According to the National Hurricane Center, the Atlantic hurricane season goes from June 1 to Nov. 30. It’s always good to be prepared for a possible hurricane making landfall here in the Charleston area. Hurricane Hugo was the last major hurricane for this area and although it was almost 30 years ago, it is well remembered: Its devastation caused about $7 billion in damage to the U.S., according to the National Weather Service.

While Charleston doesn’t always have tropical or stronger storms that make landfall, it is still necessary to be prepared even if we’re only experiencing the outer bands and after effects of a tropical storm.

Join us for the continuation of the series of programs being offered by the American Red Cross here at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library. The last program in the series is the American Red Cross Hurricane Preparedness Seminar on Saturday, July 20 from 1 to 2 p.m.

In the seminar, information will be provided about how to prepare for a hurricane, including what supplies to have on hand, how to create a plan for your family and which resources can help keep you informed leading up to and during a hurricane.

Upcoming programs:

SCORE Workshop: Are You Ready to Start a Business? (adults)

Wednesday, July 17 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Join an experienced SCORE mentor for an overview of the requirements for successfully starting a small business. Visit for more information about Charleston’s SCORE chapter.

STAR Therapy Dogs (all ages)

Saturday, July 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Read aloud to a furry friend.

Coffee and Conversation (adults)

Monday, July 22 from 10-11:30 a.m.

Socialize with other seniors, and enjoy coffee and a breakfast treat.

Marcie the Balloon Fairy (all ages)

Tuesday, July 23 at 4 p.m.

Watch a magic show and make a balloon craft to take home.

Mah Jongg the American Way (adults)

Wednesday, July 24 from 2-4 p.m.

Join other Mah Jongg enthusiasts for an afternoon of enjoyable play.

For all CCPL programs, visit Summer Reading programs for all ages are in full swing. Participate and earn your share of the prizes.

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