In an attempt to streamline much of the interior construction on the building, we have concluded that it is necessary to close to the public from June 10th to after Labor Day. For members who would like to continue to access our new books and movies, we invite you to enter via our new neighbor, Buxton Books at 160 King Street.
Our ongoing construction requires that we close the Library Society completely until after Labor Day. This means that all three buildings will be construction zones and inaccessible for members & staff. We’ve been lucky to offer circulation hours to our members through Buxton Books for the beginning of summer. Friday, August 2nd will be the last day to check out books until we reopen on Monday, September 9th!
The Library Society is excited to open back up to members, patrons, and visitors after a summer of major construction and important building updates. We will return to our normal business hours beginning Monday, September 9th at 9:30AM. For any questions, call 843-723-9912.
Best-selling writer, David O. Stewart, will discuss his book, The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution, the story of delegates closeted through a sultry summer to create a government charter that embodied the best of Americas dreams, and the worst of Americas realities. The Constitution will come alive in this lecture, and your feelings about how the nation emerged will never be the same. Tickets are $5 members, $10 guests — to purchase call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Local authors, Ruth Miller & Alec Cooley, discusses their walking tour guidebook to African-American history in Charleston, Slavery to Civil Rights: A Walking Tour of African-American Charleston in this new event format. The book details individuals and events that have shaped African-American history in Charleston from the 1600’s to the present. Attendees with enjoy coffee & donuts as they listen to the the lecture with the authors. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Taylor Music Group presents From the Lowcountry to the Old Country. Incorporating choral & solo singing and instrumental selections in the Celtic tradition. The evening will feature an Irish in the Civil War segment. Performers include Na Fidleiri, the Taylor Festival Choir, and Mary & Robert Taylor. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Authors Kate Quinn & Laura Kamoie discuss their book, Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution’s Women.Describing women who stood up for themselves, Ribbons of Scarlet illuminates the hopes, desires, and destinies of princesses, peasant, harlots, wives, and philosophers during the tumultuous events of the French Revolution. Taking place over 200 years ago, this novel resonates with today’s women. Tickets for this event are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Dr. O’Shaughnessy—VP of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Saunders Director of International Center for Jefferson Studies, and Professor at the University of Virginia—in town for the American Revolution Symposium, treats us to a lecture about his book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire. Tickets for this event are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
CLS Book Club features two books this upcoming session; Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This duo reconnects a modern classic with the mysterious pursuit of its enigmatic author. This Book Club session will be led by Jeanne Slabaugh & Lindsey Melville. Free with RSVP - to RSVP call 843-723-9912 or email email@example.com
Local author & poet, Carol Bass discusses her book, Ripple Effect. The book of art and poetry is a plea to S.C. not to squander and sell its rivers but to protect and respect its natural resources. Attendees will enjoy coffee & donuts as they listen to the lecture. Free with RSVP- to RSVP call 843-723-9912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
It seems like only Yesterday...Beatles and Bach returns for an evening of British Rock and Baroque hits Laura Ball & friends! Dont miss this special homecoming chamber concert with your favorite UNED!TED Rock and Bach Stars. Tickets for this concert are $25 for members & $35 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Charleston Library Society and Buxton Books host best-selling author Karen White for the launch of her newest novel The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street.
This pre-publication book launch will take place two days before the book's official publication date, so all who attend will get to experience the magic of White's discussion while getting exclusive access to this upcoming release! Tickets for this event are $30 for CLS members and $35 for nonmembers. All tickets purchased include a signed copy of White's new novel, The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street and a $5 coupon for purchasing additional copies, valid ONLY at this event. Tickets can be purchased by calling 843-723-9912 or clicking here.
Sol LeWitt, one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, upended traditional practices of how art is made and marketed. A key figure in minimalism and conceptualism, he proclaimed that the work of the mind is much more important than that of the hand. Lary Bloom’s biography, Sol LeWitt: A Life of Ideas brings understanding to this important artist and his iconic work. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
When Patricia Schultz published the original 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, she created not only a new kind of travel book, but also a new way of thinking about our experiences and interests. Her new book, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die: The World as You’ve Never Seen It Before, takes us on a visual journey of the best the world has to offer. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
In a page-turning work of narrative non-fiction, we’re told the true story of the fierce band of women who battled Washington, and Hanoi, to bring their husbands home from the jungles of Vietnam. Lee’s The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the U.S. Government to Bring Their Husbands Home is certain to intrigue everyone. Tickets for this lecture are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Lynn Vincent & Sara Vladic will discuss their book, Indianapolis: The True Story of the Worst Sea Disaster in U.S. Naval History and the Fifty-Year Fight to Exonerate an Innocent Man, with James Scott. Vincent is a U.S. Navy veteran and New York Times best-selling author; Vladic is and award-winning documentarian and expert on the U.S.S. Indianapolis; Scott is a best-selling author and historian. Tickets for this event are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
In Dawson’s Fall, a novel based on the lives of Roxana Robinson’s great-grandparents, we see America at its most fragile time. Set in 1889, in Charleston, S.C., Robinson’s tale covers her family’s journals and letters with a novelist’s narrative grace, and spans the life of her tragic hero, Frank Dawson, editor of the Charleston News and Courier, as he attempts to navigate the country’s new political and moral landscape. Tickets for this event are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
New York Times best-selling author Evan Thomas shares glimpses into his intimate and inspiring biography, First: Sandra Day O’Connor, on America’s first female Supreme Court justice drawing on exclusive interviews and first-time access to Justice O’Connor’s archives. Package A is $30 and includes 1 ticket and a copy of “First” and Package B is $45 and includes 2 tickets and a copy of “First". To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
CLS & Buxton Books are excited to host this Piccolo Spoleto event! Join US District Judge Richard Gergel, renowned artist Jonathan Green, and Charleston playwright and lawyer Thomas S. Tisdale for a conversation on Judge Gergel's recent best-selling book Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waites Waring. This event is free and open to the public - No ticket or reservation is needed. For any questions, please contact the Piccolo Spoleto Festival at (843) 724-7305
Ann Hood and Michael Ruhlman both write about love and food and cooking—and each other. They will be in conversation about the writing life, the marriage of two writers , and life in and out of the kitchen. They are thrilled to return to Charleston, one of the most extraordinary food cities in the country and present this afternoon at the Charleston Library Society. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. All tickets include a copy of Hood's "Kitchen Yarns". For tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Join Saturday Night Live pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe and Mayor Tecklenburg 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 as a special benefit for Jenkins Institute for Children.
Tickets are $50 to support this fundraiser evening. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
The Rabbit Hole has its LAST story times before our summer closure! Come enjoy one last story and craft before we close for construction!
Join us for Storytime in the Rabbit Hole, Tuesday and Thursday at 4:00PM!
To RSVP, please email email@example.com or call (843) 723-9912
CLS & Buxton Books are excited to host three contributors of the new book "Gather At The River" which features over 25 authors' stories on fishing. The three authors that will be featured at this special event are Ron Rash, J.C. Sasser, and Ray McManus. All with their own accolades, this event will be interesting and impressive. Anyone with a passion for fishing will walk away with their very own copy of this impressive fishing anthology, "Gather At The River."
Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for nonmembers and include a copy of the featured book. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
April showers bring May flower embroidery samplers! Learn a few new embroidery stitches with this floral-focused class. These stitches will brighten up any botanical project. You don't need to be experienced in embroidery to take this class, but you should be comfortable threading floss into a needle, and familiar with a few basic embroidery stitches. Each student will receive a sampler to embroider, an embroidery hoop, and a needle. All other supplies will be provided for use during the workshop. Tickets are $45 per person. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 and speak with Anna or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CLS partners with Drayton Hall for Chef Mitchell’s talk on what it was to research and create two historic dinners in tribute to the enslaved cooks of Charleston. A powerful and moving story told by food from hands of a scholar who researched their stories and work. Chef Mitchell’s discussion is free to all. The reception is for $10 members and $20 non-members. No door admittance can be accommodated, please RSVP HERE TO ATTEND.
The Library Society is excited to host the Royal Oak Foundation as they present David Lough. Lough’s new book, My Darling Winston: The Letters Between Winston Churchill and His Mother (October 2018), explores the unusual—and under-appreciated—relationship between Winston Churchill and his American mother, Jennie Jerome, as revealed by the private letters that they exchanged over a period of forty years. Tickets for this event are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 212-480-2889 or click here.
