Give thanks to veterans during library event

  • Sunday, November 3, 2013

In just two days, it will be November. Once again, the year seems to have flown by. We have so many things to fill our time these days that it is hard to stop and appreciate our good fortune. November gives us that time if we allow it.

There are two perfect opportunities coming up – Veterans Day and Thanksgiving.

Now, Thanksgiving is an obvious choice, right? On Nov. 28 we will gather with loved ones and eat glorious food. Hopefully, we will also take time to say what we are thankful for, or at least think about it.

Veterans Day is a less obvious choice to appreciate our good fortune. But think about it: What would the United States be like if we hadn’t had men and women who served in our armed forces? Would we have celebrated our Queen’s Diamond Jubilee? Might we be speaking German? Maybe we would be communists. Or perhaps saluting Saddam Hussein. You get the picture.

If you need any suggestions for how to express your appreciation to our veterans, come to the library. Each November we celebrate “Giving Thanks to Our Veterans” by collecting items needed by the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston. For our fifth annual drive, the most pressing needs are: ground coffee (lots of it); CARTA one-day bus passes; reading glasses (any strength); and for homeless veterans they need nail clippers; small containers of foot powder; flip-flops or shower shoes; and the travel/toiletry bags you can buy that come with shampoo, razor, toothbrush, etc.

You can thank a couple of veterans in person on Nov. 7 from 6:30-7:30, when Edmund (Fred) Lesinski and Richard Schraam speak of their experience in Operation Desert Storm and Vietnam, respectively.

If you are a veteran or a history buff, you might be interested in seeing our Friday War Movie Classics: “Shenandoah” (Nov. 1); “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (Nov. 8); “The Dirty Dozen” (Nov. 15); and “Forrest Gump” (Nov. 22). You are welcome to join us even if you’re not a veteran. The movies will start at 2 p.m.

Maybe you would like to express your appreciation to our veterans but really don’t have the resources to bring a donation. A simple but heartfelt “Thank you for your service” stated directly to a veteran will do very well.

Library programs

For storytimes, please call 843-849-6161 or visit ccpl.org. If you’d like to receive a monthly email with Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s program calendar, please email MtpReference@ccpl.org.

Friday War Movie Classics (adults)

Fridays, Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22 at 2 p.m.

Nov. 1 - “Shenandoah” (1965). Not Rated; 105 minutes.

Nov. 8 - “The Bridge on the River Kwai” (1957). Not Rated; 161 minutes.

Nov. 15 - “The Dirty Dozen” (1967). Rated PG; 149 minutes.

Nov. 22 - “Forrest Gump” (1994). Rated PG-13; 137 minutes.

National Novel Writing Month – Write-Ins (all ages)

Mondays, Nov. 4, 18 and 25 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 13 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Participate in National Novel Writing Month by attending one of Mount Pleasant Regional Library’s write-ins. No registration necessary. For more information, visit www.nanowrimo.org.

Tuesday Matinée (all ages)

Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 2:30 p.m.

“Despicable Me.” Rated PG; 119 minutes. Refreshments provided.

Reel Club Book/Movie Discussion Group (adults)

Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m.

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

Book: “Something Borrowed” by Emily Giffin.

Movie: “Something Borrowed.” Rated PG-13; 113 minutes.

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