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Navigator The

a quarterly publication of the Anderson County Library System

Vol. 1 No. 1 Summer 2017

Summer Reading is Ready for Blast-Off! pg. 2

Author Beth Revis and Rebel Rising pg. 7 Anderson County Library System 1 | Navigator |

THINK Eclipse Safety pg. 22

ADULTS ✴ TEENS ✴ CHILDREN LISTENERS (birth to 5 years) Listen to at least 30 books. Mark your progress on a log sheet (1 star equals 1 book) or track your progress online. (after June 1)


Listen to 10 books: Win a temporary tattoo! Listen to 10 more books: Win pencil! Listen to the last 10 books: Win a certificate, medal, Voucher for the Greenville Drive All Star Game, and a chance to win a Leapfrog LeapPad 3!

READERS (ages 6-12 years)

Read 15 books or 15 hours at your reading level. Mark your progress on a log sheet (1 star equals 1 book) or track your progress online. (after June 1)


Read 5 books/5 hours: Win a temporary tattoo! Read another 5 books/5 hours: Win a pencil Read the last 5 books/5 hours: Win a certificate, medal, Voucher for the Greenville Drive All Star Game, and a chance to win a Kindle Fire.


Earn 50 points for every hour you add to your reading log. Mark your progress on a log sheet or track your progress online. (after June 1). Once you hit 1000 points, you complete the program!


Adults: Random weekly prizes of fun and books plus all adult completers have a chance to win a $100 Amazon Gift Certificate. Teens: Pizza Hut coupons, plus all teen completers win a voucher for the Greenville Drive All Star Game and have a chance to win a $100 Target Gift Certificate.

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Blast off to new worlds this summer!

✴ Registration ✴ now open

Go online to or ask a staff member how!

This Summer @ Main! Summer Story Times


Toddler Tales and Tunes (ages 18mos.-3yrs) Tuesdays (not July 4) | 10:30am


Books and Babies (ages 0-18mos.) Mini Makers (ages 3-5) Wednesdays | 10:30am Thursdays | 10:30am

June 1, June 8, June 15

Blast off! Rockets and Robots! with Tim Sonefelt Thursday, June 8 4 and 6:30pm

Tween Time

Mondays 4-5pm June 5, 12, 26 | July 3, 10, 24

Create your own with artist and enthusiast with J. Chris Campbell

Craft, Compete, Create!

Wednesday, June 14 3:30pm

Let the rumpus start..

with Carl Woody Corny jokes and balloon animals bring the classic children’s story to life!

Wednesday, June 21 3:30pm

with Ronald McDonald

Our favorite clown brings his signature brand of storytelling magic and fun.

Wednesday, June 28 3:30pm

Financial literacy for kids!

Wednesday, July 12

Wednesday, July 26 3:30pm and 4:15pm

Registration opens July 10 and is required call 864-260-4500 x158 (Seating Limited. Sorry, no group registration)

Brett and Elaine Stoll

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June 15, July 13, 27 3:30pm

Offered in partnership with Tri-County Technical College. This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the SC State Library.

Free Read Week

A New World with Twilight, the Luna Moth Fairy

from Roper Mountain Science Center

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Be an architect and builder with Keva Planks!

July 3 - 7

StarLab Portable Planetarium

Supported by:

ages 8-12

Construction 101

Explore the World

Don’t be an Alien! Be a Dollar $cholar

Every Monday, All Day! Ages 4-10

Wednesday, July 19


Summer Splash Down Party! Celebrate your reading efforts with a special party! Wednesday, August 9 3:30pm

A Message From Our Director

Welcome to the Navigator! Hello Anderson County, and welcome to the inaugural edition of the Library’s Navigator Magazine! We decided to launch the magazine to enhance your experience of the library’s programs and services. Inside you will find not only comprehensive schedules of programs and training, but links to outside sources, instant access to our catalogue for the books and services we mention, and photographs of the wonderful people who visit. We kick off this issue with plans for several exciting space themed events. Our annual Summer Reading program begins this month and lasts through July. It is important for children to keep reading through the summer. They need to retain the skills and knowledge they work on for the other nine months of the year. In fact, children who don’t read through the summer are likely to be two years behind their classmates by the sixth grade! Combat this with regular trips to the library. Programs that develop pre-literacy skills for pre-schoolers, like Story Time, and help children relate reading to other leisure activities, like music and creative play, are offered throughout the county. Teens have opportunities to work at their STEM skills and gather in a safe place. And all can compete and complete reading goals that will work to keep them on track. Our annual ComiCon is August 5 and this year will be bigger than ever. We are pleased to offer three national authors, including the author of the newest Star Wars book, Beth Revis, to talk with audiences about their books and writing. Also on hand will be Marvel comic illustrator, Sanford Greene, and colorist Rico Renzi. Artists, authors, graphic novel, and comic book fans will have opportunities to talk with these professionals and learn from the masters! Fan Art (print out the entry!) and cosplay contests will highlight the creative Anderson community. Nearing the end of the summer, our community will have an opportunity to experience something relatively rare – a total eclipse. Safety is key and the stories in the magazine will inform, entertain, and provide other sources online for more facts. Families will be ready to “see” this natural phenomenon and have some fun doing it at the library! Please take a look and feel free to comment and let us know what you think! Now, get to reading!

