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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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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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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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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