SOLD OUT - Music at the Library: Bachanalia
Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

SOLD OUT - Music at the Library: Bachanalia

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.

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POSTPONED - Speaker Series: Eliza Griswold
Feb
28
6:00 PM18:00

POSTPONED - Speaker Series: Eliza Griswold

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Lifelong Learning: Best Friends, Whether We Like It or Not: US-Canada Relations and Interactions 1760-Present
Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

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.

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Music at the Library: Small Opera Presents
Feb
14
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Small Opera Presents

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.

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SOLD OUT - Speaker Series: John Oller
Feb
12
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT - Speaker Series: John Oller

Join the College of Charleston Friends of the Library and author John Oller to explore the real story of the “George Washington of the South,” Francis Marion. Catapulted into popular memory by fictional depictions on television and in film, the historical Marion bears little resemblance to these caricatures. His exploits, however, were no less heroic. The first biography in nearly half a century, Oller’s “Swamp Fox” compiles striking evidence to provide a fresh look at Marion the man and his integral role in the American Revolution. Tickets to this event are free to the public, however RSVPs are requested. . To reserve your tickets, please click here

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CLS Book Sale
Feb
9
to Feb 10

CLS Book Sale

Come visit us the weekend of February 9th 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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Lifelong Learning: The Educated Citizen and Democracy
Feb
6
11:00 AM11:00

Lifelong Learning: The Educated Citizen and Democracy

The Educated Citizen and Democracy with Dr. John S. Cowan. This talk contains dangerous ideas. Some may be useful in understanding past elections and bracing for coming ones. But at its heart, it is about misconceptions about education, and about what constitutes the core suite of knowledge and analytical skills needed to be able to fully exercise our rights and meet our obligations as free citizens of a democracy. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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A Nina Campbell Luncheon
Jan
31
12:00 PM12:00

A Nina Campbell Luncheon

Meet and hear from one of the worlds most renowned interior designers, Nina Campbell, as she discusses her unique style & career. Each attendee receives a copy of the recent book, Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease by Giles Kime. From royal households, to prestigious addresses in London and New York, to pied-a-terres in Rome and luxury hotels, Ms. Campbell is one of todays most influential forces in interior design. $125 per person, includes a copy of Nina Campbell Interior Decoration: Elegance and Ease . To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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CLS Book Club: Two For One Selections
Jan
30
10:30 AM10:30

CLS Book Club: Two For One Selections

CLS BOOK CLUB - TWO FOR ONE. TWO SELECTIONS. TWICE THE FUN.

CLS Book Club returns with a new twist. Patrons can choose to read either Kate Atkinson’s Transcription or Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight, or both! We will discuss both novels and find their commonalities. Free with RSVP . To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Music at the Library: Porto Seguro
Jan
24
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Porto Seguro

Celebrate Carnival season with Brazilian music by Porto Seguro. Lighthearted, rhythmic, and mellow as a great cup of coffee, the band’s blend is quintessentially Brazilian with an American twist. Balancing expert instrumental technique with a laid- back groove in a program of well-known and unusual Brazilian tunes, you won’t want to miss this concert. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Speaker Series: Marie Benedict
Jan
24
4:00 PM16:00

Speaker Series: Marie Benedict

Bestselling author Marie Benedict will enthrall guests with discussion her new historical fiction, The Only Woman in the Room. The novel shares the story of Hedy Lamarr, a glamourous Oscar-nominated 1940s film star, who was also an avid inventor and the figure behind advances in communication technologies that led to  Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth. Tickets are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Drayton Hall Presents: Curators Unhinged
Jan
17
6:00 PM18:00

Drayton Hall Presents: Curators Unhinged

Drayton Hall is pulling their curators out of the galleries, house, and archaeology lab, handing them a drink and letting it fly on what they know, what they don’t know, and what they’re still arguing about.  Historic facts, theories, conjecture and wine flow as Drayton Hall’s curators make a new mark on history.

Round table discussion is free to all. The reception is for $10 members and $20 non-members. CLS members may use the promo code LIBRARY to login to the DH website to register for this event. Advanced registration required, please. No door admittance can be accommodated, please RSVP HERE TO ATTEND.

