Book Clubs

Are you looking for a good book discussion group? Interested in meeting others who share your love of reading? Check out the book clubs hosted at the following CCPL branches. 

 

Main Library 

Great Books Discussion Group - Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room B at 6:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month. Copies of the anthology,  the Short Story Omnibus, with all readings are available for sign-out at the Main Library Popular Materials desk. For more information, please call 843-805-6904., 

Coming up in 2017:

Dec 8: “The Real Thing” by Henry James
“You’re Ugly Too” by Lorrie Moore
Jan. 10: “Gimpel the Fool” by Isaac Bashevis Singer
“Looking for Mr. Green” by Saul Bellow
Feb. 14: “Her First Ball” by Katherine Mansfield
“Wants” by Grace Paley
“True Love” by Don Shea
March 14: “The Country Husband” by John Cheever
“The Professor’s Houses” by Le Guin
April 11: “A Lady with a Dog” by Anton Chekhov
“Argument and Persuasion” by Donald Hall
May 9: “The Wall” by Jean-Paul Sartre
“The Country Where Nobody Ever Grew Old and Died” by William Maxwell
June 13: “A Passion in the Desert” by Balzac
“The Man from Mars” by Margaret Atwood
July 11:  “Lost in the Funhouse” by John Barth
"A City of Churches” by Donald Barthelme
Aug. 8: "Sonny’s Blues” by James Baldwin
“The Doctor” by Ann Hood
Sept. 12:  “Indian Camp” by Ernest Hemingway
“Bullet” by Kim Church
Oct. 10: “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Nov. 14: “Flies on the Ceiling” by Jaime Hernandez
Palestine (Chapter One) by Joe Sacco
Dec. 12: "The Ledge” by Lawrence Sargent Hall
“After Caravaggio’s Sacrifice of Isaac” by Rachel Cusk

 

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group - Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room A at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 843-805-6930.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 7: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
December 5: Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

 

John L. Dart Library 

Dr. Consuela Francis Book Club - Meets at the John L. Dart Library at 6:15 p.m.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 16: The Sellout by Paul Beatty

 

John's Island Regional 

Sea Islands Book Club - Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 843-559-1945.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 21: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
December 19: BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Holiday Party

 

Otranto Road Regional 

Books at Otranto - Meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 843-572-4094.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 16: Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
December 14: Bring a book you've recently read to share with fellow book club members.

 

Dorchester Road Regional 

Dorchester Adult Book Discussion - Meets on the following Saturdays at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 843-552-6466.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 18: An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
December 9: BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)

Dorchester Regional eBook Club - Meets on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 552-6466.

Coming up in 2018:

January 11: City of Light, City of Poison by Holly Tucker
February 15: Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
March 22: Big Picture by Sean Carroll
April 26: The Storm by Clive Cussler
May 10: Operation Napoleon by Arnaldur Indriason
June 14: Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
July 19: Pompeii's Ghosts by J. Robert Kennedy
September 20: The Borgias by Alexandre Dumas

 

Mount Pleasant Regional 

Monday Book Discussions - Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 843-849-6161.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 13: The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
December 11: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

Read Anything Book Club (for teens and adults) - Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the following dates in 2017:
Tuesdays, January 10, February 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, August 8, September 12 and October 10.

The "Read Anything" Book Group meets monthly to exchange book recommendations in a wide variety of genres. Read whatever books you want to read each month, and get to know other Charleston book lovers.

 

West Ashley 

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group - Meets at West Ashley Library at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 843-876-6635.
NOTE: Because of the ongoing closure at West Ashley Library, the book club is meeting at Earth Fare in the South Windermere Shopping Center.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 16: Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies by Ross King
December 21: Time Travel: A History by James Gleick

 

Folly Beach 

Folly Beach Book Club - Meets at Folly Beach Library at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call 843-588-2001.

Coming up in 2017: 

November 8: Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
December 13: The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 

 

Edisto 

Edisto Island Book Club - Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 843-883-3914. 

Coming up in 2017: 

November: The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe 
December: TBA

 

Poe/Sullivan's Island 

Beach Lovers Book Club - Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 843-883-3914. 

Coming up in 2017: 

November 18: A Touch of Stardust by Kate Alcott
December 16: Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

 

Cooper River Memorial 

Urban Book Club - Meets at 3 p.m. on the following designated days. 

Coming up in 2017: 

November 11: Me and My Boyfriend by Keisha Ervin 
December 9: Crackhead by Lisa Lennox and Leah Whitney

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Start Your Own Book Club

Get your book club started with one of CCPL's book club kits! To view the titles available as a kit, click here.

Each kit contains 15 copies of a title and can be checked out for 6 weeks. They can be returned to any branch. Use the catalog to reserve a set for your book club. The cardholder who checks out the kit is responsible for the entire kit. Late fees are assessed at 20 cents per day. Replacements for a lost kit are $100. 

Questions? Call 843-805-6904.

 

Resources Outside CCPL 

Reading Group Center

Reading Group Guides

African American Literature Book Club

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