Between the Stacks: Gottschalk moves from basketball to library

  • Monday, October 1, 2012

Mark Gottschalk

Mark Gottschalk told me that one of his goals is to tour Europe and visit as many libraries as possible.
This remark reminded me of one of my favorite Dutch authors, Boudewijn Bu¨ch. Boudewijn was a bibliophile; he adored books and everything associated with them.
He was an accomplished writer and his book “De Kleine Blonde Dood” (literally translated: The Little Blond Dead) was one I loved best. He became well known for his documentaries, made for one of the Dutch TV channels. In “The World of Boudewijn Bu¨ch,” Boudewijn took his audience to places all over the world, and his favorite topic was “Libraries.” Mark, if you are able to travel to Europe and visit all these wonderful libraries, please remember to take your camera and film your experiences, and maybe PBS or HBO will broadcast your special time.
Your trip should, of course, start in Amsterdam; the public library on the Oosterdokskade is really worth a visit.
Now you are wondering: Who is Mark Gottschalk?
Mark joined our team at the Mount Pleasant branch in July and is the new Young Adult Specialist.
He received his Master of Library and Information Science degree from the San Jose State University and worked in public libraries for the last five years.
Mark grew up in Massachusetts before his family relocated to the Pacific Northwest, where they run an organic apple and pear orchard.
Do you want to know how to grow your own organic fruit trees? Check out “Success with Organic Fruit” by Yvonne Cuthbertson, or “The Organic Home Garden: How to Grow Fruits and Vegetables Naturally” by Patrick Lima.
If you’ve visited our library over the last couple months, I am sure you noticed our Gottschalk.
He is, after all, a little bit taller than the rest of us. Because of his height, he was able to play basketball in college; although he is not playing anymore he loves to watch a good game.
Reading is another of Mark’s hobbies and several of his favorite adult fiction books are “The Cemetery of Forgotten Books” trilogy (book one, “The Shadow of the Wind;” book two, “The Angel’s Game;” and book three, “The Prisoner of Heaven”) by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, and Maxx Barry’s “Syrup.”
He also enjoyed the following non-fiction books: “Swing Your Sword: Leading the Charge in Football and Life” by Mike Leach, and “Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History” by David Christian.
As the Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s teen expert, he encourages teenagers to read the “Leviathan” trilogy by Scott Westerfeld (book one, “Leviathan;” book two, “Behemoth;” and book three, “Goliath”) because these books are a “Very Good Read.”
Now comes the important part. Mark’s favorite part of the job: “Working with patrons to provide them with the materials or information they are seeking, and informing them of new or existing services they may not be aware of” (e.g., the library’s downloadable media including OverDrive’s audio books and eBooks, One- Clickdigital’s audio books, and Freegal’s free music downloads).
What is happening in the Mount Pleasant Regional Library over the next two weeks?
Adults and Teens
Hunger Games Poetry Magnet Display (grades 6- 12)
Oct. 1-31
Create poems using the library’s Magnetic Poetry Kit. Hunger Games Word Searches (grades 6-12)
Teens, come turn in a completed word search for a sweet treat.
Hunger Games Poetry Contest (grades 6 – 12)
Oct. 1 – 31
Teens can enter their own Hunger Games poetry for a chance to win Hunger Games-related prizes.
One Book Discussion: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (adults)
Monday, Oct. 1 from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Discuss the images and issues raised in Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Set in the days after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the book follows the complex story of a young boy whose father was killed in the disaster.
Finding a key in his father’s closet, he begins a journey to find what the key fits and how it was connected to his father.
Mount Pleasant Reel Club (adults)
Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.
Read the book, watch the movie at the library and participate in a book and movie discussion. Book: “Interview with the Vampire” by Anne Rice. Movie: “Interview with the Vampire,” starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Antonio Banderas. Rated PG-13; 142 minutes.
PLAY: Count Down to Halloween (all ages)
Saturday, Oct. 6, all day Make a craft to help you keep track of the number of days until Halloween.
One Book Film Screening: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” (teens and adults)
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m.
A 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, the movie unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell, an inventive 11-yearold New Yorker. Oskar’s discovery of a key in his deceased father’s belongings triggers his search for the lock it will open. Starring Tom Hanks, Sandra Bullock and newcomer Thomas Horn. Rated PG-13; 129 minutes.
(Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch. Contact her at 843-849-6161, MtPLibrary.blogspot.com, ccpl.org)

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