New York Times Business Best Sellers

January is the perfect time to catch up with your reading. Check out the following New York Times business best sellers for January. All available at SCPL.

  1. Leadership by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  2. Dare to Lead by Brene Brown
  3. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
  4. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  5. Principles by Ray Dalio
  6. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
  7. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  8. The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines
  9. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  10. Grit by Angela Duckworth





Morningstar Investment Research Center

Want to be a more educated investor? Your SCPL library card gives you free access to this valuable resource. Here you can get comprehensive financial information on thousands of stocks and mutual funds, plus more.

Start at the libraries’ home page:, select “Learning Tools” and then select “Morningstar Investment Research Center”.  (Choose the appropriate link depending on whether you’re logging in from home or at the library.

Please call our Reference Desk for assistance or more information at 596-3505.

Spartanburg County Property Tax Appraisals

If you own property in Spartanburg County, you should have recently received your “Notification of Classification, Appraisal, and Assessment of Real Estate” form.

This notice is not a tax bill nor is it the amount of taxes to be paid. It simply notifies taxpayers of a change in their property’s value. The notice includes your new (2018) market value, the limited value, the assessed value, the assessment ratio, the number of acres or lots, the location of the property, and the map reference number. It also includes the appeal procedure you must follow if you disagree with the taxable value placed on your property.

If you disagree or have questions concerning the new value assigned to your property, you have 90 days from the date on the reappraisal notice to file an objection. This year that date is October 31. You must file a written notice of your appeal to the Office of the Spartanburg County Assessor, P.O. Box 5762, Spartanburg, SC 29304, and state why you believe the new appraisal is incorrect. Please provide any supporting documents or facts that substantiate your opinion of value. The appeal is based on the value of the property, not the potential amount of taxes.

The Spartanburg County Assessor’s web site has much more information at

Small Business Resource Day

This workshop is for small business owners who want to connect with the counseling, capital and contracting resources of the Federal Government. Representatives from area lending institutions will be present to provide overviews of their programs. Free, but participants must register by calling Beth Smith at 592-6318 or online at Sponsored by the Spartanburg Small Business Development Center.

Wednesday, August 15
9:00 am to noon
Hoechst-Celanese Room
Headquarters Library–151 S Church St.

Time to check your credit report?

Your credit matters.

  • Did you know that your credit report could affect your mortgage rates, credit card approvals, apartment requests, or even your job application?
  • And reviewing credit reports helps you catch signs of identity theft early.

Ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date.  Even though you see numerous ones advertised as “free”, the only source for free credit reports as authorized by Federal Law is You can get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company (Experian, Equifax, and Transunion).


IRS Withholding Calculator

Happy getting more money in your paycheck due to recent tax cuts? The IRS encourages everyone to use the Withholding Calculator to perform a quick “paycheck checkup.” This is even more important this year because of recent changes to the tax law for 2018.

The Calculator helps you identify your tax withholding to make sure you have the right amount of tax withheld from your paycheck at work. Some people will end up paying more given the tax law changes, and you don’t want to be surprised at the end of the year!