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Table of Contents Summer Reading........................ 2 We Recommend......................... 5 Special Event: ComiCon............ 6 Rebel Rising: an interview with Beth Revis.................................... 8 Children: Tips for Parents of PreSchool Children........................ 10 Schedule of programs.............. 11 Computer Training.................. 17 Community: How To Fair....... 18 Special Event: A Rare Sight..... 20 Eclipse Safety............................. 22 Genealogy: Hitting the Brick Wall............................................ 23 Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities will be provided upon request. Please notify the branch offering the program at least 5 business days prior to the event. This document is available in alternative format upon request. Some library programs may be presented by independent business people. Anderson County Library System does not endorse their services, nor shall the Library be liable for any action taken as a result of information from these programs. The library board of trustees and library staff do not necessarily endorse the thoughts, principles, beliefs, or doctrines of a group or individual using meeting facilities and display cases. The Navigator is produced by the Marketing and Communications Department of the Anderson County Library System. Editor: Bethany Hacker Outreach Librarian: Mary Lanham Digital Librarian: Brianna McDonell Graphic Design: Bethany Hacker Contact us:

We Recommend


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The Boys of Summer5

Casey Stengel : Baseball’s Greatest Character by Martin Appel

Imperfect: An Improbable Life by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown Major League Baseball star Jim Abbott was born with no right hand, but became one of the most celebrated pitchers in the game. In Imperfect, Abbott reflects on his life, which has included starring for the University of Michigan, pitching for the gold medalwinning U.S. team in the 1988 Olympics, and going straight to a Major League team without first playing in the minors. This modest and candid account provides not just Abbott's record of growing up with a disability, but an absorbing baseball autobiography that will also appeal to general biography fans.

Scooby Doo: Lights Out at the Ball Game by Ellen Guidone

Mickey Mantle: The Commerce Comet by Jonah Winter

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Special Event

Print out your entry form!

Spaceships! Aliens! Galaxies to explore! (and rules to follow...)

Draw or paint your favorite outer space character from a book or movie, or create your own. Entries will be judged on creativity, style, and originality. Who can enter? The Fan Art Contest is open to everyone - Children (0 – 8), Tweens (9 – 12), Teens (13 – 17), and Adults (18 +). Employees of the Anderson County Library System, and Electric City ComiCon volunteers, vendors, presenters, or their guests will not be eligible to receive prizes. What can be entered? Any original drawing, painting or digital artwork of your own, no bigger than 18” x 18”, and submitted with a contest form. Submit in a folder or similar protective cover; no hard covers or frames. Please keep entries appropriate for families. The library reserves the right to disqualify and not display inappropriate entries. There is a limit of 2 entries per contestant. When to enter? Drop off your artwork at any Library location, including the Bookmobile, during regular library hours between May 29th and July 29th. Be sure that your submission has the Contest Entry Form with it. What will happen to my artwork? Artwork will be displayed at the Main Anderson County Library (300 N. McDuffie St.) during the Con. Any works may be displayed at any Library location or on the library web and social media sites for a length of time afterwards. Can I get my artwork back after the contest? Yes! Pick up your artwork at the end of the Con or at the Main Reference desk. All artwork must be picked up by Friday, August 11th. Winning artworks may be displayed for a period of time. Prizes: 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and 1 fan favorite will be chosen in each age group. Winners will be announced at the ComiCon on Saturday, August 5th 2017 at 4:45 and will receive a gift bag from the Library as well as the chance to register for a free art class at the Anderson Arts Center with artist Nick Billingsley. The winning artwork will also be displayed at the Arts Center from August 17-31. The decision of the judges is final. You Supported by: do not need to be present to win.

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Happening @ Main! S

OR H T U A TableTop Games

Beth Revis

3rd annual

Electric City ComiCon

Aug 5 Free and

10am - 5pm

Cosplay Contest

Family Friendly!

Meagan Spooner

Alexandra Duncan Sanford Greene

Marvel ARTISTS Rico Renzi

Vender & Artist Alley

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Special Event

Rebel Rising: d e l l e c n a C An interview withceBeth Revis n a by Swapna Krishna r a e p p A

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I’m a huge fan of Jyn Erso, so when the powers that be announced that we’d be getting a prequel YA novel about Jyn called Rebel Rising, I was incredibly excited. But when I found out who would be writing it, I was, quite simply, ecstatic. I’ve been a fan of Beth Revis for a long time, since her debut novel Across the Universe. Beth was kind enough to sit down with me to discuss Jyn Erso and her journey through Rebel Rising (Disney Lucasfilm Press, May 2, 2017).

Was knowing how Jyn’s story ends difficult for you while writing? Was it constraining?

Tell me about your Star Wars history. Are you a fan of the franchise?

I found the Saw/Jyn relationship heartbreaking (but no spoilers, of course) in Rebel Rising. Can you tell me a little about how and why you developed it the way you did?

Beth Revis: Absolutely I am! Growing up, my brother’s name was Luke and I had hair long enough for Leia buns. We had one Darth Vader sword to play with. My parents naively thought we’d share, and we did ... we took turns walloping each other with the red plastic until it had white bend marks in it from the abuse. I grew up in a very rural area surrounded by both fields and trees. A lot of our summer was spent running through the forests, pretending we were on speeders and being chased by stormtroopers through Endor. What was it like to get into the head of a character who already exists? It honestly felt like writing a biography about someone from the future. I couldn’t ask Jyn how she felt or what something was like, but I had all these mounds of evidence to examine based on what I knew from the movie and from both the past and future of the galaxy. It was fairly easy to guess, based on what she said and how she interacted, the big moments of her life — she lived with Saw, she broke with Saw, she was on her own. It was filling in the small, quiet moments that were difficult. In a lot of ways, Jyn is like a tapestry. On one end, there’s Catalyst, and on the other end there’s Rogue One. My book had to fill in the hole in the middle, but still connect with the strings from either side. 9 | Navigator |

Not at all — it actually made it easier to shape her as a character. You really know someone when they’re in those do-or-die moments like Jyn was in Rogue One, and because I saw her character in such a raw, real moment, it was far simpler to go backwards and show how such a person was made.

I honestly feel there was no other possible way for it to develop, given the type of person Saw was. He’s clearly irrationally paranoid in Rogue One, and that doesn’t happen overnight. He clearly felt something deeply for Jyn, and Jyn felt something deeply for him, but there was a break, one that Jyn didn’t look back from. Add to that Saw’s past, and what happens to people he loves in times of war — specifically his sister, Steela — and they were doomed from the start. You cover so much of Jyn’s life in this book — it spans the years from the prologue of Rogue One to her internment in the Imperial prison. What was it like to follow and develop a character over that span of time? Definitely a new experience for me! Typically in my own works, I write about maybe a year of a character’s life, at most. This was far broader in scope, but at the same time, I love the way it leaves little openings. There are moments where I had to say something like “this thing happened, and then a few years passed, and then this other thing happened.” In those years I had to gloss over, there are still possibilities for more Jyn stories to be told, and I love that. I want that, as a fan.

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Tips for Parents of Preschoolers Have your child ready for kindergarten by doing a few simple things. Read with your child every day and be interactive Cuddle close and Read! Follow the words with your finger; let your child turn the pages. Answer your child’s questions. Ask questions of your own and listen to your child’s responses. Bedtime is a great time for reading! Read it again... and again Children have favorites and are happy to hear them again and again. Don’t despair! Research shows that repeated readings help children develop language skills. Name it all Make a game of naming things to build comprehension skills early, even in the youngest child. Say things like, “Where’s your nose?” and then, “Where’s Mommy’s nose?” Or touch your child’s nose and say, “What’s this?” Make it fun Read with inflection in your voice and create new voices. This is your chance for your frustrated actor to shine through! Tips cont. on page 24

Love to Read Look for new books and authors that your child may enjoy. Organize an area dedicated to reading and writing tools. Visit the library for story time and book recommendations. Encourage your child to talk about what he’s read. Talk to your child, use interesting words. Offer a variety of books to read. Read with your child every day. Expand your home library. Ask questions if you’re concerned about your child’s development. Decide to raise a reader! 10 | Navigator |

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Schedule of Events CHILDREN CHILDREN Lego Club (ages 5-12) Build with our Legos and your imagination. 3rd Mondays | 3:30pm • Lander 3rd Mondays | 4pm • Main, all ages 2nd Wednesdays | 4pm • Belton Creative Coloring Jun 6 | 6:30pm • Main


Blast off! With Tim Sonefelt Magician and storyteller Tim Sonefelt. Jun 8 | 4 & 6:30pm • Main Jun 9 | 10:30am • Powdersville Jun 9 | 3:30pm • Pendleton

June, July, and August 2017

** Corny jokes and balloon animals bring the classic Let the Rumpus Start...with Carl Woody

children’s story, Where the Wild Things Are, to life! Jun 19 | 10:30am • Westside Jun 19 | 3:30pm • Iva Jun 20 | 10:30am • Powdersville Jun 20 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jun 21 | 10:30am • Belton Jun 21 | 3:30pm • Main


Rock the Galaxy! With Jack Clark Take an intergalactic musical journey. Jun 22 | 10:30am • Lander


Don’t be an Alien! Be a Dollar $cholar Financial literacy for kids! Jul 11 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jul 12 | 10:30am • Belton Jul 12 | 3:30pm • Main Jul 25 | 10:30am • Powdersville


It’s the Wildlife Geek Chuck Alberding will bring in his rescued wild animals. Jun 12 | 10:30am • Westside Jun 12 | 3:30pm • Iva Jun 13 | 10:30am • Powdersville Jun 13 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jun 14 | 10:30am • Belton Jun 15 | 10:30am • Lander Jun 15 | 3:30pm • Honea Path


Rockets and Robots! With J. Chris Campbell Join a cartoonist and create your own rocket and robot comic book art. Supplies provided. Jun 14 | 3:30pm • Main Jun 29 | 10:30am • Lander BARK - Read to the Dogs @ Main (ages 6-12) Cuddle up and read with a dog. Registration required. Call 864-260-4500 ext. 158 Jun 16, 23, 30 | 9:45-11:55am (15 minute sessions) Jul 14, 21, 28 | 9:45-11:55am (15 minute sessions)

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Story Time

*There will be no story times during August at the Main Library

Story Time @ the Main Library* Toddler Tales and Tunes (ages 18mos.-3yrs) Tuesdays, except July 4 | 10:30am Books and Babies (ages 0-18mos.) Wednesdays | 10:30am Mini Makers (ages 3-5) Thursdays | 10:30am

Story Time @ the Branches Family Story Time Mondays | 10am • Lander Tuesdays, not July 4 | 10:30am • Pendleton Wednesdays | 10:30am • Powdersville Thursdays | 10:30am • Belton 2nd & 4th Tuesdays | 10:30am • Iva 2nd & 4th Wednesdays | 10:30am • Honea Path Bilingual Story Time 2nd and 4th Mondays | 4pm • Powdersville Summer Reading Programs **

Schedule of Events CHILDREN


Summer Reading Programs supported by: Brett and Elaine Stoll

June, July, and August 2017


Space Fun! Crafts, Stories, and Games! Jun 22 | 3:30pm • Honea Path Jul 24 | 10:30am • Westside



Explore The World with Ronald McDonald Explore a world of fun and stories. Jun 26 | 10:30am • Westside Jun 26 | 3:30pm • Iva Jun 27 | 10:30am • Powdersville Jun 27 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jun 28 | 10:30am • Belton Jun 28 | 3:30pm • Main Library


A New World with Twilight the Luna Moth Fairy A storytelling, musical fairy godmother. Jul 17 | 10:30am • Westside Jul 17 | 3:30pm • Iva Jul 18 | 10:30am • Powdersville Jul 18 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jul 19 | 10:30am • Belton Jul 19 | 3:30pm • Main Library Jul 20 | 10:30am • Lander Jul 20 | 3:30pm • Honea Path


Roper Mountain’s Starlab, ages 6-12 Learn something new from an immersive presentation on eclipses in a portable planetarium. Registration opens July 10. Call 864-260-4500 x158 sign up. Jul 26 | 3:30pm & 4:15pm • Main Library


