Berkeley County Library System http://berkeleylibrarysc.org Berkeley County, South Carolina Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:07:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Cross Community Holds Meeting to Jump Start Next Round of Berkeley Career Express Program http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/cross-community-holds-meeting-jump-start-next-round-berkeley-career-express-program/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:59:13 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=8056 The post Cross Community Holds Meeting to Jump Start Next Round of Berkeley Career Express Program appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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On Tuesday, April 18th, around 40 people met at the Cross Community Center to discuss the start of the next Berkeley Career Express Program.

Community Meetings

Community conversations have been the spark for new programs such as the Berkeley Career Express (BCE). This past Tuesday 40 residents met at the Cross Community Center. Speakers at the meeting included Council Caldwell Pinckney and Elaine Morgan from the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce who shared their excitement to start the next round of the BCE and the success the program had in the Town of St. Stephen. Dr. Lillie Caldwell from Berkeley County Adult Education Center provided a survey to attendees requesting their feedback on what days and times would work best for the BCE in Cross. She emphasized the importance of developing a program that would best fit the needs of those attending.

Mr. Ed Vice from the Berkeley County Sherrif’s office spoke about his expungement team and how to seek assistance with getting a minor infraction that may be preventing an individual from obtaining employment expunged from a record. Representatives from the South Carolina Department of Social Service (DSS) informed the community attendees about their SNAP2WORK program and scholarship programs for the Career Pathways training.

 The Berkeley United Way Prosperity Center spoke about their mission, “… a world where youth succeed in school and the workplace,  people become self-sufficient, and we all lead healthy lifestyles.”  They also described some of the resources they offer to become financially stable such as free tax preparation, credit counseling, and foreclosure prevention services and various education opportunities such as Work Keys certifications. SC Works representatives spoke about the number of available jobs in the Tri-County area and gave examples of several open positions close to the Cross Community and upcoming job fairs.
This is one of many Community Conversations meetings organized by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce to education and inform community leaders of available resources to them and their residents.
About Berkeley Career Express

The Berkeley Career Express offers digital literacy workshops, career ready classes, ACT soft skills courses, and adult basic education/general education development (GED) classes in various Berkeley County Communities, bringing workforce preparation and career pathways directly to students.

Unemployed or underemployed residents of the St. Stephen, Pineville, Cross, Alvin or Long Ridge communities dedicated to pursuing further education and career training are invited to attend.

The training period is for eight weeks, 20-25 adults in each community will participate in free classes and workshops designed to help them prepare for the workforce or pursue further educational opportunities. Attendees with a library card in good standing will be able to check out a mobile internet kit during their 8-week enrollment to study at home.

Students completing the 40 hours of course work can earn a Work Keys certificate, basic computer literacy, and/or educational functional level gain certificates (based on the post-test of adult basic education). Each training session requires three hours of participation.

For additional information on the training programs, contact Dr. Lillie Caldwell at 843-899-8703.

This program is a collaboration project with Berkeley Chamber of Commerce, Berkeley County Library System and Berkeley County School District Center for Adult Education and is funded by a grant from SC Google.

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St. Stephen Community Celebrates First Graduating Class of Berkeley Career Express Program http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/st-stephen-community-celebrates-first-graduating-class-berkeley-career-express-program/ Wed, 19 Apr 2017 20:52:58 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=8009 The post St. Stephen Community Celebrates First Graduating Class of Berkeley Career Express Program appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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New Berkeley Career Express program brings resources straight to the community helping residents in rural Berkeley County to continue education, prepare for employment, and seek assistance in becoming work ready.

The Berkeley Career Express (BCE) program, funded by a Google Data Center Community Affairs Grant, is a collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce, Library System, and the Department of Adult and Community Education. The program is designed to enhance digital literacy skills in the communities of St. Stephen, Cross, Alvin and Long Ridge.

