Florence Library Presents Summer Reading 2021

Youth can explore the world with the Florence County Library System during the 2021 Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme, “Tails and Tales!” encourages children and teens to discover the world and other cultures through reading. The Summer Reading Program, which is open to youth from preschoolers to young adults, features BINGO Challenge, a summer reading club, Take and Make crafts, and virtual programs.


Summer Reading Club
Preschoolers (ages 2-5), Children (Grades 5K-5th) and Teens (6th grade-12th grade) can register online at florencelibsc.readsquared.com starting June 14 or visit their local branch to pick up a summer reading packet.  BINGO Challenge cards will be available on the library’s website to print off or in the summer reading packets.  Children who read 10 hours, Preschoolers who listen to 10 hours of reading, and Teens who read 12 hours by July 30th  can get a summer reading prize (while supplies last). (more…)


Summer 2021 Video Activities for Children and Teens

Recorded storytimes and activities for children are now available for viewing on Facebook, and on Dewey’s Youtube Channel.

We also are offering several summer virtual programs such as STEM: Bubbles and STEM: Balloons.

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

There is also Storytimes, “See the Cat” and “Hello, Day” as well as a bilingual storytime.

Check out a special Baby Storytime, Peek a Zoo!

Teens can check out First Chapter Fridays, this week is Blanca and Roja.


Summer 2021 Virtual Programs for Adults

Videos are shown on our Facebook Page and here on our webpage.

June 15 – Jazz – Stockton Helbing – Professional Drummer composer, arranger, producer, bandleader, educator, music director, author, and entrepreneur. Stockton shares music from his 7 albums. Helbing, from Florence, SC, has played with some of the greatest band leaders of all time, including Jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and American music icon and trumpet player extraordinaire Doc Severinsen.

June 17 – (1:00 p.m.) Book Club – We will discuss Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land. Please call 843-292-7368 for additional information and to register. (In person meeting in the Joseph T. Stukes Meeting Room.)

June 22 – Chef Corey D. Green – This is an Encore performance from November 2020. Certified Executive Chef Corey D. Green is a Graduate of the Culinary Arts program, ACF, C.E.C. (certified executive chef) at the Art Institute of Atlanta, earning his A.A. degree. He has worked and trained with some of the best chefs in America and has worked and traveled throughout Europe, visiting places such as Amsterdam, Warsaw, Bucharest, Bacu, Munich, Paris, and London. Every location he worked in and visited influenced his cooking.

June 29 – Native American Artist Nancy Basket – SC ETV’s Making it Grow’s Amanda McNulty interviews Nancy Basket at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center. Basket creates her one of a kind baskets by weaving pine needles and/or kudzu. (Aired on SCETV’s Making Grow on Jan 12, 2021) Runtime 9:32

June 29 ChocoBella – Ranny Starnes and Marvin James co-owners of ChocoBella are interviewed by Rainee Romero from WBTW-13 Living Local .-Starnes (chocolatier and artist) and James master chocolatier Belgium trained. Discover the process of making vegan friendly Belgium chocolate and the art of painted bonbons made with Belgian Chocolates. They also serve Gelato.


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 Summer Book Club Selections

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Book Club has selected the following books to read and discuss during the summer season. Book Club is held in the Joseph T. Stukes Room of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on the third Thursday of each month at 1:00 p.m.

June 17 – Maid by Stephanie Land. In this true story, Land describes what it is like to be a single mother struggling to survive.

July 15 – Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler, is the twenty-third novel by award-winning, bestselling American author, Anne Tyler.

August 19 – This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger – In mid-America during the Great Depression, four orphaned children escape a Native American boarding school and canoe down the Mississippi seeking a home.

The Library welcomes new participants to join in the lively book discussions. Registration is required to participate. To register, or for additional information, call or email book club coordinator Debbie Quesada at 843-413-7074 or debbiequesada@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…)