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2017 BCLS Summer Reading Program #bclsSummerReading

See page 2 for full details!

Bright Star Theatre & Tim Sonefelt Magic Show pg. 3 Amazing Teen Events pg. 8 Adult Programs and Tech Workshops pg. 9 - 11 M.O.R.E. Mobile Library Summer Schedule pg. 12 An Update from the Friends of the Library pg. 13-14

What’s Happenin’@BCLS STEM Outreach Impacts Community Members

Library Closings Tuesday, July 4th See more news about What’s Happenin’ on pg. 14

When Tina Chenoweth, the St. Stephen Library manager, had extra supplies left over from her STEM workshop, she decided to do something a little different through her outreach. A few years ago, the St. Stephen Library didn’t have a community room. They were located in a small building on Main Street. But when the library moved to their new location in the historic school building, they received more room to expand, along with a community room for activities. Soon authors, sewers, knitters, and other hobbyists took the initiative to host their own programs through the library. When Tina Chenoweth began her role as the library’s current branch manager, she brought in even more ideas. There’s a lot going on at the library now. One of the newest programs is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camp for kids on early release days. The camp’s programs involve growing seeds and herbs in gloves and bottles and keeping track of plant growth through observation. Although Tina’s program wasn’t poorly attended, there were still a lot of supplies left over. She repeated the program with teens, but still had a surplus. So she decided to think outside the box and take what was left to the Lake Moultrie Nursing Home for outreach. The impact surprised her. “They loved it!” Tina said. “They were amazed at the concept, and both residents and the nursing home staff stopped by the window in which the gloves were hanging every day to marvel at how big the seeds had grown.” Tina returned the next time with pots so everyone could plant their seeds. Claudine Haynes, Activities Director for Lake Moultrie Nursing Home, reported on the progress of the outreach program. “The gardening in a glove program was the most popular program we have had. I think the residents like it so much because there is an outcome, something to look forward to.” Tina’s outreach success accomplished two great things: First, the STEM projects engaged everyone at the nursing home, even the men. “Some of the residents who were male sometimes don’t enjoy participating in artsy/crafty stuff I do there, but there were so many more men in these programs that it was shocking,” said Tina. “We even had two male residents who never attend any programs at the home, but they came to both of my STEM programs.”

Tina Chenoweth (middle) with Claudine (left) and Kristen (right), the Activities Director and Activities Asst. at Lake Moultrie Nursing Home.

The other great thing about the plants is that the residents of the nursing home now have a small sustainable garden – a gift that keeps on giving. “I will definitely be incorporating more STEM programs in my outreach there,” said Tina, “and I am thinking about bringing STEM Camp to one of the after-school programs at one of my daycares that I visit every week.”

Butterfuly Garden at Hanahan Library Gets New Sign and Little Free Library Ribbon Cutting The Butterfly Garden at the Hanahan Library was the Keep Hanahan Beautiful (KHB) Organization’s first major undertaking since becoming Affiliates of Keep America Beautiful and PalmettoPride. KHB’s project was made possible by combining the efforts and resources of the library, schools, community groups, churches, businesses, government agencies, service organizations, youth groups, and Cypress Gardens. The Butterfly garden is designed to engage the entire Community to educate, motivate and empower citizens in the beautification, conservation, and preservation of our environment. Now adorned by a new arbor and sign, the beautiful walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden Exhibit is a color and texture extravaganza of thousands of plants fashioned to sustain the complete life cycle of the butterfly. Educational graphics are placed throughout the garden highlighting the intricacies of butterflies, other pollinators’ and their importance in the surrounding ecosystems.


Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Join us at Hanahan Library Thursday, June 22nd, 4 pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Little Free Library. Donated to the library in memory of Daniel Kennedy, son of our friend and long-time customer, Mrs. Peggy Kennedy.

The Summer Reading Program is all online and mobile friendly! Plus you can sign up for a family account to get the whole family involved! *Paper reading logs are still available at your local library or you can print one from our website.

Parents and Students, Let BCLS Help You with Your School Reading Requirements This Summer Find your school’s summer reading list online: We can also help you determine your Lexile® level and find the right books for your reading level.

Need Help? Need help with required school reading this Summer? Stop by any BCLS, we can perfect book, E-book, or E-audiobook.

What is the Lexile® level? A popular method used by schools to measure a student reader's ability is Lexile® level or a Lexile® Measure. A Lexile measure is a valuable tool for teachers, parents, and students. It serves two unique functions: it is the measure of how difficult a text is OR a student's reading ability level.

You can now search by Lexile level in our catalog!

Don’t Forget Our E-Library When You Are Looking For Your Book!

1. Go to and click “Catalog”. 2. Then click “Reading Programs” at the far right side of the top menu. 3. Enter your Lexile® level and click “Show Matching Books”.

Not sure what your level is? Go to to learn more and use their tool to find your level.

Summer 2017 | Programs, News, & Events



It’s story

TiME @ 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.

Visit to see all the fun resources just for kids @your library.

Clayton’s Corner

Savannah Balloons

Read to Clayton the cute, cuddly therapy dog. 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.

Hear familiar stories in a way you’ve never heard (or seen) before using props to draw in the children’s imaginations. All shows are ticketed, please see the hosting library for your ticket. Limited 5 tickets per person.

No appointment necessary.

Goose Creek Library

First and Third Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

*June & July - No Storytime in August*

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

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


Daniel Island Library

Thursday, July 20th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

St. Stephen Library

Friday, July 21st, 10 - 11 am

Hanahan Library

Friday, July 21st, 3 - 4 pm

Jellyfish Craft-In-a-Baggie

Solar Eclipse Craft-In-a-Baggie

Stop by the Goose Creek Library after 10 am on Wednesday, June 21st, to make a Jellyfish to take home! While supplies last.

Stop by the Goose Creek Library after 10 am on Wednesday, August 16th, to make a Solar Eclipse craft to take home! While supplies last.

Goose Creek Library

Wednesday, June 21st 10 am - While supplies last

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

Bright Star Touring Theatre Join the fun at your local library this summer as the ever-entertaining Bright Star Touring Theatre returns to BCLS with 3 new shows. See one or see them all! All shows are ticketed, please see the hosting library for your ticket. Limited 5 tickets per person.

Goose Creek Library

Wednesday, August 16th 10 am - While supplies last

My 1st Book Welcome Bag New to the library? BCLS is happy to help you celebrate with a free welcome bag to children ages 0-3 who register for a new library card. The My 1st Book bag contains a board book and other fun items.

Alice In Wonderland The Lewis Carroll literary classic is magically

brought to life in this 45 minute adventure. Join Alice on her journey into the rabbit hole, packed with some eccentric and fantastical characters who take the audience on an imaginative ride.

Berkeley County Administration Bldg (next to Moncks Corner Library) Friday, July 28th, 10:30 am

Velveteen Rabbit This literary classic is brought to life in a heartwarming show of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Goose Creek Library, Friday, July 28th, 1:30 pm Building Stories

Plot, summary, characters and settings can be confusing things to learn about. This show is designed to get young people excited about reading and writing while encouraging them to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of stories.

Sangaree Library, Friday, July 28th, 4 pm


Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

This new service was made possible through generous donations from Judy and Robert Schmidt, the Friends of the Library, and other donations.

Tim Sonefelt Magic Show

Give Our Books New Looks!

Calling all 3rd - 5th grade artists! Design a new cover or draw a scene from your favorite book during July and August and enter to win a prize! One entry per person.

Join The Amazing Humorist Tim Sonefelt and see wonders unveiled in this fun, free show. Tim will incorporate educational stories, tricks, and activities that relate to the 2017 BCLS Summer Reading Program, “Build A Better World.� Not only is his show fun, but it is also very interactive for the audience. He may even teach you a trick or two. All shows are ticketed, please see the hosting library for tickets. Limited 5 tickets per person.

Hanahan Library

Must use the template provided by your local BCLS library or

Wednesday, June 28th, 10:30 am

Markers, colored pencils, crayons, felt pens, and paint allowed. (No computer designs will be accepted)

Daniel Island Library Wednesday, June 28th, 3:30 pm

Please fill out ALL fields on the template.

Goose Creek Library

Deadline for entries is August 31, 2017.

Thursday, June 29th, 10:30 am

Please submit finished artwork to your local library.

Sangaree Library

Templates available at your local library or you can print one from

Fun e-books for kids, FREE with your BCLS Card!

Thursday, June 29th, 3:30 pm

Berkeley County Administration Bldg

(next to Moncks Corner Library)

Friday, June 30th, 10:30 am

St. Stephen Library Friday, June 30th, 3:30 pm

Participate in the 2017 BCLS Summer Reading Program with e-books! Have fun this Summer with free online resources from your library such as TumbleBooks eBooks for eKids. TM

Play games, complete puzzles, watch educational videos, or listen to electronic flip-books read aloud to you!

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Check out all the fun, family events @your library with our new mobile-friendly online calendar.

Make a Robot

Area 51 Craft

Create a fun robot to take home. Makes a great Father's Day gift!

Not confirming nor denying the existence of Area 51 but come make a UFO to take home!

Sangaree Library

Sangaree Library

Father’s Day Craft @St. Stephen

4th of July Extravaganza

Join us as we make a craft to celebrate Dad. All day, while supplies last.

Join us for crafts featuring America, Lady Liberty, and fireworks!

St. Stephen Library

Sangaree Library

Father’s Day Craft @Hanahan

4th of July Craft @St. Stephen

Make a bird house for Dad just in time for Father's Day.

Join us for a craft to celebrate Independence Day. All day, while supplies last.

Hanahan Library

St. Stephen Library

Friday, June 16th, 2 - 4 pm

Celebrate Wonder Woman Day with the Sangaree Library. This all-day event celebrates 75 years of Wonder Woman and the release of her first feature film! Stop in the library for Wonder Woman themed coloring sheets and activities.

Sangaree Library

Saturday, June 3rd, 9 am - 5 pm

Friday, June 16th, all day

Friday, June 16th, 3 - 4 pm

Thursday, July 20th, 1 - 3 pm

Friday, June 30th, 1 - 3 pm

Monday, July 3rd, all day

Free Little Library Ribbon Cutting Party for Young Learner’s

@ Sangaree Library Shark Week Craft Stop by the Sangaree Library any time this week for a make and take shark craft.

Monday - Friday, June 12th - 16th, All Day

Shark Week Shindig Shark Week is here! Stop by the Sangaree Library for shark-themed snacks, games, and crafts!

Monday, June 12th, 1 - 3 pm

Cypress Gardens Butterfly Program @ Hanahan

Join us as we present our Free Little Library in memory of Daniel Kennedy, son of our friend and long-time customer, Mrs. Peg Kennedy. 

Hanahan Library

Thursday, June 22nd, 4 pm

Drum & Goodtime Drum and dance to your own beat at this program while you decorate a tribal drum of your own and make a maraca out of paper plates, beans and streamers.

Moncks Corner Library

Friday, July 21st, 3:30 - 5 pm

Parents and children, we're inviting you to visit our new Young Learner's Toolbox area so we can show you what services we offer! We'll also play games and hear from a special speaker.

Moncks Corner Library

Saturday, July 8th, 2 pm

Frozen in July: Do you Want to Build a Snowman? Join us for a Frozen inspired party! We'll have snowcones, fun crafts, and more fun activities! If you come in a costume, we'll have a costume contest!

St. Stephen Library

Wednesday, July 12th, 2 pm

Summer S pper Club

Join the experts from Cypress Gardens and examine the life cycle and physiology of butterflies using both live & preserved specimens.

Nothing says summer like a good ol' fashioned potluck! Bring a covered dish or some drinks and join us for a monthly supper.  Sign up at the front desk of the St. Stephen Library to let us know what you are bringing; we'll supply the main dish and the paper products.

Enjoy the beautiful Butterfly Garden and outdoor reading area at the Hanahan Library while you are there.

St. Stephen Library

Hanahan Library

Thursday, June 22nd, 3 - 4 pm


Mondays June 26th, July 24th, & August 14th 5 - 6 pm

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Lowcountry Raptors A 30-35 minute presentation will be given on topics such as raptors, owls, predators and their prey, life cycles, birds, form and function, or an introduction to raptor rehabilitation.

Hanahan Library

Tuesday, July 18th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

T-Bird Cafe Open for Disco Night! The T-Bird Cafe returns to the Hanahan Library and reopens the doors for Disco Night. Come in your best Disco outfit and dance the night away. We will have games and activities for all ages, plus snacks! What a great way to spend a Saturday night!

Hanahan Library

Saturday, July 22nd, 6 - 8 pm

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party Everyone's favorite wizard is one year older today! Grab your wizard cap and wand and come celebrate Harry's birthday at the Sangaree Library with free snacks, games, and crafts inspired by his world.

Sangaree Library

Monday, July 31st, 1 - 3 pm

Tanabata: Star Festival While we are all gearing up for the eclipse later in the month, come and learn about the Japanese Star Festival - Tanabata. We'll tell you about the folktale, the astronomy behind it, and we'll make beautiful, colorful crafts.  

LEGO® Events

@Your Library

Join us for a free family movie and a snack! Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library.

LEGO® Mania @Moncks Corner 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

Saturday, June 24th, July 22nd & Aug 19th 11 am - 12 noon

LEGO® Day @Hanahan

Friday, June 2nd 10 am

Friday, June 23rd 10 am

Friday, July 14th 10 am

Friday, August 11th 10 am

Sangaree Library

Sangaree Library

Sangaree Library

Sangaree Library

The guys from Lowcountry LUG, Bradley Scrio, Bryan Harlan, and Jesus Ortiz return to the Hanahan Library for a fun filled day with the tiny little building blocks everyone loves: LEGOs®! Come check out some of their amazing work and get inspired to make your own LEGO® masterpiece.

Hanahan Library

Saturday, July 15th, 9:30 - 11:30 am

LEGO® Day @Sangaree Join Bradley Scrio, Bryan Harlan, and Jesus Ortiz from Lowcountry LUG for an amazing day of LEGO® creations! Amazing feats of LEGO® building will be on display and giant piles of LEGOs® will be on hand to build to your heart's content! Adults are welcome to join in the fun too.

Sangaree Library

Saturday, July 29th, 10 am - 12 noon

St. Stephen Library

Free Movie Fridays

Flip to page 7 for more Free Family Movies.

Monday, August 7th, 2 pm

Bear Bonanza @ Sangaree Library Celebrate everyone's favorite book bears in a month-long celebration at the Sangaree Library on Wednesdays in August! Each event will include a storytime featuring the bear of the week, bear-themed crafts and games, snacks, and a movie. Movies will start at 2 pm.


Wednesday, August 2nd, 1 pm Say cheers to Paddington with a create-your-own Paddington bear craft and tea party followed by the feature film Paddington.


Winnie the Pooh

Wednesday, August 9th, 1 pm Come dressed in your favorite overalls to celebrate Corduroy! We will make a Corduroy to take home and watch a short story about this lovable bear.

Wednesday, August 16, 1 pm

Create the Hundred Acre Woods' most famous resident – Winnie the Pooh! Crafts and games will be followed by the movie The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

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TOTAL Solar Eclipse


August 21, 2017



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, and parts of the Lowcountry are in the direct path! No other country will get to see the total eclipse this time. This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from all 48 contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since 1979. Join BCLS for this historical event.

Thursday, June 8th 1 pm

Thursday, July 6th 1 pm Thursday, August 3rd 1 pm

Movies shown at Sangaree Library. Free snacks will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Family Matinée @Moncks Corner Join us at the Moncks Corner Library for a Family Matinée. Free snacks will be provided, compliments of the Friends of the Library.

Moncks Corner Library

Saturday, July 29th, 2 pm

Live Look at the Sun


Prof. Laura Penny, of College of Charleston Physics & Astronomy department,will present a program on the upcoming total solar eclipse which includes a special telescope to get a live look at the sun.  

Glasses for safely viewing the eclipse will be available on a first come, first served basis. The eclipse will also be streamed live on a kiosk inside for those who do not wish to be outside. Pick up an eclipse treat too.

Daniel Island Library

Daniel Island Library

Total Solar Eclipse Discussion

Goose Creek Library

Monday, August 14th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

(Adult Program)

Astronomy Prof. Misty Brown will talk about the history of solar eclipses, how they happen and why. Prof. Brown will also advise us on how to view the eclipse safely and where best to witness the event.

Daniel Island Library

Wednesday, August 16th, 1:30 - 2:30 pm

Solar Eclipse Craft-In-a-Baggie Total Solar Eclipse Celebration with the Town of Moncks Corner Come celebrate this historical event with the Town of Moncks Corner, BCLS’s Mobile Library, and more. Representatives from Palmetto Scholars Academy and NASA will join us to do a balloon release in the park. Stop into the mobile library and get your free glasses for safely viewing the total eclipse. Glasses will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Moncks Corner Regional Recreation Complex Monday, August 21st, 1 pm - 4 pm

Make a Solar Eclipse craft to take home!

Goose Creek Library

Monday, August 21st, 2 pm

Monday, August 21st, 1 - 3 pm

*Partial eclipse begins at 1:16 and Totality starts at 2:45 locally.

Hanahan Library

Monday, August 21st, 1 - 4 pm

Sangaree Library

Monday, August 21st, 1 - 4 pm

St. Stephen Library

Monday, August 21st, 1 - 3 pm

Moncks Corner Library

Monday, August 21st, 1 - 3 pm

Wed., August 16th, while supplies last.

Eclipse Crafting Make a DIY eclipse viewer. Quick, easy and safe to use at home!

Hanahan Library

Saturday, August 19th, 10 am - noon

Eclipse Readiness Workshop Learn about eclipse safety and create a device to help you watch the eclipse at home.

Sangaree Library

Saturday, August 19th, 2 pm


Eclipse Viewing Party

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Safety glasses are provided by The STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning network for libraries and their communities across the country. STAR_Net focuses on helping library professionals build their STEM skills by providing “science-technology activities and resources” (STAR) and training to use those resources. Plus, engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of exploration and discovery through new NASA@ My Library resources!


Visit to see all the resources for teens.



You’ve seen them all over the Creek, beautifully painted rocks to brighten your day. Now it’s your turn!  Come create pieces of art to hide around the community while showing everyone how much you rock! 

Hogwarts is buzzing as everyone prepares for the biggest Quidditch Game of the season. But an hour before the game Harry and Hermione make a terrible discovery; Ron has made a terrible potion miscalculation and is now invisible.  Help Harry and Hermione find the potion to turn Ron back before time runs out!  Come enjoy this original Harry Potterthemed escape room with your friends.

Goose Creek Library

Tuesday, June 6th, 4 - 5 pm

#ShelterPuppyLove Calling all animal lovers! Help us show some love to our furry friends as we create fun homemade toys to be donated to the local animal shelter.

Sangaree Library

Tuesday, June 13th, 4 - 5 pm

Moncks Corner Library

Ready, Aim, FIRE! Let the white puffy treats fly as we bring the ever popular Marshmallow Battle to the St. Stephen Library! Come build your own marshmallow gun, personalized for your own style, and get ready to battle your friends in a dual you will not forget.

St. Stephen Library

Thursday, June 22nd, 4 - 5 pm

#ColorsofInspiration It only takes one teen, a small tile, and a rainbow of paints to create a work of inspiration.   Come help create pieces of artwork that will be placed around our community to help inspire others.

Moncks Corner Library

Thursday, July 13th, 4 - 5 pm

#WhateverCon2017 It’s time to GEEK OUT at our 4th Annual WhateverCon! Join us for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate fandoms, dress in cosplay, and meet new friends.   This teen-only event is for 6th-12th graders and registration is required.   Please visit for more information!

