Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Calhoun Falls Library closed for a couple of days

I hate to be the bearer of bad news --- but it's mighty cold these days @ the Calhoun Falls Library. Our heater went out yesterday, and we've had to close the branch for the next few days while the problem is being dealt with. We're working with the town of Calhoun Falls to get us back open (and toasty warm) just as soon as possible. In the meantime, please come visit us at our branches in Abbeville or Donalds.

We'll be back open in Calhoun Falls just as soon as possible!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A comparison of more than 11 years of Public Library Survey data suggests that service changes in U.S. public libraries are having an impact on visitation and circulation, as record numbers of people now use public libraries nationwide. Several findings from the survey include:

*** The availability of Internet terminals in public libraries rose sharply between 2000 and 2007, increasing by 90 percent on a per capita basis. This dramatic increase is one example of the way U.S. public libraries are expanding their range of services to meet patron demand.
*** Between 1997 and 2007, per capita visits to public libraries increased nationwide by 19 percent. During the same period per capita circulation increased by 12 percent. This growth in demand for library services occurred even as people increasingly turned to the Internet to meet other information needs.
*** The study identified very different trajectories between urban and rural communities for select service trends, highlighting the importance of local context for identifying patron needs and improving services.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

2nd Annual Cookie Contest

The 2nd annual library/4H Cookie Contest was a big success! With 17 dozen cookies, the judges had their work cut out for them. A great time was had by all (but we all ate WAY too many cookies!). Between the ages of 8 and 13? Start choosing your recipe for next year . . .

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

2009 Teens' Top Ten

More than 11,000 teen voters chose Paper Towns as their favorite book in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten! The online poll took place from Aug. 24 through Sept. 18, with the winners announced during Teen Read Week by WWE Divas Brie Bella and Nikki Bella.

And the winners are:

1. Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
2. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
4. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
5. Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
7. Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
8. Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
9. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
10. Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Come check 'em out!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"Based on the best-selling book series, The Twilight Saga: New Moon is the highly anticipated next installment to the movie Twilight.

With over 53 million books in print, hundreds of fan sites, and numerous critical accolades and awards, Twilight has become a worldwide sensation and cultural phenomenon that has defined a generation.

In New Moon, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) is devastated by the abrupt departure of her vampire love, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) but her spirit is rekindled by her growing friendship with the irresistible Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner). Suddenly she finds herself drawn into the world of the werewolves, ancestral enemies of the vampires, and finds her loyalties tested."

Read -- or reread! -- the Twilight series, available @ your library, and you'll enjoy the movies even more!

Source: The American Library Association

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

"Stories were built for these hard times"

Jon Phillips, publisher and editor of Bookmarks Magazine, wrote an interesting editorial recently about the intersection of reading and our current economic situation. Some highlights:

"Bruce Springsteen said that, in hard times, "people go to storytellers". . . . We turn to novels and stories for solace, entertainment, and enlightenment."

"Reading -- it's great for you, and it's easy on your wallet. Stories were built for these hard times."

To read the full article, check out Bookmarks Magazine -- at your local library!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

New music @ your library

Feel like a little music? Check out the latest @ your library!

A little bit country? Try

Keith Urban's Defying Gravity,
Brad Paisley's American Saturday Night,
George Strait's Twang
Brooks & Dunn's #1s . . . and then some,
Reba McEntire's Keep on Loving You

A little bit rock n roll? Try

The Black Eyed Peas' The E.n.d
Daughtry's Leave this Town
Green Day's 21st Century Breakdown

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New books just in today!

Our pile of 'new books' is high this morning, with additions from Ruth Rendell, Robert B. Parker, Jeanette Walls, William Styron, John Sandford, Michael Connelly, A.S. Byatt, Nevada Barr, Jonathan Kellerman, and even Valerie Bertinelli. Yes, they've all got new books out, and they're all available from the library system. Come by and get a pile of your own to take home!

Friday, October 02, 2009

Join us on Facebook!

The Abbeville County Library System now has a Facebook page! Become a fan by clicking on "Facebook" to your right.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Friends of the Library will be on the Abbeville Square this Saturday during Art on the Square. Stop by between 10:00 and 1:00 to pick up some great books at bargain prices!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Did you know?

Did you know that the Agnew Branch Library in Donalds has over 12,000 titles? That's right! Last week, the library hit its 12,000 mark, and as of Wednesday morning has 12,019 titles. That includes books, movies on DVD and movies on VHS, music CDs, magazines, books on tape and books on CD.

The same library card is good at the libraries in Abbeville, in Calhoun Falls, and in Donalds, so come see all your libraries have to offer!

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Don't forget to join us!

Remember, Christian novelist Beverly Lewis will be speaking and signing books at the Abbeville Opera House this Saturday! Join us at 7 pm for a chance to hear this popular author. The library system is proud to host this free event -- don't miss it!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Time for a little laugh --

Click on the comic to make it larger (and easier to read!)

Friday, August 14, 2009

Beverly Lewis visit!

We are so pleased to be hosting Beverly Lewis on September 12! She will be reading from her works, answering questions, and signing books -- so come on out and join us! What a great opportunity to hear one of the most popular authors in Christian fiction -- free!

Where? The Abbeville Opera House
When? Saturday, September 12
What time? 7 pm

Hosted by The Abbeville County Library System

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

New today!

Stop by the new fiction shelf for lots of great new titles! Among those available starting today are:

Alibi by Teri Woods
The Deep Blue Sea for Beginners by Luanne Rice
Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove
Rules of Vengeance by Christopher Reich
Sidney Sheldon's Mistress of the Game by Tilly Bagshawe
The Siege by Stephen White
The Traffickers by W.E.B. Griffin
That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo
While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty

See you @ the library!

Monday, July 20, 2009

TV @ the library!

You know we've got books, movies, music, and magazines, but did you know we've got . . . television? Some of your favorite classic tv shows are available on DVD and VHS from the libraries --

The Andy Griffith Show
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
The Honeymooners
Little House on the Prairie
I Love Lucy
The Little Rascals
The Lone Ranger
and more!

Check some out today, and rewind to that golden age of television!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Upcoming special event at the Abbeville Library! Mark your calendar!


with storytelling, audience participation, puppetry, magic, and music by children's performer GREG ZELEZNIK
Everyone is invited to attend this free program.
Come join the fun -- it's magical!

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

New books by your favorite authors!

How to get through a hot summer? Grab a lemonade, hit that hammock, and relax with the new book by one of your favorite authors. These are just out for July:

The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder by Rebecca Wells
The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
Burn by Linda Howard
Black Hills by Nora Roberts
A Plague of Secrets by John Lescroart
The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock
and the perfectly timed
Killer Summer by Ridley Pearson

Stop by the library for these and other great new titles!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Espresso Self = Serious Fun!

We drank coffee, we ate coffee beans, and yes, we painted with coffee grounds. It was 'all coffee, all the time' this past Monday night at the teen Espresso Self. You can tell everybody had some serious fun!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Monday night -- Espresso Self at the Abbeville Library

Are you 12 - 18? Then come join us Monday night at Espresso Self at the Abbeville Library. We'll be drinking coffee, painting with espresso, hanging out, and having a ball. 6-7 pm at the Abbeville Library, Monday, July 22. Don't miss it!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Sign-up for the summer reading program!

Sign up for the kids summer reading program! Keep track of your reading time and win prizes throughout the summer! See you . . . at the library

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

New bestsellers available today!

Several popular authors have new books coming out today:

Phillip Margolin's Fugitive
Laurell K. Hamilton's Skin Trade
Danielle Steel's Matters of the Heart
Alice Hoffman's The Story Sisters
John Updikes' My Father's Tears

All these titles are available at bookstores for the first time today. Even better, they're available for check out at your local library -- absolutely free! Check the catalog link on the right to see other great new titles!

Thursday, May 28, 2009


Join us for the 2009 Summer Reading Program, and Be Creative @ the Library!



June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug 5

June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, Aug 5

June 18, June 25, July 9, July 16, July 23, July 30, Aug 6



June 12, June 19, July 10, July 17, July 24, July 31

LOOK OUT! Mother Goose is on the loose and ready to strengthen your baby's foundation for literacy with rhymes, rhythm, repetition, story, and movement.
Geared for babies 1 month to 24 months.

Parents and caregivers should stay with children during all storytimes

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Library use is up throughout the nation -- and throughout Abbeville County

"Library use is up -- as belts tighten, people who might have bought a book in flusher times suddenly remember this fantastic free civic resource. . . .libraries are free, welcoming and comforting spaces: you don't feel judged or like you should be buying something. And these days, libraries offer more than books. Did you know that according to the American Library Association, 73 percent of libraries provide the only free Internet access in their communities? In rural areas it's 83 percent. For many out-of-work people looking for jobs, for low-income students who don't have the Internet at home, the library provides the only access to information technology they can afford."

From: Katha Pollitt's article "Stimulating Reading" in the Feb. 9 issue of The Nation

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

People just don't read books anymore . . .

You can just imagine my reaction when someone told me last night that, "people just don't read books anymore". If you've been at any of our libraries lately and seen the people leaving with big stacks of reading material, you'll know that it's just not true. If you've heard us calling delighted patrons to tell them that their books are in, you'll know that it's just not true. And when you see the numbers for library use in the past year, well . . . you get the picture!

In the past year (May 5, 2008 to May 5, 2009):

At the Donalds Library, people have checked out 13,835 items

At the Calhoun Falls Library, people have checked out 10,602 items

At the Abbeville Library, people have checked out 55,909 items

That totals 80,346 items checked out of the libraries in the last year.

This reflects those big stacks of books, and also the movies, music, magazines and learning toys which are available at the libraries.

Come by and see if you don't leave with a sackful, too!

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Photo contest winners portray 'Day in the Life of South Carolina'

"The county library staff must be fairly photogenic.

Two photos taken in the Abbeville County Library System earned awards in the third annual National Library Week “Day in the Life of South Carolina Libraries” photo contest sponsored by the South Carolina State Library.

“Throughout National Library Week, librarians from across the state photograph the work that is done to help patrons,” Abbeville director Mary Elizabeth Land said. “The Abbeville County Library System placed second statewide in the Librarians Helping Patrons category and earned an honorable mention in the Most Humorous category.”

The Librarians Helping Patrons photo featured Rita Brownett helping Ashley Weyer at the Donalds Library, and the humorous honorable mention photo showed Land reading to a guinea pig with the subhead “Story time isn’t just for people.”

Contest categories also included Best Overall and Librarians as Technology Gurus. From statewide submissions, two winners were selected in each category as well as six total honorable mentions, according to a news release from the State Library. Judging criteria was based on composition, quality, subject, lighting, creativity and the ability to capture the spirit of South Carolina libraries."

By JENNIFER COLTON for the Index Journal /
Tuesday, April 28, 2009