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271st Annual Meeting Featuring Victoria Johnson
Jan
15
5:00 PM17:00

271st Annual Meeting Featuring Victoria Johnson

Join us for the 271st Annual Meeting of the Charleston Library Society. This year’s guest speaker will be author and educator Victoria Johnson, who will discusse her recent book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. The biography tells the story of Hamilton and Burr’s personal physician, whose dream to build the nation’s first botanical garden inspired the young republic. RSVP Necessary - SEATS ARE LIMITED. TO RSVP, CALL 843-723-9912 or EMAIL dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Closed for the Holidays
Dec
21
to Jan 2

Closed for the Holidays

The Charleston Library Society will be closed for its Holiday Break from Friday, December 21st through Wednesday, January 2nd! We hope all our members and patrons have a safe and happy holiday season. We will reopen with normal hours on Thursday, January 3rd.

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CLS Holiday Bazaar
Dec
4
5:30 PM17:30

CLS Holiday Bazaar

Join us on the evening of December 4th for a unique shopping experience created by your Charleston Library Society. Our first ever Holiday Bazaar will showcase Charleston-based vendors to sell their wares to Library members and guests. Step into our Main Reading Room and be transported to a magical European marketplace where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone in your family. Sip a speciality cocktail and enjoy a tasty treat with your friends while grooving to holiday tunes as you browse hand-crafted goods and custom-made items in our one-stop holiday shop.

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Family Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street
Nov
30
5:30 PM17:30

Family Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street

Be part of our holiday season kick-off! We will be screening the 1947 holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street and light our annual Christmas “Book Tree” in the Main Reading Room. All ages are invited to enjoy this evening to start the holiday season. To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Closed for Thanksgiving
Nov
21
to Nov 25

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Library Society will be closed Wednesday, November 21st through Sunday, November 25th for Thanksgiving Holiday. We will reopen with our normal hours on Monday, November 26th at 9:30AM. We hope all of our patrons and members have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! 

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Music at the Library: A Special Evening with Joel Fan
Nov
15
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: A Special Evening with Joel Fan

A SPECIAL EVENING WITH JOEL FAN- Part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Odyssey

$35 members, $45 guests. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here. 

Experience the exhilarating art of American pianist Joel Fan, who uses his talents to cross musical boundaries. He has collaborated with leading conductors and soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Don’t miss out on this very special guest appearance!

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Life-Long Learning: iPhone Photography with Lisa Field
Nov
14
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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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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Music at the Library: V&K Plus
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: V&K Plus

Library Society favorites, Volodymyr Vynnytsky and Natalia Khoma return this season with an extraordinary talent, Zoya Rozhok. Rozhok is a brilliant singer, soloist in the National Opera of Ukraine, professor at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and winner of countless international competitions. Join the trio as the perform chamber music, arias, and more… $20 members, $30 guests. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here. 

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A Silicon Harbor Conversation with Kenly Walker Uphaus & Stanfield Gray
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

A Silicon Harbor Conversation with Kenly Walker Uphaus & Stanfield Gray

The Library Society is "getting technical." Senior Manager of Corporate Communications for LinkedIn, Kenly Walker Uphaus will discuss how she drives the broader narratives surrounding the LinkedIn brand, product strategy, and company vision and mission. She will be in conversation with Charleston local and CEO of DIG SOUTH, Stanfield Gray. Gray was just named one of Time magazine's "31 People Changing the South." Charleston is one of the fastest growing tech cities in the U.S., and we are unbelievably lucky to get an insider’s look. 

$10 CLS members, $20 nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Music at the Library: Halloween Harmony with the Charlestones
Oct
30
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Halloween Harmony with the Charlestones

The Charlestones, a Charleston-based a capella group, will delight patrons with a evening of spooky renditions just in time for Halloween. The quartet has over 100 years of professional singing experience between them, and it will certainly be on display in this fun-filled concert. We invite any and all to come in costume to this family friendly concert, perfect for all ages! $20 members, $30 guests, Kids are FREE. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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