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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. 

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Reading Through History Book Club

After a historical opening to the new Baxter-Patrick James Island Library in 2019, celebrate 2020 with history both and non-fiction history books. The club meets the last Thursday* of the month at 11:00 a.m.  For more information please call 843-795-6679 ext. 8106. 

January 28 "The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston" by Michele Moore
February 27 "The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston" by Michele Moore
March 26 "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd
April 30 “50 Children: One Ordinary American Couple's Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Heart of Nazi Germany” by Steven Pressman
June 25 "The Tattooist of Auschwitz" by Heather Morris
July 30 “The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics” by Daniel Brown
September 24 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
October 29  “I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara
November 26 “Thank You for Your Service” by David Finkel

 

Urban Book Club

Meets at 3:30 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Current dates: 

January 11
February 8
March 14
April 11
May 9
June 13 
July 11
August 8
September 12
October 10
November 14
December 12

Dr. Consuela Francis Book Club

The Dr. Consuela Francis Book Club meets at the John L. Dart Library. 2020 dates and books have not been announced yet.

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Dorchester Adult Book Discussion

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

Coming up in 2020:

January 25 "Small Great Things" by Jodi Picoult
February 22 "The Wide Circumference of Love" by Marita Golden
March 28 "The Girls" by Emma Cline
April 25 "Behold the Dreamers" by Imbolo Mbue
May 23 "Fruit of the Drunken Tree: A Novel" by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
June 27 "In West Mills" by De'Shawn Charles Winslow
August 30 "China Dolls" by Lisa See
September 27  "The Nickel Boys: A Novel" by Colson Whitehead
October 25 "The Immortalists" by Chloe Benjamin
November 22 "Whiskey & Ribbons: A Novel" by Leesa Cross-Smith
December BYOB
Edisto Island Book Club

Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 843-889-3300. 

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Folly Beach Book Club

Meets at Folly Beach Library at 2:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information, please call 843-588-2001.

January 8 "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" by Balli Kaur Juswal
February 12 "My Sister, The Serial Killer" by Oyinkan Braithwaite
March 11 "Next Yeah in Havana" by Chanel Cleeton
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Hurd/St. Andrews/Bees Ferry Book Club

The Hurd/St. Andrews/Bees Ferry Book Club meets on the first Monday of every month at the Bees Landing Rec Center (1580 Ashley Gardens Blvd, Charleston, SC 29407) at 1 p.m.

January 6 "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel
February 3 "Daughters of the Dust" by Julie Dash
March 2 "Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows" by Balli Kaur Jaswal
April 6 "One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd" by Jim Fergus
May 4 “Calypso” by David Sedaris 
June 1 "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman
July 6 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean
August 3 “I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara
September 14 "Beautiful Ruins" by Jess Walter
October 5 “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI” by David Grann
November 2 "The Light Between Oceans" by M. L. Stedman
December 7 "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead

 

Sea Islands Book Discussion

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

Coming up in 2020:

January 21 “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles
February 18 “I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara 
March 17 “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
April 21 “My Sister, the Serial Killer” by Oyinkan Braithwaite 
May 19 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean 
June 16 “The Huntress” by Kate Quinn
July 21 “Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chas
August 18 “The Lost Girls of Paris” by Pam Jenoff 
September 15  “Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows” by Balli Kaur Jaswal
October 20 “The Tattooist of Auschwitz” by Heather Morris
November 17 “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive” by Stephanie Lan
December 15 “Next Year in Havana” by Chanel Cleeton 
Great Books Discussion

Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room B at 6:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month. Copies of the anthology, The Best American Short Stories 2019 edited by Anthony Doerr and all readings are available for sign-out at the Main Library Fiction desk. For more information, please call 843-805-6904. 

January 8  “Introduction” by Anthony Doerr
“The Era” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 
February 12  “Natural Light” by Kathleen Alcott, “The Great Interruption: The Story of a Famous Story of Old Port William”
“How it Ceased to be Told (1935-1978)” by Wendell Berry 
March 11  “No More Than a Bubble” by Jamel Brinkley
“The Third Tower” by Deborah Eisenberg 
April 8 “Hellion” by Julia Elliott
“Bronze” by Jeffrey Eugenides 
May 13 "Protozoa” by Ella Martinsen Gorham
“Seeing Ershadi” by Nicole Krauss 
June 10 “Pity and Shame” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Anyone Can Do It” by Manuel Muñoz 
July 8 “The Plan” by Sigrid Nunez
“Letter of Apology” by Maria Reva 
August 12 “Black Corfu” by Karen Russell
“Audition” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh 
September 9 “Natural Disasters” by Alexis Schaitkin
“Our Day of Grace” by Jim Shepard 
October 14  “Wrong Object” by Mona Simpson
“They Told Us Not to Say This” by Jenn Alandy Trahan 
November 11  “Omakase” by Weike Wang
The Office of Missing Persons” by Akil Kumarasamy  
December 9  The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado 
Birdsong” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  

 

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 2019: 

