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Education doesn't just begin when a child reaches kindergarten-- it begins at birth.

Over the years The School Foundation has prided itself on supporting and contributing to FSD1's K-12 teachers and students. With the creation of the Start SMART program, we've added a brand new goal-- assisting parents in preparing their children for kindergarten.

 We've developed a wealth of resources designed to give parents the information they need to chart their child's development, including:

  • Interactive quizzes to help parents gauge their child's current developmental progress
  • "Ask an Expert" articles where parents can seek advice from pediatricians and child development psychologists
  • Detailed year-by-year development breakdowns to help parents set goals and identify milestones as they are reached
  • Videos, links, and articles to assist parents with a variety of tasks including everything from choosing a school/daycare to selecting age-appropriate toys to aid in development.
  • Answers to specific questions regarding preschool can be obtained by calling the Office of School Readiness at (843) 673-1129.

There are multiple ways to get involved with Start SMART and we encourage every business, individual, and parent to lend a hand to ensure that our community's future scholars build strong foundations for their educational paths.

Start SMART Advisory Council Spotlight

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Summer Reading is Here!

Come explore the world with the Florence County Library System during our summer reading program. This year's theme, "Fizz Boom Read!", seeks to discover the world and other cultures through reading. The Summer Reading Program, which is open to young people from babies to young adults, features weekly programs, prize drawings, storytimes, a summer reading club, and more. Summer Reading 2014 is funded by The Friends of Florence County Library System, Golden K. Kiwanis, Hotel Florence, Dr. D. Moss, Nan Ya Plastics, Nationwide: Hodge, Ethridge Insurance and Finance LLC, South Carolina State Library & Institute of Museum and Library Service and State Farm: Jim Stewart. Through their generous efforts, special programming designed to educate, entertain, and inspire children will be held system-wide in keeping with the library system's mission to promote literacy in Florence County. All programs are free of charge at all locations.

Our last Spectrum Storytime before summer is May 19th at 7:00pm.  We will resume Spectrum Storytime in the Fall, so check back with us on scheduled dates.

Summer Reading and other programs available. Make plans to join us! 

Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library
Florence County Library
509 S. Dargan St.
Florence, SC 29506

Special Summer Programming will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm in the Joseph Stukes Meeting Room at the Florence County Library. Programs are scheduled for the following dates:


18 Porkchop Productions: Rumpelstiltskin

25 Wagsters: World Class Magic & Illusion


2 Movie

9 Musicians: Timmy & Susana Abell

16 Storyteller: Donna Washington

The Florence County Library also offers storytimes for various ages. Registration is required. Registration for summer storytimes is from May 1 - May 31, 2014. For more information, contact the Greenberg Children's Library at 843-292-7382 or register by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Storytimes are arranged in the following groups:

Toddler Storytime (Ages 2 only) Tuesdays @ 9:30 am

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3-5) Tuesdays @ 10:30 am
Bilingual Storytime (Ages 2-5) Tuesdays @7:00 pm

Baby Storytimes (Ages 0-23 months)
Pre-Walkers: Thursdays @ 10:00 am
Walkers: Thursdays @ 11:00 am

Each week during the summer, a theme is selected. Books, songs and fingerplays are chosen according to the theme.

Sunday Family Movies will continue throughout the summer. Movies will be shown Sundays at 2:30pm in the Privette Children's Program Room. Movies are scheduled for June 15th - July 20th.  All movies are free of charge. For more information, contact the Greenberg Children's Library at 843-292-7382.

The library will be offering Fine Arts Friday for children in grades 5K-3rd , beginning June 20th –July 18th at 10:30 a.m. Children will be working with a variety of art forms. Registration is limited. For more information, contact Greenberg Children's Library at 843-292-7382.

The library will be offering Monday Library Lab for children in grades 4th-6th, beginning June 16th – July 14th at 3:30 p.m. Children will be doing a variety of science activities. Registration is limited. For more information, contact the Greenberg Children's Library at 843-292-7382.



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