Awesome Eclipse Books at BCLS

Join Us for Library Night at the Charleston Battery

Join the Friends of the Berkeley County Library and the Friends of the Charleston County Library for Library Night with the Charleston Battery on Sept. 9th at 7 pm! Library Night will feature an ad on the program, on field photo at half-time, PSAs read during the match, a text to give campaign throughout the match week, a crossbar challenge against a Battery player at half time, and more. Come on out and show your support!

As a Special Treat

For any new members signing up by September 2, 2017, your name will go into a drawing for 2 tickets to this match!! Membership envelopes are available at all library branches or you can join online here.

Get Tickets

Join Us for Library Night at the Charleston Battery

RB Digital

OneClickdigital and Zinio Magazines Are Now RB Digital

OneClickdigital and Zinio Magazines Are Now RB Digital: New Look, New App, Same Great Content – Now in One Place!

The new RBdigital app and refreshed website officially launched on June 26! The new RBdigital app combines the OneClickdigital audiobook/eBook app with the Zinio for Libraries magazine app. For the first time in the industry, patrons whose library offers both services (like BCLS) are now able to access audiobooks, magazines, and eBooks—all in one app!OneClickdigital and Zinio Magazines Are Now RB Digital

App Notification:

Existing OneClickdigital and Zinio for Libraries app users have been notified through their OneClickdigital app to upgrade to the new RBdigital app.

Both the OneClickdigital app and the Zinio for Libraries app will be available through mid-September to help with the transition to the new app.

When you update the app, you can log in with the same credentials you used for the OneClickdigital or Zinio for Libraries app. The new RBdigital app will have all your previous checkouts along with stored wish lists, holds, and history, but those checkouts will need to be downloaded again.

Amazing Content!

Offering the library market’s most comprehensive platform, RBdigital brings exclusive audiobook titles, eBooks, and content from all major publishers together in one collection.

RBdigital features the best literature in a wide variety of genres, along with an outstanding collection of award-winning children’s and young adult (YA) books—over 60,000 audiobooks and 250,000 eBooks!

RBdigital also delivers 100% of the New York Times bestseller list available to libraries as downloadable audiobooks and more multi-access titles than anyone else!

RBdigital also offers complete digital editions of popular magazines with interactive elements such as audio and video. With RBdigital you can keep magazines for as long as you like and even download magazines to your mobile device for offline reading.

Key Features & Benefits of New App:

• Significantly improved user experience

• App-based patron notifications to help with tech support and engagement

• Faster, easier search

• Exclusive content

Get Started:

Click here to search BCLS’s RBDigital catalog.

Get the app on Google Play.

Get the app in the Apple Store. 

Get the app for your Kindle Fire. 

2017 Daniel Island Duck Race

Mobile Library Grant Beneficiary for 2017 Duck Race

BCLS Mobile Library M.O.R.E. is a beneficiary for 2017 Duck Race

The BCLS mobile library was a grant beneficiary for the 2017 Duck Race. This is the third time BCLS has been a recipient of this grant, the first of which provided the seed money to start funding the mobile library, a service that had not been available in the county for over 25 years.

A portion of the funds will be used to expand the mobile library’s Playaway collection. Playaways are an alternative to traditional audio books that cater to reluctant readers, visually impaired readers, readers who cannot access electronic audio books and other readers that prefer the audio book format. For example, Timberland High School students are enjoying the Playaway format and are becoming more engaged teens. Playaways benefit students who do not have internet access to download an audio book and who no longer have CD players at home.

Mobile Library Grant Beneficiary for 2017 Duck Race

Daniel Island Rotary president Todd Musheff, Duck Race Chair
George Jucha and Barbara McLaughlin, BCLS Director Gene
Brunson and Outreach Coordinator Barbara Ash along with ALL
of the grant recipients from the 2017 Rotary Charity Duck Race.

About the Duck Race

Established by the Rotary Club of Daniel Island in 2007, this fundraising event has grown each year since and now includes six other Rotary Clubs in the greater Charleston area: Johns Island; Mt. Pleasant; North Charleston Breakfast; North Charleston; St. Andrews (West Ashley); and Summerville. The proceeds from this event are used to fund Rotary community service programs locally and around the world. Each of the participating Rotary clubs is designating one or more Lowcountry charities as named beneficiaries of the duck race. These charities represent a wide selection of local nonprofit organizations focused on health, food and nutrition, housing, children and families, and literacy. Over the past 10 years, this event has raised over $1,000,000 for local beneficiaries and Rotary projects worldwide.

Eclipse Events Cancelled on August 21st

On August 21st, Charleston will be teeming with visitors that have come for one purpose: to see the total solar eclipse. In light of traffic and other safety concerns, all locations of the Berkeley County Library System will be closed. This news came through an official county email this morning.

“Upon an extensive review of the information provided to county officials, Mr. Peagler and Council have decided to suspend all non-essential county operations for the day on Monday, August 21st.  This decision was made out of an abundance of concern for employee safety as navigating the congested roadways, etc. could be very hazardous.”

Since many local businesses as well as all schools in the area have closed, BCLS is following suit. Although the libraries won’t be open, they will still have supplies of safety viewing glasses to give out to the public on the days following up to the event. Also, the preparation events are still ongoing. You can catch lectures and preparation events at the Daniel Island, Sangaree, and Goose Creek Libraries. See our updated solar eclipse page here for more information!


Featured Products of August 2017

BCLS Gets An Enhanced Tumble Book Library: Great Resources for Kids

Struggling to get your little one more engaged with reading? What could be more fun than digital flip books? If you have not already, then you need to try out Tumble Book Library, now with evenBCLS Gets An Enhanced Tumble Book Library: Great Resources for Kids more amazing features!