Elaine Morgan, CEO Berkeley Chamber of Commerce states, “Through the Chamber’s Rural Initiative and from our eight rural meetings it was identified that jobs and education were the top concerns from the residents. Meeting with Google to discuss the lack of computer access, they became the catalyst for the Berkeley Career Express program.”

On Tuesday, January 10th, more than 50 residents of St. Stephen gathered at St. Stephen Elementary School to register for the first round of the Berkeley Career Express program. Those in attendance were anxious to take the next step in preparing for employment. Several attendees noted they wanted to obtain their GED, needed to improve their Work Keys score or train specifically for employment with new area employers such as VIVA.

Providing a digital device for participants was an essential component of the BCE program. Twenty-one participants, who had a valid library card, were able to borrow a Chromebook and Wi-Fi unit to study and prepare at home during their enrollment. Gene Brunson, Director of the Berkeley County Library System, comments, “The eight-week training series will be held in one community at a time, beginning with St. Stephen. After all four community programs, the digital devices and resources will be given back to community leaders to develop their own training site for future programs and development. We want them to know we are here for them during and after the program. We want to make sure they have the necessary tools to continue to provide their residents with training programs and resources even after the BCE program.”

On the night of March 28th, community leaders, families and friends gathered to celebrate the thirty-eight BCE students with a graduation ceremony. Speakers included Mayor John Rivers, principle of St. Stephen Elementary Dr. Elaine Norton, library director Gene Brunson, and retired IGA owner and community champion Mr. Eddie Brown.

Mayor John Rivers comments, “The Town of St. Stephen is elated over the recent developments in a new industry coming to our Town and now a program to assist our residents at being more work-ready.”

Several of the speakers commented on the large number of graduates. “I was so thrilled at the turnout for our first night.  Berkeley County Adult Education is enthusiastic about this program for the Berkeley County residents and working with them to prepare for the job market,” expressed by Dr. Lillie Caldwell, Director of Adult Community Education. Dr. Caldwell explains, “We were hoping to have at least 20 people interested. We did not expect to have 50 that first night.”

Among the graduates were sisters, Norma Russel and Margaret Conaway, both of whom crossed the stage for their certificate with joyful smiles and homemade graduation caps. Conway tears up while talking about how this program brought them closer together. “We did not grow up together. This was the first time we could go to school together. To share this experience as sisters, encouraging one another, is something special.” Conaway also talks about the complexity of the program, “I didn’t think I would make it through the whole thing. I have been out of school for so long. The math was really challenging.” She says she has become a fixture at the St. Stephen Library going in everyday to study. She has even volunteered to help the next BCE graduating class make their own caps.

The next Berkeley Career Express program is set to begin in late April for the residents of Cross. For more information about BCE and how you can register to participate, visit http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/berkeley-career-express/

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Center for Heirs Property Preservation Seminar at St. Stephen Library http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/center-heirs-property-preservation-seminar-st-stephen-library/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:55:03 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7988 The post Center for Heirs Property Preservation Seminar at St. Stephen Library appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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Center for Heirs Property Preservation Seminar at St. Stephen Library

Center for Heirs Property Preservation Seminar at St. Stephen Library

[4/13/17] St. Stephen, SC – The Center for Heirs Property will present a two hour seminar at the St. Stephen Library to educate the community about land ownership and sustainability.  

Here in the Lowcountry, there are stories about every acre of land. Multiple generations grow up knowing that they can have pride in maintaining and preserving the family property. But what if one day, they find out that their property was never officially deeded or probated in court? They could find their land gone through a sale that they couldn’t prevent.

This situation, sometimes knows as Heirs’ Property, is when multiple heirs own a piece of land because the ownership was never legally settled. Many victims are descendants of African American families who gave an oral will or an unofficial deed that was never legally verified. And this situation, unfortunately, is all too common. What can you do to prevent it from happening to you?

At the Berkeley County Library System, we care about our community. We want to educate you on how you can preserve your land for the next generation. That’s why St. Stephen Library is partnering with the Center for Heirs Property Preservation to bring a workshop that will give you some basic knowledge on the topic. Join library and Center staff at the St. Stephen Library on Thursday, May 25th, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm for the Center for Heirs Property Seminar.

