A Great Community Deserves a Great Library!

For over a century, this historic building has helped educate generations of Aikenites.  The Aiken Institute previously was an elementary and high school. Over 30 years ago, part of it underwent renovation to become the Aiken County Library.

 Vibrant communities like Aiken know that to attract new businesses and families while educating each new generation, a modern library is a necessity, not a luxury, as well as a matter of great civic pride.

The Friends of the Aiken Library have partnered with Aiken County Government, to fund the first major improvement in over 30 years. This multi-million dollar renovation combines community input with the latest trends in library design to create a facility that can educate future generations in fun and exciting ways.

Supporters can be permanently recognized for investing in Aiken’s future. Choices include engraved bricks, grandchildren’s plaques or naming a part of the library.


Buy a brick to build a better library

Invest as little as $100 in Aiken’s future and have your name or that of a loved one engraved on a brick at the base of the beautiful, new library steps.

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Grandparents Gallery

There are few things stronger than the emotional bond between grandparents and their grandchildren. The Gallery enables you to permanently share that bond with your grandchildren.

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Prominent Literary Awards Donor Wall 

John Newbery Medal
Coretta Scott King Award
Randolph Caldecott Medal
Pulitzer Prize
Nobel Prize in Literature


New Equipment Packages – All New

Technology, Brick Building, Teen Room, Kitchen in a Box, Financial Publications and Children’s Books

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Magazine Packages

Fashion, Hobbies, Travel, Cooking, Home and Garden, Science and Technology, Children and Teens, and Finance

Buy a Brick to Build a Better Library

These bricks will be located at the base of the beautiful new steps.

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$125 with clipart

Engraved bricks are available.

Grandparents Gallery

You can order a plaque with a picture of your grandchildren and a personal inscription

$1,000 for one plaque or $1,300 for two plaques

For questions or information on ordering, please call or email:
Victoria Hampton — hampton_ontherocks@yahoo.com; 703-582-3624
Marilyn Leugers — leugersmm@gmail.com; 803-226-9033

Prominent Literary Awards Donor Wall

John Newbery Medal


Coretta Scott King Award


Randolph Caldecott Medal


Pulitzer Prize


Nobel Prize in Literature


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For more information, please contact

Bill Reynolds at 803-979-3390 or

Victoria Hampton at 703-582-3624 

New Equipment Packages

For more information, please contact

Bill Reynolds at 803-979-3390 or Victoria Hampton at 703-582-3624 

Help triple the number of magazine selections in our modernized library  

Our library wants to offer 39 popular magazines that current funding will not permit.

Each sponsor’s logo or name will be prominently displayed on the front of a clear plastic binder containing each magazine’s most current edition.  Sponsorship rates fund a 3-year subscription for each respective magazine category. 

Contact Bill Reynolds at 803 979 3390 or reyn3358@bellsouth.net for more details.

Fashion Magazines

Fashion Magazines
Three year total $450

InStyle celebrates the private side of public faces, revealing the personal style choices of the world’s most fascinating people. An insider’s guide to trends in beauty, fashion, home entertaining and charities, InStyle is a trusted source for inspiration and ideas.


Vogue is an American monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine that covers many topics, including fashion, beauty, culture, living, and runway.


Elle features articles on fashion, beauty, and style but also covers health and fitness, food, travel, relationships, celebrities, and current art, music, and books.


Focuses on fashion, style, and culture for men, though articles on food, movies, fitness, sex, music, travel, sports, technology, and books are also featured.


Cosmopolitan features short fiction pieces and advice-oriented articles on relationships, sex, fashion, entertainment, and careers.

Hobbies and Pastimes

Hobbies and Past Times
Three year total $375

Do It Yourself
Do It Yourself showcases attainable, stylish and affordable ideas for making your home “live” better. Each inspiring issue contains a mix of home decorating, remodeling, and gardening articles with a can-do, success-oriented approach.

Family Tree Magazine
The leading how-to publication for those who want to discover, preserve and celebrate their roots. It covers all areas of potential interest to family history enthusiasts, reaching beyond strict genealogy research to include ethnic heritage, family reunions, memoirs, oral history, scrapbooking, historical travel and other ways that families connect with their pasts.

