MCLS Joins Macmillan Publishing Boycott

On November 1, 2019 Macmillan, one of the five major publishers in the country, implemented an embargo on library e-book purchases. This embargo prevents libraries of any size from purchasing more than one copy of newly released e-books for the first eight weeks after publication.

By restricting libraries ability to purchase e-books, which libraries pay a premium to access for limited or metered periods of time, Macmillan is limiting the public’s ability to access new materials. Macmillan is doing this because the company believes libraries lending digital materials are hurting their e-book sales; however, there is no data to support this claim.

In Marion County, as well as across the country, Macmillan’s actions could lead to patrons waiting months or longer for access to some e-books, which will seriously impact patrons who rely solely on the library’s digital content to meet their information needs. Their actions also set a dangerous precedent which may influence other publishing companies to follow in Macmillan’s footsteps.

For these reasons, the Marion County Library System (MCLS) will not be purchasing newly released print books, e-books, or e-audiobooks from Macmillan Publishers and its imprints effective immediately. MCLS plans to implement this boycott for at least 12 weeks as part of a national movement to protest Macmillan’s recent actions to restrict sales of its e-books to libraries.

“MCLS has chosen to participate in this boycott because this embargo will hurt many of our patrons who rely on our e-resources,” said Library Director Holly Evans. “While the boycott may cause slight delays for local readers in the beginning, the benefits for our patrons will far outweigh this inconvenience. At this time, we ask our patrons have patience and understand that we are acting with their interests in mind.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Library Fines Reduced December 2nd

Starting December 2, 2019 the Marion County Library System will be reducing its fines to better serve our community. It is the hope of MCLS and the Library Board that this reduction will make library services more accessible for all.

The changes are as follows:

0.10 cents/day for overdue print material

$3.00 maximum fine for a single overdue item

$5.00 cut off for borrowing privilege

All items checked in on or after December 2nd will automatically be subject to the new fine system, and all items checked in before will fall under the old fines. Patrons with a current fine balance can ask staff for a reduction to match the new fines. We are not able to offer this reduction automatically across the board due to restrictions in our software.

Please call or visit any of our branches with questions.

 

HertiageQuest Now Available

The Marion County Library System is now offering HeritageQuest for all of your genealogy and local history needs.

Want to log on? Simply access the sight from our website (marioncountylibrary.org) at any of the Marion County Libraries!

Already in the library? Just click the HeritageQuest Online Quick Tips picture below to get started.

Meet the Author: Daniel Wallace!

With the help of the Marion Chamber of Commerce, Historic Marion Revitalization Association, and the City of Marion, the Marion County Library System is hosting a speaking engagement with author Daniel Wallace.

The program will take place August 2nd at the Marion Opera House. Wallace will be discussing his book Big Fish: A novel of mythic proportions and how it relates to the film and Broadway adaptations.

All ages are welcome and there will be a book signing to follow!

 

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.