Music at the Library: The Zephyr Trio
Mar
21
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: The Zephyr Trio

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

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Closed for Rental
Mar
22
9:30 AM09:30

Closed for Rental

The Library Society will be closed to the general public and membership because of a rental taking place on Friday, March 22nd from 9:30AM through 5:30PM. We will reopen for normal hours on Saturday, March 23rd at 9:30AM. We thank our members for understanding!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: Delia Owens
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

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: 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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Coastal Conservation Book Launch: J. Henry Fair
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Coastal Conservation Book Launch: J. Henry Fair

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Speaker Series: Sally Mott Freeman
Mar
7
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Sally Mott Freeman

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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

POSTPONED - Speaker Series: Eliza Griswold

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 dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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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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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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