Friends of the Library Activities
Read to Me
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 10 – Nickel 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 19 – Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller; Scholar – Christopher Benson
Dec 3 – The 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.