Pomata wins April Golden Pen

Agnes F. Pomata

Wadmalaw Island’s Agnes F. Pomata, Ph.D, has won The Post and Courier Golden Pen award for April for her letter to the editor “Library changes are troubling.”

Dr. Pomata, in her letter, warned of “dramatic changes” at the Charleston County Public Library that “will affect our access to the tremendous choices of books we and our children have come to enjoy and expect.”

She wrote: “A recent change of practice requires books not having circulated in one year to be discarded.

“This means that thousands of books that once would have remained on the shelves will now be in recycle bins.”

And: “The main library is no longer the repository for last copies of books. Books are now kept at the branch to which they have been returned. ... The loss of the main branch as a repository is a great disservice to us. Those who read widely, or read a single author in depth, could once find a wealth of books at our flagship branch on Calhoun Street.

“This change is gradual, but the loss over time will be devastating. We hope that eventually, eBooks will provide a wealth of material at less cost. But that is many years down the road. And given the budget cutbacks of the past five years, this is not the time to be slashing our collection.”

The letter concluded: “Board meetings are public, and this is a time the community can listen and be heard from.”

Golden Pen winners are invited to an annual luncheon with the editorial staff.