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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

Digitize Greenville

January 27, 2017

Historic Images of Upstate South CarolinaHelp us preserve the history of the Upstate.

We want your photos--past and present--of Upstate organizations, businesses, schools, churches and neighborhoods. Any photos you submit will be scanned and returned to you.

We will be at the following library locations during February and March. Please call 864-527-9212 to schedule your appointment.

Thu, Feb 9, 3p-6p, Greer
Thu, Mar 16, 3p-6p, Anderson Road

The Digitize Greenville initiative is ongoing and you may contact the South Carolina Room at or call 864-527-9212 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

Tax Forms @ Your Library

January 17, 2017

Tax FormsTax time is nearly here. Did you know that you can pick up many of your necessary tax forms here at the Library?

Please note: we only have federal forms; no state forms. You can access SC tax forms electronically at

Email or call 527-9258 to find out if we have the form you need. You can also get ready to file your 2016 federal income tax return by visiting

A Place for All People Exhibit at Hughes Main Library

January 11, 2017

A Place for All People ExhibitWith the approach of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday followed closely by Black History Month, Hughes Main Library on Heritage Green is proud to host a one-of-a-kind exhibit that follows the story of African American culture and evokes the power of oration and freedom stories, the brilliance of artistic achievement, and the soaring heights of cultural expression.

A Place for All People is an exhibit that celebrates the historic opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Together with The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), the National Museum of African American History and Culture is delighted to provide this opportunity to enjoy this survey of the African American community’s deep and lasting contributions to the American story.

Visit Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville through February 28 to tour the twenty piece gallery.

This exhibit has been made possible by the Springle Family and the Greenville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Hughes Main Library
25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601

SC Codes Wraps Up First Session, Second Session Begins Soon

January 9, 2017

SC Codes Fall SessionSC Codes Greenville is the only program of its type in the state--a free software development training program for adults launched by Greenville County Library System with a grant from SC Dept of Commerce. With the combined efforts of experts in our community volunteering to serve as mentors and leadership from the library system, 17 students completed the Fall 2016 Basic Front End Development session which covered such topics as basic HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Each of the students attended 12 weeks of sessions and were assigned a mentor who followed them through the entire process offering support, resources and expert personal knowledge tailored to the needs of that student. These graduates of the program gained an increased understanding of coding, making themselves more valuable and savvy as employees and business people.

The Spring session is about to begin but still has some open spots for prospective students. This session begins on Monday, January 30 and continues through Saturday, April 22.

Learn programming. Build the future.

Let's Talk About It: How We Got to Now

January 9, 2017

How We Got to Now: Glass and LightHow We Got to Now, a program series based on Steven Johnson’s bestselling book and accompanying PBS documentary, explores the history of innovation over the centuries, tracing facets of modern life from their creation by amateurs and entrepreneurs to their unintended historical consequences. A limited number of copies of the book How We Got to Now will be available in advance of the discussions, and can be picked up at the Reference Desk on the upper level of Hughes Main Library. The PBS documentary can be viewed on Hoopla through Call 527-9258 to register and for more information on obtaining copies of the books or watching the video.

This series features presenters from Clemson University Dr. John Ballato, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Dr. David Coombs, Assistant Professor of Literature and the History of Technology as well as Greenville Water Commissioner, Deb Sofield, who is also a visiting professor at Harvard University.

Listen to interview with Deb Sofield on this series as well as other great Library resources.

Can't get enough? More Library materials on this topic.

Glass and Light*
Dr. John Ballato, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Clemson University and Director of COMSET, shares how the invention of glass and the laser transformed and connected the world with fiber optic cables.
Thu, Jan 19, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library

Dr. David Coombs, Assistant Professor of Literature and the History of Technology at Clemson University, shares how we learned to measure and manage sound.
Thu, Feb 2, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library

Deb Sofield, Greenville Water Commissioner and visiting professor at Harvard University, discusses how modern society was able to kill harmful bacteria on a vast scale, and in the process, dramatically improve public health by providing clean drinking water.
Thu, Feb 9, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library

This program is sponsored by SC Humanities, a not-for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.

Harvest Hope Food Drive Success

January 3, 2017

Familes Helping Families--Harvest HopeA big thank you to our community for donating 2430 lbs. of food to Harvest Hope collection boxes located at library locations throughout the county.

Five Forks Construction

December 29, 2016

Five Forks Branch Construction Construction of the new Five Forks Branch is underway. Located at the intersection of Woodruff Road and Sunnydale Drive, Simpsonville, the building will sit on the highest point of the library property, with a wall of glass facing Woodruff Road. Features include a quiet reading room; a variety of meeting spaces for collaboration, group study and public programs; and a large active learning area for children.

Short Story Winner Announced

December 28, 2016

2016 Short Story Winner Greenville County Library System held its first ever Short Story Contest during the month of November in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the results are in. Scott Craig's short story, A Man Discovering the City, was this year's Short Story Contest winner. Judges from the Emrys Foundation found his story "mature in language and development," full of "complexity" and "orginality" and full of "keen observations" that were "detailed" and "spot on."


SC Codes--Free Software Development Training

November 3, 2016

Learn Programming. Build the Future. Greenville County Library System has joined forces with the South Carolina Department of Commerce and other area partners to tackle a critical employment gap in the state technology job market--the availability of skilled computer programmers. The innovative approach of this new initiative, SC Codes Greenville (SC Codes), combines online learning, weekly in-person meetings and mentorship support to provide free, basic computer programming training to adults.

To find out more about SC Codes, visit or call 527-9258 for more information.