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Between the Stacks: Volunteers keep the books in circulation

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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A lot of places, such as schools and non-profit organizations, are always looking for volunteers to help out - and the library is certainly one of those places.

The Mount Pleasant Branch has 12 volunteers who come to the library on a regular basis and help with tasks such as shelving and assisting patrons with self checkout. We appreciate all their help, but we still could use some extra pairs of hands.

For example, Linda in the children’s department could use some assistance in preparing her arts and crafts programs, and the newspaper/magazine lady (that would be me) could use some help with weeding and putting away these periodicals.

Most of our volunteers come in the first half of the week and that leaves us a little stranded the second half, so if you’re thinking of volunteering at the library, and Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays are the days that fit in your schedule, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Rick Pelletier, at pelletierr@ccpl.org, or call us at 849-6161.

James Lady was one of our volunteers. He started at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library early last summer. As a member of the Wando High School Beta Club, he needs to fulfill certain requirements. When we look at the motto of the National Beta Club, “Let Us Lead by Serving Others,” then it is not surprising that community service is high on the members’ to-do lists.

James likes to read and decided that the library was a good place to offer his assistance. He enjoys the work and he likes it when he is able to follow the route of a book from the moment it is returned - in the book drop - until it ends up on the shelf.

In September, James was able to turn his volunteer work into a paid job and he is now our youngest employee.

James was born in the old East Cooper Hospital 17 years ago. He is the oldest of four children. Although he is a junior at Wando and therefore still has time to decide what direction he wants to go when he “grows up,” he already thinks that computer science will be his choice.

He is considering going to the College of William and Mary in Virginia after graduation, but Clemson would also be a very good fit.

In addition to being a member of the Beta Club, James is a cello player in the Wando High School Orchestra. He started playing this instrument in fifth grade at James B. Edwards Elementary School. Fencing captured his attention one-and-a-half years ago and he is doing this once a week in West Ashley.

I already mentioned his love for reading. One of his favorite authors is Clive Cussler, although at the moment he is eager to finish George Martin’s series of novels, “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which includes “A Game of Thrones,” “A Storm of Swords,” “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons.”

A teenager needs his music and James is no exception. He enjoys listening to Team Me, an indie pop band from Norway. Their 2011 debut studio album “To the Treetops!” won the 2011 Norwegian Grammy Awards (Spellemannprisen) in the category “Best Pop Group of the Year.”

And last, but not least, James’s choice of movies. He watches Japanese-animated films, better known as “Animé.”

Some of Miyazaki’s movies are “Spirited Away,” “Howl’s Moving Castle,” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service;” these titles and others are available for checkout in the Charleston County Public Library.

Upcoming library programs

Friday Night Movie: “Hope Springs” (adults)

Friday, Jan. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Kay and Arnold are a devoted couple, but after decades of marriage, Kay wants to spice things up and reconnect with her husband. Hearing about a renowned couples’ therapist, she persuades her skeptical husband to attend a week of marriage counseling. Stars Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones. Rated PG-13; 100 minutes.

PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)

Saturday, Jan. 19 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Read to a certified therapy dog that loves to hear a good story.

Music, Movies and TV Online (adults)

Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.

Reference staff will teach you how to bring entertainment into the 21st century, covering websites such as Hulu, Netflix, and IMDB. You’ll also discover how iTunes, Amazon, Freegal and Redbox work.

I Got a Ukulele for Christmas. Now What? (all ages)

Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Local ukulele enthusiast Don “Noodle McDoodle” Whitley provides an introduction to the ukulele and gets everyone started with some simple songs and strums. Start off the New Year with the resolution to make music the ukulele way.

(Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch. She can be reached at 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org).

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