Down to Earth with Charlene the Beaver Learn about a special beaver friend and the human who loves her! Jul 24 | 3:30pm • Iva Jul 26 | 10:30am • Belton

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Sail Away with the Pirates of the King’s Harbor ...on a Pirate Starship Jul 27 | 10:30am • Lander Jul 27 | 3:30pm • Honea Path


Summer Splash Down Party Celebrate your reading efforts and the end of summer with a special party full of games, fun, and surprises! Aug 7 | 10:30am • Westside Aug 7 | 3:30pm • Iva Aug 8 | 10:30am • Powdersville Aug 8 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Aug 9 | 10:30am • Belton Aug 9 | 3:30pm • Main Aug 10 | 10:30am • Lander Aug 10 | 3:30pm • Honea Path

Construction 101 (ages 6-11)

Think outside the box and join us for a hands-on, STEM-based, space themed building program learning building basics using Keva Planks! Jun 15 | 3:30pm • Main Jun 29 | 3:30pm • Honea Path Jul 13 | 3:30pm • Main Jul 25 | 3:30pm • Pendleton Jul 27 | 3:30pm • Main A special STEM program offered in partnership with Tri-County Technical College. This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the SC State Library.

Schedule of Events TWEENS

June, July, and August 2017

Tween Time @ the Main Library

Programs every Monday at 4pm. Lego Club meets every third Monday. Ages 8-12


Youvillage Design Create cool models of out of this world communities. Jun 5

Gambrell Teen Center ages 12-18 Monday - Thursday | 4 - 8pm • Main Library


Create Your Youvillage’s Rules and Guidelines Explore the lifestyle that you want followed in your Youvillage and create a hanging wall plaque. Jun 12


Youvillage Celebration and Sharing A celebration where everyone will share their village. Jun 26


Moon Oreos Cool information about the different phases of the moon. We will have Oreos to snack on too. Jul 3

** Soaps We will go on a crystal journey as we make crystal soap. Jul 10

** Water We’re creating a very cool, tasty mineral water soda. Jul 24


Science a Movie The Adventures of Tintin, Secrets of the Unicorn. Join Tintin on this epic journey of mystery and adventure. Jul 31 | 4 - 6pm


Craft a Star Wars or Guardians Wall Hanging The sky’s the limit on the designs and figures you can cut out from two out of this world movies. Aug 7



Teen Flix @ the Main Library Watch a space themed movie every Thursday at 5pm in the Teen Room. Visit for movie picks.


Movie Mondays @ the Branches Cool off and enjoy space themed movies. Visit for movie picks. Jun 12, 26, Jul 12, 24 | 3:30pm • Powdersville Jun 12, 26, Jul 12, 24 | 3:30pm • Belton Coding Club: Music & Sound @ the Main Library Learn how programming is used to create music. Registration is required. Call 864-260-4500 x114. Jun 13, 20, 27, Jul 11, 18, 25, Aug 1, 8 | 7pm


Tech Lab Program and operate Cubelet robots, use Makey Makey kits, learn with littleBits electronic circuits and squishy circuits. It’s an inventor’s free-for-all! Jun 21 | 2 - 3:30pm • Pendleton Jun 23 | 2 - 3:30pm • Powdersville Jun 28 | 2 - 3:30pm • Lander


Craft a Glowing Constellation Plaque Explore the wonderful world of constellations. Create your favorite hanging or mounted glow in the dark constellations and travel through the galaxy. Aug 14

The Ultimate Toga Party Bring astronomy and mythology to life with fun games and prizes. Come as you are - no togas required. Jul 21 | 2 - 3:30pm • Powdersville Jul 26 | 2 - 3:30pm • Pendleton Jul 28 | 2 - 3:30pm • Lander

Craft Dancing Baby Groot Draw baby Groot using this really cool guided tutorial. Aug 28

In Person: Caroline George Meet the YA author who published her first book at 15! Jul 27 | 6:30pm • Main

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Pop-Up Coloring Club Join in on the fun. Materials will be provided. 2nd Tuesdays | 5 - 7:45pm • Main Library Coloring with Classics Enjoy coloring with classical music, because busy adults need to unwind. Supplies are provided. 2nd Tuesdays | 6 - 7:45pm • Lander Community Yoga, ages 13+ Practice your savasana, downward facing dog, and plank poses with a registered yoga teacher. Bring a mat if you have one, supplies are limited. Tuesdays | 10am • Main Handwork @ the Library Enjoy coffee, conversation, and crafting. Jun 3, 24, Jul 1, 22, 29, Aug 19, 26 | 10am-12pm • Main Writing the Biography with Kathryn Smith Just in time for the paperback book launch of The Gatekeeper, Kathryn Smith will lead a discussion about writing the biography. Books will be available for purchase. Jun 5 | 6:30 - 8pm • Main Friday Film Series @ the Main Library Beat the heat and take in a movie. Rebecca (1940) Jun 9 | 2:30pm Brigadoon (1954) July 7 | 2:30pm The Natural (1984) Aug 18 | 2:30pm


June, July, and August 2017


Total Eclipse at the Library: a Learning Session Dennis Barnes, member of Clemson Area Amateur Astronomers, will talk about why eclipses happen and how to be safe viewing them. July 17 | 7 - 8:30pm • Main Third Annual Electric City ComiCon Featuring comic book artists, Sanford Greene and Rico Renzi and YA authors, Alexandra Duncan, Beth Revis, and Meagan Spooner. Tabletop games, participate in our cosplay contest, and much more. Aug 5 | 10am - 5pm • Main Extraterrestrial Eclipse Event Join us at any branch for a solar eclipse viewing party with arts and crafts for all ages, bubbles, games, and more! Attendees will receive FREE* solar eclipse viewing glasses for the main event. *Glasses are limited and will

be given out on a first come, first-served basis.

