Welcome back to the library blog. It has been a while since the blog has been updated, but we hope to bring you up-to-date news, not only from the library, but all departments at USC Union.

Sharon Rupp,

Library Manager

Summer Storm Safety

Driving: Flood Facts

How many times during a heavy rain have you been tempted to drive through a “puddle”?  Here are some frightening points that may make you re-consider before trying it again.

  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
  • A foot of water will float many vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUV’s) and pick-ups.
  • Do not attempt to drive through a flooded road. The depth of water is not always obvious. The road bed may be washed out under the water, and you could be stranded or trapped.
  • Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
  • Do not try to take short cuts. They may be blocked. Stick to designated evacuation routes.
  • Be especially cautious driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

More information can be found at:

Earth Gauge: Severe Weather Preparedness   

Link: www.earthgauge.net/prep





Earth Day Celebration

 As many of you may know Earth Day was on April 22nd, 2013. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was “The Face of Climate Change”. If you would like more information on Earth Day check out the many resources available at http://www.earthday.org/.

USC-Union will be celebrating Earth Day today, Wed. 24, 2013, in the gym from 12:00 to 1:00. The biology students at USC-Union have created some really great projects that will be on display at this time.  The theme for this year’s project is entitled “Trash to Treasure”. Please show your support and look at the display of their diverse projects; there are a few that may surprise you!

Image(s) courtesy http://wordplay.hubpages.com/hub/earth-day-clip-art

Women’s History Month Celebration

In celebration of Women’s History Month there is an event scheduled in the Community Room today, March 27th from 12:00 to 1:00.  The topic that will be presented will focus on women’s reproductive health.  A lunch will be provided for those who attend the event. 


Black History Month Celebration

The Men and Woman on a Mission/African-American Association (MWOM/AAA) is hosting a Black History Month celebration in the auditorium on Wednesday, February 27, at noon. The speaker for this event will be Mr. Bakari Sellers.  Mr. Sellers is the son of civil rights activist Cleveland Sellers. He is a Democratic member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, representing the 90th district.  Mr. Sellers received his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2008, and he was the youngest member of the South Carolina General Assembly when he was first elected in 2006 at the age of 22.  Please join us as we celebrate Black History Month with Mr. Sellers.

Welcome Back!

Whether you are a new or returning student, the beginning of a new term is a great time for getting on the right path with your classes, or for getting a fresh start from the last semester. Here are some basics tips that you can use to make sure you have a good semester. 

New Semester Basics

  1. Find a time management system that works for you. For many students managing their time is one of their biggest challenges while in college, so make sure you get a system and use it from day one. A website that provides some great tips on time management is this one from Dartmouth.


  1. Purchase your books in a timely manner. If you do not have your books the first week of class, you can quickly fall behind the class before you really get a chance to start. If you ordered you books late try to borrow a book from a friend until yours arrive.  Just make sure that you are able to get the reading/homework done for the class.


  1. Set up healthy outlets for fun and stress relief. College can be stressful, so make sure you can relieve some of the stress to keep from feeling too overwhelmed.  Some things that can help you blow off some steam are a good groups of friends, hobbies, and exercise.  However, any activity that lets you mentally check out and relax for a while when things get intense will work. 


  1. 4.    Know where to go for help, just in case. Don’t wait until you are at your wit’s end.  Find out where to go for help before you need it.  Knowing where help can be found before a crisis occurs will help you keep small problems from becoming HUGE problems.


  1. 5.    Study during your “odd hours”. There are many great opportunities to study throughout the day, if you bring your study materials with you.  Take advantage of the extra time you have while you are waiting for something, like the doctor’s office or your next class to start, and use this time to read or study for class. 


  1. Get Sleep. Sleep is important, without it you can feel sluggish and it can be harder to concentrate and remember new information.  So try to get about 7-8 hours of on school nights.  It can go a long way in helping you feel refreshed and productive. 


  1. Find a place (or two) you like to study.  Make sure you are aware of at least one study-friendly environment that works for you and your needs. Different people have different needs when it comes to studying, what works for a friend might not work for you.  Determine the conditions you need to be able to study, and then find a place that meets these requirements. 

New Logo, New Quotes

Check Out Our New Vinal Wall Graphics!!!



We LOVE our new Logo and Quotes!

New Semester, New Students


Wow! It’s that time of year again. We hope that everyone had a great summer and we look forward to seeing all of our new and returning students in the library this year!

Library Updates Continued


The library is better than ever at USC Union.  All of our new furniture has arrived and has been installed.   We are very happy about our new student lounge located in the back right corner.  We now offer four new comfortable seating options for students to use away from the foot traffic of the rest of the library.  These chairs also feature a moveable table top for books or computers.  A little bird has told me that we might be getting something new and exciting for this area  soon, but we don’t want to give away the surprise so you will have to stay tuned for our future updates!

We have also added modular seating to our children’s book area, in the form of three stools.  Thanks to a donation from the State Children’s Library we have a lot more children’s books for our patrons to read and share with the children in their lives!  So come by and check it out.



Curl up with a good book on our new chairs!

Check these new seating options for our students and patrons located near the magazine and newspaper racks.


The new chairs offer a moveable table for students to use as they read or to work upon with their laptops, and we hope that everyone will enjoy using them. Check back soon, because we can’t wait to show you the other additions to the library that are also in the works!