Saturday, November 22, 2014


Can you believe December is almost here?  It's time to see what all is available at the library and make your plans for this busy, busy month.
We hope you find something that will interest you and your family.
If you have suggestions for programming, please call us (843) 849-6161, or comment on this post.

You can also have this calendar emailed to  you every month.  Ask on you next visit to the library.  Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Thanksgiving Holiday closings
All Charleston County Public Library locations and book drops will be closed the following dates in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday:

Wednesday, November 26 at 6 p.m.

Thursday, November 27 through Friday, November 28

Bookdrops will
 be unavailable while the branches are closed so that our staff can spend time with their families. Please do not leave items outside the book drop. Any unsecured items left are the responsibility of the patron.

Please remember that no items are ever due on the days that our bookdrops are closed.  You may renew your items online using your library card number and your pin number. Access to your account is through the catalog.  If you've forgotten your pin number, please come in or call us. We cannot give out a pin number over the phone without the library card number.

Any questions?  Please call us- 843-849-6161.

Thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


See the flyer below about Charleston History Programs. Note there will be a program at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, Saturday, November 22 at noon.  Come join us in the auditorium.

Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 10, 2014


Tomorrow is Veteran's Day- a day to honor all of those who have served in the five branches of military service of the United States.

During the month of November the Mount Pleasant Regional Library is collecting items for the veterans at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston.

Honor our veterans by donating any of the following:
  • Reading glasses (2.0 and up)
  • Ground coffee
  • New men's sweatpants
  • New backpacks
  • CARTA one-day buss passes
  • Denture cleanser and adhesive
  • Body wash (no bar soap)
  • Small denomination gas and grocery cards
Bring these items to the reference desk and we will deliver them to the Medical Center at the end of the month.

Thanks to all of our veterans for your service, and thanks for reading.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Building Referendum passes by nearly 3-to-1!


After nearly 30 years with no major improvements, voters on Tuesday overwhelming supported Charleston County Public Library’s plan to build five new libraries, renovate 13 others and complete major technology and building upgrades throughout the county.
By nearly a three-to-one margin, 69,530 voters, or 74 percent, supported the library's building and renovation plan  - a similar margin to the last time a library building referendum went before the public in 1986. The results were reported by Charleston County election official around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.    
Quick Facts

Building Plan Brochure

Map of building plan
"This is truly the beginning of a new era in Charleston County," said Library Board Chairman Janet Segal. "We spent nearly four years developing this plan and working hand-in-hand with residents to make sure it reflected what local residents want. In meetings, and even in independent surveys, county residents told us they love their libraries, and said they wanted more and better library services. Today, they showed that love in the voting booth."
The $108.5 million plan includes construction or renovation of 19 buildings throughout the county. Five new libraries would be constructed – two in areas of rapid growth (the East Cooper/Carolina Park and West Ashley/Bees Ferry Road areas) and three to replace outdated facilities that aren’t able to meet customer needs (the Cooper River Memorial Branch in North Charleston plus the James Island and St. Paul’s/Hollywood branches). A total of 13 existing libraries would be renovated, the library’s support staff would be relocated from the Main Library to free up space for public use the library’s technology would be upgraded to include self-checkout kiosks, more public computers and the latest equipment in meeting rooms.
The construction will cost $11.20 annually for households with a $100,000 owner-occupied home. Operating costs will be phased in and will be approximately $6.80 annually in 2019-2020.
"This will mean better library services for all county residents, from infants to retirees. It's going to be an exciting time," said Executive Director Doug Henderson. "This truly is an important day for this generation and for the generations to come.”
The next step will be meeting with Charleston County officials to develop a timeline and work together to hire architects to help with building design. The overall plan is expected to take approximately six years to complete. Henderson said meetings will be scheduled with residents to get input about the specific services they see as priorities for their neighborhood libraries.
Henderson said there are a lot of people to thank for the hard work that went into developing the plan and educating the residents about the final proposal.
“First, we have to thank all the residents and library users who continually offered their support, " Henderson said. "We also must thank the members of Charleston County Council, the library’s Board of Trustees, the donors and volunteers who offered their service to the Vote Yes for Charleston Libraries Committee, members of the Charleston Friends of the Library and to the library’s staff members. Every day, they share their passion for libraries and this community.”
The plan was developed after a detailed assessment of the library’s existing facilities, a review of population growth patterns since the 1986 referendum, a study of changing technologies, a look at library service trends plus multiple meetings, surveys, focus groups and interviews to determine community needs. An independent consultant helped the library develop a Strategic Plan and identify shortcomings that needed attention.
Since the 1986 referendum, the county's population grew 27 percent while the library's circulation soared 289 percent in the same period. Last year’s circulation was 3.3 million items and nearly 210,000 people attended programs, classes, exhibits, concerts and similar programs at one of CCPL’s 16 branches.
If you voted yes, thank you, and thanks for reading.!!!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  November and December are probably the busiest months of the year.  Please be sure to save some time for library activities!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Are you ready to read some spooky tales to get in the mood for Halloween?  Here are a couple to get you in the mood.

" The Troop scared the hell out of me, and I couldn't put it down. This is old-school horror at its best." -Stephen King Once every year, Scoutmaster Tim Riggs leads a troop of boys into the Canadian wilderness for a weekend camping trip-a tradition as comforting and reliable as a good ghost story around a roaring bonfire. The boys are a tight-knit crew. There's Kent, one of the most popular kids in school; Ephraim and Max, also well liked and easygoing; then there's Newt the nerd and Shelley the odd duck. For the most part, they all get along and are happy to be there-which makes Scoutmaster Tim's job a little easier. But for some reason, he can't shake the feeling that something strange is in the air this year. Something waiting in the darkness. Something wicked... It comes to them in the night.

The third in the Modern Library's series of original compilations, The Raven and the Monkey's Paw is a collection of classic tales and poems to engage our fear-seeking senses. The beauty of these stories and poems lies in their readability: ideal for sharing aloud around the campfire or for a quick, thrilling dip . . . under the covers with a flashlight. The writing itself sends as many awe-inspired shivers down the spine as do the ghosts and goblins on these pages. Edgar Allan Poe, the master of the horror story and the chiming lyric poem, opens the volume with his best-loved stories: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Black Cat," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum," "The Premature Burial," "The Tell-Tale Heart," "Berenice," and "Ligeia." Every bit as chilling now as on the day they were written, these tales retain their power to stir the reader again and again. Poe, who was as well known for his poems as for his stories, is also represented by such verse standards as "The Raven," "Lenore," "To Helen," "Ulalume," and "Annabel Lee," among others.

Check our catalog for more chilling tales.
Thanks for reading.