Closed for Labor Day
Aug
31
to Sep 3

Closed for Labor Day

The Charleston Library Society will close for Labor Day Weekend starting Friday, August 31st through Monday, September 3rd. We will reopen with normal hours starting Tuesday, September 4th. We hope all our patrons have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
Nov
8
to Nov 11

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Welcome to the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, a partnership between the Charleston Library Society in historic Charleston, South Carolina, and the celebrated Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England. These two organizations, both legendary in their support of all things literary, scholarly, and creative, offer a stimulating weekend series of programs with authors and thinkers from around the world in Charleston, South Carolina. 

For more information, click here.

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Speaker Series: Christopher Swann
Aug
2
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Christopher Swann

In this gripping literary thriller, Shadow of the Lions, Christopher Swann will take you deep into the dark heart of privilege, secrets, and lies at an elite boys’ boarding school in Virginia. Atmospheric and full of twists, this accomplished debut explores the nature of friendship, betrayal, and whether it is possible—ever—to escape the past. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Speaker Series: Jason Heller
Jul
26
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Jason Heller

Charleston Library Society hosts Jason Heller for a night of funkadelic music and literary discussion about his new book Strange Stars unlike anything seen before in the Lowcountry. Come for the music, stay for the stories and the Strange Stars cocktail. For tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here. $5 members/$10 nonmembers

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Jazz for Jenkins with Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mayor Tecklenburg, and Quentin Baxter
Jun
7
7:00 PM19:00

Jazz for Jenkins with Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mayor Tecklenburg, and Quentin Baxter

Join Saturday Night Live pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mayor John Tecklenburg, and Quentin Baxter for an evening rich in the jazz roots of the Lowcountry. Zimbabwe, the great-grandson of the Rev. Daniel Joseph Jenkins, founder of Jenkins Orphanage, and the world famous Jenkins Orphanage Band will play and tell stories with the Mayor and Mr. Baxter as a special benefit for Jenkins Institute for Children. Tickets are $40 to support this swingin' evening.

To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Wide Angle Lunches: Femi Oyediran & Miles White
May
8
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunches: Femi Oyediran & Miles White

No matter where in the world you are, wine has a magical, mystical power to bring people together. Femi Oyediran and Miles White are two young Charleston-based Sommeliers and the co-owners of Graft Wine Shop. Together, the two friends will share their personal stories and explain why they think wine is an accessory that tightens connections between friends and strangers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Speaker Series: Heather Lyn Mann
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Heather Lyn Mann

Join the Charleston Library Society and the Sophia Institute in experiencing one woman’s death-defying, life-affirming journey on the open ocean. Local author Heather Lyn Mann will share personal stories from Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Wide Angle Lunches: Armand Derfner
May
3
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunches: Armand Derfner

Mr. Derfner, a longtime human rights lawyer, will discuss the tumultuous and very mixed history of immigration in the United States, from the mostly open doors of the early days to years of Isolationism to today’s refugee crises, border walls, and growing xenophobia. $20 members/$30 nonmembers, boxed lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Wide Angle Lunches: Sharon Richardson
May
1
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunches: Sharon Richardson

Birds have a peculiar power to connect us to each other, as well as to places and policy. Sharon Richardson, the Executive Director of South Carolina Audubon, will discuss Audubon’s original vision that today inspires restoration of habitat to create safe places for birds and people, now and into the future. $20 members/$30 nonmembers, boxed lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Wide Angle Lunches: Dr. Kathleen Brady
Apr
24
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunches: Dr. Kathleen Brady

Dr. Kathleen Brady, the Vice-President for Research at the MUSC, will describe the opioid epidemic in S.C. and the nation. She will offer a truthful glimpse of the difficulties facing addicts and their families today in an enlightening presentation. $20 members/$30 nonmembers, boxed lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Life-Long Learning: iPhone Photography with Lisa Field
Apr
18
5:30 PM17:30

Life-Long Learning: iPhone Photography with Lisa Field

Local photographer, Lisa Field, currently known for her captivating landscape images on Instagram (@lfphotos), will be here to show us how to create beautiful photographs using just our iPhones.  Learn practical techniques of image composition and discover easy shortcuts to edit like a pro.  It will be interactive and informative - come with lots of questions and your charged phones.  In the mean time you can find her love of Charleston on her website www.lisafieldphotography.com $20 for members / $30 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912.

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The Royal Oak Foundation: Dr. Madge Dresser
Apr
10
6:00 PM18:00

The Royal Oak Foundation: Dr. Madge Dresser

Partnering with the Royal Oak Foundation, Dr. Madge Dresser, historian and author, will present on Hidden Connections: Slavery and the British Country House. To register: Please visit www.royal-oak.org/lectures or call 212-480-2889, ext. 201. Please use the Charleston Library Society’s code 18SCHLIB to receive the discounted co-sponsor price.

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Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison - Week 3
Apr
10
5:30 PM17:30

Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison - Week 3

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm.

Admission for this Lifelong Learning class is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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CLS Family Maker Program: Felting
Apr
7
10:00 AM10:00

CLS Family Maker Program: Felting

Every month come try your hand at a new maker activity at the Charleston Library Society! Drop in between 10AM and 2PM to learn a new skill. Kits will be available in the Rabbit Hole for families to use at the Library for the following month. This month we focus on felting!

 Registration is appreciated. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 and ask for Sarah or email at syoung@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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CLS Book Sale
Apr
7
to Apr 8

CLS Book Sale

Come visit us the weekend of April 7th for the CLS Book Sale! Browse a wide selection featuring best-selling fiction, noteworthy non-fiction, beautiful coffee table books and rare finds. You never know what you'll go home with!

Schedule:
Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm

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Speaker Series: Barbara L. Bellows Rockefeller
Apr
5
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Barbara L. Bellows Rockefeller

Barbara L. Bellows’ most recent book, Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist, has been described as “a Faulknerian saga of two South Carolina men” and also recommended by Dr. Walter Edgar as “required reading for anyone interested in the history of the American South.” To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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