The horse owner’s resource, Equus provides vital information about horse care and management along with valuable insights into equine behavior and training. Besides reporting on the latest equine research each month, Equus can help you understand and influence your horse’s behavior, recognize signs of illness or injury, and solve your riding and training problems. 

Fine Woodworking
The magazine for savvy woodworkers–from aspiring beginners to accomplished craftsmen. Contain stimulating design ideas, techniques and projects, ingenious tips and jigs, and great product reviews.

Interweave Knits
Interweave Knits Magazine inspires and informs the modern knitter with projects and articles that celebrate the handmade life.



Three year total $375

Travel & Leisure
Travel + Leisure magazine is one of the most popular travel publications in the world. Readers will find tips on traveling around the world, destinations for adventure travelers, and even some budget-friendly ideas.

Conde Nast Traveler
Condé Nast Traveler is a luxury and lifestyle travel magazine published by Condé Nast. The magazine has won 25 National Magazine Awards.

Outside magazine is a publication about living bravely by having adventures and truly experiencing the wonderful outdoors. There are articles in each issue written by award-winning writers about various topics including gear, travel, fitness, and more.

Backpacker is an American science and lifestyle magazine publication that features information on wilderness hiking and adventure.


Three year total $350

Food & Wine
Food & Wine is a cooking and food magazine that serves as an authoritative source on the modern culinary landscape, especially for those with luxurious tastes and a strong appreciation of good food and drink.

Eating Well
EatingWell is a cooking and food magazine dedicated to inspiring readers to eat healthy. Its mission is to prove that good health can have good taste! EatingWell has been providing readers with nutrition content and healthy recipes for more than 20 years.

Bon Appétit
Bon Appétit is a monthly American food and entertaining magazine that typically contains recipes, entertaining ideas, restaurant recommendations, and wine reviews.

Cook’s Country
Cook’s Country magazine offers home cooks simple recipes, tips, and resources for creating the perfect down-home country meals. Created by America’s Test Kitchen, Cook’s Country magazine is designed to help any cook create dishes successfully the first time.

Home and Garden

Home & Garden
Three year total $395

Birds & Blooms
North America’s #1 bird and garden magazine, celebrating the beauty in your own backyard. Each issue features vivid photographs, useful tips and expert advice to inform, inspire, and connect enthusiasts who share a passion for backyard birds and gardening.

Mother Earth News                                                                                                                                  The most popular and longest-running sustainable-lifestyle magazine, Mother Earth News provides wide-ranging, expert editorial coverage of organic foods, country living, green transportation, renewable energy, natural health, and green building.

House Beautiful
An interior decorating magazine that focuses on decorating and the domestic arts.

Architectural Digest
The international authority in design. Get insider access into the world’s most beautiful homes through stunning photography and stories from some of the best writers in the industry.

Real Simple
Real Simple is for smart, busy women who welcome creative solutions to their everyday challenges. They trust Real Simple for help entertaining, organizing, shopping, working, connecting with friends, or making time for themselves.

Children and Teens

Children and Teens
Three year total $450


Practical Homeschooling
Articles on homeschooling from preschool to college prep for newbies to homeschooling vets.


Young Rider
Written for horse crazy tweens and teens ages 8-15. Enjoy a mix of English & western riding tips, stories from young riders, horse care, etc.


An award-winning bi-monthly magazine about learning to code, computer science, and how we use technology in our daily lives



Takes young readers around the world and back to get an honest and unbiased view of how children in other countries and world regions live. 

ASK is the magazine about science, history, inventors, artists, and more, all written just for 6- to 9-year-olds – the most curious people on the planet!

Science and Technology

Science & Technology
Three year total $525

Reports captivating developments in science, medicine, technology, and the world around us. Spectacular photography and refreshingly understandable stories on complex subjects connect everyday people with the greatest ideas and minds in science.

Science News
Science News features daily news articles, feature stories, reviews and more in all disciplines of science.

Includes expert science reporting, vivid color photography, complete sky-event coverage, spot-on observing tips, informative telescope reviews, and more.

Sky & Telescope
Sky & Telescope is a science magazine for the space, star and astronomy enthusiast, as well as the occasional stargazer.

Psychology today
The only magazine devoted to exploring human behavior. Psychology Today takes information from the latest research in the field of psychology and makes it useful to people in their everyday live.