Libraries a hub for learning, imagination

First Posted: 1:48 am - September 29th, 2015

Jane Crossman - Contributing Columnist

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Since starting employment with Chesterfield County Library System eight months ago, I have gained a whole new appreciation for the importance of the library as a central part of the community.

When we think of libraries, we tend to think of books. But the library is more than just books, DVDs and rows of computers — libraries are still places where individuals gather to do work, research, explore, interact and imagine.

I have provided the statistics the past couple of months, and those figures show just how active and busy the five branches of our library system really are.

In August alone, 6,237 people utilized our libraries, 3,233 of those people used our computers and 4,990 books, magazines and DVDs were circulated.

Those are impressive figures for a rural library system!

Please remember The Friends of Chesterfield County Library are having their Big Book Bash book sale to benefit CCLS during the Jazz Festival on Friday, Oct 16, from 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct 17, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The location for this book sale benefit will be located at the corner of Second Street and Market Street in Cheraw behind Market Hall.

Michael Kaltwang, our new library director, has been busy! He has been active in meeting and greeting the library patrons at all five branches and he is acclimating to our system and making contacts in the community.

In the upcoming months, he will be putting his fingertips to the keyboard to write upcoming Whispers in the Stacks articles to keep the community up to date with all library events. I’m sure you will agree with me when I say we look forward to seeing and hearing about the new plans, events and ideas he has for Chesterfield County Library System.



• Oct. 1 — Lunch in the Stacks, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27 — Seated tai chi at 10 a.m.

• Oct. 20 — Movie, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” at 2 p.m.

Matheson (Cheraw)

• Oct. 7, 14, 28 — Tai chi chair exercise at 10 a.m.

• Oct. 20 – Movie, “The Woman in Gold” at 2 p.m.

• Oct. 18-24, Teen Read Week


• Oct. 8 — Movie, “To be Announced” at 11 a.m.

Jane Crossman is a library specialist for the Chesterfield County Library System.

Jane Crossman

Contributing Columnist



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