Southern Writer Shirley Twiss Returns Aug 20th, 2015


South Georgia writer Shirley Twiss, author of “Cotton in Augusta” and “Joy in the Morning” will return to the McCormick County Library on Thursday, October 20th at 6:30 pm to discuss her new book, “From Myra to Laura.” Although fictional, this story lets readers see that times may have changed, but people still search for the same things in life—love, justice and peace. The final novel in the series depicts a woman  who never loses her optimism or faith.  

The evening will include a presentation by Twiss, a question-and-answer session and book signing. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.

Shirley Twiss grew up in Swainsboro, Georgia. She was an avid listener to the great storytellers of her family. Writing was always a dream, but for many years this took a back seat to her happy life as a wife, mother and teacher. She is now retired, a widow and living in Greenville, SC.  Her first book, “Cotton in Augusta,” was published in 2008 and was recognized as a book of merit and nominated for a SIBA award. It is the story of a sharecropper’s daughter who struggles  against poverty, prejudice, class and the status of women to raise a strong and successful family. It is a story of love, faith and a woman’s search for meaning in an unjust world. Her second novel, “Joy in the Morning,” continues that  story into the Great Depression and World War II.  Her third novel completes the life story of Myra who, now a widow, is hurled into the turbulent decades of the fifties, sixties and seventies.  Just as she becomes comfortable in her new life, the world she has known faces drastic changes: changes that she must face and accept. The story then transitions from the prominence of Myra to the emergence of her granddaughter, Laura.  Even though she leads a different lifestyle, readers will recognize how Laura emulates her grandmother who never lacked optimism and courage in facing the ever changing world.

Copies of her books will be available for purchase. For more information call the McCormick County Library at 852-2821 or email

myra to laura

Book signing July 9th: A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake

Thurmond Dam

Between December 20, 1951 and March 2, 1952, people looked out over the rolling hills and prime bottomland along the Savannah River and its tributaries as the waters, backed up by a massive new concrete dam at Clarks Hill, began to swell, slowly inching streams out of their banks. Different people viewed the man-made transformation with different emotions – sadness, indignation, awe, excitement, reverence, amazement, nostalgia, and anticipation – as 70,000+ acres of countryside was forever changed into an eternal body of water. The Clark Hill Project, later renamed Thurmond Lake, consumed 20% of the land area of McCormick County.

What exactly was lost when the lake was created? What homes, barns, gardens, orchards, farms, places of worship, cemeteries, ferry sites, country stores, and other commercial buildings were given up to create the third-largest artificial lake east of the Mississippi River?

Local historian, Bobby F. Edmonds has recently recovered and published some answers to that question in his new book entitled A Culture Lost to Thurmond Lake. Edmonds discovered that during the course of the land acquisitions phase for the dam and lake in 1948-49, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers created and preserved files for the project that included more than 500 photographs of the area accompanied by written documentation that sheds light on the living conditions and activities of the people who lived there. Although these files were not intended to be used as architectural, cultural or historic documentation, they now provide a fascinating view of western McCormick County in the early twentieth century.

On Thursday, July 9th at 6:30 pm in the McCormick County Library, Bobby F. Edmonds will discuss and sign copies of his book. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. You can also find a copy at Strom Drug, Books on Main, Chamber of Commerce, McCormick Messenger, Willington Book Store, McCaslan’s in Greenwood, or from the author at

A Culture Lost, cover scanBobby Edmonds

Summer Reading Program 2015

SRP 2015 flyer newspaper insert image file

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 10th until July 8th. 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. See below for the details of each library performance.  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.

 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: