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.

Free Seminar with SCORE


This seminar will cover all the aspects you will need to consider when planning to start a business: your personal traits, testing the business concept, developing a marketing & business plan, financial considerations, and resources available to support your success.

Registration is Suggested. Please register at

Call 572-1376 or stop by the main desk at the library.

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals through education and mentorship for more than 50 years.
843-727-4778 |


S.T.E.M. Events for All Ages @ Hanahan Library This Fall


Looking for a fun and intelligent way to build in some quality family time into your crazy schedule? Look no further than your Hanahan Library. There are 3 different S.T.E.M. events during the month of September.

Teen and Tween S.T.E.M. Night

Come and explore Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math through various activities sponsored by Google Maker Camp.

Wednesday, Sept. 9th | 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 16th | 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Family S.T.E.M. Drop In

This drop-in style program will feature Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math hands on projects the whole family will enjoy.

Saturday, Sept. 19th | 11 – 1 pm

STEM is an acronym referring to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The term is typically used when addressing education policy and curriculum choices in schools to improve competitiveness in science and technology development. (source:

New Adult Anime Club @ Sangaree Library


Are you an adult who likes Anime, Manga, Comics, or any other sort of Graphic Novel? Join us at the Sangaree Library for a monthly gathering of like-minded people! This new group is still in the developing stages, so please come with ideas for how to make it awesome!

Sept. 22nd | Oct. 27th | Nov. 24th

5:30 – 7 pm

Canning Tips with the Clemson Extension

Not sure what to do with all those fruits and vegetables from your summer garden? Or have you ever just wanted to learn to can? Join us Sept. 19th at 1 pm in Sangaree for Canning Tips with the Clemson Extension to learn some tips and tricks on successfully canning those fruits and veggies.


Don’t forget, the Sangaree Library has a community garden and needs volunteers. Produce from the garden benefits the local food bank, Helping Hands.

Read more about the garden here. 

We also invite you to the Fall Planting Party @ the Sangaree Community Library on October 3rd at 11 am.

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.