Amanda Daff

Amanda Daff looks forward to meeting the community through her new job as manager of the Barnwell County Public Library. 

The new manager of the Barnwell County Public Library wants everyone to feel at home.

Amanda Daff began her library duties on Dec. 27, 2021, after previously working five years as a teller manager at First Citizens Bank in Orangeburg.

"Although she is new to the library world, Amanda comes to us with great management and customer service skills. I have no doubt she will get up to speed quickly on the parts of her job that are library-specific, such as helping patrons find books, answering their questions, and assisting people in developing computer skills. Amanda has a very service-oriented mindset, so she is looking forward to helping all who enter through the library doors each day,” said Mary Jo Dawson, executive director of the ABBE Regional Library System.

Though Daff is new to the library profession, the library has always been a special place throughout her life.

“My mom always took us to the library as kids. My first date was at the library when I was 13. The library has always been a good part of my life,” said Daff.

Originally from Orangeburg, Daff moved to Barnwell County last year. She and her husband Justin, who is a law enforcement officer in Aiken County, purchased a house in Williston to be closer to his job and raise their two-year-old son Tristan in a smaller community.

“We really love Williston, especially how it’s small and quiet,” she said. “The people here are very nice and welcoming.”

She has enjoyed getting to know her staff while talking to many patrons, but looks forward to getting to know more about the community and meeting more people.

“I want to make sure the library is a place where everybody feels welcome,” said Daff. They even have braille options.

The Barnwell County Public Library is visited by thousands of people annually, but Daff said she looks forward to “bringing more patrons into the library and making them aware of the resources we have.” This includes letting people know how they offer more than just books. They also have a selection of DVDs and audiobooks, plus computers available for patrons to use.

Though the internet is a great resource, Daff still loves holding an actual printed book.

“I really believe that knowledge is power. Being able to hold a book and learn from it is great. We have everything here to learn about anything,” she said.

The library offers a wide collection of books, audiobooks, and DVDs, but always wants to keep adding more. That’s why they encourage the community to let them know what titles they would like to see.

The library also offers many events and programs for the community, such as the Summer Reading Program, story walks, story time, and craft kits. Though many in-person events were halted by COVID-19, Daff hopes they will return soon.

“Summer reading was my favorite as a child,” she said. “I love being able to reach out to kids and make them love the library.”

This includes her own son. She has read to Tristan since he was born. His room is full of books and decorated in a Dr. Seuss theme.

Community rooms are back open to the public and can even be used after hours. Reservations can be made up to three weeks out.

The Barnwell County Public Library is located at 40 Burr Street in Barnwell. Hours are Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Daff encourages the community to stop by and check out the services they offer.

Contact the library at (803) 259-3612.