By HEATHER WALTERS
Local officials are reminding the public that the Colleton County Memorial Library is open during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main library branch, located in Walterboro, is open Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m.t o 8 p.m. On Fridays, the library is also open, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Cottageville Library is also open to residents. This branch is open Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday’s 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Additionally, the Edisto Beach library is open on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday’s 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
“During the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for library service and public Internet access could not be greater,” said Carl Coffin, library director. These internet services include tutorial programs for children and other educational resources, which are critical for those students who are learning virtually during the pandemic, he said.
According to Coffin, the list of services available to residents continues to expand. In addition to providing internet services to the public, the library also continues to offer books, DVDs, CDs, video games, eBooks, audio books, comic books and more.
Additionally, anyone with a library pass can also borrow a day pass to any S.C. Park.
Please see this list of library services now offered during the pandemic:
ϒ Residents with a library card have access to a catalog of more than 4 million items, available for borrowing with a valid library card, said Coffin. “This is because the library is a member of the statewide SC LENDS Consortium,” he said.
ϒ Access to your library’s digital collections (Hoopla and Jasmine Digital Library). With a valid library card, Coffin said residents can download eBooks, audio books, movies, TV shows, comic books, and music.
ϒ Access to the library’s video game and manga collections. “You may borrow (with a valid library card) PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One video games and Manga from the library’s extensive collection,” he said.
ϒ Access to the library’s extensive DVD and Books on CD collections.
ϒ Access to free Reference services either by phone, email or in person.
ϒ Access to Public Internet computers with a 1-hour time limit per session.
Access to free 24/7 WiFi connectivity while on library premises.
ϒ Access to free Tutors through Tutor.com. “Tutors are able to provide virtual tutoring services 7 days a week for school age and adult students,” said Coffin.
ϒ Access to children’s computers and an AWE learning computer. According to Coffin, each computer at the library is programmed with educational games and programs that teach literacy and other core subjects.
ϒ Access to free wireless Kajeet MiFi devices. “Students who do not have Internet service in the home are able to borrow a portable MiFi device that will allow access to the Internet for help with completing homework assignments and to study,” he said.
ϒ Access to SC DISCUS. “Students and Teachers have access to the South Carolina Digital Library where there is a plethora of databases that will assist with homework and instruction,” said Coffin.
ϒ Access to a South Carolina State Park pass (with a valid library card). You may borrow a daily pass that will allow free entrance into any South Carolina State Park for leisure and learning.
ϒ Access to Digital Reel. Press and Standard newspapers are digitized and hosted online for viewing and research. Digitized papers in the library’s collection are from 1891 – 2018. The Press and Standard digitization project is ongoing and additional papers will be digitized.
ϒ Access virtual library programming by visiting the library’s YouTube channel as well as the Friends of the Colleton County Memorial Library Facebook page. Virtual book clubs are also available for participation.
ϒ Access to curb side pickup services. If you prefer to borrow books without physically coming into the library, give us a call (843) 549-5621.
ϒ Access to digital library card registration by visiting www.Colletonlibrary.org. Digital library cards are only valid for accessing the library’s digital collections and databases. You must still visit the library and show proof of residency before getting a permanent card that will allow you to borrow from the physical collections.
ϒ Access to Mobile library services. A family or group of families residing in rural Colleton County may request Mobile Library service. Our mobile library staff will work with the family to establish a specific time for the mobile library (Bookmobile) to visit. In addition to group visits, the mobile library will visit daycares, schools and senior citizen centers upon request.
ϒ Access to the library’s South Carolina Room and Ancestry.com/Heritage Quest databases. A wealth of historical and Genealogical resources are housed within the South Carolina Room.
ϒ Access to copier and printing services, faxing and notary services.
“Your public library in Colleton County is a resource that I sincerely hope you will take advantage of. Acquiring a library card is very easy,” said Coffin. “If you have never had a library card or if your library card is expired, upon your next visit show us your picture I.D. with current address.
“ If your current address is not listed on the picture I.D., we can accept additional proof of residency.”
“Let me share with you that the Covid-19 pandemic has temporarily put a stop to the library hosting large gatherings and in person programs. Allowing community groups and non-profits free use of the library’s meeting room and conference room have traditionally been a service offered,” said Coffin. “But, at the present time the library’s meeting room and conference room are unavailable for reservations until further notice. I am hoping that later this year, we may begin allowing in person gatherings and library programs.”
In-Person Library Requirements
Anyone visiting the Colleton County Memorial Library main branch or a sister branch in Cottageville or Edisto are required to wear a face mask at all times when in the building.
Social Distancing practices are also required, as the library works to protect its staff and visitors.