We are excited about this enhanced version of Tumblebooks and the changes to the access structure that it will bring. The access structure change will be particularly helpful for teachers and families who homeschool. The enhanced version of Tumbebooks is considered the premium version which includes: over 1,100 titles; resources for K-6; lesson plans for teachers; animated talking picture books; chapter books; National Geographic videos; both fiction and non-fiction materials; graphic novels; books in English, French, and Spanish; and many other resources. – Plus it is FREE with your BCLS Library Card. (Click here to get a free 30 day card to test it yourself if you are not a current BCLS library card holder).

Use it for independent reading, group activities, story time, lessons, and more! And, as a digital library of animated talking picture books, it has the added bonus of being accessible – 24/7 – from any device with an internet connection.

The collection partners well with school library and serve to enhance and support your collection of physical books. And from home, TumbleBooks provides your students with a huge
library of books at their fingertips, anytime they want. Best of all, because the collection is digital, there is an unlimited number of copies of each title. Books are never checked-out, never on hold, never damaged, and NEVER have apple juice spilled on them!

At Home: Exchange after-school cartoons with after-school TumbleBooks! Quiet time before bed! You can even use TumbleBooks on road trips! TumbleBooks is a great way to enhance family literacy and at-home reading.

LEARNING NEW THINGS: TumbleBooks diverse collection connects to curriculum topics and supports what children are learning in class. In addition, they have the freedom of choice and can select titles on subjects that interest them. There are MANY regular nonfiction titles about science, geography, mathematics, history, and more. (Premium subscribers have a large selection of Math stories too!) In addition, there are lots of non-fiction-inspired story books, as well as books which teach valuable life lessons. Students can find new interests or stoke the fire of current interests by browsing our site. TumbleBooks’ Story Books can be a great and accessible way to introduce new ideas and information.

ESL STUDENTS: With the large list of Spanish, French, and bilingual TumbleBooks, the site can be used in ESL and second-language classes for story time, independent study, and for Comprehensive language learning.

You can also visit them directly using these URLS:

SPECIAL NEEDS: TumbleBooks’ open nature lets children of all levels, interests, and abilities read and interact with titles at any level. The titles are accessible and enjoyable for special needs children and they help facilitate their class participation alongside the rest of the class.

MATH, HISTORY, SOCIAL STUDIES, AND GEOGRAPHY LESSONS: Just as with Social Studies, Reading, and Language Arts classes, TumbleBooks’ extensive and varied nonfiction sections can be utilized in classes you might not normally associate with picture books! TumbleBooks’ picture books are both entertaining AND educational, and they help teach children new and complex concepts that might be difficult to grasp in regular nonfiction books.

ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING: TumbleBooks is not only great for classroom story time, but it’s also an invaluable tool for one-on-one teaching. Our teachers have told us how they’ll sit with a child and read a book together… pausing to discuss vocabulary words and concepts along the way. Not only that, but they’ve also used it for Buddy Reading where a younger student is paired with an older classmate.

ENCOURAGING RELUCTANT READERS: TumbleBooks’ format attracts readers of all abilities and interests. Teachers have told us how students with little interest in picking up a physical book will spend hours reading TumbleBooks for FUN as well as for class time!

SPEECH THERAPY: TumbleBooks story books are professionally narrated, and when combined with highlighted text for kids to follow along, they’re a great tool for speech therapists to use while helping children. The books let children hear a variety of voices, styles, pronunciations, and emotions through the narration – which serve as a great supplement to the therapist’s instruction.

PLAYLISTS: Our collection features over 100 pre-made playlists from which you can choose! Each Playlist includes 2 or more TumbleBooks: some are themed playlists, some are for certain reading levels, and some are just for fun! Are you in the mood for stories about animals? Is it the first day of school? Do your kids need some imagination inspiration? We have you covered!

PUZZLES AND GAMES: TumbleBookLibrary’s Puzzles and Games section provides entertaining and educational activities based on your kids’ favorite TumbleBooks. There are puzzles, memory games, crosswords, match-the-sentence games, and more!

COMMON CORE PORTAL: TumbleBooks exclusive Common Core Portal helps educators find specific lesson plans and TumbleBooks to help fulfill core level requirements.
Simply click on the Common Core link in the blue navigation bar to access the feature anytime!
The Common Core portal offers tabs for Reading: Literature, Reading: Informational, Texts, and Mathematics. Within each section, we list the levels for kindergarten through grade five.

TUMBLESEARCH: The top right corner of the site has a link to our TumbleSearch feature. TumbleSearch allows you to find JUST the right book for you: by subject, length, and reading levels!
In addition, our Search By Title and Author areas have an auto-fill function that help young readers find the titles they’re looking for, even if they might have a hard time spelling the words correctly. The Search By Title and Search By Author sections are great to use if you know exactly what you’re looking for. Were you reading a book called “Hello Sun” last week, but can’t
remember where to find it? Just enter the title and it’ll pop right up!

STORY BOOK OF THE DAY: Visit TumbleBookLibrary every day to see a new highlighted Story Book of the Day! We also highlight Graphic Novels, Non Fiction, Read Alongs, and Videos of the day! When you log in to TumbleBookLibrary, the Story Book of the Day slider is at the forefront of the home page, and it rotates between the other book categories every few seconds.
Inspiration can come from many places, and we hope that our Book of the Day feature may help you find your new favorite read! Help you revisit an old favorite! Most of all, we hope it will help you explore everything the site has to offer.

FAVORITES AND PLAYLISTS: Have you found a book you LOVE and want to come back to it again later? Add it to Favorites by clicking on the “Add to Favorites” button beneath the book cover.