Tuesday, May 24, 2016


As we celebrate Memorial Day Monday, May 30, please remember that the library will be closed.  Also, the book drops will be closed Sunday and Monday, so that staff may enjoy their time off.  No items are due when the book drops are closed. 

Have a Happy and Safe Memorial Day.


June is one of the busiest months at the library.  Come and join all of the fun with special programs for Summer Reading.  There will be lots of activities for children and young adults.  Check out the June Calendar and mark your calendars so you don't miss out on all of the fun!


It's Summer Reading time!  This year there is a new procedure- you may register online and keep track of hours or pages read.  You may preregister now and then begin entering your data on June 1. 

There are prizes for all ages- babies, children, young adults and adults!

Check our website for all of the details. It's going to be a fun summer with special events, movies, and more.

Summer Reading begins June 1; register now

Summer Reading begins June 1. Don't miss out on the great prizes.
This summer, from June 1 through July 31, Charleston County Public Library is rewarding everyone for simply reading. Starting May 15, preegister online, or sign up June 1 at any of our 16 branch locations.

Don't Fall Behind: Why Summer Reading Is Important
Watch this short video to see how reading over the summer keeps children moving forward with their learning. If children do not read over the summer, by the time school starts in the fall, they are two months behind those who did read. By fifth grade, the gap between summer readers and non-readers can range as high as 2.5 - 3 years. Mind the gap - visit your public library, and read! 

On Your Mark, Get Set ... Read is for ages 11 and younger. Children receive prizes for reading or listening to stories at levels of 5, 15 and 30 hours. Awards include the S.C. Reading Medal, passes to local attractions, karate lessons and branch grand prizes. Enjoy nearly 700 programs that include magicians, storytellers, live theatre and other exciting events.

Summer Reading for Babies
 is for pre-readers with activity sheets designed for caregivers and babies. Turn it in to win a board book and a free tote bag.

Check out the fun events and prizes.

Get in the Game Reading Contest is for students entering grades 6-12. Read anything you like, and win cool prizes, free food, passes to local attractions and gift cards. There will be weekly prize drawings, grand prize drawings and rewards for reaching your reading goal. The more you read, the more you can win!

Designed for readers age 18 and older, Reading Wave rewards adults for reading with bi-monthly prizes and a grand prize drawing. Read along with Charleston County's youth and cash in - you deserve it!

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Alice and Oliver" Book Review

Check out this new book. To find read-alikes visit our Novelist database.  Click on Quick Links on our home page. Then click on Research Tools. Find Novelist in the literature section.

Alice & Oliver: A Novel 
by Charles Bock

In this riveting, emotional book, a dynamic young woman -- a fashion designer, wife, and new mother -- is struck down by a mysterious and hard-hitting illness that turns out to be leukemia. As her brutal treatment progresses, what had been a happy, strong marriage is weakened by her physical deterioration, a labyrinthine healthcare system, and fear. From the very beginning, the heart-wrenching narrative will enthrall, so realistic is the depiction -- with good reason, as author Charles Bock writes from personal experience. 

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Depression affects everyone in a family.  This novel explores how this happens.  Find non-fiction books in the library about depression. Click on the title below to read the full review.

Adam Haslett - Imagine Me Gone - Book Review: When Margaret’s fiancĂ© is hospitalized for depression in the 1960s, she is shaken but ultimately unwilling to abandon the man she loves. Imagine Me Gone traces the aftershock of Margaret’s fateful choice as John’s condition ripples out over the subsequent decades, affecting not only their life together but the lives of their three children. Although depression and...

Here are some non-fiction titles.


Tuesday, May 3, 2016


Click on the title below to see the rest of the book review on this new science fiction book.  Reserve your copy now.

Sylvain Neuvel - Sleeping Giants - Book Review: BookPage Fiction Top Pick, May 2016 An inventive tale inventively told, Sleeping Giants is designed for people who like to take things apart and put them back together. Its jigsaw-puzzle narrative style works as a mirror for the project at the story’s center: the gathering and assembly of the scattered pieces of a huge and mysterious robot. But the real appeal of the book—the debut...
Thanks for reading

Monday, April 25, 2016


Here is our calendar for May. There are many opportunities for all of the family.
Please join us and thanks for reading.