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Are you looking for a good book discussion group? Interested in meeting others who share your love of reading? Charleston County Public Library hosts regular book clubs at the following branches. Join us!

 

Main Library | John's Island Regional | Otranto Road Regional  | St. Andrews Regional 
James Island | Dorchester Road Regional | Mt. Pleasant Regional | West Ashley | John L. Dart  
Folly Beach 
  Poe/Sullivan's Island 
 Edisto

   

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.
For more information, please call 805-6904.
Selections for 2015:

January 14
David and Bathsheba, 2 Samuel 11-12:7
To His Mistress Going to Bed by John Donne
To His Coy Mistress by Andrew Marvell
February 11 
Degradation in Erotic Life by Sigmund Freud
   
March 11 
Sex by Fay Weldon
April 8
Helen of Troy Does Counter Dancing by Margaret Atwood
Taking of Emily Dickinson's Clothes by Billy Collins
   
May 13
Girl Advocacy Again by Joan Jacobs Brumberg
June 10
Esta Noche by Mark Doty
Lust by Susan Minot
   
July 8
Love and Trust by Louann Brizendine
August 12
First Love by Mona Simpson
For the Relief of Unbearable Urges by Nathan Englander
   
September 
TBA
October 
TBA
   
November 
TBA
December 
TBA

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group
Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room A at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please call 805-6930
or visit
 notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
 
Selections for 2015:

January 6
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

February 3 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

 

March 3 
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson

April 7
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

 

 

May 5
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy

June 2
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

 

 

July 7
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

August 4
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

 

 

September 1
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

October 6
To be announced.

 

 

November 3
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs

December 1
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
and
Middlemarch by George Eliot (optional)
   
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John's Island Regional

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


Selections for 2015:

January 20
Room by Emma Donaghue

February 17
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

   
March 17
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
April 21
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
   
May 19
The Color of Water by James McBride
June 16
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
   
July 21
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

August 18
Art of Hearing Heartbeats in the Rain by Jan-Philipp Sendker

   

September 15
Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

October 20
One Book selection          

   

November 17
Thank you for Your Service by David Finkel

December 15
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

   


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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 572-4094.


Selections for 2015:

 

January 15
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David G. McCullough

February 19
Life Drawing: A Novel by Robin Black

 

 

March 19
Daughter of Empire: My Life as a Mountbatten by Pamela Hicks 

April 16
Beautiful Ruins: A Novel by Jess Walter

 

 

May 21
End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

June 18
Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 

 

July 16
Visitors: A Novel by Sally Beauman

August 20
These Few Precious Days: The Final Year of Jack with Jackie by Christopher P. Anderson

 

 

September 17
My Beloved World (for Hispanic Heritage Month) by Sonia
October 15
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre 
   
November 19
Orphan Train by Christina Kline
December 17
Bring a Christmas book or any book you've recently read to share with fellow book club members.

 

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Dorchester Road Regional

Dorchester Adult Book Discussion
Meets on the following Saturdays at 3 p.m.
For more information, please call 552-6466.
 
Selections for 2015:

January 31
Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

February 28
Song Yet Sung by James McBride
   
March 28
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg(Non-Fiction)
April 25
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 
   
May 23
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (Latino Books Month Choice)
June 20
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
   

July  
N/A         

August 29
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
   
September 26
Persepolis (a Graphic Novel-Iranian Memoir) by Marjane Satrapi
October  
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November  21
The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
December
N/A
   
 

Dorchester Regional eBook Club
Meets on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m.
For more information, please call 552-6466.
 
Selections for 2015:
January 24 
The Infant of Prague: A November Man Novel by Bill Granger
February 21
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
   
March 21
Dubliners by James Joyce
April 18
The Burning Lake by Brent Ghelfi 
   
May 30
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
June 27
Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
   
July 25
Inferno by Dan Brown
August 22
The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
   
September 19
The Storm by Clive Cussler
October 
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 
TBA
December 
N/A
   

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James Island 
Meets on the first Monday of each month, through June, at 2 p.m.
For more information, please call 795-6679. 

Selections for 2014:
January 6
The Columbus Affair: A Novel by Steve Berry
February 3
The Way Forward is with a Broken Heart by Alice Walker
   
March 3
Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson
April 7
Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
   
May 5
Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
June 2
The Burgess Boys: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
   
   

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Mt. Pleasant Regional


Monday Book Discussions
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 849-6161.
 
Selections for 2015:

January 12
The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout

February 9
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
   
March 16
Duel of the Heart by Rose Tomlin
April 20
The Painter by Peter Heller
   
May 18
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
June 15
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
   
July 20
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
August 17
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
   
September 21
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
October 19
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 16
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
December 14
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
   


Reel Club Book Discussions
Read the book, watch the movie and then participate in a lively discussion.
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library at 2 p.m.
F
or more information, please call 849-6161.  

