Saturday, February 19, 2011

(Photo Caption: Author Travis Haney with Risha,Rob and Bayler Teal)

The library has scored a coup! Dawn Ellen has contacted Travis Haney the author of “Gamecock Glory” and secured him to do a book signing on March 24th at 4:30 PM. The book, which is dedicated to Bayler Teal, is set for release in mid-March. To date, this event will be the first book signing that Mr. Haney has scheduled. The “Library Ladies” are excited.

Mr. Haney is a two year veteran sports reporter for the “Charleston Post and Courier.” He covers University of South Carolina as well as Southeastern Conference athletics. Mr. Haney, 27, covered the Atlanta Braves and Major League Baseball for two years before joining the Post and Courier staff.

The Gamecocks first met Bayler Teal at Columbia’s Palmetto Children’s Hospital in October 2008. The 5-year-old had been diagnosed with cancer a month earlier. The team expected to encounter a sickly kid, but instead it entered the hospital room to find Bayler smiling and bouncing on a couch. It was the Gamecocks’ introduction to Bayler’s fighting spirit and joyful disposition. Bayler went to war with cancer for 22 months, losing his life on June 24, 2010. The same night, in the College World Series, South Carolina extended its season by rallying for two runs in the 12th inning to defeat Oklahoma. The timing defies comprehension. The Gamecocks played in Bayler’s memory the rest of the way in Omaha, defeating rival Clemson twice and the UCLA twice in the national championship series. After the College World Series, Coach Ray Tanner repeatedly thanked and credited Bayler for inspiring his players. (Attribution: Gamecock

We are excited and pleased that Mr. Haney has agreed to come and do his first book signing. We hope the entire community will come out to meet him!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Strong Partnerships make strong communities

The Lee County Library firmly believes that strong partnerships make strong communities; and therefore we were thrilled to partner with the MLD Higher Learning Academy to reward their students for achievement in the MAP tests administered last fall.

On February 4th, twenty four students from the MLD Academy took a break from their regular routine and visited the Friends of the Library Annex located on Nettles Street.
These students had made significant gains in the District MAP( Measures of Academic Progress) for the fall semester, 2010 and the school rewarded them with a day of celebration.

Students played the latest Wii and PSP2 technology games. They had a terrific time as they ate pizza, chicken and popcorn while they played numerous games and enjoyed socializing. This fun day incentive was planned to reward the students who made gains to continue to do so and to encourage and to motivate other students to work harder on the upcoming test. The students were excited about the celebration and committed to making the necessary gains needed to attend the next MAP Celebration.

One of the students said, that the Annex building was like heaven to him. He was able to
enjoy all of the games he ever dreamed of. Many students formed Rock Bands, while others became Michael Jackson with the famous glove. All in all, students had a blast!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The State Library wants to know,....

The SC State Library is conducting "Why I Love my Library" all month. This is your chance to share your thoughts about your library with the "Big Boys" in Columbia.,com_chronocontact/Itemid,1526/

We are conducting the same campaign here at the Lee County Library, so feel free to leave comments here or on Facebook and Twitter.