The Center is an expert at assisting Lowcountry residents with land preservation and legal matters. Since 2005, the non-profit has given approximately seventeen-hundred families legal advice and counsel in situations like these. And the impact is widespread. The Center serves 6 counties from Beaufort to Georgetown.

The Center is an expert at assisting Lowcountry residents with land preservation and legal matters. Since 2005, the non-profit has given approximately seventeen-hundred families legal advice and counsel in situations like these. And the impact is widespread. The Center serves 6 counties from Beaufort to Georgetown.

Another service of the Center is forestry. According to their website, “the Center’s Land Utilization program is currently providing these families with sustainable forestry education, technical assistance and resources to realize more income from their family land.”

The Center’s website is replete with stories of how many people have benefited from land preservation and sustainability help. If you have questions, come by the St. Stephen Library on May 25th. With some assistance, you can preserve your family’s stories. For more information, call the library at 843-567-4862.

About the Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org..

About the Center for Heirs Property Preservation: The Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to protect heirs’ property and promote its sustainable use to provide increased economic benefit to historically under-served families through legal education and services, and sustainable forestry education, technical assistance and resources. The Center serves Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston, and Beaufort counties. For more information about the Center, visit heirsproperty.org.

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STEM Outreach Impacts Community Members http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/7979-2/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 15:03:06 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7979 The post STEM Outreach Impacts Community Members appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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STEM projects constructed by Lake Moultrie Nursing Home residents

STEM Outreach Impacts Community Members

STEM Outreach Impacts Community Members

[4/12/17] St. Stephen, SC – When Tina Chenoweth, the St. Stephen Library manager, had extra supplies left over from her STEM workshop, she decided to do something a little different through her outreach.

A few years ago, the St. Stephen Library didn’t have a community room. They were located in a small building on Main Street. But when the library moved to their new location in the historic school building, they received more room to expand, along with a community room for activities. Soon authors, sewers, knitters, and other hobbyists took the initiative to host their own programs through the library. When Tina Chenoweth began her role as the library’s current branch manager, she brought in even more ideas.

There’s a lot going on at the library now. One of the newest programs is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) camp for kids on early release days. The camp’s programs involve growing seeds and herbs in gloves and bottles and keeping track of plant growth through observation.

Although Tina’s program wasn’t poorly attended, there were still a lot of supplies left over. She repeated the program with teens, but still had a surplus. So she decided to think outside the box and take what was left to the Lake Moultrie Nursing Home for outreach. The impact surprised her.

“They loved it!” Tina said. “They were amazed at the concept, and both residents and the nursing home staff stopped by the window in which the gloves were hanging every day to marvel at how big the seeds had grown.” Tina returned the next time with pots so everyone could plant their seeds.

Claudine Haynes, Activities Director for Lake Moultrie Nursing Home, reported on the progress of the outreach program. “The gardening in a glove program was the most popular program we have had. I think the residents like it so much because there is an outcome, something to look forward to.”

Tina’s outreach success accomplished two great things: First, the STEM projects engaged everyone at the nursing home, even the men. “Some of the residents who were male sometimes don’t enjoy participating in artsy/crafty stuff I do there, but there were so many more men in these programs that it was shocking,” said Tina.  “We even had two male residents who never attend any programs at the home, but they came to both of my STEM programs.”

The other great thing about the plants is that the residents of the nursing home now have a small sustainable garden – a gift that keeps on giving.

“I will definitely be incorporating more STEM programs in my outreach there,” said Tina, “and I am thinking about bringing STEM Camp to one of the afterschool programs at one of my daycares that I visit every week.”

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About the Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org..

About STEM: About STEM – STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. It focuses on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. http://www.stemedcoalition.org/

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Free Recorder Lessons for 3 – 5th Graders! http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/free-recorder-lessons-3-5th-graders/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:33:13 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7970 The post Free Recorder Lessons for 3 – 5th Graders! appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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Free Recorder Lessons for 3   5th Graders!

