Summer Reading 2015

Special Thanks

The South Charleston Public Library would like to thank the following Summer Reading Sponsors. Their generosity allows us to have wonderful prizes and incentives for those who participate in the Summer Reading program.

Adventures on the Gorge
Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
Clay Center
The Greenbrier
Panucci & Jackfert, DDS., Inc.
Putnam County Parks And Recreation Commission: Waves of Fun
Snowshoe Mountain
The State Fair of West Virginia
Stonewall Resort
Timberline Four Seasons Resort
West Virginia Power

If you are interested in donating prizes, money, or even your time for the summer reading program, it is not too late. Contact Patricia at the Library today!

1st Annual Library Fest

In order to celebrate National Library Week, the Library will be hosting a Library Fest on April 18th from 10:00-5:00 pm.

This year’s National Library Week theme is: Behind Every Great Community is a Great Library. We want to highlight our great community with our Library Fest.

We want to highlight what South Charleston has to offer. Therefore, we have invited local groups, artists, businesses, and organizations to be a part of Library Fest. We have Orgami Owl, Pampered Chef, Capitol Clay Arts, Thirty-One, Kanawha Communities that Care, and so much more. Come see what local artists are selling, organizations are in the community, and businesses you can support. (There is still time to sign up if you would like to participate with a table.)

Come on down to the Auditorium on April 18th for the 1st Annual Library Fest. See what the Library and the Community has to offer!

Reading With Ringling Bros

Once again, the South Charleston Public Library is partnering with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for READING WITH RINGLING BROS.! This is a reading program for kids ages 2 – 12. Stop at the library and pick up a bookmark and a Reward Club Card, read 5 books, have your Reward Club Card stamped at the library with our special stamp and you are ready to go to the circus! Once the Reward Club Card boxes are completely filled with the elephant stamps, you and your parent can take the Reward Club Card to the Charleston Civic Center box office to redeem.

*Each child is eligible for one free circus ticket

*There is a required parent/guardian ticket purchase upon redemption of child’s card.

*There is one paid adult admission with every three free kids’ tickets.

*Children under two years old will NOT need a ticket at the circus.

*Your reward Club Card is valid for Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm, Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm and Saturday, April 25 at 11:00am performances.

*Your Rewards Club Card is redeemable from now until April 25, 2015

Changes in the Library

In an effort to improve library services, the Library is making some changes. Most of these are at the collection level and you may have already noticed but we want to make it “official”.

All nonfiction-children’s and adult’s-are being placed together for easier searching of topics.

Adult fiction and paperbacks will be shelved together. That way series and authors are together whether they are hardback or paperback. We are hoping this makes it easier to find your favorite authors or even some new favorites.

Large print is getting more room and being expanded shelving. They will also be taken off the bottom shelf so it is easier to see titles.

Graphic novels for adults and teens will be shelved together in our new Graphic Novel section along the back wall where the windows and chairs are.

In the kid’s section, we are displaying the special topics or holiday books on the first book shelves near the fish tank. Next to that will be the new children’s nonfiction.

Folk and fairy tales have been moved from the picture book section and given their own near the gates of Meeting Room A.

Children’s fiction, I Can Read’s and Picture Books have been shifted over to give each section more room.

Young adult is getting more room as well with some expanded shelving and the moving of graphic novels.

We will be removing books and other items that have not gone out in a long time and adding them to the book sale. Included in these items to be removed are cassettes and VHS tapes. We want to make room for other, growing, collections.

We will be adding brand signs to make navigating the Library easier but please be patient with us until the changes are complete.

Little Free Libraries

Location, Location, Location

You may have heard of these little structures that are becoming more popular around the country. For those who haven’t, let me explain the concept. It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

We have had a number of our library patrons who are interested in having the South Charleston Public Library participate in this movement. We would like to do just that but we need the community’s help. The good news is that it would allow people who can’t get to our library to pick up a book close to them. The bad news is that it involves more than just putting up a box of books.

The first step is finding some good LOCATIONS. We are asking our community to suggest or offer some locations for the South Charleston Public Library’s “little free libraries”. This can be inside or outside as long as the “little free library” will be used.

Please keep in mind there are a lot of concerns that the library has to consider when choosing locations. Some of these concerns include property ownership, right of way, zoning laws, and stewardship. Right now we are just looking for possible locations that we could place Little Free Libraries.

If you would like to suggest or volunteer your property, please email us at

Kroger Community Rewards

For many years, our wonderful patrons have purchased Kroger Cares cards from the South Charleston Public Library and refilling them. This card made shopping easier and provided donations to our library. We greatly appreciate the patrons who bought and used these cards.

However, Kroger is no longer offering or refilling the Kroger Cares cards. They are now engaging in a program called "Kroger Community Rewards".

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.
Kroger Community Rewards® makes fund-raising easy...all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Plus Card! There is no separate card now. You simply use your Kroger Plus Card as you would normally and we get community rewards while you are also earning rewards. There's just one little catch. You have to enroll your Kroger Plus card first.


If you already have your Kroger Plus card registered online

• Simply encourage your members to register online at Kroger Community Rewards.
• Click on Sign In/Register
• Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards information and input your Kroger Plus card number.
• Update or confirm your information.
• Enter NPO number or name of organization, select organization from list and click on confirm. SCPL's NPO is 82722.
• To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page.
• REMEMBER, purchases will not count for your group until after your member(s) register their card(s).
• Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to get your Kroger Plus card number.
• Members must swipe their registered Kroger Plus card or use the phone number that is related to their registered Kroger Plus card when shopping for each purchase to count.

If you want to participate in the Kroger Community Rewards program and need help registering your Kroger Plus card, please let us know and we will try to help you register. We appreciate your help in donating funds to the library while you shop.

Learning to Drive?

The South Charleston Public Library is proud to announce that they have partnered with to offer FREE WV DMV Permit Practice Tests. This is a new service we are happy to offer to our patrons who need to study for a driving test and want to take practice tests. This new site offers the Driver's Handbook, information on CDL licensing, and practice tests for cars and motorcycles. It has FAQ for anyone seeking information. Both the car and motorcycle guides are current to the West Virginia DMV standards.

Download Magazines Now!

The South Charleston Public Library is pleased to bring Zinio downloadable magazines to our patrons. This allows our patrons to access a wide variety of magazines that we would not normally be able to provide in print. Patrons can download these magazines to their computer, phone, e-reader, or other mobile device. Patrons have unlimited multi-user access to complete digital magazines, which can easily be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s unique technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full color pictures, intuitive navigation, key word article search and interactive elements such as audio and video.


In addition to Zinio access, we are providing access to OneClick Digital. OneClick offers downloadable ebooks and e-audiobooks that are sometimes not available through WVDeli. We are pleased to offer an expanded collection of digital materials to our patrons.


You can learn about West Virginia people, places and things by searching the West Virginia Humanities Council's e-WV, the online version of The West Virginia Encyclopedia. e-WV showcases West Virginia’s history, culture, and people. It is thoroughly innovative, enhanced with audio and video, hundreds of illustrations, maps, time lines, and other features. To try it, just click here.

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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.

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