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Spring 2017 | MAR APR MAY

3rd Annual Tri-County Literary Celebration pg. 2, 3, 7, & 17 LEGO Day @ Your Library pg. 4 Amazing New Adult Programs and Workshops pg. 9 - 12 An Update from the Friends of the Library pg. 17 - 18

Berkeley County Library System Welcomes New Director Gene Brunson

Importance of a Strong Relationship with Schools and the Public Library System

We are excited to say that after a nationwide search, the next director for BCLS is one of our own. Please join us in welcoming Gene Brunson as the new director of BCLS. Gene has served BCLS as the Technology Director for more than 22 years. His extensive background in the library industry started when he was a freshman at the College of Charleston working as an intern for Charleston County Library where he worked for the next four years in various departments of the library and worked in a regional branch for Charleston County Library System under his mentor, Cynthia Hurd, one of the Charleston Emanuel AME victims.

School partnerships can be hard to establish, and when they can, sometimes they can be just as hard to maintain. However, it only takes one school to see the worth of the public library and want to be on board with enhancing and stretching services from both organizations for the betterment of students and the community as a whole.

He has also worked in the school library at MUSC and in the medical library at USC School of Medicine while he earned his Masters of Library Science and Information from USC. In his introduction to County Council members on Jan. 9th, BCLS board chair Patricia Richards explained the unanimous vote for Brunson. “Gene was a fabulous fit for the position as director because … he not only handled all the technology but he touched virtually every aspect of the library,” Richards said. From cataloging, to shelving, to reference, not to mention his role of automating BCLS during the dawn of the internet, he has done it all. Under his leadership, BCLS Gene Brunson, BCLS Library Director will continue to move forward, setting the standards for the “library of tomorrow.” When Brunson took office in January he wasted no time assessing the critical needs of BCLS, which included meeting with department heads of county administration. He also began looking for new opportunities and planting seeds to expand and add library services in some the county’s new and vastly growing communities. In his first meeting with BCLS’s leadership team which consist of all the library branch managers and department heads, he asked each of them to describe their idea of their “library of tomorrow.” Leadership members took turns writing down their thoughts and then placed them into a box. Brunson then gathered the box and ceremoniously “threw” the box out the door, thus encouraging his team to work together and to think “outside the box.” The ideas generated by this exercise will be revisited as a team, with all BCLS staff members, other library systems throughout the nation, as well as with community members and county administration in a desire to take BCLS and Berkeley County to the next level of library services.

Library Closings Easter: Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th Staff Development: Friday, May 26th Memorial Day: Saturday, May 27th & Monday, May 29th


Due to such a strong partnership with representatives from Cane Bay Middle School, Berkeley County Library System’s Young Adult Librarian, BriAnne Baxley, was asked to represent BCLS, alongside Shannon Biggar of CBMS, at the South Carolina State Library. The two presented some of their previous success with joint programs like an overnight lock-in at the school and the true benefit of a strong partnership. Explaining both schools and libraries have a shared interest in developing the necessary skills of students to succeed, skills that also benefit their communities.

Shannon Biggar, CBMS Media Specialist BriAnne Baxley, BCLS Young Adult Librarian

Their partnership has proven that a strong relationship between the two organizations can help enhance services and outreach not only to the students but the community as well.

St. Stephen Branch Manager Presents at 2017 America Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Convention BCLS is proud to recognize Tina Chenoweth, St. Stephen Library’s branch manager, for her presentation entitled “Inclusive Programming: The Power of Accessible Board Games.” Together with Dr. Clayton A. Copeland with the University of South Carolina, she presented a workshop at the 2017 ALA Midwinter convention in Atlanta, GA. The workshop came about following a win at the poster session of last year's SCLA conference. The workshop addressed the concepts of inclusion and ability, and gave practical advice on how to adapt board games so that they are accessible to everyone.

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Tina Chenoweth, St. Stephen Librarian

Dozens of Local Authors & Publishers *Free Writers’ Workshops with Storyboard America


*Free Developmental Screenings with Help Me Grow SC


Student Performances, Story Walk, Crafts, & More!

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Storytime @Your Library* Come listen to stories and dance with friends at Storytime @Your Library. Storytime is open for all children and incorporates multi-sensory activities. *March - April - No Storytime in May*


Paws for Reading

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday

This program is designed to help children who are struggling with their reading skills, when compared to peers their age, by reading to a certified therapy dog. It encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend to read to.

Kids, stop by your library for a free wearable, adjustable Cat In The Hat hat! Plus free coloring sheets!

Sessions are 20 minutes long. Please call the hosting library of your choice for more details.

St. Stephen Library

Saturdays, March 4th, 11th, & 25th. April 1st, 8th, 22nd, & 29th 3 pm *Please call 843.567.4862 for an appointment

Sangaree 11 am - 11:30 am Daniel Island 10:30 am - 11 am & 11 am - 11:30 am


Goose Creek Library

Goose Creek 10:30 am - 11 am St. Stephen 10:30 am - 11 am

First and Third Thursdays 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm *No appointment necessary

Thursdays Moncks Corner 10:30 am - 11 am Hanahan 10:30 am - 11 am

Bilingual Storytime

Stories told in Spanish and English. Every 3rd Thursday Hanahan 4 pm - 4:30 pm

Come see the library’s Dr. Seuss display and make a craft.

Hanahan Library

Thursday, March 2nd 3 pm - 5 pm


as a group for 1 hour with our furry friends.

Daniel Island Library Thursdays, March 1- May 18th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm 843.471.2952

SOURCE: Lindsay Street, Goose Creek Gazette

A train table was donated to the Goose Creek library after 2 year old Makhi McGahee and his family moved here from Spartanburg County and discovered the library lacked what Makhi loved most about his former hometown's library: choo-choo trains. Makhi set about on a mission. "He just loves going to the library, and picking up books, and playing with choo-choo trains. The only thing he kept asking for was trains," his mom said. So when a Spartanburg County friend posted on Facebook that she had a train table to give away, Makhi's family sprang into action. They put the table on the moving truck and asked the library if they could set it up for all children to enjoy. "It is such a joy to see the kids glowing with excitement and they race toward the train table at the library and instantly jump into playing with it and playing with the other kids," Makhi's mom said.” SOURCE:

Voting for the 2016 - 2017 South Carolina Book Awards will close Friday, March 3, 2017. The South Carolina Book Award program includes a vetting process for each of the four levels of books. Committees composed of school librarians, public librarians, teachers, parents, and students prepare a list of 20 books for each level. Students who have read a minimum of three books (five books for picture book level) vote in February each year for the book they feel is the best. The winning authors are honored at the association’s annual conference held each March. Visit for a full list of this year’s nominees and to vote for your favorites before March 3rd.


