Friends group offers support to library

  • Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Friends of the Library provide a great deal of help to the Charleston County Library. Join the group during the month of April in time for National Library Week. PHOTO PROVIDED

Last week on my way to work I was listening to National Public Radio. They had one of their many pledge drives. The announcers emphasized the importance of the listeners’ donations so that they are able to continuously provide high-quality radio programs.

Like NPR, the library needs additional funds to offer programs for young and old. Without extra money, the library would not have a Summer Reading Program; no Opera at the MET in HD and 7.1 surround sound at the Main Library; no materials for special programs like the “Downton Abbey” Marathon and the Great Decisions discussion groups in the Mount Pleasant Branch. And early literacy programs such as Babygarten and Preschool Zone would be impossible to realize. The Charleston County Public Library provides 7,000 programs every year and they are feasible only because of the intense fundraising of the Friends of the Library (FOL). This volunteer, nonprofit support organization has raised money to enhance programming and services offered by CCPL for more than 30 years.

Lucky for us, the Friends have several ways to raise money. The yearly book sales are well known. This year, “That Summer Book Sale” in the Main Library will be June 14-16; Johns Island Regional branch’s Book Sale is on July 26 and 27; “That BIG Book Sale” in the Omar Shrine Auditorium is scheduled for Oct. 11-13; and last but certainly not least is “That Holiday Book Sale” at the Mount Pleasant Regional branch on Dec. 6 and 7. If for any reason you are not able to visit one of these sales, feel free to check out the online shop at www.shopcharlestonlibraryfriends.org.

Selling donated books is one method for the FOL to raise money; another way is for you to become a member. The Friends have dedicated the month of April to raise awareness and welcome new members. By joining the Friends of the Library you will make a difference in your community. Please pick up a membership form at your branch of choice and pledge your support, or go online at www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org and make your donation there. One of the perks of your membership is the “Member Only Event” that takes place the Thursday before each of the book sales. Also, all contributions are tax-deductible where law allows.

Staff at the Charleston County Library are thankful for your support. Please remember we are closed on April 18 for professional development training for staff, sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Library programs:


Friends of the Library Membership Drive

April 1-30 (all branches)

As National Library Week approaches, patrons are encouraged to join the Charleston Friends of the Library by signing up at any of our 16 locations. Membership forms and cash, check and credit card payments are accepted. Support your local library.

Earth Day Word Search and Trivia (teens)

April 1-30. Celebrate Earth Day by completing a word search or participating in our trivia challenge. Correctly completed entries will be entered into a grand prize drawing at the end of the month.

Afterschool Movie: “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (all ages)

Friday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. A childless couple buries a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Rated PG; 105 minutes.

PLAY: STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)

Saturday, April 20 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.

PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, April 20 from 1:30-3 p.m. Being crafty and creative is easy with Ms. Grace’s help.

PLAY: Lego Club (ages 4-11)

Saturday, April 27 from 2-3 p.m. We supply the Legos, and you create the masterpiece.

Spring into Summer Reading (grades 6-12)

May 1-31. Spring into Summer Reading by visiting the Young Adult area for information about this year’s South Carolina Book Awards. Complete a Summer Reading word search to earn a sweet treat.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club: A book/movie discussion group (adults)

Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m. Read the book, come watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion. Book: “Summer and the City” by Candace Bushnell

Movie: “Sex and the City” starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. The continuing adventures of Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda as they live their lives in Manhattan (set four years after the TV series ends).

Rated R, 148 minutes.


Mirjam Veldkamp works in the reference department at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library Branch, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road (843-849-6161, www.mtplibrary.blogspot.com, www.ccpl.org).

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