Summer vacation: So many books, so little time

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013

I’ve always loved reading, and libraries provide an almost magical access to a world of books waiting to be opened and devoured. As a child, I especially looked forward to reading over my summer vacations. The whole summer stretched out ahead of me, and the choices of what to read seemed endless.

The Charleston County Public Library offers summer reading programs to everyone in Charleston County (even babies). For children ages 11 and younger, there is Dig Into Summer Reading. I know that our younger readers will have a wonderful time exploring great books, just as I did. The children will get rewards for reading, including weekly and monthly prizes, and an amazing grand prize package. But they will also have lots of fantastic programs to attend, from storytimes to movies, puppet shows to music, comedy to juggling and more.

Tickets are needed to attend some of the programs, because Summer Reading is incredibly popular at the very busy Mount Pleasant Regional branch.

Young adults ages 12-18 will get rewards, too, with CCPL’s Beneath the Surface Teen Summer Reading Program. There will be bi-weekly prizes and a grand prize at the end of the summer, not to mention movie showings all summer long at Mount Pleasant Regional.

Even adults will get rewarded for reading this summer, with four drawings throughout the summer for some great gift cards.

I still treasure the luxury of relaxing with a good book to read, just as I did as a child. The choices of what to read are still endless, but now there is the added option of formats – Large print?

Book on CD? Or maybe an e-Book that I can download to a Nook, Kindle, iPad or other similar device – and never have to worry about it being overdue. Even audiobooks are available for download from the library’s website.

Want some music to listen to while you catch up with your reading?

The library’s got a solution for that, too – with Freegal - three free, downloadable songs each week.

Or maybe you’d rather peruse a current issue of a popular magazine – check out the library’s website for Zinio!

These downloadable magazines are CCPL’s newest service for you.

So how can you find that perfect book for a summer read? Visit us soon – in person at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, by phone at 843-849-6161, or at www.ccpl.org for our downloadable media.

Or try the NoveList Plus database, a resource/research tool available from our website for finding author read-alikes and book discussion guides.

NoveList K-8 Plus provides reading suggestions for kids through eighth grade.


Adults and Teens:

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

Wednesday, June 5 at 2 p.m.

Read the book, watch the movie with us, and then participate in a lively discussion.

Book: “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen

Movie: “Sense and Sensibility” starring Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, and Alan Rickman Rated PG, 136 minutes.

Writing Critique Group: (adults and teens ages 16+)

Saturday, June 15 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Open to all writers. For more information, call the Reference Desk at 843-849-6161 or email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Monday Book Discussion: (adults)

Monday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.

“The Age of Miracles,” by Karen Thompson Walker

Teen Movie: “Holes” (Rated PG; 117 minutes)

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Children’s Department:

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

Saturday, June 1 at 1:30 p.m.

Being crafty and creative is easier than you think.

Monday Matinée: (all ages)

Monday, June 3 at 4 p.m.

“Hotel Transylvania” (Rated PG; 91 minutes)

Porkchop Productions: The Three Goats Gruff (ages 6-11)

Thursday, June 6 at 4 p.m.

Friday, June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

A kickoff event featuring live theater with audience participation.

Tickets will be given out 30 minutes before program.

Monday Matinée: (all ages)

Monday, June 10 at 2:30 p.m. “Brave” (Rated PG; 93 minutes)

Cindy Schweinfest is the branch manager of the Mount Pleasant Regional Library. She loves the buzz of activity at the branch all year long, especially during the summer.

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