BCLS Adds New Items and Services

Friends of the Library Plan for a Big 2018 – Form New Committees

The Friends host community book sales to help raise funds for the libraries. This is a great opportunity to take advantage of being a Friend with a special sneak peek for Friend’s members.

Join the Friends of the Library and Make a Difference in Your Community! 

As Berkeley County and the Berkeley County Library System continue to grow, it is even more important for the Friends of the Library to grow with them. With this in mind, the Friends of the Library are working hard to plan more events, fundraisers, and special projects to help support the 6 BCLS libraries, mobile library, and the forthcoming new Cane Bay Library, which is expected to open in Fall of this year. We have established new committees and committee chairs to allow members to focus their talents and time on an area that means a lot to them.

Why join the Friends?

The Friends of Berkeley County Library System is an incorporated non-profit organization of volunteers. We 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.

Support from our members and other generous donors has enabled BCLS to offer special programs that have a huge impact on our community.  While public funding supports basic library operations, support from the Friends allows the library to do more for their customers.  It’s what makes the difference between a good library and a great library.

Money is raised through membership fees, donations, 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 for all 6 BCLS library branches and the mobile library.

The Friends of the Berkeley County Library, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization.

How can you be a Friend?

The Friends support and help fund the Summer Reading Program every year which includes paying for special programs like a Magic Show and Theatre Group, providing medals and t-shirts for children who complete the program and funding the grand prizes for special winners such as a reading tablet.

Whether through a monetary donation or a gift of time and talent, you can make a difference. Our memberships begin as low as $10/year starting in the month you join.

Membership Benefits Include:

  • Because we are a 501(c)3 organization, your membership and/or donation is tax deductible.
  • Entry to Book Sale preview events and “first choice” for workers.
  • Discounted tickets to select FRIENDS fundraisers.
  • Invitation to attend Friend’s Annual Meeting and Local Author Meet & Greet.

Ways to help: 

Become a friend! If you are not a member or you need to renew your membership. Please consider becoming a member of the Friends or encouraging others to join. There are membership envelopes available at the all BCLS library branches; you can also join through PayPal online on our website.

Volunteer at an event or fundraiser! Check our website, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Kim Ward at foblcs@gmail.com, to see what events are coming up and how you can help.

Join a committee! You can make a higher impact by serving on a committee. Here is a list of our committees and the committee chair contacts. If you would like to join a committee or request more information, you can email the committee chair directly.

Make a monetary donation! Whether you are a member of the Friends or not, your donation is greatly appreciated. Donations to the Friends of the Berkeley County Library are fully tax-deductible. You can make a monetary donation:

  • Online with a credit card by clicking the donate button on this page.
  • By placing a donation check in a Friend’s envelope at one of the library branches (drop envelope in the book sales payment box).
  • Or by printing a Friends of BCLS_Monetary Donation Form and mailing it with a check to the Friends of the Berkeley County Library System, 100 Library Street Moncks Corner, SC 29461.

It feels so good to be a Friend!

As a member of the Friends of the Library, you will be rewarded in a thousand ways every year – with hundreds of children’s smiles as they receive their Summer Reading t-shirt and medals, the sincere appreciation from library staff for your support, and the satisfaction of knowing you make a difference to one of Berkeley County’s most important resources.

Join Today & Make a Difference!

Reading by 3rd, Books for Lexile Levels, and Using Your School-Issued Chromebooks for EBooks From the Library

Written by Kristen Lanier, Marketing/PR Coordinator for BCLS and mother of a 3rd grader

Earlier this school year I had the pleasure of attending a parent information seminar at my son’s school to learn more about the recently passed Reading By 3rd Initiative for the state of South Carolina. Essentially, we were informed that our 3rd grader would have to take a 3-hour written exam in May this school year to measure their reading level and the scores on this test would determine if the student needs to repeat the 3rd grade. Scary thought! My 3rd grader can barely sit still for 1 hour and you want him to take a 3-hour written exam! While at this seminar we were also given the results of the first two reading tests our child had completed this school year. I was shocked to see my son had scored right at the reading level for this grade leaving little-to-no wiggle room. He has always scored high in reading and has a high B and low A in this English classes, so again, I was shocked and concerned at his score thinking, “We need to jump on this now!”

