS TV10 was coming in to do a feature on us. Whoo-hooo! Channel 10 is probably one of the most watched stations in the state, so we are talking MAJOR coverage here. Special thanks to Trey Paul, reporter and videographer for remembering us. We met Trey acouple of weeks ago when he was in town for another story. Again, we dragged him off the street and he was so impressed he came back!!! Yea for us, yea for WIS. Thanks Trey

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Check it out: WPDE newscast

Well, we were on the tube last Sunday - excited Librarians! WPDE did a great job editing the film clip. Thanks Mola!

Check it out: click on Web Video then scroll down to "Modern Library."

Have fun, and leave a comment.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Whoo - hooo free publicity......

Well blog buddies, the Lee County Library has gone national, international and now we are REGIONAL!!!! Mr. Mola Lenghi, reporter for News Channel 15. WPDE, came in today and taped a segment for the 6:00PM newscast here at our library. What a treat!! We were all sooo excited. Thanks to Mola for remembering us. We met him on Main Street doing another story awhile ago and brought (dragged) him in to the Library. He Promised he would do a feature on us and he DID! Thanks Mola.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Halloween Raffle

We are raffling off this georgeous basket. All proceeds will help fund The Summer Reading Program. Tickets are $1.00. Drawing will be held at our annual Halloween Costume party. Director Dawn ALWAYS finds the good stuff, so this will be full of treats!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Annual Contest is back...............

We are having our annual “Guess the Candy in the Jar” contest. Children under the age of 13 who check out three books become eligible to guess how many candy corns are in the jar. This is a very popular little contest we have and everyone loves it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

A note from a Friend.......

This is part of a letter we received from Ravi Kaluri. Ravi is our great pal and he recently returned to India after a year long visit to Bishopville. Lee County Library has gone international!!

...."My friends’ n family members were amazed to know the kind of support n encouragement you rendered through your library services. Me n my family are very fortunate to be patrons of your esteemed library and friends of lovely persons like you both. I really misssssssssss my family n you both a lot. My family would continue to be in touch with you."............

Monday, September 10, 2007

Library thanks the patrons...............

The Lee County Library would like to thank all of our patrons who participated in our “Fines for Food” amnesty program. The library collected almost 200 pounds of non-perishable food items for distribution to the Salkehatchie families. This was a wildly successful program that will become an annual feature. Again, thanks to all our patrons – you all are great!!

Friday, September 7, 2007

Halloween comes to the Library.............

Halloween is Director Dawn Ellen’s favorite holiday. Director Dawn is extremely talented and artistic. Put those two together and what do you get??? Some really great decorating for Halloween at the Library. You HAVE to come in and see our decorations. They are just fantastic. If you haven’t been to the Library in awhile this is a great time to come. We hope to see you – we miss you – come and see us.

Check out our Flikr page for photos of the decorations.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Heads UP - New Programming Alert!!

The Librarians are working on a new program! We are putting together a Fall/Winter Reading Program – similar to the Summer Reading Program. The Fall/Winter program will feature field trips and possibly movie screenings. We are modifying the program so that students can participate without interfering with their schoolwork. We think this could be an exciting addition to our current programs and we hope interested individuals will contact us for more information.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Internet Safety......everyone's concern!

Last week, Editorial Writer Ray Alexander wrote about the hidden dangers the Internet poses for children and young adults. We at the library are fully aware that the Internet poses severe challenges for parents and caretakers. Here at the library we have the ability to monitor our patrons usage, but home usage can be troublesome. We have, for the last year, offered an Internet safety program to help parents identify risks and protect their children. This program is free and can be offered at the parent’s convenience. If you are interested, please call Elizabeth at the library 484.5921.

Friday, August 24, 2007

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!!

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, and the Lee County Public library wants to make sure that your child is among the two-thirds of Americans that carry the smartest card of all – a library card.

Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.

