Will Hillenbrand Virtual Program



Will Hillenbrand is an award-winning author and illustrator whose published works include over 65 books for young readers.  Will uses a combination of traditional drawing methods and direct impression media to create his magical illustrations.  His Reading Bear artwork will be featured on the library’s new bookmobile and on new library cards for children.  His many honors include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and an American Library Association Notable Book award. Information about his books, selected readings, art process, videos, and activities can be viewed at www.willhillenbrand.com.


Florence County Library System Reopening

Effective Monday, September 21st, all branches of the Florence County Library System will welcome the public back to its facilities. All locations will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The library will be closed, with no holds pickup available, on Friday, September 18th, to make final preparations for next week’s reopening.

Some services will be limited in order to promote the safety of library staff and the public. Temperature checks, face masks covering nose and mouth, and social distancing will be required to enter and use library facilities. There will be a limit of 10 items checked out per cardholder present, and meeting and study rooms will remain closed. Donated books and other materials will not be accepted at this time. Wi-Fi, public computers, and printing are available.

The library will continue to expand services and operating hours as it becomes possible to do so safely. Updates will be posted to the library website, social media, and local media outlets.

For more information, please call (843) 662-8424.


Florence Library Introduces Online Book Club

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Book Club will take place online for the remainder of 2020.

While the library’s meeting rooms remain closed to the public, the monthly Book Club discussions will be taking place via the Zoom video conferencing app, according to Debbie Quesada, Information Services Librarian/Adult Book Club Coordinator.

The library’s Book Club will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24 via Zoom. Registration can be done by calling 843-413-7074 for those interested in participating in the first Zoom book discussion.  The Library Book by Susan Orlean will be the featured for this discussion.  In The Library Book, Orlean shares information about the mysterious 1986 Los Angeles Central Library fire that destroyed 400,000 volumes and cost millions of dollars to repair the structure and replace the damaged contents.  Participants can share their thoughts about this mysterious fire along with their early memories about going to the library. (more…)


Florence Library Presents Will Hillenbrand Virtual Program

The Children’s Services Department of the Florence County Library System will host a free prerecorded virtual program of Author/ Illustrator Will Hillenbrand from Wednesday, September 23, 2020 – Wednesday, October 14, 2020 on the library website at www.florencelibrary.org.

Will Hillenbrand is an award-winning author and illustrator whose published works include over 65 books for young readers.  Will uses a combination of traditional drawing methods and direct impression media to create his magical illustrations.  His Reading Bear artwork will be featured on the library’s new bookmobile and on new library cards for children.  His many honors include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and an American Library Association Notable Book award. Information about his books, selected readings, art process, videos, and activities can be viewed at www.willhillenbrand.com. (more…)


Video Storytimes and Book Suggestions for Children and Teens

Recorded storytimes for children are now available for viewing on YouTube. You can click the various age ranges to view the current storytime: Toddlers, Baby, Preschool, Bilingual, and Wind Down Storytime #1, #2, and #3, and Little Red Riding Hood. There is also Craft Time along with a special Mother’s Day craft.

We also are offering virtual programs such as STEM 4 Kids: Gravity, STEM 4 Kids: Chemical Changes, First Chapter Fridays: The Statistical Probability of Falling In LoveFirst Chapter Fridays: My Plain Jane, First Chapter Fridays: Beauty Queens, and Teen Craft: Catapults.

There are also lists of recommended e-books and digital audiobooks for Children (including a specific one for ABCs) and Teens available through our Jasmine Digital Library.


Bells for Eli with Author Susan Beckham Zurenda

Author Susan Beckham Zurenda was scheduled to appear at the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in August at an author talk presented by Friends of Florence County Library.  Unfortunately, this event had to be cancelled due to safety concerns resulting from the continuing pandemic.

In light of the cancellation, the author has made the following video presentation about her new book, Bells for Eli: A Novel, available here:

(more…)