Selections for 2015:  

January 7
Book: 
Heaven is for Real by Todd Burpo.
Movie: Heaven is for Real. Rated PG; 100 minutes.  

February 4
BookAuntie Mame by Patrick Dennis.
MovieAuntie Mame. Not rated; 143 minutes.

   
March 11
Book: 
The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel.
Movie: The Monuments Men. Rated PG-13; 118 minutes. 
April 1
Discuss the life of Ron Woodruff and the Dallas Buyers Club.
MovieDallas Buyers Club. Rated R; 117 minutes. 
   
May 6
Book: Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: the Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon.
Movie: Watch the first two episodes of Downton Abbey. 
June  
TBA 
   
July 
TBA
August  
TBA 
   
September 
TBA

October 
TBA 

   
November 
TBA
December 
TBA
 
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West Ashley

Not Fiction Book Discussion Group
Meets at West Ashley Library at 11 a.m.
For more information, please call 876-6635 or visit 
notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
 
Selections for 2015:

January 22
The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, and Revenge and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

February 19 
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

 

 

March 19
Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Scott Anderson

April 23
The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

 

 

May 21
Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local - and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy

June 18 
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
by Daniel James Brown

 

 

July 23
In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides

August 20
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre

 

 

September 17
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore

October 22
To be announced.

   
November 19
The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League by Jeff Hobbs
December 17
My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
and
Middlemarch by George Eliot (optional)
   
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Folly Beach  


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

 

Selections for 2015:
 
 
January 14
The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick
February 11
A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
   
March 11
Night by Elie Wiesel
April 8
Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff
   
May 13
Nemesis by Philip Roth
June 10
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
   
July 8
And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
August 12
Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
   
September 9
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel
October 14
One Book Charleston County selection
   
November 11
Charleston Jazz by Jack McCray
December 9
The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out the Window 
and Disappeared
 by Jonas Jonnason
 
 

St. Andrews Regional

First Coffee Book Club 

Selections for 2014:
January 3 at 10:30 a.m.
The Snow Child by Eoqyn Ivey

February 6 at 1 p.m.
Looking for Me  by Beth Hoffman
   
March 6
The World Made Straight by Ron Rash
April 3
The Secret Life of Emily Dickinson by Jerome Charyn
   
May 2
Benediction by Kent Haruf
June 6
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
   
July 11
The Supremes: At Earl's All You Can Eat by Edward Moore
August 1
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
   
September 5
As You Like It by William Shakespeare
October 3
The Silver Star: A Novel by Jeannette Walls
   
November 7 
The Sweet Everlasting by Judson Mitcham
December 5
The Christmas List by Richard Evans
   


Susan Eades Book Club 

Selections for 2014:

 
January 21 at 1:30 p.m.
Molokai by Alan Brennert

February 18 at 1:30 p.m.
One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus
   
March 18 at 1:30 p.m.
The Double Blind by Christopher Bohjalian
April 15 at 1:30 p.m.
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
   
May 20 at 1:30 p.m.
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
June 17 at 1:30 p.m.
The Making of a Writer by Gail Godwin
   
July 15 at 1:30 p.m.
The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman 
August 
TBA
   
September 
TBA
October 
TBA
   
November 
TBA
December 
TBA
 
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Edisto

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m.
For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2015:

January 
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

February 
Admission by Jean Hanff Korelitz

 

 

March 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

April 
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

 

 

May 
The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

June 
The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore

 

 

July 
No meeting

August 
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown 

 

 

September 
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

October 
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

 

 

November 
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

December 
Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
 


Poe/Sullivan's Island  
Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2015:

January 17
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

February 17
All Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
 

 

 

March 21 
All The Light We cannot See by Anthony Doerr

April 18
Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

 

 

May 16
Orphan Train by Christine Baker Kline
 

June 20
Sandalwood Tree by Elle Newmark

 

 

July 18
The House Maid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
 

August 15
Delicious by Ruth Reichl

 

 

September 19
Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geekby Maya Van Wagenen

October 17
One Book Charleston County selection 

 

 

November 21
Me Before You by JoJo Moyes

December 19
A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
 

John L. Dart

Dart After Dark Book & Lecture Series
Meets at John L. Dart Library
For more information, please call 722-7550.

 

Selections for 2015:
February 28 at 11 a.m.
African American Read-In Event: BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion 

April 16 at 6:15 p.m.
 BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion

     

July 16 at 6:15 p.m.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion

September 17 at 6:15 p.m.
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Discussion   

   
 
 
   

 

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