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Upcoming Events

Events are listed chronologically and, unless otherwise noted, are free and open to the public.   

Tuesdays With    The Yawkey Family: Their Impact on Georgetown County 

    Tuesday, January 19 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

    Historian Jim Lee, Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center, will discuss the storied family that owned an enormous tract of Georgetown County land. When Tom Yawkey, who famously owned the Boston Red Sox, passed away, he willed the 20,000 acres to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, creating a wildlife center stuffed full of unique flora and fauna, and viewable history spanning all the way back to Georgetown County's colonial era. Tom Yawkey also established the Tara Hall Home for Boys and the Georgetown Memorial Hospital.


 Tea and Poetry    The Tea and Poetry Series Online

    Thursday, January 21 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

    The 15th Annual celebration of South Carolina poets, brought to you by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library! 

An essential voice of the Southern ecology, John Lane is author of fifteen books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His poetry explores in depth the wildness of his native state, calling us to attend to the arresting beauty and fierceness of the landscapes, waterways, and wildlife surrounding us. Founding Director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Wofford College, Lane’s recent books include Abandoned Quarry (poetry), Anthropocene Blues (poetry), and Whose Woods These Are (novel).

Emily Rosko is author of Weather Inventions (2018); Prop Rockery, winner of the Akron Poetry Prize (2012); and Raw Goods Inventory, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize (2006). Editor of A Broken Thing: Poets on the Line (2011) and Poetry Editor of Crazyhorse, she received the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford and the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. Her poems appear in AGNI, Epoch, Pleiades, and Tupelo Quarterly, etc. Emily is Associate Professor of English and Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program at The College of Charleston.   


Sandy Island forever logo    Sandy Island History 

    Tuesday, February 2 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Join contributors to Sandy Island...forever: A Collaboration of Essays & Images (CLASS       Publishing, 2020) to gain a deep appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. On this episode, Susan Hoffer McMillan explores the island's storied past.


first thursday    Our Vanishing Americana: South Carolina Portrait

    Thursday, February 4 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Author Mike Lassiter set out on backroads and backwaters across the Palmetto State to capture glimpses of small towns, community icons, and historic businesses. While rusted signs and faded brick facades of old storefronts first caught his eye, he pressed deeper to recover the lives of the folks inside those general stores, barber shops, and picture shows. A lot of those businesses may be gone—bypassed by interstates and big box retailers—but Lassiter keeps their stories alive. Brought to you by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library. 


Sandy Island forever logo    The Huntingtons, Brookgreen Gardens, and Sandy Island 

    Tuesday, February 9 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Join contributors to Sandy Island...forever: A Collaboration of Essays & Images (CLASS       Publishing, 2020) to gain a deep appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. On this episode, Robin Salmon explores the deep connection Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington had to the residents living on Sandy Island.  


Sandy Island forever logo    Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land

    Tuesday, February 16 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Join contributors to Sandy Island...forever: A Collaboration of Essays & Images (CLASS       Publishing, 2020) to gain a deep appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. In this episode, Vennie Deas Moore talks about the residents of Sandy Island, a group of less than 100 souls mainly descended from former slaves on the Island's antebellum plantations.


Tea and Poetry    The Tea and Poetry Series Online

    Thursday, February 18 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

    The 15th Annual celebration of South Carolina poets, brought to you by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library! 

Marcus Amaker serves as Charleston, SC’s first Poet Laureate (2016-) His poetry has been presented by The Kennedy Center, and appears in The Chicago Tribune, Departures Magazine, Charleston Magazine, etc. In 2019, he won an SC Governor’s Arts Award, and was named the artist-in-residence of the Gaillard Center. His eighth book is The Birth of All Things. He’s also the award-winning graphic designer of a national music journal (No Depression), and an electronic musician (under the alias “tape loop”).  

Len Lawson is author of Chime (2019), the chapbook Before the Night Wakes You (2017), and coeditor of Hand in Hand: Poets Respond to Race (2017). A nominee for the Pushcart Prize and the Best of the Net , Len earned the Nickens Fellowship from the South Carolina Academy of Authors (2020) as well as the Jasper Magazine Literary Artist of the Year (2016). His poems appear in Callaloo, African American Review, Ninth Letter, Verse Daily, etc. He has taught English in higher education in SC for over ten years. 


