Ware Shoals Community Library Programs

 

Ware Shoals Community Library

54 South Greenwood Ave.
Ware Shoals, SC 29692 
 
(864) 456-2813      
FAX (864) 321-4231

Melissa Crenshaw
Branch Manager

Ware Shoals Library was first established in 1913.  The branch was housed in several locations including Katherine Hall, the First Methodist Church and the house that is now the Senior Center.  In 1999, the new library was built.  The Ware Shoals Community Library is very unique, not only are we a public library, but also a high school library with two circulation systems.

The Ware Shoals Community Library has computers, photocopier/printers and Wi-Fi. The Library offers programs for children, teens, and adults. Program descriptions can be found below. 


Grades: Birth - 5th Grade. Engage your children in reading with our storytimes, crafts, and more! 

Early Reader Programs: Encourage reading from an early age by signing your baby or toddler up for an early reading program! Studies have shown that early intervention by reading to your young child can help them succeeed better in school and life. We offer the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library programs. You can sign your children up for both or just one. 

Children's Programs: View our currently scheduled Children's Programs below. Masks are required for ages 3+ at in-person programs.

Storytime Adventures  

Our monthly storytime is designed to jump-start early literacy skills as we explore new adventures. Enjoy an interactive storytime with your child that includes early literacy fun with books and songs and a craft to take home and enjoy.

Space is limited and is held in the main library. Registration is required. Call 864-456-2813 to register. Social Distancing will be followed and masks are required for ages 3+.

 
 

Tuesday, February 1: 11:00 AM

Our storytime book will be GroundHug Day by Anne Marie Pace. Moose is having a Valentine's Day party, and all his friends are so excited! Everyone except Groundhog, that is. If Groundhog sees his shadow outside, he'll hide in his hole for six more weeks and miss the party! Determined to help their friend join them, Moose, Squirrel, Bunny, and Porcupine put their heads together and come up with a plan. But will it be enough to get Groundhog out to play?

 
 
 

Tuesday, March 1: 11:00 AM

Our storytime book will be Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings.  Join us for the tale of Arfy, a homeless mutt who lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a great pet he'd make. His letters to prospective owners share that he's house broken! He has his own squeaky bone! He can learn to live with cats! But, no one wants him. Won't anyone open their heart--and home--to a lonesome dog?

 
 
 

Tuesday, April 5: 11:00 AM

Our storytime book will be The Very Impatient Caterpillar by Ross Burach. This clever send-up of every child's biggest challenge -- being patient! -- is a STEM-friendly, laugh-out-loud comedy about metamorphosis.

 
 
Children's Make and Take Crafts  

Pick up a new craft packet each month at the Library anytime during regular hours while supplies last. Take it home and make your craft, and you can personalize it as far as your imagination will take you! 

Make sure to tag us if you post any photos of your craft to Facebook or Twitter.  Use the hashtag #wsbranchkids. We love hearing from you!

 

January

Let’s Build A Snowman! Cut and Paste Snowman Activity

Even if we don't get snow this year, you can still make your own snowman! Pick up this simple construction paper craft at the Library and take it home to make with your child. 

This easy craft is perfect for toddlers. 

 
 

February

Valentine Bear

Build your personal Valentine Teddy Bear to give to someone special this Valentine’s Day.

 
 

March

Fish Bowl Activity

Read a Dr. Seuss book this month then come in and pick up your Fish Bowl Activity. Color and add fish to the fish bowl in celebration of Dr. Seuss Birthday.

 
 

April

Earth Day Packet

Packet includes mazes, coloring sheets, activities, and information on Earth Day.

 
 

May

Dragon Craft

Glue the pieces together to build a dragon.  Use crayons or markers to add your own details.

 

Grades: 6th - 12th. Hang out at the Library and join us for fun games and activites. Check out the Young Adult section for books, audiobooks, and more. 

Teen Tuesdays
 

These programs are held during both school lunches.

Students may bring their lunch and enjoy the activities as they compete for prizes.

 

January 18

Corner Bookmark Crafts

Enjoy your lunch in the Library as you create unique origami bookmarks.

 
 

February 15

Kahoot Valentine Trivia

Come enjoy playing trivia on a big screen while connecting your device to answer the quizzes. Compete with other students for a chance to win fantastical prizes.

 
 

March 2

Dr. Seuss Kahoot

Celebrate Read Across America Day with a Dr. Seuss Kahoot.

 
 

March 15

Game Day Lunch

Enjoy playing your favorite card and board games as you enjoy your lunch.

 
 

April 19

Earth Day Trivia Kahoot

Come enjoy playing trivia on a big screen while connecting your device to answer the quizzes. Compete with other students for a chance to win fantastical prizes.

 
 

May 10

Game Day Lunch

Enjoy playing your favorite card and board games as you enjoy your lunch.

 

Talking Leaves Book Club

Knit and Pearl Book Club

Knit and Pearl Craft Group

Welcome the the adult section of the Library. We offer in-person programming for adults including book and craft clubs. Masks are required at all Library programs. 

Talking Leaves Book Club  

Join us at 1:00 PM for book discussions on the following dates. 

Free copies are available while supplies last.

If you miss out on a free copy, don't let that stop you! We welcome new members. Feel free to bring a your own copy of the book and join in the discussion. Contact Melissa at the Ware Shoals Community Library with any questions.

 
 

Thursday, January 6

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden is a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was initially published in serial format starting in the autumn of 1910, and was first published in its entirety in 1911. It is now one of Burnett's most popular novels, and is considered to be a classic of English children's literature.

Masks required. 