Aug 21 | 1 –3pm • All branches

BOOK CLUBS Brews and Books - Carolina Bauernhaus Ales The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah Jun 21 | 7:30pm

Divorce Clinic Offered in partnership with SC Legal Services. Please register at SCLS, 701 S Main St, Greenville 29601, or call 864-679-3232 Aug 2 | 2pm • Main

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon Jul 19 | 7:30pm

Job Connection Employment Specialists can provide resources and skills development that can lead to greater employment success. Drop-in - FREE. For information call 864906-0979. Offered in partnership with Goodwill Industries. Jun 27, Jul 18, and Aug 15 | 9:30-11:30am • Main

Brown Bag Book Discussion- Main Library

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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown Aug 16 | 7:30pm

Wonder by R. J. Palacio Jun 28 | 12pm A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving Jul 26 | 12pm Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly Aug 23 | 12pm

Schedule of Events


Chapters & Chatter Book Club-Belton The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews Jun 2 | 2pm A Deadly Affection by Cuyler Overholt Jul 11 | 2pm Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Aug 1 | 2pm

Lander Book Club

Check our website for book picks. Jun 1, Jul 6, & Aug 3 | 6:30pm

Davenport 18 Book Discussion-Main Library Check our website for Davenport Reader selection. July 16 | 3pm

Page Turners’ Book Club - Main Library One of Ours by Willa Cather Jun 18 | 3pm A Man in Full by Tom Wolfe Jul 16 | 3pm Howard’s End by E. M. Forster Aug 20 | 3pm

Pendleton’s Thursday Night Book Club Year of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks Jun 22 | 6pm Chesapeake by James A. Michener Jul 27 | 6pm Commonwealth by Ann Patchett Aug 24 | 6pm

Powdersville Book Club The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion Jun 1 | 6pm Natchez Burning by Greg Iles Jul 6 | 6pm Same Kind of Different as Me by Ron Hall Aug 3 | 6pm 15 | Navigator |

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June, July, and August 2017


John's Slabtown Variety Store (Pendleton) 725 Pickens Dr | 10 - 10:45am Legacy of Anderson N Hwy 81 | 11:15am - 12noon Townville Dollar General 8498 Hwy 24 | 2:30 - 4pm


Boys and Girls Club Salem Church Rd | 9:30 - 11am Mt. Vernon Place 203 Miracle Mile Dr 11:15 - 12noon Bi-Lo 4405 Hwy 24 | 2:30 - 4pm


YMCA Kidzone 201 E Reed Rd | 9:15 - 10:15am Health Department 220 McGee Rd | 10:30 - 11:30am Mt. Zion Presbyterian 1501 Sandy Springs Rd | 2:30 - 4am *Jun 14, 21, 28 Wednesday Schedule: Whitehall Elementary | 10:30 - 11:30am Health Dept | 11:40am - 12:15pm


Homeland Park Fire Department 3299 S Main St | 9:15 - 9:45am Richard Campbell Veteran's Home 4605 Belton Hwy | 10 - 10:45am Brookdale 311 Simpson Rd | 11am - 12noon Roberts Presbyterian S Hwy 187 | 2:30 - 4pm Questions? 864-260-4500 ext. 176 or

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June, July, and August 2017

@ the Main Library Get hands-on help with a variety of FREE computer and technology classes. Teens to Adult. Classes limited to 12 participants. Call 864-260-4500 x126 to sign up. Descriptions of classes are on pg17. Computer/Internet Basics Jun 5 | 4pm - 7pm Jul 22 | 11am - 1pm Jul 31 | 4pm - 7pm Aug 31 | 10am - 1pm Email Essentials Jun 8 | 10am - 1pm Jul 27 | 10am - 1pm Intermediate MS Word Jun 3 | 3pm - 5pm Aug 17 | 3pm - 6pm Aug 26 | 3pm - 5pm Keyboarding Basics Jul 20 | 10am - 1pm Jul 24 | 4pm - 7pm Mousing Basics Jul 17 | 4pm - 7pm

MS Excel Basics Aug 21 | 4pm - 7pm MS Word Basics Jun 3 | 11am - 1pm Aug 17 | 10am - 1pm Aug 26 | 11am - 1pm OPEN LAB Jun 8 | 3pm - 6pm Jun 29 10am - 1pm Jul 22 | 3pm - 5pm Jul 27 | 3pm - 6pm Aug 24 | 10am - 1pm Aug 28 | 4pm - 7pm Pages for iPad Aug 31 | 3pm - 6pm Tablet Basics (iPad and Android) Jun 29 | 3pm - 6pm

Each computer training class meets for one session. Each of these training sessions requires the ability to use a computer mouse. If you cannot use a mouse, it is strongly recommended that you use the Mousing Around tutorial before you come to class.

South Carolina Room

@ the Main Library Visit the SC Room for local history and genealogical research. The SC Room is open: Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9:30am to 6pm, and Sunday from 2 to 6pm. 16 | Navigator |

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Anderson County Main Library 300 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29621 864-260-4500 Belton Branch 91 Breazeale Street. Belton, SC 29627 864-338-8330 Iva Branch 203 W. Cruette Street, Iva, SC 29655 864-348-6150 Jennie Erwin Branch 318 N. Shirley Avenue, Honea Path, SC 29654 864-369-7751 Lander Memorial Branch 925 Greenville Drive, Williamston, SC 29697 864-847-5238 Pendleton Branch 650 S. Mechanic Street, Pendleton, SC 29670 864-646-3045 Piedmont Branch 1407 S. C. Hwy. 86, Piedmont, SC 29673 864-845-6534 Powdersville Branch 4 Civic Court, Powdersville, SC 29642 864-295-1190 Westside Community Center Branch 1100 West Franklin Street, Anderson, SC 29624 864-260-4660 Bookmobile Visit for schedule or call 864-260-4500 x176.

