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By Brenda Branson Chesterfield County Library director

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Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways you can ensure your child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Chesterfield County Library joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all — a free library card.

Resources at our county libraries are available to anyone who has a library card. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. Students can use their library cards from home, too. Our library offers access to important educational resources, like DISCUS, links to homework help and e-books.

Our library provides all types of students a welcoming atmosphere where they can explore, discover and create. Students learn in a variety of ways, thanks to the resources available at the library we can meet the needs of all ages and types of learners. Whether that is through homework help, story hour programs or access print and e-books, the library has something for everyone — all with a free library card. It is for these reasons that a library card is most important school supply of all.

For more information on how to sign up for a library card, visit the library in person or visit the library online at www.chesterfield.lib.sc.us.

We are pleased to introduce our new Youth Services Manager, Mrs. Charity Harvey from Ruby. Charity will begin the fall story hours the week of Sept. 15. A preschool story hour will be at the main branches at 11 a.m. on Mondays in Chesterfield, Tuesdays in Pageland, Wednesdays in Cheraw. Head Start, local day care visits and church schools will resume the same week, with a similar schedule but a few changes that allow a more meaningful literacy experience for the children. Her weekly themes include: This is for the Birds, A Pirate’s Life for Me, and Princesses and Dragons, not your typical fairy tales.

The afterschool program will take on a new approach with an interactive monthly program geared toward school-aged children between 5 and 12 years old. The afterschool programs will be held the last full week of each month in the larger branches, following this schedule: Mondays- Chesterfield, Tuesday- Pageland, Wednesday- Jefferson, and Thursday – Cheraw. This takes place between 3:30 and 4:30 the week of Sept. 22. (Because of a meeting, the Monday Chesterfield program will be moved to Sept. 29.)

Come join us for our new afterschool program, The Magic School Bus Experience with Ms. Frizzle (a.k.a Mrs. Harvey). This new program will begin the last full week of the month; check our library page or grab a calendar in the branches to see when it’s coming to your location. Kids will get to hear fun facts about some favorite science topics every month! They will also get to participate with crafts, games and read books with Ms. Frizzle!

A Teen Advisory Board meeting will be held at Cheraw on Sept. 25. If you are interested in knowing what is going on with the teens and the Chesterfield County Library, contact Mrs. Harvey at 623-3028.

Beginning in September, the Chesterfield Library will offer a four-month series, Silver Stars Programs, at 10:30 on the last Tuesday of each month. Come join other seniors as we turn back the clock with our monthly Silver Stars Series, starting Sept. 30 through December. These programs are free and open to the public. At our first program, we will get reacquainted with Bette Davis and then finish the program with the movie “Jezebel” (1938), a manipulative Southern Belle Julie (Davis) who loses the man she loves (Henry Fonda) and schemes to get him back.

While there are many activities going on during the month of September, the most renowned might be the “Lunch in the Stacks” festivity in Chesterfield on Oct. 2 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Though that is a month away, tickets go very quickly due to the limited space. Luncheon tickets are now on sale.

Please note the new children’s program schedule. Dates are included in the calendar below or you can stop by the library to pick up a calendar. Library events around the county include:


Story Hour Wednesdays- 11 a.m.

Sept. 8, Art Meet Up- 6 p.m. (bring any craft to work on)

Sept. 12, Game Day with Play Station4- 4p.m. (for any school age)

Sept. 23, Movie “Belle”- 2 p.m.

Sept. 24, Afterschool Program- 3:30 – 4:30, Magical School Bus Experience with Mrs. Frizzle

Computer Training – Call Anna at 843 537-3571 for appointment.


Story Hour Mondays- 11 a.m.

Sept 16, Movie “Saving Mr. Banks”- 2 p.m.

Sept. 29, Afterschool Program- 3:30 – 4:30, Magical School Bus Experience with Mrs. Frizzle

Sept. 30, Silver Stars Programs- 10:30 a.m. Join other seniors as we kick off the Silver Stars Series for September through December.


Story Hour Tuesdays- 11 a.m.

Sept. 11, Movie “White House Down”- 11 a.m.

Sept. 18, Coupon Class- 11 a.m. Please call to reserve your slot.

Sept. 24, AfterSchool Program- 3:30 – 4:30, Magical School Bus Experience with Mrs. Frizzle

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