Current News & Events
H.L. HUNLEY TRAVELING EXHIBIT
SEPTEMBER 27, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
@ Nancy Carson Library
SEPTEMBER 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
@ Aiken County Museum
The H.L. Hunley traveling exhibit, built by John Dangerfield, is an exact life-size iron replica of the first submarine used as a military means to attack and sink a hostile vessel from beneath the surface of the ocean. Approximately 65 feet long and and its width is about 4 feet, the Hunley exhibit is accompanied by the H. L. Hunley Camp #43, Sons of the Confederate Veterans living history encampment. This free exhibit will give visitors a hands-on feel for the conditions experienced by the Hunley's crew.
The H.L. Hunley was first conceived and constructed in Mobile, Alabama, but was moved by rail to Charleston, South Carolina to be an effective new weapon used to break the Union blockade during the War Between the States.
This program is sponsored by The Humanities CouncilSC, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history and culture. Sponsors also include: the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society; Friends of the Nancy Carson Library Foundation, Inc.; Berry Benson Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans; North Augusta Heritage Council; and, the Aiken County Historical Museum.
SEPTEMBER IS LIBRARY CARD SIGN-UP MONTH
The ABBE Regional Library System joins with the South Carolina State Library, the American Library Association, and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most important school supply of all - a free library card. Students with library cards can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. They can also use their library cards from home as South Carolina public libraries provide access to important educational resources such as ebooks, Discus - South Carolina's Virtual Library, StudySC - K-12 South Carolina
Information, and much more!
To sign up for a library card, visit your local public library in person. Be sure to bring a photo ID and proof of local residence. A parent must show their own ID and sign the registration card for children under 14.
Play to Read
@ Your Library
The ABBE Library System wants to ensure young children are ready to enter kindergarten with the skills needed to be successful readers. As part of the push towards early literacy, local libraries have launched "Play to Read" stations with materials to encourage interactive play.
While most children aren't taught to read until kindergarten, reading skills begin at birth. "We encourage caregivers to interact with young children by talking, writing, reading, playing, and singing," says Kimberly McSpadden, Aiken Children's Librarian. "By interacting at the Play to Read stations, it becomes play with a purpose so children can develop the skills necessary to read."
Each ABBE library has a Play to Read station with themed materials that can be used while visiting the library. Materials routinely rotate, so there are opportunities to experience something new at each visit. Children and caregivers can play, read, and grow while exploring materials such as puppets, magnets, building blocks, puzzles, and other activities that support early literacy.
Early Literacy Tips for Young Children is a printable PDF flyer that describes five basic skills that help children learn to talk and to develop vocabulary, comprehension, and general knowledge. For more information about early literacy and the Play to Read stations, contact your local library.
SC Library Buildings Collection
"Rich in images and documents about the public libraries of the state and the communities they serve," the SC Library Buildings Collection is presented by the South Carolina State Library and the South Carolina Digital Library. It features photographs of public library buildings in the state from the 1940s-1970s, from the archives of the South Carolina State Library and by State Library field agents. Topics include exterior views of headquarter and branch locations, interior views, and construction.
NEW SESSION LENGTH FOR WIRELESS ACCESS
The length of a wireless session on ABBEnet is four hours. When a user’s session expires at the four hour mark they simply log back on to ABBEnet, agree once again to the policy on the splash page and receive an additional four hour session. There is no restriction on consecutive sessions.
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO LEARNINGEXPRESS LIBRARY
Access to LearningExpress Library, version 2.0 has ended in June. Any 2.0 tests, tutorials, and eBooks saved here do not transfer to LearningExpress Library 3.0. A link to the new version of LearningExpress Library can be found by visiting our Databases & Websites folders (under the headings of: