Adult Programs
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The Greenwood County Library offers different types of programs for adults that include Book Discussions, Speakers, Crafts, and other enrichment opportunities. All adults, 18 and over, are invited. Some programs require registration and may have a limited capacity as materials need to be purchased and the Library is still practicing social distancing. View our programs below for full details. 

  August Programs


 

Book Discussion: Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid

Thursday, August 18: 1:00 - 2:30 PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Participate in a conversation about Forensics: What Bugs, Burns, Prints, DNA, and More Tell Us About Crime by Val McDermid which traces the history of forensics from its earliest beginnings to the cutting-edge science of the modern day.

About the book:

In the course of researching her best-selling books, McDermid has become familiar with many branches of forensics, and now she uncovers the history of this science and the people who make sure that for murderers, there is no hiding place. Forensic scientists can unlock the mysteries of the past and help serve justice using the messages left by a corpse, a crime scene, or the faintest of human traces.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

Forensics Discussion Registration Form 

Registration begins 7/25/2022 

Community Discussion: Greenwood Police Department and how they solve crime

Thursday, August 24: 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Sgt. Kay started his career with the Greenwood Police Department in May of 2007 and graduated the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in August of 2007. During his time with the police department he has answered calls for service, worked as a juvenile officer serving warrants, and as a detective for the investigations division. Currently, he is in community service where he and Officer Clemmons attend speaking engagements and handle hiring and recruiting for the Police Department.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

Online Registration Form

Registration begins 8/1/2022

  September Programs

Game: Unsolved Case Files

Thursday, September 8: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium
 
Unsolved Case Files puts you in the shoes of a cold case detective tasked with solving a murder that happened decades ago with only the original investigator's case file. Think you can find out who really killed Harmony Ashcroft on May 8, 1998? Unsolved Case Files will let you find out once and for all whether you're as good as the detectives on TV. Play with a team of other participants.
 
Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:
 
 
Registration begins 8/11/22

Book Discussion: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michele Richardson

Thursday, September 15: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Historical Fiction Series: The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Michele Richardson Inspired by the true blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service of the 1930s.

About the book:

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Book Discussion Registration Form

Registration begins 8/25/22

Demonstration: Online Library Account

Friday, September 22: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

How to use My Account. Learn how to use your login on the Greenwood County Library’s catalog to search for items like a pro, create lists, place holds, view your account details, and browse the library’s materials with ease. This is not a computer class, but a live demonstration. A handy cheat sheet will be provided so you can practice at your own pace.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

Online Library Account Registration Form

Registration 9/2/22

Book Discussion: The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals―and Other Forgotten Skills (Natural Navigation) by Tristan Gooley

Rescheduled to November 10, 2022 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

When writer and navigator Tristan Gooley journeys outside, he sees a natural world filled with clues. The roots of a tree indicate the sun’s direction; the Big Dipper tells the time; a passing butterfly hints at the weather; a dune reveals prevailing wind; the scent of cinnamon suggests altitude; a budding flower points south. To help you understand nature as he does, Gooley shares more than 850 tips for forecasting, tracking, and more, gathered from decades spent walking the landscape around his home and the world.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs Book Discussion Registration Form

Registration begins 9/2/22
  October Programs
 
Book Discussion: Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton
 
Wednesday, October 20: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium
 
After the death of her beloved grandmother, a Cuban-American woman travels to Havana, where she discovers the roots of her identity—and unearths a family secret hidden since the revolution...
 
About the book:

Cussy's not only a book woman, however, she's also the last of her kind, her skin a shade of blue unlike most anyone else. Not everyone is keen on Cussy's family or the Library Project, and a Blue is often blamed for any whiff of trouble. If Cussy wants to bring the joy of books to the hill folks, she's going to have to confront prejudice as old as the Appalachias and suspicion as deep as the holler.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

Next Year in Havana Registration Form

Registration begins TBA

  November Programs

Speical Guest: Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Tom Worsdale

Thursday, November 3: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

From Washington to Schwarzkopf: Great American Generals. A retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Tom Worsdale served on active duty for 24 years as a squadron commander, instructor at the AirForce Academy, and a public affairs officer. He has been assigned to AirForce bases throughout the United States and served overseas in Guam, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. Tom also worked for the Navy for 14 years as a civilian at Lakehurst, NJ, giving him a total of 38 years with the military. A native of Brooklyn, NY, Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Clemson University in South Carolina and a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Northern Colorado.

Please note that this is a lecture with a first-class POWERPOINT presentation. Tom Worsdale will not be costumed.

Great American Generals Registration Form

Registration begins TBA

Book Discussion: Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story by Carol Shaben

Monday, November 14: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Join us for a lively and thoughtful discussion of the novel Into the Abyss: An Extraordinary True Story by Carol Shaben.

About the book:

On an icy night in October 1984, a commuter plane carrying nine passengers crashed in the remote wilderness of northern Alberta, killing six people. Four survived: the rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and the criminal he was escorting to face charges. As the men fight through the night to stay alive, the dividing lines of power, wealth, and status are erased, and each man is forced to confront his existence's precious and limited nature.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

Into the Abyss Book Discussion Registration Form

Registration begins TBA

Book Discussion: If You Tell by Gregg Olsen

Thursday, November 17: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor’s story of absolute evil―and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for.

About the book:

After more than a decade, when sisters Nikki, Sami, and Tori Knotek hear the word mom, it claws like an eagle’s talons, triggering memories that have been their secret since childhood. Until now.

For years, behind the closed doors of their farmhouse in Raymond, Washington, their sadistic mother, Shelly, subjected her girls to unimaginable abuse, degradation, torture, and psychic terrors. Through it all, Nikki, Sami, and Tori developed a defiant bond that made them far less vulnerable than Shelly imagined. Even as others were drawn into their mother’s dark and perverse web, the sisters found the strength and courage to escape an escalating nightmare that culminated in multiple murders.

Harrowing and heartrending, If You Tell is a survivor’s story of absolute evil―and the freedom and justice that Nikki, Sami, and Tori risked their lives to fight for. Sisters forever, victims no more, they found a light in the darkness that made them the resilient women they are today―loving, loved, and moving on.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

If You Tell Book Discussion Registration Form

Registration begins TBA
  December Programs
Craft: Diamond Art Book Marks

Wednsday, December 7: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk.

Registration begins TBA

Book Discussion: The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray

Thursday, December 15: 12:00PM
Greenwood County Library, American Veterans Auditorium

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

About the book:

In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection.

But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go to—for the protection of her family and her legacy—to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives.

Space is limited. Please register at the circulation desk or online below:

The Personal Librarian Discussion Registration Form

Registration begins TBA