From the Beacon: Enjoy variety of events at library's annual Open House

April 10, 2011 

Saturday in the Beaufort County Public Library's fifth annual Open House.

This year, we're focusing on the importance of core library services and the value they bring to the lives of our citizens.

It's also the last day of National Library Week, so we're taking this opportunity to remind everyone who comes to the libraries that they have an opportunity to share their story about what libraries mean to them. Be sure to fill out a "What's Your Story" entry form through June 30. Return it to the customer service or circulation desks and you'll be entered into a countywide drawing for one of two $100 gift cards.

So what's going on at this year's Open House? As always, you can apply for a library card and peruse the selection of used books for sale. There will be refreshments provided by Friends of the Library groups from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in our branch libraries, as well as special Open House programs. They include:

  • State of the Library annual address: 11 a.m., Hilton Head Island library, 11 Beach City Road. Wlodek Zaryczny, director of libraries, will share a presentation about how public libraries impact our community during challenging times. Attendees can ask questions and participate in the discussion.

  • Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club: 1 p.m., Bluffton library, 120 Palmetto Way. Discussion of "The Name of the Wind" by Patrick Rothfuss. Ages 15 and older. Details: Elizabeth,, 843-255-6496

  • Live music with the "Rock 'n' Roll Librarian" and Cookie Bake-off Challenge: 10 a.m. to noon, Beaufort library, 311 Scott St. Attendees will judge the Cookie Bake-off. Registration is required to compete in the Cookie Bake-off. Details and to register: 843-255-6458,

  • Poetry reading by Amy Jenkins Bassett, author of "Mulberry Wine": 11:30 a.m., St. Helena Island library, 1025 Sea Island Parkway. The reading is presented by the Beaufort District Collection. Details: 843-255-6446

  • Easter Extravaganza: 1 to 3 p.m., Lobeco library, 1862 Trask Parkway. Enjoy fun Easter stories and a scavenger hunt for the whole family.
  • Sandra Saad is the director for development and marketing for the Beaufort County Public Library System and serves as the chief development officer for the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County.

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