What growth means to the community

  • Friday, June 27, 2014

I read an article recently which said that Mount Pleasant was the ninth fastest growing area in the country. It seems everywhere I have lived tells that story.

We were in Las Vegas in the mid-‘70s through the mid-‘90s and it was the fastest growing area in the country. Next stop was Loudoun County, Virginia. It too was rated as one of the fastest growing areas in the country. Finally, we moved to Mount Pleasant four years ago and just in that short time the growth has been amazing.

All three areas were very different. Clark County, Nevada, was a huge tourist area caught up in the construction boom and was offering a lot of jobs to fuel the service industry. Loudoun County is a very wealthy community that is on the edge of the Washington, D.C. area and provides a lot of high-tech jobs and federal work. Charleston combines both of those traits; we have a booming tourist industry, but we are also developing a large technology presence.

All three areas have something in common. They grew rapidly and needed to develop the infrastructure necessary to support the growth. Infrastructure, in this sense, includes schools, parks, libraries, roads and other services and amenities expected by a growing community.

These services and amenities are necessary to have and maintain a healthy community. They allow our residents a quality of life that allows them to grow and gives them the opportunity to participate.

They also show to those interested in moving here, or starting a business here, what Mount Pleasant is a community that values education and culture and the ideal that we are a world-class destination. We wish to attract people who are proud of their town and what it stands for.

When friends and family visit us here in Mount Pleasant, we take them downtown to Charleston and to Sullivan’s Island to the beach. Then we highlight Mount Pleasant. We show them Shem Creek, take a little kayak tour, enjoy dinner. We also show them the new Wando High School and Towne Centre. And we drive past the always-packed Mount Pleasant Regional Library.

Over the next couple of months, you will be hearing about the need for new schools in Mount Pleasant, the need for the new library in Carolina Park and the need to renovate the Mount Pleasant Regional Library. These needs are not news. All of us who live here know the needs exist.

I am sure we will take the opportunity to show, once again, what we, the residents of Mount Pleasant, value. We value community.

Programs

Baby Bumblebees Storytime (ages 6-24 months with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 26 and July 3 at 10 a.m.

Family Storytime (ages 2-6 with a caregiver)

Thursdays, June 26 and July 3 at 11:30 a.m.

Hunger Games Movie Marathon for Teens (grades 6-12)

Wednesday, June 25

10:30 a.m. – “The Hunger Games” (PG-13; 142 minutes)

1:30 p.m. – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (PG-13; 146 minutes)

Melvil Dewey, Hip Hop Librarian (grades K-5)

Thursday, June 26 at 4 p.m. (tickets at 3:30 p.m.)

Bust a move at this super-duper dance party.

Book Pass for Teens (grades 6-12)

Friday, June 27 at 2 p.m.

Read a South Carolina Book Award book and share your thoughts with other teens.

Lego Club (ages 4-11)

Saturday, June 28 from 2-3:30 p. m.

Blast into creativity with library Legos.

Summer Movie for Teens (grades 6-12)

Tuesday, July 1, 2 p.m.

“Ride Along.” Rated PG-13; 100 minutes.

Mount Pleasant Reel Club (adults)

Wednesday, July 2, 2 p.m.

Book: “The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Movie: “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan. Rated PG-13; 142 minutes.

South Carolina Aquarium Rovers (grades K-5)

Thursday, July 3, 4 p.m. (tickets at 3:30 p.m.)

Learn about the deep sea environment and meet live animals.

DIY Arts and Crafts (all ages)

Saturday, July 5, 1:30-3 p.m.

Blast into crafts with help from Ms. Grace.

Monday Matinee (all ages)

Monday, July 7, 2:30 p.m.

“The Shaggy Dog” (1959) (Rated G; 101 min.)

Email mtpreference@ccpl.org if you wish to receive a PDF copy of the programs and storytimes being held each month at Mount Pleasant Regional.

Guest author Douglas Henderson is the executive director of the Charleston County Public Library and a resident of Mount Pleasant. Write him at letusknow@ccpl.org. The Mount Pleasant Regional Branch Library is located at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, and can be reached at 843-849-6161.

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