The Sol Legare Boat Landing and Pier is now open for boating and fishing. Charleston County Parks and Recreation has completed its renovation.
CHARLESTON, SC – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is preparing for a phased reopening of its library branches, which have been closed since March 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are the important dates related to the resuming of in-person services. These dates are subject to change.
“CCPL is looking forward to a safe reopening of our locations in June. I know our physical buildings have been closed to the public for several weeks, and we have missed seeing our patrons in person,” said CCPL Executive Director Angela Craig. “Our phased reopening is to ensure that our beloved public and staff are safe as we reacclimate to in-person services. We thank the public in advance for their patience and support while we offer modified hours and services.”
All items returned to the library will be quarantined for 72 hours before they are processed and re-shelved or transported to other locations to fulfill holds.
During the closure, CCPL issued more than 1,000 temporary e-cards so patrons without library cards could access all the digital resources including the lending of e-books, audiobooks, movies and music and free access to all subscription-based services. E-cards will be valid until June 30. More information will be released in the next few weeks on instructions on how to transfer e-cards to permanent library cards.
During the closure, CCPL also continued operating its Wi-Fi to allow the public to access internet at 16 of its 17 branches (all but Folly Beach). Since the March 16 closure, an average of 1,000 people per week have connected to the Wi-Fi with a total of more than 13,000 connections.
“This core service, which has helped bridge the digital divide for so many members of our community will continue to operate between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. at all our locations,” said Craig.
Workforce Development Resources & Assistance
CCPL has also shifted many of its resources to assisting the community in workforce development. A special task-force of staff members are working to expand services and programs that would help community members find jobs, find job seeking resources, assisting in navigating the unemployment process, assistance in creating a resume and much more. These efforts include a weekly workforce-related blog, a special section on our website featuring resources to workforce services, assistance for small businesses, resources for financial support, food resources, internet access information and more.
We also expanded our fax services by making them virtual. Through Faxscan24, community members can use the online fax services from any device. At a low cost of 99 cents for the first page and 49 cents for each additional page, patrons can send faxes using their own devices.
During the closure of the library, CCPL has continued serving the public through virtual online programs and presentations. Nearly 200 programs presented by staff have been viewed more than 50,000 times. These free programs, which are available through the CCPL website and social media, include children’s storytimes, episodes of the award-winning podcast, Charleston Time Machine, staff book recommendations, Spanish language lessons, MET Opera performances, educational resources, virtual field trips, art classes, book lists, and more. New programs will continue being available and featured on our website and social media.
Ask a Librarian
If you have a question for the library, you can connect with a librarian on CCPL’s website via chat, text, email, or by leaving a phone message at 843-805-6930 (Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.) or connect with CCPL on Facebook. Starting June 8, patrons will also be able to call and speak directly to staff at their local library branches.
Charleston County Councilwoman Anna B. Johnson of District 8 will hold her monthly round table discussion on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 12:30 PM.
The meeting will be held virtually through Zoom Video conferencing.
Zoom login in information is as follows:
Meeting ID: 969 2810 6125
Guest speakers this month include William Tunick, Charleston County’s Director of Radio Communications and Angela Craig, Director of the Charleston County Public Library. Topics will include how the County and Library system are helping citizens stay connected. Attendees will also gain an understanding of WiFi versus Broadband, ways to get the most out of your service, accessing internet service in rural areas, and federal programs available.
“My purpose for holding these monthly meetings is to share information about County-related issues and to listen to citizens’ concerns,” Johnson said. “Each month, different speakers are invited to address topics of interest as expressed by the public.”
Citizens do not need to register in advance for the round table meetings. For more information or to provide ideas for upcoming topics, contact Charleston County Councilmember Anna B. Johnson:
· By email at: email@example.com
· By phone at: (843) 958-4034
· By mail at: Post Office Box 13975; James Island, SC 29422