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Charleston County Public Libraries Need Your Input at Community Meetings in Charleston County, SC – May 9 – 12, 2011

May 7, 2011

If you haven’t heard me say it before – one of my favorite places in the world are public libraries – they’re better than the Internet as they have been around a lot longer and they don’t let bozos like me contribute their opinions as facts.

Here’s some info that you need – if you feel like I do.

Charleston County Public Libraries are at a crossroads, balancing the increased demand for services against continuing budget cuts and recurring public requests for more and bigger libraries. Faced with hard decisions about the Library’s future, a comprehensive Strategic Plan is underway to create a roadmap of specific actions needed to improve services and to address future buildings needs, operations and programming.

A major part of the process starts Monday, May 9, 2011, with a series of Community Meetings to gather input from county residents about how they use the library, what they like or don’t like and what changes they want to see for CCPL in the future. In addition to the community meetings, there will be focus groups and telephone surveys throughout the week. Residents unable to attend a meeting can go to the library’s Web site – ( – to complete a quick online survey question or send an e-mail to (

Dates and times for CCPL community meetings include:

Monday, May 9 at 6:30pm – Dorchester Road Regional, 6325 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston and at Mt. Pleasant Regional, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant

Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30pm – Otranto Road Regional, 2261 Otranto Rd., North Charleston

Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30pm – St. Andrews Regional, 1735 N. Woodmere Dr., Charleston

Thursday, May 12 at 6:30pm – Main Library, 68 Calhoun St., Charleston and at John’s Island Regional, 3531 Maybank Hwy, John’s Island

For further information contact Jamie Thomas, Public Relations and Marketing Manager, Charleston County Public Library, by calling 843/805-6817, e-mail at ( or visit (

Carolina Arts Has Facebook Envy

February 16, 2011

I don’t know what it is but Facebook and I don’t get along. Maybe it’s because I ignored it for so long, but when we converted to an online paper, people told us – we need to get on Facebook.

Unfortunately after setting up the page, I did something (don’t let me near your computer) that has set us a back a few light years. I can’t even explain what I did, but there also doesn’t seem to be anyone at Facebook who will answer our pleas for help, so we go forward – limping into the future.

Our Internet guru Zelda helped straighten us out some, but I’m still the weak link in our organization. With a monthly newspaper that has doubled in size and two active blogs, I find myself left with little to add on Facebook, but I’m sure I’ll find my voice – someday. I didn’t understand blogs at first either.

So far, 102 people have liked us, and I’ve liked a few back, but I’ve been warned to stay away from the Facebook page until I understand what I’m doing. So, here I am – in a medium I understand – asking any and all out there who are reading this – to go to our page and like us.

I know we should have more people out there who really do like Carolina Arts, but some don’t do Facebook, or like me don’t know how to do it. Oh, they have a Facebook page that someone set up for them because they were also told they needed to be on Facebook, but like me – they have now been warned – don’t touch.

So, you folks who do Facebook and still read blogs – go to our Facebook page at ( and like us. Ask your Facebook friends to like us. I want more likes. I need more likes. I have like envy. People won’t believe so many people are reading Carolina Arts, (over 17,000 so far this month) yet it has so few likes. What those two numbers have in common I don’t know, but we could use a few more likes.

Now, could someone explain to me what a like is?

Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, Offers Harry Potter Exhibit – Through Dec. 12, 2010

November 11, 2010

This might seem out of context, but it could be interesting and it’s at the Library – one of my favorite places.

The Charleston County Public Library in Charleston, SC, is presenting a nationally traveling exhibit exploring Harry Potter’s world. The exhibit, Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine, explores the fictional world of Potter’s world of wizardry and the ethical questions that affected not only the fictional wizards in Potter’s world, but also some of the great Renaissance thinkers. The exhibit is on view at the CCPL’s Main Library, at 68 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, through Dec. 12, 2010.

The exhibit will be moved and open to the public at the Medical University of South Carolina’s Colbert Education Center and Library, at 171 Ashley Avenue, on view from Dec. 20-Jan. 7, 2011. During the exhibition period, several programs are planned to explore specific topics related to the exhibit.

Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine was organized by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. CCPL is one of 12 libraries selected to participate in the traveling exhibition tour coordinated by the American Library Association Public Programs Office, Chicago.

In the Harry Potter series, author J.K. Rowling incorporates the work of several 15th- and 16th-century thinkers to examine important ethical topics, such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice and the responsibility that comes with power. The exhibit features works from these scholars, including naturalist Konrad Gesner, alchemist Nicolas Flamel and occultist Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, and explores their understandings of natural philosophy, medicine and magic. It also highlights illustrations from Renaissance texts of some of the fantastic creatures and plants featured in Harry Potter, including basilisks, dragons, merpeople and mandrakes, using them to explore the intersection between the novels and Renaissance thinkers, lore and practices.

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Library at 843-805-6930 or visit (

Friends of the Charleston County Library Hold That BIG Book Sale in Charleston, SC – Oct. 8 – 10, 2010

October 5, 2010

The Friends of the Charleston County Library will present That BIG Book Sale at Gaillard Auditorium, located at 77 Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston, SC, from Oct. 8 – 10, 2010.

Over 60,000 items, including books, DVDs and CDs will be sold, at prices starting at just $1! Bring your own bag. Cash, credit and checks accepted.

The Public Sale is admission free on Fri., Oct. 8, 2010, from 9am-7pm; Sat., Oct. 9, 2010, from 9am-5pm; and Sun., Oct. 10, 2010, from 10am-3pm. All items half-price on Sunday!

A Books, BBQ & Bluegrass Member Preview Party will take place on Thur., Oct., 7, 2010, from 5:30 – 8pm. This evening is open exclusively to Friends of the Library members with barbecue, drinks and bluegrass by The Blue Plantation Band. Member admission price is $18. Become a member of the Friends of the Library at the door for $20 in addition to the event admission price. Please RSVP to 843/805-6882.

Proceeds benefit the Charleston County Public Library.

For more information, visit (