Apr 27, 2012
Curtis Rogers

State Library’s South Carolina Center for the Book Announces 2011-2012 Letters About Literature Competition Award Winners

The Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book and the Library of Congress, in partnership with Target Stores, 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.  Nine winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at the South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book in Columbia. The ceremony will be held on June 1 from 11:00 am to noon in Room 309, 1430 Senate Street, Columbia.  Contest judges, the President of the South Carolina State Library Foundation, and the Director of the State Library will be on hand to present awards.  Winners will be reading their letters and each will receive a check from the South Carolina State Library Foundation ($100 for first place, $50 for second, and $25 for third).  In addition, first place winners receive a $50 gift card from Target stores.

Level One: Grades 4 – 6
First Place – Mikayla Zwerdling, Charles Townes Center at Sterling School, Greenville
Second Place – Shelby Higgenbottom, Hammond Hill Elementary School, North Augusta
Third Place – Kiara Johnson, McDonald Elementary School, Georgetown

Level Two: Grades 7 – 8
First Place – Gina Joerger, Charles Townes Center at Sterling School, Greenville
Second Place – Katherine Woo, Riverside Middle School, Greer
Third Place – Kathryn Simmons, Charles Townes Center at Sterling School, Greenville

Level Three: Grades 9 – 12
First Place – Kristyn Robinson, Individual Submission, Greer
Second Place – Kelly Ellis, Individual Submission, Easley
Third Place – Madeline Giess, Dreher High School, Columbia

For more information about the South Carolina Center for the Book, please visit www.readsc.org.

Apr 17, 2012
Curtis Rogers

Nikky Finney – Head Off & Split Book Talk Q&A, pt.2

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 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

ANNUAL LITERACY LEADERS AWARD CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

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 kennedy@scetv.org  and Sam Hastings, Director SLIS hastings@sc.edu 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.

Sincerely,

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 myRCPL.com/friends 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.

Jan 10, 2012
Curtis Rogers

Speaker at the Center Spring 2012 Line Up of Authors Announced

Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book, in cooperation with USC Press, is pleased to announce its spring 2012 author line up.  The Speaker @ the Center program will hold free lunchtime author talks on the following dates:

Thursday, January 12 – Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G Hoffius, The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston – A celebration of paintings and prints by one of the principal artists of the Charleston Renaissance.

Thursday, February 16 – Paul Matheny III and Josephine Humphreys, Palmetto Portraits Project – A rich compendium of portraits from two dozen photographers depicting everyday South Carolinians.

Tuesday, March 13 – Jack Shuler, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town – A fresh perspective on the Orangeburg Massacre and its legacy.

Thursday, April 26 – Charlene Spearen, A Book of Exquisite Disasters – Deeply felt verses espousing resilience, belonging, and artistry in the face of the challenges of the everyday.

Tuesday, May 15 – Jim Harrison, The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home – A beautiful collection of paintings exploring the beauty and strength of South Carolina’s state tree.

Books will be available for purchase and autographing. All programs will take place from noon to 1pm in the Administration Building at the SC State Library located at 1430 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina.

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.

Nov 30, 2011
Curtis Rogers

Apply for a Big Read grant today!

Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012

The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.

Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.

Nov 17, 2011
Curtis Rogers

S.C. Native, Nikki Finney, Wins National Book Award for Poetry

Poet Nikki Finney, a South Carolina native and daughter of a legal pioneer, has won the National Book Award for poetry. The winners were announced Wednesday evening.

Finney, 52, is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky but returns home frequently to South Carolina. Before this year’s S.C. Book Festival, she talked about one of her poems, created after witnessing defance by homeowners facing a hurriance in the Gulf of Mexico.

Read more at TheState.com.