Fairburn Family Establishes Military Collection – Memorial Day 2015

Fairburn Donation Display

The McCormick County Library now has available a group of military books, primarily related to WWII with a focus on the South Pacific.  These books will be located in the Bobby F. Edmonds South Carolina and Local History Room.

The family of Major General Robert Randell Fairburn, USMC (deceased) donated the books he collected during his lifetime.

No single chapter, no single book could describe the battles fought and won by the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater of World War II. To tell the stories, one would have to tell the individual story of every man who participated in the bitter fighting. The story of Ran Fairburn, then a young Marine officer, deserves to be told and celebrated by all Americans. His memoir is included in the collection.

General Fairburn’s widow, Jane Stephenson Fairburn of McCormick;  his daughter Kathleen Fairburn Armstrong of Hendersonville, NC; his son James R. Fairburn of Philadelphia, PA and his daughter Sarah Fairburn Pannill of Atlanta, GA  gave the books with the hope that they will be the cornerstone of a larger collection.  They hope that others will also contribute military related books and that the McCormick Library will become a center for research related to military history.

The collection will be on display in the lobby of the library through June. Individual titles are available for checkout.

World Religions Workshop – June 6th, 2015

Over the course of three thousand years no less than five world religions were born that are still a source of faith and practice to billions of people around the world.  Why?  Over the last hundred years scientists have probed deep into the nature of material existence itself, uncovering a wild and whacky quantum universe unimagined until our day.  What they discovered has caused even the most secular of them to ask the question, “Why?”

The great questions of humanity have been the same for as long as there have been humans around to ask them:  “Who are we?”…”Why are we here?”…”What is our purpose?”… “Is there more?”  On Saturday, June 6th at the McCormick County Library, Jim Willis will lead a three-hour workshop that will probe the history of our ancestor’s search for answers.  Drawing from the fields of comparative religion, archeology, philosophy, literature and science, Willis, a retired minister, author and college professor, will share results gleaned from a lifetime of study and practical experience. In his gentle, fun, ecumenical, and friendly style, Jim will offer suggestions and guidelines to help participants continue their own lifetime of study.

The workshop is entitled: From Religion to Reality: The search for meaning in the world of religion. It will begin at 1 pm. The workshop is free, but please register by calling Jim Willis at 864-443-5989.    

Faith, Trust & Belief: An Evening with Jim Willis – May 14th, 2015



Local Author Jim WillisOn Thursday, May 14th at 6:30 pm at the McCormick County Library, local author Jim Willis will talk about his book Faith, Trust, & Belief: A Trilogy of the Spirit. Mr. Willis is a retired minister, musician and college professor.  The author of seven books dealing with religion and spirituality, he has had a front-row seat to the vast, cultural sea-change that has occurred in the religious world beginning in the 1950s. Without advocating any particular religious viewpoint, he offers an insightful overview and a hopeful perspective.

About his book Mr. Willis writes: “This is a book about spirituality for the twenty-first century. It is not about religion, although many religious concepts will find their way into the discussion. It doesn’t have a lot to say about theology, although theology is important in the search for knowledge about the ultimate Mystery that is called God, Jehovah, Allah, Brahman, Manitou, the Great Spirit, Creator, the Ground of our Being, Eternal Consciousness, and many, many other names.  Instead, what follows is a search for that which is common to every human being who has ever lived and who ever will live. Whether you consider your worldview to be sacred or secular, religious or humanist; whether you eagerly await the newest scientific discovery or spend your days dreading the next disclosure that might undermine your faith, you share something with every other human being on earth. You are alive. Vibrantly alive.”

The program is free and everyone is welcome. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. Contact the library for more information at mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com or 864-852-2821.

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