The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library celebrated their 25th anniversary in the month of September. To kick off the celebration, author Cassandra King visited the branch and spoke about her writing process, how she comes up with story ideas, and what she’s working on next. On September 14, Bill’s Pickin’ Parlor entertained patrons all afternoon with bluegrass. Throughout the month, the Friends also hosted an art show where works from over 20 local artists associated with the Corley Mills Artists Group and the Seven Oaks Art League were displayed. Patrons were able to vote on the works throughout the month, and a reception was held to announce the winning piece. Carole Timmerman took home the prize as her piece, “Hanging Out,” was selected as the favorite.
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.