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One Book Charleston County Programs and Exhibits

Reporting the News or Creating the News? The Media’s Evolution in the Era of Instant News
Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
With the public’s demand for 24-hour news, reporters find themselves scurrying for information and details even as news stories are still unfolding. On 9/11, the world watched as airplanes flew into the World Trade Center and The Pentagon, as news broke about a downed plane in Pennsylvania and as rumors spread about additional hijackings. Under pressure to explain these breaking news events, the media often turned to unconfirmed reports, speculation and opinions from outside “experts.” Are these actions a reasonable trade-off for immediate news access? How far is too far, and how should the media strike a balance? Hear from seasoned journalists about the evolution of news reporting in this digital age, what they see in the future and how they strive to ensure accuracy and immediacy. Panelists include news anchor Raphael James of WCSC-Live 5 News, veteran reporter Bruce Smith with the Associated Press and Chris Lamb, an experienced journalist, author and communications professor at the College of Charleston.

Eyewitness to Disaster: Personal Stories of 9/11 Responders
Monday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium

Although it has been 11 years since the tragic events of 9/11, the images and stories of loss and courage are part of the collective memories of all Americans. Most of us watched as events unfolded on our television screens, but the smoke, noise, flames and raw emotions are seared into the memories of the emergency responders called to the scene. Hear the personal stories of two first responders who found themselves on the scene in New York City and Washington, D.C. Rob Dewey, senior chaplain with Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, spent two weeks at Ground Zero as part of a Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team, providing around-the-clock support to emergency workers tasked with setting up a morgue and identifying the individuals who perished. Laurie Rose, currently a captain with North Charleston Fire Department, was a rookie firefighter with the Alexandria, Va. Fire Department when she responded to the scene at The Pentagon. Dewey and Rose will share their individual stories of being part of this national tragedy and its aftermath.

Religion in a Post-9/11 World
Thursday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.
John L. Dart Branch

No matter what your faith, belief or culture, the events of 9/11 shook the nation as the country witnessed loss and human suffering that day. The characters in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close are haunted with the personal grief of losing a loved one in the attacks, yet they find their loss provides a commonality and connection with people they’ve never known. Regardless of the differences, they now share a bond with total strangers. This panel discussion will explore the grieving process of people from different religions, look at how religious leaders responded to this national disaster and talk about whether the events brought people of different faiths closer together or created strained relationships. Join Rabbi Mosha Davis of Brith Sholom Beth Israel Synagogue, Father John Parker of the Church of the Holy Ascension, and Imam Majed Sabke of the Central Mosque of Charleston to discuss the role religion - and religious stereotypes - played in the days after the attacks and in the healing of the nation.

Touched by Autism
Wednesday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.
St. Andrew’s Regional

Oskar Schell, the lead character of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, sees the world differently. Exhibiting the traits of autism, Oskar is highly intelligent, but has trouble expressing himself and making friends. Today, medical professionals consider autism at epidemic levels with the diagnosis nearly doubling in the past 20 years. A 2008 study showed 1 in 88 children are struggling with some form of this developmental disorder. With no known cure and no definitive cause, the Medical University of South Carolina created Project Rex, an outpatient treatment program to better understand and help children with the disorder. Learn more about Project Rex, find out about the signs and symptoms of autism plus available treatments during this presentation and discussion with experts from MUSC. Presenters include James Trulove - LISW-CP, Jennifer Warthen - LISW-CP, Nancy Warren - PhD and Dr. Frampton Gwynette, the director of Project Rex. For more information, visit

Meet Author Jonathan Safran Foer
Tuesday, October 23 at 5 p.m.
College of Charleston’s TD Arena – 301 Meeting Street
Internationally acclaimed author Jonathan Safran Foer likes to challenge readers, making them question their beliefs and actions. He wrote his breakthrough debut novel, Everything is Illuminated, at just 25 years old. His next novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, was the first major work to explore the emotional upheaval and the raw, lingering grief caused by the events of 9/11. In his first major work of non-fiction, Eating Animals, Foer journeyed to farms to better understand the ethical, philosophical and logistical issues related to the production of the food for America’s dinner table, paying special attention to how animals are treated. Eating Animals was selected by The College of Charleston for its 2012-2013 College Reads! book, and Foer will visit the campus to talk about his books and his desire to engage readers.


Exhibit: First Responders Provide the “Keys” to Our Safety
September 11 - October 23
Main Library

After losing his father on 9/11, the nine-year-old main character in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close discovers a key in his father’s closet and sets out on a mission to find the key’s owner and what it opens. During the tragic events of 9/11, just as in our everyday lives, emergency responders provided a lifeline for those in crisis. In an effort to honor these everyday heroes, Charleston County Public Library invites you to share your appreciation by writing a note of thanks. Stop by any branch library to pick up a paper “key,” and share your gratitude for the men and women who risk their lives to save others. A display will be created with the “keys of thanks” at the Main Library. After One Book Charleston County ends on October 23, the keys will be delivered to emergency service agencies throughout the county.

Scavenger Hunt for Teens
September 11 - October 23

Inspired by the puzzles and scavenger hunts that captivate Oskar, take part in a virtual scavenger hunt designed for teens and tweens. Visit the library’s web site to see photos of sites where the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close were randomly left throughout the Charleston area. Identify the locations in the photos and be entered to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. The hunt begins September 11, and entries will be accepted online through October 23. Meanwhile, stop by any branch library and check out a book to read. Winners will be drawn from the entries with the most correct answers. Limit one entry per person. Contest open to students in grades 6 - 12.