Do you know what makes each of the five branches of the Beaufort County Library unique?
Each branch has helpful and knowledgeable staff, Wi-fi access, a local history collection, library programs, computer access and New York Times best-sellers. But it is each branch's collection that makes it special. Why not tour each branch to become eligible to win prizes for the Adult Summer Reading program?
You could start at the Lobeco branch. This small library has the system's only collection of educational board games, as well as the largest collection of African-American urban fiction in print and on audiobook.
Located in downtown Beaufort, the Beaufort branch houses the Beaufort District Collection -- a treasure trove of history in the form of books, online databases and vertical files.
If you take the drive to the St. Helena Island branch, you can record your family's history in the sound studio or create your own movie in the Mac Lab.
Cross the Broad River to check out the Bluffton branch's state-of-the-art meeting room, which many nonprofit groups use. Before you leave, check out the eclectic collection of movie soundtracks, heavy metal, classical and pop standards.
Then head over the Graves Bridge to the Hilton Head branch. This financial hub of the library system contains a business center as well as Barrons, Morningstar, the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. If you'd rather escape from the highs and lows of the global economy, check out DVDs and books on travel.
It doesn't matter where you decide to sign up for the summer reading program, as each branch and the Beaufort District Collection will host events. Every week you participate qualifies you to win a prize at your home branch. Also, adults older than 18 can win free groceries, gas and other goodies.
If you can't make it to the library, register online for the Adult Summer Reading program at beaufortcountylibrary.org/summer-reading.
There are two ways to participate in the Adult Summer Reading program. You can read a book (on any topic, in any format) and write a review that will be published, with your consent, on the library's website or Facebook page.
Or, you can complete three activities listed on the Adult Summer Reading entry form, such as downloading an e-book via the 3M Cloud Library, texting a librarian about reserving or renewing books at 843-605-4466, researching the history of Beaufort County at the Beaufort District Collection, listening to an audiobook, allowing us to select books for you by using the "My Next Book" service, or browsing the library newsletters online.
Weekly participation isn't required, but if you're visiting the library anyway, complete the Adult Summer Reading form and turn it in. Why should kids have all the fun at the library this summer?
Belinda Blue is the branch manager at the Lobeco branch of the Beaufort County Library System, at 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco.