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State of the State Library Address

Katie and Pamela sit down with Leesa Aiken, SC State Library Director to talk about the amazing year planned for 2017.  Listen as Ms. Aiken details ongoing and new projects, services and resources from the South Carolina State Library. 

If you've ever wondered what the State Library does, or if you are curious what The SC State Library has planned for the new year, this is the podcast for you. 

There is much to look forward to in the upcoming year.  Just remember, “Be Kind to one another.”

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Pssst… Games in Libraries… Still Cool.

Katie and Pamela sat down with Donald Dennis and Stephanie Frey of Georgetown County Public Library, and Alisha Polkowsky of Lexington County Public Library after a day of Gaming for Libraries training on September 28, 2016. This fun talk includes the importance of gaming in libraries for all ages; different types of games; methods for incorporating games into libraries; and much more.

For additional information on gaming in libraries, check out the following online resources.




We Reckon You Oughta Listen to This Talk with Tom Poland

Tom Poland was the featured author at Speaker @ the Center on Thursday, September 22. Join Pamela Hoppock and guest co-host Dr. Curtis Rogers as they sit down with Tom to listen to some of the stories from his new book, Georgialina. 


Tom is the author of 12 books and more than 1,000 magazine features. He contributed to the anthology, State of the Heart, SC Writers Write About Their Favorite Places, with a foreword by Pat Conroy and published by the University of South Carolina Press.

“Tom Poland brings the fading and forgotten rural South back to life with a deeply felt reverence for the power of story to preserve our shared past. In these pages, we ride shotgun with Tom past covered bridges, tenant homes, country stores, and sweetgrass basket stands into a South that—like the Goat Man—we may never see again.”—Pat Conroy

To learn more about Tom Poland visit his website.
To learn more about the USC Press visit their website.
To learn more about Speaker @ the Center visit their website.

A talk with Senator Sheheen

We were pleased to welcome Senator Vincent Sheheen to the SC State Library today and very happy to be able to sit down and talk with him about libraries. In this interview Senator Sheheen shares some of his experiences with libraries and his thoughts on the roles libraries play in communities today and tomorrow. For more information on Senator Sheheen visit: 


An Interview with Dr. David Lankes

Join us this time as we talk with Dr. David Lankes, the new Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Katie, Pamela, and Dr. Lankes discuss libraries, where they are, what's happening now, and what we have to look forward to in the future. Dr. Lankes also shares some of his adventures from trips to memorable libraries around the globe.


Delving into SC Discus

Join us as we sit down with the SC Discus staff, Patricia Sinclair, Jessica Ogburn, and Linda Heimburger.  We will explore a few of the many wonderful resources available in the South Carolina Virtual Library and learn a few tricks and tips for using some of the tools.  Even Katie and I learned a few things during our short recording session.

Some of the tools highlighted include: BrainPopJr, Opposing Viewpoints, Science Reference Center, Credo, Nursing Resource Center, Consumer Health Complete, and more. All of these resources and more can be found at

If you have further questions, SC Discus staff can be reached by phone at 803-545-0201 or by email at  You can also find SC Discus on social media Twitter: @scdiscus and on Facebook: Discus--South Carolina's Virtual Library.

Interview with C. Hope Clark

Katie and Pamela talk with C. Hope Clark about her books and her writing experience. One thing is clear: no word is wasted during the writing process.

Also, be sure to check out Funds for Writers and Hope's Echoes of Edisto book release on August 5th.

StoryfestSC Guest Jim Gill

Pamela and Katie highlight some of the SC public libraries great programs seen on social media and share their interview from StoryfestSC with musical storyteller and author Jim Gill as he shares the love he has for his job and for summer reading.


Speaker @ the Center Spring Wrap-up

Curtis Rogers and authors Sammy Fretwell, Emily Cooper, Ron Aiken, and editor Aïda Rogers join Pamela and Katie after the last spring session of the Speaker @ the Center for a chat about their new book, State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2. Speaker @ the Center returns in the fall.


Kickoff to Summer Reading

Guest Dr. Pat Feehan talks about the importance of summer reading and the South Carolina kickoff, Storyfest!  To learn more visit for more details. StoryfestSC is held every year on the first Saturday of June. This year, award winning authors Lauren Castillo and Jarrett Krosocska, and musical storyteller Jim Gill join the lineup along with local storytellers, Nia, Cocky, and the Clemson Tiger.