03 August 2012

BDC Contributions to "1 County Reads 1 Country: Afghanistan" Project

The BDC is contributing to the "One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan" project in several ways.

One hundred years ago, Progressives advocated for restrictions on the use of young children in industries and commercial ventures.  Some changes were legislated yet child labor remains a contemporary issue in many countries today.  Because child labor is a theme within the Young Adult selection, In the Sea There are Crocodiles, we decided to explore the history of child labor here in the Beaufort District.  Come learn about local industries that used children as a significant portion of their labor force well into the 1930s.  Expect to see some rather shocking images of labor conditions in northern Beaufort County, Port Royal, and Bluffton.

The first presentation will occur just outside the BDC Research Room door on Thursday evening, August 23rd.  Three weeks later, we'll do the same presentation in Bluffton Branch during the afternoon. 
Tea and the ceremonies around drinking tea cross cultures.  The displays will reinforce the significance of the beverage across history and cultures throughout the world.

Be sure to pick up a booklet of the activities at the branch library closest to you.  Check out the program schedule on our Library website.  Please join us for one (or many more) of the offerings.  We'd love to see you!

* "One County Reads One Country: Afghanistan" has been made possible through a Library Services and Technology Act grant awarded to the Beaufort County Library and administered by the South Carolina State Library.

Reminder:  The Research Room will be closed Noon to 1 pm through Mon., August 13th.

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