Library News & Notes

MayDay! MayDay! 2012

Each year, archives, libraries, museums, and arts and historic preservation organizations set aside May 1 to participate in MayDay, an initiative to protect cultural heritage from disasters. The Society of American Archivists (SAA) created the MayDay initiative in 2006 and promoted the idea to its members and allied organizations. The following year, the Heritage Emergency National Task Force and SAA expanded the concept to include all kinds of collecting institutions and historic preservation interests. The Beaufort District Collection has been participating in MayDay since 2008.Read More...

Local Poets: Mary Palmer Dana Shindler

The religious poems penned by native daughter, Mary Stanley Bunce Palmer Dana Shindler (born 1810, Beaufort, SC; died 1883, Nacogdoches, TX), reflect on themes of comfort in the struggles of life and death. Both her young son, Charlie, and her first husband, the Rev. Charles E. Dana, died during 1840. Later she set some of her poems to music, favoring folk tunes for the melody of her hymns. Learn more about her hymns on the Hymnary database website found at

Among her poetry collections are:

Southern Harp (1840)

Mystery Night at Hilton Head Postponed to be part of Summer Reading Program

Mystery Night that was scheduled for Hilton Head Branch Library on 4/27 has been rescheduled for our Summer Reading Program. Date and time information coming soon. Please join us then for fun and mystery!

National Preservation Week

In honor of Preservation Week, we want to remind our Connections readers that anyone can sign up for a free webinar Preserving Your Personal Digital Photographs sponsored by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) group. (The link is on the Connections page.)Read More...

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