“A library card has always been the most important school supply of all,” says Brenda Brisbon, Children’s Librarian. “Children can come to the library to get homework help and check out books, but they can also check our free music, DVDs and use the Internet to make after school life a little more fun. There’s a lot happening at our library”

A recent study by the American Library Association also showed that families use libraries to spend time together. Forty-four percent of survey respondents report taking their children to the library for this reason.

Activities at the library during Library Card Sign-up Month will include: school visits, contests and promotions. Library Card Sign-up Month began in 1987.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

"Ask a Librarian" feature in process.....

How about having the ability to contact the Library from your home computer? Does that sound like a good idea? Well, we thought it did! In the near future we will be initiating the new “Ask a Librarian” feature to the website. Several of the larger libraries in the state have this feature as well as the State Library. I have used the State Library’s “Ask a Librarian” section several times and it really is easy, cool and very, very helpful. We are working our best to get our own section up and running shortly.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

August at the Library

During the dog days of August the Librarians get a chance to regroup, rethink and reevaluate the programs and services offered at the Lee County Public Library. It’s going to be hard to achieve the success of the Summer Reading Program but we are pretty sure that we can.

So far, the “Food for Fines” program has been very well received. We will have a nice selection of non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank. This program is limited to the month of August. So take advantage of this opportunity and bring back our books! This offer does not apply to outstanding fines prior to August 1

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Practice the Three R's at Home

With the school year getting underway here are some pointers for parents to help their children achieve academic success:

Read! Read! Read!
Read with your child each day and have them read to you.

Reinforce what is learned in school
Parents and families are busy people. Take a minute each day to ask yourself "What can I do easily and in a few minutes to reinforce and extend what the school is doing?" For starters, ask your child about school each day.

Reach for the Stars!!
Set high expectations for academic performance and behavior. Let you child know that you believe he or she CAN succeed and be generous with sincere praise and pride in your child's accomplishments.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lee County Council Meeting

Went to the Lee County Council meeting this morning to report the Library activities for the month. It is really wonderful how our Council supports us. Additionally on the agenda were reports from the Workforce Development and the Lee County Mental Health Department. These meetings are always informative and also a great example of democracy at work!!

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Library Amnesty raking in the food

So far, our effort to waive fines for food has proven to be a great success. This program only applies to fines after August 1, 2007. If you have library books at home don't wait to return them.....bring them in now with a donation of a non-perishable food item and we will waive your library fine.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Summer Reading Program Wrap Party

The Summer Reading Program Wrap party took place last Friday at the Lee State Recreational Area. What a great way to spend a day. The park is lovely and Interpretive Ranger Laura Kirk gave a wonderful presentation outlining the history of the park. Ranger Kirk then introduced the children to the various forms of wild life in the park. She then directed the readers on a scavenger hunt trying to find various forms of flora and fauna. The children had a great time…..ummm, so did the librarians!!

Then we had a picnic lunch and awarded the Summer Reader Medals. Once again those little summer readers went home tired!!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Fine amnesty month - with a twist....

Good news library fans - inspired by their affiliation with the Salkehatchie Service Group - the librarians have instituted a fine amnesty program for the month of August. So here's the deal....if you have library books that are overdue bring them back home to the library with a nonperishable food item and we will waive your fine.

Sounds like a win - win to me!! The library books come home (believe me they are lonely at your house) and the library donates food to the food bank. Sweet!!

So take advantage of this opportunity and bring back our books! This offer does not apply to outstanding fines prior to August 1.

Check it out:


Tuesday, July 31, 2007

The Summer Reading Saga Continues.........

There are not words enough to express the HUGE SUCCESS of the EdVenture trip that the Summer Readers went on last Friday. We loaded a chartered bus at 7:30 AM and were on our way to Columbia SC. When we arrived the children were introduced to Eddie, the World's Largest Child. Eddie sits in the foyer of the museum and rises forty feet in the air. He weighs 35.000 pounds...that's 17.5 TONS! His shoes alone are about the size of an average automobile. The children were FASCINATED!! But there is more, when you go around the back of Eddie, you get to enter and see how his body functions. I am here to tell you, this is one impressive 10 year old boy! After Eddie, the museum is self guided, so you can pretty much wander around as much or as little as you like.

