The benefits of a good discussion group

Saturday, July 19, 2014 11:00 a.m.

One of my duties at the Mount Pleasant Library is leading the Monday book discussion group. Before this, everything I knew about group interaction I learned and experienced in college and graduate school.

Learn the wonders of birding at your local library

Thursday, July 10, 2014 9:28 a.m.

When I was in high school I dated a fellow who was a bird-watcher. In fact, his whole family were avid bird-watchers.

How did football become soccer?

Thursday, July 3, 2014 11:00 a.m.

On June 12, the term “Flying Dutchman” was mentioned more than once in the media and the reporters were not referring to the legendary ghost ship that's not able to make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever. Nor are they referring to André Rieu's music CD. Robin van Persie earned the nickname “Flying Dutchman” when …

What growth means to the community

Friday, June 27, 2014 9:12 a.m.

I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.

How to find great books to read

Thursday, June 19, 2014 10:00 a.m.

My friend Susan recently pointed out a new book that just arrived at our library, written by one of my favorite authors, Nick Hornby. I was thrilled to discover it. It's called “Ten Years in the Tub: A Decade Soaking in Great Books,” and it's a compendium of 10 years' worth of book reviews from Hornby's column in a magazine called …

Community festivals are more than a fun time

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 9:41 a.m.

Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert, South Carolina.

The search for an autism breakthrough

Saturday, June 14, 2014 10:00 p.m.

In early May, thousands of people turned out at Finlay Park in Columbia for “Strides for Autism,” a fundraising walk to raise support for the South Carolina Autism Society. And about a month earlier, a similar event at Heritage Park in Simpsonville saw an impressive turnout.

Yoga: Strengthening the mind and the body

Saturday, June 7, 2014 1:39 p.m.

If the words Adho Mukha Svanasana, Bhujangasana and Ananda Balasana sound familiar, you are, in my eyes, a Yoga Guru. If Downward-Facing Dog, Cobra Pose and Happy Baby Pose are more recognizable, then you are probably participating in a yoga exercise program (the second set of names is a translation of the first set).

Residents take a stand

Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:47 a.m.

Several years ago, the world witnessed the Arab Spring. Fueled by a fervor for change, mobilized and united by social media, people in some Arab countries took steps to change the government of their countries.

Take advantage of all the library has to offer

By Susan Frohnsdorff

Assistant Manager

Monday, May 19, 2014 10:04 a.m.

There’s never been a better time to be a Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) cardholder.

Growing knowledge: Books on gardening

Thursday, May 15, 2014 9:00 a.m.

The first vegetable garden my husband and I planted was ready to harvest just as we were moving to a new state.

How to manage leaf gall this spring

Friday, May 9, 2014 11:46 a.m.

I guess in the restaurant (“Foodie”) world, they call them “pairings.” Most of the customer base I deal with calls them “cocktails.” Basically, when you get a synergistic effect from adding two or more items together – when 1 + 1 = 5 not 2. When the two or more items together act better than the two or more items act individually, you have synergy. …

Honoring extraordinary literary works

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Every year, people are recognized for what they do best. In the film industry, actors and actresses receive awards for their performances. In the literary world, writers are likewise acknowledged for their work. Some of the more prestigious awards in literature are the Nobel Prize (international) and the Pulitzer Prize (American). Alice Munro was …

Take a trip in a book

Sunday, May 4, 2014 7:12 a.m.

As the weather warms up, many of us start to look forward to summer travels. Whether you’re planning an upcoming trip or not, there’s always the opportunity to travel by way of books from the library.

Meet the staff: Brigitte Sidwell

Thursday, April 24, 2014 1:50 p.m.

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I’ve never seen her still. Whether she’s shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee or processing our “daily shipment” from the Main Library and other branches, Brigitte reminds me of a bird flying from task to task with great efficiency.

Book Discussion Groups

Saturday, April 19, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Recently, librarian Michael Nelson wrote a column about the library's book discussion groups and their value in giving people an opportunity to share ideas and opinions. Discussion groups have become very popular all over the U.S. in the last 20 years or so. These groups meet in libraries, homes, churches, colleges, community centers, restaurants …

Instilling patriotism in today’s youth UPDATED

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 7:18 a.m.

It’s often noted that today’s young people don’t have a strong sense of patriotism like their parents and grandparents did.

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 …

Don’t let fear stop you from doing what’s right

Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Did you know there is some form of violence in 50 percent of relationships? And, thankfully there is help and hope.

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?

Please feed your trees and shrubs UPDATED

Sunday, March 23, 2014 7:00 a.m.

Wow, these nice warm days are making it seem like springtime. The State Flower, Carolina Jasmine, is very visible with its yellow flowers. Maples are tasseling; fig trees and bald cypress are putting on their new foliage along with many other trees and shrubs.

Fiscal transparency a key to quality government UPDATED

Saturday, March 22, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Each year, the week that includes March 16 is designated as “Sunshine Week.”

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.

Ask Liz UPDATED

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:02 p.m.

I love weather lore, like “March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb.” We shall see... with the spring time comes a chance for renewal, new energy, sacred holidays and – well – allergies.

An empty nest isn’t always a bad thing

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:06 a.m.

The last few weeks I’ve been too busy writing to... well – to write. I even had a few readers email me to tell me my column was missing! I’m glad somebody noticed!

Ask Liz UPDATED

Sunday, March 9, 2014 8:00 a.m.

What a difference a week makes – from two winter storms back to back, to summer! I love the Lowcountry, even the moody, often changeable weather.

Sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros UPDATED

Sunday, March 9, 2014 6:00 a.m.

Recently, a reader asked: “Spring is just around the corner and I'm ready to work out in my yard! My problem is that I have limited time and lots of yard problems. I have ants, weeds and I need to put out a pre-emergent. My dog also had fleas last year. I was wondering if there is a product that will do all of these at once, or if I have to …

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 …

The grinch who stole Valentine's Day UPDATED

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:10 a.m.

The “month of love” seems all but that to this February Scrooge. I become a person foreign to its own soul. A Cupid Grinch. It would suffice me just fine if cupid remained a concrete frieze smiling down at tourists from cold, stone buildings.

Signs of the times

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Mount Pleasant’s commercial shrimpers are clinging to their businesses for dear life. Though their trade is unique, historic and important to our local culture, their plight as small-business owners is not.

On Vacation

On Vacation – Churchill Downs

Wednesday, July 9, 1:12 p.m.

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