Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Hours

The Abbeville County Library System will be closed for New Year's on Sunday, January 1 and Monday, January 2. We'll reopen with regular hours on Tuesday, January 3.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012. Fill your year with great books, movies, and music from your local library!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Holiday hours

We've got just the thing to get you in that holiday spirit. Come in now to stock up on great Christmas novels, children's books, movies, and music!

Stop by in the next few days, because the Abbeville Library will be closed
Thursday, Dec. 22nd through Monday, Dec. 26th.

The Calhoun Falls Library will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 21st through
Tuesday, Dec. 27th.

The Donalds Library will be closed Thursday, Dec. 22nd through Monday, Dec. 26th.

We wish everyone a happy, healthy holiday!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Polar Express Storytime!

Get ready for the holiday season! Join us at the Abbeville Library for a Polar Express Storytime on Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm. Wear your pajamas and grab your teddy bear to hear this classic story.

Monday, November 21, 2011

It's almost Thanksgiving

Load up now with lots of great books, movies, and music for the holiday weekend! The libraries will be closed from Thursday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 27. We'll be back to our regular hours on Monday the 28th.
Come see us today, tomorrow, or Wednesday to stock up for the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Here at the libraries, we're thankful for each other, for our sweet patrons, and for lots and lots of good books!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Teen Read Week winners

During Teen Read Week, teens at the Abbeville County Library System could vote for their favorite book. Everyone who voted got a chance at the Teen Read Week prize drawing. The winners? Breaking Dawn got the most votes for favorite book, and Samuel Dowtin won this year's prize. Congratulations to Samuel (and to author Stephanie Meyer, for writing this year's Abbeville teen book winner!)

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Geek the Library!

Everyone is passionate about something — everyone ‘geeks’ something — and the public library supports it all!

What do YOU geek??

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

What's on your TV?

Don't forget that you can check out DVDs of many of your favorite TV shows free of charge from the library! Into True Blood? or is Friends more your speed? Marcus Welby, MD? Whatever you like, we've got something for you!

Swing by the library and take home some great TV!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Author Chris Crutcher will visit Abbeville on September 21! Don't miss it!

The Abbeville County Library System

and the

Abbeville Rotary Club



He is the nationally known author of Angry Management, Stotan!, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, and many others.

What? Book talk by author Chris Crutcher

Where? The Abbeville Opera House

When? September 21 at 11:00 am

We're excited to bring this great author to Abbeville! Don't miss this free public event!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Feelin' younger every day!

Want to relive your high school years? What about your middle school years?

Dying to see some of the great hairdos and fashions of the 60s, 70s, and 80s?

The Abbeville Library has copies of The Panther (the Abbeville High School yearbook) from 1950 to 2011, as well as of The Wildcat (the Wright Middle School yearbook) from 1987 to 2010.

The Donalds Library has copies of the Dixie High School yearbook from 1981 to 1996 and of the Erskine College yearbook from 1939 to 2010.

Calhoun Falls Library has copies of the Flashes yearbook from 1946 to 2006.

Come visit the library and take a peak into the past with these fabulous yearbooks!

*** Did you guess the photos? It's Will Smith, Gwenyth Paltrow, Tom Cruise, and Cameron Diaz in their yearbook photos. Now, come check out the local celebrities in the yearbooks at the libraries!

Friday, September 02, 2011


Check out the SC State Library on Grandparenting Resources -- and then, stop by the Abbeville Library to see our Grandparents Resource Center, located in the children's room. Happy Grandparent's Day!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Whom do you love?

Nominate the librarian you love at

Nominations are open for the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the accomplishments of librarians in public, school, college, community college and university libraries for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations are being accepted online at through Sept. 12. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Need a new book?

Need something new to read? We've got you covered!

Victory and Honor by W.E.B Griffin

Acceptable Loss by Anne Perry

Darkness, My Old Friend by Lisa Unger

Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons

Quinn by Iris Johansen

and many more! Come try something new!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"Hear" what's new!

New audiobooks at your local library:

Bad Moon Rising and Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Cemetery Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockmann

The Gate House by Nelson DeMille

L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker

School's Out -- Forever by James Patterson

and more, more, more! Come hear a good book!

