Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Black History Month
Local Artists,

Noted author BETH WEBB HART to speak at Friends Annual Meeting on Tuesday, February 19 at 7 PM


Beth Webb Hart, a South Carolina native, holds a B.A. in English Literature from Hollins College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel, Grace at Low Tide, was one of three finalists for the 2006 Christy Awards in the general/contemporary fiction category. She lectures on a variety of topics and has taught creative writing on the college and high school level where she received two national awards from Scholastic, Inc. Beth Webb lives with her husband, composer Edward Hart, and their daughter in Charleston, South Carolina where she serves as a writer-in-residence at Ashley Hall.

Beth Webb Hart will be speaking about her life as a writer, about her new novel with a Lowcountry setting, The Wedding Machine, and about her previous very successful works of fiction, Adelaide Piper and Grace at Low Tide.


Jasper, South Carolina have been run for years by four women respectfully dubbed The Wedding Machine. This summer the daughters and sons of these four women are each being "married off" (to some unlikely characters!) and the gears of the machine begin to grind to asurprising halt.

ABOUT HER NOVEL: GRACE AT LOW TIDE : Hart’s debut novel is a coming-of-age tale about God's terrifying, befuddling grace.
When a business venture goes sour, Charleston blue-bloods Billy and Dee DeLoach uproot their family and move into the caretaker’s cottage on what was once the family plantation estate on Edisto Island. And while the rest of her family falls to pieces, teenaged DeVeaux sustains them through her reluctant help and her stubborn hope.
Told in DeVeaux's wry, observant voice, Grace at Low Tide chronicles the adjustments, tensions, and tragedy that ultimately force the family to see God’s grace in the raw and untouched beauty of the Lowcountry island.
A haunting tale of stumbling faith, hard-won hope, white-knuckled love and a mysterious mercy.
The year is 1989 and dark currents lurk beneath the smooth surface of the snobbish Virginia campus where Adelaide Piper has come to study. Her poetic sensibility and idealism only irritate the socialites and cynics who notice her at all.
After a heartbreaking and violent loss of innocence, Adelaide must navigate between her genteel Southern upbringing and the gritty realities of a new generation. Only sheer determination, fueled by a spiritual awakening, will save her from drowning.
Ultimately Adelaide must return to the very ground she once cursed and to a deeper appreciation for her Southern heritage, however broken and imperfect it may be.
Beth Webb Hart, the author Publishers Weekly called a lovely, gifted writer, introduces us to a colorful cast of truly Southern charactersand to a complex heroine whose courage and determination inspire us. Her story testifies to the truth and beauty residing in the human spirit.

TUSKEGEE AIRMEN celebrated in film at Library:

Tuskegee Airmen
The Colleton Council Arts Council in partnership with the Colleton County Memorial Library and the Walterboro Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., will honor the Tuskegee Airmen with two special events in 2008. The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American aviators sworn into United States military service during World War II.

The celebration begins with the screening of the film, Airmen and Adversity, a documentary filmed partially in Walterboro. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session led by Mr. Johnnie Thompson, President of the Walterboro chapter of Tuskegee Airmen, Inc. This event will be held at 5 PM, February 28, 2008, at Colleton County Memorial Library, and is free and open to the public. The screening will also be sponsored by Urban Exposure, Inc., a small production company recently relocated to the Lowcountry area.
The celebration continues on Saturday, March 1, 2008, with a highly anticipated performance by Tuskegee University’s Golden Voices Choir. World renowned for their awe-inspiring renditions of African American spirituals, the Golden Voices Choir will grace the stage of the Hampton Street Auditorium at 7:00 PM. Tickets purchased in advance are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and are available at Bachelor Hill Antiques, Griffin Jewelers and Gallery Music. For further information or to reserve seating please call 549-1922, or send an email to

Winter/Spring Events:
Children’s Department at the Library!

Daycare/Private School Outreach Story times
Wednesday Mornings
10:00 a.m.—Storytime
Ages 2 – 7 20 minutes (general public)
11:00 a.m. - Ages 3 – 5:30 minutes (LCCA—Head Start )

Youth Volunteer Program (Jan.—Dec. 2008)

Local Colleton youths ages 12 – 18 may volunteer monthly for gift card. Must volunteer 25 or more hours per month to be eligible for the gift card. Must sign-up with Ms. Shiela or Mrs. Millie in the Children’s Department

Annual Poetry Contest (Mar. 3 – Apr. 4, 2008) Children ages 5 – 12 may participate. Poem must be original and 12 lines or less about “MY FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT.” Child’s name should not appear on poem itself—only title of poem & assigned number. Application should include: Child’s name, age, phone number, parent’s name, & school
Awards Day:
April 24, 2008
(Thursday at 5:00 pm)

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