After a couple of hours the group went to McDonalds for a nice lunch. Then it was off to the Richland County Library to visit their Children's Library.

Librarian Leslie Petreault entertained the group with a puppet show, songs and storytime. We thank Leslie for her hospitality and the hospitality of the entire staff.

Well, it was quite a day, and the bus trip home was very, very quiet. Every child was fast asleep.

This week wraps up the Summer Reading Program with a scavenger hunt at Lee State Park and Recreational Area.

Check out all our pictures at flickr:

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Returning to the Blog

It's been pretty quiet at the blogosphere lately, but we have our reasons. Your faithful blogette was out of the office last week for most of the week. She is also suffering from a fine summer cold that has slowed her down a bit. Additionally, the library is suffering from computer meltdown that has put a damper on blog efforts. But we will soldier on.

Last week the summer readers had a wonderful performance by Judy Pancoast, aka Judy Tunes. Judy presented a wonderful musical program that had all the children up, dancing and singing. We will have pictures up on the Flickr site as soon as our computer malaise is cured.

This week will be the big EdVenture field trip with a side trip to the Richland County Library. We will have lots of pictures from that and, hopefully, have them up on YouTube shortly.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Summer Reading Field Pizza Hut!!

The Summer Reading group had a great time this morning as they met and went out to the Pizza Hut. The readers had a quick review of restaurant etiquette, then headed off to the kitchen. In the kitchen everyone washed their hands then, with the help of Derrick Hickman, they each made their own personal pan pizza. On the other end of the oven conveyor, Ms. Cindy Durant unpanned and cut the pizzas. The children were fascinated with the process.

Many thanks to Mr. Hickman, Ms Durant and Ms. Ruthie McLeod for all their assistance and good humor.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

State Library Honchos visit the Lee County Library....

The Lee County Library hosted a lovely drop-in for the Lee County Council, Bishopville City Council and the members of the 10:00 Coffee Club this morning to meet and greet some guests from the South Carolina State Library. Mr. David Goble, Director of the South Carolina State Library and Dr. Curtis Rogers, Director of Library Services came to visit our new facility along with Felicia Vareen and Shae Tetterton. Their visit corresponded nicely with the one year anniversary of our move so we thought we would have a little party. Coffee and cake was served and a fine time was had by all.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Communities in Schools Visit!!

The Summer Campers at the Communities in Schools program have been paying daily visits to the Library this week. This valuable program offers afterschool activities and educational experiences for Lee County Children. The summer program is taking place at the Bishopville Opera House this week, so it was an easy walk to come to visit the Library. The Librarians love to see them and we were able to sign up several new, young patrons.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Summer Reading Puppet Show

Mr. Tom Wampler, local Bishopville artist, put on an absolutely fabulous puppet show this morning at the library for the Summer Readers. For over an hour Mr. Wampler had the children enthralled!!

His message of listening and learning was presented in a lighthearted and humorous manner. His puppets were too cute!!

Many thanks to Coach Wampler for his great presentation.

Also, the Librarians are taking cold snacks out the Salkehatchie volunteers each after noon in the Bookmobile. We really appreciate all that the young volunteers do for our community.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Summer Readers Meet 'n Greet Salkehatchie Service Members

The Lee County Librarians and the Summer Readers hosted a drop in for the Salkehatchie Service Group last evening at the Library. The young people toured Bishopville; stopping at the Cotton Museum and the Dennis House. Then they walked over to the Library where the Librarian's had prepared light refreshments.

Luckily the Librarians had turned the computers on! These teenagers had been computer deprived for two days and the computer stations were three deep with kids.

Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering service ministry at selected sites in South Carolina. The program involves high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing. It also helps motivate community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.

