April is Autism Awareness Month UPDATED

Monday, March 31, 2014 3:17 p.m.

Autism is a word that pops up on a regular basis on the news, in newspapers and even during conversations with friends, family and colleagues. It is not surprising that this disorder gets more and more attention – based on statistics accumulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 88 children has been identified …

Share the gift of reading

Thursday, March 27, 2014 9:30 a.m.

Are you enthusiastic about reading? An advocate for literacy? Good with children?

Escaping through literature UPDATED

Friday, March 21, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Libraries are espoused as bastions of escapism. People read for many reasons, not the least of which is to take away the stress of the day. Going to a different place and time for a while is the mission of patrons in public libraries around the nation.

Between the stacks UPDATED

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Friday, March 7, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Every Friday while driving to work, I listen to StoryCorps on NPR. StoryCorps gives Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs the opportunity to …

Between the stacks UPDATED

by Jen McQueen

Thursday, February 27, 2014 11:25 a.m.

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I've never seen her still. Whether she's shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee, or …

Between the Stacks UPDATED

Monday, February 17, 2014 12:17 a.m.

One of my favorite services offered by the library is the free music offered online. If you have a library card, you are allowed to download three free songs each week, and you don't have to return the songs – you can keep them forever!

Many names will be among the ones commemorated during the month of February

Monday, February 10, 2014 2:47 p.m.

“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” did not receive one Oscar nomination despite an A-list cast. When asked about the so-called “Oscar snub,” Oprah Winfrey, who plays the butler’s wife, answered that she made the movie to tell a story. This remarkable story is about the life of an African-American butler who served eight presidents in the White House …

Month all about lovers at library UPDATED

Saturday, February 8, 2014 8:00 a.m.

February is Library Lovers' Month – a month-long celebration of libraries of all types: school, public and private. Intended as a time to recognize the value of libraries, it's also a great opportunity for those of us in libraries to share with you some of the services and resources that you might not be aware of.

Genealogy searches a popular hobby

Saturday, February 1, 2014 11:58 a.m.

When I was growing up there was a picture of my great-grandmother hanging in my grandparents’ house. I never paid much attention to it, but one day I found a copy of her obituary and that piqued my curiosity, and I began a life-long search to find my ancestors. Who were they, what were their professions, where did they come from, and why and when …

You won’t be shushed at the library anymore

Sunday, January 26, 2014 12:45 p.m.

If you’ve visited the Mount Pleasant Regional Library in the last five to ten years, you know that the days of shushing, hair-in-bun librarians are over. Those librarians morphed their frowning, finger-to-lips countenances into smiles, and transformed their whispered “Shhhhh,” into an audible “Hi, may I help you?”

Between the Stacks

Friday, January 10, 2014 11:45 a.m.

It’s a sad reality that as homework and assigned readings increase, recreational reading decreases for many teens. A book needs to be extremely compelling to compete with the likes of social media, gaming, and video streaming, and apps provide a lot of competition to traditional reading. So the question is, How can we get kids to want to scroll …

Beef up on foreign policy with Great Decisions UPDATED

Friday, December 27, 2013 10:11 a.m.

What shall we eat tonight? What color are we going to paint the room that is recently vacated by my oldest son? How are we going to pay for a new car? What to do with all my Dutch books?

Enjoy the tradition of Three Kings Day

Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:56 a.m.

Just when you thought you knew everything there is to know about holiday traditions, here is another one worth mentioning: Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, which is celebrated on Jan. 6. This is actually the 12th day of Christmas (counted from Christmas Day) when the season is officially coming to an end.

Memoirs of ordinary people can make great reading

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 9:07 a.m.

I love memoirs. In general, I don’t read memoirs of famous people, though. What I like are memoirs by people who are relatively ordinary people, but who have an interesting story to tell.

Pages: The unsung heroes of the library

By Susan Frohnsdorff

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 9:25 a.m.

Have you ever wondered how all the library materials get back on the shelves and in proper order? More likely, you’ve never given it a thought. Which …

Learn about other holiday traditions at library

Thursday, December 5, 2013 9:48 a.m.

