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Welcome to the Friends of South Carolina Libraries website. Since 1988 FOSCL has been dedicated to the support and enhancement of libraries through out South Carolina. Here you will find the latest information about FOSCL, its mission and the latest newsletters. You will also find details about Friends Groups, fund raising and advocacy efforts as well as library events across the state.

If you are as passionate about the continued vitality of libraries as we are why don't you join us and become a Friend of South Carolina Libraries?

For up to date information on how the COVID-19 virus is affecting libraries in South Carolina, visit http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/.

2021 Annual Conference

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A New Perspective - 2021 Friends of SC Libraries Conference
Wando Mount Pleasant Branch Library - A limited number of in-person attendees with an all virtual option available.

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All those registered for in-person or virtual attendance will receive access to conference recordings by November 15th.

A limited number of in-person attendees with an all-virtual option available.

    • Dr. Curtis Rogers – Marketing & PR Skills for Friends 
    • Beg, Borrow and Steal: An Idea Exchange Among Friends 
    • Dorothy St. James, author of Beloved Bookroom Mysteries series 
    • Straight From The Top: Directors & Friends Groups Building Strong Relationships 
    • Lees Aiken, Director of the South Carolina State Library 
    • Tour of the Wando Mount Pleasant Branch Library 

       

Congratulations 2021 Award Winners

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2021 Employee Excellence Award
- Two Winners - Lois Rhodes, Library Services Coordinator, nominated by Abbeville County Library System and Tricia Gordon, Library Manager, nominated by Friends of the Libraries of Barnwell County

2021 Outstanding Individual Award - Kathryn Harvey, Principal of Neue South Collective, nominated by the Spartanburg County Public Libraries
  
2021 John Landrum Advocacy Award - Andy Flynt, Director of Information Services, nominated by the Spartanburg County Public Libraries

2021 Outstanding Friends Group - Friends of the South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library

2021 Outstanding Public Official Award - Joint Nomination - Bobby Keisler, Lexington County Council Representative and McLain R. Toole, South Carolina House Representative, nominated by the Friends of South Congaree-Pine Ridge Branch Library.

Virtual Visits with Friends

Open discussions with library Friends across South Carolina on topics that affect your library and Friends. Watch the discussion to share, listen and learn.

"A library could show you everything, if you knew where to look."
—Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

On October 21, at 6:00 p.m., join us online for a guided tour of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, S.C., led by executive director Jonathan Haupt. This National Friends of the Library Week special program will include stories of Pat Conroy’s formative relationships with public and academic libraries, and his own personal library, told within the context of a tour of the new Conroy Center’s galleries and exhibits. FOSCL board president Marlena White will introduce the evening's program.

Admission to this virtual event is free; donations are welcome. Register in advance by October 19, 6:00 p.m. A Zoom link for the virtual tour will be provided to all registered participants when registration closes on October 19.

Click here to register for the virtual event

Free fundraising training for library Friends

Virtual Visit with Friends - No More Duct Tape Fundraising 
Certified Fund Raising Executive Rachel Ramjattan provides tools and tips for finding and cultivating donors for your library Friends group.  
Host by the Friends of South Carolina Libraries on Thursday, July 15, 2021.  Visit https://nomoreducttapefundraising.com/ to purchase a copy of No More Duct Tape Fundraising.
https://youtu.be/sR3TcQqhicQ

Virtual Visit with Friends - In Conversation with SC Humanities
A guided discussion with Randy Akers, Executive Director of South Carolina Humanities,  Suzie Parker Devoe, speaker, writer, performer and Tom Poland, local author and historian about in-person and virtual programs for your library and Friends group. In celebration of National Library Week  - April 4-10, 2021 https://youtu.be/sUocTmFJX8U



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Last Updated: October 19, 2021