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From the Director

Melanie Huggins
Executive Director of Richland Library

Thanks for using Richland Library. Regardless of how you use library resources or services, I want to be certain you find the library to be useful, usable and enjoyable!

Take a moment to search the catalog, download e-books, music and more or find a staff pick for you or your child’s next read. You can also find information on programs and art exhibits, or read insightful updates written by our library team.

The library's bimonthly magazine, Access, includes my column, where I get to share stories, give reading recommendations and simply share my love of libraries. I hope the pieces inspire, inform and entertain you!

From the Director

Dear Readers, If you have read any of my letters before this one, you know that I am immensely proud of my profession, my hometown, and my state—all of which have made tremendous progress over the years. However, the week that I am writing this letter, nine people were murdered as they worshipped at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church, and I am questioning how far we've really come.

Dear Readers, When I walk down Main Street on my way to a meeting or to get a bite to eat, I also get to walk down memory lane a little too. My mom took me to House of Fabric almost thirty years ago to pick out fabric for my prom dress. I will never forget being surrounded by all that lush and exotic material, and having to make what seemed like an impossible choice. Then weeks later, I wore that one-of-a-kind creation to my prom at the Marriott on the corner of Hampton and Main.

Dear Readers,

Andrew Carnegie, steel tycoon and philanthropist, might also be described as the godfather of the American public library. Growing up in a poor family in Scotland, he was forever changed when a wealthy benefactor opened his personal library to the “working boys” of the town so that they could acquire the knowledge needed to improve their lives. That transformative experience would lead to the grown-up Carnegie giving away millions to start nearly 1,700 public libraries across the United States.

Dear Readers,

I have a hard time throwing things away. But at some point, usually around the holidays, I begin to feel overwhelmed by clutter. Before the New Year starts, I often find myself whipping through my house ruthlessly and stealthily weeding items with soulless detachment. I will fill a whole dumpster of things that even the craftiest among us couldn't "upcycle."

Dear Readers,

The word “college” is as popular as the word “carpool” in my house these days. With a 10th grader who thinks she wants to be an architect or a dramaturge (It’s a real career. Look it up. I had to.), a four or more year stint at an affordable (please) university is in our family’s very near future.