Through a grant from the South Carolina State Library using funds from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the Kershaw County Library will be encouraging reading and discussion of Barbara Kingsolver’s book Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.
Recounting the year she and her family committed to eat only locally produced food, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author discusses both their efforts, which included growing their own produce, raising chickens, and buying from local farmers and farmers’ markets directly; and why. To that point, Kingsolver raises issues related to modern food production and the way most eat today, including discussion of genetically modified food, the cost of transporting food internationally, and a lost connection with the natural world (and good tasting food).
“We believe the points made in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle will resonate. Many people have farmers in their family only a generation or two back, and that connection is still alive and well. Regardless of political persuasion, we have a lot of enthusiasm for gardening, local farming, and self-sufficiency,” states Library Director Amy Schofield. “It’s visible in the thriving farmer’s market, the proliferation of backyard gardens, and also in the concern I’ve heard expressed many times on how we can create a more healthy community and respect our natural world.”
To promote this book, the library will have extra copies available for checkout, and independent bookseller Books on Broad will have discounted copies on hand. In addition, book talk events are planned and some of the ideas discussed in the book will be placed into action. Throughout the summer the library will be hosting book discussions, cooking demonstrations with chefs and nutritionists, gardening workshops through the Kershaw County Master Gardeners, and even chicken coop building how-to sessions with local woodworker Anthony Hawkesworth.
As a way to promote the book (and its ideas) to families, the library will be providing a community garden on land adjacent to the Camden location, generously provided by The Mullikin Law Firm. Families are encouraged to learn with this garden, which will be called The Growing Plot. A kick-off event for The Growing Plot is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3 at the Camden Library.
Children ages 5 and up will make a seed necklace that sprouts when worn, with guided instruction by representatives from the Certified SC Grown program, a division of the SC Department of Agriculture.
Schofield summarized the Book to Action project by stating that “the idea is to not only to read a book and talk about it, but also to be inspired by the ideas it raises, and from that inspiration do something positive for yourself and the community.”
A panel of judges selected 30 pieces of poetry and prose from almost 500 submissions for publication in Fall Lines alongside invited poetry from SC Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth (sponsored by the Roe Young State Farm Agency) and essays from Christopher Dickey, Josephine Humphries, Ray McManus and more. Two new prizes for the literary arts, sponsored by Friends of the Richland Library, will also be given on Sunday including the Saluda River Prize for Poetry, which will be awarded to Mary Hutchins Harris of Daniel Island, SC, and the Broad River Prize for Prose which will be awarded to Nicola Waldron of Columbia. A certificate and check for $250 will accompany each prize. In addition, via a relationship with the South Carolina Academy of Authors, Fall Lines will also publish the SCAA 2014 fellowship winners in fiction and poetry, Nancy Brock and Jo Angela Edwins, respectively.
“Richland Library is not only interested in offering the best in literature to our community, we also value writers and want to support their work and success,” says Tony Tallent, director of literary and learning at Richland Library. “Partnering with Jasper to make Fall Lines a reality allows a new opportunity to explore the library’s role in supporting writers and unleashing their creations to our community and the world.”
A 98-page perfect bound book with cover art by W. Heyward Sims, Fall Lines is published by Muddy Ford Press in lieu of the summer issue of Jasper Magazine and was edited by 2014 Verner Award recipient and Jasper editor-in-chief Cindi Boiter with poetry editor Ed Madden.
Fall Lines will be distributed in select locations including all branches of the Richland Library, USC Press offices on Senate Street, the One Columbia office on Taylor Street, Gallery West, Ed’s Editions, Trustus Theatre, If Art, Tapps Arts Center, City Art, 701 Whaley CCA, the SC Arts Commission, and the Jasper Studio in the historic Arcade at 1332 Main Street. Fall Lines will also be available as an E-book via Richland Library and for purchase from Amazon.com, BandN.com, and MuddyForPress.com.
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!
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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
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