Between the stacks

  • Thursday, February 27, 2014

Brigitte Sidwell PROVIDED

My coworker Brigitte Sidwell moves quickly. I've never seen her still. Whether she's shelving holds, checking-in books, drinking coffee, or processing our “daily shipment” from the main library and other branches, Brigitte reminds me of a bird flying from task to task with great efficiency.

Born and raised as an only child in West Berlin, Germany, Brigitte traveled throughout Europe in her youth. She met husband Greg in Berlin and married young. Brigitte and Greg now have two grown children, a son and a daughter. Brigitte's lived in Heidelberg (Germany), The Hague (The Netherlands), Mons (Belgium) and the United States. What she misses most about Europe are the extensive hiking trails, which lead to little bridges “overlooking a village where one could visit for refreshments.” Though Brigitte loves the outdoors, she considers herself a “city girl.”

Brigitte still travels (she and Greg recently visited Africa), but she also enjoys quilting and walking her dogs, Fritzie and Delilah. Because the dogs are different sizes and energy levels, she usually walks them separately. Brigitte is currently dog sitting Delilah while her daughter is deployed in the Air Force.

Brigitte began her career at Mount Pleasant Regional as a library shelver and now works in the circulation department. Though Mount Pleasant library staff don't have the luxury of reading on the job, Brigitte finds time for books on her own time. Her favorites are British and Scandinavian mysteries by authors like Jo Nesbo, Henning Mankell and Nele Neuhaus. She highly recommends “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson. “It's just a funny story and well written,” Brigitte says.

Mount Pleasant Regional Library Programs:

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group (adults)

Group II – Wednesday, Feb. 26 from 4-6 p.m. – “Israel and the U.S.”

Group I – Thursday, Feb. 27 from 2-4 p.m. – “Food and Climate”

Group I – Thursday, March 6 from 2-4 p.m. – “China's Foreign Policy”

Read the briefing materials and come prepared for a good discussion.

AARP Tax Assistance (all ages)

Fridays, Feb. 28, and March 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 1-5 p.m.

Mondays, March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 1-5 p.m.

Monday, March 31 from 1-4 p.m.

First-come-first-served help with basic tax returns. Priority given to senior citizens.

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

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

Create an awesome craft with Ms. Grace.

Read Across America Celebration (for all ages)

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

Enjoy listening to Dr. Seuss favorites as we celebrate his 110th birthday with celebrity reader Victoria Hansen.

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

Tuesday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m.

Monday, March 24 at 10:30 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.

Good Posture for Kids (all ages)

Tuesday, March 4 at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Cynthia D'Amelio of ChiropracticUSA will present fun information for families about the importance of backpack safety.

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

Wednesday, March 5 at 2 p.m.

Book: “Admission” by Jean Hanff Korelitz

Movie: “Admission” starring Tina Fey and Paul Rudd

Family Fitness Fun (all ages)

Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

Valerie Kirkland of Generation Healthy Kids will demonstrate fun fitness activities for your whole family to promote health and prevent obesity.

Please email MtpReference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of Mount Pleasant Regional Library's monthly program calendar.

Jen McQueen is Children's Services Manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., 843-849-6161, MtpLibrary.blogspot.com. She can be reached at mcqueenj@ccpl.org.

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