I hope your recent and upcoming holidays are filled with fellowship, food and plenty of great books. Eat, drink and be literary!
If you need reading material ideas for the month of December, let me point you to a few we have available:
• “The Japanese Lover” by Isabel Allende
• “The Crossing” by Michael Connelly
• “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto” by Mitch Albom
• “The Bazaar of Bad Dreams” by Stephen King
• “Career of Evil” by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
• “Wyoming Rugged” by Diana Palmer
• “Tom Clancy’s Commander-in-Chief” by Mark Greaney
• “Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless” by Tilly Bagshawe
• “Blood, Salt, Water” by Denise Mina
• “The Guilty” by David Baldacci
• “Tricky Twenty-two” by Janet Evanovich
• “All Dressed in White” by Mary Higgins Clark
Fine-free December (“Food for Fines”) — Bring non-expired canned goods to any of the five public libraries in Chesterfield County 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).
We will accept canned food donations throughout December, even if you don’t have fines but want to donate to a great cause!
The Winter Reading Scavenger Hunt for ages 4-18 began on Tuesday and continues through Thursday, Dec. 17.
Our new teen literary magazine for ages 12-18 will begin taking submissions the month of December. Please see our website or get a flier at your local branch for rules and information on how to submit your original work.
Cheraw (Matheson Memorial Library)
• Wednesdays, Dec. 9, 16, 30 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.
• Wednesdays, Dec. 9, 16 — Storytime at 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 10 — Afterschool ornament-making party at 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 11 — “De-Stressing During The Holidays.” Please join Janett Watt, LPC, for a relaxing program that will include topics such as overscheduling, overspending and overeating. Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome and there is no cost! Sponsored by McLeod Health Cheraw.
• Tuesday, Dec. 22 — Movie, “Grace of Monaco” at 2 p.m.
• Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Thursdays at 2 p.m. — Computer training for adults, by appointment only. Call 843-537-3571 for an appointment.
• Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.
• Mondays, Dec. 7, 14 — Storytime at 11 a.m.
• Monday, Dec. 7 – Afterschool ornament-making party at 3:30 p.m.
• Monday, Dec. 7 — Chesterfield County Library System’s annual Christmas Tea at 5 p.m. Holiday-themed singing and other performances from area church and civic groups. Light refreshments will be served.
• Tuesday, Dec. 15 – Movie, “The Age of Adaline” at 2 p.m.
Jefferson (Fannie D. Lowry Memorial Library)
• Mondays, Dec. 7, 14, 21 – Microsoft digital literacy training at 11 a.m.
• Friday, Dec. 18 — Movie, “Selma” at 2:30 p.m.
• Wednesday, Dec. 9 — Afterschool ornament-making party at 3:30 p.m.
McBee Depot Library
• Tuesdays, Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29 — Microsoft digital literacy training at 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 10 – Spirit of McBee High School band. Call for time.
• Thursday, Dec. 17 — Movie, “Selma” at 2:30 p.m.
Pageland Community Library
• Tuesday, Dec. 8, 15 — Storytime at 11 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 3 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.
• Monday, Dec. 7, 14, 21 – Computer basics for adults at 10:30 a.m.
• Tuesday, Dec. 8 — Afterschool ornament-making party at 3:30 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 11 — Movie, “A Christmas Memory” at 11:30 a.m.
• Thursday, Dec. 17 — Seated tai chi at 2 p.m.
• Friday, Dec. 18 – Holiday craft activity for adults at 10:30 a.m.
Other newsworthy notes
The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the agreement of a two-year statewide subscription to the TumbleBook Library for all South Carolina public libraries.
The TumbleBook Library collection includes more than 500 fiction and nonfiction animated and talking story and chapter books. Also included in the collection are French and Spanish books as well as National Geographic videos, puzzles, games and songs; all resources designed to teach children the joy of reading and learning.
South Carolina public library patrons now have unlimited access to the TumbleBook Library from computers or mobile devices, so this great resource can be used in the library, at home or on the go. Just visit the Chesterfield County Library System website and click on the TumbleBook Library link from our homepage!
Let me end this column by quoting author Neil Gaiman who said, “Google can bring you back 100,000 answers. A librarian can bring you back the right one.”
Remember that libraries are community hubs. We provide access, we innovate, we promote literacy and we advocate for your right to read and your right to reader privacy. 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.