Film aficionados rejoice; the Anderson County Library System now provides access to over 30,000 films and TV through Kanopy. With diverse content such as documentaries, international movies, Criterion Collection films, and content just for kids, Kanopy provides thoughtful, enriching entertainment for everyone.
Getting started with Kanopy is easy. Library users can create a free account with their library card number, then stream on their desktop or through the Kanopy app, available for Apple and Android devices and smartTV apps like Roku, Apple TV, Samsung or AmazonTV. Users have five play credits each month, and each video will use one play credit regardless of length. Exceptions are Kanopy Kids, which does not require any play credits, or monthly credit-free films. Credits reset at the beginning of each month.
Kanopy Kids is a collection of curated movies and shows that are educational and engaging. Selections include shows from PBS Kids, Highlights, and Sesame Street, plus international stories, beloved book character adaptations, and much more. Users can also set up parental controls, so children cannot access other content on Kanopy.
Kanopy is the newest addition to a wealth of digital resources available anytime, anywhere with a library card. Library cards are free to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or attends school in Anderson County. For more information about Kanopy, getting a library card, and all resources available from the Anderson County Library System, visit any library location or go online to www.andersonlibrary.org.
September marks the return of some of everyone’s favorite things: pumpkin spice lattes, football season, and of course, Library Card Sign-Up Month. Your library card opens a world of reading, lifelong learning, entertainment, and connection for the low cost of absolutely free. This September, when you sign up for your first library card with the Anderson County Library System, you’ll be entered into a drawing for one of three $50 Visa gift cards, plus other fun prizes.
Library cards are free to everyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Anderson County. To apply, bring a picture ID to any of Anderson County’s nine library locations or any bookmobile stop. If your ID does not have your current address on it, please plan to bring proof of address, like mail or a utility statement.
Find unique collections and opportunities only at the Anderson Main Library. Browse the Local Author Collection for new and classic books from authors in Anderson and the surrounding area. Go back in time and explore historical newspapers, land deeds, records and more dating back as early as the 1790s with the Local History and Genealogy Collection. Teens can explore a space just for them: the Gambrell Teen Room. The newest addition is the Electric City Creative, a makerspace for creators, makers, and craft enthusiasts. Create projects using a suite of Cricut tools, sewing machines, looms, the Adobe Creative Cloud, and much more.
There’s always something new to explore and read when you get your free Anderson County Library card. Visit the Anderson County Library online at www.AndersonLibrary.org, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagramfor questions or more information.
What do Ms. Frizzle, the Critter Keeper, and the South Carolina Aquarium all have in common? They are part of the Anderson County Library System’s lineup of summer events beginning this June as part of Summer at the Library’s “Oceans of Possibilities.” With free, engaging events and the Summer Reading challenge, everyone can find something to do during June and July at the library.
Summer Reading kicks off on Saturday, June 4 at the Anderson, Powdersville, and Pendleton libraries. Drop by between 10am-1pm to enjoy games, check out books, and register for the reading challenge. At the Anderson Main Library, children and families can meet with the Greenville Drive’s mascot Reedy Rip’It and explore activities with Clemson Extension, Anderson County Beekeepers Association, and others.
“We’re excited to see more of our community returning to the library for Summer Reading,” says Head of Youth Services Diane Smiley. “This year’s Oceans of Possibilities theme gives us the opportunity to partner with other organizations around Anderson County and help families learn about the importance of being good stewards of our water resources for environmental and economic vitality.”
Ms. Frizzle will take children on an ocean adventure June 6-9 at libraries across Anderson County. The Critter Keeper will introduce children to the amazing world of reptiles and his wild friends, like the albino Burmese python, Julius Squeezer, on Friday, June 10 at the Iva Civic Center and Watkins Community Center in Honea Path. And on June 7 at the Anderson Main Library, the South Carolina Aquarium will share information on deep sea exploration, unique animal adaptations, and even have some marine invertebrates to meet and touch.
“Summer Reading is our busiest time of year as well as our favorite time of year,” says Smiley. “We look forward each year to having kids and families at the library for fun events they can enjoy with their friends.”
What is Libby? Libby is a free app you can use to checkout eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more from the library.
Who’s Libby for? Anyone who has or can get an Anderson County Library card, meaning you live, work, go to school, or own property in Anderson County. If you have a reciprocal library card, you can check with your home library about Libby, or pay the annual $25 nonresident fee.
How does Libby work? Download Libby from the Apple or Google Play app stores to your phone or tablet, or go to libbyapp.com on your computer. Then, enter your library card number and start browsing! Browse or search by genre, popular, newly added, or available now; check items out; place holds; or make a wish list for later.
What about my Kindle? The Libby app is not available on Kindles. However, you can select the “Send to Kindle” option when checking out most eBooks from your computer or other device.
How is Libby different than Overdrive? Libby is a newer app by the same company, called Overdrive. They have stopped supporting the original Overdrive app, and it is no longer available from app stores. You can continue using Overdrive, but over time it may lose functionality and compatibility.
What’s available on Libby? Lots! Thousands of eBooks and audiobooks, including collections for kids and for teens. Popular and unique magazines, including international ones. Extras including Craftsy classes, movies on Indieflix, The Great Courses, and online classes. Don’t see a book you want? Request it by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Learning a new language just got easier. The Anderson County Library System now offers Mango Languages, an award-winning language education resource, to all library users.