January 7 “Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion” by Jia Tolentino
February 4 “Fierce Attachments: A Memoir” by Vivian Gornick
March 3 “She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement” by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey
April 7 “I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer” by Michelle McNamara
May 5 “Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee” by Casey Cep
June 2 “Amity and Prosperity: One Family and the Fracturing of America” by Eliza Griswold
July 7 “Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland” by Patrick Radden Keefe
August 4 “What You Have Heard Is True: A Memoir of Witness and Remembrance” by Carolyn Forché
September 1 “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” by Francisco Cantu
October 6 “The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You” by Dina Nayeri
November 10 “Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist” by Eli Saslow
December 1 “The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir” by Samantha Power

 

Great Books Discussion Group

Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room B at 6:30 p.m., the second Tueday of each month. Copies of the anthology,  The Best American Short Stories 2019, with all readings are available for sign-out at the Main Library Fiction desk. For more information, please call 843-805-6904.

Coming up in 2019:

January 8 “Introduction” by Anthony Doerr
“The Era” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
February 12 “Natural Light” by Kathleen Alcott, 
“The Great Interruption: The Story of a Famous Story of Old Port William”
“How it Ceased to be Told (1935-1978)” by Wendell Berry
March 11 “No More Than a Bubble” by Jamel Brinkley
“The Third Tower” by Deborah Eisenberg
April 8 “Hellion” by Julia Elliott
“Bronze” by Jeffrey Eugenides
May 13 “Protozoa” by Ella Martinsen Gorham
“Seeing Ershadi” by Nicole Krauss
June 10 “Pity and Shame” by Ursula K. Le Guin
“Anyone Can Do It” by Manuel Muñoz
July 8 “The Plan” by Sigrid Nunez
“Letter of Apology” by Maria Reva
August 12 “Black Corfu” by Karen Russell
“Audition” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh
September 9 “Natural Disasters” by Alexis Schaitkin
“Our Day of Grace” by Jim Shepard 
October 14 “Wrong Object” by Mona Simpson
“They Told Us Not to Say This” by Jenn Alandy Trahan
November 11 “Omakase” by Weike Wang
The Office of Missing Persons” by Akil Kumarasamy 
December 9 The Husband Stitch” by Carmen Maria Machado 
Birdsong” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 

 

Monday Book Discussions

Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on the second Monday of the month. For more information, call 843-849-6161.

January 13 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean 
February 10 “The Nickel Boys” by Colson Whitehead 
March 9 “The Water Dancer” by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
April 13 “Hunger” by Roxane Gay 
May 11 “Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive” by Stephanie Land
June 8 “The Testaments” by Margaret Atwood 
July 13 “Calypso” by David Sedaris 
August 10 “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
September 14 “Normal People” by Sally Rooney
October 19 “Educated” by Tara Westover 
November 9 “Recursion” by Blake Crouch
December 14 “Elsewhere” by Richard Russo

 

Books at Otranto

The club meets every third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (except the month of July). For more information, please call 843-572-4094.

Coming up in 2019: 

January 16 “A Dream Called Home” by Reyan Grande 
February 20 “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes
March 19 “From the Corner of the Oval” by Beck Dorey-Stein 
April 16 “Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman 
May 21 “Orphans Tale” by Pam Jenoff 
June 18 “Elsewhere” by Richard Russo 
August 20 “The Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian
September 17 “Next Year In Havana” by Chanel Cleeton
October 15 “50 Children: One ordinary American Couple’s Extraordinary Rescue Mission into the Hearts of Nazi Germany” by Steven Pressman
November 19 “Chances Are” by Richard Russo
December 17 Bring a Christmas book (or any book you have read) to share
Beach Lovers Book Club

The club meets every third Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. (except the month of July). For more information, please call 843-572-4094.

Coming up in 2019: 

January 18 “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Michelle Richardson
February 15 “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens
March 21 “The Tattooist Auschwitz” by Heather Morris
April 18 “Next Year In Havana” by Chanel Cleeton
May 20 “Mrs. Everything” by Jennifer Weiner
June 20 “The Island of Sea Women” by Lisa See
July 18 "Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive" by Stephanie Land
August 15 “Modoc” by Ralph Helfer
September 19 “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng
October 17 “Elsewhere” by Richard Russo
November 21 “Ginny Moon” by Benjamin Ludwig
December 19 “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler
Wando Library Sci-fi/Fantasy Book Club

Join us at Wando Mount Pleasant Library for an exciting new book club for fans of science fiction and fantasy! We will meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.  

January 9  Inaugural meeting to discuss what we'll read and how the club will work.
February 13  “Semiosis” by Sue Burke  
March 12  “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel  
April 9 “Dark Matter” by Blake Crouch  
May 14  “Black leopard, Red wolf” by Marlon James  
June 11  “Walkaway” by Cory Doctorow  
July 9  “Space Opera” by Catherynne M. Valente  
August 13  “Borne” by Jeff Vandermeer  
September 10  “Artemis: A Novel” by Andy Weir  
October 8  “The power: A novel” by Naomi Alderman  
November 12  “Legion: the many lives of Stephen Leeds” by Brandon Sanderson 
December 10  “Cold storage: A novel” by David Koepp