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Welcome to the inaugural issue of the Fairfield County Library's newsletter:  BookBytes.

The name seeks to blend the traditional and the cutting edge in library services.  Books, of course, are what libraries have been about for thousands of years.  Bytes, a technical term for small units of information used by computers, represent the library's new world of computer terminals and on-line resources.

We hope to use this quarterly publication to keep you informed about the programs and projects of the Fairfield County Library and the Friends of the Library, as well as state and national issues of importance to libraries.

In addition to this column, regular features will include:
  • By the Numbers -- Statistical Information about the library
  • Just for Kids -- Information about children's services and programs
  • From the Friends -- Programs and projects of the Friends of the Library
  • Premiering in Print -- Highlights about new books and/or authors to look for in the library
  • WebLinks -- interesting websites to click on.

Let me know if there are other topics you would like to see covered in our fledgling publication.  Suggestions are welcomed!  Reach me at the library by phone (635-4971), by fax (635-7715), or email (sarah@fairfield.lib.sc.us).

Just for Kids
A free public library card is your Ticket to Read.  School media specialists, the South Carolina State Library, and the Fairfield County Library are joining together to encourage all students in grades K-6 to get a public library card.  The Ticket to Read publicity campaign will begin February 1 and run through Ticket To Read. April 15, 2000.  Sign up for your card now!

Thursday, March 2, 2000, is "Read Across America Day."  Adults, please take this pledge:  I pledge to read with a child on March 2, 2000, to celebrate the joy of reading and Dr. Seuss's 96th birthday.
Premiering in Print
A good way to keep up with new and forthcoming books is Book Page, a monthly publication containing book reviews and interviews with authors.  Pick up your free copy at the library each month compliments of the Friends of the Library!  Stack of books. Recently announced award winners for children's literature are:
  • Caldecott Medal:  Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  • Newbery Medal:  Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

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