It is again the month of December. It seems that the older you get, the faster the wings of time flap. One moment you are ringing in the New Year of 2013 with fireworks and champagne, and the next you are buying the same merchandise to celebrate the beginning of 2014. But before we are able to blow whistles and wear party hats, there are still a …

Find great gifts at Friends of the Library book sale

By Jen McQueen

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Sunday, December 1, 2013 8:06 a.m.

The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Charleston County Public Library system by …

YALLFest a great time for fans of young adult books

Sunday, November 24, 2013 8:05 a.m.

If you walked the streets of downtown Charleston on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the vicinity of the American Theater, Charleston Music Hall and Blue Bicycle Books, you were probably surprised to see a lot of people, especially young adults, waiting in line and carrying stacks of books. The reason they were standing there was that Blue Bicycle Books, …

Learn how to play cribbage at library

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 9:17 a.m.

As I get older, many events from my youth are fading from memory. But one thing I do recall is learning to play cribbage. I think it’s because my first real girlfriend taught me when we were just 13 years old. We were hanging out in her dad’s old pop up camper one rainy day after school when she took out a board and cards. I had no …

Books, programs examine assassination of JFK’s

Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:33 a.m.

Where were you? It has been 50 years since John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963, and most people who were living at that time remember where they were when they heard that terrible news announced by Walter Cronkite. Since then there have been numerous books about President Kennedy’s assassination, his life and his family.

Give thanks to veterans during library event

Sunday, November 3, 2013 7:54 a.m.

In just two days, it will be November. Once again, the year seems to have flown by. We have so many things to fill our time these days that it is hard to stop and appreciate our good fortune. November gives us that time if we allow it.

Jump start writing the great American novel at library

Friday, October 25, 2013 8:56 a.m.

Maybe you’re going to write a novel this November. Maybe you’ll even publish it. I’ll grimace when I see you, feeling inferior and wonder (for the 686th time) if I should have become a hairdresser.

Newest staff member goes back to school to get MLS degree

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 10:45 a.m.

The year 2009 was uncertain for many college graduates. The job market plummeted and landing a job in line with one’s degree became hard to do. …

Young adults flock to dystopian-themed books

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Special to the Moultrie New

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 9:34 a.m.

Three weeks ago I explained our annual program “One Book” and this year’s choice, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. …

Face blindness a real problem for some

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 11:05 a.m.

I work at the Mount Pleasant Library, and you probably wouldn’t guess that I would have much in common with Brad Pitt. But actually, it looks like I do.

Meet Mike Nelson, Mount Pleasant’s newest librarian

By Jen McQueen

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Thursday, September 26, 2013 11:23 a.m.

Mount Pleasant Regional’s newest librarian, Mike Nelson, grew up in Windsor Locks, Conn. (12 miles north of Hartford). He headed south in 1997 …

One Book program focuses community’s effort on ‘Divergent’

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 11:36 a.m.

It is the time of year again when staff of the Charleston County Public Library pool their energy and enthusiasm to launch our annual “One …

Volunteers keep library humming along

Friday, September 13, 2013 1:00 p.m.

September 2013 is Volunteer Appreciation Month at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library. It is with grateful hearts that we have set aside this month to express our appreciation to the volunteers who have helped us over the past 12 months. If you have been at this library branch, you have experienced the results of our volunteers’ work: …

Win trivia contests with royal knowledge found at library

By Mirjam Veldkamp

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Tuesday, August 27, 2013 12:00 p.m.

In April of this year a historic moment happened in my home country, the Netherlands, and it was even mentioned in the American media. As of April 30 …

Program offers help on packing healthy school lunches

By Jen McQueen

Mount Pleasant Regional Library

Monday, August 19, 2013 3:32 p.m.

Do you hear the creepy silence? Today our little darlings trudged back to school, leaving nothing behind but breakfast dishes, glasses, toast crumbs …

On Vacation

On Vacation – Fredericksburg, Texas

Wednesday, April 16, 9:52 a.m.

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