Part of the Wando Mount Pleasant library branch’s appeal is its balance of old and new. It does what libraries have always done – encourage learning – but in some very innovative ways, like through its makerspace. Similarly, its staff is also a mix of folks who are seasoned Charleston County Public Library workers and those who are just starting in our wonderful system. One familiar face you might recognize is Jordan Cruz (JC), who previously worked at the John’s Island branch’s circulation desk. If you haven’t stopped into the Wando branch and had the pleasure of meeting her, be sure to say hello when you next visit.

In the meantime, consider this brief interview your introduction.

Q: Share a little bit about yourself.

JC: I’m originally from a small, mostly rural town in South Carolina. My background is in history, and I’ve worked in several relating fields: secondary education, public history, digital history and historic preservation.

Q: What drew you to librarianship?

JC: It is my personal belief that through hard work and an education a person can better their life. To build upon that, I believe that libraries are “the great democratizer” of knowledge – regardless of one’s gender, race, class, sexual orientation, age, etc., they are welcome to engage with libraries to increase their knowledge and enrich their life. Furthermore, libraries are a wonderful place of diversity, inclusivity, and community-engagement.

Q: What will you being doing at Wando?

JC: I’m employed as a library generalist III focused on adult services in the Reference Department. I’m aiming to translate my passions for research and local history into engaging programs for the community to attend.

Q: When you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

JC: I enjoy reading (mainly works of history, with the occasional historical fiction), writing, running, bicycling, cooking, traveling, enjoying fine wines and cheeses and playing with my adopted German shepherd, Lucy. I also strive to stay well informed of local and national news.

Upcoming programs:

STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)

Saturday, June 15 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Read aloud to a furry friend.

Dungeons & Dragons (teens)

Monday, June 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Join us for a Dungeons & Dragons session, run by experienced Dungeon Master and local teen Aubrie McFarland (5th edition rules). Note: please have a character already created and ready to play. Contact Jenn Scott at scottj@ccpl.org for more information.

History of Apollo 8

Tuesday, June 18 at 4 p.m.

Learn about the exciting history of Apollo 8 and its connection to the Yorktown in Charleston Harbor. Presented by Al Edgington from the Institute of History, Science and Technology. For all CCPL programs, visit ccpl.org/calendar. Summer Reading programs for all ages are in full swing. Participate and earn your share of the prizes.

Emilie Hancock is a library assistant at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, 843-849-6161. She can be reached at hancocke@ccpl.org.

Emilie Hancock is a library assistant at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, 843-849-6161. She can be reached at hancocke@ccpl.org.