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During the month of February the Cherokee County Public Library had a display of books that patrons could choose to go on a “Blind Date” with. The “Blind Date with a Book” display lasted the full month of February patrons would “pick up” their date at the library and if things did not work out between them they could return their date without any hard feelings. The patrons who participated were asked to return a “Rate Your Date” card by February 28th so they would be entered in a drawing to win a “Dinner and Movie” prize package for two. The luck winner was Julie and she received two movie passes to The Big E, a gift certificate to Aegean Pizza, a Gift Certificate to Applebee’s , and a basket full of candy. The Library would like to thank The Big E, Aegean Pizza, and Applebee’s for their support.
Cherokee County Public Library Announces Opening of Learning Resource Center for Students
Gaffney, SC (March 7, 2014) – Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) administered by the South Carolina State Library, the Cherokee County Public Library (CCPL) will be opening a Learning Resource Center at the Gaffney Library on Monday, March 24th, 2014. This new area will offer two iMacs and five iPads for use by students ages eighteen and under while at the library. The devices will be available exclusively for student use, and will be loaded with educational apps and research software, as well as Microsoft Office and other software to complete papers, homework, and projects. Students do not need a library card to log on to the new devices, and will be allowed to print up to ten pages for free.
Tara Smith, Youth Services Manager, said, “By receiving this prestigious grant, we have been able to supplement and enhance our services to Cherokee County students, which will help them thrive in school, transition to higher education, and become successful adults in the job market. In this digital age, it is important for us to provide students with a chance to engage with new technologies they may not have at home.”
This grant will provide excellent opportunities for the county’s youth by allowing them access to new technologies, providing a dedicated space for homework completion in the library, and offering updated homework help materials to supplement their education in school. Throughout the year, the library will also use these new resources to engage with the community through outreach to local schools, special technology-enhanced programming, and additional services.
CCPL will hold a ribbon-cutting reception to celebrate the Learning Resource Center’s opening and share information with community stakeholders on Friday, March 21st, and the services will be open to the public beginning on Monday, March 24th. Learning Resource Center devices will be available for use from 30 minutes after library opening until 15 minutes before library closing. To use the iMacs and iPads, students need only bring a parent or legal guardian to sign a release form on their first visit, at which point they can begin to take advantage of these exciting new resources.
The Cherokee County Public Library strives to connect the community with quality resources that encourage literacy, expand learning, and enrich lives. For more information about CCPL, visit www.cherokeecountylibrary.org or email email@example.com.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the institute, please visit www.imls.gov.
The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. The State Library is a national model for innovation, collaboration, leadership and effectiveness. The State Library’s mission is to optimize South Carolina’s investment in library and information services. In 1969, as the result of action by the General Assembly, the State Library Board was redesignated as the South Carolina State Library and assumed responsibility for public library development, library service for state institutions, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. Headquartered in Columbia, SC, the Library is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and other sources. For more information, please visit www.statelibrary.sc.gov or call (803) 734-8666.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. They are trusted places in the community. "Service to the community has always been the focus of the library", said Lana Gardner, CCPL director. "While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in HOW they provide for the needs of every member of their community."
Near the end of 2012, the library completed a new Strategic Plan. Recognizing the need to evolve from a traditonal library to a community center that provides information, education, entertainment and meeting places, a new era of library services began with technology leading the way. Through this plan and in tandem with community initiatives, the library has made a commitment to impact the community in critical areas, such as literacy, technology skills, families and youth at risk and workforce development. In support of the library's mission of connecting community with quality resources that encourage literacy, expand learning and enrich lives, renewed effort is underway to provide an array of books, educational and entertaining programs and special events that meet the needs and interests of a growing and diverse community.
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Mission: The Cherokee County Public Library strives to connect the community with quality resources that encourage literacy, expand learning, and enrich lives.