This morning the Charleston County Public Library system learned of the passing of its director, Tom Raines, on Sunday, October 12th. Tom’s 26-year tenure as Deputy Director of the system included a number significant milestones, including the construction of five large regional branches and the construction of a long-awaited main branch downtown. Upon his appointment as Director of the CCPL system in January 2008, Tom embarked on a campaign to inspire and encourage the entire staff to re-evaluate the library’s creative role in the community. Sadly, he lived only long enough to see the first fruits of these positive efforts.
In recognition of Tom’s long and devoted service to the library, the entire CCPL system will be closed on Thursday, October 16th, so that all staff will have an opportunity to attend his funeral. The “Butcher Town” program, scheduled for that evening, will be postponed to Wednesday, November 12th. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.