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Volume 6, Issue 1

Fall 2017


Director's column: What an exciting summer! The library has been swirling nonstop with the launch of new services, summer reading activities, and all things eclipse! We were standing room only for Pork Chop Productions, Flow Circus, and NASA Solar System Ambassador John Hodge. And how about our eclipse party in Elgin? Experiencing the beautiful eclipse with 1500 of our friends from all over the country was something I'll never forget.

We're looking forward to our Friends of Kershaw County Library annual book sale which will begin October 5 and end October 15. It is such a treasure hunt, and so much fun. The Friends are looking for sale volunteers; just call the library for more information and we'll be glad to sign you up! Or, you may also sign up to volunteer at

Have you tried Hoopla yet? Kershaw County patrons particularly love the downloadable audiobooks and ebooks, but I have to admit that I'm most fond of the free music! I can quickly download any album to suit my mood before I ever leave my driveway. It's extremely easy to use, and there are never any holds or fines. Download the Hoopla Digital app, and let us know what you think!

We hope to see you at the library soon for a fun event, or to browse the stacks for a great read. Have a wonderful fall!

A Message From the Friends Friends of KC Library are not currently accepting book donations. We recently had to give up our space at the old Pine Tree Hill School. The new spaces we have managed to find are much smaller than the old and we have already filled up the storage space. We will let you know when we will again start accepting book donations. This does not mean we will not continue to hold our annual book sale. We currently have enough books in storage for at least two of our normal size book sales. And yes, we do have a book sale scheduled (see sidebar). Many have asked why we do not have more than one major book sale a year. The simple answer, logistics preclude it. At our annual book sale, we offer over 20,000 books for sale. Those books are received, sorted and stored by volunteers throughout the year. At the time of the book sale, they are moved from our storage facility to the place of sale. We would be unable to move those books without the assistance of trustees from the local prison. Movement of the books

has to be coordinated with the prison far in advance of the move. We must then find a place to hold the sale. That involves a commitment of a period of two weeks from the facility where we hold the sale, something not easily accomplished. Then we must find an army of volunteers to set up tables, arrange books by category, price the books, and be available during the two week period to actually sell the books. It is an overwhelming task, all accomplished with the use of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering for the sale, please sign up online at, or call the library.

Book Sale! Old Armory 1034 West DeKalb St., Camden

Public Sale Hours: Friday, October 6, Noon - 8 pm Saturday, October 7, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, October 8, Noon - 5 pm Thursday, October 12, Noon-5 pm Friday, October 13, Noon - 8 pm Saturday, October 14, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, October 15, Noon-5 PM (October 14-15 Half Price Sale!)

Friends members have access to

In the meantime, we have a small, ongothe special Friends Opening Night ing, book sale at the Camden Library Sale on Thursday, October 5; which consists of current books of inter5-8 p.m. est, logo shirts, and book bags, all at nomi- Be sure to renew your membership nal prices. today! The Friends are very grateful to our community for your generous book donations in the past, and for your steadfast support of both the library and the Friends group. We look forward to continuing to serve alongside all of you in building a bright future for Kershaw County. 2

Help your child create a foundation to begin reading. Letter recognition, understanding the sounds of letters, and growing vocabulary are integrated into story times that include reading aloud, songs, and interaction.

Mother Goose on the Loose Rhymes, books, music, movement and playtime for ages 0-2 and their caregivers. Mondays @ 11:15 AM Elgin Thursdays @ 11:15 AM Camden (No storytime Sept. 4 and Nov. 23)

Get Set to Read (ages 3-4) Stories, music, and movement to introduction your child to books. Mondays @ 10:30 AM Elgin Wed. & Thurs. @ 10:30 AM Camden

(No storytime Sept. 4 and Nov. 23)

Ready to Read Sharing the enjoyment of reading with books and crafts for ages 5-9. Wednesdays @ 11:30 AM Camden

A book club just for kids! Meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at the Elgin Branch. September 12: The Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson. This month we'll also watch the corresponding movie, rated PG October 10: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.

For ages 2-5. Come create art with your child. Please register by emailing; or call 425-1508 or come by the branch to sign up. Fridays, September 8, October 6 and November 3 10:30-11:30 AM

November 14: Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle.

Therapy dogs will be here to lend you their ears! Bring your child to read to an uncritical and appreciative audience, helping to build self-confidence and selfesteem, and improve their reading skills. The dogs, Ivan and Cricket, and their owners are certified by Therapy Dog Alliance International. Thursday, Sept. 21; 4-5 PM CAMDEN

Learn about the Cassini spacecraft and its mission, and then build and launch your own rocket into space.

Please register by emailing For ages 7 and up.

PJ Storytime! (All Ages) Wear your PJs, bring your favorite teddy or doll and join us for a bedtime story.