Don’t forget our virtual branch!

Computer Training June/July/August Class Descriptions: Computer/Internet Basics – (Basic Mouse and Keyboarding Skills required) One Session / 3 Hour class – New computer users! Unravel the mystery of computers as you learn about the parts, the difference between hardware and software, what an operating system is and how to create and store files. Dive into the World Wide Web using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer to perform simple searches and find websites. Learn how to navigate the web and evaluate site content. Get basic online etiquette and Internet Safety tips. (Computer Basics now taught with Windows 7/Office 2016 instruction!) E-Mail Essentials – (Prerequisite – Completion of Mousing Basics, Computer Basics and Internet Basics) One Session / 3 Hour class – Learn how to send, receive, reply and forward email messages with a Yahoo or Google account. Learn how to set up your own free e-mail account. Practice opening and saving attachments, organizing messages placing them in folders and creating a contact list. In addition, learn basic E-mail etiquette. MS Excel Basics 2016– (Prerequisite – Basic Mouse Skills, Basic Keyboarding Skills, MS Word Basics and Intermediate MS Word) One Session / 3 Hour class – Get an introduction to the basics of using Excel 2010, a spreadsheet program for data management. This class is designed to show you how to get started using the basic tools of the Excel spreadsheet. Explore the parts of a workbook and learn how to enter edit and duplicate data. Practice inserting formulas, formatting text, resizing columns, creating charts, renaming and deleting sheets and printing. Keyboarding Basics – (Prerequisite – Completion of Mousing Basics) One Session / 3 Hour class – The keyboard is one of your computer’s communication tools. Practice typing, and editing text, numbers, and symbols with the keyboard. MS Word Basics 2016 – (Prerequisite– Basic mouse skills) One Session / 3 Hour class – Become familiar with the basic functions and Ribbons in the Microsoft Word program. Practice the basic skills of the program including editing templates, selecting and formatting text, cutting/copying/pasting text and saving documents. Intermediate MS Word 2016 – (Prerequisite – Basic mouse skills and completion of MS Word Basics) One Session / 3 Hour class – Review the basic skills of Microsoft Word, learn more about how to format text and clip art. Learn how to use more advanced Word functions and create numbered and bulleted lists, use tab stops, and create tables. *Completion of MS Word Basics or permission of the instructor is required to take this class. OPEN LAB (Computer Basics and MS Office Applications) – (No prerequisite. Come to class prepared to ASK COMPUTER OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE QUESTIONS!) iPad Basics w/Pages and Android Tablet Basics – In each class, learn how to use your tablet more efficiently. Find out how you can use your tablet to do research, increase your productivity and entertain! See how your tablet can enrich your Anderson County Library user experience. Please bring your Apple or Google account ID and Password to the class that you attend.

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Another successful community event, held March 25th, 2017. Keep your eye out for the 2018 version! 18 | Navigator |

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REBEL from page 9 What do you want readers to take away from this book about Jyn?

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It’s a recurring theme throughout all of Star Wars, but I hope it doesn’t sound like a cliche when I say, “Hope.” Jyn is a character with one of the darkest lives and darkest fates of any other — I’d argue that her life is even darker than Anakin/Vader’s, because Anakin made the choices that put him on the dark path, and Jyn was thrust into it by twists of fate. But despite this horrifically unfair life, Jyn still had hope. There was always a strand of it, running through her as bright as a kyber crystal. Jyn is also the most “real” character in Star Wars in that she’s not inherently special. She wasn’t born with the ability to feel the Force, she’s (for the most part) not surrounded by important characters, she’s not a princess. She was never going to be a Jedi -- or a Sith. She’s just a person. And despite that, she still fought and stood up for what was right and made a difference. That’s a powerful thing. Of course we want to see the Jedis fight the Sith. But we also need to see the regular people stand up in the face of the Empire -- because that’s us. Swapna is an unapologetic geek who loves writing about sci fi and space. She covers sci fi for the LA Times and writes a space science and tech column for Paste Magazine. Her work has been published at Gizmodo, Newsweek Magazine, Bustle, Smithsonian Magazine, and more. She lives outside Philadelphia.

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by Joe Rao Reprinted with permission from

It is a popular misconception that the phenomenon of a total eclipse of the sun is a rare occurrence. Quite the contrary. Approximately once every 18 months (on average) a total solar eclipse is visible from some place on the Earth’s surface. That’s two totalities for every three years. But how often is a total solar eclipse visible from a specific location on Earth? That’s another story altogether. 20 | Navigator |

Solar eclipse’s shadowy details

On the average, the length of the moon’s shadow at new moon is 232,100 miles (373,530 km), and the moon’s distance to the Earth’s surface is, on average, 234,900 miles (378,030 km). This means that when the moon passes directly in front of the sun, it the lunar disk will appear slightly smaller than the disk of the sun, and

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skywatchers will witness what’s known as an annular eclipse, with a dazzling ring of sunlight still visible around the moon’s silhouette. [How Solar Eclipses Work] Of course total solar eclipses do occur, because the new moon’s distance can vary between 217,730 miles (350,400 km) and 247,930 miles (399,000 km) from the Earth’s has created a video which “flies along” with the moon’s shadow as it travels over the face of the USA in 2017! surface, on account of the moon’s elliptical orbit. So now, let’s return to our original question: How often a total eclipse can be seen from a specific point on the Earth’s surface?

