Florence Library Hosts Virtual Poetry Celebration

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library observes National Poetry Month with a month long virtual poetry celebration during the month of April 2021. National Poetry Month was established by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, the goal is to increase the visibility of the poetic form.

The Library is accepting submittals now. Poets, aged 18 years or older, can submit a video of themselves reading the poem of their choice. Instructions for video submittals can be found below and on our Facebook page. That is also where the approved videos can be viewed, during the month of April. (more…)

Video Storytimes and Activities for Children and Teens

Recorded storytimes and activities for children are now available for viewing on Facebook.

We also are offering virtual programs such as STEM: Bubbles, STEM: Balloons, and Teen First Chapter Fridays: Furia.

Also available are our weekly Wanna Read Wednesdays: No Place for Monsters, and Lety Out Loud.

Baby Storytime is offered with How Do You Make a Baby Smile.

There is also a three-part series on Flop Balls done in conjunction with Flow Circus for Read Across America Week: How to Make a Flop Ball, Flop Balls and Rhyming, and a story, Overdues.


Florence Library Presents Local Woman Working to End Hunger

In honor of Women in History Month, the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library turns the spotlight on another community profile: Nicole Echols, Executive Director for Harvest Hope Food Bank of the Pee Dee, interviewed by Information Services Manager, Deborah Bartell. This virtual program is available on the Library’s webpage and Facebook page.

Echols earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from South Carolina State University. Some of Echols awards include: the Mary Dean Brewer Woman of Distinction award, the Fred R. Sheheen Award for Excellence in Nonprofit Leadership in 2019, Black Pages Top 40 Under 40 in 2015, and Florence Young Professional of the Year (also in 2015). She lives in Florence with her husband and two children. As Executive Director, Echols has overall responsibility for the operation and day-to-day management of the Pee Dee Branch of Harvest Hope.

Harvest Hope is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1981. As South Carolina’s largest food bank, it provides over 22.6 million meals a year to people in need across the Pee Dee, Midlands, and Upstate. The organization obtains nutritious food from stores and distributes it to food pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens in 20 South Carolina counties. More information about Harvest Hope can be found at www.harvesthope.org.

For more information about the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s virtual programs, visit our Facebook page. Sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library.

Florence Library Presents Gullah Art Virtual Presentation

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library presents a virtual presentation by Gullah artist Patricia Sabree during Women’s History Month. Viewers can follow along as Sabree talks about her journey as an artist, explores her artwork, and discusses aspects of Gullah culture and the West African culture that Gullah evolved from.

Sabree was born and raised in Lake City, S.C. on her family’s farm. She earned her B.A. from South Carolina State University and her Masters of Education from Southern Wesleyan. She taught art for twenty-one years, but in 2010 she decided to pursue her own art fulltime. She now has her own gallery; Sabree’s Gallery of the Arts in Savannah, Georgia. Sabree has received several awards for her artwork. More information about Sabree and her artwork can be found on her website, www.sabreesgallery.com.

Information about the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s virtual programs is available at www.florencelibrary.org. Sponsored by Friends of Florence County Library.

Explore the World of Tea in South Carolina

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library presents a two-part virtual tea program that includes The Charleston Tea Plantation: Exploring the World of Tea, presented by the Bigelow Tea Company. The video explores the history of tea, as well as the early years of growing tea on Wadmalaw Island, located a few miles south of the historic city of Charleston. Following this presentation, Top Hat Special-Teas, in Florence, gives a brief virtual tour of their restaurant. (more…)

Check Out SC Backpacks at Florence County Libraries

South Carolinians can discover SC State Parks by checking out the SC Backpacks at one of the Florence County Libraries.  Inside each backpack is a magnifying glass, binoculars, a list of book recommendations, an SC Statewide Park Passport, and a copy of the book The Official Guide to South Carolina State Parks.

The goal is to encourage South Carolinians to experience the health benefits that come from spending time outdoors, learn South Carolina History, and see what state parks have to offer.

These backpacks are provided by the SC State Library with funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  Special thanks go to the SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism.

For more information, call the Greenberg Children’s Library at (843) 292-7382, or email kids@florencelibrary.org.

Florence Library Announces Adult Winter/Spring Book Club Selections

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Book Club has selected the following books to read and discuss during the winter/spring season:

February 25 – The Book of Lost Friends, by bestselling author Lisa Wingate, brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away.

March 18    – The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train, shares an emotionally resonant historical story that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women’s lives – two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl – in nineteenth-century Australia.

April 15 – Memorial Drive by Natasha Trethewey, a Pulitzer Prize winning, two-term poet laureate, is an autobiographical account about the murder of Trethewey’s 40 year old mother, Gwendolyn, by Gwendolyn’s second husband, a troubled Vietnam veteran.

Book Club is held monthly on the third Thursday at 1:00 p.m. virtually using the Zoom application. The Library welcomes new participants to join in the lively book discussions. Registration is required to participate. To register or for additional information please call or email our book club coordinator Debbie Quesada at 843-413-7074 or debbiequesada@florencelibrary.org.

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence.  Information about upcoming library programs is available at www.florencelibrary.org.

Library open Wednesday evenings

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…)