 
 

Thursday, February 3

Our Souls At Night by Kent Haruf

In the familiar setting of Holt, Colorado, home to all of Kent Haruf's inimitable fiction, Addie Moore pays an unexpected visit to a neighbor, Louis Waters. Her husband died years ago, as did his wife, and in such a small town they naturally have known of each other for decades; in fact, Addie was quite fond of Louis's wife. His daughter lives hours away, her son even farther, and Addie and Louis have long been living alone in empty houses, the nights so terribly lonely, especially with no one to talk with. But maybe that could change? As Addie and Louis come to know each other better--their pleasures and their difficulties--a beautiful story of second chances unfolds, making Our Souls at Night the perfect final installment to this beloved writer's enduring contribution to American literature.

Masks required.

 
 

Thursday, March 3

Fried Green Tomatoes At The Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is a now-classic novel about two women: Evelyn, who’s in the sad slump of middle age, and gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode, who’s telling her life story. Her tale includes two more women—the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth—who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering good coffee, southern barbecue, and all kinds of love and laughter—even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present will never be quite the same again.

Masks required.

 
 

Thursday, April 7

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

 

 
 

Thursday, May 5

Combined Book Discussion w/ Knit & Pearl Book Club

Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford

Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved.

Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between.

As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk...

Meet the Author!

Laura Bradford will be joining us for this book discussion. Ask her questions about her book and more. Afterwards there will be a book signing and opportunity to purchase more of her titles.

 

 

Knit and Pearl Book Club  

Join us at 6:00 for a book discussion on the following dates as we work on our favorite crafts.

Free copies are available while supplies last.

If you miss out on a free copy, don't let that stop you! We welcome new members. Feel free to bring a your own copy of the book, a craft, and join in the discussion. Contact Melissa at the Ware Shoals Community Library with any questions.

 
 

Tuesday, January 11

The Secret Life Of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted Black "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the biggest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of Black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Masks required.

 
 

Tuesday, February 8

It All Comes Back To You by Beth Duke

Alternating chapters between Homecoming Queen Violet in 1947 and can't-quite-find-her-crown Ronni in the present, It All Comes Back To You is book club fiction at its hilarious, warm, sad, outrageous, uplifting, and stunning best. In the tradition of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand and Olive Kitteridge, Duke delivers an unforgettable elderly character to treasure and a young heroine to steal your heart.

Masks required.

 
 

Tuesday, March 8

The Catcher and the Rye by J. D. Salinger

The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield.

Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days. The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

Masks required.

 
 

Tuesday, April 12

The Middle Ground by Zoe Whittall

Missy Turner thinks of herself as the most ordinary woman in the world. She has a lot to be thankful for: a great kid, a loving husband, a job she enjoys and the security of living in the small town where she was born. Then one day everything gets turned upside down. She loses her job, catches her husband making out with the neighbor and is briefly taken hostage by a young man who robs the local café. With her world rapidly falling apart, Missy finds herself questioning the certainties she's lived with her whole life.

Masks required.

 
 

 

Thursday, May 5 - 1PM

Combined Discussion w/ Talking Leaves Book Club

Hearse and Buggy by Laura Bradford

Claire Weatherly has fled a high-stress lifestyle for a slower pace—in Amish country: Heavenly, Pennsylvania. She only planned a short visit but instead found herself opening an Amish specialty shop, Heavenly Treasures, and settling in.Claire loves her new home, and she’s slowly making friends among the locals, including Esther, a young Amish woman who works in the shop. So when the store’s former owner,the unlikable Walter Snow, is murdered, and the man Esther is sweet on becomes a suspect, Claire can’t help but get involved.
Newly returned Detective Jakob Fisher, who left Heavenly—and his Amish upbringing—as a teenager, is on the case. But his investigation is stalled by the fact that none of his former community will speak with him. Claire’s connections make her the perfect go-between.

As Claire investigates, she uncovers more than she wanted to know about her neighbors. And suddenly, everything she had hoped to find in this peaceful refuge is at risk...

Meet the Author!

Laura Bradford will be joining us for this book discussion. Ask her questions about her book and more. Afterwards there will be a book signing and opportunity to purchase more of her titles.

 


 
Knit and Pearl Group  
Tuesdays at 6:00 PM  

Bring your favorite craft whether it is knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, quilting, or any other craft and enjoy working on it with others.

 

 


Ware Shoals Community Library is looking for local artists and photographers who would like to display their work at The Spring Art Gala.

Whether you are an amateur or professional artist, we invite you to place your work on exhibit at this year’s Art Gala. The Art Gala is not just about paintings. 

We welcome ALL artists. 

If you enjoy painting, photography, pottery, quilting, or creating one of a kind sculptures, we want to see your work. Contact Melissa Crenshaw at the Ware Shoals Community Library (864) 456-2813 to have your work displayed.

Submission Deadline is Thursday, April 21st.

Click Here to Complete Registration Form

 
 

Spring Art Gala

Tuesday, April 26: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
 
  The Art Gala will showcase the work of numerous local artists from the Ware Shoals and surrounding area, and will feature a wide range of original one-of-a-kind pieces. Throughout the exhibition and reception, guests will be able to speak with the artist about their work and experiences.  
 

Spring Art Exhibit

April 27 - April 29
 
  Creative work from the Art Gala will be on display in the Ware Shoals Community Library during regular library hours.  

Ware Shoals Community Library Hours
Monday    9 AM - 5:30 PM (CLOSED 12:30 - 1:30 PM)
Tuesday    9 AM - 7:30 PM (CLOSED 1:30 - 2:30 PM)
Wednesday - Friday    9 AM - 5:30 PM (CLOSED 12:30 - 1:30 PM)
Saturday - Sunday    CLOSED

 


Photo Release Notice:

Photos or videos may be taken at Library events and activities for Library use in promotion and publicity. Anyone not wanting to have their photo taken should notify Library staff at the time of the event or activity.