NORTH POLE – Papa Elf announced today that Santa’s workshop is running slightly ahead of schedule for only the second time in 224 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 10th from 1 until 4 pm at the McCormick County Library.
Local author Luman Slade will be at the McCormick County Library on Thursday, December 8th to present: “Character Development in Storytelling” and to discuss his new book: Swamp Things. Mr. Slade will instruct on how to write for children and how to develop engaging fictional characters. Aspiring writers, both young and old, are encouraged to attend this free program. Copies of Slade’s books will be available for sale and signing. The presentation starts at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a question and answer session and refreshments.
About Swamp Things:
Mr. Slade’s fans will remember that the first book in the series was: Determined :the True Story of Big Blue Walkinghood. Then came: Wrath of the Wicked. And now comes: Swamp Things. Mr. Slade doesn’t want to spoil the story for those who haven’t yet read Swamp Things, but here is a sneak preview. Remember that map on the first pages of the first two books? Right in the center of that map you will remember a place named “Great Black Swamp”. That place was never mentioned in the first two books, was it? No! That’s because that was a place that the residents of the village of Pigeonpoop didn’t know about, and rarely went to—and for good reason. It was a swamp of the worst kind: filled with pits of quicksand, snakes, bears, and creatures so awful people didn’t even want to think about—at least that’s what everybody said. It was a place where only a few people ventured, and even fewer returned. It was definitely not a place for children. And yet, even with all its gory history, Great Black Swamp is the setting for this, the final story, in the “Big Blue” series. Mr. Slade’s books are available locally at these fine distributors: The Mac, Strom’s Drugstore, Hickory Knob State Park, Oconee State Park, and Calhoun Falls State Park.
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.