Library Announces Summer Programs | Local News


FLORENCE — Summer is fast approaching, and the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library on Dargan Street in Florence has announced several programs for its 2022 Adult Summer Reading Series.

This year’s theme is Oceans of Possibilities. The series, made possible by the Friends of the Florence County Library, is free.

The first is an introductory beekeeping program from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on June 14 for adults 18 and up with master beekeeper David Yannello, president of the Pee Dee Beekeepers Association. He will discuss the steps to take before purchasing a beehive and explain what is needed to become a successful beekeeper.

Yannello will bring an observation hive, so attendees can observe what it looks like inside a hive of bees, said Deborah Bartell, information services manager for the Florence County Library System.

He will explain how some beekeepers raise queens and other bees to sell to farmers for pollination. Also covered will be the different categories of beekeepers and the products that bees provide, such as honey, beeswax, pollen, propolis and royal jelly.

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Bartell said the program is like an introductory beekeeping 101 course.

The public will have the opportunity to taste local honey and buy it. A question-and-answer session will conclude the program.

Registration is compulsory and places are limited.

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library hosts WBTW meteorologist Frank Johnson at noon June 20.

Johnson is News 13’s chief meteorologist and was named Weathercaster of the Year by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association in 2014 and 2015. He received his degree in meteorology from Pennsylvania State University. During his career, he has experienced hazardous weather conditions in the Tornado Alley area, as well as hurricane-prone areas.

Johnson will talk about his career as a meteorologist and describe how weather conditions affect different aspects of gardening and beekeeping.

Her favorite pastimes are gardening, beekeeping and taking care of her chickens. He also enjoys exploring the Carolinas with his family, spending time at the beach, fishing, and riding his vintage motorcycle.

At noon on June 27, adults 18 and older are invited to play Book Swap Bingo.

Book Swap Bingo is traditional bingo with books for prizes. Each participant is invited to bring two new or lightly used books which will be used for the prizes. Participants, who get bingo, can pick up a free book from the table.

The game is free but the number of places is limited and registration is compulsory.

Ann Johnson, who has been a frequent attendee of the Adult Summer Programs, said one of the programs she attended was Francis Marion University’s Gifted and Blessed Youth Choir in February 2019.

“During this program, we had over 155 people from the community and surrounding areas,” Bartell said.

She said the program was in honor of celebrating Black History Month in 2019.

The choir is made up of students of various musical backgrounds, ethnic backgrounds and ages to celebrate music and spirituality through the tradition of African American religious gospel music.

Johnson said she also attended another Black History Month program, which featured several speakers, and one on the history of Gullah.

“The library programs are really great and inspiring,” she said. “I enjoy them because they are educational, not just entertaining.”

She said there were several she was unable to attend, but she is grateful the library offers a variety of programs in the summer for adults.

Johnson said during the pandemic she also enjoys reading books from the library. She said it was a way of feeling outside of home, sitting in the corner and reading.

“It was my refuge,” she said. “I really, really appreciate what the library has to offer.”

Johnson said she plans to attend as many programs as possible this year.

Bartell said they had two book clubs this summer, one in June and one in July. Members obtain books from the library and meet once a month to discuss the chosen book. Debbie Quesada is the Book Club Coordinator and participates in adult programs.

Programs are planned throughout the year. Some include Black History Month, crafts and computer programs.

Bartell said the library also has the EN Zeigler of South Carolina History Room for family stories, which is a great place to explore in the summer. She said they had lots of genealogical information about families in the area and maps. Genealogy resources include AncestryPlus Library Edition. They have tree tracers for families to fill out.

Registration is mandatory. Bartell said that before the pandemic, about 50 to 60 people attended their summer programs, but places are now limited.

“We will have a waiting list when the events fill up,” Bartell said. “There will be no guarantees, but if someone drops out, the space will be filled from the waiting list.”

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday.

For more information on any of these programs or to register, call 843-413-7074 or visit

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan St. Florence.


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