National Library Week

Thursday, April 17th will be Library Snapshot Day.
Come visit the Library on Snapshot day to share your story. We will be collecting statistics, photos, and stories to show what people use the South Charleston Public Library for and how we’ve affected people’s lives. All photographs will be used on our Facebook and other media. Stop on by and help us show what happens in a single day at the Library.

Friday, April 18th will be Children’s Movie Day with the movies: Pirate Fairy, Wall-E, and Hop.
Stop on by to watch all three or just catch your favorite. The Library will be showing Disney’s Pirate Fairy (rated G, 78 min). When a misunderstood dust-keeper fairy named Zarina steals Pixie Hollow's all-important Blue Pixie Dust, and flies away to join forces with the pirates of Skull Rock, Tinker Bell and her fairy friends must embark on the adventure of a lifetime to return it to its rightful place. Next is Wall-E (rated G, 98 min). In the distant future, a small waste collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind. The final feature of Children’s Movie Day is Hop (rated PG, 95 min). E.B., the Easter Bunny's teenage son, heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock 'n' roll band. In LA, he's taken in by Fred after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car.

Saturday, April 19th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm the Library will host its 2nd Annual Art & Soul Arts and Crafts Fair/Sale*.
The Library is inviting local artists and crafters to come to display their wares. You can browse what they have available and even special order something for later. It’s a terrific place to find gifts for Easter, Mother’s Day or that upcoming graduation. (The Library is seeking more local artists to display and sell their wares. Artists must register by April 15th to have a table.)

Community Awareness in April

We are also hosting the First Annual Guys’ Night Out on Thursday, April 24th at 6:00-8:00 pm. Join us the for the South Charleston Public Library’s First Annual Guys’ Night Out. Local businesses and organizations such as Ernie Nester Trout Unlimited, DNR, Thomas Memorial Hospital, Advantage Chiropractic, South Charleston Community Center, Coin Club and Chick-fil-A will be featured. More businesses are being added every day! Bring your friends, learn new things, enjoy new products and tasty goodies, and enter to win door prizes. We even have wonderful door prizes from Cabela’s. There is no need to register, just stop on by for the evening or make it a brief pit-stop.

Become Community Aware and celebrate your Library with the South Charleston Library.

Introducing: Youth Services Librarian

The South Charleston Public Library is proud to introduce our new Youth Services Librarian: Clay Kriese.

Clay comes to SCPL after previously serving at libraries in Nashville, TN and Clarksburg, WV. It was in Nashville that he met his wife Angela, his cat Charlemagne, and his two sons Holden (age 4) and Miles (age 1) were born. There he also became a big fan of the Titans. Before that he operated the message board at Clemson Tiger football games (He went to college there too).

He’d also like to try team handball, but first he needs to find 13 others to agree to play with him. Clay spent 8 years as a radio DJ, spinning his favorite ‘80s new wave/alternative tunes, and he’s written and recorded several songs of his own. His latest album sold over 20 copies! (Actually, he had to give them away.)

Pee Wee Herman and Mr. Rogers are two of his biggest influences. In his spare time Clay likes to play games from series like Zelda, Dominion, and Mega Man. The Hobbit, The Monster at the End of this Book, and Axe Cop are a few of his favorite books. Clay is also the recipient of awards such as: The Grand Prize Egg at Mrs. Horton’s Easter Egg Hunt of 1986, Second Place at the Northeast Elementary 4-H Biscuit Making Contest, and Performer of the Week at Big Mamma’s Karaoke Café.

Freegal-Downloadable Music

The South Charleston Public Library is now offering Freegal Music. Freegal is a downloadable music service offered by the Library. All you need is your library card number and pin to set up an account today.

Freegal features music from Sony labels, independent and children’s labels among many others for a total of over 7 million songs from about 30,000 labels. Freegal features popular artists such as deadmau5, Pitbull, Pink, Kenney Chesney and more. They feature classic artists such as Ray Charles, and Johnny Cash among others. Jazz, indie rock, soul, children’s music, world music, and classical music are also available.

You will be able to download 3 songs a week but these songs are yours to do with as you wish. You can download them to any device as many times as you like. Wish lists can be created so you can keep tabs of what you would like to download in the following weeks.

Freegal even has mobile apps for your Apple or Android device to make downloading easier. However, there is no need to install anything on your computer as music downloads directly to your computer.

Start downloading today at Freegal Music.

For questions, please check out the FAQ below.


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Access Digital Materials

Access eBooks, audiobooks, music and more NOW. Just click HERE to get started. Have your library card number and PIN handy to access your account and start downloading. Don't have a PIN? Stop by the library to have one attached to your account. (For security purposes, we only attach PINs in person.) Need help downloading? Bring your reader or player to the library and we will help.

Sign-up for WV Reads 150+

WV Reads 150+

Join South Charleston Public Library, the West Virginia Library Commission (WVLC), the West Virginia Center for the Book, and other libraries across the state in West Virginia Reads 150+, a fun reading challenge.

The year-long reading initiative encourages West Virginians to read 150+ books in any format (printed book, e-book, downloadable text, etc.) from any source, during the course of 2014. Books can be on any topic, fiction or non-fiction; they must be read between January 1 and December 31, 2014.

People can read 150+ books individually, or create teams to read 150+ books collectively. Libraries across West Virginia are encouraged to form teams to compete. Teams are unlimited in numbers. Teams must choose a name and select a leader to keep track of the books read by team members.

All ages and groups can participate – friends, co-workers, families, book discussion groups, classmates, community service groups, scout troops, church groups. If children are too young to read on their own, kids can have their parents read to them. Families can use their Summer Reading Program reading toward their West Virginia Reads 150+ tally.

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