What do you know about setting a table and enjoying the meal with good table manners? We're going to learn and practice today. For ages 8-13. Please register by calling 425-1508 or emailing Wednesday, November 8; 3:30-5 PM CAMDEN

Thursdays, 9/21, 10/19 and 11/16; 7 PM Bethune Thursday, 9/28,10/26 and 11/30; 6:30 PM Elgin

Legos, Duplos, and more! Join us for building fun! Block Party! For ages 3-12. Thursdays, 6-7 PM; Sept. 7, Oct. 5 and Nov. 2 Bethune Saturdays, 10:30 AM-Noon; Sept. 2, Oct. 7 and Nov. 4 Elgin Club Lego! For all ages. Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM; Sept. 13 and 27, Oct. 11 and 25, Nov. 1, 15 and 29. Camden


Teen Programming SPECIAL NEEDS MEET AND GREET The Library would like to provide a space for families of teenagers with special needs (autism, Asperger’s, physical disability) to meet. Please join us to discuss a plan. We will have activities for the youth and snacks for all. Thursday, Sept. 21; 1-2:30 PM CAMDEN

Family Programming


As part of our South Carolina Healthy Lifestyles Series, the Rembert Area Community Coalition (RACC) is proud to offer a community presentation and conversation about tobacco related health disparities in Kershaw County. This informative event is designed for the entire community! It will feature a photo exhibit, a guest speaker, and a rich conversation with friends and neighbors. Together we will explore the leading immediate and long-term inherent risks, dangers, and vulnerabilities related to tobacco use and exposure. We will share the most recent scientific news about the effects of tobacco use on primary tobacco consumers. In addition, we will discuss advancements in our understanding of the dangerous consequences of indirect exposure and consumption for families, friends, and perfect stranger alike. Please join us! This event is sponsored by the South Carolina Tobacco-Free Collaborative. Tuesday, Sept. 12; 6-7 PM Bethune Friday, Sept. 15; 5-6 PM Elgin Wednesday, Nov. 15; 5-6 PM Elgin


Movie Night at the Bethune Branch!

Enjoy playing games? We have a great selection of tabletop, board and card games. Join us an play an old favorite, or try a new game.

Friday, Sept. 15 7 PM

Elgin Game Night: First Thursday of each month from 5-7 PM. All ages welcome. Camden Game Day Afternoon: Second Saturday of each month from 2-5 PM. All ages welcome. In celebration of International Game Week @ Your Library, November’s Game Day will be held on the first Saturday, November 4; 12 Noon to 5 PM.

Friday, October 20 7 PM


KC Rocks! Painting Fun Painting rocks and hiding them around for others to find is all the rage! Hiders and finders enjoy posting them on Facebook in groups such as KC Rocks and Bethune Rocks. Bring the kids, paint as a family and, then take your masterpieces home to hide around town. Supplies will be provided. Be sure to wear something that can get messy in case of accidents! This is a parent & child activity. Space is limited and registration is required. Saturday, Sept. 9; 10:30-11:30 AM Elgin Thursday, Sept. 14; 5:30-6:30 PM Bethune

Calendar of Events Bethune Branch 206 S. Main Street


The library will be closed September 3 and 4, October 24, November 11, and November 23-24.


Camden Branch 1304 Broad Street




Elgin Branch 2652 Main Street



Kershaw County Solar Eclipse Party 2017 Kershaw County Library, the Town of Elgin, and the Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department hosted an eclipse viewing party at Potter Community Park in Elgin. What an amazing sight!

Clockwise from bottom left: Photo by L. Reeder, Photo by A. Conger, Photo by A. Conger, Photo courtesy NASA, Photo by K. Hill, Photo by K. Hill, Photo by C. Shannon. 9

Adult Programming Computer Help

Health and Wellness

DIY and Crafty Things

Beginning computer classes are held each month in Camden. Please see the calendar for our regularly scheduled beginning computer classes. For one on one assistance with computer , tablet, and smartphone questions, register for one of our computer labs, held monthly in Camden and Elgin. In addition, an appointment for a 30 minute session may be made by calling your branch.

Julie Trott of MSA Home Health and Hospice returns for a monthly series of workshops designed to help you reduce stress and get more out of life.

Masks and Mocktails returns on

Job Assistance Representatives from SC Works are at the Camden Branch monthly on the second Tuesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM to assist job seekers. No appointments are necessary. On Sept. 29, from 9:30-11:30 AM, come by to visit with Beth Woodham, Employment Specialist from Goodwill Industries of Camden, to learn about Goodwill's free services and training programs available for area residents. Beth also provides expertise to assist you with your job-hunting and career questions. No appointment necessary.

September’s workshop will deal with avoiding holiday stress, and October’s workshop will be on basic nutrition. November’s workshop is on everyone’s favorite treat, chocolate! You don’t want to miss this one! These workshops will be held at the Camden Branch on Thursdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 26, and Nov. 16 from 5:30-6:30 PM.

October 19 at 4 PM at the Camden Branch. Treat yourself to a moisturizing avocado face mask and make a vanilla brown sugar body scrub to take home. Be sure to enjoy a fall beverage while you are here.

