Annie Sutton Named New Library Director


Annie Sutton sitting on a bench

The Anderson County Library Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Annie Sutton as the new director of the Anderson County Library System, beginning May 1. Annie has worked as the assistant director since January 2020.

“I’m very pleased that Ms. Sutton has been named director of the Anderson County Library,” says Anderson County Administrator Rusty Burns. “I know of her commitment to our community, to all the people in our community. She is following a legend, but I feel she may become one in her own right.”

Annie Sutton began her career with the Anderson County Library System in 2006. She established the Gambrell Teen Room and became the first teen librarian for ACLS. Annie then worked as the branch manager for the Powdersville Library, one of the largest and fastest growing libraries in Anderson County, before becoming the head of access services for the library system. Over her 15-year career with ACLS, she has led the library system to new initiatives and improvements, overseeing major branch library renovations and a reworking of the Anderson Main Library for improved access and accessibility.

“She will do a great job,” says Library Board of Trustees member Chris Huff. “I got to know Annie when she managed the Powdersville Library, and she was always great to talk with, when she had the time. Plus she’s a dog lover!” 

Annie and Faith receiving awards from SCLA
Annie, receiving the Outstanding Librarian award, beside Faith Line

In 2019, Annie received the Outstanding Librarian award from the South Carolina Library Association for her work and contributions to ACLS and librarianship. While Annie is instrumental in leading large initiatives and events like Community Reads and How-To Fairs, she is also comfortable kicking back and listening to discussions at Brews and Books, a book club sponsored jointly by ACLS and Carolina Bauernhaus Ales.

“I love looking at creative and innovative ways the can Library serve our patrons, whether that’s partnerships with local businesses, circulating unconventional items, like seeds and fishing poles, or simply providing high-quality literacy programs like storytime,” Annie says. “I’m excited for the opportunity to lead a great team and to find new ways to reach our community.”   

The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County at the Main Library in the city of Anderson, eight library branches, a bookmobile, and the digital library. The System’s staff and board are committed to freedom of access for all, offering a forum for ideas. For more information, visit www.AndersonLibrary.org.

Financial Literacy Resources


April is Financial Literacy Month, and whether you’re looking to brush up on accounting skills, plan your personal finances, or explore investments, the Anderson County Library has the resources to help – all available free with your library card.

Universal Class

Universal Class provides online, self-paced classes on hundreds of topics, including:

  • Accounting and Bookkeeping 101
  • Debt Reduction
  • Estate Planning
  • Goal Setting 101
  • Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Habits of Millionaires
  • Investing 101 & 201
  • Microsoft Access 2019
  • Microsoft Excel 2019
  • Personal Finance 101
  • QuickBooks 101
  • Retirement Planning
The Great Courses

The Great Courses has hundreds of popular courses on a wide range of subjects taught by the world’s greatest professors. Using the RBDigital app, check out a week pass for unlimited views. When the week is up, you can always check it out again. Lectures relating to financial literacy include:

  • Economics of Uncertainty
  • Money Management Skills
  • The Art of Investing
  • Understanding Investments
Value Line

For those looking for the latest data, sophisticated tools, and reliable, unbiased information, Value Line is the investment research tool to use. Value Line provides how-to guides, education tools, and market research for beginner and veteran investors.

For help with these or any library resources, contact the Adult Services department by calling (864) 260-4500 ext. 126 or emailing reference@andersonlibrary.org.

Faith Line, Library Director, Retiring


Library Director Faith Line

After 13 years of leading the Anderson County Library System, Faith Line will retire as director at the end of April.

Faith began her public library career with the Pickens County Library System. She served as the director of the Sumter County Library for 21 years before becoming the director of the Anderson County Library System in 2007, after Carl Stone’s retirement.

“We been very fortunate to have had Faith heading up one of our most indispensable community assets.  She has led the way for the Anderson Library System as it embraced the opportunities of this new century, all the while understanding and nurturing the institution’s role as a repository for our community heritage.  As a library patron and a friend, I thank her for her service and wish her best wishes for what lies ahead,” says Rusty Burns, Anderson County Administrator.

Faith Accepting a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation
Faith accepts a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation

Under Faith’s leadership, the Library System joined the SCLends consortium, which she helped found, to provide increased access to books and materials for library patrons. She has overseen the expansion of library services including the beginning of eBook lending, which has now grown to include eBooks, digital audiobooks, streaming content, and even online classes. The Library has also expanded to circulate fishing poles, learning tablets for children, seeds through the Seed Library, alongside the books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines.