Since I work for the library, I knew of Lexile(R), the new method SC is using to measure reading. This new method had been discussed around my office for months. We, BCLS, even worked to incorporate Lexile Levels in our catalog to make it easier for parents and students to search and find books for their level. For those like myself, who see the end of the school year fastly approaching and needing to find books for their student’s reading level, here are a few tools to get you started:

What is The Lexile® Framework for Reading?

According to lexile.com, Lexile® measures help you find reading materials at your child’s unique reading level. With Lexile® measures, you can engage your child in learning by ensuring they comprehend their reading materials, as well as monitor their progress over time. Please note: A Lexile® measure is a measure of text complexity only. It does not address the subject matter or text quality, age-appropriateness of the content or a reader’s interests. The Lexile® measure is one piece of information that you can use when selecting books.  *LEXILE® is a trademark of MetaMetrics, Inc.

How to find books in our library catalog if you know your level:

1. Go to berkeleylibrarysc.org and select catalog.
2. Then click the LEXILE SEARCH button.
3. Enter your Lexile® Range and click Search. Check out books or save, print, text, or email your list!

If you don’t know your level:

Here is a Leveled Reading Map from Booksource.com for range levels by grade or as a comparison to another reading measurement. If you still want help, you can go to Lexile.com and use their “Find A Book” system. Just enter your grade, difficulty level and areas of interest, then find a new book to read. Once you know what book you want, then you can search that title in our catalog.

If you found a book but don’t know the Lexile® Level:
If our catalog does not provide the Lexile® Level for a book you want to read, you can look up the book title on Lexile.com here or use their Analyze Text mode to get an estimate for the Lexile® Level.

If you are like me and can not always make it to the library. Here are some of the digital media you can access from your child’s school-issued Chromebook, tablet, desktop computer and even mobile phones:

Jasmine Digital Library Check out eBooks and audiobooks instantly on your mobile device or e-reader. Choose from more than 10,000 titles, plus no late fees!

RBDigital for Kids and Teens Select from a wide selection of unabridged eBooks and audiobooks for electronic or mobile device.

TumbleBook Library Features an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they will love.

Here is a quick link to all our digital media sources.

If you don’t have a library card, we can help with that too! You can now register online for a card, 24/7, and get instant access to our digital media or place books on hold to pick up later from the library! Click here to get a card. 

I hope some of this information helps you and your young reader. If you have any other questions, stop by one of our 6 library branches or the mobile library. Our friendly staff are always happy to help and we have set up displays with books ready to check out for various Lexile® Levels, complete with a bookmark and reading chart resource for you to take home.

Good luck and happy reading!

Free Jazz Concert at the Moncks Corner Library with Local Vocalist Alterea Baxter and Friends

Join vocalist Alterea Baxter and friends for a special performance with the Berkeley County Library System. They will be singing classical R&B, Jazz, and Soul.

Assembly Room of the Berkeley County Administration Building (next to the Moncks Corner Library)
Saturday, March 17th, 4 – 5 pm

About Alterea:

Vocalist Alterea Baxter, of Charleston, SC, has been capturing her audience for thirty-five years. Alterea’s appeared on Lowcountry Live as a guest performer with JBS R&B Duo. Alterea can be seen performing with various local bands such as True Concept Reggae Band where they participated in “Save More Kids” Annual Galla 2016. Alterea can be seen performing as “Vocalist & Friends” consisting of Sherylyn (Dee Dee) Johnson, Ernest Brown & Terrence Bryant.

Alterea has also been a guest performer for Fall Reggae Feast 2016 at Music Farm in Charleston, SC.

Alterea has performed from North Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, Savannah Georgia, Atlanta Georgia to Panama City Florida, opening for such guests as, Bobby Blue Bland, Roy C, Eddie Cornelius, and Drifters. Alterea comes from a musical background of local musicians within her family.

She enjoys singing Jazz, R&B, Reggae, and Blues as well as Country. Alterea has been groomed in her vocal abilities by the late Mrs. June Bonner of the Dock Street Theater in Charleston, SC. Alterea has put her vocal style to use with various musical leaders such as Joey Morant, Howard Brown, Oscar Rivers and various artist in the Low Country. You can see her at many local venues in Charleston as well as Little Italy Restaurant in Savannah Georgia, My place/Gulla Quezin, sharing her passion for music with others as well as promoting events with her manager. Terrence Bryant of TNT Entertainment.

See more about Alterea, follow her on Facebook. 

[bio provided by artist]

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