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Mar 26, 2012
Curtis Rogers

Nikky Finney, National Book Award Winner Reads from Head Off and Split

Join the Friends of the Richland County Public Library and the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies for a the 2012 Southern Writers Series that features several of the South’s best authors. All events are held at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.

Nikky Finney, 6 p.m., Thursday, March 22. Finney’s fourth poetry collection, Head Off & Split, was awarded the 2011 National Book Award for poetry. She is also the author of the story collection Heartwood, editor of The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets. A native of South Carolina, Finney is currently a professor of English and creative writing at the University of Kentucky.

Mar 22, 2012
Curtis Rogers


We hope that you will help us identify those who have had a statewide impact on literacy, by nominating individuals or groups for the South Carolina Annual Literacy Leader (ALL) awards for 2012.

The ALL awards are presented by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in the fall of each year to from one to three individuals and / or groups who have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. Their contributions can include the following kinds of activities:

  • developing and implementing innovative and creative approaches to literacy education;
  • establishing models of best practices in literacy education;
  • providing service to under-served groups and communities;
  • providing funding and support for these kinds of programs; or
  • making other statewide contributions deemed appropriate by the Committee.

Recipients can be any individuals, agencies, organizations or corporations with a local presence in South Carolina, regardless of their primary place of residence or corporate headquarters.

Nominations should take the form of a one-page letter summarizing the statewide impact of the nominee with respect to the award criteria. Nominations should be received no later than April 23, 2012.

Send your nominations by email to:

Bobbi Kennedy, Chair of the ALL Nominations Committee  and Sam Hastings, Director SLIS or by mail to:

Dr. S. K. Hastings
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Carolina
Davis College
1501 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208

Previous Winners Include:

2007 Recipients:

Hon. Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Hon. Lanny Littlejohn
Rachel Hodges
Tommy Preston
Dr. Dan Barron

2008 Recipients:

REACH 2010 MUSC, Georgetown and Charleston County Public Libraries
South Carolina ETV
Jane Connor, State Library

2009 Recipients:

Callee Boulware and SC Reach Out and Read
Rodney Graves, Spartanburg High School
Ida Thompson, Richland One

2010 Recipients:

AT&T African American History Calendar
Charleston: A Community of Readers
Ginger Shuler, Richland County Public Library

2011 Recipients:

Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ Children’s Department
Junior Achievement of Central SC
Sarah Katherine DeVenny

We appreciate your help in recognizing these important people and organizations who contribute so much to our state.  The tentative date for the 2012 award ceremony is Tuesday September 11, 2012.


Bobbi Kennedy

Chair, Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Nominating Committee


Mar 7, 2012
Curtis Rogers

Jason Ryan book talk – pt. 2 (panel discussion)

If you’re interested in learning more about the details and first hand stories behind Jason Ryan’s Jackpot, be sure to watch part 2 of his book discussion at the Richland County Public Library.

Mar 1, 2012
Curtis Rogers

Jason Ryan Book Talk pt. 1

Join the Friends of the Richland County Public Library, the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies with support from USC’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, for a book discussion and signing by Jason Ryan, the second event in the 2012 Southern Writers Series that features several of the South’s best authors, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.

Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs. Through interviews with kingpins, smugglers, investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as research of trials and legal proceedings, news archives and government records, Ryan has created a narrative that details the rise and fall of the gentlemen smugglers in the lowcountry of South Carolina in the 1970s.

The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring: Bob Jendron, Assistant U.S. Attorney and leading prosecutor in the case; Bart Daniel, former U.S. Attorney and a lead prosecutor in the case; Jack Swerling, a defense attorney in the case; and Robert Stewart, former Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, who also worked the case.

Ryan is a former staff reporter for The State and now lives in Charleston.

The Friends of RCPL is a nonprofit organization that works to raise support for and awareness of the library. Friends’ memberships begin at only $25. Visit or call (803) 988-0885 for more details on membership or this special event.

The Institute for Southern Studies, which promotes the varied resources available at USC and in the community, is led by Dr. Walter Edgar. For more information on the Institute, call (803) 777-2340.