Everything from book clubs to art classes are offered at the Orangeburg County Library, a civic hub for information and social engagement.

With its main branch located at 510 Louis St. in Orangeburg, the library has satellite branches in Holly Hill, Santee, Springfield, North and Elloree.

Frescoes, sculptures and drawings are among the works children have completed in free art classes held at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The classes draw approximately 60 kids every week.

A huge field day program kicks off a six-week summer reading program. Children who've met their reading goals are given a free book, certificate and medal. This year's program will run from June 8 through July 20.

Story time for children is held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays for children up to age 2 and on Thursdays for kids ages 2 to 5.

Not only does that experience provide early literary experiences complete with music and other fun activities, but a One Day, Fun Day! Book Club held at 1 p.m. on Saturdays also encourages family literacy.

"Programming is an integral part of what we do at the library. We can do all sorts of things with kids. We find that's been really helpful in teaching them," OCL Director Anna Zacherl said.

Parents can engage in special story times, book giveaways and the creation of cool crafts with their children during the one-day book club.

An adult book club meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Adults can enjoy books and conversation.

Adult Bingo is held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday nights, but the library promotes more than just fun and games.

Computer literacy Is promoted with free, 45-minute one-on-one computer classes which can be set up with the library's head of digital literacy by calling 803-533-5857 or emailing OCLtechPRO@gmail.com.

The library also shows films at 1 p.m. Saturdays, raffling off at least 10 copies of the book on which the film is based for free each time.

There are also activities for teens, including a popular teen anime club held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Fridays. There’s also a new Magic Club, where teens can play the strategic card game "Magic: The Gathering."

A bookmobile travels the county, including to outlying towns such as Vance, Eutawville, Branchville and Bowman.

"You can do anything on the bookmobile. People can check out DVDs and books, and they can put items on hold and we'll drop them off for them. We also go to nursing homes," Zacherl said.

The library also has a daycare program. At last 60 books are sent out to area daycares for the county's smallest citizens to enjoy for free.

The library also provides every baby that's born at the Regional Medical Center with a library card, a book and a bib that says "Read to Me."

A farmer's market is offered during the six-week summer program, where individuals can try healthy recipes, purchase vegetables and a child can take home a free book. This year's market will kick off again in June.

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Dionne Gleaton has been a staff writer with The T&D for 20 years. She has been an education reporter, regional reporter and currently writes features with an emphasis on health.

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