It's been two crazy weeks since your loyal blogger last posted. Despite 261 years of existence, I'm not sure if the Library Society has ever hosted back-to-back weekends of major events before... with good reason.
First was the Membership Libraries Group conference: every year the Library Society meets with the other American membership libraries to discuss library management, fundraising, governance, programs, and a range of other issues where we share common ground. The meetings were not just enlightening, but very, very enjoyable, thanks to the wonderful librarians and directors in attendance. Besides, it's always nice to hang out with the small handful of people who know the pain of explaining what a "non-governmental public library" is to slackjawed visitors, over and over again...
Second was yesterday's lecture by Doctor Lisa Sanders, internist at Yale and technical advisor for the show "House". Doctor Sanders' event was extremely well attended, which is always exciting. Increasing the excitement was the large difference between the RSVP list and the number of attendees. While RSVPs certainly were not an absolute necessity, the lack of them did make the event standing-room only. Like I said earlier- it's been a hectic few weeks.
November should be much less hectic. Coming up on the calendar, our monthly Young Professionals Group meeting is this Thursday, November 5th- Guy Fawkes Night!- so we hope you'll be able to swing by the Library, have a drink, and meet up with other local professionals from their mid-twenties to mid-forties. Our first concert is coming up soon, too: the Charleston Academy of Music is having a benefit concert, hosted here, at 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 12th. Fall Book Sale is the 14th and 15th. Relative to October, this month looks almost devoid of activity.
Remember, you can call 843.723.9912 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to make event reservations. Please, please do.
Also, now that Halloween is over, I feel free plugging our merchandise as GREAT CHRISTMAS GIFTS. We've just got a new run of notecards featuring the original architectural drawing of our front elevation: they're available for purchase at the front desk now, and should be in the online store shortly. In the pipeline, our handwritten manuscript of John Locke's Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina is being prepared for limited run of hardbound reproductions... we're still not sure when they will be ready, but they will certainly be a unique piece of both Caroliniana and Society history.