New Color Me Calm at Goose Creek Library


There is a new trend in town and it has found it’s way to BCLS @ the Goose Creek Library.


Source: Fox News

Health benefits of coloring books attracting adults to childhood pastime

Coloring is just for kids, right? Not anymore.

Recently, adults across the country have picked up coloring books as a way to relax and unwind.

Jason Abrams, 30, is an account manager at North 6th Agency, a New York City-based public relations firm. High anxiety and the hectic schedule of the deadline-driven job left him needing a way to cope with the stress.

Eight years ago, he got hooked on using coloring books as a relaxing exercise— he even sparked a trend in his office.

“We’ll meet in the conference room on Friday afternoons,” Abrams said, “and get our coloring session in… to help relieve the stress.”

The health benefits go beyond relaxation, and include exercising fine motor skills and training the brain to focus.

Doctors have known about these benefits since the early 1900s. Psychiatrist Carl Jung, the founder of analytical psychology, prescribed coloring to his patients to calm and center their minds. Doctors today continue to follow Jung’s lead and still recommend the activity to combat anxiety.

The fact that coloring is structured activates the logic part of the brain, and generates a creative mindset, said New York-based clinical psychologist Dr. Ben Michaelis.

“Because it’s a centering activity, the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that is involved with our fear response, actually gets a bit, a little bit of a rest,” Michaelis said, “and it ultimately has a really calming effect over time.”

Not only does he prescribe coloring, but Michaelis even uses coloring books with his own family.

“We do it on Fridays as a way to kind of take the steam out of the week,” he said, “and also when my kids are kind of fighting or the temperature is starting to rise a bit in the house.”

The trend has spread nationwide as adult coloring books are popping up on bestseller lists, and major publishers are producing the books in droves, with titles like The Mindfulness Coloring Book, Splendid Cities, The Time Garden, and Color Me Calm.

Once a month, Heidi Johnson, a member of the Ladies Coloring Club in New Hope, Minnesota, finds herself unwinding with the group when they meet for cocktails and coloring. And there’s no need to worry about staying in the lines, Johnson said.

“You don’t have to be an expert at the DIY project, or a painter or an artist,” she said. “You can just pick something you like that speaks to you and color it however you want it.”

Abrams compared his experience with coloring to the feeling of doing yoga.

“You go in, right, you’re tight, and you’re tense. You start going through the motions, and the poses, and stretching out,” he said. “Then when you’re done, you’re like, ‘I feel excellent.’”

But above all else, coloring lets stressed-out adults feel like a kid again, and channel a worry-free lifestyle— at least for a little while.

BCLS Offers New Writers Group as Part of SC New Writers Partnership Project


The Berkeley County Library System has joined the movement of this new project with new Writers’ Groups beginning in September 2015 at several of their branches. Further resources are in development to help support the SC New Writers Partnership Project but we need help from the community to tell us what you need by completing this survey.

The SC New Writers Partnership Project is in the beginning stages of development spearheaded by the Calhoun County Library. Through this partnership with multiple library systems across the state, resources will be offered to supporting writers and literacy development in their community.

Calhoun County Library director, Kristen Simensen, describes the project as, “An opportunity to look at how skill development and practices in one area can support development and practices in another area. For example, as individuals write, how do their reading practices change? As their technology skills grow, how do their writing skills and practices change? As they become engaged with other writers, how does this affect their reading and writing practices and roles as members of their writing and other communities?”

In addition to helping understand how the library’s customer’s literacy and writing skills grow, the SC New Writers Partnership Project will be an opportunity to support the goals of and strengthen outreach and services to other groups, including:

  • Writers in the community
  • Writers Groups
  • The SC Humanities Council
  • Local Schools
  • Community organizations of virtually any kind

Kristen further explains, “This project speaks to the value not only of what public libraries can do for individual customers and organizations in the community, but also serve a new and critical role. The Library as a Community Anchor is a role that [libraries] increasingly find themselves in through business development and creative opportunities. So while, we have long been positioned to be the important centers of literacy development and community engagement, we now step into this new role of community anchor, impacting individuals who may never step foot in the library.”

The BCLS is happy to be a part of this new project and helping our local writing community.

The BCLS “Open-Up!” Fall 2015 Program Catalog is Here

New amazing programs like the teen “Hangout” and Movie Club, NEW family programs like Family LEGO Night, and NEW adult clubs like “Hook and Needle Me This” knitting in St. Stephen. Check it all out here:


Storytime Begins Again September 14th


Friends of the Berkeley County Library Seek Donations for Huge September Book Sale


The Friends of the Berkeley County Library, Inc. are seeking book donations for their September 19th book sale.  The sale will be held at the Berkeley County Administration Building located at 1003 N HWY 52, Moncks Corner (next to the Library).  There will be a pre- sale from 8 am – 10 am for members only. The sale for the public will open at 10 am to 2 pm.

The Friends of the Library are seeking music and book CD’s, movie  DVD’s, current novels, children’s books, books on gardening, health, history, religion, and cookbooks. Please ensure books are in the good condition with no missing or torn pages. Complete sets of encyclopedias, 2010 or newer will be accepted. Books in less than desirable condition will not be accepted as well as textbooks and Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.

