September 2021
"I Was Born to Be in a Library" Pat Conroy Literary Center Virtual Tour & Discussion
October 21, National Friends of the Library Week
"A library could show you everything, if you knew where to look."
—Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

On October 21, at 6:00 p.m., join us online for a guided tour of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center in Beaufort, S.C., led by executive director Jonathan Haupt. This National Friends of the Library Week special program will include stories of Pat Conroy’s formative relationships with public and academic libraries, and his own personal library, told within the context of a tour of the new Conroy Center’s galleries and exhibits. FOSCL board president Marlena White will introduce the evening's program.

Admission to this virtual event is free; donations are welcome. Register in advance by October 19, 6:00 p.m. A Zoom link for the virtual tour will be provided to all registered participants when registration closes on October 19.
FOSCL Annual Conference Comes to the Wando Mt. Pleasant Library on November 5
Save the Date! This year's FOSCL Annual Conference has been scheduled for Friday, November 5, at the Wando Mt. Pleasant Branch of the Charleston County Public Library. This beautiful facility opened to the public in 2019 and has quickly been embraced as an essential part of its vibrant community. This year's conference will include an author presentation by mystery novelist and Wando Library patron Dorothy St. James., author of the new library-themed Beloved Book Room mystery series: including The Broken Spine and A Perfect Bind. Look for additional conference schedule and registration details coming soon.
Meet FOSCL's Student Intern, Holland Perryman
We are pleased to welcome Holland Perryman as FOSCL's student intern this fall. An award-winning young writer, Holland is a senior at Beaufort High School, where she is student body president, captain of the Girls Varsity Lacrosse Team, and founder of DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization. She is also the first intern of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the first writer, of any age, to be twice featured in the "Lowcountry Poets Corner" segment of the TELLY Award-winning ETV author interview series By the River. Her book reviews and author interviews have been featured in the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, and Southern Review of Books.

As FOSCL's student intern, Holland will be assisting on- and off-camera with this fall's virtual programs and annual conference.
A Love Letter to Libraries from New York Times Bestselling Novelist Grady Hendrix
"Much like Tarzan was raised by apes, I was raised by librarians."

New York Times bestselling novelist and Mount Pleasant native Grady Hendrix was recently featured on Good Morning America as a Buzz Pick for his newest book, The Final Girl Support Group. Look for Grady in our FOSCL-sponsored author session at the South Carolina Library Association's virtual conference this fall. In the meantime, here is a short video thank-you to libraries from Grady.
Zoom with the FOSCL Board: October 1
Our next FOSCL board meeting will be held on Zoom on October 1 at 10:00 a.m. If you are interested in attending this meeting--and especially if you are interested in joining the FOSCL board--please contact FOSCL board president Marlena White at the link below. Thank you!
FOSCL Joins Instagram
We're growing our social media presence with our new Instagram page. Look for announcements of upcoming educational events to post here, as well as photos of those events and a Meet Our Board Members feature, all coming soon! Click on over and join us.
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