Thursday, March 2nd While supplies last

NEW Time & Format! Participants will read

Train Table Donated to Goose Creek Library

South Carolina Book Awards

Goose Creek Library

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Saturday, March 4th, 10 AM - 3 PM During the Tri-County Literary Celebration at Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner, SC

Children will enjoy fun and interactive play areas focused on learning, behavior, and development. Parents will learn how these interactions stimulate their child’s development and complete a short questionnaire that will help identify their child's strengths or areas where extra support may be needed. For more information, visit or call 1-855-476-9211

My 1st Book Beginning Feb. 1st, 2017, BCLS will provide a welcome bag to children ages 0-3 who register for a new library card, while supplies last. The My 1st Book bag will contain a board book and other fun items pertaining to early literacy. This new service was made possible through a generous donation of $200.00 from Judy and Robert Schmitt, the Friends of the Library, and other donations.


Cypress Gardens Native Reptiles

Spring Gardening

Meet Elizabeth from Cypress Gardens and some of her reptile friends that live here in the Lowcountry. Learn some fun facts about gators, snakes and turtles and get to know a few of her exotic friends as well.

Learn how to plant flowers and vegetables that you can take home with you.

Daniel Island Library

Wednesday, March 8th 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Drop by the Goose Creek Library to create your own Leprechaun mask!

Goose Creek Library

Wednesday, March 15th All day after 10 am

Come by for a green treat and a fun craft.

Hanahan Library

Friday, March 17th 3 pm - 5 p m

Make a leprechaun hat to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Moncks Corner Library Friday, March 17th 4 -pm - 5 pm

Follow the clues to find the leprechaun and win a prize! Take a festive photo at the end of the rainbow with our leprechaun when you complete the challenge.

Sangaree Library

Friday, March 17th All Day!

Drop by to make your lucky leprechaun craft!

St. Stephen Library

Friday, March 17th All Day!

Jewelry Making Jewelry making fun for the whole family! Workshop is limited to 20 participants; registration is required. Bring the kids; they can make something, too!

St. Stephen Library

Thursday, March 23rd 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Plant a Seed

Moncks Corner Library Tuesday, April 11th 2 pm - 4 pm

Friday, March 31st 3:00 pm

Altered Material Workshop: Easter Come create a special Easter craft using discarded library materials.

Woodworking Class Back by popular demand! Join us for a fun woodworking program.  You can make a birdhouse or a small shelf/case.  Class is limited to 10 participants, and registration is required.

St. Stephen Library

Hanahan Library

Wednesday, April 12th 3 pm - 5 pm

Family Game Night Bring the whole family for a night of "unplugged" fun including classic board games and card games. No TV, cell phones, tablets, or gaming consoles anywhere in sight.

Wednesday, April 12th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

LEGOs®in the

Sangaree Library


Friday, April 21st 4 pm - 6 pm

LEGOs® have been a huge hit at the library thanks to Lowcountry LEGO® User Group (Lowcountry LUG). Families have enjoyed playing with bricks and viewing amazing creations at LEGO® Day events at the Hanahan and Sangaree Libraries. In fact, Hanahan’s most recent LEGO® Day event attracted more than 130 attendees! According to Bradley Scrio, Lowcountry LUG’s president, the company “was started with a passion for LEGO® and desire to share that passion with a younger audience through shows/exhibitions [and] build meetups.” Lowcountry LUG has also worked with Cane Bay Elementary School by incorporating LEGOs® into the classroom for a day and donating a 7000+ mosaic of Cane Bay’s logo to the school. Don’t miss the Lowcountry LUG in March and May at the Sangaree Library for more LEGO® Days!

LEGO® Day @Your Library

LEGO® Afternoon @St. Stephen

Join Bradley Scrio, Bryan Harlan, and Jesus Ortiz with Lowcounty LUG for an fun familyfriendly day full of all things LEGOs®. Come see amazing LEGO® displays such as huge castles, ships, and cities. Plus you can build LEGO® creations of your own! This is an all-ages event. Adults are welcome to join the fun too.

Calling all LEGO® fans! Join us at the St. Stephen Library for an afternoon of LEGO® fun with blocks provided by the library.

Sangaree Library

Saturday, March 25th, 10 am - 12 noon Saturday, May 20th, 10 am - 12 noon

Hanahan Library

Saturday, April 8th, 9:30 am - 11:30 am

Help us get ready for planting our garden this spring by planting seeds in biodegradable plant tubes! These will be used later in the spring for our Community Garden.

Sangaree Library


St. Stephen Library

Saturday, March 18th 3 pm - 4 pm

LEGO® Mania Are you a LEGO® fan? Come have fun with your friends while you imagine and build with LEGO® blocks provided by the library.

Moncks Corner Library

Saturdays, March 18th, April 22nd, & May 20th 11 am - 12 noon

Hanahan Library @lowcountrylug

Every 4th Wednesday 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Egg Roll Making Class


Ever wondered how to make the best tasting egg rolls? Let us show you how to make the filling, and how to roll them up!  You will be able to take some home with you to fry! Limited to 15 people; registration is required. For tweens and up.

ACTIVITIES Easter Egg Hunt Search for goodies in the children's section after storytime and meet the Easter Bunny!

Moncks Corner Library Thursday, April 13th 11 am - 11: 30 am

St. Stephen Library

Thursday, April 27th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

International Story Day

Join an Easter Egg hunt in the library after storytime!

Hanahan Library

Come hear children's books read in a variety of languages throughout the morning.

Hanahan Library

Thursday, April 13th 11 am - 11:30 am

Saturday, April 29th 10 am - 12 noon

Search the library for eggs and win fun Easter-themed prizes!

Sangaree Library

Thursday, April 13th 1 pm

St. Stephen Library

Community Garden Planting

National Library Week Raffle

We will be planting seeds in our Community Garden that benefits local food banks. You will have some opportunities to paint in our garden too! All ages welcome.

In celebration of National Library Week, we will be raffling off a gift basket! Come and drop your name in the raffle beginning Monday, April 10th.  We will draw our winner after Easter, on Monday, April 17th.

Sangaree Library

Thursday, April 13th 2 pm - 3 pm

Saturday, May 6th 9:30 am - 11 am

Spring Craft

Bookmark Craft

Choose from a variety of spring-themed crafts to create and take home.

Create a fun bookmark to take home. Makes a great Mother's Day gift!

Sangaree Library

Sangaree Library

Friday, May 12th 2 pm - 4 pm

Thursday, April 13th 1 pm - 3 pm

Early Release Days: Spring STEM Camp at St. Stephen Library Join us on early release days for our very first STEM Camp for budding scientists & gardeners ages 6 & up! Participation is limited to 20 campers and registration is required.  Registering once holds your spot for all three camps. Campers will be provided with all necessary supplies including an observation journal.



National Library Week | April 9 - 15, 2017

Garden in a Glove

We will sprout several different vegetable seeds in a plastic glove.   Wednesday, March 8th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Ecosystem in a Bottle

Grow herbs in a recycled soda bottle.   Wednesday, April 5th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

STEM Camp Party

Party with wild and wacky science experiments and compare your observations with your fellow campers. Wednesday, May 17th 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

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St. Stephen Library

Monday, April 10th - Thursday, April 13th

Hanahan Library

Monday, April 10th - Thursday, April 13th

Customer Appreciation Day In honor of National Library Week, we're showing how much we love our customers. Come by the library for a free snack!

Moncks Corner Library Monday, April 10th 11 am - 2 pm

Altered Book Craft Come give old library books new life as beautiful pieces of art!

Sangaree Library

Tuesday, April 11th 4 pm - 6 pm

Customer Appreciation Day Stop in for library info, Friends of the Library info, a Make-n-Take Craft, a Gift Basket Drawing, and light refreshments!

Goose Creek Library

Thursday, April 13th 10 am - 12 noon

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Young Learner’s Toolbox Learning Lab



@Sangaree Library The Berkeley County Library System welcomed community leaders and partners Monday, December 19th for a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of the Young Learner’s Toolbox Learning Lab at the Moncks Corner Library.

Come join us for 90s classic films that are great the very first time you see them or the hundredth time you watch!

The ceremony celebrated the official opening of the Young Learner’s Toolbox Learning Lab, a section of the Moncks Corner Library that features multi-sensory toys, learning kits, and technology designed to encourage children to learn while they play. Attendees of the ribbon cutting included: County Supervisor William Peagler, Councilmen Kenneth Gunn, Joshua Whitley, Phillip Farley, and Caldwell Pinckney, as well as members from the Berkeley County School District, South Carolina State Library, and the Town of Moncks Corner. Supervisor Peagler cut the ribbon with help from a special quest, Santa Claus, who was portrayed by Mr. James Retz, a Berkeley County Library System board member. Funded by a Large Competitive Grant from the South Carolina State Library, the Young Learner’s Toolbox (YLT) program offers assistance to families and children with learning, language, or communication barriers. This multi-dimensional program includes: a series of lectures for parents and care givers, the Learning Lab at the Moncks Corner Library, and learning tools and kits for parents to check out for at-home learning. While housed at the Moncks Corner Library, the items are available to all library card holders throughout the county. Resources in the Learning Lab include learning kits to build vocabulary and language skills, plush reading buddies, and pre-loaded learning tablets, all of which parents can check out for home use. Florence Lewis-Coker, branch manager of the Moncks Corner Library and project lead for the Young Learner’s Toolbox program, explains the need for such a program: “A few years ago, I had a vision: to help children who had difficulty learning because of mental ability. My vision did not progress until two of my colleagues assisted me by applying for a grant to cover the cost of materials for what would eventually become the Young Learner’s Toolbox. The Young Learner’s Tool Box provides toys, games and other hands-on activities to help promote their learning skills.”

Recorder Classes for 3 - 5 Graders

Free Family Movie @Your Library

Calling all parents and 3rd -5th graders! The library is offering free recorder lessons taught by Susan Wiley, a retired music teacher.

Bring the whole family for a free family flick at your local library. Complimentary refreshments are provided thanks to the Friends of the Library.

Moncks Corner Library

Thursdays, May 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th 2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Mother’s Day Card Craft Come by the library to make Mom a card she is sure to love for her special day.

Hanahan Library

Wednesday, May 10th 3 pm - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library Friday, May 12th 9 am - 5 pm

Movie titles TBD closer to show date.

Hanahan Library

Every 3rd Saturday 2:30 pm

March 9th, 3 pm

March 30th, 3 pm

April 27th, 3 pm

May 11th, 3 pm

Movies Under the Stars Enjoy a free family movie under the stars on the big screen. Movies begin at dark, start times will vary. No outside food or drinks please.

Fridays March 31 April 28 May 19 Moncks Corner @Regional Recreation Complex Follow Moncks Corner on Facebook for movie titles and food vendors. Spring 2017 | Programs, News, & Events




New Coding Classes for Kids Made Possible Through LBMF Source: In January, BCLS kicked off a 6-week coding class for kids for the first time. Thirteen kids ages 8-12 registered to participate and learn the very basics of Scratch programming. As the class progresses, they will rachet the level up a notch each week, until they have created their own games. The instructor, Susie Starkman, aka “The Code Lady,” is a programming language enthusiast and founder of Code Surfers, LLC, which teaches coding to kids in an after school program. “Programming really teaches them logic,” comments Starkman, who is donating her time, expertise and materials for the sessions. “Everything needs to be done step-by-step.” But those benefits aren’t the best thing about the classes. The best thing about it, class participant Nicholas Haas, age 8, says “… is learning how to make computer games and fun stuff.” The class is the first of its kind from the Berkeley County Library System, thanks to generous support from the Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund (LBMF). In response to Lucy’s death in 2015, library staff and community members created the fund to honor the 13-year-old daughter of Daniel Island Library Branch Manager Timothy Boyle.

The fund named for Lucy has already created a collection of books on STEM subjects that she loved, including “Teach Your Kids to Code,” “JavaScript for Kids,” and “The Art of Lego Design,” as well as other titles of interest to teens. Now the LBMF’s mission is expanding to classes and workshops for hands-on STEM activities. The Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund, established last year by Daniel Island resident John Gilsenan, with assistance from several other community members, has received more than $15,000 in donations, including a $10,000 grant from the Daniel Island Community Fund.



















If you would like to help, the Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund has been set up at NBSC. Cash or check donations may be made by: • dropping by any NBSC location • mailing a check, made out to Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund, to NBSC, 230 Seven Farms Drive, Suite 100, Daniel Island, SC 29492 • placing a donation in the easily identified memorial fund donation box in the Daniel Island Library.


Right now, the Daniel Island Library is, according to Gilsenan, “… like a beta site. We’re going to do what we’re doing, find out what works and what doesn’t, and then we’ll roll it out to the other branches of the library system.” There are six library locations in Berkeley County.






Free Writers’ Workshops With Storyboard America for Teens, College Bound Students, and Adults

Free Writers’ Workshops Saturday, March 4th, 2017 11 - 12 noon & 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Calling all college bound students, creative writers, and storytellers- this workshop has your name all over it. Want to know how to write a dynamic personal essay that is college worthy?

Everybody has a story. WHAT ’S YOURS?