Mango Languages offers over 70 languages and more than 20 English courses for speakers of other languages. Mango is the only adaptive language-learning system powered by proven methodologies, designed to naturally establish retention and rapidly build conversation skills. It is accessible on desktop and on mobile devices with an Apple and Android app. Users can create accounts to keep up with progress, set up a family account, and for offline learning.
Mango Languages is the latest addition to the digital resources available with a library card. From researching products and investmentsto studying for the SAT, GED, and other technical exams, library users have access to a wide range of online learning and research tools available anywhere, any time with a library card.
The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County across nine library locations, a bookmobile, and the digital library. Get Library events, books, and news straight to your inbox by signing up for newsletters.
Wi-Fi hotspots are now available to check out with a library card from the Anderson County Library System. The hotspot lending program aims to increase broadband Internet access for Anderson County residents and is made possible by a partnership among the Library, Anderson County, and T-Mobile.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that residents of Anderson County face issues with broadband availability and affordability. Some residents do not have access to broadband internet in their area or simply cannot afford to pay for internet in their homes,” says Library Director Annie Sutton. “The Library already provides Internet and Wi-Fi access in all nine libraries. Providing hotspots to check out seems a natural addition to library services .”
According to the US Census Bureau, around 18,000 households in Anderson County do not have Internet access. The hotspot lending program provides invaluable Internet access to individuals for education, employment, and services. In addition, the Library will provide anonymized geographic data, patterns, and trends to Anderson County leaders to help better inform future broadband infrastructure projects.
Wi-Fi hotpots will be available to check out with an adult library card from each of the Library System’s 9 locations, with the greatest number available at the Honea Path, Iva, and Anderson Main libraries. Hotpots can be checked out for two weeks at a time. If hotspots are not returned after the two weeks, Internet access will be disabled until the device is returned. All devices are equipped with standard content filtering.
“We continually work to offer unique, creative items for checkout and to meet the needs of our residents. I’m excited to provide this new service for library patrons,” says Sutton.
The Anderson County Library System serves residents of all ages in Anderson County across nine library locations, a bookmobile, and the digital library. Check availability of the Wi-Fi hotspots in the catalog, or ask at your local library.
Love birds? Want to help scientists better understand their migrations? Be a citizen scientist with Project Feederwatch! Project Feederwatch will begin November 13 at the Anderson Main and Pendleton libraries.
To participate, visit the children’s area at either library any time Fridays and Saturdays November 13 through April 30. If you see any birds at the bird feeders, identify them with our aids or the Merlin app, then write down your findings.
At the end of each week, library staff will report your sightings to Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. That data tell scientists about changes in bird abundance and distribution across the United States and Canada, like where birds are and where they are not. This crucial information enables scientists to piece together accurate population maps and identify species that might be at risk.
This will be the second year the Library System participates in Project Feederwatch. For the 2020-21 season, only the Anderson Main Library was an observation site. During that time, library patrons and visitors observed 231 individual birds and identified 22 different species. This year, the Library System is expanding to have two observation sites: at the Pendleton Library and again at the Anderson Main Library.
Patrons can also explore great collections of picture books or nonfiction books for children and adults about birds, nature, backyard gardens, ornithology and more. For those who want even more educational activities to do at home, Cornell Lab provides free K-12 resources online.
In August 2021, the Anderson County Library System welcomed Annette Greenway as the new Assistant Director. Get to know Annette!
How did you begin working in libraries? After spending about a decade working in the financial industry, I decided that I wanted to try something different. In 2000 I saw a job opening at my local library. I thought I might enjoy working there because I loved books and libraries. I got the job and it didn’t take long for me to realize that I had found a career that was a really great fit for me.
What is something people find surprising or a little unexpected about you? I have also worked as a yoga teacher, paddleboard instructor, and river guide.
Since picking a “favorite” book can always be a challenge, what’s something recent that you read and enjoyed? I am currently reading Songbirds by Christy Lefteri. I recently read another book by her called The Beekeeper of Aleppo. Christy’s parents were Cypriot refugees and she has worked with refugees in Athens. She puts a human face on the refugee and immigrant experiences through the characters she creates.
What makes you excited for working with the Anderson County Library System? This is my hometown library! I grew up in Anderson and even remember when the bookmobile would visit my neighborhood. I moved away after high school, and I am so glad to have finally found my way back and to have the opportunity to serve the community where I was raised.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month, and this year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Libraries Empower.” To celebrate how libraries can empower individuals, the Anderson County Library System is giving away two $100 Visa gift cards. To enter, pick up a “Libraries Empower” bookmark from your local library, write how libraries have empowered you or your family, fill out the rest of the bookmark, and return to your library by Thursday, September 30.
You have questions; the Library has answers! From Shakespeare to stock investments, you can find reliable research information online and in the catalog with your library card.
However, if you’re not sure where to get started, or need a little extra one-on-one help, the Library now offers a Book-A-Librarian service. Simply fill out this online form to select which topic you would like assistance with and which appointment time you would like. Then, meet one-on-one with library staff in person at the Anderson Main Library, via Zoom, or on the phone.
Topics include assistance with genealogy and local history research, how to check out and read eBooks with the Libby app, or help with Microsoft Office programs. If you don’t see a topic that fits your question, you’ll have to option to fill out what research or learning topic you need assistance with, and library staff will do their best to help. You can also see all upcoming computer classes, workshops, and programs the library offers on the events calendar.