The Westminster Branch Library and the Oconee History Museum are excited to announce the grand opening of the Betty B. Watkins Seed Library! The Betty B. Watkins Seed Library is a resource provided by the library and museum for Oconee residents to obtain garden seeds for free. Providing a seed library to the community of Oconee County allows information sharing, culture sharing, food diversity, money saving, seed preservation and sustainability, plus the ability to just try something new.
Donations made in memory of Betty B. Watkins to the library are being used to fund the seed library. Mrs. Watkins was an avid gardener and a founding member of the Lazy Daisy Garden Club.
Seed Libraries will be available at both the Westminster Branch, located at 112 W. North Avenue in Westminster, and at the Oconee History Museum located at 123 Browns Square Dr. in Walhalla. Residents can select up to 10 free packs of seeds. Each pack contains enough seeds to grow 3 to 5 plants. There is a wide variety of late summer and fall seeds available including lettuce, peppers, herbs, flowers, and much more. There are even container friendly seeds that can be grown indoors or on a porch.
For more information, contact the Westminster Library at (864) 364-5760 or the Oconee History Museum at (864) 638-2224.
NEW: To qualify for the prize drawings, reading logs MUST BE TURNED IN by FRIDAY, July 23.
Summer Reading 2021 will run June 1 to July 28. Check out this page for all of the information you need to sign up, register for Story Times, and for information about all of our other programs and events!
We’re pleased to announce the addition of a new e-book service, cloudLibrary. cloudLibrary offers both e-books and e-audiobooks. The best part about cloudLibrary is that the library will be able to offer nearly eight times more titles than are currently featured in OverDrive. The web-based app and device apps are very simple to use. Apps are available for many devices, including Google Play and iOS. cloudLibrary will work with Kindle Fire devices, but not with Kindle e-ink devices.
The OCPL has partnered with several other libraries in the state of varying sizes to offer more content than ever on its e-book platform. While the library will also offer OverDrive until May 25, 2021, cloudLibrary will eventually replace OverDrive for all e-books in the library. Check it out today at oconeelibrary.org/ocpl-digital-media/, or by downloading the cloudLibrary app and then clicking the country, state, and library when prompted. If an item is checked out, it can be put on hold just like you would a physical book. All you need to access all these titles in your library card and PIN. Don’t have a card? We can do that right online for you as well. Go to ocl.tlcdelivers.com and look for the “Get a Library Card” link in the upper right corner. Check it out today!
Check out our new electronic resources just in time to help with school this year! The OCPL is now offering Scholastic Bookflix and Scholastic Teachables. These can be found on both the Youth page and also under OCPL online/digital learning. The South Carolina State Library is also offering Tumble Math in addition to Tumblebooks. This can be found at SCDiscus.org, or on the Youth page here.
We have also just learned that the South Carolina State Library is going to continue offering Tutor.com. Check it out on our Youth page, and on our Online Digital Learning page!
Changes in hours (starting May 3): The main branch in Walhalla is open Monday through Friday, 10-6, and Saturdays, 9-1. The Seneca Branch is open Monday through Friday, 10-6, and will open on Saturdays from 9-1 in early June. The Westminster Branch is open Monday through Friday, 10-6; the Salem Branch is open on Mondays, 10-6, and Tuesday-Friday, 9-5 (closed 12-1 for lunch). Meeting rooms are still closed, but the Ann Rogers SC History Room will be opened on a limited basis starting on Monday, May 3. Once it has been deemed safe, more areas will be opened and more services will be reestablished.
Bookmobile Services restarted on limited basis
The Bookmobile started a modified schedule in August, 2020, with some stops changing for now and for pickups and drop off only, with a table outside the Bookmobile. Starting in April, 2020, the Bookmobile is allowing one person or family group on board at a time. Though masks are no longer required in our branches, masks are required on the Bookmobile because of the limited space.
We’re doing everything we can to keep you and our staff safe at this time. Please call your selected branch for further assistance.
NEW: Summer Reading has ended for 2020. Winners of prize drawings will be notified and may pick them up soon. Thanks to all who participated in this very different year. Be on the lookout for an exciting 2021!
Summer Reading will be a little different this year…but it’s still on! Programs will not be held at the branches like normal, but we’re still having prizes, still doing fun activities, and more! Get all the info, a reading log, and more here: https://oconee.libguides.com/summerreading2020
Numbers to call for assistance or information: 864-364-5428, or 864-364-5436.
Residents can register on their own for FEMA assistance online by logging onto DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. Language translators also are available. Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Check out this short, informative video from Marty Cline of Cline Financial Partners. She has created some programs for the library such as “Too Good to Be True,” about avoiding phone scams. Since we’re closed, we will post other short programs like this in the near future.
The Oconee County Public Library is happy to announce the addition of a new online learning resource. KnowledgeCity features over 12,000 video courses on subjects like computing, business, finance, workplace safety and compliance. Check it out at our online link under “OCPL Digital Learning.” The site itself and many of the classes are also in Spanish. (Muchas de las clases también son en español.)
In order to help parents find materials on their child’s reading level, the OCPL has created Literacy Kits. These kits contain multiple books in various reading levels, comprehension questions for parents to discuss with their children as they read, and hands-on reading skill games to boost understanding. Children can begin at any level and progress through all the kits and levels to improve reading fluency and comprehension. These Literacy Kits are available at all four library branches and on the Bookmobile. They can be checked out for four weeks on any library card.
As of Friday, May 31, all children’s materials like E and J books, VOX books, and children’s audio books, will no linger have fines assessed on them. Young adult books, Launchpad tablets, and DVDs are not included. Lost and damaged items will still have fees assessed on them. If you owed fines on these before Friday, they will still need to be paid.