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From the Beacon: What to check out for Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is celebrated annually during the third week of October at many libraries and bookstores across the country. This initiative of the American Library Association's young adult library services division encourages teens to read for the fun of it and become regular library users. We hope to accomplish both goals by highlighting new teen fiction.Read More...

From the Beacon: Get into the spirit of election season with a look back in US presidential history

With the 2012 election fast approaching, this is an appropriate time to look back on a few intriguing presidential elections in history and offer reading suggestions. Personally, I've enjoyed reading "Guide to U.S. Elections, Fifth Edition, Vols. I & II.")


If you think recent presidential campaigns have been full of rancor, sleaze and controversy, wait until you read about the election of 1800. You had two heavyweight candidates: Thomas Jefferson of the Republican Party and the incumbent John Adams of the Federalist Party.Read More...

Jonathan Francis, [Sr.], 1910 - 1963

Our new St. Helena Branch Library, located at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road on St. Helena Island, will soon be opened to the public. We've been asked for a little information about the namesake of the road.

Q: Who was Jonathan Francis?

Celebrate Archives Month!

Although the noun “archives” has several meanings, the definition most relevant to the management and daily operation of the BDC is “a facility in which records of permanent historical, cultural, or evidentiary importance are preserved, providing a means through which present and future generations may gain knowledge of and maintain continuity with the past.” Every day our staff of two manages archives of donated materials from individuals and organizations that demonstrate contributions of enduring local historical and cultural value to our area. Read More...

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