Thursday, January 28, 2010

Teen Program

It’s “Twilight” Time

A program for Teens

Teens, join us in the Socastee Library Meeting Room on Tuesday evening, February 9, 2010, for the romantic and suspenseful story of Bella and Edward .

Movie is based on the novel by Stephanie Meyer. Rated PG-13.

5:30 – 6:00 (Photo Op) photos taken with stand-up characters from the movie – bring your camera!

Play a game of movie-related trivia.

6:00 – 7:30 – Movie, refreshments, door prize

Call the library -843-215-4700 for more information and to sign-up for this program.


J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger died yesterday of natural causes at the age of 91. He was most famous for writing The Catcher in the Rye, the iconic, much-beloved and often-challenged book that later spawned the entire YA genre. His second-most claim to fame was his multi-decade reclusiveness after Catcher in the Rye became a huge success.

I won't go into more detail about Salinger, since lengthy obituaries can be found all over the web (CNN, Time), but I would like to recommend some of his lesser-known works. If you've only read Catcher in the Rye, or, if Catcher didn't appeal to you but you'd like to try Salinger again, his short stories are very different, yet still wonderful. HCML has copies of Franny and Zooey and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters available.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Upcoming Computer Classes

Here are the computer classes offered in February:

  • Friday, February 12, 1:00-2:00PM, we will be offering Internet 301: Introduction to the Internet. You'll be able to learn the history of the Internet, the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web, and how to surf the web safely.

  • Thursday, February 18, 10:15-11:30AM, we will be offering Computers 101: Introduction to Computers. In this class, you will learn about the parts of the computer, including the CPU, monitor, mouse, and keyboard. You will also learn how the basics of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

  • Wednesday, February 24, 6:00-7:00PM, we will be offering Computers 104: Maintaining Your Computer. You'll learn how to extend the life of your computer and keep it running smoothly. This class explains easy computer maintenance and includes tips for upgrading and recommendations for free software.

Signup for these classes begins Monday, February 1st. See you there!


Thursday, January 21, 2010

Art display - Picture knitting

Socastee Library's favorite textile artist is returning! This is the third year that we've exhibited works by Picture Knitter Mayan Ward. Mayan knits portraits, landscapes, and conceptual works, and we are proud to show an all-new collection for the next three months.

The exhibit will be available for viewing in a week, beginning Thursday, January 28. In the meantime, you can enjoy Mayan's work at

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to get tax forms online

Finding the tax forms you need can sometimes be a hassle, and each year both federal and state governments and printing and distributing fewer copies of paper forms. This year South Carolina is drastically reducing the number of forms it sends out, all of which means: you may need to find your forms online! If you've never done this before, there are just a few simple steps.
Federal Tax Forms
  1. Visit in your web browser.

  2. Click the words "Forms and Publications" near the top-left corner of the page.

  3. There are a few ways to find forms. Under the "Download forms and publications by" heading, click "Form and instruction number."

  4. You can search by product number or title (see picture). If you know you need a 1040A, choose product number, enter "1040A," and click "find." If you don't know the form number, choose Title, enter what you know (i.e., "moving expenses), and click "find."

  5. Click on the results to open and print or save your form.

South Carolina Tax Forms

  1. SC forms work the same way: start by visiting

  2. On the left side of the screen, click "Individual Income." Then click "Forms."

  3. Then, on the right side of the screen, click "Individual Income Tax" to see all related forms. (You can also choose other types of forms -- see picture.)

  4. Click on a form number to open, print or save a form.


Monday, January 11, 2010

New storytimes!

This year there are a couple of changes in children's program times.
  • Preschool Storytime, for children ages 3-5, now meets Tuesdays at 11:00AM.
  • Baby Funtime, for babies up to 24 months, now meets the first and third Wednesdays at 11:30AM.

Although the times have changed, Preschool Storytime and Baby Funtime are still the same wonderful programs of songs, stories, and crafts that so many parents and children enjoy. Other HCML libraries have also changed Storytime dates and times, so check our online calendar for a complete listing.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Twas the week after New Year
We faced with no fear
and all through the library
many readers did tarry.
Staff were bustling about
Checking in and checking out
Helping patrons find books
And information to boot
At the computers, taking looks
For patrons they root.
Our programs are fresh
with patrons interests they mesh.
Socastee Library is open to all
For staff, service doesn't pall.
Wishing patrons a good year,
They were all full of cheer.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Cultural Safari returns!

The long-awaited Cultural Safari is finally back, beginning Thursday, January 14, at 12:00 noon. Bring a bag lunch or enjoy our sweets and coffee as we journey around the globe.

Next Thursday we kick off with New York: First City of the World. This program "explores the dramatic, inspiring, and fast paced culture & history of New York," as told "through the eyes of its artists, poets, architects, and most notable citizens." Then on January 21 and 28 we continue with Rome and India.

Cultural Safari meets from 12:00-1:00PM on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Thursdays of the month, January-April. This year we'll visit some unexplored destinations and try some different things along the way, so we hope you'll join us!


Friday, January 1, 2010

2010 at your library

With each New Year, you can't help hearing talk about resolutions. Either you or those around you are making goals and deciding that this is finally the year that I _____, or maybe you roll your eyes at the annual resolution-makers and decide not to mess with perfection!
Whether you've made a resolution or you just have a goal you'd like to work toward this year, your library can help you:
Click any of the links above to find the books in our catalog or request a copy. And for the ain't-broke-don't-fixers, you can always sit back and enjoy a resolution-free year with a bestseller or watch the first five seasons of Lost.