Saturday, October 29, 2011

How to Save Money!

Article contributed to local papers: Cheraw Chronicle and The Link

If you haven’t been in one of county libraries lately, we invite you to check us out. We’re trying to shed the “dusty, musty book” image and offer more opportunities for community interaction, partner with local organizations to provide services, and offer a relaxing and welcoming atmosphere. CCL offers adult computer classes, JobSearch workshops, resume writing, crafts and arts programs, and literacy programs. Most of our programs are free or require only a nominal fee.

A luncheon, presentation, and book signing by author, John Laurence Busch, will be hosted by the Cheraw Friends and sponsored by the Matheson History Room Endowment committee, on Friday, November 18, 2011 in the Matheson Library conference room, beginning at 11:30 am. Mr. Busch’s book, Steam Coffin—Captain Moses Rogers and The Steamship Savannah Break the Barrier has significance, not only for maritime history, but for Cheraw history, as well. Weather permitting; an optional living history tour to Moses Rogers’ gravesite at Old St. David’s Cemetery will be available following the book signing. Details about the book are posted at Matheson. Because space is limited, reservations are required and you must register by Wednesday, November 9, 2011. Free!

Jason Broughton, State Library Consultant, will be offering a workshop on Jobsearching on the Internet from 6:00 until 7:00 pm at the Chesterfield Main Library. Instructions on how to fill out a job application will be offered in the second half at 7:30. If you haven’t been in the job market in years and need a refresher, join us on November. 3 beginning at 6:00 pm. Free!

Dearest to our hearts is our book service! We’re working hard to meet the needs and meet them quickly. But one thing is for sure – they are FREE! Beginning November 30, we are pleased to announce that we will be offering eBooks which you can download into nearly any format that works with your computer, eReader or other device. The downloaded books will expire at the end of their loan period so no returns necessary. Our staff will even help you learn to download ebooks on your own device. Overdrive will be our provider – go to this website and take a look to see how easy it is:

Still fancy the paper and ink - if you’re buying your books because of the convenience or the “don’t want to wait syndrome,” think about this:

· The average price for hardcover fiction title is $26.00.

· The average price for mass market paperback fiction title was $6.80.

· The average price for an audio book fiction title was $50.42.

But, you don’t have to pay those prices, the library offers books, ebooks and audio books, FREE, along with many other services such as:

  1. Magazines and Newspapers
    From Better Homes and Gardens to South Carolina Wildlife, our library has tons of magazines. We also carry the local papers, New York Times, The State and Charlotte Observer. Are you paying for magazines and newspapers that you just toss?
  2. Audio Books - Coming Soon
    You will soon be able to check out audio books on every subject for your commute to work, for waiting on your kids at various sports practices or to listen to while you walk - check us out.
  3. Free Periodical Searches
    In high school or college? We have access to DISCUS which will provide you with magazine articles, newspaper articles, special reference works, websites and all you pay for is the cost for print/copies – 10 cents a page.
  4. Internet and Wi-Fi
    CCL offers free internet access and Wi-Fi, all you need is a library card to use our computers! Be aware that our libraries use a "censoring" program and parental consent may be required to use the Internet. Using our Internet services can save you as much as $25.00 a month.
  5. Meeting Space

Our new “Meeting Room” policy allows nonprofit local groups and organizations to reserve the room, free for meetings during regular library hours. After hours, a $25.00 fee is charged for groups with some exceptions. Birthday parties, showers, parties, solicitation/sales, etc., do not fit under the goals and purposes of our institution. We welcome nonprofit, local organizations and clubs.

  1. Movies
    We have children's movies, teen favorites, and blockbusters. Why buy a video for one or two viewings when you can borrow for free – save your 19.99!
  2. Free Job Search and Resume Help
    We will be offering online assistance for job searching and resume writing. If you could use a refresher course on how to find a job or how to write a resume, check us out.
  3. Other Free Services
    You’ll find tax forms, voter registration forms, test prep manuals and fax services, along with a variety of other services in the library. So save your money by visiting the library and getting your own library card that gives you carte blanche to global access for information, instantaneously. Check out the CCL library for varied programs and unbeatable bargains.

What’s happening in the CCL Stacks this month:

Nov. 3

How to Search for a job on the Internet, 6:00 pm - Chesterfield

Nov. 3

How to Fill Out a Job Application, 7:30 pm - Chesterfield

Nov. 7

Julia Griffin, local author 12:00 to 1:00, Bring a lunch, tea provided, Chesterfield

Nov. 8

Staff training - all branches CLOSED for state-wide software update

Nov. 9

Christmas Bling Jewelry Workshop 6:00 pm at Jefferson, must register

Nov. 10

Christmas Bling Jewelry Workshop 6:00 pm at McBee, must register

Nov. 11, 12

Veteran’s Day - Closed

Nov. 13

Research Team visiting Matheson

Nov. 16

Christmas Bling Jewelry Workshop 6:00 pm at Chesterfield, must register

Nov. 18

John Busch, author presentation & luncheon, Matheson 11:30, must register

Nov. 21

Make your very own pine cone bird feeder, 4-5 pm, Jefferson branch

Nov. 24-26

Thanksgiving Holiday - Closed

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October Delights

October brings ...
  • cooler weather
  • colorful trees
  • fires
  • bazaars
  • new books:
The Night Strangers' by Chris Bohjalian - October 4, 2011
The Best of Me' by Nicholas Sparks - October 11, 2011

The Litigators' by John Grisham - October 25, 2011

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
by Jerry Pinkney- October 6, 2011