We salute these spirited volunteers and thank them for their service to our community.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Summer Readers at the famous "Drug Store Cafe"

The LC Public Library Librarians would like to thank Mr. Mark Greene and Mr. Ken Lytch for the wonderful Summer Reading program they presented at their restaurant The Drug Store Cafe in Lynchburg.

When the summer readers arrived they were greeted and given a small presentation by Mr. Lytch on proper table settings. Then we had an open forum on proper table manners in a restaurant. This led to many humorous suggestions; but many valid suggestions were presented and the readers all learned from each other.

Next, we all sat down to a great lunch and practiced what we had learned. What a great program this was. We all had fun, learned something and got to eat! Sounds like a win-win to me!!

Next program will be the puppet show here at the Library on Thursday June 27th at 11:00 AM. Mr. Thomas Wampler, local talent, will be presenting. We look forward to seeing all our summer readers at this program.

UPDATE: 2:20PM. Mr. Ken just called and told us how impressed he was with the conduct of our summer readers. "Mark and I were so impressed and pleased with the behaviour of those children...we just can't tell you" How sweet is that??? Thanks guys we love you!!

Monday, June 25, 2007

Summer Reading really heating up.........

This week will be a busy one for the summer readers. Tuesday, we will be going to “The Drug Store” café in Lynchburg. Ken Lytch will be offering a light lunch as well as a presentation of restaurant etiquette and basic table setting. We know our summer readers will enjoy this program. On Thursday we will be having a puppet show here at the Library featuring local artist Thomas Wampler. (We can’t wait!!)
Whew, in addition to all THAT, the bookmobile and some of the readers will be delivering popsicles to the Salkehatchie volunteers working out in the county repairing homes. Salkehatchie Summer Service is a pioneering service ministry at selected sites in South Carolina. The program involves high school and college age youth, adult community leaders and persons of different cultures in upgrading housing. It also helps motivate community cooperative efforts by helping persons to help themselves, and providing all participants with opportunities for personal growth and service.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summer Readers visit the Alpaca Farm..............

The Summer Reading program field trip today was to Emmett Acres locally known as The Alpaca Farm. This pastoral farm is operated by Monty and Randall Gooding and is located off Route 15 south of Bishopville.

The children were enchanted by the peaceful creatures. Mr. Randall Gooding gave a brief presentation reviewing the history and the habits of Llamas and Alpacas. Then Monty brought out 9 month old "Nacho" a beautiful creature that is in training for shows. Nacho was very patient and let all the children pet, hug and kiss him.

Emmett Acres is a hidden jewel in Lee County. Mr. and Mrs. Gooding welcome visitors but you should call before going: 803.428.2161.

Check it out:

Check out our pictures at:

We will be posting the videos to YouTube as soon as we figure out the editing software. We have consulted our professional mentor and even he is baffled by it. We will let everyone know as soon as the video is posted.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Dalton Stevens' Button Museum

The Summer Reading Program started out with a bang today with a field trip to Dalton Stevens' Button Museum.

Mr. Stevens, a nationally known artist, has been featured on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Geraldo, Live with Regis and Kathy Lee and several other nationally syndicated shows.

We started our tour with a video of Dalton's appearance with Johnny Carson. Then Mr. Stevens answered questions and gave the children a little background on sharecropping, cotton picking and working the land. We then toured the museum where Mr. Stevens regaled us with more stories and a couple of songs. Mr. Stevens is an accomplished musician who can play guitar, mandolin, banjo and base.

The children were fascinated!!! The librarians were pretty fascinated as well. Check out our pictures on flikr. Video will be on YouTube shortly.

A great start to this years Summer Reading Program. Check it out:

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Busy Summer Season

It's been pretty lonely in the Lee County Library blogosphere. The Librarians have been straight out busy.

Last week we hosted an impromptu visit from Senator John Edwards, Democratic presidential candidate. Senator Edwards visited our library on Wednesday with a group of local dignitaries and a swarm of media types. The librarians were thrilled! We are editing video and will have it up on "YouTube" shortly.