The science of prediction

Predicting the details of a solar eclipse requires not only a fairly good idea of the motions of the sun and moon, but also an accurate distance to the moon and accurate geographical coordinates. Rough determinations of eclipse circumstances became possible after the work of Claudius Ptolemy (around A.D.150), and diagrams of the eclipsed sun have been found in medieval manuscripts and in the first books printed about astronomy. Since the distance to the moon varies, the width of the path of totality differs from one eclipse to another. This width will change even during a single eclipse, because different parts of the Earth lie at different distances from the moon and also because of geometrical effects as the shadow falls at an oblique angle onto the Earth’s surface. In calculating a solar eclipse, one of the first steps is to determine the shadow’s relation to the “fundamental plane,” which passes through the Earth’s center and is perpendicular to the moon-sun line. The path of the axis of the shadow across this plane is virtually a straight line. It is from this special geometry, that the intersection of the moon’s dark shadow cone with the rotating spheroid of our Earth must be worked out, using lengthy procedures in trigonometry. To say the 21 | Navigator |

least, these factors can make the calculations quite involved (although today’s high-speed PCs can effortlessly crunch the numbers, making the task much easier). In their classical textbook Astronomy (Boston, 1926), authors H.N. Russell, R.S. Dugan and J.Q. Stewart noted that: “Since the track of a solar eclipse is a very narrow path over the earth’s surface, averaging only 60 or 70 miles in width, we find that in the long run a total eclipse happens at any given station only once in about 360 years.” More recently, Jean Meeus of Belgium, whose special interest is spherical and mathematical astronomy, recalculated this figure statistically on an HP-85 microcomputer and found that the mean frequency for a total eclipse of the sun for any given point on the Earth’s surface is once in 375 years. A value that is very close to the figure that Russell, Dugan and Stewart arrived at. [Amazing Solar Eclipse Photos] But it should first be stressed that the nearly four-century wait is merely a statistical average. Indeed, over a much shorter span of time, the paths of different eclipses can sometimes crisscross over a specific place, so in some cases the wait might not be so long at all. In fact, a 40-mile stretch of the Atlantic coast of Angola, just north of Lobito, experienced a total solar eclipse on June 21, 2001, and was treated to another on Dec. 4, 2002, after less than 18 months! On the other hand, as Meeus recently discovered, some spots on

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the Earth’s surface may not see a total solar eclipse for 36 centuries (… though this must be exceedingly rare,” he notes). The average number of years between eclipses turned out to be nearly 534 years. Considering our relatively small survey of 25 cities, this is reasonably close to the oncein-almost four-century rule.

A botched opportunity

All of us who enjoy solar eclipses should be indebted to those astronomers who pioneered doing these extensive calculations; otherwise we would not know exactly where to position ourselves for the big event. Prussian astronomer Friedrich Bessel introduced a group of mathematical formulas in 1824 (now called “Besselian Elements”) that greatly simplified the calculation of the position of the sun, moon and Earth. It is too bad that Bessel’s procedures were not available in the late 18th century, when Samuel Williams, a professor at Harvard, led an expedition to Penobscot Bay, Maine, to observe the total solar eclipse of Oct. 27, 1780. As it turned out, this eclipse took place during the Revolutionary War and Penobscot Bay lay behind enemy lines. Fortunately, the British granted the expedition safe passage, citing the interest of science above political differences. And yet in the end, it was all for naught. Williams apparently made a fatal error in his computations (or used a poor map) and inadvertently Eclipse cont. on page 24

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The sun is our nearest star and a warm light in the cold depths of space. It can also be a tantalizing target for skywatchers during solar eclipses and rare planetary transits across its surface, when viewed from Earth. But the sun is, first and foremost, a bright star and observers must take care during observing sessions. Warning: NEVER look directly at the sun through binoculars, a telescope or with your unaided eye. Serious eye damage and even blindness can result. Scientists and experienced skywatchers use special filters and glasses to safely observe the sun. Some methods are described in the Infographic above. One of the easiest ways to observe the sun is with a pinhole projector. To make one, you will need two cards. One card should have a small hole punched in it, while the other card remains blank. The light through the card with the hole can then be projected onto the blank card, allowing a solar eclipse or large sunspots to be seen. A pair of binoculars can also stand in for the pinhole, with the light from the sun being projected onto the blank card through the eyepiece. 22 | Navigator |

Special eclipse glasses and welder's goggles rated at 14 or higher are also acceptable for solar viewing.

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NEVER use regular sunglasses to observe the sun as they do not provide adequate protection.

Genealogy | Local History

Hitting the Brick Wall

Genealogy research may now be among America’s favorite hobbies,

but it certainly is not the least frustrating. The following tips and tricks may help you get past the dreaded brick wall in genealogy research.

Here are some of the steps towards a genealogical breakthrough: Do not rely on internet resources alone. There are many, many documents that are not found in popular databases like Ancestry. That being said though, Ancestry continues to add new genealogical records regularly so you should always check for new information every few months. Read how-to guides — they are extraordinarily useful. You may find some information without any training at all but eventually you will need to learn more about genealogy research as a field. Some recommended resources: • Family History 101 • The Complete Beginner's Guide to Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program • Family History for the Older and Wiser • The Genealogist's Companion and Sourcebook • Secrets of Tracing Your Ancestors • Tracing your Family History: The Complete Guide to Locating Your Ancestors and Finding Out Where You Came From • The Weekend Genealogist: Timesaving Techniques for Effective Research

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Consult some of the best references. They organize invaluable information about genealogical research and will often open a path for you after you’ve hit the brick wall with internet resources: • The Source: A Guidebook for American Genealogy • The Handybook for Genealogists • Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources Branch out from census and vital records by looking at different types of records: • Military records • Criminal records • Cemetery research • Land and property records • Community newspapers Consult problem solving books for advanced problems: • 500 Brickwall Solutions to Genealogy Problems • Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall Search for genealogies already written about branches of your family. Your family does not have to be famous for someone to have compiled genealogical data about them. In the ACLS catalog, searching for “family” and the surname will yield good results, e.g. “Gambrell family.” Search in WorldCat to see books that other libraries own. Search in Google Books to read books that have been digitized. Use online databases to access some digitized genealogies and local histories. 24 | Navigator |

Contextualize your research in the history of the corresponding era by using History for Genealogists: Using Chronological Time Lines to Find and Understand Your Ancestors. Visit the South Carolina Room at the Anderson County Library System. The SC Room holds legal records for the state, county and surrounding towns; local newspapers; wills and deeds; and local family books, yearbooks, and church records. Find a more complete list at south-carolina-room-resources/. Lastly, there are always the pros. The Board for Certification of Genealogists and The Association of Professional Genealogists both offer a service to find a genealogist to help you in your research. You can also have a look at Professional Genealogy: A Manual for Researchers, Writers, Editors, Lecturers, and Librarians for some pro tips or if you are considering the profession for yourself.

