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Written by Jimmie Epling   

You Do Programs

Like That at the Library? 

By Jimmie Epling

The Darlington County Library System isn’t just about books, DVDs, magazines, databases, and the like.  It is about programs for the whole family.  Each location of the Library offers a variety of children, teen, and adult programs.  The program range from special summer and winter reading programs with challenges and prizes, to author visits, movies, tax help, book clubs, story times for children, computer help, knitting and crafts, GED training, and so much more.
Below are some upcoming programs you might find interesting!  
Mini-Golf at the Hartsville Branch Library!
Have you ever thought that a library would be a perfect spot for mini golf?  For two days, the Hartsville Branch will be transformed into a nine hole mini-golf course with lots of obstacles and fun twists along the way.  On Saturday, February 20th, ages 7 and older can play mini golf from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Ages 6 and under can play on Sunday, February 21st from 2-5 p.m.
Our Hartsville Branch Winter Reading Program Book Bingo winners will receive a ticket for one free round of mini golf. The public can play a round for $1 per person.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Hartsville Memorial Library, with the help of students from the Governor's School for Science and Mathematics.
South Carolina New Writers’ Workshops
The Library is offering a series of free, introductory writing workshops for aspiring and novice writers.  These workshops will help those who want to become writers to get started the right way and novice writers to hone their skills to become better. 
The classes are taught by C. Hope Clark , a freelance writer, author of the Carolina Slade and Edisto Island mystery series, and editor of a weekly newsletter service that reaches 40,000+ writers.
These workshops are held at the Darlington Branch on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m.  There is no registration and all classes are free. 
The next workshop is “Telling the Story You Want to Tell – Plot Development” on Tuesday, February 23rd.  In this workshop, you will learn what story telling is versus showing?  Discover the basics of plot development and how it is very similar from genre to genre.  Learn the three formulas for a short synopsis which is the bare bones beginning of your plot, helping you stay on task, and understand different ways to outline your plot.
Paws to Read
Do you remember when you were asked to read in front your school class?  Remember how scared you were that you might mess up?  Children at the Darlington Branch now have the opportunity to read to someone who does not mind a mistake, a lovable dog. 
The Paws to Read program at the Darlington Branch is an opportunity for children to  curl up on a colorful carpet in the children’s area and read books within a paw’s reach of an attentive and adorable therapy dog.  Therapy dogs are nonjudgmental listeners for children learning to read.
The Paws to Read program is held the second and last Saturday of every month at the Darlington Branch from 12:30-1:30 p.m.  Stop by with your child on Saturday, February 27th to meet and read to these wonderful and delightful listeners. 
A Murder Mystery Theater 
The Friends of the Society Hill Library is sponsoring its first Murder Mystery Theater and dinner.  On Saturday, February 27th, those in attendance will participate in solving a murder mystery over dinner!
Following the suspicious death of Baroness Audry von Munchen, the fabulous von Munchen relics are to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.  In the absence of a legal heir, it looks like all the proceeds will go to her favorite charity - unless a claimant comes forward at the last moment.  What is the truth behind the Baroness's death?  There's only one way to find out!  The auction attracts a wide range of guests, including antique dealers, private collectors, prominent members of the Church, political activists, spies, assassins, and even the occasional drug dealer - as well as all of the Baroness's 'loyal' staff.  However, not everyone is who they appear to be...
Each dinner participant is a character in the plot, and although only one of them is the actual murderer, nearly everyone is a prime suspect.  As guests arrive, they are greeted by the Baroness's lawyer, Freddie Farr.  They can view her splendid relics, investigate her murder, bid in the auction and do whatever wheeling and dealing is required to achieve their character's other main objective: to end up the richest person in the room!
Murder isn't the only crime guests are likely to encounter. Blackmail, bribery, theft, fraud and extortion also lurk not far beneath the surface.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 27th at 6 p.m. to be at the Society Hill Branch for this fun program.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  Please contact the library at 843-378-0026 if you are interested in attending.  This fundraiser is to support the Friends of the Society Hill Library who support the Library’s children’s programs throughout the year.
At the libraries of the Darlington County Library System, we often hear “you do programs like this at the Library?”  Yes, we do!  We are looking for interesting and unique programs to offer you and your family.  Some of the best ideas for programs come from you.  Keep in mind, it doesn’t always have to be strictly book related!  What do you suggest we do next? 

February  15, 2016



















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