Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Summer Reading, Had Me A Blast!

This week we do our final summer reading party at each of our five branches to close out the Dream Big–READ! summer reading event.   This summer’s highlight was our visit from Cocky’s Reading Express.  Thanks to all who attended and made it a success!

The children’s program was filled with exciting events each week including a pretend camp fire, crafty activities such as the paper plate dream catcher, night lights with flash lights, community helper visits, a ventriloquist, snakes, Hispanic story hour, and many other activities.  One other highlight this summer was the inclusion of a bilingual story hour.  Katie Rivers, summer intern, offered Spanish/English song, story and dance to children in the Pageland, McBee and Jefferson libraries.  Some children came just to “learn” Spanish!

The adults joined in this year and enjoyed a variety of craft activities from painting gourd bird houses, making memory wire bracelets, watching movies, learning kumihimo and learning a little line dancing.  Grand prizes were given away this week and everyone was a winner.  At the Chesterfield Branch,  Myrtis Burr stated that, “after showing the movie One For the Money to ten regular participants, they enjoyed “sweet” tea, popcorn, lemon cookies, and the patrons even added to the festivities with their homemade cookies and a homemade apple pie. “ 

Matheson's Summer Wrap up for the Adults was a big success.  They celebrated with an ice cream social, movie, door prizes, and the grand prize drawing.  According to Beverly Allen, branch manager, “15 women attended...many had attended all of the summer movies...and worked their bingo cards vigorously.  The patron that won the grand prize was Martha Bentley.  It was her first time to attend our summer program.  She was surprised and overjoyed that she won such a large basket of goodies.  Gloria Motley won the door prize...a framed/matted picture of the palmetto tree...very nice!  She was elated. Everyone loved that we served them ice cream and cookies while they enjoyed the movie.  They all expressed an interest in continuing the movies in the fall.  They loved the big screen projection that we are able to provide.  It's just like being in a theatre. “   Their movie event will start again in September.

At McBee, April Greene reported, “ We had a lot of fun this summer.  We enjoyed crafts, community helpers, snakes, ghost stories and more! We truly enjoyed having the community helpers and snakes in the library, but the most memorable event was during ghost story hour.  We toured the museum, with the lights off, opened one of the doors to a closet that housed a mannequin, which scared the kids so much they screamed like crazy from the museum back to their meeting room!  The adults enjoyed movies and crafts at the library this summer, plus the fun of playing Bingo! The group that came for the movie was very thankful the library hosted the event.  They gave a donation at the end for gratitude.  Another group painted gourd bird houses.  This was fun for all! We were able to get our creative juices flowing and paint some very beautiful pieces.”

Jefferson was  where all the major action took place with each children’s program averaging on the plus side of 60 kids.  Wow!  April Greene expressed her enthusiasm on the success of the summer reading adventure, “Oh boy did we have fun this summer! We kicked-off with the ventriloquist, Steve Brogan, which was a big hit.  We had Cold Blooded Encounters come for a visit and we had a blast! We had the community helpers come out and show us their cars and talk about what they do for a living, plus we were sprayed with water from the fire truck! In-between we were doing crafts, reading ghost stories and more! I don't know where to begin, everything was so memorable! I can't wait until next year!  For the adults, we offered movies and crafts, but our biggest hit was the gourd bird houses.  We had to have two separate sessions for the event it was such a hit!  The event left people wanting more!!!!”

August brings us a little vacation time and a chance to revamp our programs for the fall.  We are making a few staff changes so there will be some transition for us.  Phylis Mills, at the Pageland Branch, will be retiring as she begins another chapter in her life.  We wish Phylis the best of luck.  Matheson is knee deep in a digitizing project for the History Room with the help of a summer intern, Anna Boan.  Historic documents dating back to 1700’s have been placed on loan for us to capture and store digitally, along with many other historic documents of interest.  In addition to this, an overall organization of the entire History Room collection is in the works.

During August, most branches will be taking a bit of a breather but will offer a back-to-school family movie as they will begin to make exciting plans for the upcoming months.  In September, we will offer an e-newsletter and if you’d like to have it sent directly to your email, sign up at your local branch or email us at  We are exploring ways to fund mailing to patrons without email accounts, but for now, print copies may be picked up at each branch on the first of each month.

All libraries will be closed on September 3 for Labor Day and on September 19th for a staff development day – planning ahead.

August 13, 11:00 am:  Adult Program - Outdoor Lanterns, BYOJ
August 20, 2:00 PM:  Family Movie, The Lorax
August 27, 2:00 PM:  Adult Movie, The Lucky One
September 3, 2012  CLOSED FOR  LABOR DAY


August 2, 2012    4-5 PM: Social and Wrap-up for Adult Summer Reading Program
                        11 AM & 3:30 PM: PJ Party and wrap-up for Kid's Summer Reading Program

August 3, 2012    6-9 PM:Teen Lock-in hosted at Pageland Community Library

August 16, 2012    4:00 PM: Family Movie featuring The Smurfs

August 30, 2012    4:00 PM: Adult Class-make homemade patio/table lights    ***Bring your own glass mason, jelly, spaghetti sauce or mayonnaise jar**** RSVP: 843-335-7515!!!

September 3, 2012    All Libraries Closed for Holiday


August 1, 2012    11 AM & 3:30 PM: PJ Party and wrap-up for Kid's Summer Reading Program

August 3, 2012    4-5 PM: Social and Wrap-up for Adult Summer Reading Program
                        6-9 PM:Teen Lock-in hosted at Pageland Community Library

August 15, 2012    3:30 PM: Family Movie featuring The Smurfs @ Jefferson Community Center

August 27, 2012    5:00 PM: Adult Class-make homemade patio/table lights    ***Bring your own glass mason, jelly, spaghetti sauce or mayonnaise jar**** RSVP: 843-658-3966!!!

September 3, 2012    All Libraries Closed for Holiday


August 8 & 22 @ 2:00pm, Tai chi, Class limited call to register

August 16 @ 2:00  Kumihimo with beads, Intermediate level class

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