Sandy Island forever logo    Saving Sandy Island 

    Tuesday, February 23 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Join contributors to Sandy Island...forever: A Collaboration of Essays & Images (CLASS       Publishing, 2020) to gain a deep appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. On this episode, Dana and Virginia Beach talk about efforts in 1993 to build a bridge to the island to harvest timber and enable possible development. Objections from residents and conservation groups led to national interest in the pristine island, and eventually the majority of the island was turned into the Sandy Island Preserve.  


Sandy Island forever logo    Sandy Island Natural History 

    Tuesday, March 2 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Join contributors to Sandy Island...forever: A Collaboration of Essays & Images (CLASS       Publishing, 2020) to gain a deep appreciation of what has been preserved and why it matters. On this episode, Linda Ketron and Anne Swift Malarich explore the teeming, often rare wildlife that populates the island.


first thursday    Black Rice: Shared Foodways between Africa and South Carolina 

    Thursday, March 4 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Judith A. Carney, Distinguished Professor of Geography at UCLA and author of Black Rice: The African Origins of Rice Cultivation in the Americas (Harvard University Press), will discuss connections between West African food cultivation and Lowcountry South Carolina—links centuries deep, yet still very much with us. Dr. Carney will illustrate how African subsistence staples arrived in the Americas during the colonial period.


Tea and Poetry

    The Tea and Poetry Series Online

    Thursday, March 18 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

    The 15th Annual celebration of South Carolina poets, brought to you by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library! 

Former Poet Laureate of South Carolina, Marjory Wentworth is NYT bestselling author of Out of Wonder; coauthor of We Are Charleston, Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel and Taking a Stand, The Evolution of Human Rights; coeditor of Seeking, Poetry and Prose inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green; and author of the prizewinning children’s story Shackles. A seven-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Wentworth’s poetry books include Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, and New and Selected Poems. She teaches at The College of Charleston.

Open Mic...Join us online to read one of your poems aloud...please limit your poem to one page in length! 


first thursday    The Perennial Appeal of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" 

    Thursday, April 1 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Why does this novel published in 1925 resonate so deeply with readers almost a century later? Deno Trakas will discuss the enduring value of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel. A former student of preeminent Fitzgerald scholar Matthew J. Bruccoli, Dr. Trakas is Hoy Professor of American Literature at Wofford College, where he teaches a course on “F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Jazz Age, and The Depression.”


Tea and Poetry    The Tea and Poetry Series Online

    Thursday, April 15 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

    The 15th Annual celebration of South Carolina poets, brought to you by the Friends of the Waccamaw Library! 

Professor of English at Francis Marion University, Jo Angela Edwins has published a chapbook, Play (2016), and poems in several journals including CalyxQuarterday ReviewZone 3, and Whale Road Review, and in various anthologies. Dr. Edwins has received poetry awards from Poetry Super Highway and South Carolina Academy of Authors and is a Pushcart Prize nominee. She serves as a board member on SC Humanities and South Carolina Academy of Authors and is Poet Laureate of the Pee Dee region of SC.

Ed Madden is the author of four books of poetry, most recently Ark, a memoir in poems about his father’s last months in home hospice care. Madden is also a professor of English at the University of South Carolina. His poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Los Angeles Review, Poetry Ireland Review, Prairie Schooner, and other journals, as well as being selected for the Forward Book of Poetry 2021. He is Poet Laureate for the City of Columbia and was a 2019 recipient of an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.


first thursday    On the Scene: Adventures of a Newspaper Editor 

    Thursday, May 6 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Editor of the Coastal Observer since the paper’s founding in 1982, Charles Swenson has collected a wealth of newsworthy tales along the Waccamaw Neck—serious, sad, silly, strange. In today’s multi-media, transnational age with 24/7 streaming news, he can speak to how a local newspaper provides straightforward, on-the-scene articles and creates community connections. Swenson serves on the Executive Committee of the South Carolina Press Association and on the Board of Directors for the Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation.


first thursday    Achieving a Sustainable Ocean Economy for SC 

    Thursday, June 3 at 10 am 

    Livestream on Facebook > Georgetown County Library 

Director of Ocean Planning at the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, D.C., Amy Trice will discuss an issue vital on the SC coast: how best to address pollution, sea-level rise, and coastal flooding. She will explain how a coordinated approach can better balance the ocean economy with its diverse marine ecosystems. Trice has advocated for comprehensive ocean policies over three U.S. administrations, and Nature, Science, National Geographic, and NPR have interviewed her or featured her work.