Tomorrow the Summer Readers will be going to Dalton Stevens' "Button Man Museum" in the Cedar Creek Community. Look for pictures up on Flikr and YouTube.

Post comments!!! We need your ideas and feed back.

Friday, May 25, 2007

Summer Reading Program Revealed.......

Summer Reading Program Activities:

June 13th: a visit to Dalton Steven’s Button Museum. Mr. Steven’s is a nationally recognized celebrity artist. He has appeared on Johnny Carson many times and other nationally known television shows. Mr. Stevens started his craft while suffering from insomnia. He started gluing buttons on “stuff” and never looked back.

June 20th: a visit to Emmett Acres Alpaca Farm. This has become a Summer Reading tradition. The visit includes meeting and greeting the alpacas, checking out the llama and, of course, the miniature goats. The children love this field trip and it’s a nice day of sunshine and fresh air.

June 26th: lunch at the Drug Store Café in Lynchburg. The owners are graciously allowing us to offer lunch to the summer readers. We hope to include an introduction to basic etiquette and table settings during this stop.

July 11th: a visit to Pizza Hut. This has become another tradition with us. The children get to make a pizza and learn a little of what goes on “back house” at a restaurant.

July 16th: “Judy Tunes”, aka Judy Pancoast is a nationally renowned singer and storyteller. Her press reviews emphasize her interaction with the audience and how she engages even the smallest of children.

July 27th: Field trip to EdVenture in Columbia with a side trip to Richland County Library. This trip is underwritten by the Friends of the Library.

July 30th, Summer Reading Logs must be turned in.

August 3rd: Gala Summer Reading Closing Celebration to be held at the Lee State Natural Area. The readers will receive their awards and enjoy a great cook-out and scavenger hunt.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Sumter County Library Grand Opening

Elizabeth J. Kerr, Chair of the LC Library Board and Librarians Brenda and Elizabeth attended the Grand Opening of the Sumter County Library on Saturday. What a fine time. The weather was absolutely gorgeous.

The new facility is breathtaking. We want to thank Faith Line for inviting us to participate in this special day with her. The facility is a credit to all her hard work.

Friday, May 18, 2007

Lee County Chamber of Commerce

Congratulations to Beth Hedegor and Pam Kelley for the fabulous "After Hours" last night at the Visitors Center. The occasion was to welcome all the new Chamber Members. There was lots of good food and fellowship.

It's great to meet up with old pals and make new ones. Thanks to the Chamber!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Community Outreach.........

Librarians Brenda and Elizabeth went out for a "Parent Chat" at the Bishopville Primary School this morning. Also attending was Darlas C. Moore from Clemson 4-H, Alan Watkins Director of LC Parks and Recreation and Mary Randall, Principal of BPS.

The LC Library is partnering with Clemson and Parks and Rec during the "Summer Reading Program" and this community chat gave us all an opportunity to reach out and touch our patron base. The parents were very excited with all activities offered this summer by our organizations. We're pretty excited too!!

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Friends of the Library............

The Friends of the Library have made a generous donation to the Summer Reading Program that will enable us to expand our program even more this year. We are hoping to charter a bus and take the "summer readers" to Ed-venture in Columbia and also visit the Richland County Library so our readers can see a BIG library

We extend the largest, warmest "thank you" to President Davis Kirkpatrick, the Board of Directors and all the Friends of the Library for their generosity. The Librarians, and especially the children, really appreciate your kindness.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Lee County Council

At this morning's meeting of the Lee County Council, Chairman Charles Arthur Beasley had some very kind words for the Lee County Public Library. We thank Chairman Beasley and the entire council for their support and generosity.

Summer Reading Update: We are pleased to announce that Judy Pancoast, also known as Judytunes, will be appearing on Monday July 16th at 2:00PM at the South Carolina Cotton Museum. Ms. Pancoast is a nationally renowned children's artist.

"Judy's catchy tunes and lyrics capture a child's world in a humorous and original way."
The Concord Monitor

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Library Baby Celebrates One Year!!

Ms. Jaidyn Wright, one year old this weekend, is one of our favorite Library Babies!

Happy Birthday Jaidyn and many happy returns.

Here, Jaidyn is riding through the Library in our little red wagon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Essay Contest

The LC Librarians will be passing out posters this week to promote the Essay Contest. The Contest is being held to commemorate Flag Day on June 14th. We have moved the start date to May 7th. The theme is "What the American Flag Means to Me". Categories are broken down by grades: Grades 1 - 3, Grades 4 - 7 and Grades 8 - 12.

Friday, April 27, 2007

New Release Shelf

What is on the New Release Shelf? Under Orders by Dick Francis is a fine mystery by an author who is a master at his craft. Mr. Francis’ mysteries always involve the British Horse Racing scene and his details are fascinating. His mysteries are always satisfying because you never really figure out the crime until the end.

Come in and check out the new release shelf. New arrivals come in daily.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

But, wait there's more....................

We were pretty thrilled to be featured in The Sumter Daily Item on Monday. Then Wednesday we were knocked out when we were featured on the front page, top of the fold in the Lee County Observer.

But, wait, there's more. Tuesday the Library Journal called and they will be featuring us in the May 15th issue. The Library Ladies are going NATIONAL!! Excitement is running pretty high at the LCL!!!

Thanks to Randy Burns and Gee Atkinson for all their help and support. You are our heroes!!

Saturday, April 21, 2007

And the Winner Is.................

The LC Librarians pulled off a stunning win at the SC State Library National Library Week Photo Contest.

We took top honors with First Place - Most Humorous. First Place - Overall, and Honorable Mention for Humorous.

Scroll down on the left hand side of the page and link to our Flickr account. You will see the entire set of Library 1.0 and Library 2.0 pictures as well as some great candids of library patrons using our facility.

Whoo - hooo! We are psyched!

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Essay contest!!

The LCL is sponsoring an essay contest to honor Flag Day on June 14th. The theme of the essay should be: "What the American F lag means to me". There well be three categories: Grades 1 -3, Grades 4 - 7 and Grades 8 - 12. The contest will begin on May 29th and all entries should be submitted by June 11th. Winners will be announced on June 14th.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Check out our photos at Flickr

In honor of National Library Week, the LCL is participating in a statewide photo contest. Check out our new pictures at Flickr - it's the third link down on the left. Make sure you enter your comments - we would love to hear what you think.

The Library 1.0 set is our interpretation of libraries of the past. The Library 2.0 set is the real deal, here, everyday at LCL. Tell us what you think.

All we can tell you is that we had a lot of fun doing this.

Great big thank you to Mr. Zack Medlin - our favorite volunteer - our best buddy - and a real Southern Gentleman.

Thanks Zack!

Thursday, April 12, 2007

New Pictures up on Flickr!!

Scroll down to the Flickr link on the right hand side of this page and check out the new pictures. Children, librarians and doesn't get much better than that!!

Take a minute and leave a comment - either here or on Flickr. We appreciate it.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Jimmy Wales

Went to the Jimmy Wales presentation last night in Spartanburg. The presentation was a joint effort of the Friends of the Spartanburg Library and Converse College. We joined a party from The South Carolina State Library and car pooled to Converse.

Mr. Wales is the founder of Wikipedia, the popular open source encyclopedia. His overall theme was "Free Knowledge for Free Minds". What a great theme for ANY library. He expounded on his vision of the future and also highlighted some of his new projects.

Thanks to the State Library for letting us ride up. Had a great time!

Monday, April 9, 2007

A Big Big Thanks!

