On Friday, December 7, the Waccamaw Library will host its first ever “FOWL Holiday Happiness” combined event. The Friends of the Waccamaw Library (FOWL) will sponsor the afternoon-long festivities, which are free to attend and open to all. The Waccamaw Library is located at 41 St. Paul Place in Pawleys Island.
First, in the Library’s Lobby, FOWL will host a book sale at 12:00-4:00 p.m. with scores of books in pristine condition…perfect for gift-giving or winter reading. In addition, at 2:00-6:00 p.m., the DeBordieu Auditorium will be filled with authors and illustrators of children’s and adults’ books who are happy to personalize their creations for your grand or adult gift-list. Plus, there will be the chance for kids to “Build a Buddy”: after choosing and paying for a stuffed animal “buddy” at the Friends Center, kids will watch their new friend come to “life”! For all events, there will be easy credit card sales through the Friends Center.
Participating local authors and illustrators of children’s books will also provide an array of lively activities for kids to enjoy, including pirate-inspired fun and making origami dogs! Authors of adult books will represent a wide range of genres (memoir, self-help, detective novel, photography collection, short collection, etc.) and diverse styles.
Children’s book authors and illustrators will include:
- Christine and Tom Doran with artist Nancy Van Buren, Flash and Fancy book series. A pair of heartwarming otters at Brookgreen Gardens.
- Meredith Hodges-Boos, Pawleys Shells. When a storm destroys all the shells on his island, Pawley sees true magic when a new shell forms from the smiles of everyone who has visited there before.
- Goffinet McLaren, Sullie Saves the Seas. Sullie is a loveable seagull who is devoted to saving the oceans from plastic pollution.
- Marsha Tennant and Lyric Bailey, Margaret, Pirate Queen and Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery. These books record the swashbuckling adventures of a dog turned pirate queen, whose motto is, “Always be yourself. Unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.”
- Nancy Seitz, Brookgreen Gardens: The Trail through the Zoo. A delightful interactive coloring book that will entertain children ages 2-12, whether they are hunting for birds, insects, and animals on site or at the kitchen table.
- Liz Gallo, Lubbers, Weavers & Bees—OH MY!
- Millie Doud, illustrator of Holidogs, Brookgreen Gardens: The Trail through the Zoo, The Friendly Fox Squirrel, Wild Turkey Day, and Lubbers, Weavers & Bees—OH MY!
Authors of adult books will include:
- Tanya Ackerman, Pawleys Island: Chasing the Light (2016). Whether you are a lifelong resident or a newcomer, a frequent visitor or a first-time guest in this scenic and historic beach town, award-winning photojournalist Tanya Ackerman’s photographs are windows to the majesty and many moods of this special place called Pawleys Island. Selected as a “Coffee Table Must-Have” by Grand Strand Magazine, this book is a perfect gift or keepsake.
- Greg Paxton, The Epiphany: Short Story Collection (2017). Debut collection of original short stories of various genres all featuring plot twists and epiphanies: that is, moments of sudden and striking realization.
- Dana Ridenour, Beyond The Cabin (2017). From the award-winning author of Behind The Mask comes an FBI undercover thriller that takes readers into the dangerous backwaters of the South Carolina Lowcountry. FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery goes deep undercover to investigate a dangerous domestic terrorism group operating in the locale.
- Tom Russo, Chicago Rink Rats: The Roller Capital in Its Heyday (2017). Nonfiction account of the cultural legacy of roller-skating as the primary participatory sport in the U.S. in the 1950s. Tracing skating through its popularity among soldiers overseas and among those on the homefront during World War II, Russo focuses on the sport’s amazing growth in Chicago, epicenter of the “Golden Age of Roller Skating” after the war. Russo weaves archival sources and interviews with skaters into his historical narrative of the Windy City’s rink rats.
- Patty Wain Smith, A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America (2017). Written in a loose narrative style that makes the reader a part of the story, this nonfiction account of the crucial topic of domestic violence empowers as it heals, combining principles drawn from psychology, counseling, child development, and Christianity. The book follows the journey of a survivor who emerges stronger and wiser after accepting God’s gift—a gift she’s had all along. A Letter to a Friend was a 2018 International Book Awards Finalist in two categories: Best New Non-Fiction and Self-Help:
- Kathryn Taylor, Two Minus One: A Memoir (2018). “You can quit waiting for the other shoe to drop, I’m in it for life.” Those are the fateful, repeated words that help convince Kathryn Taylor to remarry, retire from her thirty-year profession, sell her home, and relocate in support of her new husband’s career. But five years later, the other shoe does drop when her husband, without any explanation, tells her he is done with the marriage. Poignant and full of raw emotion, Taylor’s memoir is a story of loss and rebuilding, betrayal and friendship—and of reclaiming life on her own terms.
- Sherrell Valdezloqui, The Success Factor (2018). Nonfiction self-help book featuring life-stories of twelve women who overcame failure to attain success and purpose. A Georgetown native, Valdezloqui also operates Promoting Purpose Media and publishes two faith-based magazines, Today’s Purpose Woman and Today’s Purpose Man.
- Pamela Wright, From the Womb to the Tomb.
In addition, to help children in our community learn how to stay safe in the home, at play, or wherever they happen to be, a child ID program, using a nationwide comprehensive digital fingerprinting child identification system, will be offered free of charge by Michelle Sullivan of New York Life. Having a child ID will a parent or guardian peace of mind knowing that should anything ever happen to their child, they will have an ID with vital information to distribute to local authorities.