Oconee County Public Library, Oconee County, SC

Library Updates

OCPL to feature new Community Resource Associate

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OCPL to feature new Community Resource Associate

Kerry Leeper Brock will be serving Oconee County in a new position as Community Resource Associate. She is a licensed social worker, and will be seeing clients regularly at each of the library branches. Her schedule is Salem Branch, 2nd Monday of each month, 1:30-4 PM; Westminster Branch, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM, and 3rd Tuesday, 1:30-4:00 PM; Seneca Branch, each Wednesday from 12:00-4:00 PM; and Walhalla Main Branch, each Thursday, 12:00-4:00 PM.

https://oconeelibrary.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2022/08/Social-Work_-Comm-Resource-Assoc_press-release.pdf

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Seed Library

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The seed library is closed for the season, but look for new seeds and new opportunities in early spring, 2023!

The Betty B. Watkins Seed Library has officially been restocked with seeds for fall planting. These seeds include turnips, lettuce, collards, spinach, and more. Residents of Oconee County can pick up free seeds during operating hours at the permanent collections at the Westminster Library in Westminster or at the Oconee History Museum in Walhalla. To help reach more people, the libraries will also be hosting pop-up events which will include a small assortment of seeds that residents can pick up at their home library.  You can find the pop-up seed collection during operating hours at the Seneca Library on Tuesday, August 16; at the Walhalla Library on Monday, August 22; and at the Salem Library on Monday, September 12. Seeds will also be available at scheduled Bookmobile stops on August 16, 17, 18, 24, & 25.  Since its launch in June of 2021, the BBW Seed Library has given out over 4,000 packs of free seeds to residents of Oconee County. For more information on the seed library these events, please contact Leah at 864-364-5760.

 

graphic with seed library data

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Senior Reminisce Kits now available!

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The Oconee County Public Library is offering new resources for seniors that are designed for caregivers of loved ones who have dementia or Alzheimer’s. Reminisce Kits are a curated set of materials that can be checked out from the library and are made specifically to encourage memories of past events and activities that your loved one enjoyed in their younger years. The goal of reminiscence therapy for dementia is to enjoy time with your older adult and set the stage so they have a chance to talk about any memories that might come up. Reminiscing is not the same as asking someone to remember something from the past. Trying to remember something specific can be stressful for someone with dementia. These kits allow memories to be spontaneous and allow the person to experience a feeling of success or confidence.

The kits are very simple to use. There are currently seven themes to choose from: gardening, handyman, sewing, the beach, the city, animals, and farm life. They come with discussion prompts, an activity or two, a DVD or Book, and other tangible items that can be touched or held to spark memories of a specific time or place. The items in the kits can be used all together or separately to provide entertainment, education, or memory therapy.  These kits can be used by individuals, families, or groups. The kits can be checked out for free on any adult Oconee County Public Library card and can be borrowed for 4 weeks. Stop by the Westminster Branch to view the collection in person or browse and request online at www.oconeelibrary.org. These kits are made possible through funding provided by the Oconee County Friends of the Library.

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New Resources!

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cloudLibrary for e-books!

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!

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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!

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OCPL adds new resource for learning

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KnowledgeCity logo

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.)

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Literacy Kits now at the OCPL

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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

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Library eliminates fines on some children’s materials

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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.

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NEW RESOURCE for library users!

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Make sure to check out our Digital Learning page. We’ve added the Merck Manuals. These are high-quality, independently vetted sources for medical professionals, consumers, and even veterinary needs! Go to https://oconeelibrary.org/ocpl-digital-learning/ to enter a search and try it out today!

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Inclement weather operations

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The Library generally follows the county’s inclement weather closings. If Oconee County government offices are closed for weather, the libraries will be also. Announcements about closings are made here on the website, and on the OCPL Facebook page.

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  • Hours

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

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

    Westminster
    M-F, 10:00 - 6:00

    Salem
    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

  • Telephone Numbers

    Walhalla Library
    864.638.4133

    Seneca Branch
    864.882.4855

    Westminster Branch
    864.364.5760

    Salem Branch
    864.944.0912

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    Last updated 12/01/2022