Free Recorder Lessons for 3 – 5th Graders

Most people have memories of music lessons when they were growing up. Whether those memories are good or bad, there are some great benefits to learning music at an early age. Reading music is like learning another language. Counting out rhythm is a form of math. And the discipline gained by constant practice is a great habit for life.

Some kids want to learn music but may not have the opportunity. That’s why the Moncks Corner Library is offering free recorder lessons during the month of May for children in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade. Parents are welcome as well! Susan Wiley, a retired music teacher, will be teaching the class. So what are you waiting for?

What: Free Recorder Lessons

Why: Because learning music is important

Where: Moncks Corner Library

When: Thursdays, May 4th – 25th, 2:45 – 4 pm

For more information, contact the Moncks Corner Library at 843-719-4223 or stop by at your convenience.

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Genealogy Workshop at Goose Creek Library http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/genealogy-workshop-goose-creek-library/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:32:29 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7934 The post Genealogy Workshop at Goose Creek Library appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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Genealogy Workshop at Goose Creek Library

Genealogy Workshop at Goose Creek Library


[4/5/17] Goose Creek, SC – Through a partnership with the Charleston Family History Center, the Goose Creek Library’s genealogy program “Find Your Roots” will give participants a chance to find their own family story.

Genealogy research is a big hit in the US. In fact, according to familytree.com, genealogy research is the second most popular hobby in the US. Also, genealogy websites are the second most visited category of sites on the internet. Why? When people find their family history, they find their place in their own story. That’s why the Goose Creek Library is offering a genealogy workshop on Monday, May 1st, at 10 am.

The Berkeley County Library System (BCLS) already offers genealogy resources at each branch. Ancestry.com, usually requiring a pricy monthly subscription, is a free in-house service. ProQuest African American Heritage is another great site, especially for Civil War records. But there are some other great resources out there. To continue the library’s mission of open access, BCLS is bringing them to you!

The Goose Creek Library is excited to have Tommy Provost, from the Charleston Family History Center, as the speaker for this genealogy workshop. The Charleston Family History Center (CHFC) is a branch of the Family History Library of Salt Lake City, Utah, which is well known for its excellent genealogy research service. The branch in Charleston offers in-house access to film, microfiche, microfilm, books, and the FamilySearch Family Tree service. Also, the center’s staff and volunteers are always ready to offer assistance.

So what are you waiting for? Register for the “Find Your Roots” workshop at the Goose Creek Library by stopping by the circulation desk or by calling the branch at 843-572-1376. You won’t want to miss this chance to learn more about your family’s story.

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About the Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org.

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BCLS Celebrates National Library Week http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/bcls-celebrates-national-library-week/ Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:38:48 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7910 The post BCLS Celebrates National Library Week appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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BCLS Celebrates National Library Week

BCLS Celebrates National Library Week


[3/30/17] Moncks Corner, SC – The American Library Association’s National Library Week, with the theme of “Libraries Transform,” celebrates the importance of libraries and librarians across the nation.

The Berkeley County Library System (BCLS) is gearing up to celebrate National Library Week (NLW) from April 9 – 15. At almost every branch, there will be food, raffles, and a day just to appreciate our customers. But what is National Library Week?

NLW is a week-long celebration of your local libraries and librarians. In the past, libraries used to be storehouses of books. But because of technological advancement and the changing needs of society, libraries are becoming more than that. They are community places. That’s why the theme for this year’s NLW is “Libraries Transform,” an initiative by the American Library Association.

Take a minute and think about a world without libraries. We have the internet, right? True. But Linton Weeks, National Correspondant from NPR Digital News explains the necessity of libraries. He said, “In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us to swim.” Without an expert to help you navigate a sea of information, you can easily find false facts.

What do you have in your life because of your local library? BCLS offers materials for lifelong learning – in and out of the library. Thanks to our partnership with Google, we now offer Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots that effectively bring the internet to the rural community. Hundreds of people use our in-house computers each year to look for jobs. And don’t forget the community groups – anime, knitting, and book clubs – that bring people together through shared interests. So here’s what you can do to celebrate your library during NLW.

National Library Week Raffle
In celebration of National Library Week, we will be raffling off a gift basket! Come and drop your name in the
raffle beginning Monday, April 10th. We will draw our winner after Easter, on Monday, April 17th.BCLS Celebrates National Library Week
St. Stephen Library – Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th
Hanahan Library – Monday, April 10th – Thursday, April 13th

Customer Appreciation Day
In honor of National Library Week, we’re showing how much we love our customers. Come by the library
for a free snack!
Moncks Corner Library – Monday, April 10th, 11 am – 2 pm

Stop in for library info, Friends of the Library info, a Make-n-Take Craft, a Gift Basket Drawing, and light refreshments!
Goose Creek Library – Thursday, April 13th, 10 am – 12 noon

Altered Book Craft
Come give old library books new life as beautiful pieces of art!
Sangaree Library – Tuesday, April 11th, 4 pm – 6 pm

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About the Berkeley County Library System: The Berkeley County Library System enriches lives by informing, inspiring and illuminating its local community. The system consists of six branches and a bookmobile that offer programs and services to a growing county. For more information about BCLS, visit berkeleylibrarysc.org.

About the American Library Association: The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.” For more information about the ALA, visit ala.org.

About The Libraries Transform Campaign: The Libraries Transform Campaign, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals. The campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession, showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. For more information about the Libraries Transform Campaign, visit ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/.

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International Story Day at Hanahan Library http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/international-story-day-hanahan-library/ Wed, 29 Mar 2017 18:28:12 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7899 The post International Story Day at Hanahan Library appeared first on Berkeley County Library System.

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International Story Day at Hanahan Library

International Story Day Promotes Language Learning


[3/29/17] Hanahan, SC – children can learn about other languages and cultural sensitivity through the “International story Day” at Hanahan Library.

In today’s international community, it is becoming increasingly important for professionals to acquire cultural sensitivity and even better – fluency in a second language. The best time to start learning is as a child. On Saturday, April 29th from 10 am – 12 pm, children can get a dose of stories in different languages and from other cultures through “International Story Day” at the Hanahan Library.

Research shows that children are the best absorbers of languages. According to an article published by International Business Times, children can start learning grammar cues at just seven months. In an article published by Science, Patricia Kuhl of the University of Washington said, “When it comes to language, ‘babies are the citizens of the world.’” But why do young children find languages easier?

A story by the Associated Press sheds some light on this topic. The video detailed the efforts of Iris Granstedt, the founder of Mandarin for Babies, and caregivers who brought children in on a weekly basis to learn Mandarin. Grandstedt said, “Actually the best age to learn language is actually between nine and twelve months, so zero to three is really the core time for children to pick up sounds and… different languages.” She explained that once children are past three, they can no longer recognize sounds like they could before.

Although no Mandarin is announced at the present, the Hanahan Library will share stories in many languages. English, French, Spanish, German, Tagalog, and possibly more will be presented by different readers throughout the morning.

So just to recap:

What: International Story Day
When: Saturday, April 29th, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Hanahan Library
How: No registration necessary. Simply show up and be ready to learn!

See you there!

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Free Movies Under the Stars Returns to Moncks Corner Recreation Complex this Spring http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/free-movies-stars-returns-moncks-corner-recreation-complex-spring/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 18:41:10 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7895 Moncks Corner, SC – The Berkeley County Library System and the town of Moncks Corner are pleased to partner once again to host another round of free outdoor movies at the town of Moncks Corner’s regional recreation complex. The Town and the Library first partnered in the spring of 2016 to test the program in […]

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Moncks Corner, SC – The Berkeley County Library System and the town of Moncks Corner are pleased to partner once again to host another round of free outdoor Free Movies Under the Stars Returns to Moncks Corner Recreation Complex this Springmovies at the town of Moncks Corner’s regional recreation complex.

The Town and the Library first partnered in the spring of 2016 to test the program in at the Town’s new Regional Recreation Complex, which had just opened a few weeks prior to the first movie event. The first event drew close to 800 people and cemented the program as a value to the community.

“The partnership with the Berkley County Library to make the movie nights possible is a perfect example of what can be done when local governments work together for the benefit of the constituents they share. Events like these are what bring us together as a community and our recreation complex works so well for them because of its location and design.” Moncks Corner Mayor Lockliear comments.

“The partnership of the two organizations has worked beautifully with the Library assisting with the equipment, set up, and licensing of the movie, and the Town assisting with the venue, staff support, and promotion; however it is with great appreciation to the community sponsors who have stepped up to help fund these events, that has really made this program a possibility” said Berkeley County Library’s Marketing Coordinator, Kristen Lanier. “We don’t have to look far or hard to find a local business to help fund these events. We often have them calling us wanting to participate. They are so excited to give back to the community. I love it.”

The spring movies begin with Disney Pixar’s “Finding Dory” on Friday, March 31 sponsored by Atlantis Heating & Air.

The second movie is Disney’s “Moana” on Friday, April 28th sponsored by Moncks Corner’s newest restaurant, DIG 17A, who will be serving as the food vendor for the event to introduce some of their favorite menu items to the community.

The last of the movies is Illumination’s “SING” on Friday, May 19th sponsored by Berkeley Community Mental Health Center in recognition of May as Mental Health Month.

All movies are free! Just bring a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy a family-friendly movie at no cost. Gates will open at 7 pm and the movie will begin promptly at dark. We kindly request you not to bring in outside food or drinks. There will be food trucks and movie concessions available for purchase.

In case of bad weather:

Last spring’s events were often rescheduled due to weather. For this reason, all the movies this year are scheduled for a Friday, with that Saturday reserved for the rain date. Follow the Town of Moncks Corner’s or the Library’s Facebook accounts for updates if you have any concerns about weather cancellations. Notices will be posted no later than 3 pm on the date of the events.

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2017 South Carolina Book Awards Announced http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/2017-south-carolina-book-awards-announced/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:29:24 +0000 http://berkeleylibrarysc.org/?p=7887 Greenville, SC, March 24, 2016: The 2017 South Carolina Book Award Winners were announced this Friday to attendees of the 42nd Annual South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville. The students of South Carolina have chosen:  Picture Book Award: Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by […]

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Greenville, SC, March 24, 2016: The 2017 South Carolina Book Award Winners were announced this Friday to attendees of the 42nd Annual South Carolina Association of School Librarians conference held at the Hyatt Regency Greenville.

The students of South Carolina have chosen:

 Picture Book Award: Rags: Hero Dog of WWI: A True Story by Margot Theis Raven, published by Sleeping Bear Press

 Children’s Book Award: El Deafo by CeCe Bell, published by Harry N. Abrams

 Junior Book Award: The Swap by Megan Shull, published by Katherine Tegen Books

 Young Adult Book Award: The Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, published by HarperTeen

Since 1976 when sixteen schools participated, the book award program has been expanded to include more than 500 schools and more than 60,000 students participating in the program. The South Carolina Book Award Program includes a vetting process for each of the four levels of books. Committees composed of school librarians, public librarians, teachers, parents, and students read hundreds of books to create a list of 20 books for each level. Students who have read a minimum of three books for each of the YABA or JBA levels and a minimum of five books for the PBA or CBA levels vote in February for the book they feel is the best.

The winning authors are honored at the association’s annual conference held each March. The South Carolina Book Award Program was honored for its impact on literacy by the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy at the University of South Carolina in 2012, when the program was named a Literacy Leader. The South Carolina Association of School Librarians provides an advocacy voice for the school library profession, working to provide decision makers with information that reinforces the impact of school library programs as significant factors in students’ academic achievements.

2017 South Carolina Book Awards Announced

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