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BOOKBYTES

VOLUME III, ISSUE 1

DIRECTOR'S DESK

SARAH MCMASTER

Happy New Year!
I thought you might be interested in updates on two articles that appeared in previous editions of
BookBytes. 

In last quarter's issue, you read about Dr. Clyde McCants having an article on Verdi published in Public Libraries, a national library journal.  Impressed with his article, MacFarland Publishers out of North Carolina has contracted with Dr. Clyde to write a book which is tentatively entitled Opera in the Library.  It will be a reference and selection guide for library opera collections, covering recommendations for print, CD, and video resources.  The publication date is yet to be determined.  If you feel you haven't seen Dr. Clyde around town quite as much as usual, it's because he is working diligently to meet his July 1, 2002, deadline!

Last year this time, we were proud to announce in BookBytes that Robert and Rebecca McMaster had given the library stock to establish an endowment for the purpose of giving away books to the children of Fairfield County.  I'm happy to report that the stock has been sold, netting $107,960.06.  The funds are invested and drawing interest, and the first batch of approximately 500 books is available for distribution.  The Fairfield County Library Commission has approved guidelines for distributing the books.  A short (one-page) application form is required for groups who would like to request books to distribute.  The process is administered by myself, the Community Services Librarian, and a library board member.

As always, feel free to reach me at the library by phone (635-4971) or by email (sarah@fairfield.lib.sc.us)

Just for Kids
  • Come to Family Nights on January 3rd and March 7th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Remember the Winter Story Hour Series will be every Thursday night in February at 7:00 p.m.
Cat on a stack of books.
  • Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday on Friday, March 1 by coming to a special story hour program at 4:00 p.m. at the Main Library.  Until then, check out your favorite Dr. Seuss stories to read at home!

  • Pick up the latest brochure for 2001-2002 Children's Activities at the library now.

Don't Miss SC Book Festival in February
Look Homeward: The 2002 South Carolina Book Festival & Antiquarian Book Fair will be held Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds.  Sponsored by the South Carolina Humanities Council, the event will feature more than 60 authors, scores of booksellers and vendors, and thousands of avid readers.  Admission is free; parking at the State Fairgrounds is $1.00. 
For a complete schedule of events, check out the following website: South Carolina Humanities Council.

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