Saturday, June 25, 2016


Hello Teens,
Do you like photography and sports?  We have a contest just for you.  There are two categories: Athletes in Action and Sideline Action.  Submit entries online to

Complete details and rules may be found in the flyer at the following libraries: Mt. Pleasant Regional, Poe, Village and McClellenville.

Put your talent to use and win a $50 gift card.


July is the last month for our Summer Reading Programs.  Check out all of the special activities and make plans to attend!

Friday, June 17, 2016


Main Library Book Sale: June 17-19
     Main Library Book Sale
June 17 - 19
Friends of the Charleston County Public Library
Main Library
68 Calhoun Street

Pick up fiction, non-fiction, children's books, CDs, DVDs and more just in time for the summer. Prices start at 50 cents, and cash, credit cards and checks are accepted.

This special sale will pay tribute to CCPL librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, who was among the nine victims of the shooting tragedy at Emanuel A.M.E. Church last year. During the sale, special bookmarks will be given to each customer, and Mother Emanuel memorial prints from local photographer Michael Kaynard will be available for purchase with proceeds going toward the Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund. 

Cynthia Graham Hurd worked with the county's libraries for 31 years, serving as branch manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990 to 2011 before becoming manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library. She spent her life helping people, particularly helping them become educated. In a 2003 interview, Hurd said, "I like helping people find answers," adding that the best thing about being a librarian was service. "Your whole reason for being there is to help people."

Public Sale - Free Admission
Friday, June 17 from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Sunday, June 19 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Charleston County Public Library.
For more information, visit

Monday, June 13, 2016

Anton DiSclafani - The After Party - Book Review

Anton DiSclafani - The After Party - Book Review: With just one previous book under her belt, author Anton DiSclafani has already made a name for herself as a writer whose female protagonists dare to be different. Her debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, was a titillating coming-of-age tale set in a world of privilege in the 1930s South; it rocketed to the top of summer must-read lists and was one of the most buzzed-about...

Click on the link above to see the entire review. Thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 9, 2016


Get the latest book by Liane Moriarty.  She is the author of "The Husband's Secret," which was a big hit with library patrons. Reserve your copy.  Thanks for reading.
TRULY MADLY GUILTY by Liane Moriarty   
Truly Madly Guilty jacketThe highly anticipated new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Moriarty examines marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship via three seemingly happy families. After all, it's just a normal weekend BBQ. What could possibly go wrong?


Here are new books that librarians across the country have chosen as their favorites for June. Reserve your copy.

Thursday, June 2, 2016


Book drive continues librarian's legacy

To continue the early literacy goals of 31-year CCPL librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of nine people killed in 2015 during a shooting at Emanuel AME Church, her siblings started a foundation and are planning a month-long book drive in June – the anniversary of the shooting and Cynthia’s birthday month. Announced during a press conference May 12 by Hurd’s siblings, the newly created Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement is joining forces with Reading Partners-Charleston, CCPL and Live 5 WCSC to collect new and gently used children’s books at six library branches in Charleston County during June. The books will be distributed through Reading Partners to elementary and pre-school students being tutored by the organization’s volunteers to help bring their reading skills up to grade level. A similar book drive is planned to help students in the Charlotte community.
 June Book Drive
  • New/gently used books
  • Kindergarten through fifth grade
Charleston area drop-off points

       Related June programs.

Cynthia’s brother, Malcolm, said his sister loved reading and sharing literature with people of all ages. She was dedicated to making sure every child had access to books, learned to read and developed a lifelong love for books and reading. The foundation is continuing her efforts through the goals of the foundation and book drive. 
Read more about her service at the library and to the community.
“We’re celebrating life and legacy of not only our sister, but those who died with her. We are not focused on how they died. We are focused on how they lived,” said brother Malcolm Graham, who launched the foundation and book drive with siblings Melvin Graham, Averill “Jackie” Graham Jones, Robert Moultrie and Gilbert Moultrie. Family members made the first donation to the Foundation by donating $5,000 and purchasing 300 books to be distributed to children during June at the Dart Branch Library and the St. Andrews Regional Library, both branches managed by Hurd during her library career.
Kecia Greenho, executive director of Reading Partners-Charleston, praised the efforts of Cynthia and her family for making a difference in the lives of children who aren’t reading on par with their grade level.
“Our mission is to foster a love of literacy and empower and engage students in a lifelong love of learning,” Greenho said about Reading Partners, acknowledging that it sounds like it matches the life mission of Cynthia Graham Hurd, too.
“Eighty percent of children living in poverty in South Carolina do not read proficiently. That is a staggering number, and the only way we are going to solve this problem is by engaging the community,” she added, saying the books will be distributed through the organizations 800+ volunteers in the Charleston area tutoring students twice weekly in one-on-one sessions. The program targets children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade who are below their grade level in reading and are at under resourced schools. The books will be given to the students to help them develop a love for reading by being able to practice at home and build an at-home library.
Nationwide, Reading Partners has approximately 14,000 volunteer tutors who help more than 10,000 students improve their reading skills.