All money raised through Friend’s book sales go to benefit the 7 libraries in the system.  This enables the Friends to provide funds for the Summer reading programs, teen programs, and many other items that are beyond the county budget.  Donations may be taken to any Berkeley County Library Branch and a tax receipt is available upon request.


 About Friends of the Berkeley County Library

The Friends of the Berkeley County Library, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization of volunteers.  It promotes, enhances and supports the Berkeley County Library System. Money is raised through membership fees, corporate incentives, Friends’ book sale tables/shelves at each library and special fundraising events. To learn more about the Friends, visit

Donations boxes can be found at the following locations:

Moncks Corner

VP Racing Gas Station 200 Rembert C Dennis Blvd

YMCA 210 Rembert C Dennis Blvd

The Corner Cafe and Bakery 323 E. Main Street

Panache Salon 100 C Fairground Rd

Goose Creek

Goose Creek Gymnastics 135 St. James Blvd

Berkeley County Program is 1st-of-its-kind for South Carolina

St. Stephen, SC – The Berkeley County Library System, with assistance from Google, is pleased to be the first library system in the state to offer a new service, MiFi30, which allows customers to check out the internet for 30 days, free with their library card.

This new service began with a grant over $11k from Google to the Friends of the Berkeley County Library. The grant helps support ongoing efforts to put Google’s technical know-how and resources to work for the communities where they live and work.

Google’s grant provided the funds for 20 Mifi jetpacks and service for the first year.  The Berkeley County Library provided twenty Chromebooks, each with a case and mouse, for the program.

There are a few library systems nationwide that have a similar program allowing library customers to check out or even rent wifi jetpacks: Brooklyn New York, Chicago, Seattle to name a few. The Berkeley County Library System’s MiFi30 program is the first to offer both the wifi service and a device with no restrictions to anyone who has a library card thus embodying their “Open Up!” philosophy.

Director Donna Worden explains how exciting the MiFi30 program is to the Berkeley County Library System and Berkeley County Government residents. A first of it’s kind in the USA!

Posted by Berkeley County Library System – BCLS on Thursday, July 30, 2015

“We are proud to be the first library system in South Carolina to have the Mifi30 service.” Said Donna Worden, the Berkeley County Library Director. “We will track the service’s usage and send out surveys to get feedback for improvement. The library looks forward to the spread of digital literacy and new opportunities the Mifi30 service will provide. Access to the world’s information promotes reading and a love of learning.”

BCLS decided to launch this new service from the bookmobile first but the Mifi30s will be available for checkout at all BCLS branches.

“We are delighted to be a part of this innovative lending service for Berkeley County,” says Barbara Ash, the Outreach/Children’s librarian. “Being able to bring internet access and connectivity to our communities via the mobile library sets a new standard of service that we hope our customers will take advantage of. This is an extraordinary opportunity for everyone in our community to get connected.”

On July 24, 2015, the new MiFi30 was launched from the full-service bookmobile at one of its stops in the town of St. Stephen. Seventeen customers were able to check out the new MiFi30s.  In attendance for this monumental event were: Rob Sanchez, Eric Wages, and Lilyn Hester from Google SC, Councilman Caldwell Pinckney, County Supervisor William Peagler, St. Stephen Mayor John Rivers, as well as representatives from the Berkeley Library System Board of Trustees, the State Library, and the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce to share in the celebration.

Berkeley County Library System’s MiFi30 Program Launch in St. Stephen, SC Rob Sanchez, an operations manager for Google SC, explains the need for the MiFi30 program for the residents of Berkeley County Government and many other “smartphone-dependent” citizens in the US.

Posted by Berkeley County Library System – BCLS on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rob Sanchez, an operations manager at Google SC states, “Eighty-four percent of American’s use the internet, but according to a study released this summer from the Pew Research Center — too many Americans are increasingly “smartphone-dependent” for internet access.

That’s part of the reason we wanted to help the Berkeley County Library.  Smart-phones are great, I use mine all day every day. But, online experiences are different when viewed on a small phone screen versus the larger screen on a Chromebook.  We believe using laptops like this can enhance the user experience and inspire people to learn more and search more. At Google, our mission to make all the world’s information accessible to all.  And, we are proud to work with the Berkeley County Library System as we stride toward that goal.”

After seeing the tremendous response to the launch of this new program, Google SC has generously offered to pay for the 2nd year of service on the wifi jetpacks.MiFi30 Photos

WhateverCon 2015



Broaden Your Horizons This Summer at Daniel Island Library

Due to popular demand, Daniel Island Library’s popular philosophy course will continue through the summer and start again in the fall.

The Daniel Island Library is excited about its thought-provoking philosophy course, “Open Your Mind: Great Thoughts of Western Civilization,” taught by Mr. Hillyer Rudisill III. This course started in February and is continuing through the end of June due to the amount of interest. Attendees enjoy the class because it is relaxing, enjoyable, and challenging. No books or class materials are needed for the course.

Mr. Hillyer Rudisill III is a Daniel Island resident and an experienced philosophy teacher. His BA and post-graduate work include Swarthmore College, the University of South Carolina, and Emory University. He taught for over 20 years at Trident Tech and private schools.

The Daniel Island Library hosts this course on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM. After Mr. Rudisill finishes his course at the end of June, he will start again with another topic in fall.

Keep following the Berkeley County Library’s webpage, Facebook, and Twitter page for updates.