CHARLESTON, S.C. — June is a busy month at Charleston County Public Library’s 16 branches with special programs, exhibits and a book drive planned to mark the one-year anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shooting along with dozens of events to mark the kick off of the library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program. HERE’S A SAMPLING OF PROGRAMS WITH FULL LIST OF JUNE PROGRAMS ATTACHED.
 
EMANUEL-RELATED PROGRAMS:
Attached is a listing of all the Emanuel-related programs scheduled to be held at a library branch, including programs honoring the legacy of 31-year CCPL librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the nine killed during the shooting.
 
CarolinaStrong Book Drive: Honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd
Throughout June

  • Dorchester Road Regional Library – 6325 Dorchester Road: 843-552-6466
  • Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 843-766-2546
  • John’s Island Regional Library – 3531 Maybank Highway: 843-559-1945
  • Main Library – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930
  • Mt. Pleasant Regional Library – 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 843-849-6161
  • 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 to be given to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Charleston County’s Title 1 elementary schools. The 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.
 
Dedication: Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Mural
Monday, June 20 at 9 a.m.
John L. Dart Library
Through the community efforts and donations to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, a bright, wall-sized geometric mural of books was painted on the side of the John L. Dart Branch Library – a branch managed by Hurd for 21 years of her 31-year career as a librarian. Leaders will dedicate the mural as a permanent reminder of Hurd’s continuing influence on the community and her commitment to literacy.
 
Gun Control and Building Positive Relationships between Youth and Law Enforcement
Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Area leaders and law enforcement officials discuss what the community has learned since the Emanuel AME shootings and how we can work together to foster positive relationships. Presented jointly with Passion to Forgive, an organization founded by the family of Emanuel victim Myra Singleton Thompson to provide opportunities to underserved youth and their families. Program will include remarks by The Rev. Anthony Thompson and Kevin Singleton, her husband and son.
 
Book Event: We Are Charleston
Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Through in-depth interviews with the victim’s family, friends and community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church and importance of awareness, action and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr. and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book. Copies of the book will be available to purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund. Attendees also will be able to donate directly to the Memorial Fund, created to honor the 31-year librarian’s legacy and commitment to literacy.
 
 
SUMMER READING KICK-OFF EVENTS:
CCPL offers hundreds of free programs and thousands of incentive reward prizes to children, teens and adults during its Summer Reading programs running June 1-July 31. To be a winner, all you have to do is read.
Porkchop Productions Presents The Tortoise and the Hare

  • Main Library Tuesday, June 7 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Groups at 9:15 a.m.
  • Folly Beach Monday, June 6 at 4 p.m.
  • James Island Monday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John L. Dart Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John’s Island Monday, June 6 at 2 p.m.
  • West Ashley Tuesday, June 7 at 2 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, June 7 at 4 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Thursday, June 9 at 4 p.m.
  • Poe’s Sullivan’s Island Friday, June 10 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cooper River Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dorchester Road Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m.
  • Otranto Wednesday, June 8 at 4 p.m.

 
Imani Milele Children’s Choir from Uganda

  • Main Library Wednesday, June 8 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Groups at 9:15 a.m.
  • Main Library Tuesday, June 28 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Folly Beach Monday, June 27 at 4 p.m.
  • James Island Monday, June 27 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John L. Dart Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, June 28 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 30 at 4 p.m.
  • Cooper River Thursday, June 30 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dorchester Road Wednesday, June 29 at 2 p.m.
  • Otranto Road Wednesday, June 29 at 4 p.m.

 
Puppet Show by All Hands Productions – Billy Goats Gruff and Other Stuff

  • Main Library Tuesday, June 14 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Folly Beach Monday, June 13 at 4:30 p.m.
  • James Island Monday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John L. Dart Wednesday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John’s Island Monday, June 13 at 2 p.m.
  • West AshleyTuesday, June 14 at 2 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, June 14 at 4:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 16 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Poe/Sullivan’s Island Friday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cooper River Thursday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dorchester Rd Wednesday, June 15 at 2 p.m.
  • Otranto Rd Wednesday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m.

 
Jam with Farmer Jason, an Emmy-winning entertainer

  • Main Library Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Folly Beach Monday, June 20 at 4 p.m.
  • James Island Monday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John L. Dart Wednesday, June 22 at 10:30 a.m.
  • John’s Island Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m.
  • West Ashley Tuesday, June 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Mt. Pleasant Tuesday, June 21 at 4 p.m. and Thursday, June 23 at 4 p.m.
  • Poe/Sullivan’s Island Friday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Cooper River Thursday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Dorchester Road Wednesday, June 22 at 2 p.m.
  • Otranto Road Wednesday, June 22 at 4 p.m

College of Charleston Opera Presents Jack and the Beanstalk
Wednesday, June 1 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Groups at 9:15 a.m.
 
SPROUTS Children’s Theatre Presents Little Red Riding Hood
Thursday, June 2 at 10:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Groups at 9:15 a.m.
Main Library
 
Summer Reading Kick-off with DJ Luigi and Friends
Saturday, June 4 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Otranto Road Regional
 
 
OTHER MAJOR PROGRAMS IN JUNE:
McLeod Plantation: Charleston's Newest Historic Site
Wednesday, June 22 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Having witnessed significant periods of history since 1851, McLeod Plantation now stands as a preserved antebellum cotton plantation and Gullah/Geechee heritage site.
 
Photo Talk – Cuba: A Photographer’s Dream 
Monday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
 
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