Summer Reading Program

Every year we look forward to spending the summer with our summer readers.  This year we have a special treat.  Thanks to a surprise grant from Duke Energy, we will be taking our readers to Ripley’s Aquarium in Charleston!  Each year, the Duke Energy Foundation donates $30 million in charitable grants to communities just like ours.  We are very grateful for their generosity!  

Story Time at Lee Co Library

Raise your children to be lifelong readers. Bring them to storytime at the Library!

Lee County Library offers storytimes that are designed to be fun and aid in the development of your child’s early literacy skills.

Accidental Artist

MAY 26, 2017 – Coming in June

June is bustin’ out all over
The feelin’ is gettin’ so intense,
That the young Virginia creepers
Have been huggin’ the bejeepers
Outa all the mornin’ glories on the fence!
Because it’s June…

                       Rodgers and Hammerstein

News! Excitement! New partnerships! It is all good at the library this month. We are right in the middle of our sign up period for the 2017 Summer Reading Program. We are hoping for a record for this year’s program. The kick off will be June 9th at the Lee State Park at 10:00 AM At that time our friend, Ranger Laura Kirk, will conduct one of her famous field trips and then we will have lunch in the pavilion. Over the years, this has become one of the most popular programs. What’s not to love – a day in the fresh air and sunshine and then lunch.

On June 15th we will be hosting an art class at the “Accidental Artist” studio on Main Street in downtown Bishopville. This is where the new partnership comes in. The Lee County Arts Council is sponsoring an Art Show for children the week of June 19-23. The art will be displayed at the Bishopville Opera House that week and will be featured at the Arts Council annual meeting on June 22nd. The deadline for submissions is June 17th, so our young artists will be able to participate!! Please support the Arts Council they have been valuable assets to the community and have supported the library for many years. Visit the Opera House during the week of June 19th-23rd and check out the local talent.

Build a Better World - 2017 Summer Reading

MAY 20, 2017 – “Build a Better World”

Well, it’s finally here!!! The rollout of the 2017 Summer Reading Program! Yay! The theme this year is “Build a Better World’ so we have designed each program to enrich the theme. Here are some important dates: May 30th to June 5th is the signup period and on June 9th we will have our kick off at the Lee State Park at 10:00 AM. At that time our friend, Ranger Laura Kirk, will conduct one of her famous field trips and then we will have lunch in the pavilion. Over the years, this has become one of the most popular programs. What’s not to love – a day in the fresh air and sunshine and then lunch!! Laura’s field trip will emphasize: “Wildlife in our World – The best way to start making the world a better place is learning more about it. At Lee State Park, we are going to learn more about wildlife that lives in South Carolina. Be prepared to use your observation skills as we look for animals, both big and small.” We look forward to seeing Laura and spending the day learning about our world.

Through the course of the summer, we will have seven other programs with arts, crafts, live theater, and magic. We are really looking forward to seeing “our kids” return and welcoming new youngsters to the program. This year we will start rolling out a new software program that will allow parents to enroll and track the children’s progress online! Yay two!! I have been test driving this software and I hope to get a percentage of our parents enrolled. For those unable to access the website, we will continue with our traditional tracking via a paper trail.

Storyfest SC

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.