May 14, 2017 – Storyfest SC


For the seventh year, we will be participating in the South Carolina State Library’s annual “Storyfest SC” the state-wide kick-off for the 2017 Summer Reading Program. This year they will be honoring two children’s book authors:

Rita Williams-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of novels for young readers including the multi-award winning One Crazy Summer series featuring the Gaither Sisters. She has been awarded the Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Award for each book in the One Crazy Summer series, and has been twice-named a National Book Award Finalist. Ms. Williams-Garcia is living her life-long dream of training in the art of boxing at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, New York. She is the mother of two adult daughters and she resides in Queens with her husband Fred.

Sophie Blackall has illustrated over 30 books for children, including the New York Times best-selling series, Ivy, and Bean and most recently, The Witches of Benevento with John Bemelmans Marciano. She was awarded the 2016 Caldecott medal for her book Finding Winnie and has received four New York Times Best Picture Book Awards. Originally from Australia, she lives in New York and shares a studio in an old garment factory in Brooklyn with four other illustrators and teetering piles of books.

We will be participating in the festival, being held at the State Museum, by volunteering and helping herd the crowds. In previous years we have had good participation from our own Lee County Patrons and I hope we will have more this year. This is a great family day with presentations, theater, storytelling, crafts, face painting and visits from literary friends. (Think Cocky and Clemson Tiger here!) All events are free and open to the public. So, mark your calendar for June 3rd and plan to join us at the State Museum!

We will be kicking off our own 2017 Summer Reading Program the week of May 28th. Sign-up will begin then and will continue for two weeks. Our official program begins on June 9th with our annual visit to Ranger Laura Kirk at the Lee State Park. We have been communing with Laura for years and she always has a great program that ties into the theme of the Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World” and we have lots of interesting programming stressing that theme. As always, our Summer Reading Program is free and open to the public of Lee County. We hope you can join us. If you have questions just call the library or come down and ask for Brenda or Elizabeth.