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Congressman James Clyburn Delights at Richland Library Friends' Annual Meeting

The Richland Library Friends hosted a book discussion and signing with Congressman James E. Clyburn during their annual meeting on Tuesday, August 5 at Richland Library Main.

More than 100 people including Clyburn’s daughter and Acting Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, Mignon Clyburn, turned out to hear the Congressman discuss his book, Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black, which chronicles his humble beginnings in Sumter, SC to his prominence on the Washington D.C. political scene. Prior to the discussion Richland Library’s 2012 Teen Idol, John Harmon Cooper, opened the program by singing the national anthem.

Clyburn also took questions from the audience that covered everything from requests for stories from the book to hot button political issues, matters of faith and more. After the event, attendees were able to purchase books and spend some one-on-one time with the Congressman.

The Richland Library Friends is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising support for library programs and spearheading advocacy efforts on behalf of the library. During the meeting, long-time Friends’ Board Member and outgoing Vice President, Susan Hackett, was elected to serve as President for the upcoming term.

Last year, the Friends were honored with the Outstanding Volunteer Group Fundraiser award from the Central Carolina Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for quality leadership and organizational stability in fundraising.

Other highlights include:

  • 400 guests attended The Literary Vine, the Friends’ annual beer and wine tasting event.
  • 5,000 hours were volunteered last year in support of the Friends’ mission
  • $150,000 was contributed last year to champion library programming and support.
  • To join or learn more about the Friends, please visit or call 929-3475.

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    Friends Annual Meeting 2014