Library News & Notes

Eighth-graders to present their work at art gala

From the Island Packet POSTED BY SANDRA ROSS ​H.E. McCracken Middle School and River Ridge Academy eighth-graders will present their work at an art gala in the spring, according to a news release. The artwork will be on display from April 1 to May 6 at the Bluffton Library. The Society of Bluffton Artists are providing three judges to select 30 pieces for the display. Those pieces will be matted and prepared for hanging at the library by The Great Frame Up of Bluffton. Patrons visiting the library can vote for their favorite three pieces. The ballots will be tabulated and the top three will receive ribbons and certificates. The SOBA judges also select their top three e

Library Announces New ReferenceUSA Subscription

The Beaufort County Library system is pleased to announce that it is now offering to its cardholders free access to ReferenceUSA, a trusted source of business and residential information for reference and research. With the most up-to-date data available in the market, ReferenceUSA can help users find jobs by job skills, location, and industry; find business opportunities; locate companies nationwide; research business executives; view historical market trends; track down addresses and phone numbers, discover news articles for research, and more. Library cardholders can access the ReferenceUSA website at any time; however, their active Beaufort County Library account number is required for a

How Best To Preserve Your Paper-Based Family Treasures

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) celebrates Preservation Week in April. Family Treasures Advice: A Preservation Week Drop-In BDC staff offer practical tips and advice on how best to preserve your paper-based family treasures for the next generation. Free advice, hand-outs and online links will be provided to those who stop by our table in the Library’s lobby. Time and Date of Event: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at 10 am – 2 pm Location of Event: BDC@ Hilton Head Branch, 11 Beach City Road Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 - Adults Contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468, Website:

April Conversation Café To Discuss “Polarization Among People”

Conversation Café Talk with neighbors about things that matter over a cup of coffee or tea. April topic: Polarization among people — what can be done to bridge the divide? Sessions are open, hosted, drop-in conversations among people with diverse views and a shared passion for engaging with others. Discuss a new topic each month. Pull up a chair and join us. Everyone is welcome to attend. No need to register. Conversation Cafés are always free of charge. All hosts are volunteers. Time and Date of the Event: Tuesday, April 4 at 5:30pm Location of Event: St. Helena Branch Library, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr Rd, 843.255.6540 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: Jan O’Rourke, 843-255-646

Beekeeping in the Lowcountry, Recycling Program, More at Beaufort Branch Library

Beekeeping in the Lowcountry Learn all about backyard beekeeping. Time and Date of Event: Wednesday, April 5th at 3:00 p.m. Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Price of Event: Free Contact info: Stacey Inman,, 843-255-6458 How to Recycle Right in the Lowcountry Recycling differs by region. Learn the most effective ways to recycle in Beaufort County. Time and Date of Event: Tuesday, April 18th at 2:00 p.m. Location of Event: Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Price of Event: Free Contact info: Chantal Gunn,, 843-255-6458 Relax and Color @ Beaufort Branch Library Stop by to color, meet new frie

Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County Launches Endowment Campaign and Legacy Society

For Immediate Release Contact: Ron Roth Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County announced the launch of the Foundation’s major fundraising campaign to raise $250,000, and the creation of the Legacy Society in honor of Pat Conroy. The additional funds will expand the Foundation’s impact on the future of the Library and its goal of maintaining its position as a first-class library, meeting the needs of the citizens of Beaufort County. Commenting on the importance of the Campaign to the future of the Library, Patsy Hand, co-chairperson of the Foundation stated, “Over the past ten years the Foundation has provided financial

LEGO Robotics, Traveling Preschool Bus, Fairytale-Themed Party at the Bluffton Branch Library

LEGO Robotics Build and program robots with our LEGO WeDo 2.0 kits. Ages 7-12 Time and Date of the Event: Monday, April 3 at 5:00pm; Wednesday April 5 at 2:00pm; Tuesday, April 18 at 4:00pm; Thursday, April 27 at 4:00pm. (Registration is Required) Location of Event: Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: 843-255-6510, Traveling Preschool Bus Beaufort County School District’s Traveling Preschool Bus will be stopping by the Bluffton Library. It is equipped with activities, materials and brochures for caregivers. (Ages 1-5) Time and Date of the Event: Thursday, April 6 at 11:00am Location of Event: Blufft

Raising Healthy Eaters, Slow Flow Vinyasa, More at Hilton Head Branch Library

Big Screen Matinee Enjoy the town’s free big screen at our monthly showings with refreshments. Vegan: Everyday Stories is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of four remarkably different people who share a common thread - they're all vegan. The movie traces the personal journeys of an ultramarathon runner who has overcome addiction to compete in one hundred mile races, a cattle rancher's wife who creates the first cattle ranch turned farmed animal sanctuary in Texas, a food truck owner cooking up knee-buckling plant-based foods, and an 8-year-old girl who convinces her family of six to go vegan. There are a number of great movies focusing on why to go vegan or featuring pe

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