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Listen with purpose. NiA! - Episode 16

Pamela and Katie chat with local artist and advocate Darion McCloud about his current and upcoming projects (and reminisce about some old ones, too). They discuss the NiA Company's production of Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life, showing this weekend, and reminisce over Pamela and Darion's days together in the Richland County Library children's room. Be prepared: After this podcast episode, you'll be itching to go to the theatre.

Together We Are Making a Poem in Honor of Life:
At EdVenture:  
At Tapps Arts Center: 

Keep up with Darion's projects:
Friends of African American Art and Culture: 
The NiA Company: 
Darion's website: 





Cyber Safety with Joe Ryan of the Attorney General’s Office - Episode 15

Katie and co-host Andersen chat with Joe Ryan of the SC Attorney General's Office about cyber bullying, internet crimes, and general cyber safety.



A [Thursday] Afternoon with T.D. Johnston - Episode 14

Katie and Pamela sit down to interview T.D. Johnston of Short Story America on October 26, 2016 at Speaker @ the Center. Johnston's short stories have appeared in numerous acclaimed magazines and anthologies, including Hobart, PineStraw Magazine, Mulberry Fork Review, Literary Juice, Civil War Camp Chest, Rod Serling Books' inaugural anthology Submitted for Your Approval, and Short Story America anthologies of contemporary short fiction, where he serves as Publisher and Editor. He also serves on the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

Speaker @ the Center:
Johnston's Website:
Short Story America:


Wintertime Botany with Curator John Nelson - Episode 13

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.

A.C. Moore Herbarium homepage:
Herbarium contact information:
Browse the herbarium's digitized collections:
Read about the discovery of Stachys caroliniana:


An Interview with Cecil Williams - Episode 12

Pamela Hoppock, Katie Simmons and guest host Monique Walker talk with the multitalented Cecil Williams about his history and experiences as a photographer during the American Civil Rights Movement, and he shares the stories behind some of his incredible photographs. 

Cecil Williams' wesbite:
Learn about the FilmToaster:
State Library Black History Month events: 

Music credit: 


“Remembering Columbia” with John M. Sherrer - Episode 11

Katie Simmons and Dr. Curtis Rogers sit down with John M. Sherrer to discuss how he developed his interest in community history and delve deeper into Mr. Sherrer's book, Remembering Columbia. Along the way, they discuss Historic Columbia, visual literacy, and the many access points to historical information about Columbia available to anyone interested. 


Historic Columbia Foundation;

Arcadia Publishing

South Carolina Center for the Book;

Speaker at the Center;

South Carolina Digital Libraries;


State of the State Library Address - Episode 10

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.”

Music for intro and exit: Welcome 1 by SkibbaMusic:



Pssst… Games in Libraries… Still Cool. - Episode 9

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 - Episode 8

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 - Episode 7

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: