Library News & Notes

Looking for a Few Good Friends

... for the Beaufort District Collection's Facebook page. Goal: 50 Friends by the end of Archives Month (i.e., Halloween, Oct. 31st). To be an "official Friend," you'll have to already have a Facebook account or sign up for your own Facebook account. Being a Friend allows you to post comments about what we post. The address for the BDC's Facebook page is A little leery of Facebook? Our BDC.BCL Facebook page is open to the general public so you can always read what we post. You can also befriend our branch libraries.Read More...

New Hours for Bluffton Branch Library starting OCT 1

The Bluffton Branch Library will begin NEW HOURS on Monday, October 1st. The new hours are: Mondays & Wednesdays 1pm-8pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10am-5pm, Fridays 1pm-5pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm, and will be closed on Sundays.

BDC “Emancipation Nation Watch Party” on Constitution Day

Visit the BDC Mon., Sept. 17th to participate in live-feed, national “Emancipation Watch Party” The “Watch Party” is modeled on the watch parties Northern abolitionists held on the eve of the Emancipation Proclamation becoming law on January 1, 1863. As the Civil War began to unfold, the Union had a serious question to answer: What to do about the enslaved people left behind - in Beaufort District and other places of the occupied South? President Abraham Lincoln had quite a problem. Gen. David D.Read More...

BDC@ Bluffton Branch - Child Labor

Photographs can tell powerful stories. The BDC's Donner Collection includes images of children hard at work in the truck farming fields. Later, Lewis Hine took photographs of many child laborers throughout the United States in the 1900s -1920s, including child workers in the oyster packing plants in Port Royal, Lady's Island, and Bluffton. The power of images resulted in changes in the law affecting the employment of children in manufacturing, canneries and agriculture.Read More...

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