The Library Staff and Board of Directors would like to offer a big THANK YOU to the Kiwanis Club and Ruby Gibbs for a cash donation that they made for the purchase of Children’s books. Through their generosity we were able to purchase the following titles: “Champions on the Bench”, “Charming Opal”, “Batter up Wombat”, “Someday”, “An Apple for Harriet Tubman”, “A Second is a Hiccup”, “Priscilla Superstar!”, and “Let them Play”. Thank you very much for your thoughtfulness, it is greatly appreciated.

The Annual Easter Egg Hunt was a huge success. Thanks to all the patrons and pre-schoolers who participated.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

National Library Week April 15th - April 21st

To help celebrate National Library Week, the Lee County Library will be offering "Fine Amnesty Week"! If you have overdue books hanging around the house this is the week to return them. The Librarians will waive the fine and you are home free!!! Sweet, huh?!

Monday, April 2, 2007

New Release Alert!!

On the “New Release Shelf”: “A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah. This book is a gripping account of a young man who was forced to become a boy soldier in Sierra Leone at the age of twelve. At 16 he was removed from fighting by UNICEF. Through the help of rehabilitation he has learned to forgive himself, recover his humanity and, finally, heal. This is an extraordinary and mesmerizing account told with uncommon honesty and humanity. If you were moved by Elie Wiesel’s “Night”, you will enjoy this book.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Library will be closed Friday

The Library will be closed on Friday April 6th, 2007 for Good Friday. Decision on the Easter Weekend hours will be posted later.

Something new at the library!

The South Carolina State Library, Talking Book Services, invites you to participate in an online book discussion Tuesday April 24th, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. We will be discussing Fannie Flagg’s "Can’t Wait to Get to Heaven". This is a great book and a pretty light read. If anyone would like to participate in this program, please call the Library at 803.484.5921 and ask for Elizabeth. Let’s try this, it could be a hoot!

Monday, March 26, 2007

Annual Easter Egg Hunt

The Librarians are planning the Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Library! Mark your calendars for April 5, 2007 at 11:00AM. We will meet in the Old Library Yard. Come prepared for fun, games and surprises!!

The Easter Egg Hunt is one of our favorite projects at the Library. So, come prepared to hunt, hunt, hunt! Those Librarians have some pretty sneaky places to stash Easter Eggs.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Legislative Day in Columbia Huge Success

Wednesday March 21st Mrs. Elizabeth Kerr, Board President, Mrs. Isabelle McCutchen, Board Member, Dawn Ellen, Director and Elizabeth Snyder-Powell, PR Director went to Columbia to participate in the annual Legislative Day sponsored by The South Carolina Library Association.

It's always great to meet the Legislators, but equally important it is good to meet the other librarians from around the state to share ideas and plans.

A successful day was had by all!

Monday, March 19, 2007

"StoryTime" is BACK

The Library will be kicking off "StoryTime" on Wednesdays at 10:30 AM starting April 4, 2007. We hope that everyone in the community with pre-schoolers will mark their calendars and plan to attend. If you have questions, or need special arrangements, call 803.484.5921.

We will be featuring special guest readers.

The Lee County Public Library Board of Directors meets tonight, March 19, 2007, at 5:00PM in the Conference Room.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Thanks to the South Carolina House Of Representatives!

The Lee County Library staff and Board of Directors would like to offer a special "Thank You" to the House members (and especially Representative Nathan Ballentine) for increasing the state aid to public libraries.

Our Reps are THE best!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

New Link!

Whooooo Hoooo. Just added the link for the South Carolina State Library Weblion, the catalog for the State Library. If you can't find what you need in our catalogs, check the State Library. If you find what you need, call the Lee County Library and we can order it for you.

803.484.5921 is the number. Usually if we order books by noon, we get delivery the next day. We hope this new service will enhance our patron's ability to access information.

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Still Working

We are still working on construction of this blog and hope to have pictures and more information soon. Make sure you check back frequently to check out our new features!!

Thursday, March 8, 2007

Launching our New Blog

Lee County Library launched it's new blog spot today! The Librarians are thrilled. We would Like to thank Curtis and Felicia for their help.

Stop back frequently and check out our changes and upgrades.