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Posts from Carl Coffin, Library Director



National Library Card Sign-up Month                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       September 1, 2016

As a child I was introduced to the joys of reading. 

One of my favorite books began in the following way, “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.”  (The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien)

Thus began an escape to another world where I would spend countless hours.  My father always told me not to be intimidated by a large book with many pages.  “Do not worry with the size of a book; a good story will pull you through the book,” my father would say.

It was this wisdom along with my innate curiosity that influenced me to read countless good books. 

My first introduction to a public library was in the small town of Micanopy, FL.  In fact, I lived directly across the street from the library. It was there that I registered for my first library card.  The library was a special place for me to visit during my early elementary school years.             In the pages of books I could escape, explore the world, and learn how to do anything I set my mind to.  

Back then I had no idea that a library career awaited me, but I am so grateful.  The countless lives that have been impacted through public library service are too many to count.  A library card is truly the great equalizer between the haves and the have-nots.  Whether someone is using their library for recreation, looking for work, studying for the GRE or GED, taking a knitting class, participating in a story time or simply reading the paper, a library card provides unlimited access and equal opportunity for all.

I can’t help but be inspired when I read the following statement from one successful American:

“Once you begin to understand and realize what you are capable of, the whole world changes,” he says. “When I was in the fifth grade and I thought I was a dummy, I was relatively depressed. That’s probably why I was angry all the time. But once I discovered through reading that I could control my own future, it was like someone had lifted a veil; I couldn’t get enough knowledge at that point. Everything that was new was exciting to me, and I began to think about what I was going to do, how I was going to change the world.” He pauses and seems to reflect on his profound childhood transformation before finishing his thought. “I had the same brain, just a different attitude.”  (Never Give Up: Dr. Ben Carson   http://www.success.com/article/never-give-up )

Like Carson so eloquently said, reading can change your whole future.  A library card ensures that you have this opportunity.   I am so excited to announce that the entire month of September is National Library Card Sign-up month.  Registering for a library card is so easy.  All you need is a picture I.D. and proof of local residency. 

Your library card gives you access to a catalog of more than 3 million books and materials that can be borrowed from our collection or through our statewide consortium SCLENDS.  It also gives unlimited access to our public Internet services and online streaming services for downloading ebooks, audiobooks, and more to your smart phone or other device.

Whether you are a consistent library user or occasional user we are grateful for your patronage.  Colleton County continues to take great pride in its library and I can’t thank enough our Library Board of Trustees, library staff, County Council, and local government leaders for their dedication.

Let me end by saying, check your wallet and purse.  If you see no library card then hurry up and get yours soon.  Your kids will be grateful, and your pocketbook might thank you!


Carl K. Coffin, Library Director

(843) 549-5621 ext. 6






600 Hampton Street Walterboro, SC 29488

843-549-5621 Fax: 843-549-5122