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BOOKBYTES

VOLUME II, ISSUE 4

DIRECTOR'S DESK

SARAH MCMASTER

To filter or not to filter public access Internet terminals in public libraries has been a controversial question which has confronted librarians, library trustees, legislators, library patrons and courts ever since Internet use became a standard part of public library service.

The answer seems simple on the surface...none of the groups mentioned above wants children exposed to inappropriate material.  How to implement that goal of protecting children is where the controversy lies.  Filtering technology is imperfect, and may offer a false sense of security to parents and librarians who assume that nothing objectionable will slip through.  Filtering is also the subject of several First Amendment court challenges which will very likely make their way to the Supreme Court over the next year or so.
In Fairfield County, your library board and staff  chose to establish strong policy statements about computer use and to closely monitor computer terminals rather than install filters.

As you have no doubt read in
The State newspaper, the S.C. General Assembly passed a budget proviso for FY 2001-2002 that requires us to change that policy or lose 50% of our state funding, which would amount to a $20,000.00 cut.  At its meeting on September 27th, the Fairfield County Library Commission voted to install CyberPatrol, which is the same filtering product used by the Fairfield County School District.  Until further legal developments regarding filtering unfold, your library is in compliance with current state regulations.

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 a Winnie-the-Pooh Party on Friday, October 12, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Join the parade at the annual Halloween Costume Contest on  Wednesday, October 31, at 4:00 p.m.  Stories, prizes, refreshments.
Cat on a stack of books.
  • Hear a guest reader each afternoon at 4:00 p.m. during Children's Book Week, November 12-16.
  • You're invited to help trim the library's Christmas tree at a special Family Night on Thursday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.
  • Pick up the latest brochure for 2001-2002 Children's Activities at the library now.
Library Welcomes New Staff Members
The new faces you see behind the desk at the library belong to staff members Lynn Wells and Kevis Wadlington.  Here's some information to help you get to know them.

Lynn is married to Taylor Wells, pastor of Stephen Greene Baptist Church, and has two children, Sam and Sarah.  She grew up in Missouri, and has degrees from Southeast Missouri State University and Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary.  Lynn works full-time.

Kevis is a Fairfield County native and graduated last year from Fairfield Central High School where he volunteered as an assistant in the library media center.  He is a student at Midlands Technical College taking computer science.  Kevis works part-time.
Kevis and Lynn.

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