Star Wars Event for All Ages @ Your Sangaree Library


Holiday Happenings at BCLS This Season


New Mystery Book Club @ Hanahan Library Meets Again November


This new book club met for the first time last month and will be meeting at a new time in November to select the next mysterious title to read. If you love mysteries and just want a fun group of people to share that love… then this club is for you.

State Library Provides Access to SELF-e Online Publishing Tool

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina State Library is pleased to be the first state library in the country to make the SELF-e digital self-publishing platform available to all libraries in the state as well as our cardholders – for FREE! SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard that enables authors and libraries to work together, and exposes notable self-published eBooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new. 

SELF-e connects self-published authors, libraries, and readers by providing tools to upload self-published works to the newly created IndieSC online collection. If selected via Library Journal’s SELF-e curation process, the author’s eBooks will become part of a unique discovery platform for participating public libraries across the United States that enables patrons to read eBooks on any device, at any time. This free service is available to all self-published authors, no matter which self-publishing service(s) they use. All that is required is an engaging story and your eBook file.
The SELF-e platform will also enable South Carolina’s public libraries to take submissions from their local self-published authors and make those eBooks available to patrons through public libraries throughout the state. Libraries can make these eBooks available with no checkouts or returns, and no multi-user limitations. The platform is easy to use and can accommodate any self-published author.
According to CJ Lyons, best-selling self-published author, “Libraries are all about readers and writers connecting. Since so many of my new readers discover my books via their local libraries, it’s vital that all my books, whether traditionally published or self-published, be easily accessible to library patrons. This program helps librarians to better serve readers and authors to grow their audience, creating a perfect synergy of benefit to all book-lovers.”
“We are very pleased to be able to bring this new self-publishing platform to the state,” said Dr. Curtis Rogers, Communications Director for the South Carolina State Library.  “Writing groups will be able to take advantage of this program by uploading their original works and sharing them with interested readers. It’s a great opportunity for authors to get their books read.”
Literacy is a large component of the project, and Leesa Aiken, Acting Director of the South Carolina State Library, stated that “we believe SELF-e will have a positive impact on literacy skills by encouraging written expression.”
South Carolina public libraries that wish to participate in this program may add information to their website, or point directly to the State Library’s website  
For more information, please contact Patricia Sinclair, Electronic Resources Librarian at 803-734-8851 or
This project is made possible by a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the South Carolina State Library.

About the S.C. State Library
The South Carolina State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. The Library serves the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. It is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources.  For more information, please visit or call 803-734-8666.   

Daniel Island Harvest Tour of Homes to Benefit the Daniel Island Library is Oct. 24th


October 25, 2014
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$20 in advance, $25 day of event.

The Friends of the Daniel Island Library will sponsor the Daniel Island Harvest Tour of Homes on Saturday, October 24th, 2015. This event, now in its eighth year, is a fund raiser for the Daniel Island Library.

Since the Harvest Tour of Homes began in 2008, it has raised over $100,000 for the Daniel Island Library. Proceeds have been used for such items as additional computer workstations, furniture for the library and its much-utilized community meeting room, early literacy and general  collection resources, a parking lot book drop, additional shelving, a display case for Island artifacts. In addition, funds raised through the House Tour made possible the creation of “Book Club Kits” – multiple copies of titles used by the many Daniel Island book clubs.

The Eight Annual Daniel Island Harvest Tour showcases four unique homes: two on the Park side and two on the South side of the Island. One home features a three story staircase and a master suite that runs the length of the home. A second Park home has an infinity pool overlooking the marsh and includes a “secret library.” A beautifully decorated family home on Smythe Lake and a town home with a rooftop porch round out the tour.

As another feature of the event, each home will host a local author who will be signing copies of his/her book. This year’s authors are: Vijaya Bodach, author of the children’s book “Ten Easter Eggs;” Angela Williams, whose “Hush Now, Baby” tells the story of race, love, and loyalty in the Deep South during the 1960s; Robert F. Moss, a culinary historian and frequent contributor to many publications, author of “Barbeque Lover’s The Carolinas;” and Daniel Island’s own Ben Pogue, author of “In the Shadow of the Songbird,” set in antebellum Charleston. The authors will sell and sign their books and will be on hand to lead a “literary” feel to the tour.

