Santa and Mrs. Claus to visit Dec. 12th


NORTH POLE – Papa Elf announced today that Santa’s workshop is running slightly ahead of schedule for the first time in 223 years! As a result of this happy news, Santa and Mrs. Claus have planned an extra visit to see the children before Christmas. “It’s a rare treat to have Mrs. Claus join me on one of my many trips throughout the world,” said Santa with a lovely twinkle in his eye. “We can’t wait to visit McCormick again!” Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be traveling to McCormick in their custom railway car which will be pulled by the Polar Express. This magnificent train is quite invisible under normal circumstances, but it can be viewed by children who know where to look in their local library.

Everyone is invited to meet the Clauses and take pictures on Saturday, December 12th from 1 until 5 pm at the McCormick County Library. Holiday snacks will be served. Contact the library for more information: 864-852-2821 or


Why Garden in South Carolina? – with Gail Wagner on Nov. 12th, 2015


On Thursday, November 12th at 6:30 pm, the McCormick County Library will host Professor Gail Wagner of the University of South Carolina for a presentation entitled, “Why Garden in South Carolina ?”. Dr. Wagner will explore why South Carolinians grow vegetables and how their ethnic background affects what they grow. You might be surprised to learn about the intangible benefits as voiced by local gardeners and to learn why some plants have special meaning. The 30 minute talk will conclude with 15 minutes or so of discussion, stories from the audience, and a question/answer session.

This program is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Admission is free and seating is first come, first served. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library.

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About Gail Wagner:

Gail Wagner is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Carolina and a respected paleoethnobotanist (one of the few in the Southeast). Her fields of study are the prehistoric archaeology of eastern North America and ethnobotany (the study of the interrelationships between plants and peoples). She is a veteran of archaeological projects in the Southwest, Israel, India, and South Carolina and has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University.

Library wins grant for at-risk teens

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The McCormick County Library has been selected to receive a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

As one of the 50 Great Stories Club grant recipients selected from across the country, the McCormick County Library will work with groups of 6 to 10 teens from the John de la Howe School to read and discuss modern novels.

“I’m excited that, with support from the Great Stories Club program, we are offering at-risk teens an opportunity  to read, share and reflect on ideas that matter to them,” said Paul Brown, Library Director.

Participants will read three titles under the theme “Hack the Feed: Media, Resistance, Revolution”: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, “Feed” by M.T. Anderson and “March: Book One” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. The titles — selected by librarian advisors and humanities scholars — were chosen to resonate with reluctant readers who struggle with complex issues such as incarceration, violence and poverty.

The library will also receive 11 copies of each of the three book selections, training for the project director at an ALA workshop in Chicago, and other project materials and support.

Gatherings of the Great Stories Club will take place at both the John de la Howe School and the McCormick Library and will begin in January of 2016. For more information please contact Paul Brown at the McCormick Library: (864) 852-2821 or

Since its inception in 2006, ALA’s Great Stories Club has reached 670 libraries in 49 states and more than 30,000 young adults (ages 12 to 21). The grant is administered by ALA’s Public Programs Office in partnership with the Association for Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), including the Library Services for Youth in Custodyand Library Services to the Incarcerated and Detainedinterest groups. The Great Stories Club is made possible by a major grant from theNational Endowment for the Humanities:Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at