The Greenville County Library isn’t Just About Reading Books

Have you explored your local library? KAG Contributor, Nova, is sharing a rundown of all the things the library offers, and it’s so much more than books! Check out storytimes, craft events, homeschool meet-ups and learning opportunities, plus summer reading and even events for grown-ups. There’s so much happening at the Greenville County Libraries. Best of all, there’s no cost for these programs! We know our readers love free things to do in Greenville!

The Greenville Library isn’t just for reading books. Well, that might sound a little odd because it is the library. We typically go there to find a good book to check out and read (or listen to). The Greenville County Library (GCL) offers all kinds of books, music, movies, downloads of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, comics, and so much more. The GCL offers books for all ages and at all reading levels on just about any topic out there.

But, did you know GCL also offers programs, workshops, clubs, and events?
They offer something new to do and learn almost each and every day at one of their locations. And these programs aren’t just for the kids, either. There are plenty of things for teens and adults to do and learn, too! You might be surprised to know what the GCL offers beyond reading books. Did you know most (if not all) of these programs, workshops, clubs, and events are offered for free? Yes, F-R-E-E!

Many times, the library even provides the materials needed for the programs offered. In those cases, you are asked to RSVP in order to attend the program/workshop/club.

While you are visiting your library, you will see many of the events posted to be held at that location. You can take home an events calendar or head over online for topics, dates & times, and locations.

For Children at Greenville County Libraries

GCL offers many clubs and scheduled activities for babies, toddlers, and children. You can find many of these events on our KAG Calendar of things to do in Greenville. You can find all the events the Greenville Libraries offer on the Greenville Library calendar, where you can sort by location and event type.

Some of the events offered for babies, toddlers, and children are Storytime, Toddler Tales, Create (Arts & Crafts), Crafternoon, Art 101, Sprout House Story Time, Wacky Science, The Studio, Coloring and Coco, Paint a Pot, Adventures in History, Pajama Party, and Preschool Picassos. The library also offers a variety of virtual classes and activities!

Do you have a child getting ready to start school? GCL offers a program to help your children get ready for school called Little Learners Club it’s a Kindergarten Readiness program.

For Kids on the Weekends

What if your child can’t make it to something during the day or workweek?
There’s stuff going on after school and during the weekends too! You might want to look for Crafternoons, Lollipops Concerts, and Story Time Ballet.

Teens and Young Adults

For teens, GCL has workshops such as Wacky Science, All About Anime, and they even offer a Teen Service Day. There are also virtual classes and activities for teens such as Teen Takeout Craft and Teen Cusine.

Does your child or teen need help with research or homework? Yes, they can help with that, too.

GCL offers Career & Test Prep, as well. Through a database of information, GCL offers free training, downloads, and tutorials designed to help students and adults assess interests in careers or career transition, test-taking help for ACT, SAT, GED, LSAT, and even the driver’s education practice test. You can find these resources at any branch location. Also, many of these courses can also be done in the comfort of your own home.

Summer Reading

Before you know it, the Summer Reading Program will kick-off. This is for everyone: kids, teens, and adults! GCL provides many fun and exciting events all summer long to encourage your summer reading. Rewards are given to all who sign up and finish the free program.

What if you’re not sure what to read or what to find for your kids to read?GCL has something called NoveList. NoveList is a resource you can use to find book recommendations based on appeal factors, curated lists, and read-alikes for titles you all enjoy.

For Adults at Greenville County Libraries

GCL offers workshops, clubs, and things for you to do, too! Want to learn how to draw, or color, write, learn to knit & crochet, get advice on healthy eating or a healthy lifestyle, learn how to dance, learn about photography, learn from Master Gardeners, need tips on how to sell your home, create a budget, need help with a resume, learn how to build & maintain your credit, learn about cloud storage, your ancestry and so much more? There are many clubs and events each day for adults, too.

Did you hear about the Seed Library? Cardholders can “check out” free seeds to grow plants and herbs at their home. This is something I’m really excited about!

Interested in joining a book club? The GCL has a Book Club for adults, too. You can join a club in person and/or online.

Want to learn a new skill? The GCL may be able to assist you with that, too. Check out their Learning Center for more details.

Maybe all this information is overwhelming to you and you aren’t sure where to begin when you visit the library? How about you “book a librarian.” This Book a Librarian service connects library cardholders to one-on-one research assistance, help with eBooks and other downloadables, and technology training.

Hoopla App

The Greenville Library has a free app called Hoopla where you can download ebooks, documentaries, audible books, and movies. You can rent seven items a month.

Greenville County Library Locations

Now, where do you go to visit a GCL location? Greenville County Library has 12 locations throughout the Greenville area:

Anderson Road Branch
2625 Anderson Road
Greenville, SC 29611

Augusta Road Branch
100 Lydia Street
Greenville, SC 29605

Berea Branch
111 N. Hwy 25 Bypass
Greenville, SC 29617

Five Forks Branch
104 Sunnydale Drive
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Fountain Inn Branch
311 North Main Street
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

Greer Branch Branch
505 Pennsylvania Avenue
Greer, SC 29650

Hughes Main Branch (Downtown)
25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601

Mauldin Branch
800 West Butler Road
Mauldin, SC 29607

Pelham Road Branch
1508 Pelham Road
Greenville, SC 29615

Simpsonville Branch
626 NE Main Street
Simpsonville, SC 29681

Taylors Branch
316 W Main Street
Taylors, SC 29687

Travelers Rest Branch
17 Center Street
Travelers Rest, SC 29690

Don’t live in Greenville County but want to visit one of the libraries? You can visit, too. Surrounding counties can be a part of the GCL system. Non-Greenville County Residents in Anderson, Laurens, Pickens, and Spartanburg County can get a free library card with some restrictions. All other non-residents have a fee to pay for a card.

Just head over to any location and speak with the librarian there. They can help you get a card, and get you connected with all they have to offer. I hope this inspires you to stop in and visit a GCL location in person for books or one of these great clubs or programs. Feel free to check out GCL online and browse books, downloads, find out about events, club meet-ups and all GCL has to offer.

Do you regularly visit a GCL location for any events or clubs? If so, what’s your favorite? Let us know.

About the Author
Nova is a mom who lives in Greenville with her husband & children. She also blogs about food & shares recipes over at LittleKitchenBigEats.com

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