All winter long we shiver and look forward to spring.
Then spring arrives and we complain about pollen, fatigue and bugs.
When summer arrives we sweat too much to enjoy ourselves and in the fall we have endless piles of leaves to rake and bag (don’t even get me started about the folks who burn them).
It’s spring, and if you can’t tell, I’m a bit grouchy. Maybe it’s allergies.
The library has a few books that may help you – and me – banish our spring fatigue, allergies and bugs.
To combat fatigue: “No More Fatigue: Why You’re So Tired and What You Can Do About It” by Jack Challem, “What Nurses Know - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” by Lorraine Steefel and “The Exhaustion Cure: Up Your Energy from Low to Go in 21 days” by Laura Stack.
If you suffer from seasonal allergies, try “Action Plan for Allergies” by William Briner or “Allergies Sourcebook” by Amy Sutton.
For kids needing to cope with allergies, try “How to Deal with Allergies” by Lynette Robbins. To discover why modern humans are plagued by allergies, check out “An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases” by Moises Velasquez-Manoff.
Unwanted pests? Read “Tiny Game Hunting: Environmentally Healthy Ways to Trap and Kill the Pests in Your House and Garden” by Hilary Klein, or “The Bed Bug Book: The Complete Guide to Prevention and Extermination” by Ralph Maestre.
Too grouchy for a book? The Charleston County Library has plenty of action movies for you to check out, including “Black Death,” “Red Tails,” “Cell 211” and “Season of the Witch.”
If you’re looking for an indoor strategy to escape that nasty spring pollen, I hope you’ll attend a free library program.
At Mount Pleasant Regional, we have plenty to choose from.
Monday, April 29, from 6-7:30 p.m.
Attend the eighth and final meeting of the Great Decisions program series to discuss “Assessing Threats to the U.S.” For more information, call the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.
Mount Pleasant Reel Club
A book/movie discussion group
Wednesday, May 1 at 2 p.m.
Read the book, 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. Rated R, 148 minutes.
How to Ensure a Death with Dignity
Tuesday, May 7 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Author Dick Côté teaches attendees how to assure their end-of-life choices are carried out exactly as they have specified, by using five legally binding Advance Medical Directives. These documents spell out what medical procedures the patient wants to ensure (or forbid), when and how long they should be carried out, and when to cease use.
Maximum Magic at Walt Disney World
Saturday, May 11 from 1-2 p.m.
Find out about places to stay at Walt Disney World, where to dine, the best times to visit, how to budget, and other special tips. Presented by local author and Disney enthusiast Susan Sloate.
Second Saturday Writing Critique Group (ages 16+)
Saturday, May 11 from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Open to all writers. For more information, please call the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.
Monday Book Discussion
Monday, May 13 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
“Nothing to be Frightened Of” by Julian Barnes
Programs for children and teens:
Lego Club (ages 4-11)
Saturday, April 27 from 2-3 p.m.
Use your imagination with library Legos.
Spring into Summer Reading (grades 6-12)
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.
PLAY: DIY Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)
Saturday, May 4 from 1:30-3 p.m.
Being crafty and creative is easier than you think with Ms. Grace’s help.
Mother’s Day Craft (all ages)
Saturday, May 11 all day
Drop by the Children’s Department to “Build a Bloom” for Mother’s Day.
All materials provided.
Babygarten: (birth through 19 months with adult)
Tuesdays, April 30 and May 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Wednesdays, April 24 and May 1 and 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Time for Twos: (2 to 3 years with adult)
Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16 at 10:30 a.m.
Preschool Storytime: (ages 3-6 years)
Thursdays, April 25 and May 2, 9, and 16 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays, May 2, 9, and 16 at 11:30 a.m.
Jen McQueen is Children’s Services Manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road. She can be reached (between sneezes) at email@example.com or 849-6161.