Thursday, August 04, 2011


Join us at the Abbeville Library for our last adult program of the summer! Try different coffees, test your knowledge with our coffee quiz, and try your hand at painting with espresso beans! Monday, August 8 from 6-7 pm. Fabulous!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Children's performer Mark Daniel

We've 'visited' Africa, India, South America, Russia, and the Arctic. We've watched puppet shows and magic shows. We've earned prizes for reading all summer long. Now, it's time for the SUMMER READING WRAP-UP, featuring children's performer Mark Daniel. The fun begins Wednesday, August 3 at 10:00 am at the Abbeville Library. Come join the fun! (Those who have been awarded summer reading medals are encouraged to wear them -- show the world what you've achieved!)

Thursday, July 14, 2011


Who says kids have all the fun? Join us this Monday night for a chocolate tasting event for adults 18 and over!

You don't want to miss our Chocolate Tasting Event from 6 - 7 pm this Monday, July 18!! What's your favorite chocolate? Oh, the joys of a SWEET decision! At the libraries in Abbeville, Calhoun Falls, and Donalds .

Friday, July 08, 2011

No Rest for the Dead

"Alexander McCall Smith, Sandra Brown, Faye Kellerman, J.A. Jance, Jeffrey Deaver, Kathy Reichs, Lisa Scottoline, Jeff Lindsay.

These are just a handful of the names that make up the all-star lineup of authors behind
No Rest for the Dead."

Each chapter is written by a different bestselling author. Check it out!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Story behind the Story

Get the story behind the story with these new biographies:

Steven Tyler's Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?
The frontman of the classic rock band Aerosmith tells his story, including his rise to rock stardom in the 1970s, the band's drop in popularity, and their comeback in the late 1980s and 1990s.

Tim Tebow's Through My Eyes
One of the best quarterbacks in the history of college football traces his path to success, discussing his childhood as the son of Christian missionaries and how his faith and his drive to succeed have made him the person he is today.

Shania Twain's From this Moment On
Read the story of Canadian singer Shania Twain's rise to country music stardom.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Worldwide Knit in Public Event!

Join us at the Calhoun Falls Library this Thursday, June 30, for a Worlwide Knit in Public Event! From 6-7 pm, you can learn a simple stitch, meet others in the community, and see all your library has to offer. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Novel Destinations

The adult summer reading challenge is here! Pick up a brochure at any branch of the library system and start reading. Finish 10 challenges before the end of the summer to win a fun prize!

What else is new? These new titles:

Death Toll by Jim Kelly

"Kelly demonstarates his mastery at creating a convoluted puzzle that must be sorted out by even more complicated detectives. An excellent choice for fans of British police procedurals and 'locked-room' mysteries" (Library Journal).

Disturbance by Jan Burke

"Burke weaves a compelling tale, delivered at a fast-paced clip. The suspense is high and the characters complex" (USA Today).

Fallen by Karin Slaughter

"Move over, Catherine Coulter -- Slaughter may be today's top female suspense writer" (Library Journal).

Watch Me Die by Erica Spindler

"One woman's journey to recovery becomes her worst nightmare . . ."

Smokin Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

The latest exploits of New Jersey's favorite bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum

The Dog who Came in from the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith

"McCall Smith specializes in subplots that punctuate the book like polka dots, relying on his considerable literary skills to link them into a merry pattern of human events" (The Washington Times).

Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand

Hilderbrand "captures island life and all the intrigue that occurs when people live so closely together, surrounded by water. And her characters are so real -- you will love them, curse them, but most important, recognize them" (

Where will your reading take you?

Becky's Puppets!

Becky's Puppets will perform at 11:00 at the Abbeville Library on Wednesday, June 22. Come join us for this fun, free show!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Booksale Saturday!

Join us in the basement of the Abbeville Library on Saturday, June 18 from 9 am to 1 pm. The Friends of the Library will be selling donated and discarded books to raise funds for the libraries. $2.00 for hardcovers and $1.00 for paperbacks. Come take advantage of these great deals, and support your local library at the same time! Too cool!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Come one, come all! Summer Reading Kick-off is this Wednedsay, June 15 at 10 am at the Abbeville Library! Magician John Tudor will delight and amaze. Registration for the summer reading program begins right after the show. Don't miss this fabulous, free program!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day closing

The libraries in Abbeville, in Calhoun Falls, and in Donalds will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day. The Calhoun Falls library will also be closed on Sunday, May 29.

See you Tuesday for our regular hours!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Head on over!

New books GALORE hit the shelves this week! Head on over to your nearest library for great new fiction, non-fiction, movies, and music!

See you there!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Book Sale this Saturday on Trinity Street during Spring Festival!

The Friends of the Abbeville Libraries will be holding a BOOKSALE this Saturday! Look for them on Trinity Street during Spring Festival, from 9 to 5. This is a great chance to stock up on great reads at a great price and help support your local library, too! See you there!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Have you read?

Ok, here it is! The totally subjective, "these are some great books I've read recently" list:

How I Killed Pluto and Why it had it Coming by CalTech professor Mike Brown -- The story behind the 'death of pluto' as a planet, and a whole new appreciation for astronomy, written for those of us who are NOT CalTech professors!

Room by Emma Donoghue -- What happens when a little boy, raised in one room all his life, enters the wide world to help his mother escape their captor. A super well-written, on the edge of your seat read!

The Forgotten Garden, The House at Riverton, and The Distant Hours, all by Kate Morton -- I stop strangers, literally, to hand them these fabulous books. Luckily, I'm a librarian, so this isn't quite as wierd as it would be if I worked elsewhere!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer -- Other people have told you this is a great book, but you are understandably put off by the wierd title and cutesy cover. Ignore both of these, and start reading. It really is that good!

The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua -- if you are a mother, had a mother, know a mother, or were in any way raised by a mother, you will find this fascinating. The story of a mother trying to raise her children in a traditional Chinese way amid American culture and expectations. Interesting, readable, and certain to make you re-examine your own childhood.

Now, comment back with your own recommendations! You know I'm always looking for a good book -- --mel

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

So cool -- "There's an app for that!"

Several of the databases available through Discus have moved into the mobile arena! Now you can access those great Discus databases on your smartphone!

Gale Cengage Learning:
The AccessMyLibrary (AML) mobile app is now available for public, school and academic libraries.
For more information about each app -- the AML Public Edition, *AML School Edition and AML College Edition, just visit:

*For the AML School Edition, the DISCUS password will work as the initial student log-in.

Britannica Digital Learning:

Britannica has created Britannica MOBILE, a site specifically optimized for mobile phones. It currently only has the high school/college EB level, but Britannica will be adding the lower levels soon.

The link is:

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Thank you, Donalds Fire Department!

The Donalds Volunteer Fire Department recently surprised the Donalds Library with over $2000 worth of children's books! From picture books to non-fiction to chapter books, these will go a long way to update our children's collection. Come by to see these great new titles, and a big THANK YOU to our friends next door at the fire department! This is the just the kind of collaboration that makes being in a small town feel so good!

Friday, April 01, 2011

Money Smart Week @ your library

It's Money Smart Week @ your library! Come in for great, reliable information on budgeting, investing, and all things monetary!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pop some popcorn --

New movies at the libraries!

Embrace your inner computer nerd with The Social Network

Demand justice with Conviction

Run like the wind with Secretariat

Get familial with Due Date or Life as We Know It

Catch the adventure with Unstoppable or 127 Hours

There's something for every movie buff at the library!

Monday, March 07, 2011

Seuss Celebration!

He's In the Nick of Time and Ready to Rhyme!

So join us this Saturday, March 12 at the Abbeville Library for this free event!

It's a special Dr. Seuss celebration with magician and storyteller Mark Daniel. Don't miss it! The show starts at 3:30 -- see you there!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with these new titles!

The library system has just added two new novels to get you in the mood for St. Patrick's Day! Maeve Binchy's Minding Frankie is the story of a young girl being raised by a close-knit community in Dublin. Frank Delaney's The Matchmaker of Kenmare tells the story of Ben, collecting stories for the Irish Folklore Commission and traveling to meet the famed matchmaker of Kenmare.

St. Patrick's Day will be here before you know it, so get reading! :-)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Fit to print

New Books by some of your favorite authors -- available starting today!

Joyce Carol Oates -- A Widow's Story

J.D. Robb -- Treachery in Death

Joy Fielding -- Now You See Her

Jennifer Chiaverini -- The Union Quilters

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child -- Gideon's Sword

Michael Palmer -- A Heartbeat Away

Mark Childress -- Georgia Bottoms

Randy Wayne White -- Night Vision

T. C. Boyle -- When the Killing's Done