Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Strong Partnerships make Strong Communities......

This morning, the staff of the Lee County Library partnered with the Lee County School District and representatives of city and county government to kick off the NEA's "Read Across American" campaign. The school district is sponsoring "Read Around Lee County" as their effort, and the day was proclaimed as such by the County Council, Bishopville City Council and various mayors around the county.

To help celebrate, the library hosted approximately 60 children from the Bishopville Primary School K4 class with a special guest appearance by our own Cat in the Hat, Brenda Brisbon. (We're talking wall-to-wall kids here!) The youngsters were thrilled to see THE CAT and had a great time talking with her and giving her lots of hugs!

Later, The Cat in the Hat with her sidekick to the Waffle House for refreshments before resuming her tour of the courthouse and the nursing homes. Needless to say, a great time was had by all!!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Strong Partnerships make stronger communities.....

You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got.

Each year the National Education Association sponsors “Read Across America” a national celebration that takes place around March 2nd the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Each year thousands of schools, libraries and community centers participate by bringing together children, young adults and books.

The library is pleased to partner with the Lee County School District to participate in their unique program; “Reading Around Lee County.” The kickoff was this morning at the library where Mayor Alexander Boyd and County Chairman Charles Arthur Beasley signed a proclamation declaring the county’s participation in this national effort.

On Friday March 2nd we will be participating with sending out a special emissary to the various schools to help them celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Help us and the school district make this a successful program by stopping by the library and picking up a reading log and more information. “you’re never too old, too wacky, too wild to pick up a book and read with a child.”

What fun! The “Library Ladies” are teaming up with the Lee County Relay for Life team to help them raise money and awareness of the fight against cancer and cancer research. Crafty librarian Brenda has put together a great basket we are calling “Sow the seeds of Life.” You will have to come into the library to see this masterpiece to really appreciate it. We will be accepting donations and some lucky person may be the recipient of this wonderful basket.

As often mentioned, there are a lot of services offered at the library. Resume and homework help, research and job searches just to name a few. We have really seen an upsurge in job related requests, and to that end I will be attending a WorkSC conference in Columbia to improve my skills and network with employers and other state agencies. Debbie Tindal and I have been holding resume building and job searching classes here for almost three years. Deb and I will be going to this conference together so we can have more resources at our disposal. If you need help please do not hesitate to call the library and ask for me.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

God in His infinite wisdom
Did not make me very wise-
So when my actions are stupid
They hardly take God by surprise
“Acceptance” By Langston Hughes

As we celebrate African American Month this February I thought I little verse from Langston Hughes might be appropriate. He was a great poet and had a diverse and meaningful life.
By now you have probably all heard of the book by Kathyrn Stockett “The Help.” It really is a good book – a terrific read. However it is fiction. If you are more interested in American History I would like to recommend “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
This is an epic, beautifully written masterwork. The author Isabel Wilkerson paints the picture of the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North and West. She tells the story of three individuals Ida Mae, a sharecropper’s wife moving from Mississippi to Milwaukee; George Starling, a citrus picker moving from Florida to Harlem and finally Robert Joseph Pershing Foster a talented surgeon moving from Louisiana to California.
Ms. Wilkerson weaves this epic with anecdotes and interesting side stories that keep you engrossed in this tale of the greatest migration in American History. There are times where the book is so compelling that you can’t put it down. There are other times when it is so heartbreaking that you have to put it down.
Don’t get me wrong. This is not a book you pick up Sunday afternoon and finish Sunday evening – it is non-fiction American History at its finest. Ms. Wilkerson’s ability to encapsulate 65 years of history in the stories of three people is just fascinating. Ms. Wilkerson visited Richland County Library and I had the opportunity to meet and speak with her. She herself is fascinating. She’s a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist which explains why this book is fact driven, but it is accessible because of her narrative style. She really tells a huge story within the confines of the voices of three people. If you want a satisfying view of American History in the 20th century, you cannot go wrong reading “The Warmth of Other Suns.”
The “Friends of the Lee County Library” is holding its annual membership drive. If you would like to show your support for your library consider joining. Memberships start for $10.00 and you can name an honoree or memorial if you choose. The Friends are really an asset to the library and our mission.