Lake Murray Library

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Interested in volunteering?

We would love it! Email for details.

Volunteer activities include:

  • re-shelving books

  • sanitizing books returned

  • assisting with classes and crafts

  • book fair

  • clerical work (labeling books, repairing books)

Check packet for usernames and passwords.

Rachel DiMaria, Librarian

I am delighted to be serving the Lake Murray Elementary community as the school librarian! I look forward to getting to know you and your children. If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to stop in or email

I have worked with children since I was a teenager. First, as a lifeguard and swim teacher, followed by after school and summer care programs at Peterson Presbyterian for many years. My career in education began teaching Fourth Grade and Preschool, before attaining my graduate degree.

I have a Masters in Library Information Science from the University of South Carolina and 15 years experience. My undergraduate degree is a BAIS in Elementary Education, but I also have a certificate in Early Childhood Education. I acquired National Board status in 2003.

I enjoy writing in my spare time and my favorite projects are middle grade novels of historical fiction and fantasy. I am a long-distance runner and find it a good excuse to travel. The most exciting marathon I have run was in Big Sur, California with 26.2 miles along the Pacific Ocean!

My husband and I are blessed with two wonderful and sweet sons, Jake and Josh. We enjoy spending time together on Lake Murray, going to the beach, and visiting National Parks. I look forward to teaching your sweet children! If there is anything you need from our library, please let me know.

Betsy Crawford, Library Assistant

“Thrilled” is the word I’d use to describe how I feel about serving the students and staff of LMES as the new Media Assistant! For the past twelve years I’ve been fortunate to work as an Instructional Assistant in fourth grade and kindergarten.

My passion is reading and visiting independent bookstores and libraries wherever I travel. I served on the Lexington County Library Board for seven years and was the Governor’s appointee to the State Library Board for eight years. I enjoy all kinds of music, kayaking and hiking.

I am a graduate of the University of South Carolina and I am married to Cam Crawford. We have a daughter, Libby and son-in-law, JE as well as a son, Cameron, who is a college student.

Library Time

  • Library Orientation is our first class of the year between August and September. This class precedes book checkout.

  • Students in Grades 1-4 may checkout 2 books at a time. Kindergarten may check out 1 book at a time.

  • Kindergarten students will receive Book Buddy Bags to transport and protect books to and from school. We hope this helps keep the books visible to you at home and in book bags!

  • Books are overdue after 2 weeks. If a book is overdue, check out is stopped until the item is returned. If the book stays out for a considerable amount of time, we will send home an overdue notice. Email notices for overdue materials are sent out monthly.

  • If a book is returned significantly damaged, we (Mrs. DiMaria or Mrs. Crawford) will send home a notice with the cost of the library bound book to be replaced. *Replacement copies are not accepted.

  • Students may visit the library throughout the day, two at a time on a pass. COVID 19 may change the way in which students visit the library and updates are to come.

  • Class checkouts and lessons are scheduled flexibly to ensure equal opportunity for library services.