Libraries Empower: Celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month


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.

Don’t have a library card? September is the perfect time to apply. Library cards are free to anyone who lives, works, owns property, or goes to school in Anderson County. With a library card, you can get more than just books. The Anderson County Library System circulates passes to SC State Parks, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate, book club kits, fishing equipment, learning tablets for children, and so much more.

Go digital with your library card. Read eBooks and digital magazines, listen to digital audiobooks, or stream movies, concerts, and lectures with Libby, Hoopla, and Flipster Magazines.


Library cards also provide access to reliable information and research resources. Research your family’s history with Ancestry: Library Edition and HeritageQuest. Search or browse past issues of the Independent-Mail and Consumer Reports. Take an online class at your own pace with Universal Class or practice for the GED, SAT, Praxis, and other college and career exams with LearningExpress Library. Need help getting started? Make an appointment for one-on-one help with Book-A-Librarian.

Introducing Book-A-Librarian


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.

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 Libby 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.

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!

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!