Be a Citizen Scientist with Project Feederwatch


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.

A mother and son identify birds

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.

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.”

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.