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Director's Desk 
Sarah McMaster

Thank you all for your kind responses to our inaugural issue of BookBytes!  I have received emails, calls, and many positive responses which make me realize we should have been doing this  sort of publication sooner.  The Friends of the Library were so enthusiastic about the newsletter that they have agreed to underwrite the cost of printing and mailing our quarterly issues of BookBytes.  A special thanks go to them for their support of our publicity efforts!

Spring is the time of the year when flowers bloom and we all shake off our winter lethargy.  It's also the time for submitting budget requests to the folks who fund your public library.  Over 85% of the library's funding is from local property taxes appropriated by the Fairfield County Council.  Our Council has been very supportive of the library over the years and be
cause of that we are able to provide better services to our users.

Any time is a good time to thank your County Council representative for funding the library, but budget time is especially good!
A smaller, but vital part of the library's funding comes from State Aid funds appropriated on a per capita basis by the state legislature.  This year's goal is $2.00 per capita in public library funding.  As you have probably been reading in the paper, the state legislature is considering next year's budget now.  Our county delegation has supported public library funding, so they deserve our thanks as well.
As always, feel free to reach me at the library by phone (635-4971), by fax (635-7715), or by email (sarah@fairfield.lib.sc.us).

Just for Kids

School will be out before you know it, and then it will be time to sign up for the library's Summer Reading Program.  This year's theme is Celebrate Reading 2000. 
Come to the
Blast Off Sign Up Party on Saturday, June 3rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Sign up and receive a Reading Record, information about

summer library activities, and learn how to earn a Reading Medal.  Get a free hot dog and drink and other treats!  Other activities will include a fire truck, face painting, and more surprises.
Stop by the library and pick up a Summer Reading Brochure so you won't miss any of the fun!

Premiering in Print

Two new gorgeously illustrated books with local connections:

A follow-up to The Greatest Generation:

Brokaw, Tom.  The Greatest generation speaks.
Letters from the WWII generation in response to Brokaw's original book.

  • Heilig, John.  Mack; driven for a century.  Published to celebrate Mack Truck's 100th anniversary.
  • Clark, Robert C. Reflections of South Carolina.

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