The homes will be open from 1 – 4 pm and may be visited in any order. A map to the homes is provided in the ticket package.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $20, payable by cash to check, at these locations: Island Expressions and Egan’s Spirits on Daniel Island, and at Zinnia in Mt. Pleasant. tickets can also be obtained from House Tour Committee members or by check payable to Friends of the Daniel Island Library to 121 Iron Bottom Lane, Daniel Island, SC 29492.

In addition, any remaining tickets will be available the day of the tour for $25 at the Daniel Island Library, 2301 Daniel Island Drive.


Friends of the BCLS Host Annual Meeting Oct 8th to Elect New Officers and Celebrate Local Author Sherry Schumann

The Friends of BCLS is an incorporated non-profit organization of volunteers that promote, enhance, and support the Berkeley County Library System to bring all the exciting, involving, inspiring programs our county’s residents both need…and deserve.

Money is raised through membership fees, corporate incentives, Friends’ book sale shelves at each library and special fundraising events. Funds from the Friends help support programs and initiatives for children, teens, and adults including the Summer Reading Program.

It’s that time of year again to celebrate the success of one year closing and plan for another year to come at the Friend’s Annual Meeting. The 2015 Annual Meeting will be Thursday, October 8th at 7:00 pm at the Moncks Corner Library. (1003 Highway 52). Lite refreshments will be served and local author Sherry Schumann will featured.


About Sherry Schumann 

Moncks Corner Resident and Local Author Sherry Schumann

Moncks Corner Resident and Local Author Sherry Schumann

Having traveled along a journey of healing and redemption, Sherry’s greatest joy is the LORD. She leads women’s Bible studies, speaks at Christian retreats, and co-chairs a community James 1:27 Team (support group for those of us who care for elderly parents). Her wildlife photography from the South Carolina Lowcountry is featured at women’s prayer and healing services. She and her husband are blessed with three sons, two daughter-in-laws, and an adorable granddaughter.

Sherry’s first novel, The Christmas Bracelet, was published by WestBow Press. She also published an Easter drama, They Knew No Easter, by Lillenas. Her article “Meeting Jesus at the Toilet Bowl’ (strange title but definitely worth the read) will soon appear in Christmas Moments.



2015 Annual Meeting Candidates

Sue Kelley (President Nominee)

Sue Kelley grew up in the Smoky Mountains of Western NC and East TN with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She attended East Tennessee State College with an English major. She has always been an avid reader and encourages others to read. She worked several years in retail management; was a rural carrier, as well as a rural delivery and driver trainer for the United States Postal Service.



CharonCharon Gadsden (Vice President Nominee)

After relocating to SC many years ago, Charon Gadsden considers the St Stephen area as her home. She has been able to raise three wonderful children and flourish her entrepreneurial goals in Berkeley County for over fifteen years. Her passion for reading, literacy, and understanding the many advantages of having a library makes her eager to serve the BCLS and her community.



20150826_155831Nancy Shaw (Secretary Nominee)

Nancy Shaw is currently a work-at-home mom living in Goose Creek. Previously, Nancy was a public high school English teacher, and before that, she served in the Peace Corps Volunteer teaching English in China. Nancy says, “The Berkeley County Library System provides so many wonderful resources for our community, so it would be great to try to give something back as the secretary of the Friends.”



PatPat Whetzel (Treasurer)

Pat Whetzel was born in Summerville, SC and has been married to Frank Whetzel for almost 50 years. She is the proud mother of two and grandmother of three. Pat retired as an Office Manager of approximately 30 yrs. She is an active member of Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, Chairman of the History and Archives, a volunteer for Mepkin Abby Creche Festival, and a volunteer for Rosco Reader as well as the Treasurer for the Friends of Berkeley County Library System.

The Treasurer is a paid position and not up for election at this time.

There are also a few Friends of the Library Board Seats available.

To RSVP, please call Gwen Lewis at 843-899-4502.

Not a member yet? Join today online at


Tri-County Literary Celebration

Open Up Your Mind: Free Philosophy Course at Daniel Island Library Continues

Are you ready to take a new look at Western Civilization?

Your opportunity is at hand! A college-level humanities course will be offered at the Daniel Island Branch of the Berkeley County Library System this fall.

The FREE course will be taught on Wednesdays at 10:30 A.M., from September 9, 2015 through November 18, 2015.

This humanities course seeks to align history, art, music, philosophy, invention, religion, science, mathematics, language and literature chronologically across several cultures.

The professor will be Hillyer Rudisill III, a native Charlestonian who has taught such courses for over 50 years.

For more information, call the Daniel Island Library at 843-471-2952.