Current News & Events
Angel Tree Donations
Be an Angel and donate a young adult or children's book to honor or commemorate a loved one. Visit an Angel Tree at the Aiken, Bamberg, Barnwell, Blackville, Edgefield, Jackson, Johnston, New Ellenton, North Augusta, Wagener, and Williston Libraries from November 24, 2014 until January 2, 2015.
For a contribution of 20 dollars, a book plate will be placed in a book selected from one of our Angel Trees. Acknowledgement cards are available to give to the honoree or family.
LIBRARY HOLIDAY SCHEDULES
The following ABBE Regional Library System libraries will be CLOSED DECEMBER 24 AND 25, 2014:
- Aiken County Public Library
- Bamberg County Public Library
- Barnwell County Public Library
- Edgefield County Public Library
- Nancy Carson Branch Library
The following Branch Libraries will be CLOSED DECEMBER 22 THROUGH DECEMBER 27, 2014:
- Blackville Branch Library
- Jackson Branch Library
- Johnston Branch Library
- Midland Valley Branch Library
- New Ellenton Branch Library
- Trenton Branch Library
- Wagener (Nancy Bonnette) Branch Library
- Williston Branch Library
The Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System is pleased to announce it now offers the Mango Languages online language-learning system to its patrons and to public libraries across our four-county service area.
Mango is free for all library patrons and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application by focusing on the four key elements of language learning: vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.
Mango offers access to 60 foreign language courses and 17 English courses taught completely in the user's native language. In addition totraditional language courses, Mango also offers the opportunity to learn through foreign film with Mango Premiere™ and access to a variety of specialty mini courses, like Pirate, Medical Spanish and romance courses. Mango can be accessed at any ABBE library, remotely, or even on-the-go with apps for iPhone®, Android™, Kindle® and Nook®.
Letters About Literature Contest
Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic) explaining how that author's work changed the student's view of the world. This reading and writing promotion is sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, in partnership with the South Carolina Center for the Book and the South Carolina State Library with financial support from the South Carolina State Library Foundation.
Prizes will be awarded on both the state and national levels. The South Carolina Center for the Book's panel of judges will select the top letter writers in the state, to be honored in an awards ceremony on April 29, 2015. Their winning letters will be published online at the South Carolina Center for the Book's website. South Carolina winners will also receive monetary prizes, and then advance to the national judging.
Submissions from Grades 9-12 must be postmarked by December 15, 2014. Submissions from Grades 4-8 must be postmarked by January 15, 2015.
Download the Entry Guidelines (PDF) for more information and for an entry coupon.