Oconee County Public Library, Oconee County, SC

Library Updates

Star Wars Day at the OCPL

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CARDS ARE STILL AVAILABLE while supplies last!

Celebrate Star Wars Day with the launch of limited edition Baby Yoda/Grogu library cards! Baby Yoda library cards are just like normal library cards; they open up a galaxy of adventures through the library’s books, DVDs, digital materials, audios, kits, and more. Anyone who signs up for a library card can select the limited edition card or current OCPL card holders can replace their old card with a new Baby Yoda card for free (normally a $2 fee).  These cards will launch on Wednesday, May the Fourth (be with you), and be available until supplies run out. Don’t forget to celebrate your new card by taking pictures in selfie stations available at the Salem, Seneca, and Westminster branches. As always, library cards are free for anyone who works, lives, or owns property in Oconee County.  For further information, contact the library at 864-364-5760.

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COVID-19 survey

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As we enter the next phase of the response to COVID-19, it is still the goal of DHEC and other health agencies to reduce the spread of the virus by partnering with members of the community to promote preventative health behaviors and increase accessibility to testing and vaccination. To that end, DHEC is conducting a survey to evaluate COVID-19 vaccine confidence. The goal of the survey is to better our understanding of the needs of the community and any perceived barriers preventing uptake of the COVID-19 vaccine. To participate, use the link below:

https://form.jotform.com/scottts/covid-19-survey

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Seed Library

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NEW-2022 launch is Tuesday, February 1!!

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.

 

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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!

ALSO:
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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Library Services Update

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Changes in hours (starting Sep 7): The main branch in Walhalla is open Monday through Friday, 9-6, and Saturdays, 9-1. The Seneca Branch is open Monday through Friday, 9-6, 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 available but limited capacity, and the Ann Rogers SC History Room is open, as are study rooms in Walhalla and Seneca.

Bookmobile Services restarted on limited basis

The Bookmobile is running normal routes, although not to all the places it did before. Though masks are not 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.

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Summer Reading 2020

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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

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Tornado Assistance Information

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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.

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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

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OCPL wants you to avoid coronavirus scams

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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.

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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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    Bookmobile Information

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    Last updated 6/28/2022