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Programs honor Emanuel victims

As we approach the first anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shooting on June 17, Charleston County Public Library is planning several special events and programs to honor the nine Charlestonians who lost their lives, including a 31-year library employee.

Cynthia Graham Hurd, manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, was one of nine individuals who died during the shocking church shooting. During the past year, local residents have shared stories about Cynthia, how she touched their lives, how she taught them to read and how the time she spent and the interest she showed helped many of them turn their lives around and reach for their dreams. Read more about Cynthia's service at the library and to the community.

During June, the library is offering special programs, exhibits and a month-long book drive to bring the community together to talk about what we've learned in the past year and how we can continue the legacy of those killed far too young. Check out the programs below, and join us.  

 
   

BOOK DRIVE:

CharlestonStrong Book Drive – Honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd 
Throughout June
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Dorchester Road Regional Library – 6325 Dorchester Road: 843-552-6466
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Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 843-766-2546
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John’s Island Regional Library – 3531 Maybank Highway: 843-559-1945
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Main Library – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930
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Mt. Pleasant Regional Library – 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 843-849-6161
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Otranto Road Regional Library
 – 2261 Otranto Road: 843-572-4094
Continue the work of Cynthia Graham Hurd by donating new and gently used children’s books that will be given to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Charleston County’s Title 1 elementary schools. This project is a partnership of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement, Reading Partners Charleston, Live5 WCSC-TV and Charleston County Public Library. 
Read more about the book drive spearheaded by Cynthia's siblings.


EXHIBITS:
 

The Life and Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd 
Throughout June 
Main Library Lobby – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
Experience the impact Cynthia Graham Hurd continues to have through an exhibit of photographs documenting her career with CCPL and memorial materials expressing an outpouring of love, sympathy and respect for the 31-year librarian and the legacy she created through the lives she touched in the Charleston community and around the country.


Kindred Kids Woven Mandala 
Throughout June 
Main Library Auditorium
 – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
View this mandala woven by students in the WINGS Kindred Kids program from North Charleston Elementary and Mason Prep School. This student partnership emerged in the wake of the June 2015 Mother Emanuel church shooting to help kids from diverse backgrounds understand each other and themselves in new ways. For more information, visit http://www.wingsforkids.org/kindred_kids

PROGRAMS:

A Moment of Silence ... to Read 
Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 
John L. Dart Library – 1067 King Street: 722-7550 
Sign a daily reading pledge, and start reading. While supplies last, youth participants will receive a free book donated by sisters and brothers of the late Cynthia Graham Hurd.