Author’s Night with Liz Gilmore Williams – Sept 21st @ 6:30 pm

No Ordinary Soldier

On Thursday evening September 21st, the McCormick Library will host local author Liz Gilmore Williams. Williams will talk about her quest to uncover the WWII experiences of her late father from the nearly 300 letters found in the attic of her girlhood home. The letters and her extensive research provide an intriguing glimpse into Hawaii’s transformation from island paradise to war zone. Amid her quest, Williams stumbles upon a shocking family secret: her father had waged two wars?one of them with himself. This free presentation will begin at 6:30 pm at the library. William’s book, No Ordinary Soldier: My Father’s Two Wars, will be available for sale and signing.

About Liz Gilmore Williams:

Liz Gilmore Williams worked as a writer and editor for more than 20 years in Washington, D.C., for two offices of the U.S. Congress and other organizations. Liz enjoys interviewing people who’ve had a front-row seat to history and researching the historical context of their experiences. She received an MA in American studies from the University of Maryland and belongs to the South Carolina Writers Association. She lives with her husband and her best friend, Sunny, her Golden retriever, in McCormick, South Carolina.

Ebook Training Sessions

Did you know the McCormick Library offers ebooks and digital audiobooks? Would you like to know how to access them on your device? In September, the library will offer quick and helpful training sessions to get you started. Participants will also learn how to find, request and use the digital book they want. Each session will conclude with plenty of time to ask the specific questions you may have.

Training sessions will be held each Wednesday, September 13th, 20th, and 27th starting at 9 am. Sessions will last 30 minutes with an additional 30 minutes for questions.

 

Please call, email or stop by the library to register. (864) 852-2821 or mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com

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Eclipse/Astronomy Program Returns – Aug 19th @ 10 am

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Are you ready for the eclipse? The McCormick Library is announcing a second opportunity to attend the Eclipse/Astronomy Program hosted by astronomer Kevin Manning on Saturday, August 19th at 10 am. Free and open to the public, this presentation is a guided tour into our solar system and beyond, including details about the upcoming total eclipse of the Sun. “I hope some of the many folks who did not get a seat at the last program will be able to attend” said librarian Paul Brown. Seating will be first come, first served and the library will open 30 minutes before the event. “I would like to give a big thanks to the Friends of the Library. Their support made it possible to have an additional program,” said Brown. All attendees will receive free eclipse glasses that must be used in order to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse. These glasses are provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through a grant to the Space Science Institute. For more information contact the library at 864-852-2821 or mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com

About the Eclipse:

On August 21, the United States will experience the first visible total eclipse of the Sun in almost 40 years. McCormick is one of the lucky communities located in the “path of the totality” which means that, from our perspective, the moon will completely cover the sun. In McCormick, the eclipse will begin at 1:10 pm as the moon just begins to move in front of the sun. At 2:40 pm the moon will completely obscure the sun and this will last for 1 minute and 5 seconds. The eclipse will end at 4 pm. During a total solar eclipse, strange phenomena occur:

Eclipse Safety:

Special eclipse safety glasses must be used in order to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse.

Without eclipse glasses, do not look directly at the Sun during the partial phases of the eclipse. It is still unsafe even when the Sun is more than 99% covered by the Moon. Permanent eye damage can result.

Do not look at the sun through a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eyes, causing serious injury.

Closely monitor your children to make sure they do not risk damaging their eyes by staring at the Sun without safety glasses during the partial phases of the eclipse.

NASA has issued a warning that unsafe eclipse glasses are being distributed by unscrupulous companies. The space agency recommends only using eclipse glasses with ISO 12312-2 printed on them from the four following companies: American Paper Optics, Rainbow Symphony, Thousand Oaks Optical, and TSE 17.