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.


Florence Library presents Community Leadership Profiles for Black History Month



The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will present local community leadership profiles during this year’s Black History Month. These virtual programs will be presented on the Library’s website and Facebook page and will spotlight three prominent community leaders.

Entrepreneur Mike Reichenbach grew up in Ohio, where he graduated as valedictorian and went on to study accounting from Bowling Green State University’s Honors Program. In 1996, he married Charisse Edwards and obtained his MBA from the University of Michigan. The Reichenbachs fulfilled their dream of owning a dealership when they purchased their first business, Mike Reichenbach Ford Lincoln in Florence, S.C. in 2008. They have since expanded and now own three dealerships. He serves on various boards and committees and is very active in the community. One of his projects is “Helping Florence Work,” which he launched in November 2019.

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 Video Overview of FMU’s African American Collection



Bernadette Johnson, Reference Librarian and Government Information Coordinator at Francis Marion University’s James A. Rogers Library, highlights their library’s African American Collection in a new video available on the Library’s website and Facebook page.

Johnson has been with the Rogers Library for 14 years. Before that she worked for the Florence County Library System as a Library Associate and Librarian. She enjoys working in the library world. Johnson already decided in high school that the career for her was in the library profession, and she states that “it has been a pleasurable and fulfilling journey.”

In the video, she gives an overview of the African American Collection, including how it started, important figures who helped shape the collection, and examples of items in the collection. Johnson shares information about the non-circulating collection as well as how one can go about borrowing materials from the library, and the Covid-19 restrictions in place currently, as of the making of this video.

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.


Florence Library presents Community Leadership Profiles for Black History Month


The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will present local community leadership profiles during this year’s Black History Month. These virtual programs will be presented on the Library’s website and Facebook page and will spotlight three prominent community leaders.

Mayor Teresa Myers Ervin was born and raised in Florence, S.C. She graduated from Florence-Darlington Technical College and Francis Marion University. In 2016 she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Francis Marion University. Mayor Ervin serves on numerous boards and committees. She provides health educational services and seminars using the knowledge gained during her 39 years as a registered nurse. She also has 15 years of experience in the ministerial field, and as a realtor.

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 Community Leadership Profiles for Black History Month


The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will present local community leadership profiles during this year’s Black History Month. These virtual programs will be presented on the Library’s website and Facebook page and will spotlight three prominent community leaders.

Dr. John A Keith III was born and raised in Pamplico, S.C. and earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Howard University. He went on to earn his medical degree from Howard University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in 1999 from Duke University Medical Center and from there came back home to practice pediatric medicine at Eastern Carolina Pediatric Associates. Dr. Keith is very active in the community and serves on several boards and committees. One of his major passions is the revitalization of downtown Florence.

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.