A meaningful endeavor for the Batesburg-Leesville Branch will be serving as a host site for the District Three Summer Feeding Program. They provided this significant service last summer and are thankful to have the opportunity once again to help children receive healthy lunches during their summer vacation. These lunches will be provided to the children who attend the Music & Movement programs on Wednesday mornings and the special Summer Reading programs on Thursday mornings.
The South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library hosted another successful American Red Cross Blood Drive on May 20. In the few short hours they were here, approximately 20 patrons gave of their time to donate blood and give the gift of life. We also had a junior volunteer, who was of age, give blood for her first time and we were pleased to be able to share the experience with her. We are very proud of all our patrons!
On May 15, the Lexington Main Library hosted a preview to the South Carolina Book Festival. As a result of the efforts of the Friends of the Lexington Main Library, the Main Library entered into a partnership with the University of South Carolina Press and the Thomas Cooper Society to sponsor this event.
Elizabeth Sudduth, director of the USC Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections on the Matthew J. & Arlyn Bruccoli Collection of the F. Scott Fitzgerald, began the evening giving a little history about the research done at the Thomas Cooper Library of the American author of the early 20th Century, F. Scoot Fitzgerald. She introduced the two well known authors who were the highlighting this evening’s even, Lee Smith (author of Guests on Earth) and Therese Anne Fowler (author of Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald). Both authors read from their books and took questions from the moderator as well as from the audience. It was a wonderful literary evening at LML and it is hoped that many more like this are headed our way in the near future.
Cayce-West Columbia Branch held their annual DIA Celebration on May 3. In the spirit of DIA – Diversity in Action, we noted Fair Housing Month with a special storytime. Stephany Snowden from Lexington County Community Development and County Councilman Jim Kinard were a big part of this collaboration. Youth from My Amigos Bilingual Education Center, East Point Academy, and the Guadalajara Folkloric Group performed for an audience of over 100. The event ended with a parade around the library led by a group of community volunteers in traditional dress from several different countries.