Oconee County Public Library announced today that Launchpad tablets will be available at all branches for patron checkout starting Wednesday, October 11. Launchpads are designed for both children and adults and are pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps that are both fun and educational. Apps are grouped onto the tablets by subject area, theme, grade level, and age, making it easy for parents and kids to choose a tablet with the content most appealing to them. Every Launchpad is 100% secure, providing hours of interactive learning and play without the risk of exposure to unintended content.
The Launchpad content collection spans subject areas from math and science to critical thinking and creativity, and features themed learning packs including animals, princesses, fantasy, nature, and more. A custom designed user interface gives children the opportunity to make every Launchpad experience their own by creating a personal avatar plus an informational console gives parents and caregivers feedback about time spent on the tablet.
The Launchpad is powered by an Android operating system and features a 7” high definition touch screen, external speaker, universal audio jack and a durable, protective bumper. Patrons can simply check out a Launchpad tablet and play. No Internet connectivity or downloading is required for use.
Now that the library has a new Youth Services Librarian, Donna Wales, we will resume Story Time at the Westminster, Walhalla, and Seneca Library branches during the first week in September. Right now, the schedule will stay the same as it was before: Westminster Library, Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.; Walhalla Library, Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.; and Seneca Library, Thursday, 11 a.m., and it will remain the same as it has been at the Salem Branch, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays.
Fall Story Time Calendar
The OCPL now has a full subscription to Tumblebooks, an interactive reading experience for kids. It has been available to public libraries for a while, but with limited use. Now it is available in the library, and from home as part of the South Carolina State Library’s DISCUS resources. To check it out, go to this link: http://www.tumblebooklibrary.com/autologin.aspx?userid=tpE3aHNAj%2fT%2bq%2fRsIdJQWw%3d%3d, and enter your library card when prompted. (You don’t need to enter your card when using it in the library.)
The Wi-Fi provided by Oconee County FOCUS (fiber optic network) and the OCPL is now working again at the Mountain Rest Community Club, and the Long Creek Community Center. OCPL also provides Wi-Fi at the Fair Oaks Youth Association.
As a reward to our community for achieving 200,000 Summer Reading points, the OCPL is hosting an amnesty week August 7-12 (Monday-Saturday). This means any overdue fine will be waived/forgiven on all materials that are returned during or prior to the week of August 7-12. The goal is to get back lost materials, and allow some of those users that have stopped coming to the library because of large fees on their accounts to begin using the library once again.
Overdue materials must be returned in person during hours the libraries are open during amnesty week. Persons with outstanding fines must come in personally to have fines removed (no phone calls, please). Amnesty does not apply for lost or damaged items. And items must be returned in good condition/the same condition they left the library to qualify for amnesty. If you have any questions about how you can qualify for amnesty, call your local branch for more information.
Book discussion: Just in time for the big solar eclipse on August 21, 2017, the OCPL is hosting a BOOK DISCUSSION on American Eclipse by David Baron. Copies are available at most branches, or get your name on the list to read it! The book discussion will be held at the Walhalla Library on Tuesday, August 1, at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the first 20 people to attend receive a free pair of certified safe solar eclipse sunglasses!
NEW: Due to personnel changes, Story Times in July, 2017, (except for Salem Library) will be CANCELLED. Stay tuned for word about the August, 2017, Story Time schedule.
“Build a Better World” is the theme of Oconee County Public Library’s 2017 All Ages Summer Reading Program. Patrons are invited to try something new this summer: at home, in the community, and throughout the country. Read a new book, try a new craft, meet new people, and learn about new places.
We have a program for every age. This year we’ve streamlined the process so the requirements are the same for kids, teens, and adults. All you have to do is read and do activities to earn points. Once you earn 500 points, return your log to the library and receive a prize and a ticket to our End of Summer Reading Bash to be held at South Cove County Park. It’s super easy!
This year’s prizes include reading medals, subscription boxes, book of the month clubs, gift cards, and much more. Our schedule of summer events include a falconry program, theatre group, book clubs, crafts, bullet journaling, movie nights, STEM programs, Teen Taco Tuesdays, family events, and more!
As a reward to our community for participating in summer reading, our library will hold an amnesty week for overdue materials if our community achieves 200,000 summer reading points! This means people can return library materials they’ve had out for months or years without penalty or having to pay late fees.
We are also asking our patrons to help “build a better world” here in our community by donating items for Grace’s Closet. Throughout the summer, all OCPL branches will have boxes to drop-off donated goods. A list of items accepted for donation will be available at the libraries or visit www.gracescloset.org
The libraries will also serve as free lunch sites for the School District of Oconee County. Any child under the age of 18 can get a free lunch during the summer at one of our libraries.
Registration begins on May 22nd. Visit any OCPL branch or Bookmobile and ask to sign up. You do not have to have a library card, but we encourage you to get one and that will earn you your first points towards your summer reading goal! For more information, call the library at 638-4133 or visit our website at www.oconeelibrary.org
All programs are free of charge.
Program Calendar for Patrons
In January 2018, Oconee County will celebrate its 150th birthday!
In January of 1868, the Pickens District was divided, and Oconee County was created, with Walhalla being named the County seat. The name Oconee comes from the Cherokee word “Ae-quo-nee” meaning land beside the water. Oconee was a Cherokee town situated along the main British/Cherokee trading path between Charleston and the Mississippi River.
The Oconee County Sesquicentennial committee wants YOUR input on how to celebrate our 150th! We are discussing options and would love to hear your ideas. Please take a few minutes and let us know what you want to see in 2018.
All ideas are welcome!
Submissions should describe events that can occur in 2018, and should be sent by Friday, June 2, 2017 to the Oconee Parks, Recreation & Tourism office, 1099 South Cove Road, Seneca, SC 29672 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information about the Sesquicentennial will be announced in the coming months.
The Oconee County Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 27, through Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day. In addition, the Walhalla Main Library will cease Sunday hours until Labor Day.