Monday, April 20, 2015


Some readers find the True Crime genre very fascinating.  What makes someone commit a heinous crime?  Is there something genetically wrong with the brains of violent criminals, or did something happen in their childhood to make them the way they are?

True Crime books are very popular and cover a wide range of crimes throughout history.  Here are some interesting choices:

"Did she kill him? : a torrid true story of adultery, arsenic, and murder in Victorian England" by Kate Colquhoun.

This is the story of a young American woman who meets and marries an older wealthy merchant from Liverpool.  Their fortunes change as both of them have gambling debts and lovers.  Find out what happens when the wife is accused of murder.  Colquhoun presents a good overview of Victorian society, the legal system and medical practices during that time.    

"Lying in Wait and Other True Cases" by Ann Rule.
Anne Rule is the queen of true crime writing.  She probably had a lot to do with making this a popular genre with her book about the serial killer, Ted Bundy, "The Stranger Beside Me." She actually knew Bundy.
In her latest book, "Lying in Wait and Other True Cases," she presents a collection of case files in Volume 17 of this series. 
Find these and other true crime books in the 364.1523 section or come to the Reference Desk for more suggestions.
Thanks for reading.


We have a lot of events planned for the month of May.  Come participate in one of our great programs that we have planned for adults, young adults and children!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


The Top 10 Books that librarians across the country have chosen is shown below.  This list is published by Next Reads.

Check our website to see if we have these in our catalog.  You may also call 843-849-6161 and ask for the Reference Desk, and we'll be happy to place holds for  you.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Black Diamonds
The Secret Rooms
The House at Tyneford
Also, Phillip Rock writes fiction books that have a similar theme as Downton Abbey.

Need more for your Downton Abbey fix? Lucky for you, Penguin has a great selection of titles to satisfy any Downton Abbey fan!

Monday, March 30, 2015


This will be held at the Main Library on Calhoun Street. 

Makers in Residence Series seeks applicants

From 3D printing to knitting, gardening to robotics, Charleston's maker community is diverse and growing, and CCPL's new Makers in Residence Series seeks creative individuals or businesses to facilitate six introductory workshops about DIY culture and the maker movement. Programs will take place twice a month from June through August at the Main Library.

Does your business provide innovative and interactive activities to the local community? Do you have a favorite skill or hobby you want to share with the public? The Makers in Residence Series is the perfect opportunity for local talent to promote their businesses and skills to an audience with similar interests.

To learn more or apply to facilitate a workshop, please email or call 805-6930. Applications are due April 15. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Do you like to play games?  Games offer an opportunity for people to get together and socialize.  They are also a way to exercise our brains, which may improve cognitive function.
Mahjong is one of these games. Would you like to learn to play?

It's a Chinese game using tiles that are stacked and then matched- a game of strategy, intelligence and skill, and it's also fun.  It's a game for four players, but can be played with three if there aren't four available.

There will be an orientation meeting Wednesday, April 8th at 2:00 at the Mt. Pleasant Regional Library.  The game will be explained, and we'll see how many people are interested in meeting to play Mahjong on a regular basis.

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If you have questions, or you can't come to this meeting, please call and let us know.  843-849-6161.

We have books about other games: Cribbage, Chess, Bridge, etc.