Saturday, August 30, 2014
Meet Christian Colon, full-time library assistant in the circulation department, and one of Mount Pleasant Regional's newest staff members. Christian is quiet and polite, and our brief interview this morning was the longest conversation we've had since he began working at the library in June.
Christian grew up “all over the place,” including Virginia (near D.C.); Columbia, South Carolina; and “all over Panama” (with his mother's family). At age 12, his family settled in West Ashley, and he has (mostly) lived there ever since.
After graduating from West Ashley High School, with four years of ROTC under his belt (which he loved), Christian enrolled at Trident Technical College with plans to major in engineering. However, he didn't enjoy math quite as much as just “putting things together,” so he tried out computer programming his first year and culinary arts his second. After discovering that neither major was a good fit, Christian left school to work in retail.
Christian's wife Lindsey, young adult specialist at the James Island Library, recommended that Christian apply for a job at the library. “‘You'd love it,' she told me.”
Lindsey was right; Christian loves library work.
“What services did you learn about when you became a library employee?” I asked.
“I didn't know about the library's Interlibrary Loan Services (borrowing books from other library systems). And many people don't realize that the library offers computer classes. For free.”
For more information about interlibrary loans or computer classes, please visit www.ccpl.org or call 843-849-6161.
Christian and Lindsey dote on their one-year-old tuxedo cat, Dumpling, “an adorable jerk, smart and sweet, but a troublemaker if he wants attention. He pulls stuff out of our cabinets to wake us up in the morning. We've had to babyproof the house.”
Christian's hobbies include “anything involving stories and storytelling,” including movies, TV, books, video games and role playing. He especially enjoys the Anime Weekend Atlanta and DragonCon annual conventions in Atlanta.
Christian's favorite book is “The Odyssey” by Homer (he's read it several times since childhood), but he also relishes contemporary books, such as the “Song of Ice and Fire” epic by George R. R. Martin, and “Eleanor and Park” by Rainbow Rowell (recommended to him by Lindsey).
Christian's favorite video game is “Legend of Dragoon” and his favorite TV shows include “Battlestar Galactica” and “Lost.”
“I've never seen an episode of ‘Lost,'” I said. “It always seemed too intense. But my daughter loved it.”
Christian laughed. “It is intense. Did you know that unlike most TV shows, the whole series was written beforehand? And only one of the characters knew what was coming? It was all plotted out from the beginning.”
His favorite movies are “MirrorMask” (written by Neil Gaiman) and “any recent Marvel movies.” Christian told me that the Marvel movies are planned out through a date some 20 years in the future, with all the stories tied together. “They'll release three every year; one new character movie, one sequel, and one Avengers story.”
“Do you know when the Dr. Strange movie is coming out?” My co-worker Jenn, sitting nearby, began an animated conversation with Christian about the Marvel movies. “Dr. Strange's real name is Strange,” she said. “Stephen Strange. And he's really a doctor. Dr. Strange.”
I hadn't known, but Christian nodded. I excused myself, smiling, while Jenn and Christian continued discussing Marvel movies.
Jen McQueen is Children's Services manager at the Mount Pleasant Regional Branch of the Charleston County Public Library. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 843-849-6161.