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!
The Oconee County Public Library is excited to announce the debut of a new resource in our children’s collection: storytime kits! Storytime kits are just what they sound like – collections of books and activities with a central theme that help you create meaningful literary experiences with your child. With kit themes like counting, colors, ABCs, and much more, you and your little ones are sure to find a fun kit to take home and enjoy.
Each kit comes with several picture books, an interactive toy, a suggested craft, and a tip sheet featuring songs, rhymes, and activities caregivers can use to supplement the materials and have their very own storytime at home, or in the park, or on the go! The kits have been thoughtfully developed to build important early literacy skills in young children. Engaging in a variety of storytime activities – both at home and at the library – builds a foundation for life-long reading skills.
Storytime kits can circulate like all other library materials, and are checked out for 4 weeks. Don’t see a storytime kit on the shelves? You can place holds on them as you would any other library materials so that they will be reserved for you when they are returned.
These kits are funded by a generous grant from the South Carolina State Library.
NEW: Starting Sep 8, the hours will expand slightly at all branches. The main branch in Walhalla will be open Mondays and Tuesdays, 10-6, and Wednesday through Friday, 10-4. The Seneca Branch will be open Mondays and Thursdays, 10-6, and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10-4. The Westminster Branch will be open Mondays, 10-6, and Tuesday-Friday, 10-4; the Salem Branch will be open on Mondays, 10-6, and Tuesday-Friday, 10-4, closing from 12-1 for lunch.
As of Wednesday, August 19, face coverings will be required while inside any county building, including all libraries in the county. See county ordinance here: Ordinance 2020-14 (E)
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 possibly by Fall, 2020. 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. Seating in our branches is very limited. Once it has been deemed safe, more areas will be opened and more services will be reestablished. Curbside service will continue for those that want it, but it will be on a request basis. Please note that items returned are separated for 72 hours (3 days) before they are checked in, so they may still appear on your record even once you have turned them in.
Bookmobile Services restarted on limited basis
The Bookmobile will be starting a modified schedule in August, with some stops changing for now and for pickups and drop off only, with a table outside the Bookmobile. Only the librarian will be allowed on the Bookmobile at these stops for now.
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.
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.
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.