Oconee County Public Library, Oconee County, SC

Friends of the Library Activities

Read to Me

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The Oconee County Friends of the Library launched a program in 2011 in co-operation with Oconee Medical Center and the Booksmith called READ TO ME.  READ TO ME (still ongoing) is designed to encourage parents to begin to read early to their infants and very small children.  Pictured above (r) is one of the tote bags that are being presented to all new mothers and their babies.  The bag also contains brochures explaining to the parents why it is so important to begin reading early in a child’s life, a “first library card” to be validated at any branch of the Oconee County Public Library system and a “book buck” for use at the Friends’ book sale.  A growth chart marked with appropriate books for children as they grow is included in each bag.  Friends believe that, begun early, reading can become a very special part of a baby’s and child’s experience and can extend into a lifetime of pleasure and learning.

For further information contact Su Hannon at jimsu2@charter.net


Let’s Talk About It is a FREE book discussion group where participants choose a theme and then participate in discussions based on those books, usually led/moderated by a Clemson professor. The discussions take place at the Seneca Branch Library. The meeting schedule and the book titles can be found below, or call 882-4855 for more details!

The fall series for 2018 is:

Making a Living, Making a Life: Work and Its Reward in a Changing Life

Sept 10Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich; Scholar – Kathleen Nalley

Oct 1 Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy; Scholar – April Pelt

Oct 22 Growing Up by Russell Baker; Scholar – Kathleen Nalley

Nov 19Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; Scholar – Christopher Benson

Dec 3The Professor’s House by Willa Cather; Scholar- Cameron Bushnell

This program is sponsored by South Carolina Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

The books for this series are available now at the Seneca Library!

Used Book Sales

The Friends of the Library hold a used book sale in the lower level of the Walhalla Main Branch on the second Thursday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. They also hold special Saturday sale four times a year from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the same location. They offer hard cover books, paperback, CDs and DVDs, games and puzzles, and more! Prices are reasonable, and proceeds benefit the Libraries!

Check the Friends’ page, or the main OCPL page, for the schedule of sales.

Little Free Libraries

The Oconee Friends of the Library have installed another Little Free Library, this one at High Falls County Park. They will maintain this LFL with books from the large amount of donations that the libraries receive every year.  The unit itself was created by students at West-Oak High School. Little Free Libraries are a nationwide phenomenon where users can take a book (or books), and are encouraged to leave a book (or books), all free of charge. No library card is needed. The Friends maintain five others: Long Creek Post Office, Fair Play Presbyterian Church, Lake Hartwell State Park, South Cove County Park, and West-Oak High School itself. The library system maintains four in Mountain Rest: The convenience center, the Mountain Rest Community Club, the Mountain Rest Cafe, and Oconee State Park.

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    M-F, 9:00 - 6:00; Sat, 9:00-1:00

    M-F, 9:00 - 6:00; Sat, 9:00-1:00

    M-F, 10:00 - 6:00

    M, 10:00 - 6:00; Tue - F, 9:00 - 5:00; closed 12 - 1 for lunch each day

    Internet is not available for final 30 mins (15 mins in Salem and Westminster) that the libraries are open.

  • Branch Locations

    Walhalla Library
    501 W. South Broad Street
    Walhalla, SC 29691

    Seneca Branch
    300 E. South 2nd Street
    Seneca, SC 29678

    Westminster Branch
    112 W. North Avenue
    Westminster, SC 29693

    Salem Branch
    5B Park Avenue
    Salem, SC 29676

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    Seneca Branch

    Westminster Branch

    Salem Branch

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    Last updated 12/01/2022