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Library presents video overview of African American Collection at FMU

on Monday, 22 February 2021. Posted in News, Local News

Library presents video overview of African American Collection at FMU

Bernadette Johnson, reference librarian and government information coordinator at Francis Marion University’s James A. Rogers Library, highlights their library’s African American Collection in a new video available on the Florence County Library’s website and Facebook page. 

Johnson has been with the Rogers library for 14 years. Before that she worked for the Florence County Library System as a library associate and librarian. She enjoys working in the library world. Johnson already decided in high school that the career for her was in the library profession, and she states that “it has been a pleasurable and fulfilling journey.” 

In the video, she gives an overview of the African American Collection, including how it started, important figures who helped shape the collection, and examples of items in the collection. Johnson shares information about the non-circulating collection as well as how one can go about borrowing materials from the library, and the Covid-19 restrictions in place currently, as of the making of this video. 

Information about the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library's virtual programs is available at 

Library announces book club selections 

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library’s Book Club has selected the following books to read and discuss during the winter/ spring season: 

Feb. 25 - The Book of Lost Friends, by bestselling author Lisa Wingate. The book brings to life startling stories from actual “Lost Friends” advertisements that appeared in Southern newspapers after the Civil War, as newly freed slaves desperately searched for loved ones who had been sold away. 

March 18: The Exiles, by Christina Baker Kline. The author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Orphan Train, shares an emotionally resonant historical story that captures the hardship, oppression, opportunity and hope of a trio of women's lives - two English convicts and an orphaned Aboriginal girl - in nineteenth-century Australia. 

April 15: Memorial Drive, by Natasha Trethewey. The Pulitzer Prize winning, two-term poet laureate, offers an autobiographical account of the murder of her 40-year-old mother, Gwendolyn, by Gwendolyn’s second husband, a troubled Vietnam veteran. 

Book Club is held monthly on the third Thursday at 1 p.m. virtually using the Zoom application. The library welcomes new participants to join in the lively book discussions. Registration is required to participate. To register or for additional information, call or email our book club coordinator Debbie Quesada at (843) 413-7074 or debbiequesada@ 

The Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library is located at 509 S. Dargan Street in Florence. Information about upcoming library programs is available at

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