The McCormick County Library is ready for summertime with an exciting schedule of fantastic programs for children. Performances will be held at the library each Wednesday at 2 pm from June 15th until July 27th. These programs are free and are especially good for children aged 4 to 10 years old, but all ages are welcome and admission is free. Parents or caregivers must remain in the library during the programs.
In addition to live performances, the library will also provide a simple way for children to keep track of the amount of time they spend reading this summer. If completed, this reading record can be exchanged for a variety of prizes including books, movies, t-shirts, and games.
Reading is its own reward, but many reluctant young readers benefit from a little extra incentive in the beginning. Studies have shown that children will experience a backward slide in literacy during the long school break unless they are enabled and encouraged to read during the summer. A study by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center showed that summer reading is significantly more effective if kids are allowed to choose their own books. The library has a wide selection of material for every interest and reading level.
To sign up for the summer reading program or to register for a library card, stop by the library located at 201 Railroad Avenue behind the Post Office. The library is open Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am until 7 pm, Friday from 9 am until 6 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 1 pm until 5 pm. The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the McCormick Friends of the Library and their nonprofit bookstore, Books on Main, in downtown McCormick. If you would like to contribute, shop at the bookstore or donate your old books to the library. All types of books, DVDs, and CDs are welcome except for VHS tapes, magazines, encyclopedias, or old textbooks. For more information contact the library at (864) 852-2821 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern writer Tom Poland will be at the McCormick Library on Thursday, May 26th. Starting at 6:30 pm, Tom will share some of his best stories from his many years of exploring and writing about South Carolina and Georgia. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.
Tom grew up in Lincoln County, Georgia, where four wonderful English teachers gave him a love for language that led to a career as a writer. People first came to know Tom’s work in South Carolina Wildlife magazine where he met his friend and co-author, the esteemed photographer, Robert Clark. Since then, they’ve collaborated on five books and many magazine features.
Tom’s written over 1,000 columns and features and seven traditionally published books. Among Tom’s recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia, Georgialina, A Southland As We Knew It, and Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. 2.
Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground. Readers of Atlanta’s Like the Dew are familiar with his essays and features. He writes a weekly column, “Across The Savannah,” for his hometown newspaper, The Lincoln Journal and the McCormick Messenger.
Tom earned a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Media at the University of Georgia. He lives in Columbia where he writes about Georgialina—his name for eastern Georgia and South Carolina.
On Thursday, May 19th local author Terry Wilson will talk about his new book, Tarnished Valor, at the McCormick County Library. Tarnished Valor is Terry’s 3rd novel and tells the story of Vietnam War veteran Sam Davis. While visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. to honor Paul Morse, the man who saved his life, Sam discovers that Paul’s name is not inscribed on the Wall. Sam saw him killed, but maybe he survived? Against all odds, he searches for the friend and hero he owes everything, and rediscovers his own strength, resiliency and faith along the way.
Also the author of The Blanket Hill Insurgency and Breaking Liberator’s Shackles, Terry L. Wilson is a Vietnam era veteran and retired architect.
Terry’s presentation at the library will begin at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Copies of his books will be available and may also be purchased at Books On Main in downtown McCormick.