Music at the Library: Laura Ball & Friends
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Laura Ball & Friends

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. This spectacular evening is generously supported by the Martello Family.

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A Pre-Publication Book Launch with Karen White
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

A Pre-Publication Book Launch with Karen White

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.

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Speaker Series: Lary Bloom
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Lary Bloom

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.

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Speaker Series: Patricia Schultz
Oct
25
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Patricia Schultz

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.

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Ambassadors' Corner: Deborah Lee James
Oct
29
6:00 PM18:00

Ambassadors' Corner: Deborah Lee James

Deborah Lee James has thirty years of senior homeland and national security experience in the federal government and private sector. She served as the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force (2013-17), leading a force of 660,000 and managing a $139 billion budget. Her recent book, Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, offers an insider’s view on how things really work in Washington.

Tickets are $30. All ticket purchases are final and include a copy of James’ Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success. To purchase tickets, click here.

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Royal Oak Foundation Presents: Sonia Purnell
Oct
30
6:30 PM18:30

Royal Oak Foundation Presents: Sonia Purnell

Best-selling author, Sonia Purnell will reveal the captivating story of WWII spy Virginia Hall, one of the greatest spies in American and English history, whose story remains untold while discussing her recent book, A Woman of No Importance. At a time when sending female secret agents into enemy territory was strictly forbidden, Hall coordinated a spy network to report on German troop movements, arranged equipment parachute drops, and recruited and trained guerrilla units to ambush the enemy. Tickets for this lecture are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 212-480-2889 ext. 201 or click here. CLS Member Code: CLS19

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Speaker Series: Heath Hardage Lee
Nov
4
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Heath Hardage Lee

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.

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Speaker Series: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, & James Scott
Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Lynn Vincent, Sara Vladic, & James Scott

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.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival
Nov
7
to Nov 10

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

Charleston to Charleston combines one of England’s premiere literary scene with the history and elegance of Charleston, South Carolina. This new transatlantic festival was conceived by the Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust in England and will take place November 7th - 10th, 2019. While Charleston to Charleston operates as an independent, self-sustaining 501(c)(3) organization, the founding organizations continue to provide advice and support for the festival. For all ticket sales, please visit charlestontocharleston.com. For event inquiries and general questions, please contact Leah Rhyne at 843-619-3000.

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Speaker Series: Roxana Robinson
Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Roxana Robinson

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.

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Royal Oak Foundation Presents: Angus Haldane
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Royal Oak Foundation Presents: Angus Haldane

Art consultant and popular Royal Oak speaker Angus Haldane will illustrate the lives of notorious 17th-century mistresses, faithful wives, and creative figures who set the English court aflame with their intrigue, brazen manipulation and talent. He will discuss the stories, vanities, gossip and political maneuvers behind their portraits and examine how the depictions of them as seductresses and sirens should be viewed through the filter of their roles and achievements. Tickets for this event are $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers. To purchase tickets, please call 212-480-2889 ext. 201 or click here. CLS Member Code: CLS19

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Speaker Series: Evan Thomas Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Dec
5
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Evan Thomas Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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. This incredible event is generously sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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CANCELLED- Coffee with An Author: Carol Bass
Oct
15
10:30 AM10:30

CANCELLED- Coffee with An Author: Carol Bass

Unfortunately, Coffee with an Author featuring Carol Bass has had to be cancelled.

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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CLS Book Club: The Furious Hours & To Kill a Mockingbird
Oct
8
10:30 AM10:30

CLS Book Club: The Furious Hours & To Kill a Mockingbird

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Speaker Series: Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessey
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Dr. Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessey

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.

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Speaker Series: Kate Quinn & Laura Kamoie
Oct
3
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Kate Quinn & Laura Kamoie

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.

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Coffee with an Author: Ruth Miller & Alec Cooley
Sep
23
10:30 AM10:30

Coffee with an Author: Ruth Miller & Alec Cooley

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Speaker Series: David Stewart
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: David Stewart

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.

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REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Hurricane Dorian Delay
Sep
16
9:30 AM09:30

REOPEN TO THE PUBLIC - Hurricane Dorian Delay

BECAUSE OF HURRICANE DORIAN The Library Society has had to push the reopening back a week for projects to wrap up. With the storm on its way to Charleston certain project timelines have been affected. We are 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 16th at 9:30AM. All fines for materials acquired during this closure will be waived. For any questions, call 843-723-9912.

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Complete Construction Closure
Aug
3
to Sep 9

Complete Construction Closure

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!

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Closed for Construction
Jun
10
to Sep 9

Closed for Construction

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.

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Piccolo Spoleto Event - Judge Richard Gergel, Jonathan Green, and Tom Tisdale
Jun
8
2:00 PM14:00

Piccolo Spoleto Event - Judge Richard Gergel, Jonathan Green, and Tom Tisdale

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

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Summer Closing Party
Jun
7
4:30 PM16:30

Summer Closing Party

Come celebrate our Summer Closure for Major Construction! On Friday, June 7th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm, stop in and enjoy some food, drinks, and family fun! To make it more interesting, the dress will be “Construction Chic”! To RSVP, call 843-723-9912.

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A Conversation on Life, Love, and Food with Ann Hood & Michael Ruhlman
Jun
1
2:00 PM14:00

A Conversation on Life, Love, and Food with Ann Hood & Michael Ruhlman

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.

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Music at the Library Fundraiser: Tuffus Zimbabwe & Mayor Tecklenburg
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

Music at the Library Fundraiser: Tuffus Zimbabwe & Mayor Tecklenburg

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.

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Storytime in the Rabbit Hole
May
28
to May 30

Storytime in the Rabbit Hole

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 jsmith@charlestonlibrarysociety.org or call (843) 723-9912

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Speaker Series: Ron Rash, J.C. Sasser, and Ray McManus
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Ron Rash, J.C. Sasser, and Ray McManus

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.

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Crafternoon- Fresh Floral Embroidery
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Crafternoon- Fresh Floral Embroidery

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 asmith@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Drayton Hall Presents: Chef Kevin Mitchell on a Tale of Two Historic Dinners
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Drayton Hall Presents: Chef Kevin Mitchell on a Tale of Two Historic Dinners

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.

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Royal Oak Foundation Presents: David Lough
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

Royal Oak Foundation Presents: David Lough

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.

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CLS Book Sale
May
11
to May 12

CLS Book Sale

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

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Speaker Series: Matt & Ted Lee in Conversation with Julian Van Winkle
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Matt & Ted Lee in Conversation with Julian Van Winkle

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

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SOLD OUT - Speaker Series: Delia Owens
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

SOLD OUT - Speaker Series: Delia Owens

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.

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Speaker Series: Lydia Fenet
Apr
30
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Lydia Fenet

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.

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Speaker Series: Lydia Fitzpatrick
Apr
29
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Lydia Fitzpatrick

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.

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Music at the Library: Kate Kayaian
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Kate Kayaian

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.

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Closed for Easter
Apr
19
to Apr 22

Closed for Easter

We will be closed for Easter Weekend beginning Friday, April 19th at 2PM and will reopen Tuesday, April 23rd with our normal operating hours. We hope all our members have a safe and relaxing weekend.

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CLS Book Club: My Brilliant Friend
Apr
17
10:30 AM10:30

CLS Book Club: My Brilliant Friend

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Music at the Library- CMC Presents Rock & Rondo Redux V
Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library- CMC Presents Rock & Rondo Redux V

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.

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JCC Bookfest Presents - Judy Goldman
Apr
11
2:00 PM14:00

JCC Bookfest Presents - Judy Goldman

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.

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Crafternoon: Hand Embroidery 2.0
Mar
30
12:00 PM12:00

Crafternoon: Hand Embroidery 2.0

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 asmith@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. $45 per person - To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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