Writing Your Memoir – Nov. 3rd, 2016


Do you want to write the story of a pivotal moment in your life, or perhaps your life’s story? Would you like help getting started ? On Thursday, November 3rd @ 6:30 pm, the McCormick County Library presents: The Art of Memoir and How to Start Writing Yours with author Kim Boykin. Everyone is invited to this free program made possible by the SC Humanities. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library.

About Kim Boykin:

As a stay-at-home mom, Kim Boykin started writing, grabbing snip-its of time in the car rider line or on the bleachers at swim practice. After her kids left the nest, she started submitting her work, sold her first novel at 53, and has been writing like crazy ever since. A native South Carolinian, she lives just across the state line in Charlotte, but every single one of her stories is set in South Carolina. She is the author of A Peach of a Pair, Echoes of Mercy, Palmetto Moon, and The Wisdom of Hair. Two of her books have been named OKRA picks by the Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance (SIBA,) and she has been nominated for The Pat Conroy Award.

About SC Humanities:

The mission of South Carolina Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors.  It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.


The Psychology of Politics – Oct. 6th, 2016


Dr. Basset will describe how psychological processes and group dynamics can create polarization and biased perception on both the left and right side of the political spectrum. According to Bassett, “Although political liberals and conservatives are similar in their susceptibility to certain biases and their tendency to show in-group favoritism, there are some reliable differences between the groups in terms of personality, temperament, and moral decision making.” This talk will focus on how these differences can be seen as complimentary rather than antagonistic and on how gaining a better understanding of these differences can potentially reduce partisanship.

The free program begins at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments served.

About the speaker:


Jonathan F. Bassett is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychological Science at Lander University, where he teaches courses in research methods, statistics, and social psychology. He received a BA in psychology from Furman University in 1996 and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Georgia State University in 2002. He is the recipient of several awards, including the Lander University Young Faculty Scholar Award (2006), the South Carolina Psychological Associations’ Outstanding Teacher of Psychology Award (2011), and the Lander University Distinguished Professor Award (2011). In 2012, he was named the Lander Foundation Endowed Professor. He has served as the President of the South Carolina Psychological Association and as the chair of the Lander University Faculty Senate.

Preschool Storytimes start Sept. 8th, 2016

Preschool Storytime