St. Helena Branch Library announces events for January and February

The new St. Helena Branch of the Beaufort County Library has announced a long list of events for both adults and teens coming up in January and February.  All events are at the new St. Helena Branch Library, located at 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Road, St. Helena, SC.

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War: a traveling exhibit
Penn Centers hosts at the library an exhibit from the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association which is funded by a grant courtesy of the National Endowment for the Humanities. “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War” offers a fresh and innovative perspective on Abraham Lincoln that focuses on his struggle to meet the political and constitutional challenges of the Civil War. The exhibition explores how Lincoln used the Constitution to confront three intertwined crises of the war—the secession of Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties. Visitors will leave the exhibition with a more complete understanding of Lincoln as president and the Civil War as the nation’s gravest constitutional crisis. Exhibit is open to everyone; for groups larger than 25 please call Maria Benac at 255-6548 to schedule to tour the library and the exhibit.
Free exhibit is available December 31st – February 2nd, 2013 during library operational hours.

Age of Lincoln Lecture and book talk
Lecture and book talk with author Dr. Orville Vernon Burton, Professor of History and Directory of Clemson Cyber Institute – Clemson University. In a remarkable reappraisal of Lincoln, the distinguished historian Orville Vernon Burton shows how the president’s Southernness empowered him to conduct a civil war that redefined freedom as a personal right protected by the rule of law. In the violent decades that followed, the extent of that freedom would be contested by racism and unregulated capitalism, but not its central place in what defined the country. No registration required. Program is open to everyone.
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:00 PM also at 3:30 PM

Technology Petting Zoo
Is your Nook or Kindle Fire still in a box? Let us show you how to download books to your device. No registration required. Program is open to everyone.
Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 from 11 – 12 PM
Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 from 11 – 12 PM
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 from 11-12 PM
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 from 11-12 PM

St. Helena Cooking Club
For cooks of all ages — Join talented cooks in the community to explore local and world cuisine at a themed potluck. Call the library for the current theme, and please bring a dish to share!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 6:00pm and Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 6:00pm

Introduction to Computers and the Internet (for Adult Beginners)
If you’re an Adult just getting started using the computer, let us help! Explore the world of computers and the Internet at your own pace. Event is free but registration is required. Space is limited.
Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, February 19th, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 from 10:30—12 PM.

Advanced Internet Searching
Are you tired of getting millions of hits when you just need one website? Learn to master Internet searching using Google, Bing and other websites! Registration is required – program is intended for Adults; space is limited.
Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 from 10:30-12 PM

St. Helena Library History Scrapbook Project
Join other local scrapbookers to create an album recording the history of the St. Helena Branch Library. Supplies provided, but feel free to bring any additional tools. Program is intended for Adult Scrapbookers.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 6:00pm and Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 6:00pm

Mystery Book Club
Enjoy a discussion of mysteries old and new over coffee and treats. This month, we’re reading The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. Precious Ramotswe has opened the first and only female detective agency in Botswana. Her charming techniques for solving local crime and personal strife are tested when a young boy goes missing. Program is intended for Adult readers.
Monday, January 28, 2012 at 6:00pm

Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy Learning Series, hosted by Queen Quet
The library will host Queen Quet who will discuss Reflections of Emancipation on St. Helena, SC, bringing the pages of history to life – documented stories of St Helena natives. Program is intended for all patrons.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:00pm

Saturday Movie: Free Double Feature Film for February
Come watch a double feature on the big screen! We’ll have popcorn and drinks to complete the movie-watching experience. Movie is intended for teens and adults.
Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Net Making on St. Helena Island
The library will host Mr. Joseph Legree, Jr who will talk about the history of net making on the island and will have examples of his work to view. Program is open to everyone.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:30pm

Gullah/Geechee Living Legacy Learning Series, hosted by Queen Quet
The library hosts Queen Quet who will present Disya Who WEBE: Celebrating the Gullah/Geechee Legacy – The Foundation of Black History. A film series during the day culminating with an afternoon of readings and presentations from our Gullah/Geechee poets, authors, and storytellers.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Mystery Book Club
Enjoy a discussion of mysteries old and new over coffee and treats. This month, we’re reading Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell. A violent double-murder at a Swedish farmhouse threatens to enflame smoldering anti-immigrant sentiment in the country. Troubled inspector Kurt Wallander devotes himself to solving the crime before the tension explodes. Program is intended for adult readers.
Monday, February 25, 2013 at 6:00pm


St. Helena Teen Board
Meeting of local teens ages 12 to 18 who are interested in serving the library and in providing input from other teens about library services to teens.
1-2 pm; Saturday, January 12, January 26, February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 13, April 27th

Free Flix for Teens
It’s a crazy collegiate world of all-new mash-ups sung a capella in this month’s free screening of a recently released hit film (PG-13). Popcorn included. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
1 pm; Saturday, January 5

Beyond YouTube with Benoit: Teen Filmmakers Workshop
Work in production teams to learn all aspects of filmmaking including script writing, storyboarding, and lighting. Instructor: Benoit Lavigne. Space is limited, registration required; for teens age 11-18 only.
2-4 pm; Saturday, January 12, Saturday January 19th, & Saturday, February 2nd; participants must attend all three sessions.

Game On! Teen Game Nite
Teens are invited to have fun playing video and traditional board games at the library. For teens age 12-18 only.
Friday, January 25, 2013 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

S.W.A.K. Swag: A Valentine’s Cookie Swap
Bake ‘em, bring ‘em, exchange’ em – enjoy ‘em! Bring two dozen cookies, your cookie recipe, and a bag or tin to take home your swapped goodies.
11am-12 noon, Saturday, February 9th

Just the Black Facts, Live!
Live game show competition focusing on facts about African Americans in modern society. Prizes awarded!
Contestants: Grades 6-12 only.
6-7:30 pm; Mondays, February 18 & 25

For more information on these events, please contact info: 843-255-6542 or visit<>