September is Library Card Sign-up Month. We at the Chesterfield County Library System would like to remind parents that a library card is one of the most important school supplies of all.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of children. It has been shown that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Library cards are free to those living in Chesterfield County. Your library card can be used at any CCLS branch. Your card also makes you eligible to borrow from public libraries throughout the state of South Carolina from members of the SCLends Consortium and it offers access to E-books.
To get a card, the parent or legal guardian must accompany the child to the library, present his or her ID and fill out an application.
In addition, if you have lost your card, replacement cards will be free during the month of September.
Matheson (Cheraw) Library and the Chesterfield County Friends of the Library are hosting a meet-and-greet to officially welcome our new library director, Michael Kaltwang. This event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16. Stop by to say hello and let Michael know what your library means to you.
Tickets are being sold during the month of September for the 24th annual Lunch in the Stacks event that is taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at the main branch in Chesterfield. Tickets are $10.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale will take place during the South Carolina Jazz Festival on Friday, Oct. 16 from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sale is located on the corner of Second Avenue and Market Street, behind the marketplace. All proceeds benefit the Chesterfield County Library System.
Chesterfield County Library System’s statistics for July show we had another busy month. We had a total of 6,671 patrons visit the five library branches A total of 6,044 adult and children’s books, DVDs and periodicals were checked out. Two-hundred sixty-eight E-books were circulated. In addition, 3,165 patrons accessed the computers.
The following are just a few of the new books at the branches: “Silver Linings” by Debbie Macomber, “Twice in a Lifetime” by Dorothy Garlock, “The Last Time I Saw Her” by Karen Robards and “Starlight on Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs.
Remember, September is Library Card Sign-up Month. Visit your library and get involved.
All libraries will be closed on Sept. 5 and Sept. 7 for Labor Day.
• Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.
• Sept. 15 — Movie, “The Longest Ride”
• Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.
• Sept. 22 — Movie, “My Old Lady” at 2 p.m.
• Sept. 26 – Meet and Greet with Michael Kaltwang from 2-4 p.m.
Jane Crossman is a library specialist for the Chesterfield County Library System.