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State Library to Host Literary Cake Decorating Contest

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To celebrate National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017), the South Carolina State Library will host a literary cake decorating contest.  Anyone interested must register online to participate.  Participants may submit cakes decorated to represent a character from a favorite book, a favorite children's book cover, or anything else book-related.  

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Women Speak Art Gallery Exhibit

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The South Carolina State Library is celebrating Women’s History Month with art from women making history today which opens Wednesday March 8, 2017 and runs through April 3, 2017. The artwork on display shares the voice of many artists from around the state. Come enjoy the many formats of art on display including pencil, acrylic, oil, charcoal, mosaics, basket sculpture, pottery, photography, multi-media, and film.

Women artists from around the state have art on display at the SC State Library:

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Book Signing and Author Talk with Jo Whitten May

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Join us for an author talk and book signing event with Dr. Jo Whitten May.

ETHEL! Leave Her Alone! is a story about a southern girl growing up in a changing society. Born in Mississippi in 1935, Betty Jo Whitten was different from day one. Her first sentence was, "Me do it me self!" Even as a young child she seemed to believe that all the privileges available to boys would also be available to her. The life she has lived since then has made - and is making - that equality a reality for the women who follow her.

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Winners of SC State Library's 'Young Minds Dreaming' Poetry Contest Announced

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Over 600 South Carolina students sent in original work for the SC State Library's "Young Minds Dreaming" Poetry Contest, but only nine made the cut to win.

The poetry contest was organized as part of this year's May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture events. South Carolina students in grades 3-12 were invited to submit poems relating stories of a person, place, or an experience that made a mark on student's lives to a panel of nine judges.

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Wintertime Botany with Curator John Nelson - LibraryVoicesSC Podcast Episode 13

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Pamela Hoppock and guest hosts Sean Gruber and Andersen Cook chat with Dr. John Nelson, curator of USC's A.C. Moore Herbarium. The interview touches on the herbarium's history, Dr. Nelson's winter botany talk, his discovery of a new species of hedge nettle, and, of course, the smelling of sticks.

Click here to visit our podcast page to listen.

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