Faith with two other ACLS staff at the Iva Renovation Reopening
Faith (middle) at the reopening of the Iva Library after renovations

Faith has always focused on keeping the Library relevant to the community and meeting the needs of the people of Anderson County. She has overseen remodeling projects for six of the county’s nine library branches, as well as the establishment of the Gambrell Teen Room and the Electric City Creative makerspace at the Anderson Main Library. She expanded programming for all ages, particularly with the Library’s annual Summer Reading program and past events such as the Electric City ComiCon and How-To Fair.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have Faith as the director of the Anderson County Library System,” says Julie Hart, Library Board of Trustees chair.  “Her focus has always been on providing what the library patrons and staff need now and in the future.”

Faith accepting her SCLA Hall of Fame award
Faith (right) accepting the SCLA Hall of Fame Awards at the 2018 SCLA conference

She received the Outstanding Librarian award from the South Carolina Library Association (SCLA) in 1993, and in 2019 was inducted into the SCLA Hall of Fame. In 2018, the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce awarded her the Athena Award for professional excellence, community service, and actively assisting women in professional excellence. Under her tenure, the Anderson County Library System was named the best library system in South Carolina, earning a proclamation from Anderson County Council.

Her service and sense of community extends beyond the Library as well. She has volunteered and served on the boards of the Alston-Wilkes Society, First Steps, Foothills Alliance, Anderson Chamber of Commerce, and Anderson University Lifelong Learning. She has been a community impact volunteer with United Way for over 10 years, including support of the Snack Pack program and literacy-based initiatives, and a member of the Rotary Club of Anderson since 2013.

Assistant Director Annie Sutton will serve as the Interim Director and the Library Board of Trustees will begin the search for a new library director.            

8th Annual Poetry Contest


8th Annual Poetry Contest

Update: The submission deadline is extended to March 27. Submissions are now open to those living in Abbeville, Greenville, Oconee, and Pickens counties for inclusion in the anthology book. Only Anderson county residents are eligible for prizes.


Poets in Anderson County, professional and amateur, are invited to submit an original poem for the Anderson County Library System’s Eighth Annual Poetry Contest. Submissions are open February 15 through March 19 for anyone ages 12 and up who lives, works, or own property in Anderson County.

The Library’s annual poetry contest is an opportunity to celebrate National Poetry Month held each April and highlight the creativity and artistic talent in the Anderson community. Poems entered into the contest will be published in an anthology, which is available to preorder and will be added to the Library’s collections. Past anthologies are available to check out from any of the Library’s nine branches.

Poems will be judged on originality, creativity, and artistic quality by Dr. Bob Hanley of Anderson University. One adult and one teen will be selected for a grand prize and a complimentary printed copy of the anthology. Winners of the Poetry Contest will be announced on Friday, April 30.

Express your creativity and submit your original poem online or pick up and submit your paper entry form to any Anderson County Library location.

The 7th Annual Poetry Contest winners were Tate Gee (teens category) for her poem “I Know I’m in the Water At Some Point” and Conny Palacios (adults category) for her poem “Anderson the City Where I Live.” Hear the winning poets read their poems. In the teens category, the first runner up was Owen O’Halloran’s “Living Things” and second runner up was Gabe Santistevan’s “When I Grow Old.” In the adults category, the first runner up was Marc Franks’s poem “Someday” and the second runner up was Tabitha Simmons’s poem “Daughter.”

New Year’s Resolutions with Help from the Library


Looking to start 2021 right? See if the Anderson County Library System can help!

Read More

Meet Libby

With eBooks and digital audiobooks from the Library, reading is easier than ever. Download the Libby app and check out up to 8 eBooks or audiobooks at a time. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Request an item by emailing overdrive@andersonlibrary.org. Find more eBooks as well as music and TV on Hoopla Digital and browse the latest issues of popular magazines on Flipster.
Bonus: Join the Facebook group Upstate Reads to share what you’re reading and get recommendations and challenges from our librarians!

Spend Time with Family

With storytime, early literacy skills, take-home activities, and trivia, the Library has great free events to help your family spend quality time together.
Bonus: Research your family’s history with AncestryLibrary and the Library’s genealogy resources. At-home access to AncestryLibrary has been extended through March 31!

Learn and Improve Skills

Take online classes on hundreds of subjects at your own pace with Universal Class, or get practice tests for high school, college, and careers with LearningExpress Library. Need some extra help? Access Tutor.com with your library card for one-on-one assistance.
Bonus: Watch award-winning on-demand courses and lectures with The Great Courses on RB Digital!

