Tuesday, March 12, 2013
It is awards season right now. As the entertainment industry celebrates its past year with events like the Oscars, so too does the library world. As the Young Adult Specialist at Mount Pleasant Regional Library, I spend a lot of my time reading teen literature and trying to keep up with library materials (books, movies, graphic novels, etc.) that are popular with the teens. It is – for the most part – a blast because I get to read interesting titles such as “Every Day” by David Levithan, “Divergent” by Veronica Roth and “Three Hens and a Peacock” by Lester L. Laminack. Now, that last title is actually a picture book that my 4-year-old daughter loves, but all three of those titles are South Carolina Book Award nominees.
As it just so happens, last Friday, March 8, the S.C. Book Awards winners for 2013 were announced by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians. The S.C. Book Awards are voted on annually by students in four different age groups and are often used by local schools for summer reading. While it is still a few months – and more than a few degrees’ increase in temperature – before summer and summer reading begin, it is never too early to check out what students have selected as the best books. For more information about the S.C.
Book Awards please visit http://scasl.net/awards/book-awards/ or ask at the Reference Desk when visiting the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.
In other awards news, through the end of March teens in grades 6-12 can vote on their favorite media in the Charleston County Public Library Teen Choice Media awards.
The ballots are available at all library branches, including on the display next to the Young Adult area at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.
Teens may enter one ballot per day and all ballots will be entered into a drawing for a $30 iTunes gift card. So if you are in grades 6-12, stop by the library and cast your vote.
Estate Planning (adults)
Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn from local attorney Evan Guthrie as he explains wills, living trusts, probate, estate taxes, planning for incapacity and how to protect yourself and your family.
Friday Night Movie: “Madea’s Witness Protection” (adults)
Friday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Tyler Perry stars as a Wall Street investment banker who has been set up as the linchpin of his company’s mob-backed Ponzi scheme. Hijinks ensue after he relocates with his family to Aunt Madea’s southern home.
Rated PG-13, 114 minutes.
PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages) Saturday, March 16 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Make a furry friend and read a book with your new pal. Certified therapy dogs and their handlers love a good story.
Downton Abbey Marathon: (ages 16-plus)
Saturdays March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 13 from 2-6 p.m.
Enjoy a Downton Abbey marathon, starring Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern and Maggie Smith. Watch the first two seasons, three episodes per Saturday, for five Saturdays.
Writing Critique Group: (ages 16-plus)
Saturday, March 16 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Open to all writers. For information, contact the Reference Desk at 849-6161, or MtpReference@ccpl.org.
Great Decisions: NATO (adults)
Monday, March 18 from 6-7:30 p.m. Attend the third meeting of the evening Great Decisions program series and discuss NATO. For information, contact the Reference Desk at 849-6161, or MtpReference@ccpl.org.
(Mark Gottschalk is the Young Adult Specialist of the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org.)