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 FundsforWriters.com, 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.

Summer Reading Program 2016

SRP 2016 flyer for website


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: mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com.

An evening with Tom Poland – May 26th, 2016

Tom's portrait

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.