Friday, December 19, 2008

A Library 2.0 Guru

Mr. Michael Stevens is a groundbreaking proponent of the "Library 2.0" concept. You can follow his progress and other stuff at:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

It's official......

This just in from the US News and World report:

Librarians - Best job for 2009!

See full story here:

"Forget about that image of librarians as a mousy bookworms. More and more of today’s librarians must be clever interrogators, helping the patron to reframe their question more usefully. Librarians then become high-tech information sleuths, helping patrons plumb the oceans of information available in books and digital records, often starting with a clever Google search but frequently going well beyond....."

Well, it's all true and here at the Lee County Library we have FUN too!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I HAD to add this.

A friend of mine who lives in the UK - makes training videos for librarians. He sent me this one. A lot of the terminology is British, but it's still pretty funny (and informative!!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Still the best deal in town....

Following is the link for MSNBC's report on Libraries aired on December 10, 2008. Check it out:

During Hard Times, we are still the best deal around.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Food 4 Fines huge success............

During November, we offered a “Food 4 Fines” program to help raise food for the Hope center. We are pleased to report that the Library accumulated food whose value was in excess of $200.00!! We thank all of our patrons who helped themselves while helping others during this valuable program.

Gettin'our library mojo goin'.....

I have FINALLY gotten the Lee County Library Card Catalog successfully linked to our web page. This has been an ongoing problem and I am pleased that it is finally resolved. The only way I knew that there was a problem was through patron feedback. Several patrons called to tell me the link was broken. Because of their input the Library was able to once again offer this on line service. Right now, you will be able to look up books on the on-line catalog. However, you cannot reserve the books on line – you will have to call the library and we can reserve your books for you. I will tinker with the catalog and see what needs to be done so you can reserve, order and renew books online. That will be at the top of the 2009 “to-do” list.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Apologies tendered......

As you can see from the lack of activity around here, November was quite a hectic month. Your blogette will be returning shortly with bunch of new photos (lots), news releases and the usual nonsense.

Stay tuned faithful bloggers - we have not abandoned you!!!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Our Pal Zack

Our Pal Zack
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Zack Medlin, good friend of the Library was pictured in the Camden Chronicle last week. Zack has been an active supporter of the Kershaw United Way Campaign for over 15 years.

Zack does the stills and videos for the United Way. Zack is also an active volunteer (and visitor) to the Library.

The "Library Ladies" salute our pal and thank him for all his hard work.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Costume Party!!

We had the BEST time at our Annual Halloween Costume Party!!! We thank everyone who participated and we thank the Lee County Chamber of Commerce for helping to promote it.

This picture is of the Gaskins' children: Zeke, Mary Ellen and Hampton.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Librarian 1.0, perhaps?

The LC Librarians are getting ready for their Annual Halloween Costume Party - whoo-hooo-check out Director Dawn - the scariest librarian of 'em all!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Front Door LC Library

Front Door LC Library
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
There is only ONE witch here at LCL. And we know WHO she is.

We are getting all ready for the Annual Halloween Costume Party. Whoo-hooo.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Getting Ready for the Halloween Party

Director Dawns dog - Sophie - is sporting her new party clothes. Just in time for our annual Halloween costume party for the children.

That Sophie - what a dog.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Why we love our library - Part 36

Yummmm, Lunch time at the Lee County Library!!!

The "Library Ladies" will never go hungry,.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Annual Food 4 Fines Program.....

Make it a point to come to the library and participate in this worth while program.

Just another day at the Library....

Patrons Gunner Cole and twin Wyatt Evan Grantham.
These twins are frequent fliers at the Library.

For more photos and videos (check out the video below) go to our Flickr and YouTube pages. The links are on the left hand side below.

If you have questions or comments feel free to contact us. We love to hear your ideas.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Impromptu Story Time - Short Version

Check it out - Missy had an impromptu story time to help a couple of restless babies. Gunner Coles and Wyatt Evan Grantham, twins aged 14months, settled right down when they were enchanted by missy!!

2008 Cotton Festival

2008 Cotton Festival
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Kristen Van Dyke, hometown girl and on air personality at WPDE, is the grand marshall of the parade. With her is Lee County's own Lizard Man!!

the cotton Festival last weekend was just great. Go to our flickr page link below to catch the rest of the pictures.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Bayler Teal with his family.....

Bayler, attended the Shag Night at the Opera House for his benefit. He was recently released from the hospital and is here with his family - Rob, Risha and Bridges.

The "Shagging for Bayler" benefit was very well attended. The evening was hosted by Tiz Laney and Matt Makela. A great time was had by all for a great cause.

Whoo-Hooo- it's Cotton Festival Time

Everybody is getting ready for the 36th Annual Cotton Festival to be held in Bishopville this weekend. C'mon down to downtown for 2 days of fun, family activities.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sunday at the Library...

Sunday at the Library
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
It's easy to see why we all love this picture. We could NOT pose this picture. Just an impromptu snapshot. Genesis Brown is our quizzical girl along with her sister, Qyadriyyah and Brynn Edwards.

Just another quiet Sunday at the Library!!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What we do....

What we do....
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Partnering with the SC Humanities Council at the SC State Fair, docenting for "Key Ingredients" and exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution.

how much fun is this - get to talk to new people, get to talk about food AND history and get to see the great exhibits at the Moore Building at the SC Fairgrounds!!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Why We Love Bishopville

The entire community is pulling together to support Bayler Teal and his family during this difficult time. It's a testament to Lee County that the whole county comes together during troubled times to help their neighbors.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Lee County Library and Bayler Teal

The entire Library Staff is praying for Bayler and his family during this difficult time.

Bayler Teal is a five year old kindergartner at REL, he is in Palmetto Richland children's Hospital undergoing chemo-therapy treatment for cancer. This brave little fellow is an inspiration to us all. If you would like to help the family there has been a special fund set up at the First Citizens Bank in Bishopville. There are several fund raisers planned and you are invited to call the Library for detail.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Where the scary things are....

Dawn, (the diminutive director) is getting INTO Halloween! It's her favorite holiday and she goes all out with the decorating.

Stop in the Library and check out what we are upto - there's always something going on!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Trip to the Aquarium

On August 1st, the 2008 Summer Readers met at the Library at 7:00 AM (yes, faithful readers that’s AM; as in morning) and took the two hour trip to the Aquarium. Our driver, Mr. Rogers was absolutely wonderful!!! We filled an entire chartered bus. When we arrived, the children were enchanted by the sight of the “Great Ocean Tank.” The GOT measures 42 feet in height,, holds 385,000 gallons of water and contains over 400 animals. It is the tallest tank in North America. The participants also had a unique opportunity to see the actual feeding of the fish in the great tank and got a great presentation by one of the marine biologists.

As we were heading into Charleston we saw the Ravenel Suspension Bridge. Ms Brenda mentioned that she was terrified of bridges over water. So, of course, all the children demanded that we go OVER the bridge when we left the Aquarium. Mr. Rogers, our driver, relented and we took a detour. We went over the bridge twice, coming and going. Ms. Brenda survived!! After a lunch stop, we headed home. I am here to tell you that the return trip was very quiet with sleepy children (and adults!)


Well faithful blog heads - it's been quite awhile since I posted. "Whats up?" you may be asking. Well, boys and girls, your fellow blog head has had an extreme case of writers block or writers cramp. All that means is, sometimes overwhelmed with options, it is hard to choose what to write about.

We had such a great wrap up of our summer reading program that I had too many pictures, too many ideas and too much "stuff" that I couldn't choose or prioritize. Well, I cannot promise that the quality of writing will be great, but the flood gates have opened so be prepared. The next few posts will be coming at you pretty quickly!

Thanks for your patience, and keep reading - feedback is ALWAYS welcome.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Lovely Note

A Lovely Note
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
We received a great note from the Salkehatchie Service group thanking us for the drop in we hosted.

We were glad to do it - we also had a great time with those outstanding young volunteers. This is the second year we have hosted them at the library after hours - hmmmmm, think we have a tradition!!??

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Summer Readers Visit the Bishopville Post Office

The 2008 Summer Readers visited the Bishopville Branch of the Post Office. They had a great tour and learned a bunch about how the Post Office operates.

Special thanks to the staff of the PO - we appreciate your help.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Librarians gone wild

Libraarians at the gaming night at ALA Annual convention. Video courtesy of Dr. Curtis Rogers

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Summer Reading with Audrey Jones

Musician Audrey Jones visited the Bishopville Opera House today to give a presentation to our summer readers. She showed the different families of musical instruments and then let the children make and play their own instruments. We had the Opera House ROCKIN'!!! The percussion instruments were especially popular. Hmmmm, why are we NOT surprised.

To see more pictures, follow the link to the Flikr page.

Special thanks to the Lee County Arts Council for their partnership. Strong partnerships build strong communities!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Lee County Library Summer Reading Program

What do you get when you add 350 mentos to 64 2 liter bottles of Diet Coke??? Lotso giggles and grins from the Summer Readers and two very damp librarians!!! What a hoot. We had a ball this morning at the "Old Library Yard" and entertained our Summer Readers.

Special Thanks to Coke Consolidated - bishopville Plant and MacLeod Pharmacy for supplying the product that allowed us to complete the demonstration

Thursday, June 26, 2008

LCL hosts an after hour drop in for Salkehatchie Service Group

The LCL Librarians hosted an after hour drop in for the Salkehatchie Sevice Group, Bishopville, during their stay in Lee County.

The Salkehatchie volunteers donate a week of their time to rehab home of underpriviledged an elderly residents of Lee County. Their annual visit is hosted by area churches and supported by area organizations.

The service group is comprised of young adults from around the state.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

2008 LCL Summer Readers at Ovis Hill Farm

The Summer Readers went to Ovis Hill Farm in Timmonsville. We learned about food and fiber and also the story of shep and wool. We had hands on experience feed baby lambs and calves. Finally we went on a hay wagon and went to the field for a demonstration of the border collie, Diz, herding the sheep.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Summer Reading Kick Off....

Ranger Laura Kirk
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Tuesday, June 17th was the kick off for the 2008 Summer Reading Program. The theme, "Catch the Reading Bug," plended itself perfectly to a visit to the Lee State Natural Area.

We not only caught the Reading Bug, we caught a BUNCH of creepy crawly things.

Park Ranger Laura Kirk took us on a grand tour of the pond where we hauled out insect samples. Then it was off to the lab to look at them under the microscope. We had a BALL!!! (Oh yeah, and we learned some stuff too!!)

Special thanks to Laura for her great introduction to the world of insects and the natural world around us.


Lee County's Finest
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
When I posted this photo to the Flickr account I misidentified Mr. Eric Parker. So, here we have two of Bishopville's finest - Mr. nathanial Bradley and Mr. Eric Parker.

Sorry Eric - my bad - my apology!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Good partnerships = strong communities

Camp Burnt Gin
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Librarian Elizabeth partnered with the Pilot Club of Bishopville who donated an aquatic lift to Camp Burnt Gin so that the campers could more easily get in the swimming pool.

Camp Burnt Gin is a summer camp offering a variety of camping experiences for disabled and children with special needs.

A visit to this camp is truly inspiring - an opportunity to glimpse at the strength of human spirit and compassion.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Catch the Reading Bug.....

The LC Librarians are "Catching the Reading Bug" all over the place!!! This week is signup week for the Summer Reading Program. Be sure to sign up so you wont miss all the great programs. On June 17th the kick off will be at Lee State Park where Ranger Laura Kirk will help catch some REAL bugs!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Gift to the Chief

Gift to the Chief
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
When Clifford visited the Library a few weeks back, we got a great picture of Chief John Ewing, his daughter Lauren and Clifford. We thought it would make a great gift for Chief John's office. (Just in time for Father's Day!!!)

Here, Librarian Brenda presents the framed copy to Chief John. (Who seemed a little more than touched by the gesture!)

Thanks Chief for all you do.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Summer Reading Sign Up Week

Summer Reading program Sign-Up week is June 9 - 13th. Make sure you get signed up so you don't miss any of the fun programs Librarian Brenda has planned!!

Friday, June 6, 2008

Just another day in the Library

This little patron was stylin' while she checked out her books.

Too Cute!!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Summer Reading = Summertime FUN!!

Well, we have got our summer reading program put together and this year is going to be AWESOME!!!

We are going to Ovis Hill Farm - an organic farm. The SC Aquarium in Charleston and the Charleston Library. Those are just TWO of the planned adventures during this eight week program.

Sign up week starts on June 9th. Make sure you sign up early so you won't ;miss the fun.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Getting Ready for 2008 Summer Reading Program

All Finished
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Brain Eargle and Nathaniel Bradley heading back to the station after putting up the Summer Reading Banners on Main Street.

I swear to you those banners looked HUGE when we were putting them together. Well, we tried!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Randy Burns visits with Matt

Randy and Matt
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Our favorite reporter from The Sumter Item, Randall T. Burns (Cub Reporter), visited today with his grandson Matt.

Check out the delighted expression on Matt's face. The LC Librarians LOVE happy babies!!

Ravi is BACK!

Ravi is BACK!
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
One of our favorite patrons, Ravi Kaluri, is back from India. he visited the Library with his wife, Radhika Kothapalli and sons Adarsh and Amrit.

The Kaluri's brought Librarians Brenda and Elizabeth gorgeous, hand made purse/clutches. See the pictures on the Flikr page.

We love our presents - thanks Kaluri family!!

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The Library is going to the Dogs!!

Missy's dog Caper came to visit. She is a very sweet and shy dog. (She certainly does not fit in this rowdy Library!) She's a Brittany Spaniel. The picture unfortunatley does not do her justice!!!

Director Dawn and a Furrry Patron

Director Dawn's Shitzu - Sophie - droppped in the other day for a visit. We always love to see our canine patrons. Cute picture Dawn!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

More New Friends!!!

More Visitors
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
From left, Shanyna Howell, Robin Welch and Cedric Beale stopped in to visit us today. They are with "" which is a public service for
South Carolinians and those interested in the state. They have lots of
information on South Carolina history, culture, government, schools,
statistics, etc.

We are always glad to see new faces. Thanks for visiting guys.

Kudos from the Governor

Came back to work after the holiday and found this lovely note waiting for us. Whoo - hooo - who knew our Governor read the "Lee County Observer?"

Thanks Gov!!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Whew - we did it.

Clifford Visits
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Well, the ETV Road Show came - stayed all day - and then left. We are still recovering. What a great day for Lee County and what a wonderful tribute to LC Library. Bob Schuster and Bob McAnaly have just been wonderful to us. "The Bobs" could not have been kinder. We really appreicate their support.

Also kudos to Angel McCrae and Clifford who came in and entertained about 250 children.

You can check out the library segment of the show here: Our segment statrts at minute 11.

Picture is of Clifford and the 1st and 2nd graders from MLD Charter School.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Lizard Man - Whoo Scary!

Lizard Man
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Chief John Ewing ALWAYS get's his man. Well, in this case it's our own local celebrity "The Lizard Man." Chief John had a busy day keeping up with both Clifford AND The Lizard Man.

Good work Chief

Liston and Betty

Liston and Betty
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Liston and Betty Truesdale were helping to set up the Lizard Man Museum. Liston was the LC Sheriff during the first appearance of the Lizard Man. he is also an incredible historian and oral historian. (Fascinating to listen to!)

Betty is a former School Librarian and is know as this blogette's "Little Buddy."

Clifford, Angel and Dawn

Angel McCrae, Cliffords human pal with our Director, Dawn Ellen. It was a wildly busy and incredibly noisy library in here this morning, but every one had a great time.

Thanks Clifford, Please come again.

Special Visitor with Clifford

Too much fun at the Library. Clifford visited about 200 children local children. Bishopville Police Chief John Ewing stopped in to schmooze with Clifford too. Chief John is even bigger than Clifford

Let the Fun Begin.....

Let the Fun Begin.....
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Well, we started EARLY this morning getting ready for Clifford, The Big Red Dog and the ETV Road Show. Let the fun begin. Will be blogging all day - so stay tuned and listen the YourDay at noon on ETV-Radio to hear the LC library Ladies LIVE!!
Check the link at the botton of the picture to see all our pictures all day long!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

The ETV Production Truck arrives!

Whoo Hooo - the ETV Road Show arrives in Bishopville to tape and go live at Pearl Fryar's Topiary Garden.

Our turn is tomorrow when the Road Show opens and closes their program at the Library. Can't wait.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Got the BIG poster

Got the BIG poster
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Every body in Bishopville is getting ready for the ETV Road Show due to roll into town on Wednesday. Whoo - Hoooo - they are opening and closing the show at the LC Library.

Friday, May 16, 2008

One of our favorite grads

Amondo Rayshawn Harris came in today to show his favorite Library ladies his Bachelors Degree in Socialogy. Amondo is a frequent visitor to the library on his trips home. THE LC Library Ladies are proud to be associated with such a fine young man. We wish Amondo every success as he pursues his Master Degree.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

A Very Nice Note

A Very Nice Note
Originally uploaded by leecolibrary
Elizabeth Roberts, our intern, is graduating and leaving us for bigger and better things. This makes us pretty sad. Elizabeth was a great worker and brought a little ray of sunshine to the library each tuesday.

We wish Elizabeth the very best in all her endeavors.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

They came, we talked - fun was had by all!!

check out the link below to listen to the "YourDay" live remote aired today. We had fun, we had food - lots of it - and we love "The Bobs." Bab Macanauly and Bob Shuster. Thanks guys - you made us look good.

Archives - May 12, 2008

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Excitement at the Library!!!

We are getting ready to welcome Clifford the Big Red Dog next Wednesday, May 21st here at the library!

Check it out:

Friday, May 2, 2008

I don't know why I love this....but I do>>>>>>>>>>

From Friday's New York Times:

Joke Classic

If truth is beauty, how come no one has their hair done in the library? — Lily Tomlin

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Library Visitors>>>>>>>>>

Periodically, Ms. Margaret Mimms, well known and respected educator here in Lee County brings her class in for a tour. This morning we had a great group come to visit. Along with the class, Ms. Nimat Brown a very loyal patron and assistant to Ms. Mimms joined the group. We had a great time pointing out the highlights and services offered by the LCPL.

Thanks Ms. Margaret, we always love to see you come in.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

ETV - and Clemson's "YourDay" visit the library......

Above: (from left) Bob McAnally, LCPL Director Dawn Ellen and Bob Schuster go over the script for the upcoming visit.

The LCPL ladies are thrilled to be part of the upcoming "Main Street Mayfest." Part of the festivities is a visit from "YourDay" a Clemson Public Service Project that is broadcast daily on ETV radio. Bob McAnally and Bob Schuster came to the library today to give us a heads up on what to expect. YourDay will be broadcasting live from the Library on May 14th (promo) and May 21st.