Meet the staff: Brigitte Sidwell

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

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 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 twice in 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 the Mount Pleasant Library staff doesn’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.

Programs

Great Decisions: Food and Climate (adults)

Wednesday, April 23 from 4-6 p.m.


PLAY: Lego Club (ages 4 and older)

Saturday, April 26 from 2-3:30 p.m.

What can you build with library Legos?


Great Decisions: Defense Technology (adults)

Wednesday, April 23 from 4-6 p.m.


Early Literacy Station

Throughout May, visit the Early Literacy Station for a fun activity based on the S.C. Day-by-Day Family Literacy Activity Calendar. The theme for May is animals.


Do-It-Yourself Arts and Crafts with Ms. Grace

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


Wii Wants You: Afterschool Program for Teens (grades 6-12)

Tuesday, May 6 at 4 p.m.

Enjoy playing Wii games and eating a snack.


Mount Pleasant Reel Club (adults)

Wednesday, May 7 at 2 p.m.

Participants will discuss the life of P.L. Travers and the making of Mary Poppins.

Movie: Saving Mr. Banks. Rated PG-13; 125 minutes.

Storytimes

Babygarten (ages 0-18 months with a caregiver) is a six-week class that includes circle reading and rhyme time, songs and playtime.

Wednesdays, April 23, 30, and May 7 at 10 a.m.

Fridays, May 2, 9, and 16 at 10 a.m.


Baby Bumblebees Storytime (ages 6-24 months with a caregiver) is designed for babies and toddlers to enjoy books, rhymes, movement, songs and playtime.

Thursdays, April 24, May 1, 8, and 15 at 10 a.m.


Twos and Threes Storytime (ages 2–3 years with a caregiver) includes stories, fingerplays and songs.

Tuesdays, April 29, May 6, and 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Fours and Fives Storytime (ages 4–5 years) includes books, music, rhymes and a craft.

Thursday, April 24, May 1, 8 and 15 at 11:30 a.m.


Saturday Storytime (planned for ages 2 – 6 years; all ages welcome) includes stories, songs and rhymes for families.

Saturdays, April 26, May 3 and 10 at 11 a.m.

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 located at 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd. To learn more about library programs, please call 843-849-6161, email mtplibrary.blogspot.com or visit www.ccpl.org. Jen can be reached at mcqueenj@ccpl.org.

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