Food donations can wipe out your old library fines

First Posted: 6:17 am - November 18th, 2015

Michael Kaltwang - Whispers in the Stacks -

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We’ve all heard it (or said it): “So many books, so little time!” Keep in mind, though, the library is far more than just books. We offer free computer access, cultural events, introduction to new computer skills, help with job searches, activities with local community organizations and even a way to learn foreign languages!

As we enter the Thanksgiving holiday season, I want to express my thanks to our wonderful community. I am thankful for the brilliant library staff and the faithful patrons and friends of the Chesterfield County Library System who have welcomed me with open arms.

Chesterfield County is truly an awesome place, especially when it comes to our stellar public library system. We have too many good things going on to list here — do yourself a favor and come by to see for yourself!

I hope you make plans to visit your local public library this month to check out all of the tremendous things inside. For example, many people aren’t aware that Matheson Memorial Library (the Cheraw branch library) provides free access to Ancestry.com for all of you with an interest in tracing family history. Matheson also has a magnificent history room brimming with goodies related to South Carolina history.

We also have many online resources available from our website: www.chesterfield.lib.sc.us. We are constantly updating the content of our website and if you have suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know!

Fine-free December: “Food for Fines” — In an effort to help start 2016 off right, we are offering “a clean slate” for all patrons who have overdue fines and lost books. Bring non-expired canned goods to your local library as a donation to The Good Samaritan Colony food pantry, and we will give you credit for your overdue fines ($1 credit for each can donated — five cans donated will wipe out all overdue fines, even if you have $10 worth of overdue fines accumulated).

Also, turn the couch cushions over and find our missing books — if you bring them back in December, we will waive all lost book fines on your account. We will accept canned food donations throughout December, even if you don’t have fines but want to donate to a great cause!


Cheraw (Matheson Memorial Library)

• Nov. 19 — Teen Art Show at 5:30 p.m.

• Nov. 24 — Movie, “Ricky and The Flash” at 2 p.m.

• Nov. 25 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.

Chesterfield Library

• Nov. 24 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.

Pageland Community Library

• Nov. 19 — Seated tai chi at 2 p.m.

Let me end this column by quoting the brilliant American writer Sidney Sheldon who said, “Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life.”

Remember that these libraries are your libraries. Please take a few minutes to stop by one of the five county libraries this month and discover all of the great treasures waiting for you!

Michael Kaltwang is director of the Chesterfield County Library System.


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