Authors Night with Stephen Patterson – Aug 17th @ 6:30 pm

Authors Night Stephen Patterson

Please join the Friends of the McCormick Library on August 17th at 6:30 pm as they host South Carolina author Stephen Patterson. Patterson will talk about his novel The King’s Last Ride. The book takes the reader on an adventure to Memphis, Tennessee in August of 1977 when fans of Elvis Presley were stunned to learn of his death. How could the King of Rock ’n’ Roll possibly be dead? When it came time for his funeral, many had questions that would remain unanswered, only adding to the rumors and speculation that the news was a cruel joke. The funeral was celebratory and tragic, but was it real?

Stephen Patterson discovered his love for music and music history while working in radio. The King’s Last Ride is his second book and first novel. He lives in Chapin with his wife and children.

The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm at the McCormick County Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

Eclipse Program – July 13th @ 6:30 pm

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An All American Total Solar Eclipse

Are you ready for the astronomical event of the decade? On August 21, the United States will experience the first visible total eclipse of the Sun in almost 40 years. McCormick is one of the lucky communities located in the direct path of this eclipse. Experiencing a total solar eclipse is a rare and likely once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t miss it!

The McCormick County Library is offering a great program to help you get ready for the eclipse. On Thursday, July 13th at 6:30 pm, astronomer Kevin Manning will guide participants on a virtual tour into the solar system to explain what causes a solar or lunar eclipse and to share the fascinating scientific and historical details of these phenomena. All attendees will receive free eclipse glasses that must be used in order to safely view the upcoming solar eclipse. These glasses are provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through a grant to the Space Science Institute. For more information contact the library at 864-852-2821 or

2017 Summer Reading Program

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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 14th until August 9th.

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 prize. 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. 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.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of the McCormick Friends of the Library and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. To sign up for the Summer Reading Program or to register for a library card, stop by the library located at 201 Railroad Avenue. 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. For more information contact the library at (864) 852-2821 or by email: