January 8, 2020
Dr. Curtis Rogers interviews the staff members of the South Carolina Center for Community Literacy: Christine Shelek, Executive Director; Liz Hartnett, Program Coordinator; and Valerie Byrd Fort, Cocky’s Reading Express Coordinator. The Center is the state’s designated examination site for new children’s and YA books, which are available to the public. Cocky's Reading Express™ is the University of South Carolina’s literacy outreach program. USC students travel the state with their friend, Cocky, visiting elementary schools across South Carolina. The students read to the children, and Cocky helps the children understand the importance of life-long reading.
June 27, 2019
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses summer reading and more with Rebecca Antill and Wendy Coplen. Rebecca is the South Carolina State Library's Youth Services Consultant and Wendy is the Library's Grants Coordinator and both work in the Library Development Services Department. For more information about South Carolina's summer reading initiatives, please visit our Summer Reading web pages. And for more information about the Library's grants programs, please visit our Grants web pages.
June 20, 2019
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses genetic genealogy with Richland Library staff members, Debbie Bloom, and Anita McCray. Debbie is the manager of the library's Walker Local and Family History Center in Columbia, South Carolina. She is a genealogist with an interest in family history and you can find out more about what she does at her blog, which is cleverly named, The Dead Librarian. Anita has been working for the library for the past 22 years and has been working on her own family history for the past 30 years and highly recommends listeners visit the ISOGG wiki to learn more about genetic genealogy.
The 2019 SCGS 47th Annual Summer Workshop will be July 12-13, 2019. Blaine Bettinger, the Genetic Genealogist, will be the keynote speaker! This workshop will be a full 2-day event with 24 sessions and 20 speakers. For more information, please see the full schedule.
March 27, 2019
In this new episode format, Dr. Curtis Rogers sits down with two South Carolina State Library staff members, Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune, who work in the library's Collections and Digitization department to discuss items from the library's collection. In celebration of Women's History Month, Sarah and Kerry discuss Sarah Leverette and Maria Martin, two women important to South Carolina's contemporary and pre-Civil War history.
March 20, 2019
In this first episode of BibliObservatory, Caroline Smith, Inclusive Services Consultant, interviews co-host of this series, Ivette Villarreal, who searches the connection between people’s favorite books or stories heard in childhood and how those stories define their lives.
Her earliest memories take her to the stories of Uncle Tiger & Uncle Rabbit retold by her father. These traditional tales from her homeland Venezuela amused her as an infant and also played an important role later when she came across the legacy of Rafael Rivero Oramas, a Venezuelan storyteller and filmmaker, who dedicated his life to children’s literacy efforts in his country.
Encouraged by those joyful remembrances, she created BibliObservatory, a multimedia platform to promote children’s and teens literacy through storytelling by engaging them in active listening and mindful conversations; In BibliObservatory the magnificence of the universe seen from a child’s eye converge with a poem by Rubén Darío (Nicaragua) in which the book is a telescope to explore oral stories that creates awareness of each individual´s uniqueness.
BibliObservatory Episode 1: English Transcript