Library open Wednesday evenings beginning October 28th

Effective Wednesday, October 28th, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library in Florence will remain open until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. This extension of evening hours is intended to make the library more accessible to citizens and families whose work and school schedules prevent them from visiting the library during current weekday hours of 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (more…)

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 meets on the third Thursday of the month at 1:00 p.m. This month’s meeting will be on October 15 at 1:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in participating can call the Reference Desk at 843-413-7074 to register.  During registration they will be given instructions on how to participate.

The next discussion will be about Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg. Berg is a New York Times bestselling author of many novels and nonfiction books.  Her newest release is titled, I’ll Be Seeing You: A Memoir, it is scheduled to be released on October 27, 2020. (more…)

Fall Craft Kits Are Now Available

Fall craft kits are now available outside the front doors of The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library. If you need activities for your little ones, stop by today and pick up one or more of our free craft kits!


Florence Library to Offer Virtual Programs

Due to social distancing requirements, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will be offering adult library programs virtually for the remainder of 2020.  During this time, the library will be partnering with local agencies and small businesses to showcase what Florence has to offer.

The first fall virtual program will feature the South Carolina Revolutionary Rivers Trail and can be viewed starting October 1, 2020. The trail is part of the National Recreation Trails (NRT) program and follows 66 miles of Lynches River to the confluence with the Pee Dee River and through the swamp areas where General Francis Marion is said to have hidden with his troops during the war. Jade Perkins with Friends of the Revolutionary Rivers and the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau will share information on the trail, the importance the river played in the war, and how individuals and families can “paddle through history.” According to Perkins, “fall is the perfect time to get on the river as the weather cools down just a bit, but the water will still feel refreshing.”

The video can be viewed on the library’s Facebook page or below: (more…)

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.

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: