Storyboard America Will Host Workshops at 3rd Annual TLC

Join us at the 3rd Annual TLC for Storyboard workshops! Whether you consider yourself a writer or not, you have a story. Storyboard workshops take the scary out of writing. We offer pathways and creative tools to help you get to your own memories, to still points in your life that help you share yourself with others. It all begins with a single moment….. Read More

About Storyboard America (source: storyboardamerica.com)

Storyboard grew out of Susan Kammeraad-Campbell’s conviction that humans are hard-wired for story, that our need for story is as compelling as our need for food and companionship. What began as a project of her publishing company Joggling Board Press has developed into a library-based initiative that is currently being tested and piloted in South Carolina and Ohio. The vision is to create Storyboard communities across the country. Says Kammeraad-Campbell, “Our stories help us make sense of our world — they tell us who we are and who we can be.”

Storyboard is still in the pilot stage, and we invite you to get involved on the ground floor. Ultimately this space will evolve into a highly interactive community of story writers and readers, lovers of words who will not only be able to submit their stories, but will be able to interact, comment, and work with others to transform their stories into work to be shared in published anthologies and on public radio.

Storyboard. It’s not a widget. It’s a movement. It’s a way to help people think more deeply about themselves, about their own stories. Writing about defining moments of our lives is different than experiencing them, different than talking about them. Writing opens the door to contemplation. And contemplation is a path to shape perspective, to find meaning, to gain understanding, and to build more united communities.

 

 

Berkeley Career Express Launch

Berkeley Career Express Program Kicks Off With a Bang!

The Berkeley Career Express program launched in its first community, The Town of St. Stephen, on Jan. 9th with over 50 people interested in participating in this continuing education program! In brief conversations with attendees, several were interested in getting qualified for current job openings in the area while some were wanting to get their GED or improve their WorkKeys scores. Some attendees had a certificate or degree but needed their record expunged.

Channel 2 broke the story the morning following the launch praising the program for helping rural residents to find jobs. Read more….

Later that night, Channel 2 ran a follow-up story on Berkeley Career Express and discussed a new task force that was developed to help expunge records for residents seeking employment. The officer and attorney mentioned in the segment were part of the community discussions that initiated Berkeley Career Express.

It is not sure if the task force was also an outcome of these community discussions or not, but it is exciting to see the community rallying together to get people jobs! BCLS is excited to contribute to such a wonderful program and wishes it much success. Even if 1 person out of 100 gets a job or a raise from completing Berkeley Career Express, we have won!

**BCE is a program assisting unemployed or underemployed residents of the St. Stephen, Cross, Alvin, or Long Ridge communities who are dedicated to pursuing further education and career training. As part of the program, participants with a BCLS library card in good standing will be able to check out a mobile internet kit to use at home and in the community classrooms during their 8-week enrollment.  

See the website for full details

Winter Celebrations @ Your Library

The books have been read, the pages have been tallied, and now we want to celebrate! Bring your family and enjoy a time of celebration about families, community, and diversity at each of our locations.

Hanahan’s Winter Celebration is all about the love of reading and the people in your community. This festival will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4th, at 9:30 am. Sangaree is taking an international twist by celebrating the end of the Chinese New Year with a Chinese Lantern Festival. Come enjoy stories and make your own decorative lantern to take home! The library is hosting this event on Saturday, Feb. 11th, at 9:30 am.

The day before Valentine’s Day, Goose Creek invites you to show your creative side as you express what love means to you. This celebration will be held on Monday, Feb. 13th, at 5 pm. Daniel Island is taking a journey around the world. Enjoy games, puzzles, crafts, and more at every place you “visit.” Don’t forget your passport to the celebration on Wednesday, Feb. 15th, at 3:30 pm.

Moncks Corner’s staff will be celebrating Black History month with their very first “pop-up” choir! Joining them will be children reciting speeches, poems, and other works of literature. This event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19th, at 3:00 pm. And finally, at St. Stephen, learn about fairy tales from around the world as you make your own shadow puppets based off these stories. This last Winter Celebration will be on Thursday, Feb. 23rd, at 4:30 pm.

You won’t want to miss our multi-cultural celebration of stories, reading, and community. Here at BCLS, new experiences are just a book away.

Holiday Events @ Your Library

Where does the magic happen this Holiday season? Your local library. BCLS is proud to host a wide array of events for the whole family during the month of December. Here’s what’s going on at a branch near you.

Pictures with Santa: Tired of long lines to see Santa at the mall? Why not come see him at a local library branch? So grab your camera and take a picture with the jolly guy!

Monday, December 19th – St. Stephen – 11 am to noon.   Moncks Corner – 2 to 3:30 pm .

Tuesday, December 20th –  Goose Creek – 10:30 am to noon.  Sangaree  – 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Wednesday, December 21st – Daniel Island – 10:30 to 11:30 am. Hanahan – 1:30 – 3 pm.

Holiday Crafts:

Hanahan is hosting Christmas Crafting with Altered Materials. You can create unique Christmas ornaments from discarded library materials! That will be on Wednesday, Dec. 7th, from 3 – 4 pm.

St. Stephen is holding a Holiday Open House Party on Saturday, Dec. 10th, from 5:30 – 7 pm. Drop in to hear music, eat holiday treats, and fellowship with your community!

Sangaree is hosting a Holiday Craft workshop on Friday, Dec. 16th, from 2 – 3:30 pm. You can eat some tasty treats and create fun holiday decorations!

Holiday Free Family Film:

And don’t forget to catch a free showing of “Arthur Christmas” at Hananan Library on Saturday, Dec. 17th at 2:30 pm.

As you can see, BCLS has a lot going on this December. We can’t wait to see you here!