Friends of the Library honors one of their nearest and dearest 

Mae Day

What are you doing for Clara Mae Neuman Day this year? If it were up to her, you’d be heading to the library and checking out a stack of books.

Neuman, who celebrates her 90th birthday on Nov. 21, has been a Friend of the Library since its inception. In honor of her 27 years of service, Mayor Joe Riley will officially dedicate the day to her. The Charleston Friends of the Library will hold a reception for her in the auditorium of the Main Branch on Calhoun Street from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

In the beginning, Neuman was one of only two members sorting the books, and over the years she’s volunteered in the sorting room and at book sales and other programs. She was awarded the South Carolina Order of the Silver Crescent by former Gov. Jim Hodges in 2000. She’s an honorary life member of the Charleston Friends of the Library, and the Friends sorting room in the Main Branch was named for her.

Being the good Friends that they are, organizers are asking community members to send post cards with well wishes, which she’ll receive the day of the reception. For more information, call (843) 805-6882 or visit charlestonlibraryfriends.org.


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