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@ the Main Library Visit the SC Room for local history and genealogical research. The SC Room is open: Monday through Thursday from 9am to 9pm, Friday from 9am to 6pm, Saturday from 9:30am to 6pm, and Sunday from 2 to 6pm.

TIPS from page 10 Let your child know how important reading time is Make sure your child feels that you enjoy reading time with them. Talk to them about reading and how much fun stories are. Make up your own stories to share. Look forward to story time you spend together. Don’t overdo it When interest wanes, set the book aside - you want your child to enjoy it, not feel forced into it! For more information, go to http:// to Read!

ECLIPSE from page 21 positioned his men at Islesboro — outside the path of totality — likely finding this out with a heavy heart when the waning crescent of sunlight slid completely around the dark edge of the moon and started thickening! Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for News 12 Westchester, N.Y. andersonlibrarysc.scroom

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The Basics MAIN LIBRARY...................... 864-260-4500 300 N. McDuffie St., Anderson 29621

Mon - Thurs: 9am–9pm; Fri & Sat: 9am–6pm; Sun: 2pm–6pm BELTON BRANCH............................................ 864-338-8330 91 Breazeale St., Belton 29627

Mon: 11am-7pm; Tues - Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

IVA BRANCH...................................................... 864-348-6150 203 W. Cruette St., Iva 29655

Mon-Wed, Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Thurs: 11am-7pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

JENNIE ERWIN LIBRARY................................ 864-369-7751 318 N. Shirley Ave., Honea Path 29654

Mon, Wed-Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Tues: 11am-7pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

LANDER MEMORIAL BRANCH.................... 864-847-5238 925 Greenville Dr., Williamston 29697

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:30am-8pm; Wed & Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

PENDLETON BRANCH................................... 864-646-3045 650 S. Mechanic St., Pendleton 29670

Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:30am-8pm; Wed & Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

PIEDMONT BRANCH...................................... 864-845-6534 1407 Hwy. 86, Piedmont 29673

Mon-Wed, Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Thurs: 11am-7pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

POWDERSVILLE BRANCH............................ 864-295-1190 4 Civic Court & Hwy. 81 Powdersville 29642

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Loan Renewals Overdue Period Fee

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New Fiction 14



Audiobooks 21



limit of 5/card

Magazines 14 0 limit 5 back issues/card


Mon, Tues, Thurs: 9:30am-8pm; Wed & Fri: 9:30am-6pm; Sat: 9:30am-1:30pm

Music CD 21 1 10¢

WESTSIDE COMMUNITY CENTER............. 864-260-4660 1100 W. Franklin St., Anderson 29624

DVD/Video 7

Mon-Fri: 9am–4:30pm

MOBILE LIBRARY..............................864-260-4500, ext. 176

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limit 5/card; Juvenile cards may not be used


The lost or damaged fee is the value of the item. Excessive charges for overdue, lost or damaged materials will result in loss of borrowing privileges.

The Basics Anderson County Library System Board of Trustees Trustees are appointed by the Anderson County Council member from his/her district. Call (864) 260-4500 x104, if you wish to contact a Trustee. Julie Hart (Chair)..........................................................DISTRICT 7 Rosalyn Silverstein (Vice Chair).................................DISTRICT 1 Youko Simmons............................................................DISTRICT 2 Frances Saville...............................................................DISTRICT 3 Martha Jeffries..............................................................DISTRICT 4 Brenda Oehmig (Secretary/Treasurer)......................DISTRICT 5 Christine K. Huff..........................................................DISTRICT 6 Faith A. Line..................................................................LIBRARY DIRECTOR The Library Board meets six times a year: January, March, May, July, September, and November on the second Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Mission Statement

The Anderson County Library System is dedicated to providing access to information of all types and facilities for education, recreation, and personal development to the County’s residents, without regard to race, gender, creed, age, or location. We are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas.

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Meetings are normally held in the second floor Board Room at the Main Library.

Meeting Facilities Available

Meeting rooms are available to customers with current Anderson County Library System cards in good standing representing nonprofit, non-sectarian, and governmental organizations of Anderson County during business hours. The Main Library’s primary meeting room seats 250 and is located off the main lobby. This room may be separated into three distinct rooms (A, B, or C), each seating 75. Room C is equipped with an LCD projector through which PowerPoint, VHS, and DVD presentations can be made. An overhead/opaque projector is also available through the LCD projector. Projection screens are installed in each room. There are four conference rooms, one located off the main lobby and 26 | Navigator |

three in the second floor reference area, each seats 8-10 people around a table and has a whiteboard. Wireless access to the Internet is available in each room. Smoking is not allowed in any area of the library or within 50 feet of an entrance. Smoking is allowed only in the designated smoking area outside.

To reserve a meeting or conference room at the Main Library, please call the administration office at (864) 260-4500 or email You can also download the Meeting Room Reservation Form and email it to

Food is not allowed in the second floor conference rooms. Branch Libraries Call your local branch for details regarding available meeting and conference rooms in your area.

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The Navigator: June, July , August 2017  

The Navigator is a publication of the Anderson County Library system in Anderson, South Carolina. Published quarterly, the magazine feature...

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