Summer Reading 2019 is almost here!

Readers of all ages will explore all things space this summer as Marion County Library presents “A Universe of Stories” during their summer reading program. With one to three programs a day at each of our branches this summer, adults and children will have a lot of exciting space– and Marion County–themed activities to choose from as they explore their love of reading and the universe of stories that begins in their very own county.

Activities will include space-themed crafts, games, reading, community engagement, movies, special programs, and more! All programs and activities are free of charge. Registration for “A Universe of Stories” begins on June 3, 2019. For more information, check our events calendar at www.marioncountylibrary.org/events, call 843-423-8300, or click here.

Come celebrate Ms. Jean T with us!

On January 10th, Ms. Jean Townsend will be retiring from the Marion County Library System after twenty-eight years of service. Ms. T has touched the lives of many of our patrons through Youth and Bookmobile services, and we want to make sure she knows she is appreciated!

Please help us honor and celebrate Jean at the Marion Library on her last day!

Festivities are as follows:

9:30 AM Storytime with Ms. Jean T (for ages birth to five)

1-5 PM Drop in and visit with Jean!

3PM Cake!

Grace’s Little Red Wagon (and Why We Still Need Libraries) by Dr. Paul DeMarco

In the Wednesday, May 30th edition of the Marion Star & Mullins Enterprise newspaper, there was an opinion piece called “Grace’s Little Red Wagon (and Why We Still Need Libraries)” by Dr. Paul DeMarco.
 
As the Marion County Public Library’s 115th birthday is quickly approaching, this is a very timely piece and he does an excellent job of highlighting why libraries are still important.
 
Thank you Marion County for standing with our library and making it more than a century-long success!
If you would like to read Dr. DeMarco’s article in person, please stop by any of the Marion County Library branches.

Library News

Changes are underway at your local library – read all about them right here!

Marion: The Marion Library (headquarters) is updating its appearance and spaces.  New reading tables have brightened the periodicals area, and we’ve created a space just for young adults. Our youngest patrons can enjoy a new Early Literacy Station. We’ve also rearranged a few areas as part of an ongoing plan to update and refresh our collections of books, audiobooks, and DVDs. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please ask for help at the circulation desk.

Mullins: Over in Mullins, a new shelf is on the way for the children’s room – we have so many children’s books that we need more places to put them! We also have a checkerboard set up in the computer room and Connect Four in the children’s area – stop in for a quick game.

 

Nichols: Yes, Nichols! Over the holidays, staff and board members joined forces to unbox all materials as we prepare to reopen Nichols. Generous donations from multiple sources have helped us update the children’s room with beanbags and other furnishings, refresh the adult collections, and brighten the space. Staff are working hard to put the finishing touches in place, and a search is underway for new staff members.

Throughout the system, we are looking for ways to improve and expand our services to you. DVDs are easier to browse, and you’ll find games and other activities on tables as well as regularly updated displays. And we now hold special events for children and families every month. Visit us to experience all we have to offer!

Featured Resource: AtoZ World Culture

Travel the world and explore cultures without leaving town with AtoZ World Culture, our newest database! This database is loaded with beautiful photography that complements the wealth of of information you’ll find.

It’s so easy to learn about another country and culture – click on the name of the country you want to learn more about and you will automatically be taken to a cultural overview for that country. If you want more details, select options like Holidays and Festivals, Food and Recipes, or Historic Famous People.

Featured Resource: TumbleBooks

The TumbleBook Library collection includes over 500 fiction and non-fiction animated and talking story, and chapter books. Also included in the collection are French and Spanish books as well as National Geographic videos, puzzles, games, and songs; all resources designed to teach children the joy of reading and learning. Thanks to funding by SC Discus, we now have access to the premium content in Tumblebooks. Stop by any branch to get your library card and learn how to access this incredible resource.