"Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning." - American Library Association Website
September is National Library Card Sign-up Month. National Library Card Sign-up month is a campaign begun in 1987 to ensure that every child has - and uses - a library card.
In Charleston County, all that’s needed to obtain a library card is picture identification and proof of Charleston County residency. Parents must sign for children under 12 years old.
A library card entitles patrons to unlimited checkout of books, audiobooks, and DVDs, not to mention the opportunity for two one-hour sessions a day of computer use, including Internet and MS Office. Already have a computer? You can also bring a USB flash drive to print your documents or pictures. Printing is currently ten cents a page for black and white and twenty-five cents a page for color.
Did I mention that the library has free wireless? And eBooks? Music downloads? Downloadable audiobooks? All free with a library card.
What if the item you need is at another branch in Charleston County? No problem. You can place a hold on the book and it will arrive at Mount Pleasant Regional in about 3-5 business days. You can place holds using our catalog at www.ccpl.org or by calling 849-6161.
Did you know that with your library card, you can even borrow materials from outside of the Charleston County Library? These are called Interlibrary Loans, and for a $2 fee, you may be able to borrow materials such as books, audiobooks, music CDs, microforms or DVDs from another library system. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or visit www.ccpl.org, then click on "Services," and "Interlibrary Loan."
After that new library card is in your wallet (or on your keychain), be sure to pick up a calendar of events. The library has programs for everyone.
Wee Reads (under 24 months with adult) are on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Time for Twos (ages 24 - 36 months with adult) are on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
Preschool Storytimes (ages 3 - 6 years) are on Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m
Teens (grades six - 12) can unleash their inner poet using the library’s magnetic poetry kit located in the young adult display during the month of September. Poetry might make your teen hungry, so encourage him or her to stop by the Reference Desk and pick up a word search. Teens will get a sweet treat for correct answers.
The Mount Pleasant Reel Club will watch "Big Fish" (Rated PG-13; 125 minutes) on Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 2 p.m. Afterwards, we’ll discuss the movie and the book it was based upon, "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace.
On Monday, Sept. 17 from 10:30-11:30 a.m., we’ll discuss "Left Neglected" by Lisa Genova, a novel featuring career-driven Sara, whose brain injury renders her unable to perceive information from the left side of her body.
(Jen McQueen is a Reference Librarian at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road and 849-6161. She’s enjoyed her Charleston County Library card since 1997.)