May 22, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Oconee Library Volunteer Receives Governor’s Award

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

May 21, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Second US-China Children’s Literature Symposium – June 22 – 24

The University of South Carolina, the School of Library and Information Science, and the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium invite you to attend the second US-China Children’s Literature Symposium at the University of South Carolina, June 22- 24. This event, co-sponsored by Ocean University in Qingdao, China and the USC Confucius Institute, will feature research presentations by scholars from China, the US and Canada. Click here for more information.





May 20, 2014
Curtis Rogers

41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference – June 18 – 21

The University of South Carolina and the Carolina Children’s Literature Consortium invite you to attend the 41st Annual Children’s Literature Association Conference, which will take place June 18-21, 2014 in Columbia, SC. This year’s conference, themed, “Diverging Diversities,” will examine the myriad ways in which authors, artists, publishers and scholars of contemporary children’s and young adult literature and culture are addressing diversity in the face of rapidly shifting U.S. demographics. Features of this year’s conference include author/illustrator Anita Lobel, a Diversity Committee plenary session on children’s literature as big business, and much more.  For more information, please contact Dr. C.A. Copeland at 803-351-8095 or



May 20, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Georgetown County Library to Host Heritage Fair

Old scrapbooks, family letters, photographs and other precious reminders of our past, are items that the Georgetown County Library works daily to preserve. But what about your personal family photos, and items of the past? How do you preserve them for future generations?

Come to the Georgetown County Library on May 31, June 14th and July 12th from 10:00-12:00PM and learn how to scan and safely store these items. Visit with area museums and cultural groups to discover how they preserve history and learn firsthand the benefit of preservation. Learn how to create an oral history interview, research your family history and maybe discover a long lost relative!  A special presentation will be given by USC Professor, Valinda Littlefield on the topic of preservation and why individuals, churches, and other organizations should act now to save our past.

“We want to teach people that preservation can be done by anyone and the benefit is long lasting”, said library director, Dwight McInvaill. “We believe the history of Georgetown is very important, from the rice planters and industrialists to the man working at the Paper Mill. No one should be forgotten and we try to preserve as much as we can at the library. But sometimes, the most important history is still waiting to be told. So, we encourage everyone to come to the library and learn how to save their family history”.

For more information, contact Julie Warren at or 843-545-3316.

The Heritage Fair is funded by the State Library of South Carolina, the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA), and the Friends of the Georgetown Library.

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May 13, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Center Chooses All Around Town to Represent South Carolina at National Book Festival

The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book has selected All Around Town, by Dinah Johnson, to represent South Carolina at the 2014 National Book Festival in Washington, DC. The book is the state’s selection for the National Book Festival’s “Discover Great Places Through Reading Map”. Each state selects one title of fiction or non-fiction, a book about the state or by an author from the state that is a good read for children or young adults. The map is distributed at the Pavilion of the States at the Festival and lists “Great Reads About Great Places”.

Johnson’s inaugural children’s book offers a rare view of life for African Americans living in Columbia, SC, during the 1920s and ’30s, through the photography of Richard Samuel Roberts. This self-taught photographer’s carefully composed shots capture the emotion behind his subjects’ often stoic facial expressions and reveal all the highlights of daily life: a bride and groom, a funeral procession, a baseball team and a family portrait, to name but a few.

Many of the photos are formal portraits of adults, either alone or in groups; child subjects ranging in age from infant to teenager will be particularly appealing to youngsters, especially one displaying a welcome touch of whimsy: a boy pictured with his arm around a tame rooster, which is incongruously perched on a chair indoors. The book’s unadorned, album-like design effectively sets off Roberts’s crisp, sepia-toned photographs, elegantly framed with simple line borders. Readers will likely be left with a feeling that they’ve visited a long-ago time that has much in common with their own. Ages 5-up. -Publishers Weekly

About the Author: Dr. Dianne “Dinah” Johnson received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University in English, with concentrations in African American Studies and Creative Writing. She then received her Master’s Degree in African American Studies, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. She is currently a professor of English at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.

Johnson has written six picture books for children, and edited or co-edited various publications including: The Best of the Brownies’ Book (a compilation of fiction, poetry, photographs and more, from the 1920’s children’s magazine edited by W.E.B. Dubois and Jessie Fauset); the African American Review (a special issue devoted to black children’s authors and illustrators); and The Collected Works of Langston Hughes. She is also involved in the production of a documentary film called Beautiful by Design: The Story of African American Children’s Literature. For more information, please visit

The National Book Festival will be held in Washington DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday August 30, 2014. This year’s festival will feature authors, poets and illustrators in several pavilions. Festival-goers can meet and hear firsthand from their favorite poets and authors, get books signed, hear special entertainment, have photos taken with storybook characters and participate in a variety of activities. The Pavilion of the States will represent reading and library programs and literary events in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. trusts and territories. Children attending the festival are given maps to take to each state’s table to have that state stamped to receive a prize. For more information, please visit

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC. The Center is located at 1500 Senate Street, Columbia. For more information, please visit

May 12, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center to Host Conservationist Dana Beach

The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book will host a book talk and signing on Thursday, May 22, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

Published by USC Press, Deveaux is a reflection on the life of a South Carolina sea bird rookery, known as Deveaux Bank, at the mouth of the North Edisto River. The author and photographer, Dana Beach, has visited Deveaux regularly for twenty-five years. In his book, Beach chronicles the annual cycle of reproduction and renewal on this ephemeral sand bar, and the work of the scientists and conservationists who labor to understand and protect it. The book’s stories and images provide a compelling call to action to save Deveaux and sites like it—wellsprings of the Lowcountry’s natural beauty and diversity.

Dana Beach is the founder and executive director of the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. He is the recipient of the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto, the James L. Dockery Southern Environmental Leadership Award, the National Wetlands Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Law Institute, and the Environmental Awareness Award from the South Carolina General Assembly. Beach is author of Coastal Sprawl: The Effects of Urban Design on Aquatic Ecosystems in the United States, a research publication of the Pew Oceans Commission.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. All Speaker @ the Center programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina. Please visit for a list of additional book talks and signings.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.

May 6, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Meet Author Christopher Paul Curtis at the South Carolina Book Festival

The South Carolina State Library is pleased to sponsor “An Afternoon with Christopher Paul Curtis” at this year’s South Carolina Book Festival.  Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second novel,Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

Born in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis spent his first 13 years after high school on the assembly line of Flint’s historic Fisher Body Plant # 1. His job involved hanging car doors, and it left him with an aversion to getting into and out of large automobiles—particularly big Buicks.

Curtis’s writing—and his dedication to it—has been greatly influenced by his family members. With grandfathers like Earl “Lefty” Lewis, a Negro Baseball League pitcher, and 1930s bandleader Herman E. Curtis, Sr., of Herman Curtis and the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, it is easy to see why Christopher Paul Curtis was destined to become an entertainer.

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 tells the story of 10-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan, and their unforgettable journey that leads them into one of the darkest moments in American history. It is by turns a hilarious, touching, and tragic story about civil rights and the impact of violence on one family.

Curtis’s novel Bud, Not Buddy focuses on 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, who hits the road in search of his father and his home. Times may be hard in 1936 Flint, Michigan, but orphaned Bud’s got a few things going for him; he believes his mother left a clue of who his father was—and nothing can stop Bud from trying to find him.

Join us for “An Afternoon with Christopher Paul Curtis” on Sunday, May 18, 2:40 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Richland Room at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street in Columbia. Book festival events are free and open to the public.  For more information about the South Carolina Book Festival, please  For more information about Christopher Paul Curtis, please visit

Apr 23, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Center Announces 2013-2014 Letters About Literature Winners

The South Carolina Center for the Book is pleased to announce the nine winners in this year’s Letters About Literature contest. These outstanding students will be honored at the South Carolina State Library in Columbia at an award ceremony on April 30 at 10:30 a.m. Contest judges and South Carolina State Library Foundation members will be on hand to welcome attendees and present awards. Winners will read their letters and each will receive a monetary award from the South Carolina State Library Foundation ($100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third).

The Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book and the Library of Congress is a national reading and writing promotion contest. To enter, readers write personal letters to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves.

2013-2014 Winners:

Level One – Elementary
First Place – Banks Mitchell, Atheneum/Vine & Branches Home Educators, Conway
Second Place – Kaleb Cintonz, SC Virtual Charter School, Inman
Third Place – Blair Josephs, Atheneum/Vine & Branches Home Educators, Conway

Level Two – Middle
First Place – Surya Korrapati, Meadow Glen Middle School, Lexington
Second Place – Elizabeth Clapp, Meadow Glen Middle School, Lexington
Third Place – Muayad Sarhan, Riverside Middle School, Greer

Level Three – High
First Place – Joshua P. Brandt, SC Virtual Charter School, Columbia
Second Place – Brooke Ashlyn Thomas, Pickens High School, Pickens
Third Place – Samantha Wagner, Pickens High School, Pickens

For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis R. Rogers at 803-734-8928 or

Apr 17, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Academy of Authors to Host 2014 Induction

The South Carolina Academy of Authors will honor writers Gilbert Allen, Janette Turner Hospital, John Lane and the late Robert Quillen on April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Furman University’s Younts Conference Center in Greenville, S.C.

The academy, which is devoted to the identification, recognition and promotion of the state’s distinguished authors and emerging writers, annually honors writers in a weekend of literary events. The reception and induction ceremony includes recognition of the writers and their induction in the South Carolina Academy of Authors literary hall of fame. Tickets, $35 a person, are still available. For more information and full schedule of events, please visit

Janette Turner Hospital, a native of Queensland, Australia, is the Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches one course a year. Among her novels are Orpheus Lost, Due Preparations for the Plague and Oyster.Orpheus Lost was a finalist for the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Prize. Forecast: Turbulence, her most recent short-story collection, received the Steele Rudd Award for Best Collection of Short Stories in 2012.

Robert Quillen published the weekly newspaper The Fountain Inn Tribune from 1911 to 1948. The journalist and humorist was called “one of the leading purveyors of village nostalgia” thanks to his column, which was syndicated in 400 newspapers in the United States and Canada. He was the model for Will Rogers’ role in the feature film Life Begins at 40, about a small-town newspaper editor.

John Lane, a professor of English and Environmental Studies at Wofford College, is also director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and a cofounder of The Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg. Begin with Rock, End with Water is his most recent essay collection. Abandoned Quarry: New and Selection Poems won the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2012 award for poetry.

Gilbert Allen, the Bennette E. Geer professor of literature at Furman University, is the author of six collections of poetry. His 2014 collection of poetry, Catma, was published by Measure Press. His work has been awarded the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry fromThe Southern Review, and he has won the South Carolina Fiction Project prize five times.

The South Carolina Academy of Authors was founded at Anderson College in 1986. Its public recognition of the state’s literary talents serves to increase the general readership of authors working today and leads to the rediscovery of works from the past.

Those wishing to support the Academy, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, may make a donation as a supporter, $10-$75; a sustainer, $100-$250; a patron, $300-$500; a sponsor, $600-$800, or a partner, $1,000 or more. Checks to the S.C. Academy of Authors may be directed to unrestricted funding of the Academy’s projects or to the Memorial Endowment Fund and should be mailed to Tom Mack, Department of English, USC Aiken, 471 University Drive, Aiken, SC 29801.

For more information, please visit