During the 3rd Annual Tri-County Literary Celebration at Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner, SC Provided by


Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Want to learn how to make your creative writing process more productive? Dying to get a story out to the world? Come join us for the StoryboardSC writing workshop where you will learn all the skills to get pen to paper and your story to come alive. Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, you have a story. Storyboard workshops take the scary out of writing. They offer pathways and creative tools to help you get to your own memories, to still points in your life that help you share yourself with others. It all begins with a single moment.





The Hangout @Daniel Island

The Hangout @Sangaree

The Teen Hangout @Your Library is a time for teens to have fun, learn something new, and hang out with friends while crafting, gaming, building, and creating. You never know what to expect at The Hangout, but you can definitely count on having a good time. This program is designed for students in grades 6 - 12. Tweens (students in grades 3 - 5) are welcome to join where noted.

Tuesdays, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm March 21st & April 18th

(Tweens welcome too!) Mondays, 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm March 13th & April 17th

The Hangout @St. Stephen

The Hangout @Moncks Corner

Thursdays, 5 pm - 6 pm March 16th & April 20th

(Tweens welcome too!) Thursdays, 4 pm - 5 pm March 9th & April 13th

The Hangout @Hanahan

The Hangout @Goose Creek (Tweens welcome too!) Wednesdays, 4 pm - 5 pm March 8th & April 26th

Wednesdays, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm March 15th & April 19th

Highly Anticipated YA Books Coming Out This Spring

Source: Nivea Serrao,

Candy Sushi What, don’t like Sushi? What if we told you that instead of raw fish and veggies, it was all candy? Yeah, that’s what we thought. Come and learn how to make sushi completely out of candies and sweets!

St. Stephen Library

Thursday, May 18th 5 pm - 6 pm

A Crown of Wishes Roshani Chokshi (March 28)

Strange the Dreamer Laini Taylor (March 28)

The Upside of Unrequited Legion Becky Albertalli Julie Kagawa (April 11) (April 25)

Honestly Ben Bill Konigsberg (March 28)

The Ship Beyond Time Heidi Heilig (March 28)

Lois Lane: Triple Threat The One Memory of ... Gwenda Bond Emily Barr (May 1) (May 2)

Duels & Deception Cindy Anstey (April 11)

Kill All Happies Rachel Cohn (May 2)

Want to talk about the awesome episode of your favorite anime? Need someone to geek out over the pages of the newest manga you checked out?  Look no further!   Come hang out while we explore episodes of a variety of anime shows and movies, play quick games of trivia, or create something inspired by the Japanese culture.

Sangaree Library

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday 5:30 pm - 7 pm

A Court of Wings and Ruin Sarah J. Maas (May 2)

Flame in the Mist Renee Ahdieh (May 16)

One of Us Is Lying Karen McManus (May 30)

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ACTIVITIES Sewing Club: Retro Sewers Join us for a brand new sewing club. All levels of expertise are welcome. Someone is always available to teach. A sewing machine will be available.

St. Stephen Library 1st & 3rd Fridays, 10 am - 12 noon

GC Knotty & Nice

DI Library Book Club

Crocheting, embroidery, needle point, and some basic knitting. All levels of expertise are welcome. Don't know how? That's ok; there is always someone to teach.

Be part of a lively discussion about some popular and chat worthy books. Was it a thumbs up or thumbs down? Come share your thoughts.  

St. Stephen Library

March 21 Last Days of Night, by Graham Moore April 18 Underground Railroad, by Whitehall May 16 Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance

DI Needle Workers

Daniel Island Library

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 noon

From experts to beginners, join in the fun on alternate Tuesday mornings. Bring your quilt, appliqué, embroidery, or any portable needle project and stay for a while to sew, make new friends and chat.

Daniel Island Library

Meet with other needle workers, knitters, and crocheters. Bring your own project and join us for tips, tricks, and good conversation! All are welcome.

Goose Creek Library 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 2 pm - 4 pm

NEW Sewing Class Learn to sew with a master seamstress. All skill levels welcome. A machine will be available for demonstrations but you are welcome to bring your own.

Hanahan Library

Crochet: Hook or Needle Me This! Club

Saturdays, March 11th, April 22nd, & May 14th, 10 am - 12 noon

Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 11 am - 2 pm

NEW All Tied Up Learn from others in this bring-your-own crafting session! Share your talent, tips, tricks, and patterns with each other. All needle crafts are welcome including knitting, crochet, needlepoint, cross stitch, and more.

Sangaree Library Every other Friday starting March 10th, 1 pm - 3 pm

Mystery Book Club *NEW DAY Join us at the Hanahan Library for some lively group discussion of various mystery selections. Please check at the desk for title of the book for the month. Copies of title may be available at desk as well.

Hanahan Library Every 3rd Tuesday, 4 pm - 5 pm

Recorder Class For beginning or “rusty” adults and teens who want to learn to play in a group setting. Prior recorder or other musical experience not required. Reading music is also not a prerequisite. You should be able to play several pieces within a few weeks.

Knittin’ In The Corner

Daniel Island Library

If you knit and/or crochet or you would like to learn how, come join us! Someone is always available to teach. All are welcome - kids too!

DI Writer’s Group *NEW DAY & TIME*

Moncks Corner Library Tuesdays, 5 pm - 7 pm

Calling all Knitters! When Knittin' in the Corner was started four years ago, we had no idea it would take off like it has. Every week 20-25 dedicated individuals gather at the Moncks Corner Library to knit, chat, and have fun. The group has blossomed into an open community program, drawing men, women, and children who want to knit or crochet all of various skill levels. This group also loves giving back to the community and during various times of the year, they will work together to donate to different organizations. At Christmas time we donated 64 hats and 5 headbands to the Berkeley Citizens. Currently we are working on prayer shawls to be donated to local nursing homes at Christmas time. We would like

to challenge other knitting/crochet groups to join us in this mission and do the same. ~Patricia DeMenna

If interested please email


Every 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Tuesdays, 2 pm - 3 pm

Join local author, Crystal Klimavicz, at the Daniel Island Library to connect and share with other local authors and aspiring writers.

Daniel Island Library Every 1st Wednesday, 4:30 pm - 6 pm

SS Writer’s Group Join local authors Olivia Washington and Michael Case to connect and share with other local authors and aspiring writers. All are welcome.

St. Stephen Library Every 1st Monday, 5 pm - 6 pm

Fun Fridays @ Daniel Island Library Once a month we will craft something new, decorative and seasonal recycling old books. All supplies provided. Please register due to limited space.

Daniel Island Library Fridays, March 17th & April 21st 10:30 am - 12 noon

Color Me Calm

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Leave your stress and worries at home and come color with us. Supplies and coloring sheets provided.

