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Greenville County Library System IFB# 05-30-18 Renovation and Expansion of Greer Branch Library

May 29, 2018

Greenville County Library System is requesting sealed bids for the renovation and expansion of the Jean M. Smith Branch Library located at 505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer, SC, by 10:00a Eastern Time, July 3, 2018, in Library Administration, Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, South Carolina, 29601.

The Invitation for Bids includes the Instructions for Bidders, Terms and Conditions and DOCUMENT 004113 - BID FORM.

Drawings and specifications for the project were prepared by Craig, Gaulden and Davis, Inc., 19 Washington Park, Greenville, South Carolina 29601 (Tel: 864-242-0761). General Contractors, licensed to do business in South Carolina, may obtain sets of bid documents for the project by contacting Kim Poole at Craig, Gaulden and Davis, Inc.,

A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10:00a Eastern Time, Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Jean M. Smith Branch Library, 505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer, SC 29650.

2018: New Year, New You

January 2, 2018

January Library Newsletter Front CoverWhat's your New Year's resolution?

Saving money? Getting healthy? Trying a new diet, learning yoga or meditation? How about just learning to use that new ereader or mobile device? Want to learn to code? Get new music? Or read 100 books this year?

We can help with all of that. Pick up a newsletter to find out more!

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Library

September 19, 2017

Art ExhibitGreenville County Library System celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month with free events that explore and share Hispanic history and culture through art, dance, poetry and more. 

Visit the Hughes Main Library on Heritage Green in downtown Greenville to explore the Colorful Lands/Tierras Coloridas art exhibit. Featuring twelve local artists including Diana Farfán, Elaine Quave, and Yelitza Diaz, the exhibit runs from September 1-October 31. Email or call 527-9293 for more information.


Art in the Library

September 18, 2017

Art in the LibraryCall For Artists

In keeping with the Greenville County Library System’s vision to be Greenville County’s first choice for exploration, discovery and information, we are pleased to announce a call for local artists to display their work in main entry of the Hughes Main Library. With over 300,000 annual visitors, over 7,000 followers on social media and a distribution of over 13,000 newsletters bimonthly, the Library is excited to provide our patrons and county residents with the opportunity to discover local artists and provide important exposure and publicity for the artists.

The next due date for portfolio submissions will be Friday, September 29th at 5:00 PM.

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Southern Author Festival

September 7, 2017

Southern Author Festival

Join us for sweet tea, barbecue and a nice, long visit. Explore folklife and foodways of the South.

Meet Authors Alice Randall and Ashley English
Sat, September 16, 10a-1:30p, Hughes Main Library
Meet this year’s celebrated authors at this daylong event celebrating Southern foodways. Authors’ books will be available for purchase. Email or call 527-9293 for more information.


10a-11:30a | Alice Randall
11:30a-1:00p | Ashley English

Alice Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. With her daughter Caroline Randall Williams she has published the young adult novel, The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess, and the cookbook Soul Food Love. Born in Detroit, Michigan, raised in Washington, D.C., she has lived most of the last thirty years in Nashville, Tennessee where she has been Writer-in-Residence at Vanderbilt University for the past decade. Randall graduated from Harvard in 1981 and holds an honorary doctorate from Fisk University. An award-winning country songwriter she has had over thirty songs recorded including Trisha Yearwood's smashhit "xxx's and ooo's" ("An American Girl") which spent two weeks at number one and has become a contemporary country classic.

Ashley English has degrees in holistic nutrition and sociology. She has worked over the years with a number of nonprofit organizations committed to social and agricultural issues, is a member of Slow Food USA, and writes a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge, as well as a column for the quarterly publication Taproot. She is the author of four books in The Homemade Living series (Canning and Preserving, Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, and Home Dairy), A Year of Pies, and Handmade Gatherings. Ashley and her family live in Candler, North Carolina, where they are converting their land into a thriving homestead. Her newest book is a Year of Picnics.

Don't miss these other Southern Author Festival events!

History of Barbeque in SC
South Carolina Barbeque Association’s Lake High shares the history of BBQ in South  Carolina. Learn about some of the myths that surround BBQ culture and discover why we  are now in the Golden Age of barbeque. Mr. High’s book A History of South Carolina BBQ  will be available for purchase. Sample traditional South Carolina BBQ sauces.
Tue, Sep 12, 6:30p-7:30p, Hughes Main Library

Southern Foods and Film
Independent film maker and winner of the Jean Laney Harris South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, Stan Woodward talks about his many documentary films on Southern food. Explore Southern folklife, characters, and foodways through Woodward’s camera lens.
Thu, Sep 14, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library

SC CODES Offers Adults Free Training in Software Development, Computer Programming

July 25, 2017

SC Codes, Greenville County Library System’s free training opportunity for software development, is currently accepting online applications for the 12-week Fall session beginning September 9.

Now beginning its second successful year, SC Codes offers adults the chance to acquire basic computer programming skills through an innovative part-time format combining self-paced online learning, weekly in-person meetings and mentorship support. 

Enrollment in SC Codes is open to anyone 18 or older with a high school diploma or equivalent. Prospective students must qualify for a library card from the Greenville County Library System; library cards are free to residents of Greenville County and available to those residing outside of the county on a fee basis.
Applications and further information about the Fall session in Front-End Development are available at SC Codes program coordinators are available through the Greenville County Library, 527-9258 phone and email or at one of these information sessions:

Thu, Jul 27, 6:30p
Greer ž| Jean M. Smith Branch
505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer

Sat, Jul 29, 10a
Hughes Main Library
25 Heritage Green, downtown Greenville

Tue, Aug 1, 6:30p
Augusta Road ž| Ramsey Family Branch
100 Lydia Street, Greenville

“Last year was a pilot year for SC Codes. We were able to launch the program with a one-year grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce plus great support from many community partners,” offers Brian Morrison, Discovery Services Manager at the Greenville County Library System.

“The response, both from students as well as the industry mentors in this program, has been overwhelmingly positive.” continues Morrison. “Some have used this training for continuing education in their present careers and some are building on this learning to pursue further training in the tech field.”

Community partners in the SC Codes project this year include Greenville County Workforce Development and Women Who Code Greenville, a local chapter of a global nonprofit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.


April/May Newsletter--Celebrate With Your Library

March 21, 2017

Library News & Events April/MayNational Library Week is coming up along with Money Smart Week, Fair Housing Month, and National Poetry Month. Enter a poetry contest, improve your credit score, download five free songs a week--all free at your Library.

Pick up the latest edition of Library News & Events for more information.

New Library Bag for Sale

February 27, 2017

New Library Bag for SaleGet a cute bag for your books and support your Library. These bags $4.00 at the circulation counter at all library locations.

Slave Name Indexes @ Hughes Main Library

February 6, 2017

Index Featuring Names and MoreAfrican-American genealogy can be particularly challenging due to lack of individuals' names in census records and other documents prior to 1870. To help with research, volunteers and staff of the South Carolina Room have produced two volumes--Slave Name Index of Greenville County, Probate Records 1787-1864 and Slave Name Index of Pickens County, Probate Court Records 1828-1864. These resources are available in the South Carolina Room at Hughes Main Library. Call the South Carolina Room at 864-527-9212.


Blind Date With a Book

January 30, 2017

DBlind Date with a Bookuring the month of February, you can meet a book with a mysterious identity at eight of our library locations. Take a chance. You could find a new love!

Augusta Road, Berea, Fountain Inn, Hughes Main Library, Mauldin, Pelham Road, Simpsonville, Taylors