You won’t be shushed at the library anymore

  • Sunday, January 26, 2014

If you’ve visited the Mount Pleasant Regional Library in the last five to ten years, you know that the days of shushing, hair-in-bun librarians are over. Those librarians morphed their frowning, finger-to-lips countenances into smiles, and transformed their whispered “Shhhhh,” into an audible “Hi, may I help you?”

The modern librarian learns customer service and mobile technology. She teaches computer skills, provides blocks and puzzles for the children’s department, and arranges tax assistance for seniors.

But at her core, the modern librarian is still a librarian. She enjoys silence and order, and she loves books. The modern librarian checks out more books than she’ll ever manage to finish; she’s currently reading one nonfiction psychology book, one biography, and two novels (one print copy and one electronic copy on her phone). She worries about her favorite authors dying before they publish another manuscript. She laments her new addiction to “Arrested Development” because it takes time away from reading.

The modern librarian still loves book discussion groups, especially those offered at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

The Mount Pleasant Reel Club, currently run by reference librarian Rick Pelletier, is a monthly book/movie discussion group. Participants read the book, then come to the library and watch the movie together (with refreshments), and afterwards enjoy a brief discussion of both the book and the movie.

“I like reading a book and then watching the movie and seeing the difference between the two,” says Rick Pelletier. “I feel like some books tend to make better movies. I couldn’t stand reading “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins but I enjoyed the movie.”

He said, “My favorite book and then movie would be “The Devil Wears Prada” by Lauren Weisberger and the movie starring Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. The book and movie share the title, the main characters and working in the fashion industry, but the story in the book is different than the story in the movie, yet they both work.”

The next Mt. Pleasant Reel Club will show “Easy A” starring Emma Stone (rated PG-13, 92 minutes) on Wednesday, February 5 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion of both the movie and “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, the book that inspired it.

Monday Book Discussions, led by reference librarian Mike Nelson, meet monthly to discuss newer literary fiction and nonfiction. Meetings include audio or video clips with author interviews, followed by engaging discussions, which help participants learn more about the books through their conversations. The next Monday Book Discussion meets on Monday, February 10 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to discuss “Half Broke Horses” by Jeannette Walls.

Fantastic Reads is Mount Pleasant Regional’s newest book discussion group. Also led by Mike Nelson, Fantastic Reads participants read and discuss books with a fantasy element. The next Fantastic Reads meeting is Monday, January 27 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. to discuss the “The Arrivals” by Melissa Marr, a novel in the fantasy genre.

“We’re always looking for new people to read and discuss the book,” says Mike Nelson.

Your non-shushing local librarian is proud of Mount Pleasant Regional’s book discussion groups and grateful to her community of book lovers for supporting them. Thank you, Mt. Pleasant.

Other programs

•Great Decisions Group I (adults)

Thursday, Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. - “Defense Technology”

Thursday, Jan. 30 from 2 - 4 p.m. - “Israel and the United States”

Read the briefing materials and come prepared for a good discussion. For more information, contact the Reference Desk at 849-6161 or MtpReference@ccpl.org.

•Play: Lego Club (ages 4 and older)

Saturday, Jan. 25 from 2 - 3 p.m.

What can you build with library Legos?

•Do-It-Yourself Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace (all ages)

Saturday, Feb. 1 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Create an awesome craft with Ms. Grace.

•Stretching with Dr. Erikka for Parents and Tots (all ages)

Monday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Parents and children of all ages are welcome to join Dr. Erikka Curia, Chiropractor at ChiroLife, for a brief morning session of stretching for good health.


Babygarten (0 – 18 months with adult)

Wednesdays, Jan. 29 - March 5 at 10:30 a.m.

Fridays, Jan. 31 - March 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Wee Reads (ages 0 – 24 months with adult)

Thursday, Jan. 23 and 30 at 10 a.m.

Time for Twos (ages 24 – 36 months with adult)

Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Storytime (ages 3 – 6 years)

Thursday, Jan. 23 and 30 at 11:30 a.m.

Saturday Storytime (planned for ages 2-6; all ages welcome)

Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.m.

Jen McQueen is Children’s Services Manager at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, 843-849-6161. She hasn’t shushed anyone in at least four hours.

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