St. Stephen Libray and VITA of the IRS will be at the library to help you with your taxes! Walk-ins are accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Goose Creek Library

St. Stephen Library

Thursdays, 11 am - 1 pm

Saturdays, Feb. 4th - April 8th, 10 am - 12 noon

Gentle Yoga

Nature Walk

Diane Zalka, E-RYT, will offer a gentle yoga class that will be accessible to all. Participants may bring their own mats or may use chairs provided by the library. Practice will include breathing techniques and simple movements.

Put on your sneakers and join Master Naturalist Katie Ellis for an educational stroll on the trails around the library. You will learn to identify many of the native plants and animals that surround us and their habits.

Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island Library

Wednesdays, March 15th & 22nd & April 5th & 12th, 12 pm - 1 pm

Adult Anime @ Sangaree Library Each month, members vote on the anime to view and meet for talking, joking, and watching anime. Arrive at 5:30 for a bonus anime. 18+ only.

Sangaree Library

Every 4th Tuesday, 6 pm

Tai Chi

Friday, March 10th, 10 am - 11 am

Do you have a special meal from your family background that your family loves? Would you like to learn some new recipes and introduce your family to new tastes and traditions? We will discover delicious family friendly meals from around the world such as Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Peru, and Poland. Each recipe should be easy to prepare, child friendly and consist of ingredients found in the grocery store.

Daniel Island Library

Every 4th Thursday, 2 pm - 3 pm

Couponing Corner Love those coupons? Come in and get those you need and share those you don't.

Hanahan Library - All Day, Every Day!

ACTIVITIES Pet First Aid & Emergency Care Dr. Bridget Luke, DVM from the Daniel Island Animal Hospital will instruct us in the basics of emergency care and first aid for your pet. Learn what to do when confronted with such things as cuts, fractures and heat stroke to stabilize your pet before seeking veterinary help.

Daniel Island Library

Wellness Beyond 50 “How to Make Great Health Habits Stick”

Thursday, March 30th, 1 pm - 3pm

Join health coach Lisa Burbage who will empower you to enjoy wellness beyond fifty. Learn 5 ways to easily control your weight, discover secrets to a good night’s sleep and how to leverage stress to create more joy.   Life is too short, find out how to take control and live your best.

Daniel Island Library

An ancient form of exercise for all ages using Wednesday, March 15th, 1:30 pm - 3 pm slow, smooth body movements. Tai Chi is particularly effective in healing, strengthening Bicycle Tune Up Clinic the cardiovascular and immune systems, and disease prevention. It can sharpen reflexes, On Daniel Island biking is a way of life. boost energy and balance,  and improve Cooper River Cycles will offer instruction in one’s overall sense of well-being. basic bicycle maintenance and emergency repairs so you can keep your bike running Daniel Island Library smoothly on the road. Weekly, Tuesdays & Fridays, 9 am - 10 am Starting April 4th Daniel Island Library Saturday, March 18th, 10 am - 11 am

DI Cookbook Club


Our Salt Marsh Ecosystem The salt marsh is one of the most biologically productive ecosystems on Earth, providing nursery grounds for many species of birds and fish, as well as vital wildlife habitat. In this program we will learn basic salt marsh ecology and highlight ways individuals can protect the salt marsh. We will discuss vegetative buffers with particular emphasis on plant selection. This program is geared towards individuals interested in learning more about the salt marsh and stewardship actions to help keep this resource healthy for current and future generations.

Genealogy Researching Interested in digging into your family roots or stuck in your search? Experts from the Family History Center of Charleston are back again to help you begin or continue collecting ancestral information and researching on the internet.

Daniel Island Library

Monday, March 20th, 1 pm - 3 pm

Find Your Roots - Intro to Genealogy Tommie Provost from the Family History Center in Charleston offers a class on how to get started finding your roots including online research and the Family History Center resources. Please register by stopping by or call the library, 843-572-1376.

Goose Creek Library Monday, May 1st 10 am

Daniel Island Library

Wednesday, March 29th, 1 pm - 3 pm

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Meet Ramona Grimsley: Preserving the Past to Save the Future


ACTIVITIES Moncks Corner Matinée @ 2 P.M. Come enjoy a free matinée at your library. Complimentary refreshments will also be served thanks to the Friends of the Library.

In 2012, as the Special Projects/PR Librarian, the library director and I became concerned by the loss of local, every day history. We submitted a Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) grant to purchase equipment and provide training for collecting oral histories and digitizing collections of papers and photographs. As the elderly of Berkeley County pass away, we not only lose their stories, but also their stores of knowledge. Near the end of 2014, my job title became Digitization Librarian. All of my time is now devoted to The Berkeley County History: digitally collecting and preserving oral histories, anecdotes and photos project. Digitization involves borrowing a collection of Berkeley County-related documents The Jimmy Cornelius Stone (1938–2010) Collection or photos from an owner. Each item is scanned of photographs and ephemera are the result of (on-site), saved as an image, and returned. decades of avid local history and photo collecting. Research, in addition to the owner’s knowledge, This collection includes photographs taken by comprises the history to accompany the image. Mr. Stone as well. His hobby has provided us When this two-process action is complete for an entire collection, the images [and histories], are sent to John Quirk at USC. He uploads everything to The South Carolina Digital Library online.

Saturday, March 11th Wednesday, March 15th [PG-13] 2015 1h 56m

Saturday, March 25th Wednesday, March 29th [PG-13] 2016 2h 3m

snapshots of Berkeley County, primarily Moncks Corner, covering more than eight decades.

Check it out, Many people have shared collections with me covering New Hope, Cross, Moncks Corner, Atkins’ Landing and more. I was able to interview Calhoun Umphlett about the logging/lumber business in Berkeley County. Sadly, he passed away last July. The Jimmy Stone Collection and other local history documents I have composed can be found online at I am working with David A. Gethers to record his story. He is 93, a veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam, and a native of the county.

Saturday, April 8th Wednesday, April 12th [R] 2016 1h 51m

Saturday, April 29th Wednesday, May 3rd [R] 2016 1h 40m

Learn From the Masters Master Gardener Q&A Desk Trained and Certified Clemson Extension Tri-County Master Gardener volunteers will be on hand answer questions about lawns, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, vegetables, and all aspects of gardening in the Lowcountry. We will also accept soil samples (the cost is $6.00 per sample) & provide handouts and reference materials as needed. For information about how to take a soil sample, visit:

Daniel Island Library

Every 1st Monday, March - May, 4 - 6 pm


Stop by my table at Tri-County Literary Celebration on March 4th at Old Santee Canal Park from 10 am to 3 pm for a running slideshow of Jimmy Stone images not yet online. ~Ramona Grimsley

Lawton A. Murray (1892-1946) with his hunting dogs. 1930 Census lists his occupation as Farmer. On reverse of photo Jimmy wrote: George Murray's Father. [George was part owner of Dial-Murray Funeral Home.]

Growing & Cooking with Herbs

Grow Your Own Salad

Are you curious about growing your own herbs or cooking with them? Herbs thrive in the climate and soils of the Lowcountry, but which ones are the easiest to grow? Then, what do you do with the herbs once you have them? How do you turn basil into pesto or mint into a julep?  Join us to find out the how, what and where of herbs.  

Do you enjoy fresh, homegrown lettuce? Learn how easy it is to start and grow your very own delicious salad in a recycled container right at home on your patio, porch or apartment balcony. All materials provided.

Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island Library

Thursday, April 6th, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Monday, April 3rd, 1 pm - 2:30 pm

The TCMGA is a non-profit organization made up of dedicated volunteers from Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties who are trained by the Clemson Extension Service to support the local county extension agent. All those who successfully complete the required Master Gardener Training Course are members of the Tri-County Master Gardener Association. For more info:

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Retired Teacher is Keeping the Love of Learning and Wheels Turning The idea of a library, whose roll was once primarly categorized as a warehouse of books, has transformed to new heights, including as a place to continue learning and furthering education for all ages. Community partners join the library system to provide an array of seminars and workshops for customers. Topics have included how to manage a family budget presented by The Lowcountry Food Bank, how to start a new business presented by SCORE of Charleston, and how to study for the GED exam presented by the Trident Literacy Association. One particular lecture series has taken the Daniel Island Library by storm, drawing over 30 attendees week after week. The course, taught by Daniel Island resident Hillyer Rudisill III, covers Philosophy, Humanities, and Western Civilization. Rudisill describes the class as, “A no-pressure atmosphere” with no tests, only handouts so that the participants can follow along. Rudisill is no stranger to teaching. His career includes: teaching for 19 years at Trident Technical College in North Charleston, serving as headmaster of Pinewood Preparatory School in Summerville, as well as founding headmaster for several other Lowcountry private schools. He retired ten years ago due to heart surgery but still carries his passion for teaching. Because he holds multiple degrees and has completed postgraduate work, he is very knowledgeable in his field and eager to share with anyone willing to learn.

Contact the Daniel Island Library, 843-471-2952, for more details on Rudisill’s classes.

Soapmaking Workshop

Center for Heirs Property Seminar

Join us for a lesson on easy soapmaking. Registration is required and limited to 15 adults.

Do you have questions about heirs property? Join us for a informative seminar presented by the Center for Heirs Property.

St. Stephen Library

St. Stephen Library

Consumer Fraud Series Outsmarting Scammers Incidents of fraud are on the rise and scammers' tactics are becoming more complex. Join us and pick up some important strategies to help protect yourself and your loved ones. Learn how to spot certain red flags that may indicate a fraudulent encounter, resources you can turn to in the event you are targeted and steps that can be taken to help protect yourself and loved ones. Tuesday, March 7th 10:30 am - 12 noon

Identity Theft & Personal Security Whether you are concerned about online security or steps you can take to keep your money secure, you'll find help here. We'll cover tips for ways to avoid identity theft and more.

Daniel Island Library

Thursday, April 6th 1 pm - 3 pm

Thursday, May 25th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Consumer Law

South Carolina Bar Association Law Series Please join us for an informative lecture series, led by local attorneys, and focusing on several current legal issues that are of great interest. Each informative lecture will last 30-40 minutes followed by an open question and answer session. The Pro Bono Program is made possible through an IOLTA grant from the South Carolina Bar Foundation.

End of Life Issues

Wills, Estates, and Probate

End of Life Issues Topics covered are: Health Care Power of Attorney, Living Wills, DNR Orders, Power of Attorney, Funeral Planning & Cremation.

Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island Library

Monday, March 13th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm


Daniel Island Library

After retirement, he taught a class at the Mount Pilot Senior Center and eventually started a small class at the Daniel Island Library. Participants range from age 50 to age 89. His only goals are to entertain and if nothing else, teach his audience something new. His class has certainly gained popularity, as it has grown from ten students at the start to thirty by the end of 2015. As Rudisill says this class promotes, “Learning for the love of learning and keeping the wheels turning.”

Thursday, May 11th, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Learn more about loans, credit cards, ID Fraud, and more during this informative lecture about consumer law led by local attorneys.

Daniel Island Library

Monday, April 17th 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Monday, March 27th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Consumer Law Monday, April 17th, 6 pm - 7:30 pm

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Registration for technology classes is recommended, please visit

The E-Library: OverDrive, Hoopla, & RB Digital collections of free e-books, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music? Using your computer, tablet, or smartphone, these items are all available to you 24/7. Come learn more about borrowing, downloading, account (Please feel free to bring your personal devices)

St. Stephen Library

Tuesday, March 14th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Hanahan Library

Thursday, March 16th, 3 pm -5 pm

Goose Creek Library

Thursday, May 18th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Workforce Prep @ the Sangaree Library Whether you are looking for a job, or just want to add to the skills section of your resume, we can help you out! A member of the Library Technology department will be at the Sangaree Library for an open session on using Microsoft Word to type your resume, accessing free career guides and tutorials online, and practice tests for careers in nursing, the military, and more!

Sangaree Library

Wednesday, March 8th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Sangaree Library

Wednesday, April 5th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Sangaree Library

Moncks Corner Library

Wednesday, May 3rd, 3 pm - 5 pm

Social Media 101

Tech Time

Learn social media basics with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat! This workshop will cover creating an account, privacy

Come by with general technology questions, including using our online catalog, accessing digital collections from your mobile device, and utilizing library

Monday, May 22nd, 3 pm - 5 pm

(Please feel free to bring your personal devices)

Moncks Corner Library

Monday, March 27th, 3 pm - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library

Tuesday, April 11th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Goose Creek Library

Thursday, April 20th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Hanahan Library

Thursday, May 11th, 3 pm - 5 pm

Please note: this is an open session, and is appreciated.

(Please feel free to bring your personal devices)

Goose Creek Library

Thursday, March 2nd, 4 pm - 5 pm

Sangaree Library

Wednesday, March 22nd, 4 pm - 5 pm

Sangaree Library

Wednesday, April 19th, 4 pm - 5 pm


n a Dime

Want to travel? Learn the secrets to getting a great deal on hotel or airplane fares to your next travel destination!

Hosted by our new Library Director, Gene Brunson, this workshop will show you the ins and outs of numerous travel websites. With so many to choose from, how do you really know if you are getting the best deal? Summer is right around the corner; let us help you make the most of your vacation without breaking the bank.

Hanahan Library Thursday, March 28th, 10 am - 11 am


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Moncks Corner Library

Monday, April 24th, 4 pm - 5 pm

Hanahan Library

Thursday, April 27th, 4 pm -5 pm

St. Stephen Library

Tuesday, May 9th, 4 pm - 5 pm

Sangaree Library

Wednesday, May 17th, 4 pm - 5 pm

Berkeley Career Express Program Helps Rural Residents Find Jobs On Tuesday, January 10th, more than 50 residents of St. Stephen gathered at St. Stephen Elementary School to register for the first round of the Berkeley Career Express program. Those in attendance were anxious to take the next step in preparing for employment.


Berkeley Career Express (BCE), funded by a grant, Google Data Center Community Affairs Grant, is a collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Library System, and the Department of Adult and Community Education to enhance digital literacy skills in the communities of St. Stephen, Cross, Alvin and Long Ridge. For eight weeks, BCE participants in each community will participate in free classes and workshops designed to help them prepare for the workforce or pursue further education. Students who complete the BCE program can earn a Work Keys Certificate, Basic Computer Literacy, and Educational Functioning Level Gain certificates. The Berkeley Career Express program will offer classes directly in the community. Classes will be taught by certified teachers and held once a week in the evenings. “I am thrilled at the turnout for our first night of Berkeley Career Express. Berkeley County Adult Education is enthusiastic about this program for the Berkeley County residents that will assist them in the Job Markets” expressed by Dr. Lillie Caldwell, Director of Adult Community Education. Participants of BCE with a valid library card are also eligible to borrow a digital device, WiFi unit, and all other accessories, funded through this grant, to study and prepare at home during their enrollment. The eight week training series will be held in one community at a time, beginning with St. Stephen. After the completion of all four community programs, digital devices and resources will be given to community leaders to develop their own training site for future programs and development. “Through the Chamber’s Rural Initiative and from our eight rural meetings it was identified that jobs and education was the top concern from the residents. Meeting with Google to discuss the lack of computer access, they became the catalyst for the Berkeley Career Express program. The Chamber is thankful that the launch of the St. Stephen Berkeley Career Express site was a success,” stated Elaine Morgan, CEO Berkeley Chamber of Commerce. “The Town of St. Stephen is elated over the recent developments with a new industry coming to our Town and now a program to assist our residents at being more work-ready” is reported by Mayor John Rivers. Berkeley County Supervisor Bill Peagler comments, “Since taking office as Supervisor, my top focus has been on recruiting jobs and providing new, substantial opportunities for Berkeley County residents. Having the Berkeley Career Express in place further helps the public seize the new opportunities before them, enhances their skills, and prepares them not only for the jobs of today but also for the jobs of the future.” If you are interested in participating in Berkeley Career Express, please visit for more information


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Moving Our Resources Everywhere

M.O. O.R.E.

Berkeley County Library System Mobile Library

MORE Mobile Library Now Offers

3, 2, 1, & Launch! Youth Enjoy New Technology on MORE Everyone knows the library has computers for adults. You may even know that the library has computers for teens and computers just for children, but did you know it also has Chromebooks and now tablets? It’s time to introduce the new Playaway Lauchpad Pre-Loaded Learning Tablets designed just for kids! These tablets are pre-loaded with fun, educational games for different age levels. As you can see, our MORE customers love them! Visit your library today to discover the new Launchpads at the library, or ask about checking one out to take home.

No Cassettes. No CDs. No Downloads. Just Play! Get caught up in a new series or re-discover your favorite YA books in this fun, new way to play on the go.

Available Launchpads: Welcome to Letterland* Count on Me* 1, 2, Play with Me* Zoo Moo Moo! Animals Just for Me! Developmental Differences Dr. Suess Favorites Ship Shape! Math Pretend with Me! Fantasy

On the Move! Transportation Minds in Motion! STEAM Mighty Math Power Letter Soup! English Language Arts ABC, Learn with Me! English Language Arts I Can Build That! STEAM Beep Beep! Vroom Vroom! Transporation Artsy Pants! Creativity

Lauchpads are located at all BCLS libraries and are available to checkout for in-library-use only. *Some lauchpads are available for check out for home use through the Young Learner’s Toolbox.

Discover the Story of MORE at the Tri-County Literary Celebration It’s been said that a good story has friends, adventures, and always starts with “Once Upon a Time.” My story has all of that and MORE. (ha ha, because that’s my name!) Come see me at the Tri-County Literary Celebration to complete a story walk and learn more about my story.

I want adventure...


Story of




hen, on a warm spring morning, visitors came to see me. As the two men started up my engine, I overheard one say “It’s time to take him to Charleston to get dressed.” I was so excited! My engine hummed with a smile and purred like a cat as we drove to this new city called Charleston.




Saturday, March 4th, 10 am - 3 pm Old Santee Canal Park 900 Stoney Landing Rd. Moncks Corner

like going mountain biking!

Written By:

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nce upon a time, I was a lonely, big, empty box on wheels. I spent my days in the garage waiting for the day I would become something special. I would dream of hitting the road, traveling to new places, and making new friends along the way. The days slowly drifted by and still I waited. I never lost hope.

When I got there, the excitement continued as I was dressed in the finest clothes for a vehicle. Purple, green, yellow, orange, and red were draped over me and I couldn’t help but giggle as the people tickled me in the process. Oh! I looked magnificent! Can you guess what my favorite color was?

Moving Our Resources Everywhere

M.O. O.R.E.

2017 Spring Schedule

Berkeley County Library System Mobile Library






3/13, 3/27, 4/10, 4/24, 5/8, 5/22

3/14, 3/28, 4/11, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23

3/1, 3/15, 3/29, 4/12, 4/26, 5/10, 5/24

3/2, 3/16, 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11, 5/25

3/3, 3/17, 3/31 4/28, 5/12, 5/26

Providence Macedonia 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Bonneau Civic Center Bonneau 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Harbour Lake Academy Goose Creek 10:00 am - 10:45 am Little Peoples Preschool Goose Creek 11:00 am - 11:45 am Naval Weapons Station Goose Creek 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jamestown 17A & Hwy 41 10:30 am - 11 :00 am Timberland High School St. Stephen 12:00 pm - 2:15 pm Tri - Community Center Cross 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Summit Place Daniel Island 11:00 am - 12:00 pm St. Paul Baptist Church Wando 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Charity AME Church Huger 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Miracle Academy Russellville 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Yeaman Hall Plaza Hanahan 2:30 pm-4:00 pm






3/6, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 5/1, 5/15,

3/7, 3/21, 4/4, 4/18, 5/2, 5/16, 5/30

3/8, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19 5/3, 5/17, 5/31

3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4, 5/18, 6/1

3/10, 3/24, 4/7, 4/21, 5/5, 5/19, 6/2

Alvin Community Center Alvin 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Brighton Park Village Nexton, Summerville 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Henry's Bait and Tackle Cross 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Cross High School Cross 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Berkeley Citizens Moncks Corner 10:00 am - 11:00 am Eadytown Fire Department Eadytown 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Cross Community Center Cross 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Del Webb Summerville 11:00 am - 12:30 pm College Park Elementary Ladson 1:30 pm - 2:00 pm St. James AME Church Jedburg 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Miracle Academy Russellville 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Fox Creek Apartments St. Stephen 2:30 pm- 4:00 pm

Tech Help On-The-Go Del Webb Community: a member of the technology department will be available on our mobile library to assist you with general technology questions, like using email, navigating the library catalog, and using our digital collections. Please feel free to bring your personal devices!

Thursdays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm March 9th & March 23rd April 6th & April 20th, May 4th & May 18th Please note the Del Webb Community in Cane Bay is a gated community and this program is only available to residents of Del Webb. Please see the technology class schedule on page 13 for more learning opportunities in our libraries.

BCLS Mobile Library, 843-719-4247 or 843-934-9976, *maps and directions to all MORE stops are available online

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Ways to Get Involved 3rd Annual Tri-County Literary Celebration FRIENDS

President’s Post-It

The Friends of the Berkeley County Library System have had a busy and productive “winter”—such as winter has been!! Our “elves” were at Celebrate the Season doing the Santa pictures again and are really getting professional!! This season, we also sold marshmallows and s’mores by the fire pit. Both these events raise money toward library programs, but, also are so much fun. We are already booked for 2017 Celebrate the Season and are looking forward to it. The 3rd annual Tri-county Literary Celebration is coming up on March 4 at Old Santee Canal Park and the Friends are really involved. The TLC this year will be bigger and better; more activities and events are on tap; plenty of authors, children’s activities, and the characters that were so wonderfully portrayed by local high school students in 2016. We need you to volunteer if you can help on that Friday afternoon, March 3, or Saturday, March 4 anytime from 9:00AM until 3:00PM. The FOL have book sale shelves in each branch library. The prices are posted on or near the shelves. Please stop and shop as you visit the library. Again, all money raised goes toward funding library programs. There is always a good selection of children’s books, hard cover books, paperbacks, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s, audiobooks, etc. Plenty of bargains to be had! The Friends expect to have more fund raisers in 2017. Again, we will be calling on you to volunteer. We plan to do the concessions for “Movies Under the Stars” and need help for them. This endeavor was very successful in 2016. Our meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month, rotating around the library branches. Check the Friends Facebook page for the time and location. Meetings are open to all members. Why not take the opportunity to become a Friend by picking up a membership envelope from the library and mail your membership? All membership donations are tax deductible. Looking forward to YOU becoming a member!

~ Sue Kelley, FOLPresident

FOL Board Meetings Every 4th Tuesday, 5:00 pm March 28th, St. Stephen Library April 25th - Moncks Corner Library May 23rd - Hanahan Library Visit to learn more about the Friends including how to become a member and upcoming opportunities to get involved.


Join the Friend’s for the 3rd Annual TLC at beautiful Old Santee Canal Park in March. This is an enormous event bringing in over 50 authors and thousands of attendees to celebrate local published works and authors. If you would like to volunteer, please email us at Old Santee Canal Park, Moncks Corner Saturday, March 4th, 10 am - 3 pm

Reading Partners of Charleston Looking for Volunteers Reading Partners of Charleston helps and mentors students who may be having problems with reading—maybe behind their grade level, maybe comprehension, and other areas. Reading Partners are in some of the Berkeley County schools and need us to help these students have the opportunity to read and understand what they read. What a great way to help our schools and get these children on track. The look on a child’s face when he/she realizes, “I can read!”, is priceless. I urge you to become involved… ”the need to read” is definitely a priority. Please get in touch with me if you can help in some of these 45 minute sessions. Just leave a post on the friends FB page or email Reading Partners of Charleston will also be in attendance at the 3rd Annual Tri-County Literary Celebration. Stop by their booth for more information about what they do and how you can get involved to help students read.

Movies Under the Stars Concession Stand BCLS and the Town of Moncks Corner will once again host more Movies Under the Stars events at the Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex this spring. Movies will be held monthly starting in March. The Friends of the Library will be selling popcorn and movie concessions at these events as a fund raiser for the libraries and we are looking for some volunteers. If you would like to help, please email See page 6 of this catalog for more details and dates.

Friends Table at the United Methodist Church Annual Tea-Book Theme Night We will be hosting a table at the Annual Tea - Book Theme Night presented by the United Methodist Church in Moncks Corner on April 29th. Each table will be decorated as a different book theme. If you would like to help, please email

Book Shelves in the Library Want to get involved with the Friends of the Library? We can always use help sorting, pricing, and stocking the Friends’ bookshelves at each library. Proceeds from the sale of these books help fund library programs and special events.

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Mark Your Calendars!


Are you a fan of fiction?

Inventory Reduction Sale Saturday, March 11th, 9 am - 12 noon Come shop from a wide selection of withdrawn and donated fiction books, as well as childrens’ books!

All books priced at $0.25! Goose Creek Library, 325 Old Moncks Corner Rd

2017 BCLS Summer Reading Program Early Registeration Opens May 22nd Register online

TOTAL Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017

This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since 1979.

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible in the continental United States. This total eclipse will only be visible on a narrow track stretching across the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time. Join BCLS for this historical event.

Parts of the Lowcountry are located in the direct path!

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Place Stamp Here

100 Library Street Moncks Corner, SC 29461







2301 Daniel Island Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 (843) 471-2952 M-Th 10am-6 pm, F&S 9am-5pm

1003 Highway 52 Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4223 M-Th 9am-7pm, F&S 9am-5pm

325 Old Moncks Corner Road Goose Creek, SC 29445 (843) 572-1376 M-Th 9am-7pm, F&S 9am-5pm


100 Library Street Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4247 Schedule posted online at

1216 Old Murray Court Hanahan, SC 29410 (843) 553-0047 M-Th 10am-6pm, F&S 9am-5pm

595 Sangaree Parkway Summerville, SC 29486 (843) 695-1208 M-Th 10:30am-6:30pm, F&S 9am-5pm

113 Ravenell Drive St. Stephen, SC 29479 (843) 567-4862 M-Th 10am-6pm, F&S 9am-5pm

We have an App! BookMyne is a full service catalog app. Available on Apple and Andriod.

Berkeley County Library System Open Up! Program Catalog, Spring 2017  

Spring 2017 - Free classes, programs, and community events at the Berkeley County Library System, South Carolina

Berkeley County Library System Open Up! Program Catalog, Spring 2017  

Spring 2017 - Free classes, programs, and community events at the Berkeley County Library System, South Carolina