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Volume 6, Issue 2

Winter 2017

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Director's column: Happy winter to you! I love this time of year for fireplaces and for snuggling under blankets with a hot cup of chamomile tea and a good book. A bowl of homemade soup can't be beat, either. I'm particularly excited about learning some new recipes and cooking tips at "Soup It Up!", which will be held in Camden on January 16 if you'd like to come join us. For a fun, free indoor event for the kids, bring them to our "Block Parties"! All libraries host Lego parties for kids to build, learn, and collaborate together with lots and lots of Legos, and the kids love it! Parents, the bonus for you is that you don't have to worry about cleaning up, or about stepping on a stray Lego buried in the carpet. (You know how much that hurts!) Please see our calendar for more information on dates and times. Our staff is working hard to refresh our collections. Recent changes include the children's nonfiction area in Camden, which is receiving all kinds of new titles. The Bethune library is undergoing numerous shifts with new audiobooks, DVD's, large print, and nonfiction, in keeping with patron demand. We want to offer what you want to check out! Many thanks to our Friends of the Library for their success with our fall book sale! Led by Friends President Bob Giangiorgi, the core book sale team included Al Reed, Anthony Hawkesworth, Phyllis Higgenbotham, Lori Kornegay, and Kate Denton, who put in enormous effort for the Friends' largest fundraiser of the year. We are also grateful for all of the volunteers who sorted books throughout the year and helped conduct the sale, and for those who donated items for the sale. Kershaw County Library is fortunate and thankful to have a community who cares so much about our services. Thank you so much! Lastly, we will be closed several days for Christmas, New Year's, and President's Day, but never fear! Our website is open 24/7 to download magazines, music, movies, ebooks, audiobooks, and much more to enjoy on your phone, tablet, or computer. Enjoy!

Friends of the Kershaw County Library Update The recently concluded annual book sale was very successful. In addition to the sales revenue we were able to add new Friends members. Many thanks to all that supported the sale – the community, Friends, volunteers, library staff, Kershaw County Parks and Recreation Department and the Wateree River Correctional Institution. The Friends are working with the library to identify needed areas of support. We should receive guidance once the new strategic plan is finalized. Meanwhile, we continue to support projects such as reading programs, BookPage subscription renewal, Repair Café, etc. The library has started collecting books once again. Please refer to the guidelines for book drop-off posted at the library. As you know, this is our main source of books for the sale. Our sorting/storage area in Dusty Bend is working well. The 2018 Friends membership drive will start early 2018. Your membership in the Friends organization provides important funding for numerous library projects. 2017 membership was off and we hope all past members renew in 2018. Membership flyers will be mailed and membership forms will be available at all branch locations. Become a Friend – your library counts on you!

Any comments/questions regarding Friends activities can be directed to Bob Giangiorgi at Thank you! - Bob Giangiorgi, Friends of Kershaw County Library 2

Staff in the Spotlight: Katherine Saunders is KCL’s new Collection Development and Cataloging Librarian. As a lover of history, she is very excited to be in South Carolina’s oldest inland settlement on a daily basis. She is a recent graduate of the University of South Carolina’s MLIS program (Go Cocks!). Some of her favorite genres include historical fiction, young adult anything, and biographies. In her down time, she enjoys spending time with her beloved pets and experimenting in the kitchen. Katherine hopes that she will be able to provide the residents of Kershaw County with every sort of book that they could ever hope for, and then some. Her favorite book of the moment is Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Edna, The Very First Chicken.


Storytime helps 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.

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities help build literacy skills and help children appreciate and learn important skills.

Toddler Art!

Mother Goose on the Loose Designed for the youngest listeners, Mother Goose on the Loose includes rhymes, books, music, movement and playtime for ages 0 -2 and their caregivers. The babies learn to love books and associate them with enjoyment and cuddles! Mondays @ 11:15 AM Elgin (No storytime December 25, January 1, January 15 and February 19) Thursdays @ 11:15 AM Camden (No storytime December 21 and December 28)

Get Set to Read Stories, music, and movement introduce toddlers and preschoolers to books, language and literacy. This storytime is geared to ages 3-4. Mondays @ 10:30 AM Elgin (No storytime December 25, January 1, January 15 and February 19) Wed. & Thurs. @ 10:30 AM Camden (No storytime December 21)

Better World Builders We’ll share a story or a book talk, along with a building project for ages 5-10. Wednesdays @ 11:30 AM Camden

Come create art with your toddler (age 2-5). Camden First Fridays, December 1, January 5 and February 2 @ 10:30 AM and again @ 1 PM. Join us for whichever session fits your child’s schedule best.

Build It! What will you create? Join us for building fun. Block Party! We’ve got Legos, Duplos and more! Thursdays, 6-7 PM; Bethune December 7, January 4 and February 1. Saturdays, 10:30 AM-Noon; Elgin December 2, January 6 and February 3 Club Lego! For all ages. Wednesdays, 3:30-5 PM; Camden December 6, January 10, February 7 and February 21.

PJ Storytime! Wear your PJs, bring your favorite teddy or doll and join us for a bedtime storytime that’s fun for all ages. Thursdays, 12/21, 1/18 and 2/15; 7 PM Bethune Thursday, 12/28, 1/25 and 2/22; 6:30 PM Elgin

Sit, Stay, Read! Come read aloud to Ivan and Cricket, our Newfoundland dog friends. They will enjoy it, and kids get the opportunity to read to an uncritical and appreciative audience. Tuesday, January 23 and February 20 4-4:45 PM CAMDEN

Engineering Girls! It’s “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day”! Join a real engineer or two for a fun activity and see yourself as an engineer!

Thursday, Feb. 22; 4-5 PM CAMDEN


Calendar of Events The library will be closed December 22-26; December 31-January 1; January 15, and February 19.

Bethune Branch 206 S. Main Street


SUMMER READING GRAND PRIZE WINNERS! Reading is a reward in itself, but for these three readers it was even sweeter! These grand prize winners were chosen from all who turned in completed cards for our Summer Reading Program, “Build a Better World”. Thanks so much to the Friends of the Library for supporting this program!

Adult Winner: Ted Duvall

Teen Winner: Calvin Dash

Children's Winner Caitlin Whitehouse

Ted takes advantage of our mobile library, the bookmobile. Ted received a gift card for Lowe’s.

A sophomore at Camden High, Calvin won a gift card to Books on Broad.

Caitlin is a third grader at Camden Elementary. She won a Lego Set.


Camden Branch 1304 Broad Street




Elgin Branch 2652 Main Street



Family Programming Games!

Holiday Arts & Crafts! Drop by to create one or more holiday ornaments at a variety of stations. All materials supplied. For ages 7 and up.

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.

Monday, December 4 3:30-5 PM CAMDEN

Elgin Game Night: First Thursday of each month from 5-7 PM. All ages welcome.

Ugly Holiday Sweaters! Come and bring your sweatshirts, sweaters, and tees so we can totally uglify them! We know you have a party or family gathering where they'd be a hit. For ages 13 and up.

Tuesday, December 5

4:30-6 PM

Camden Game Day Afternoon: Second Saturday of each month from 2-5 PM. All ages welcome.


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.

New! Trivia Night! Are you one of those people who just know something about pretty much anything? Do you enjoy fun games with friends? Join us for a Trivia Night and enjoy a Jeopardy-style game, complete with buzzers!

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.

Thursday, Feb. 15 5:30-6:30 PM Camden

Saturday, Dec. 16 10:30-11:30 AM Elgin

90s Throwback Party!

The Great American Eclipse and New Discoveries in Space Science Viewing the Great American Eclipse this summer was an awesome experience, and there’s always something happening in our solar system and beyond. Come learn about what’s happening in space science with Dr. Donald Walter, Professor of Physics at South Carolina State University.

Saturday, January 27 11 AM CAMDEN


Throwback to the 90s! Throwback this Thursday with a 90s themed party! What's the 411? Haul out your plaid shirts, Doc Martens, and Tommy Hilfiger jeans and let's enjoy some 90s nostalgia.

Thursday, January 18 5-7:30 PM CAMDEN

Adult Programming Happy Holidays

Health and Wellness This winter we welcome Faith Israel, the MS Clemson Extension Food Safety & Nutrition Agent for our area. She will be holding a series of workshops covering nutrition and healthy eating at the Camden Branch. December’s workshop will be No Fat Holiday! It’s that time of year where spending time with family can also mean lots of tasty foods to snack and dine on, sabotaging our efforts to eat healthily. Come prepared to learn ways to decrease the calories while keeping the taste through a healthy holiday food safety session. January is National Soup Month and a great time to discover how soup can fit into your diet. Come join us and follow these helpful tips for making soup delicious and nutritious. Soup It Up! What is tastier, warmer and more fulfilling on a cold winter day than a warm bowl of soup?

controllable factors that put one at greater risk for developing heart disease as well as how nutrition and a healthy lifestyle can impact cardiovascular health. Faith will demonstrate how to make “heart healthy recipes” for individuals of all walks of life.

second Tuesdays from 9 AM to 1 PM to assist job seekers. No appointments are necessary.

Come by to visit with Beth Woodham, Employment Specialist, and Linda Robinson, Financial Stability Center Coordinator, from Goodwill Industries Check the calendar for dates and of Camden, to learn about Goodwill's times, and drop by to join us. No regis- free services and training programs tration is necessary. available for area residents. Beth also provides expertise to assist you with Caregiver Support Group: A group of your job-hunting and career quescaregivers gather monthly to discuss tions. No appointment necessary. concerns and ideas for supporting our Goodwill representatives are at the loved ones and ourselves while finding Camden Branch the last Friday of Janemotional respite by sharing with uary and February from 9:30 AM to those who understand. Contact 11:30 AM. Maureen Renault at or 703-623-6311 DIY and Crafty Things with questions. Monthly on the second Be sure to check out our fun offerings Monday from 11:30 AM to 1 PM. for the whole family on page 9! From games, to parties, to trivia, to science, there’s something for everyone.

Yoga for Everybody! Join us at the Camden Branch each Tuesday for a gentle yoga practice that’s suitable for everyone.

Computer Help Getting a new phone or tablet for the holidays? Drop by our computer labs, held monthly in Camden and Elgin to get help in downloading digital media from the library. Staff will be available for other computer assistance as well. The Camden Branch also offers introductory computer classes.

February is American Heart Month, which helps bring awareness to heart Job Assistance disease and ways to prevent it. A healthy diet and lifestyle are your best Representatives from SC Works are at weapons to fight diseases. Come and the Camden Branch monthly on the learn the primary controllable and un10

Masks and Mocktails returns just in time for Valentine’s Day! This time the theme will be chocolate. We will be concocting a Chocolate Mousse Face Mask and a take home Mocha Salt Scrub. We won't forget a nice beverage to go along...we promise! Feb. 13; 6:30-7:30 PM CAMDEN Casual Yarn: Our Yarn group meets monthly at the Bethune Branch. Whether you enjoy knitting, crochet, or other yarn crafts, come and enjoy a relaxing evening of yarning and conversation. Third Tuesdays, 7-8:30 PM BETHUNE

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. December 5: Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys January 2: The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. February 6: The Lost Continent by Bill Bryson. Download free eBooks and Audios from the library through Overdrive or Hoopla!

Camden The Wise Owl Book Club will be taking a holiday break. The next meeting will be Thursday, February 1 at 6:30 PM. Select a book you love and want to share with the group and come join us!

And don’t forget, many of your favorite magazines are available through Flipster!

The Camden Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 PM. December 20: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler. January 17: The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. February 21: If the Creek Don’t Rise by Leah Weiss. browse/digital-library/


Winter Bookmobile Schedule Baron DeKalb Elementary School

Hallmark @ Truesdell

2684 Baron DeKalb Rd, Camden

3:30-4:30 PM Friday, December 1, January 5, February 2

2-4 PM Wednesday, December 6, January 3, February 7

The Mitten Tree

186 Roy Truesdell Rd, Lugoff

KC West Playground Bridle Station Apartments

519 Whitehead Rd, Lugoff

44 Boulware Rd, Lugoff

1:30-3 PM Friday, December 1, January 5, February 2

3-4:30 PM Thursday, December 7 Friday, January 8 and February 9

LynnWood Apartments Buffalo Baptist Church 6390 Lockhart Rd, Kershaw 4-5:30 PM Wednesday, December 20, January 17, February 21

Camden Cove Apartments 328 Ballfield Rd., Camden 3-3:45 PM Friday, December 15, January 17, February 16

Cassatt Baptist Church 2604 US-1, Cassatt 2-4 PM Monday, December 18 Tuesday, January 16 and February 20

841 Frenwood Lane, Lugoff 3-4 PM Tuesday, December 12 Wednesday, January 10, February 14

River’s Edge Apartments 970 Wateree Blvd, Camden 4-5 PM Friday, December 15, January 17, February 16

Sherwood Forest Apartments Sherwood Forest Trail, Lugoff 4:15-5 PM Tuesday, December 12 Wednesday, January 10, February 14

Be sure to look for us in the holiday parades!

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

The library will be closed December 22-26; December 31-January 1; January 15, and February 19. 12

Help us help others by donating mittens, gloves, hats and scarves! All donations will be hung on the Mitten Tree and then donated to a local charity! Look for the Mitten Tree at your local branch beginning on Mitten Tree Day, December 6.

In the Know Winter 2017/18  

Kershaw County Library's quarterly newsletter.