Thursday, June 30, 2016

CCPL announces finalists for director position

Librarians are good for circulation

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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Charleston County Public Libraries have narrowed down their search for a new executive director, and three finalists — Nicolle Davies,  Alan Kornblau, and Michael Steinmacher — will travel to Charleston next week to meet with the Board of Trustees for final interviews. In a statement, the board's former* chairman Janet Segal said, “After an extensive nationwide search, we ended up with a broad, diverse group of excellent, well-qualified candidates for this critical position." The board received over 100 applications for the position.

*As of July 1, the Board of Trustees' new acting chairman is businessman and publisher, Andy Brack.

Members of the public can listen to presentations from the candidates at 6 p.m. on July 6 at the Main Library, and the board will select a new director later in July. According to a press release: 

"The new director will lead the system’s continuing efforts to grow virtual services, overhaul technologies, create innovative content and build sustainable partnerships with businesses and community organizations. A key focus will be working with Charleston County government and moving forward with the library’s $108.5 million Building and Renovation Program, which includes constructing five new libraries (two new branches and three replacements), renovating 13 existing branches and relocating support staff out of the Main Library to free up space for public use."

Nicolle Davies is the current executive director of Highlands Ranch, Colo.'s Arapahoe Library District in Arapahoe County.

Michael Steinmacher is the director of Louisville, Ky.'s Barr Memorial Library at Fort Knox Army Base.

Alan Kornblau is the director of Delray Beach, Fla.'s Delray Beach Public Library.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jen Snyder's HMS Log Book Part Two out now

The moon and the stars

Posted by Elizabeth Gelbaugh on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 10:55 AM

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Jen Snyder’s HMS Log Book, 2016 Part Two is now on sale at Blue Bicycle Books. We wrote about Part One in January. This log book is divided into two parts for each year to maintain its portability. You can also buy the book online, here

Rather than presenting the user with potentially daunting blank pages, the log book provides writers with fill-in-the-blanks pages that make journaling quick and easy. Daily categories include weather, medication, mood, obstacles, indulgences, intentions, water consumed, stress level, exercise, gratitude, and meditation. Each page also includes the day's moon phase, astrological aspects, and an inspirational quote.

In a review of the book astrologer Emily Trinkaus says, "It’s so helpful to have a daily invitation to pause and reflect on my intention, my habits, and my emotional state ... I see how, by tracking my daily rhythms and routines, I'll be better able to get a big-picture perspective on what's working and what's not working in my life — seeing how my choices and intentions each day affect the results I'm trying to create.”

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Gaillard Center announces official 2016-'17 season

The whole she-bang

Posted by Elizabeth Gelbaugh on Tue, Jun 28, 2016 at 2:52 PM

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Last month we gave y'all a preview of the Gaillard Center's 2016-17 season and now we can share the whole schedule. The Gaillard Center kicks off the season with 27 different performances, with various others added throughout the year. Single performance tickets go on sale to the public on Thurs. July 7 and can be purchased by phone, online, or in person at the ticket office. Those interested in special offers and pre-sale opportunities can take advantage of the Gaillard Center’s memberships that offer various other perks as well, including back-stage access and inclusion in the exclusive Member Lounge.

The 2016-'17 season features a variety of music genres from rock ‘n’ roll to rhythm and blues to classic Broadway performances and ballet from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. Musical performances include Pink Martini with Ari Shapiro, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Loretta Lynn, ZZ Top, and many more. To see the entire schedule, click here

Friday, June 24, 2016

KJ Kearney talks brokenness at Creative Mornings

“Should we fix the system or should we blow that thing up?”

Posted by David Hall on Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 1:25 PM

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KJ Kearney, a former columnist for the City Paper and now Democratic candidate for the South Carolina House of Representatives District 15, gave a speech today as a part of Creative Mornings Charleston. As you probably know by now from our coverage, Creative Mornings is an organization that hosts talks with coffee and breakfast each month. The organization has chapters in cities across the globe, and this month's theme of “Broken” took place at the Charleston Library Society.

The morning kicked off with a powerful poem from Jacob Graudin on the theme of brokenness. I wouldn’t dare paraphrase, but suffice it to say it discussed beauty and brokenness, and whether we can, or even should, reconcile the two. The Kearney took the mic.

Clad in jeans, purple Saucony sneakers, and a T-shirt that read “Charleston Sticks Together” — a slogan printed on a diamond designed to resemble slave tags and the effects of slavery that still exist in the city — Kearney made his entrance. He pulled the mic from its stand and took his rightful place in front of the podium, where he remained, pacing back and forth throughout the talk.

“Who is KJ?” That’s the question he opened with. As we learned, Kearney is a self-described late bloomer who runs H1gher Learning, a non-profit that, according to its website, “uses hip-hop culture to teach at-risk students life skills.” He’s also someone very familiar with the day’s theme of broken.

Kearney established through a few examples — education, healthcare, and criminal justice — that it’s plain to see that many systems in America are broken. But, and more importantly, he challenged, are they actually broken? Or, are these systems that are so clearly broken to average people, actually working exactly as those who designed them intended? That is, are broken systems created that way to benefit those who make incredible sums of money off the brokenness? Using statistics and personal anecdotes, Kearney describe just how much money is made and what actually fixing those systems would cost us.

According to Kearney, fixing America's broken systems would cost those who actually have a choice in fixing them. He pointed to how mass incarceration paves the way for cheap labor, labor we as consumers benefit from in the form of lower prices on goods such as coffee cups and clothes and posed the question, are we willing to pay the price of progress for a sense of altruism and empathy for others? Kearney didn’t answer, but he encouraged the audience to ask themselves that question. Adding that all our talk about fixing broken systems boils down to a well-intended farce.

Now if this sounds like a heavy talk for 8 a.m. on a Friday morning, let me add that Kearney’s questions were interrupted frequently by his unrelenting charisma and humor. Often, he sidetracked to tell a story or to riff on something that bothered him. These breaks often resulted in booming laughter that filled the old building. I’m not sure whether or not we were laughing in earnest or as a welcome comedic relief. But either way, even with Kearney’s charm, casual tone, and comforting jokes, the seriousness of the questions posed was undeniable.

And the irony was not lost on me as I watched Kearney deliver his speech in a building lined with decorations dedicated to powerful men of a bygone era; a room that housed a glass encased sword from a Confederate soldier; a place that for years provided membership to whites only. Is it progress or probability that here was a black man standing proud and delivering a thoughtful message despite the many symbols of oppression and brokenness that surrounded him? Like Kearney, I don’t have the answer. 

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

CofC theater group to host "Keep It Gay!" cabaret benefit for Orlando shooting victims

Fight hate with love

Posted by Becca Starkes on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 at 12:55 PM

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Center Stage, the College of Charleston’s student-run theater organization, is putting on "Keep It Gay! Fundraising Cabaret" this Sat. June 25 at 8 p.m. to raise money for the victims of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. With few students in town to plan and no money to advertise, Center Stage managed to pull together support from the entire Charleston theater community for the fundraiser.

“Obviously, we did not plan for this event, so we had no budget, no funds for publicity, and only three members of our board available this summer,” said Center Stage’s social chairperson, Caroline Connell. “Somehow, we have an incredible event planned. I am so proud of this community and this event.”

Center Stage has about 15 cabaret numbers planned that will be performed by College of Charleston students and local theater members including Becca Anderson, Mary Fishburne, and Andrea Rausch. The event is “pay-what-you-can,” with a $5 minimum donation to attend. All proceeds from the cabaret will go to the OneOrlando fund.

For updates and bios on each performer, head over to the Keep It Gay! event page.

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