Monday, April 21, 2014


The Charleston Friends of the Library is a nonprofit organization that supports and advocates for the Charleston County Public Library system. We raise money to fund more than 6,000 programs sponsored annually by the library, including Summer Reading. To accomplish our goal of advocating for and enhancing the library system, we provide opportunities for the community to invest in their public library through donations of time, money, and books. This year, tens of thousands were helped through supporting the Charleston Friends of the Library. Those helped included young children learning to value reading with help from the Summer Reading Program; teens needing a positive after-school environment; the unemployed building job skills; workers seeking tax assistance; and others reaching across language and cultural barriers, fulfilling personal passions. (Yes, a lot more than borrowing books goes on at our library). There is one place in Charleston, a village square, where everyone congregates equally – the public library. Our Charleston County Public Library was named one of the best in the country in 2009.

  • We have 16 branches stretching from Edisto to McClellanville;
  • Annually, the library’s circulation exceeds 3.8 million;
  • Patron visits are above 2 million;
  • Over 2 million reference questions are answered;
  • Each of our branches provide wi-fi free of charge;
  • More than 6,000 programs draw audiences of 200,000.
We connect people to each other, to ideas, and to the larger world

Visit the Friends of the Library website to find more information. To join stop by the library for a membership form, or sign up online.


If you missed our meetings about the library construction and renovation proposal, information is still available on our website.  Also, we have a folder at the children's desk and reference desk for patrons to look at.  Let us know if you have questions.

Thanks for reading.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014


Do you enjoy cooking?  Cooking has become very popular with all sorts of cooking shows on several different television networks and celebrity chefs on the covers of magazines.  Cookbooks comprise a large section of our library collection.  There are over 500 hundred cookbooks in our catalog.

Maybe though, you consider cooking to be slaving over a hot stove. Do you dread trying to think of something interesting to fix for dinner after a hard day's work at the office or driving children all over town for after-school activities?

Perhaps you'd rather let someone else do the cooking and curl up with a good novel featuring culinary delights!  There are a number of books where food is a main feature.  "Like Water for Chocolate" by Laura Esquivel is a good example of a novel that is centered in a kitchen.  "Chocolat" by Joanne Harris, set in a magical chocolate shop in France, is a book revolving around food. Auguste Escoffier influenced the world of French cooking, and his life is explored in the novel "White Truffles in Winter" by N. M. Kelby. 

There are quite a few culinary mystery series that you might enjoy, and many of them contain recipes.  Some authors who write these series are: Diane Mott Davidson, Jerrilyn Farmer, Alexander Campion, Joanne Fluke, Laura Childs and Peter King.

So, if you would rather read than cook, try some of these tasty books.  Ask at the Mt. Pleasant Library reference desk for more details, visit our website, or call us at (843)849-6161.

Thanks for reading.


April is National Poetry Month.  Use your writing skills and enter our Poetry Contest! See the flyer for details.

Monday, April 14, 2014


Start making you plans for May.  We have a lot of programs planned for all ages.

Remember that Summer Reading begins June 1st.  There will be fun and prizes for all ages.

Thanks for reading.

Friday, March 21, 2014


Have you tried Ebooks?  We have a brochure to help you get started OVERDRIVE has updated their instructions.  Unfortunately we're not able to download Ebooks inside of the library.  If you have questions, please call the Main Library Reference Department. (843) 805-6930. 

Visit our homepage and click on "Downloadable Media" on the left side of the screen.  Then click on OVERDRIVE and the question mark.
Guess What? OverDrive features redesigned help page
A brand new OverDrive Help website launched today with updated features, including:
·   Home/Quick links: New landing page with quick links to popular categories and a search bar;
·   Videos: Help videos accessible through the search feature and navigation menu;
·   Devices: A page profiling different devices to help users understand how OverDrive works with their preferred device and operating system; and
·   Updated Links: Previous links and bookmarks within OverDrive’s help menu will change, giving users an error message. If asked, let users know not to rely on old links.



Community meetings to explain library construction/renovation proposal
Charleston County voters will consider a proposal this November to fund the renovation of existing library branches and construction of new ones, a question last on the ballot 28 years ago.
To help voters understand the proposal and what it means for their neighborhoods, Charleston County Public Library is holding a series of 10 community meetings throughout the county, starting March 31.
  Community Meeting dates
  Map of building proposal
  Building cost estimates
  Timeline estimate
The building plan is a result of two years of study that included community input, a detailed survey of the library’s existing 16 branches, research into library service and technology trends plus a review of population and demographic changes since the last library referendum in 1986. Approved by 76 percent of the voters at the time, that referendum included funds to construct four regional libraries – Mt. Pleasant, Dorchester Road, St. Andrews and Otranto Road – plus the expand or construct a new Main Library.
The current proposal calls for constructing four new buildings, renovating 12 existing branches and moving library support services out of the Main Library to free up that space for public use. Estimated cost to construct, renovate and relocate the 17 buildings is $103.8 million, which would cost the owner of a $100,000 owner-occupied home a maximum of $12 annually.
In January, Charleston County Council agreed to put the building referendum on this November’s ballot. The proposal came after the library completed a Strategic Plan that determined the library’s buildings and services fall far behind services provided in other areas and are below standards established by the S.C. State Library for public libraries in the state. As a result, county and library staff worked with architects and engineers to do a detailed analysis of all library facilities to determine what buildings can be renovated, where new buildings should be located, what technology updates are needed and develop estimated costs.
Now that the analysis is complete, it is being presented to area residents during a series of community meetings to gather input. County Council hopes to finalize the proposal and the wording for the ballot in early summer.
If approved by voters, officials estimate the four new libraries could open by late 2017 or early 2018. The renovation of existing branches would be staggered, with most of it completed in 2018-2019.
Studies looking at library services and buildings determined shortcomings in several areas, including the need for updated buildings, technology and the ability to provide more modernized services. Since the 1986 referendum, the county’s population has grown 27 percent while the library’s circulation soared by 289 percent in the same period. Current circulation is nearly 3.4 million items annually. Additionally, the library offered nearly 6,000 free programs, classes, exhibits, concerts and similar programs last year, attracting more than 166,000 residents.
In a comparison to public library standards adopted by the S.C. State Library, CCPL fell far below the standards in multiple categories. For instance, the standards say libraries should have 1.25 square feet of public space per capita. Locally, that would equal more than 450,000 square feet of libraries to serve local residents, but CCPL’s 16 branches have 155,458 square feet or about .43 square feet per resident. In the area of technology, the state says libraries should have three public computers per 1,000 residents or more than 1,000 locally. CCPL has .9 public computers or 349 public computers.
Residents unable to attend one of the community meetings can send their comments to

·    Monday, March 31 at 6 p.m. – E.B. Ellington Elementary School, Ravenel

·    Tuesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. – Main Library

·    Wednesday, April 2 at 6 p.m. – Dorchester Road Regional

·    Thursday, April 3 at 6 p.m. – John’s Island Regional

·    Sunday, April 6 at 2 p.m. – West Ashley Branch

·    Sunday, April 6 at 4 p.m. – James Island Branch

·    Monday, April 7 at 6 p.m. – Otranto Road Regional

·    Wednesday, April 9 at 6 p.m. – St. Andrews Regional

·    Thursday, April 10 at 6 p.m. – Mt. Pleasant Regional

·    Monday, April 21 at 6 p.m. – Dunes West Golf Club, Mt. Pleasant

 Click here for information on the plans and estimates.

We hope you'll be able to attend one of the meetings. 
Thanks for reading.