Pelion Branch Manager, Shirley Sprenne, participated in the Pelion Elementary Career Day on October 10. Shirley spoke to students about her job as a librarian and manager at the Pelion Branch. Library programs for youth were displayed, and the new LCPL website was available for all to view. There were lively Q&A opportunities with the older kids, and stories were read to the younger groups. Approximately 790 students were able to learn more about the library that day!
We are excited that West Columbia City Council has approved Cayce-West Columbia Branch’s request to place a Little Free Library in Douglas Reeves Community Park. A Little Free Library is a freestanding box that contains a small exchange library. Each programming period, library assistant Kim Nix has a community project for the teens to work on. For the upcoming Fall/Winter schedule she thought a Little Free Library would be a great project to promote literacy and allow the teens to positively affect their local community. Kim put together and presented the proposal along with Teen Advisory Board member Ella Thomas at the last West Columbia City Council Meeting where it was positively received. The teens will be building the library with the help of a local builder Richard Murphy with R. G. Murphy Plumbing. The paint will be donated by Sherwin-Williams, and the city will assist with the installation at the park. We currently support the Little Free Library at the Cayce Riverwalk by supplying it with books and will do the same with this location.
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!