Beginning Monday, June 15, the library reopened for people to come into the buildings. Library hours are limited, right now 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additional hours on some evenings and Saturdays will be added soon. Certain areas of the library are not open, such as meeting rooms and study areas, as well as the SC History Room at the main library in Walhalla. Once it has been deemed safe, more areas will be opened and more services will be reestablished. The Bookmobile will not run for now, but service will be resumed soon there as well.
Curbside service will continue for those that want it, but it will be on a request basis. Please call your selected branch for further assistance.
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.
Help The Helpers
Citizen Hotlines: (864) 364-5428 and (864) 364-5436. Information regarding recovery, supplies and services; 7 days a week.
Food, beverages, paper products for victims: Golden Corner Food Pantry
Monetary Donations: Oconee Federal Savings and Loan–make checks payable to “Seneca Tornado Relief Fund” (no cash)
Clothing: Salvation Army, Collins Children’s Home
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.
Westminster Branch now offers fishing gear and tackle!
According to the Visit Oconee Website, Oconee County is the place to fish. With over 90,000 acres of lakes and over 100 miles of rivers and streams, you can hook up with world class fish year round! The Westminster branch wants to make access to fishing a little easier. Visitors and residents of Oconee County have the ability to borrow fishing equipment from the library for one week with the option for another one-week renewal. A rod, reel, sinker, 3 bobbers, 2 hooks, and instructions on casting a fishing rod is included…the bait is not. You can find bait at local shops and gas stations.
Kids and teens under the age of 16 must have a parent/legal guardian sign a waiver. Everyone age 16 and older must have a valid fishing license. (These are not supplied by the library.) Fishing licenses can be purchased from local verified sellers or on the SCDNR webpage.
Besides traditional fishing rods, the library also has a fly-fishing pole with flies, children’s fishing poles, and tackle boxes to borrow. To find out more information, contact Leah Price at 864-364-5760, or stop by the Westminster Library at 112 W. North Avenue in Westminster.
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.
Here’s a handy guide with more: https://oconee.libguides.com/literacy_kits
The bookmobile will now be stopping at Seneca Heights Apartments on Maple Grove Road in Seneca. The stop will be on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Check out the full schedule at https://oconeelibrary.org/library-and-community-resources-2/bookmobile-services/.
From September 3 through September 30, all branches of the OCPL collected new underwear for donation to local aid agencies. Over 500 pairs of underwear were donated to help those in need!
Story Times are now back on a regular schedule.