Thursday, June 8th, 3 - 5 pm

Daniel Island Library

Monday, June 19th, 2 - 4 pm

Hanahan Library

Monday, June 26th, 3 - 5 pm

Sangaree Library



Goose Creek Library Sunday August 27th 2 - 6:30 pm

Friday, July 7th, 2 - 4 pm

Goose Creek Library

Wednesday, July 12th, 3 - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library

Thursday, July 27th, 3 - 5 pm

#Ah-maze-ingMazes Love mazes and puzzles? Come create the twists and turns of your own marble labyrinth.

Daniel Island Library

Monday, July 17th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

#TinkeringTeens Like to tinker around in order to build new things?  Come stretch your mind as you create a Rube Goldberg Machine from odds and ends!

Hanahan Library

Monday, July 31st, 4 - 5 pm

#FreezeFrame2017 Calling all 6th-12th graders! Show us what it means to "Build a Better World" through your photographs! Participants are encouraged to visit their local BCLS library to sign up. Full details online.

June 19th Freeze Frame Registration Begins July 31st Freeze Frame Submissions Due August 14th - 18th Teen Art on Display @Moncks Corner Library

SYNC is a free summer audio book program for teens. SYNC will give away 2 complete audiobook downloads every week. Sign up for email or text alerts and be the first to know when new titles are available to download.

Text syncya to 25827 Check in on Facebook or Twitter using the Title # and be entered to win a special prize!


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Freeze Frame Berkeley Teen Photography Contest

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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 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

Color Me Calm

DI Library Book Club

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

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.  

Goose Creek Library

Thursdays, 11 am - 1 pm

Stress Free Coloring Join a group of coloring enthusiasts for a relaxing couple of hours of coloring and chatting. Grab your favorite adult coloring book and bring it with you, or color with materials provided by the library.

Sangaree Library

Tuesdays, 1 - 3 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.

Hook or Needle Me This! Club

Sangaree Library

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

Tai Chi

St. Stephen Library

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 noon

DI Needle Workers 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

Every 4th Tuesday, 6 pm

An ancient form of exercise for all ages using slow, smooth body movements. Tai Chi is particularly effective in healing, strengthening the cardiovascular and immune systems, and disease prevention. It can sharpen reflexes, boost energy and balance, and improve one’s overall sense of well-being.

Daniel Island Library

Weekly, Tuesdays & Fridays, 9 am - 10 am

Master Gardener Q&A Desk

All are welcome - kids too!

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) and provide handouts and reference materials as needed.  

Email for more information.

For information about how to take a soil sample, please visit

Moncks Corner Library

Daniel Island Library

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

Knittin’ In The Corner If you knit and/or crochet or you would like to learn how come join us! Someone is always available to teach.

Tuesdays, 5 pm - 7 pm

Monday, 4 - 6 pm 6/5, 7/10, 8/7

6/20 Small Great Things, Jodi Picoult 7/18  Marriage of Opposites, Alice Hoffman 8/15   Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly

Daniel Island Library Every 3rd Tuesday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Mystery Book Club 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.

Daniel Island Library Tuesdays, 2 pm - 3 pm, 6/6-6/27 & 8/2-8/30

Philosophy Class Join Prof. Hillyer Rudisill for a free collegelevel course. Participants can attend at any time since each session stands on its own.  

Daniel Island Library

Wednesdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am 6/7-6-27 & 8/2-8/30

Inventing America Starting with Ben Franklin, learn about the many influential figures who shaped our country from 1750-1830 such as John Adams, George Washington and John Marshall up to Alexis de Toqueville's "Democracy in America" in a weekly discussion led by Dr. Lester Pittman. Not just biographical information, but how their ideas and principles helped mold our country. In addition it could be a useful way to assess the claims by our contemporary leaders and pundits.

Daniel Island Library


Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am 5/18 - 7/20

Medicare Assistance

Adults-Only Game Night

Representatives from Amerilife will be on hand to help you navigate through your Medicare benefits and other free programs that may benefit you.

This adults-only game night will feature fun card and board games to play! Bring a friend or a group to play.

Sangaree Library Tuesday, June 6th, 11 am

Summer Paint Party Join us for our first ever paint party - you will get to paint and keep your own creation! Light refreshments will be served.  Limited to 20 artists; registration is reguired.

St. Stephen Library Friday, June 16th, 4 - 6 pm

Landscape Painting Workshops Learn to paint landscapes with acylics! Please preregister for this event by visiting or contacting the library at 843.572.1376. Supply list available when you register.

Goose Creek Library

Saturday, June 17th, 12 - 3 pm *Palm Tree Saturday, July 15th, 12 - 3 pm *Beach

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

Hanahan Library - All Day, Every Day!

Sangaree Library

Fridays, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

DI Writer’s Group 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

Matinee Movies @ Moncks Corner Join us at the library for a free matinee showing. Complimentary concessions are provided, thanks to the Friends of the Library.

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

Writers’ Nest The Writers' Nest at Sangaree is a safe haven for writers of all skill levels and disciplines to share work and practice their craft: fiction writers, bloggers, journalists, poets, songwriters, screen-writers, and any other persuasion you can imagine.  

Come meet with other couponers to share tips and tricks.

Hanahan Library

Sangaree Library

Saturday, June 19th & Aug 12th, 10 - 11 am

Beat the heat - enjoy a glass of sweet tea or lemonade on us. While supplies last.

St. Stephen Library

Saturday, July 22nd, 4 - 6 pm

Stop by and let the Muse Booster, aka Dave Schneider, open the spigot to your imagination and get your creative juices flowing.

Couponing Workshop

Free Tea Fridays

Third Saturdays, 10 am

Author Visit: Tom Poland

Sat. June 3rd 2 pm

Sat. June 7th 2 pm

Moncks Corner

Moncks Corner

Sat. July 21st 2 pm

Sat. July 15th 2 pm

Moncks Corner

Moncks Corner

Sat. August 12th 2 pm

Sat. August 26th 2 pm

Moncks Corner

Moncks Corner

Please join us for a dual talk and presentation by author Tom Poland, featuring Classic Carolina Road Trips & Georgialina, A Southland as

We Knew It.

Hanahan Library

The program is made possible by the South Carolina Humanities Council.

Thursday, June 29th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Summer 2017 | Programs, News, & Events



BCLS Connects Now Available @Your Library We are now giving you the power to choose, the new BCLS Connects service now provides 3 options for your needs. With BCLS Connects you can check out a Chromebook, a wi-fi unit, or a kit with the Chromebook and wi-fi unit together - free for 2 weeks with your library card! This new service is available to customers at all BCLS locations including our mobile library. Customers can place a hold on which item they want and it will be sent to the library of their choice.

Registration for technology classes is recommended, please visit

Tech Time

Google Services

Need help with your personal devices? Interested in trying out digital library resources? Stop by Tech Time for free one-on-one help! Please note: this is an open session, and is firstcome-first-served. Your patience is appreciated. Please feel free to bring your personal devices.

Whether you're a seasoned Google User, or looking to get started, come on by and learn more about what you can do with Google Apps and devices!

Sangaree Library Wednesday, June 7th, 4 - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library Tuesday, June 13th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Sangaree Library Wednesday, July 5th, 4 - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library Tuesday, June 11th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Goose Creek Library Thursday, July 20th, 4 - 5 pm

Sangaree Library Wednesday, August 2nd, 4 - 5 pm

Monday, July 24th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Hanahan Library Thursday, July 27th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Sangaree Library Wednesday, August 23, 3:30 - 5 pm

Intro to Office 2013

Hanahan Library

Moncks Corner Library

Tuesday, August 8th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Thursday, August 31st, 4 - 5 pm

Thursday, June 29, 3:30 - 5 pm

Online Ancestry Resources

Sangaree Library

Keen to learn more about your family history? BCLS is here to help! Come learn more about the databases and resources offered FOR FREE with your library card!

Tech Help On-The-Go with M.O.R.E.

Sangaree Library Wednesday, June 21st, 3:30 - 5 pm

Photo Editing Basics Don't know what to do with those vacation pictures? Want to make your social media posts shine? Come learn more about free and easy-to-use photo editing tools!

Moncks Corner Library Monday, June 26th, 3:30 - 5 pm

Goose Creek Library Thursday, August 24th, 3:30 - 5 pm


Moncks Corner Library

Hanahan Library

BCLS Connects Chromebook (coming soon)

Thursday, June 22, 3:30 - 5 pm

Monday, August 21st, 4 - 5 pm

St. Stephen Library

BCLS Connects MiFi

Goose Creek Library

Need a quick resume template? Keeping track of your spending and saving? Making flyers for your new business venture? Stop by for an introduction to Microsoft Office 2013 programs and learn how to use these exciting tools for your everyday needs!

BCLS Connects Kit:

Chromebook + wi-fi unit

*Students with school-issued Google Chromebooks are also welcome to attend with a parent or guardian present*

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Wednesday, July 19th, 3:30 - 5 pm

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 accessing our digital collections. Please feel free to bring your personal devices!

Del Webb Community in Cane Bay Thursdays, 11 am - 12:30 pm June 15th & June 29th July 13th & July 27th *Please note the Del Webb Community in Cane Bay is a gated community and this program is only available for residents of Del Webb.

Berkeley County Library System Mobile Library

This Summer The Mobile Library is Making Special Stops You may have seen BCLS’s mobile library in your community over the last 2 years, but did you know M.O.R.E., is a full service library on wheels? Did you know you can do anything on M.O.R.E. that you can do in one of our library branches?

M.O. O.R.E.

Moving Our Resources Everywhere

- Get a library card. - Check out books, movies, music, and more. - Pickup holds and return items - just like at the library. - Search the web with one of our laptops. - Access the free wi-fi. - Get reference assistance and help with technology. - Access BCLS’s online databases and resources such as Universal Class. - Kids can explore and learn with our new pre-loaded learning tablets. - You can even print and copy on M.O.R.E.!

