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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Wide Angle Lunch: Steve Stegelin
Oct
25
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunch: Steve Stegelin

SKETCHY POLITICS: THE LIFE OF AN EDITORIAL CARTOONIST IN THE TRUMP ERA
As editorial cartoonist at the local alt.weekly Charleston City Paper, Steve Stegelin has spent the past 14+ years skewering current events near and far with his cynical social commentary. Steve will share his insight on the creative process in general and the role of the editorial cartoonist in particular. Part career retrospective, part philosophical discussion, Steve’s lunchtime talk delves into the importance of social commentary, and how that political discourse has evolved during the current administration. $20 members / $30 nonmembers; boxed lunch included. To purchase ticket, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Lifelong Learning with Nan Morrison: Tyrants in Richard III and Macbeth
Oct
23
5:30 PM17:30

Lifelong Learning with Nan Morrison: Tyrants in Richard III and Macbeth

Shakespeare’s Tyrants in Richard III and Macbeth

Discover and read Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies dramatizing ambition and those who stop at nothing for personal gain, Macbeth and Richard III. This class will look at these dramas each successive Tuesday night for 5 weeks. $150 members / $200 nonmembers.  

To purchase your seat, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Music at the Library: Bernstein's Birthday Celebration
Oct
19
7:00 PM19:00

Music at the Library: Bernstein's Birthday Celebration

Celebrate the music of the American composer Leonard Bernstein to honor his 100th birthday. The Eclipse Ensemble made up of teachers from the Charleston Academy of Music will perform a collection of his most famous works. The ensemble will be joined by opera singer Stephanie Chevalier who will discuss the significance of Bernstein’s legacy. $25 specialty price - To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here

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Speaker Series: Adam Parker
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Adam Parker

Join Adam Parker and Cleveland Sellers, Jr. for the launch of Parker's biography on Sellers, Outside Agitator. Additional guests will discuss the history of the freedom movement, the seminal 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, and current challenges facing activists today. Tickets are $5 CLS members, $10 nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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CLS Book Club: The Line Becomes a River
Oct
17
10:00 AM10:00

CLS Book Club: The Line Becomes a River

The CLS Book Club is back with the first Fall selection, The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu. All are welcome to this meeting -- whether you just started the book, finished recently, or haven't even begun yet, this meeting is fun for all. Coffee will be served. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

The instant New York Times bestseller, "A must-read for anyone who thinks 'build a wall' is the answer to anything." --Esquire

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Speaker Series: Stephen Watson & The National WWII Museum
Oct
16
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Stephen Watson & The National WWII Museum

Stephen Watson, President and CEO of The National WWII Museum, will discuss the mission and history of the New Orleans institution.  The Museum has grown to be one of the nation’s most comprehensive repositories for the history and education relating to the conflict.  To RSVP, to this free lecture, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Book Launch and High Tea with Carolyne Roehm
Oct
12
3:30 PM15:30

Book Launch and High Tea with Carolyne Roehm

Come celebrate the launch of Carolyne Roehm’s newest book, Design & Style: A Constant Thread with an elegant High Tea, Charleston style. Featuring a brief discussion of her book, Carolyne and her guests will enjoy lively conversations, traditional high tea canapés and champagne. Join us for this memorable afternoon. To purchase your ticket, please call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Wide Angle Lunch: Dr. Jeb Hallett
Oct
11
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunch: Dr. Jeb Hallett

CURIOSITY – THE KEY TO LIFE

Why are you curious or NOT? Dr. Jeb Hallett will explore why curious people may be more engaged, healthier and happy with life. Through science, Dr. Hallett will illustrate how curiosity expands health and happiness and suggest a “personal curiosity plan” for each attendee. $20 members / $30 nonmembers; boxed lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Speaker Series: James Scott & Hampton Sides with Jim Hornfischer
Oct
4
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: James Scott & Hampton Sides with Jim Hornfischer

Enjoy the extraordinary storytelling of two authors who transform military history into visceral experiences. Pulitzer Prize finalist and acclaimed military historian James Scott will discuss Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila, a definitive history of one of the most brutal campaigns of the Pacific, the bloody battle to retake Manila. Award-winning editor and author Hampton Sides examines his new book, On Desperate Ground which chronicles the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines during the greatest battle of the Korean War. Scott and Sides will be interviewed by Jim Hornfischer. 

$5 CLS members, $10 nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Wide Angle Lunch: Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian
Oct
4
12:30 PM12:30

Wide Angle Lunch: Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian

GOOD HEALTH & GOOD BREATHING

Come look into the mechanisms of ancient mind-body practice, Yogic breathing.  Dr. Balasubramanian will discuss the science of Yogic breathing (Pranayama). Attendees will be able to get acquainted with the concept of Yogic breathing, various ways in which it is practiced, and the potential benefits of Yogic breathing for good health.   $20 members / $30 nonmembers; boxed lunch included. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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Royal Oak Presents - Behind Closed Doors: Stepping into Bloomsbury Rooms
Oct
2
6:00 PM18:00

Royal Oak Presents - Behind Closed Doors: Stepping into Bloomsbury Rooms

Head of Research and Specialist Advice for the National Trust, Nino Strachey is descended from a family at the heart of the Bloomsbury Group. In her new book, Rooms of Their Own, Strachey explores the complicated, interlocking lives of Virginia Woolf and Vita & Edward Sackville-West through their vivacious and vivid homes. Functioning as the bohemian backdrops for their unconventional lives, Strachey will explore the homes that expressed each artist’s personality and show us how they forged special relationships. $30 Special CLS member price (with co-sponsor code: 18FCHLIB) To purchase tickets call 212-480-2889, x201 or click here.

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Speaker Series: Patrick Ahearn
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Speaker Series: Patrick Ahearn

Award-winning architect Patrick Ahearn treats patrons to an exclusive tour through his book, Timeless. Depicting classical homes he’s created in some of New England’s most affluent communities, he will reveal the unique, site-sensitive philosophy, point of view and principles that allow him to seamlessly balance preservation with innovation. For architects and interior designers — or for anyone who has ever dreamed of creating a beautiful home — this book will enlighten and inspire. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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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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