This week, Harvin Clarendon County Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public-at-large to discover what their community’s needs are in order to meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes, materials for English-language learners, programs for job seekers or those to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Harvin Clarendon County Library serves Clarendon County by providing books, movies, databases, e-books, downloadable audio books, programs, computer access, fax and copy services and more.
“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said library Director Charlotte Johnston. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”
The library celebrated National Library Week by hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic for toddler and preschool-aged children on Wednesday.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
For more information, visit the Harvin Clarendon County Library at 215 N. Brooks St. in Manning; call (803) 435-8633; or visit the library’s website at www.clarendoncountylibrary.com.