Find M.O.R.E.’s Schedule Online

This summer M.O.R.E. rolls through Berkeley County visiting old and new friends! Our outreach mission continues as we travel to a variety of locations offering special programs to children and adults. On special days this summer our mobile library staff and friends will be hosting special progams like storytimes at child care centers, STEM activities at several area summer camps, technology workshops at local community centers, and MORE!

You can stay in the know with M.O.R.E. this summer with our new easy-to-use online calendar, now available in a mobile-friendly format too!

Follow along with us with #BringingYouMORE

2017 Summer Schedule Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday 6/5, 6/19, 6/6, 6/20, 6/7, 6/21, 6/8, 6/22, 7/3, 7/17 7/18 7/5, 7/19 7/6, 7/20 Naval Weapons Station Bonneau Civic Center Eadytown Fire Department Summit Place Goose Creek Bonneau Eadytown Daniel Island 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 11:00 am- 12:00 pm 11:00 am - 12:00 pm 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Cross Community Center Seven Farms Apartments BCLS Mobile Library M.O.R.E. Cross Daniel Island 843-719-4247 or 843-934-9976 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm St. Paul Baptist Church Wando *maps and directions to all MORE stops 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm are available online at

Monday Tuesday 6/12, 6/26, 6/13, 6/27, 7/10, 7/24 7/11, 7/25 Brighton Park Village Fox Creek Apartments Nexton, Summerville St. Stephen 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Wednesday 6/14, 6/28, 7/12, 7/26 Berkeley Citizens Moncks Corner 10:00 am - 11:00 am

*See Page 11 for Tech-On-The-Go workshop schedule for Del Webb Community

Thursday 6/15,6/29, 7/13, 7/27 Del Webb * Summerville 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Spot M.O.R.E. & Win! If you spot MORE this summer, snap a pic and post it on Facebook or Twitter with #iseeMORE and be entered to win a special prize at the end of the summer.


Summer 2017 | Programs, News, & Events


Who are the Friends? F R I E N D S

President’s Post-It

As we go into the summer months, I hope everyone has signed up for the Summer Reading Program. The program is for everyone—from babies to adults! This is the premier program of the Berkeley County Library System and the Friends provide the funds to make it as enjoyable and helpful to the community as possible. It’s not too late to sign up, so come and let’s “Build a Better World” with books. Doing the concessions for “Movies Under the Stars” has once again proved to be a success. All of you who have volunteered have been such troopers!! There is no way this would have been successful without your time and willingness to help. Many, many thanks to each one of you. All the proceeds go toward library programs such as the ones advertised in this book. There is such a variety of programs; definitely “something for everyone. In the past few months, I’ve learned to make egg rolls (St. Stephen); paper quilling (Moncks Corner); built a bird house (St. Stephen). I’m marking my calendar now for the next three months’ programs!! Please come and join the fun. I encourage and invite all members of the Friends to attend our monthly meetings, held on the 4th Tuesday. Meeting locations and times are posted on this page. We would love to have YOU as a member of the Friends. Membership envelopes are available at all library branches and your membership donation is tax deductible.

promote, enhance, and support the Berkeley County Library System to bring all the exciting, involving, inspiring programs our county’s residents both need… and deserve. Money is raised through membership fees, corporate incentives, Friends’ book sale shelves at each library and special fundraising events. Funds from the Friends help support programs and initiatives for children, teens, and adults including the Summer Reading Program. Every year, the Friends provide t-shirts, medals, and prizes to children who complete the Summer Reading Program. Want to join, volunteer, or donate to the Friends of the Library? Visit us at

Ways to Get Involved

Upcoming Events

Book Shelves in the Library

Movies Under the Stars in St. Stephen

We need 1 or 2 volunteers at the Hanahan Library to sort books and display them on the Friends’ shelves. If you are a member of the FOL and live in the Hanahan area, please consider this opportunity as a way to help the FOL, and in turn, help the Berkeley County Library System. The books that are sold from the Friends shelves in each branch library go toward helping fund library programs.

The Berkeley County Library System and the Friends of the Library will be working with the Berkeley County School District and the Town of St. Stephen to host an outdoor movie celebration.

Please call 843-351-4674 to volunteer. Your help is appreciated.

Join Our Fundraising Committee Are you outgoing and creative? Do you love to support a good cause and get involved? Or maybe you just have some fun ideas you want to share. The FOL will be forming a new fundraising committee and we want to invite you to join us! Call 843-351-4674, email or join us at one of our board meetings to see how you can help.

Movies Under the Stars is a free fun night for the family. Bring a lawn chair, blanket, and friends and family. Movies will begin at dark. Food trucks and concessions will be available. July 11th, Alice Price Park (Next to St. Stephen Library) Check the library’s website or Facebook page for more details.

~ Sue Kelley, FOLPresident

FOL Board Meetings You are invited to join us at our monthly FOL board meetings. These meetings are open to the public and held throughout the county for your convenience.


Every 4th Tuesday, 5:00 pm June 27, 2017- Goose Creek Library July 25, 2017- St Stephen Library August 22, 2017- Hanahan Library

Berkeley County Library System | Open Up! Program Catalog

Visit to learn more about the Friends including how to become a member and upcoming opportunities to get involved.

St. Stephen Community Celebrates First Graduating Class of Berkeley Career Express Program The Berkeley Career Express (BCE) program, funded by a Google Data Center Community Affairs Grant, is a collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Library System, and the Department of Adult and Community Education. The program is designed to enhance digital literacy skills in the communities of St. Stephen, Cross, Alvin and Long Ridge. On the night of March 28th, community leaders, families and friends gathered to celebrate the thirty-eight BCE students with a graduation ceremony. Speakers included Mayor John Rivers, principle of St. Stephen Elementary Dr. Elaine Norton, library director Gene Brunson, and retired IGA owner and community champion Mr. Eddie Brown.


Mayor John Rivers comments, “The Town of St. Stephen is elated over the recent developments in a new industry coming to our Town and now a program to assist our residents at being more work-ready.” Several of the speakers commented on the large number of graduates. “I was so thrilled at the turnout for our first night. Berkeley County Adult Education is enthusiastic about this program for the Berkeley County residents and working with them to prepare for the job market,” expressed by Dr. Lillie Caldwell, Director of Adult Community Education. Dr. Caldwell explains, “We were hoping to have at least 20 people interested. We did not expect to have 50 that first night.” Among the graduates were sisters, Norma Russel and Margaret Conway, both of whom crossed the stage for their certificate with joyful smiles and homemade graduation caps. Conway tears up while talking about how this program brought them closer together. “We did not grow up together. This was the first time we could go to school together. To share this experience as sisters, encouraging one another, is something special.” Conway also talks about the complexity of the program, “I didn’t think I would make it through the whole thing. I have been out of school for so long. The math was really challenging.” She says she has become a fixture at the St. Stephen Library going in everyday to study. She has even volunteered to help the next BCE graduating class make their own caps.

Among the graduates were sisters, Norma Russel and Margaret Conway, both of whom crossed the stage for their certificate with joyful smiles and homemade graduation caps. Also shown, Mrs. Christine Brown, a community leader for the St. Stephen area and BCE champion.

Can You Help Us Find Miles? Miles the bookworm always loved to read. He loved to read short books, long books, funny books, and scary books. Miles even loved to read the back of the cereal box! Yes sir, if he could read it he would. That’s why the day Miles met M.O.R.E. the Mobile Library was the day Miles knew he had found his best friend. M.O.R.E. loved to read just as much as Miles, and, even better, loved to encourage others to read. It was no wonder that they made a dynamic pair, and it was no surprise when the library staff recruited them to travel across Berkeley County in search of readers and non-readers alike. M.O.R.E. and Miles’s love for reading was contagious, and those who came to visit them couldn’t help but catch it.

Can you help me? #FindMiles

One day, during one of their many adventures in Berkeley County, M.O.R.E. and Miles found a nice, cozy spot to wait for new friends to come visit. While M.O.R.E. had his nose buried in a book, Miles decided to explore the area. Miles found all sorts of wonderful things: new signs to read, fun things to climb on, and these really cute rocks that someone had painted (claiming their community “rocked”). Miles’s curiosity drew him further and further from his friend M.O.R.E. It wasn’t until the sun started setting that Miles realized he couldn’t see his friend; he didn’t even know where he was. Worried, Miles tried to remember what direction he had come from, but with all his exploring, Miles hadn’t paid much attention to where he was going. He was lost! Miles sat right where he was and started to cry. How was he going to get home? How was he going to find his best friend, M.O.R.E., again? Miles the Bookworm wished he could meet a friend to help him find his way… Berkeley County Library staff and M.O.R.E. need your help! Our sweet Miles the Bookworm is lost somewhere in Berkeley County, and we need your help in finding him. If you find Miles, please bring him to any of the Berkeley County Libraries to help us reunite with him (and to receive a small gift of appreciation). Please hurry, as M.O.R.E. is desperately missing his friend!

If you find Miles, please snap a pic and post it on Facebook, #FindMiles, then bring him into any BCLS Library for a prize!

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Place Stamp Here

100 Library Street Moncks Corner, SC 29461







1003 Highway 52 Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4223 M-Th 9am-7pm, F&S 9am-5pm 2301 Daniel Island Drive Daniel Island, SC 29492 (843) 471-2952 M-Th 10am-6 pm, F&S 9am-5pm

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

595 Sangaree Parkway Summerville, SC 29486 (843) 695-1208 M-Th 10:30am-6:30pm, F&S 9am-5pm 1216 Old Murray Court Hanahan, SC 29410 (843) 553-0047 M-Th 10am-6pm, F&S 9am-5pm

100 Library Street Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 719-4247


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

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Summer 2017 BCLS Open Up! Program Catalog  

Check out all the summer programs and events happening at the Berkeley County Library System this summer.

Summer 2017 BCLS Open Up! Program Catalog  

Check out all the summer programs and events happening at the Berkeley County Library System this summer.