The South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press announce the five books named finalists in the 2014 South Carolina First Novel Competition. The finalists are That Strange Darkness by Matthew Boedy of Columbia, John Lee by Mary Fancher of Greer;Whereabouts by Scott Gould of Greenville; Grave Dust from the Islands Far by James Edwin McTeer II of Lexington; and An Early Harvest by David A. Wright of Travelers Rest. Thirty-four unpublished manuscripts were submitted for the prize.
The winner will be announced in early June and will have his or her book published in 2015 by Hub City Press of Spartanburg.
Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Last Halftime Walkand Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, is this year’s judge of the biennial First Novel contest. Originally from the Carolinas, Fountain now lives in Dallas, TX.
The three previous First Novel winners are Brian Ray of Columbia, author of Through the Pale Door (2008), selected by Percival Everett; Matt Matthews of Greenville, author ofMercy Creek (2010), selected by Bret Lott; and Susan Tekulve, author of In the Garden of Stone, selected by Josephine Humphreys.
The South Carolina First Novel Prize is funded by the South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and the Phifer/Johnson Foundation of Spartanburg, SC. The Humanities CouncilSC and the SC State Library are founding partners.
Looking for a summer activity for your student? Several South Carolina agencies sponsor camps and creative programs throughout the summer. The State Museum has a list of day camps and programs. Summer reading programs (sponsored by the State Library) are offered at the county libraries throughout the state. A comprehensive list of camps for special needs students is available through the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program. Camp Wildwood and other hunting camps are sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. There are also programs at the parks. And don’t forget the colleges and universities! USC and Clemson host tons of programs for kids of all ages!
Libraries often have photographs, local histories, maps, family papers and/or genealogical documents that could reach a wider audience if digitized and made available online. The South Carolina State Library’s new Digitization in a Box Project allows South Carolina’s public libraries with limited resources an opportunity to highlight their unique collections.
The Digitization in a Box Project allows public libraries in South Carolina to borrow scanning equipment, laptop, and software from the State Library to start a new digitization project. Staff from libraries who participate in this program will be provided hands-on training from State Library staff on best practices of scanning, workflows, metadata, and promotion. Equipment will be loaned for a 2 month period.
The purpose of this new program is to encourage libraries to make available digital collections to support the educational, recreational, and informational needs of citizens. Collections will be hosted at the South Carolina Digital Library (scmemory.org) and searchable at the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la).
For project proposal form, guidelines, and additional information, please visit http://statelibrary.sc.libguides.com/digital-collections/diab.
The Columbia Museum of Art is curating a student photography exhibition entitled “46 Main Street, South Carolina: The place to be in all 46 counties.” The goal of the exhibition is to capture a streetscape in all 46 South Carolina counties. It can be any street in your county that you consider the “main drag.”
This is the 5th year of this program. Each year, a different theme is chosen. The South Carolina State Library is partnering with the Columbia Museum of Art by encouraging young people from all 46 counties to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for library youth patrons to show off their photography skills. Deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014. Click here for more information and registration form.
Do you enjoy listening to audiobooks in your car or when working out? NoveList Plus, provided by the South Carolina State Library through Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library, now includes audiobook recommendations? Visit the NoveList Plus page to find listening suggestions for your next audiobook!
9:00-10:30 Workshop Session 1
10:45-12:15 Workshop Session 2
12:35-1:30 Storytime Lunch
1:30-3:00–Workshop Session 3: Master Storytelling Workshop with Featured Teller John Fowler
3:15-4:45 Workshop Session 4
5:00-6:00 Featured Teller Performance
The Greenville County Library System is the winner of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA)/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award.
Greenville County Library System was selected for its extensive work in creating “Intentional Strides,” which increased programs, library services and staff awareness of serving individuals with disabilities and special needs in Greenville County. The library also dedicated funds from its operating budget specifically to enhance and improve library programs, services and staff awareness with regard to patrons with disabilities.
The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.
The Greenville County Library System will be recognized at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 28.
For more information, please contact the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies at email@example.com.
The South Carolina Association for Volunteer Administration (SCAVA) and the Governor’s Office are pleased to announce that the 2014 Annual Governor’s Volunteer Awards Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Lace House in Columbia and will be followed by an awards luncheon.
Nine awards will be awarded in the following categories:
• Direct Service Volunteer – Jean Snellings, Oconee County Public Library
• Community Leader Volunteer – Lee Gardner, Family Trust Federal Credit Union
• Volunteer Group – Ninth Circuit Solicitor’s Office Victim Impact Panel
• Youth Individual Volunteer – Alexis Violette, Roper Hospital
• Volunteer Family – Bob and Norma Gebo, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital
• Workplace Agency/Association – Colonial Life
• Legacy Volunteer – Eric Douglas DeVan, SC Department of Juvenile Justice
• Robin Burns Volunteer Administrator – Regina Brown, Palmetto Health
• AmeriCorps Member of the Year (2) – Kevin McMichael, United Way – Sumter County & Jean Wood, United Way – Greenville County
These awards, presented by SCAVA, recognize volunteers and volunteer programs that have demonstrated dedication, commitment, and determination in promoting and supporting volunteerism throughout South Carolina and have worked to strengthen communities and improve the quality of life for South Carolina residents through service.
For more information, please contact Brandy Singleton at 864-622-1815 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 2015 Latino Children’s & Young Adults’ Literature and Literacies National Conference
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- Center Announces Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Speaker Series
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