Be Creative

Sew, knit, bake, paint, and decorate with hundreds of classes and projects from Creativebug, ranging from beginner to advanced.
Bonus: Look for monthly Take ‘n Make craft kits and Creative Crafters videos from the Library!

Storywalk: The Magic Snowflake


The book The Magic Snowflake held in front of a Christmas tree

Explore downtown magic with the storefront storywalk in Anderson! Visit downtown Anderson this December for a special, self-paced walking tour of the book The Magic Snowflake by local artist and author Scott Foster. The illustrations and text of each page in the book will be featured in store windows along Main Street. Start with page 1 at Belle Beauty, then follow the map on the sidewalk and read the magical story, or have the book come to life in a dramatic reading podcast produced by Market Theatre!

Read, listen and walk. A map of downtown Anderson with the storywalk stops listed.

Storywalks are a great way for families to share the magic of reading, and the downtown storefront storywalk is the perfect opportunity to bring a love of reading and practice literacy skills while supporting downtown Anderson. After you finish the story, visit Carolina Wren Park for Holiday Ice, take pictures by the Christmas tree, or visit one of the local businesses that have copies of The Magic Snowflake available for purchase.

Visit the Anderson Main Library for a special scavenger hunt based on the book, then check out The Magic Snowflake or explore additional books perfect for the holidays. Complete the scavenger hunt and be entered in a drawing for a copy of the book and other fun prizes. Children can also pick up a Take ‘n Make snowflake ornament kit, and adults can pick up a Take ‘n Make craft kit to make a winter evening scene.                

This unique event is presented by the City of Anderson in partnership with the Anderson County Library System, with a dramatic podcast by Market Theatre.

Libraries Support At-Home Learning


@ Home Learning written on a chalkboard next to a keyboard and headphones

Recently, a Facebook group of which I am a member changed its name from “Librarians Serving Homeschool Families” to “Librarians Serving At-Home Learners and Homeschoolers.” Parents are more involved than ever in their children’s education, and it’s imperative that they know all the resources that are available to them, especially the ones that cost little to nothing.  Enter the public library.

The Anderson County Library is part of a consortium of twenty county library systems in South Carolina that share resources.  If we don’t have a book in Anderson County, but Beaufort County has it, you can put it on hold from wherever you are and have it brought to your nearest branch library, and it usually takes less than a week. The following chart shows how to save almost $300.00 on just a few items by using the library instead of purchasing literature for your class.

Savings From Using the Library

TitleCost
Charlotte’s Web6.40
Wind in the Willows, The18.94
Where the Sidewalk Ends10.99
Aesop’s Fables9.89
Pilgrim’s Progress22.99
Velveteen Rabbit, The8.39
Grimm’s Fairy Tales36.49
Magic Treehouse set (Books 1-28)100.86
Boxcar Children set (Books 1-12)48.95
Jane Eyre11.94
Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry20.11
Total savings$295.95
*prices retrieved from Amazon September 14, 2020

But what if you need an item right away? Digital resources make that entirely possible. The Hoopla and Libby apps allow you to download e-books, audiobooks, music, and videos straight to your device. Want to take a free online course? The library offers the popular Universal Class on our website if you have a library card.  From Accounting to Web Development, Universal Class has dozens of topics for you, including more than 40 online courses under the “Homeschooling” category alone. Do you have a teen learning to drive? Look under the “Research” tab of our website and you’ll find current SC DMV practice tests. Do you need a tutor for your child? No problem. Tutor.com offers one-to-one tutoring anytime, anywhere at no cost to you, thanks to DISCUS.

Learning at home presents many challenges. The library’s new resource CreativeBug offers innovative ideas for making science fun.  Are you studying polymers? Let CreativeBug show you how to make Galaxy Slime. (Full disclosure: I did this with my middle school age niece and nephew and it was a hit!) Are you studying the states of matter? Ponder the soap bubble: is it a solid, a liquid, or a gas? CreativeBug shows you a great recipe for bubble solution that produces bubbles far sturdier than any solution you’ll find in the stores. (Another hit with my niece and nephew.) It’s science. It’s fun. It’s all available through the library.

Libraries all over the country have valuable resources online to help at-home learners and their families succeed. September is National Library Card Sign up month.  Stop by your nearest branch to get yours today.

Helpful websites for at-home learning from the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

Finally, I encourage each family to download the Flipster app, which allows access to leading digital magazines on your mobile device. This can be limited to Family & Children’s resources, and includes the popular National Geographic for Kids, as well as Muse, which encourages reading for fun as well as learning.