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

Writing workshops continue at the library – Aug. 4, 2016


The McCormick County Library will offer a free writing workshop on Thursday, August 4th at 6:30 pm. The workshop will focus on how to promote a finished product. Previous workshops in this series have prepared you to write, edit and publish, but readers still don’t know about your book. Instructor and mystery author C. Hope Clark will teach you not only how to establish a market for your books, but also how to brand yourself as an author and develop a platform that cannot wait for your next release. Participants will be able to receive individual help and advice from the instructor.


Registration or attendance at previous workshops is not required. This grant funded project is offered to participants at no cost and is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered through the South Carolina State Library.


Instructor C. Hope Clark


Meet Your Instructor: C. Hope Clark

Hope Clark was born and reared in the South, from Mississippi to South Carolina with a few stints in Alabama and Georgia. She holds a B.S. in Agriculture with honors from Clemson University and 25 years’ experience with the U. S. Department of Agriculture. She retired early to pursue her writing career.

Her first book, Lowcountry Bribe, has won several awards and is the first in her Carolina Slade mystery series. Hope’s newest release is set entirely at Edisto Beach, South Carolina, her home away from home. The Edisto Island Mystery Series debuted in September 2014 with Murder on Edisto, and followed through with book two, Edisto Jinx, in October 2015.

She is also the author of The Shy Writer Reborn, a nonfiction book offering inspiration and practical how-to advice for writers.

She currently manages, a weekly newsletter service she founded that reaches 40,000+ writers. Writer’s Digest has recognized the site in its annual 101 Best Web Sites for Writers for fourteen years.