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Desegregation in Greenville: The Public Library Story | An Exhibit

September 26, 2018

Bookmobile in HistoryOctober 15-30
Explore activism in Greenville during the Civil Rights Movement by following the story of the Greenville Eight, African American teenagers who helped open the doors of Greenville’s public library to the entire community.

Hughes Main Library
25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601


Wall of Remembrance: A World War One Exhibit at the Taylors Branch

September 20, 2018

World War I ExhibitWe are now accepting photograph submissions to this exhibit honoring the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. This exhibit will run from Oct 29-Nov 30 at the Taylors Branch.

Honor a relative who took part in The Great War by submitting their photograph for the Wall of Remembrance. Any photographs and copies you submit for this exhibit will be available for pick up at the Taylors Branch during the month of December.

Photos must be submitted at the Taylors Branch. Call 864-268-5955 for more information.

Taylors Branch
316 W Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687


Major Expansion - Renovations Planned for Jean M. Smith Branch of Greenville County Library System

July 18, 2018

Greenville, SC Work is set to begin late August to add 5,500 in new square footage and make interior renovations to the Jean M. Smith Branch of the Greenville County Library System, 505 Pennsylvania Avenue, Greer, SC.

“Greer’s population today is nearly two and a half times what it was when this location opened in 1995,” offers Beverly James, Executive Director of the Greenville County Library System. “This expansion/renovation project enables us to better accommodate the ever increasing use of technology and to offer a variety of special purpose spaces.”

When reopened, the branch will include the following:

  • expanded children’s area double the size of the current space;
  • dedicated space for teens;
  • enlarged community meeting room with seating for up to 120;
  • two new four-person conference rooms;
  • enclosed quiet space for reading and studying;
  • new interior finishes;
  • drive-up materials return;
  • family restroom;
  • nursing room, and
  • additional parking.

Effective Monday, July 30, 2018, the branch will be closed until the fall of 2019. During the closure, the public is invited to use the Burdette Branch at 316 W Main Street in Taylors or any of the other ten Greenville County Library System locations.

Beginning August 13, 2018, the Bookmobile will be available every other Monday from 1:45p-4:30p in the parking lot of the Greer First Baptist Church at 201 W Poinsett Street. Materials borrowed from the Jean M. Smith Branch in Greer may be returned to the Bookmobile or any Greenville County Library System location.

The $4,990,000 project budget is funded by the library system’s accumulated capital fund reserves with no bond issue necessary. Engraved pavers will be made available for purchase to raise additional support. Architecture firm is Craig Gaulden Davis, Greenville, SC and the general contractor is Clayton Construction Company, Spartanburg, SC.

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