Note: no yoga Oct. 24 and Oct. 31

Caregiver Support Group: Some of us are accompanying our loved ones on the journey of dementia, Alzheimer's, traumatic injury and other physical and cognitive impairments. This introduces to our lives ambiguous loss (they are here but they aren't) and ongoing challenges to our daily living routines. A group of us gather monthly to discuss concerns and ideas for supporting our loved ones and ourselves while finding emotional respite by sharing with those who understand. Contact Maureen Renault at or 703-6236311 with questions. Monthly on the second Monday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM.


Craft Night! Calling all crafters! Even those that enjoy coloring! (Knitting, crochet, scrap-booking, jewelry-making, sewing, needlepoint, felting, cross-stitch, etc.) Gather up your projects & supplies and join us at the Elgin library branch for a fun evening. Friday evenings Sept. 29, Oct. 27, and Nov. 17 from 6-10 PM. Paint Night! Bring out your inner artist – Join us for a fun night of painting and socializing, then take your masterpiece home! No experience necessary. Light refreshments and supplies will be provided. Be sure to wear something that can get messy in case of accidents! Thursdays, Oct. 17 and Nov. 28 from 6-7 PM at the Elgin Branch. Ages 18+ Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 803-438-7881.

Book Clubs & More Love to read? Love to talk about what you’ve read? Come join one of our book clubs. New members are always welcome. For more information, give the branch a call.

Bethune The Bethune Book Club meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7 PM. September 5: The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale. October 3: The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki. November 7: If You Ask Me by Betty White.

Based on the Book! Join us in Elgin for a movie series featuring movies based on the written word. All movies will begin at 2:30 PM the second Wednesday of each month.


September 13: The

The Wise Owl Book Club meets the first Thursday of the month at 6 PM. This book club does not have a specific book for all members to read. Instead, each person chooses a title to read and share with group. September and November are free read months. October's theme will be decided at September's meeting. For more information, please call Cris Wilson at 803-425-1508.

based on the book The Shack by William P. Young.

The Camden Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM. September 20: My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Bachman. October 18: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon. November 15: Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman.

Elgin This fall, join us for Banned!, a book club featuring titles which have been banned or challenged. September 21: The Glass Castle by Jeanette Wall. October 19: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton. November 16: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

Shack (PG-13),

October 11: Beauty

and the Beast (PG), based on the Disney adaptation of the original French fairy tale by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. November 8: The

Zookeeper’s Wife (PG-13), based on the book The Zookeeper’s Wife: a War Story by Diane Ackerman


Fall 2017 Bookmobile Schedule Baron DeKalb Elementary School 2684 Baron DeKalb Rd, Camden 2-4 PM Wednesday, September 6, October 4, November 1

Hallmark @ Truesdell 186 Roy Truesdell Rd, Lugoff 3:30-4:30 PM Friday, September 1, October 6, November 3

Bridle Station Apartments 44 Boulware Rd, Lugoff 3-4:30 PM Friday, September 8, October 13 Thursday, November 9

KC West Playground 519 Whitehead Rd, Lugoff 1:30-3 PM Friday, September 1, October 6, November 3

Buffalo Baptist Church 6390 Lockhart Rd, Kershaw 4-5:30 PM Wednesday, September 20, October 18, November 15

LynnWood Apartments 841 Frenwood Lane, Lugoff 3-4 PM Wednesday, September 13, October 11, November 8

Camden Cove Apartments 328 Ballfield Rd., Camden 3-3:45 PM Friday, September 15, October 20, November 17

River’s Edge Apartments 970 Wateree Blvd, Camden 4-5 PM Friday, September 15, October 20, November 17

Cassatt Baptist Church 2604 US-1, Cassatt 4-5:30 PM Monday, September 18, October 16, November 20

Sherwood Forest Apartments Sherwood Forest Trail, Lugoff 4:15-5 PM Wednesday, September 13, October 11, November 8

Touch a Truck! Saturday, October 7; 10 AM to 12 Noon; KC Recreation Department

Hours & Locations Bethune



206 S Main St.

1304 Broad St.

2652 Main St.

803-310-6006 Tues & Thurs 11-2 & 3-7 Wed 9-1

803-425-1508 Mon-Thurs 9-8 Fri 9-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 2-5

803-438-7881 Mon-Thurs 10-7 Fri 10-6 Sat 10-2

Friends of the Kershaw County Library

Annual Book Sale! Old Armory, 1034 W. DeKalb St. Camden

Thurs. 10/5; Friends Night: 5 PM– 8PM (You may join at the door).

Friday, 10/6, Noon - 8 pm Saturday, 10/7, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, 10/8, Noon - 5 pm Thursday, 10/12, Noon-5 pm Friday, 10/13, Noon - 8 pm Saturday, 10/14, 10 am - 5 pm Sunday, 10/15, Noon-5 PM (October 14-15 Half Price Sale!) The library will be closed September 3 and 4, October 24, November 10, and November 23-24.


Know fall 2017  

Kershaw County Library's Fall Newsletter

Know fall 2017  

Kershaw County Library's Fall Newsletter