CCPL Joins the ALA in the Libraries Transform Campaign

This campaign seeks to shift the mindset to “libraries are obsolete or nice to have” to “libraries are essential” and change the perception that “libraries are just quiet places to do research, find a book and read” to “libraries are centers of their communities: places to learn, create and share, with the help of library […]

Recorded Books Now Available

Cherokee County Public Library is pleased to announce that OneClickdigital Adult & Children/Young Adults subscriptions are now available to all library patrons.

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Celebrate Read an eBook Day on September 18th

Read an eBook Day is a celebration of modern storytelling. Be a part of the festivities by checking out your favorite eBook from your library and join the conversation below by sharing what you’re reading and stories about why you love eBooks.

Summer Reading Program Gets Underway

Find your story at the public library this summer by signing up for the summer reading program.

The Cherokee County Library summer reading program begins on June 1st and the theme for 2015 is “Every Hero has a Story.” Children and teens are invited to sign up at the Gaffney or Blacksburg library branches and various bookmobile stops.  The reading program encourages kids of all ages to read during the summer by awarding them prizes for reaching weekly reading goals.  They also become eligible to be entered in weekly drawings for fun prize packs for attending summer programs.

The Gaffney library will celebrate the start of summer reading with a bang by hosting A Mini Comic Con Kick-Off Party for teens (ages 12-18) on Monday, June 1st from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at the Gaffney Library. There will be food, costume contests, photo ops, art creations, prizes and more.

Stop, drop & roll your way over to the library on Tuesday, June 2nd and meet the firemen from the Corinth Volunteer Fire Department.  Learn about what these local heroes do for our community and how you can be heroic in your everyday lives.  This storytime is for all ages at the Gaffney library.

In addition to its regular summer program, the library will host four special programs for families throughout the months of June and July.  Ronald McDonald will be making his annual appearance on Thursday, June 11th.  He makes reading fun for everyone by using humor and music to tell heroic tales.  Ronald will be appearing at the Gaffney library at 10:30 am and at the Blacksburg library at 2:30 pm.

Thursday, June 23rd the library is showing a Family Movie Matinee!  Bring your family to the library to enjoy a free PG rated movie.  The show begins at 2:30 pm at both libraries.

Experience an out of this world storytelling event with Tim Sonefelt on Tuesday, June 30th.  This interactive program features puppets, comedy, magic and explores all sorts of heroes.  He will be appearing in Gaffney at 10:30 am and Blacksburg at 2:30 pm.

On Thursday, July 9th become part of this heroic story as Porkchop Productions Theater Company performs the famous folktale, Stone Soup. Sometimes, it takes a hero to make a village and the greedy residents of the village of “Mine” are in for a rude awakening.

Summer Reading participants will celebrate their reading accomplishments at to our Superhero Finale!  This end of the summer celebration will be Friday, July 31st from 10:30 – 1:00 pm.  So dress up in your hero gear and head to the library for a fantastic day of hero games, contests, and prize giveaways!  The event is open to all our superhero readers.

Director Says Goodbye

lana-gardner-218x300 (2)Lana Gardner will retire from her position as library director as of June 30, 2015. Her last day at work was Friday, May 22nd. “It is with mixed feelings that I leave the library,” says Gardner, “but I know it is the right decision.”

As to her future plans, she hopes to enjoy the summer spending time with her husband and family at their camper in the North Carolina mountains. She will also be teaching an online course entitled “Strategic Planning for Smaller Libraries” through Infopeople, an organization that serves as a training arm of the California State Library.

Gardner has served as director since August, 2006, and working with the library staff and Board of Trustees, has initiated and enhanced library services through a number of grants and community partnerships.

Library to Upgrade Computer Network

In order to upgrade its computer network, the Cherokee County Public Library will be closed on Thursday, March 26th. The library will reopen on Friday at 9 am, however, the public internet computers will be taken offline on Wednesday afternoon and will be unavailable until Monday, March 30th.

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

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