Come visit us this Mother’s Day weekend on May 11th and 12th 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
Join CLS as we host culinary geniuses, who just happen to be brothers, Matt and Ted Lee as they discuss their new book Hotbox. They will delight audiences with stories and tales of their "undercover" work in the cut-throat world of high-end catering while being in conversation with Pappy Van Winkle's Julian P. Van Winkle III. Tickets for this unique event are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Every ticket includes a copy of the Lee Bros. book, Hotbox. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here
Join CLS & Buxton Books as we welcome bestselling author Delia Owens as she speaks about her hit novel Where The Crawdads Sing. Owens will be introduced by bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe for this incredible lecture event. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Every ticket purchased will receive a $5 off coupon for the title book Where The Crawdads Sing useable specifically at this event. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
The country’s leading benefit auctioneer, managing director at Christies and a CLS sell-out lecturer speaks about her first book, The Most Powerful Woman In The Room Is You. Lydia Fenet will return to CLS to discuss her new book and auction off some incredible packages for the Library Society Membership. Tickets are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers and include a copy of Fenet's The Most Powerful Woman in The Room Is You. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
The dazzling debut author, Lydia Fitzpatrick, will discuss her upcoming book Lights All Night Long, a gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Every ticket purchased will receive a $5 off coupon for the title book Lights All Night Long useable specifically at this event. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Acclaimed cellist Kate Kayaian takes you on a musical journey that explores the expressive range of her beloved instrument. Hearing works by Bach, Crumb, Hovhaness and Gianopoulos, you will discover how each composer’s cultural, political, and personal circumstances helped to shape their music, and how they each found their own unique voice while writing for the same instrument. Come and be transported to Germany, Japan, Greece, Armenia and beyond! Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Our final book club before the summer break will take place on April 17th, 2019 from 10:30-12:00 and will focus on friendship. Though a deep female friendship lies at the heart of the book selected for our next meeting—My Brilliant Friend, by Elena Ferrante—we will be reading the Wall Street Journal article Friendships for Guys(No Tears) by Jeffrey Zaslow as well. We will be covering, comparing, and contrasting male friendships with female friendships and diving into the subject as a whole and everyone is welcome. There will be something for everybody. Please RSVP - to do so, call 843-723-9912 or email email@example.com
Rock and Rondo Redux V
Musicians of CMC once again trade in their formal concert attire for leather and blue jeans for the return of the acclaimed crossover concert that combines classics of Rock and Roll with a masterpiece of the chamber music literature. Violinists Jenny Wess and Tomas Jakubek, violist Ben Weiss and cellist Timothy O’Malley perform Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” The Eagles “Hotel California” and Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” along with Beethoven’s glorious String Quartet Op. 18 No. 3.
For tickets, call 843-763-4941 or click here.
Charleston JCC WOW Bookfest proudly presents: Judy Goldman: Together: A Memoir of a Marriage and a Medical Mishap
Admission: $10 - Tickets can be purchased by clicking here.
A routine procedure left novelist, memoirist, and poet Judy Goldman's husband paralyzed. Together is her unforgettable account of the struggle to regain their normal life and a nuanced portrait of a marriage tested.
Crafternoon returns with our Special Collections Librarian, Anna Smith!
Anna will lead the class with classic hand embroidery techniques to embellish cocktail napkins with springtime themes. Each participant will receive a set of four cocktail napkins, an embroidery hoop, needle and thread. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited, so RSVP soon. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. $45 per person - To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here
The Zephyr Trio plays a lively set of Celtic music – old and new – to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in style. Three Charleston favorites: Karin McQuade (fiddle and vocals), Abigail Kent (award-winning harpist), and Susan Conant (flutes, whistles, vocals) collaborate for a new venture that showcases each of their distinctive gifts. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, please call 843-723-9912 or click here
The Library Society and the Coastal Conservation League partner to celebrate the release of On The Edge: From Combahee To Winyah by J. Henry Fair, the revered photographer and environmental activist. Fair uses pictures to tell stories about people and things that affect people; On the Edge
is the first of his “Coastline” series and will surely delight all lovers of the Lowcountry. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email email@example.com
Join us to hear Sally Mott Freeman discuss her critically acclaimed book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home. Boasting a rave review from The New York Times, The Jersey Brothers tells the real- life survival tale of a trio of Navy brothers
at the epicenter of World War II. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
UNFORTUNATELY, THIS EVENT HAS HAD TO BE POSTPONED. AS SOON AS WE HAVE THE RESCHEDULED DATE WE WILL NOTIFY MEMBERSHIP.
We are thrilled to host award winning talent, Eliza Griswold as she speaks about her New York Times Notable Book of 2018, as well as Seattle Times and Washington Post best book of 2018, Amity and Prosperity. In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email email@example.com
Join The Bach Society of Charleston as they celebrate Bach. This evening of music and romance begins with a concert of Baroque chamber music for harpsichord, violin, and voice followed by a talk offering glimpses into the personal life of Bach. Our speaker is Pulitzer Prize-finalist, scholar Christoph Wolff, author of the New York Times best-selling biography, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician. The program concludes with a book signing and reception featuring European wines, cheeses, and confections. Tickets are strictly available through the Bach Society of Charleston and are $25 for adults and $10 for students. To purchase tickets, click here.
Lifelong Learning: Best Friends, Whether We Like It or Not: US-Canada Relations and Interactions 1760-Present
This Lifelong Learning class will cover the history of the relationship between the US (or its precursor colonies) and Canada (or its colonial precursor) from the fall of Quebec near the end of the French and Indian War to the present. The impact of each on the other, in terms of flow of people, of trade, of conflict or cooperation, and of cultural interaction will be covered. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.
Small Opera will present a portion of their Love & Death program this Valentine’s Day at the Charleston Library Society. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with classic pieces from performances including highlights from Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's La Boheme. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. To purchase, call 843-723-9912 or click here.