Between the Stacks: Meet the library staff

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Helen Walker

The Mount Pleasant Regional Library has had a lot of traffic this summer. Besides our regular and faithful patrons, a lot of "out-of-towners" visited the regional branch. They used the computers, read our magazines and attended our summer programs. Children who were visiting their grandparents, uncles, aunts or friends participated in our summer reading programs.
We, the staff of the library, are aware that sometimes during this period the noise level was high, finding a parking space was not always easy and the waiting time for help was longer than usual. I hope you are aware that the staff at our branch, even under these circumstances, is always trying to make your visit or your inquiries over the phone be as pleasant and as fast as possible. On behalf of our staff, I want to thank you for your patience and your support.
To get to know your library staff members and library volunteers a little better, this library employee thought it would be fun to introduce one employee or volunteer at a time in this weekly column, and let you know about their favorite books, hobbies, sports, etc.
The first person I would like to introduce to you is Helen Walker. Helen has worked in the Charleston County Public Library system since Aug. 12, 2002, the last two of these 10 years at the Mount Pleasant Regional branch. She was born in Sarajevo, the capital city of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and lived for four years in Paris before she and her family moved to the U.S. in 1991.
Robin Cook, the master of medical thrillers, is one of her favorite fiction authors and Jodi Picoult is another. Helen recommends reading Dan Miller's "48 Days to the Work You Love" if you want to find a job you really like, and "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery is one of the children's books she cherishes the most.
To stay informed and educated, she watches and listens to Ted Talks at ted.com, a nonprofit organization devoted to "ideas worth spreading."
If you have seen her in our branch and were wondering, "Where did she buy those earrings or necklaces?" I have to tell you don't wonder anymore - this is one of her hobbies: She designs and makes jewelry.
The Mount Pleasant Regional Library offers the following programs during the next two weeks.
Book Discussion (adults)
Monday, Aug. 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
"That Old Cape Magic" by Richard Russo
Scrabble at the Library (adults)
Friday, Aug. 24 from 10-11:45 a.m.
Looking for a fun way to keep your brain sharp? Play Scrabble at the library. Boards are supplied, but feel free to bring your own. If you don't enjoy Scrabble, other games will be available.
PLAY: Star Therapy Dogs (all ages)
Saturday, Aug. 18 at 2 p.m.
Read to a certified therapy dog. These friendly canines love a good story.
PLAY: Build with Legos (ages 4 and up)
Saturday, Aug. 25 at 2 p.m.
Show your friends what you can build with a pile of Legos
Story times:
Babygarten (0-18 months with adult)
Registration requested; call branch for details.
Tuesday, Aug. 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Aug. 16, 23 and 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Time for Twos (ages 24-36 months with adult)
Wednesday, Aug. 15, 22 and 29 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime (ages 3 - 6 years)
Tuesday, Aug. 21 and 28 at 11:30 a.m.
(Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch. Reach her at 843-849-6161, mtplibrary.blogspot.com, ccpl.org)

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