Library News & Notes

Library Ready to Launch Summer Reading Program

The Beaufort County Library team is gearing up for another fun Summer Reading season. Children of all ages, teens, and adults can register for the program beginning Monday, June 5 at any of the Library’s locations, including the Library’s new Bookmobile. The program’s premise is simple -- participants read books to win prizes. Participants choose what they want to read, and points are issued along the way. In addition to the reading component, participants can attend events built upon this year’s theme, “Build a Better World.” Teens, children, and families can participate in events centered on building structures, miniature cars, space crafts, and LEGOs. Staff from the South Carolina Aquariu

St. Helena Branch Closed 5/24

Wednesday, May 24: Due to a power outage, the St. Helena Branch Library will be closed for the remainder of the day. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Bookmobile Ribbon-Cutting

It's official! Members of County Council, County Administration, the Library Director, and Library Board of Trustee Members celebrated the unveiling of the Beaufort County Library system’s new Bookmobile yesterday at the Bluffton Branch Library. The Bookmobile will visit the branches of the Library system next week, we hope to see you there!

Shade Gardening, Adult Summer Reading and More at Hilton Head Branch Library

Adult Summer Reading Program Short Description of the Event: “Build a Better World” @ your library and win prizes for participation. Time and Date of the Event: June 3 – July 21 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: Priscilla Pomazal, 843-255-6524, Website: Meditation + Yoga Short Description of the Event: Group meditation is a great way to get support and develop a mindfulness routine for a brand new, spotty, or long-time practice. We sit in silence for 30 minutes. New to the program is that the meditation is to be followed by a 45-minute yoga session, to draw from heightened awareness to practice mindful movement. For meditation, us

Beaufort Branch Library has reopened!

Our Beaufort Branch has reopened! The Beaufort County Library system would like to extend a special thanks to Beaufort County Council, Beaufort County Administration, the Friends of the Beaufort Library, our patrons, and staff for all of the hard work, patience, and support during the renovation (carpet installation/new public internet computers).

Nature Walk, Yoga Storytime, Flower Program, More at the Bluffton Branch Library

Summer Reading Kickoff - Tinker and a Movie Build whatever you want and enjoy an awesome movie. All Ages. Time and Date of the Event: Monday, June 5 at 1:30pm Location of Event: Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: 843-255-6510, Website: Nature Walk Take a nature walk at the library and discover what critters and plants are outside. Ages 5 and up. Time and Date of the Event: Wednesday, June 7 at 10:00am Location of Event: Bluffton Branch Library 120 Palmetto Way Bluffton, SC 29910 Price of the Event: Free Contact Information: 843-255-6510, Website: beaufortco

Library Bookmobile Ribbon Cutting and Launch

Get a first look at the Beaufort County Library Bookmobile The Beaufort County Library system is holding a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the launch of its brand new Bookmobile. The community is invited to attend the event celebrating this momentous occasion. The ribbon-cutting will be held on May 22 at 1:00pm at the Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton, SC 29910. Bookmobile staff will be available to answer questions and attendees can tour the new Bookmobile from 2:00pm-5:00pm. The Bookmobile will bring popular books, audiobooks, and DVDs to more than 40 scheduled stops across Beaufort County. The Bookmobile will also make “Special Occasion” stops at community events and popular

“Be Free Or Die” Book Talk and “SC’s Liberty Trail”

The Beaufort District Collection (BDC) offers local history programs about the Revolutionary War and native son and hero, Robert Smalls, during June. “Be Free or Die” Author Reading Book talk, sale and signing with author Cate Lineberry whose latest book recounts the amazing story of Robert Smalls’s escape from slavery. Limited space. First come; first seated. Seating begins 20 minutes before program. Program is co-sponsored by the Beaufort County Historical Society. Time and Dates of Events: Session 1: Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 11:00am, BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 1st floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 Session 2: Thursday, June 22, 2017 at 3:00pm, BDC@ Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way

Summer 2017 Newsletter

Find out what's happening at all of our branches this summer. The Library's Summer 2017 Guide to Events and Services is now available for online viewing. Copies will be available in the branches soon. Like the cover art? That image is just one of many in our new Russell J. Arnsberger Postcard Collection. Check it out here!

Aquarium Visit, Live Music, Summer Reading Kick Off, & More at Hilton Head Branch Library

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff Short Description of Event: Kick off our summer series with the movie, Ender’s Game and pizza. Registration and a signed permission slip is required for this after hours event. Ages 12 and older. Time and Date of Event: Friday, June 2 from 5:00-7:00 pm Location of Event: Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head SC 29926 Price of Event: Free Contact info: Julie Bascom 843-255-6529, Website: Build-a-Bration Summer Reading Kickoff Short Description of Event: Drop by and get signed up for summer reading, create some amazing structures with our building toys, and visit some big trucks in the pa

Beaufort County Library Postcards Online

The Beaufort County Library is proud to announce its fifth online collection in partnership with the Lowcountry Digital Library during National Postcard Week, May 7 – 13, 2017. The Russell J. Arnsberger Postcard Collection includes over 350 postcards of houses, businesses, public buildings, street views, military base activities and structures in and around Beaufort, South Carolina. Some built structures pictured are no longer extant or have been greatly altered. Among the publishers represented in this collection of 20th century postcards are Albertype Company, Dexter Press, Charles G. Luther’s Pharmacy, the Crescent Drug Company, W.R. Bristol, Palmetto Studios and Photo Arts of Winnsboro,

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries

"I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of libraries—exploring the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Conroy's own personal library played in his writing life. This free program will also include an overview of the new Pat Conroy Literary Center, which continues Conroy’s legacy in his adopted hometown of Beaufort. Registration Required. Please contact (843) 255-6458 to reserve your seat. Thursday, May 25 at 2:00pm Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC 29902 FREE

Beaufort Branch Library to close for one week for new carpet installation

The Beaufort Branch of the Beaufort County Library system will be closed from Friday, May 12 through Saturday, May 20 for new carpet installation. The branch will reopen to the public on Monday, May 22. The Beaufort District Collection, the Library’s special local history and archives unit located on the 2nd floor of the library, will remain open during this time period. The branch will continue to receive books through the book return and library members will be able to pick up their reserved books (“holds”) in the front lobby from Monday, May 15 through Friday, May 19 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. No other services will be available during the closure. The Library recommends that Beaufort Branch

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