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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.

 

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Urban Book Club

Meets at 3:30 p.m. on the following designated days. 

Saturday, May 12: Discuss "The Hearts of Men" by Travis Hunter

Dr. Consuela Francis Book Club

The Dr. Consuela Francis Book Club meets at the John L. Dart Library at 6:15 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

January 18, 2018: "My Life, My Love, My Legacy" by Coretta Scott King and Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds

February 2018: "The Fire Next Time" by James Baldwin

March 15, 2018: "Forbidden" by Beverly Jenkins

April 19, 2018: "Charcoal Joe" by Walter Mosley

 

Dorchester Adult Book Discussion

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

Coming up in 2018:

January 27: Big Little Lies Liane Moriarty
February 24: Stay with Me Ayobami Adebayo
March 31: The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood
April 28: A Kind of Freedom Margaret Wilkerson
May 26: Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Araya
June 30: The Mothers Brit Bennett
August 25: Ruby Cynthia Bond
September 29: This Dark Road To Mercy Wiley Cash
October 27: The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle
November 17: Claire of the Sea Light Edwidge Danticat
December 8:  BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)  
Dorchester Regional eBook Club

Meets at 2 p.m. on the following days. For more information, please call 552-6466.

Coming up in 2018:

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

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

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.

February 14: "The Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan " by Jenny Nordberg

March 14: "The Cigar Factory" by Michele C. Moore

April 11: "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn

May 9: "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabelle Wilkerson

June 13: "Ginny Moon" by Benjamin Ludwig

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 and 2018:

December 19 BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) Holiday Party
January 16 "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
February 20 "One Thousand White Women" by Jim Fergus
March 20 "Behold the Dreamer" by Imbolo Mbue
April 17 "The Sandcastle Girls" by Chris Bohjalian
May 15 "The Cigar Factory" by Michele Moore
June 19 "The Book of Unknown Americans" by Cristina Henriquez
July 17 No meeting - Summer break
August 21 "Lilith's Brood" by Octavia E. Butler
September 18 "The Alice Network" by Kate Quinn
October 16 "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
November 20 "Ginny Moon" by Benjamin Ludwig
December 18 "Calling Me Home" by Julie Kibler
Talking Service: A Reading and Discussion Program for Veterans

Meets in Meeting Room B at Main Library on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Visit the Reference Desk to pick up the anthology of call 843-805-6930 for more details. 

Coming up in 2017 and 2018:

January 20: Homecoming Finkel "The Good Soldiers"
Hemingway "Soldier's Home"
Turner "Perimeter Watch"
February 17: Patriotism Redding "A Negro Looks at this War"
Washington "Letters"
Tocqueville "On Discipline in Democratic Armies"
Yeats "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"
March 17: Women in War Homer "Iliad"
Fallon "You Know When the Men are Gone"
Bein "A Journey Taken With My Son"
Gyorkes "The Hardest Letter to Write"
April 21: Wounds Whitman "On Caregiving"
Wood "Revisiting My Memoir"
Hrivnak "Medevac Missions"
May 19: Honor and Memorializing O'Brien "The Things They Carried"
Berens "Reclamation"
Komunyakaa "Facing It"
Lincoln "Gettysburg Address"
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. Follow the Not Fiction Book Discussion blog here.

Coming up in 2018: 

January 2 On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor 
February 6 The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams 
March 6 War and Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans 
April 3 Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich
May 1 Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova 
June 5 Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
July 3 Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 
August 7 The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui 
September 4 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie  
October 2 Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard 
November 6 Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder
December 4 An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn

 

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 and 2018:

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
Monday Book Discussions

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

Read Anything Book Club (for teens and adults)

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.

Lit After Dark

The Health & Medical Series

April 25 at 7 p.m. - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloo
May 23 at 6 p.m. - Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky
June 27 at 5 p.m. - Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Natural History Series

July 19 at 12:30 p.m. - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
August 16 at 12:30 p.m.- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
September 20 at 12:30 p.m. - The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People by Neil Shubin

The Out-of-the-Box Series

October 24 at 7 p.m.- Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
November 14 at 6 p.m. - Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
December 12 at 5 p.m. - Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) by David Sedaris

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 and 2018: 

December 14 Bring a book you've recently read to share with fellow book club members.  
January 18 Little Women Lousia May Alcott
February 15 A Piece of the World: A Novel Christine Baker Kline
March 15 Hidden Figures:  The Untold Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space Margot Lee Shetterly
April 19 Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter Kate Clifford Larson
May 17 The Stranger Harlan Coben
June 21 My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry: A Novel Fredrick Backman
July No Discussion  
August 16 The Women in the Castle Jessica Shattuck 
September 20 Calling Me Home Julie Kibler
October 18 The Mayor: Joe Riley and the Rise of Charleston Brian Hicks
November 15 Britt-Marie was Here: A Novel Fredrick Backman
December 13 Book Club Members Bring a Book to Share  
Lit After Dark

Meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.

The Race Series

April 12 - The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride
May 10 - Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
June 28 - Slaves in the Family by Edward Ball

The Health & Medical Series

July 26 - The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
August 30 – Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky
September 27 - Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital by Sheri Fink

The Natural History Series

October 11 - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
November 8 – Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
December 6 - The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People by Neil Shubin

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. 

January 19 My Antonia Willa Cather
February 17 Nutshell  Ian McEwan
March 17  All the Gallant Men  Donald Stratton
April 21  The Last Castle  Denise Kiernan
May 19  Hillbilly Elegy  JD Vance
June 16  The Handmaid's Tale  Margaret Atwood
July 21  The Underground Railroad  Colson Whitehead
August 18  The Gentleman in Moscow  Amor Towles
September 15  A Man Called Ove  Fredrick Backman
October 20  The Stranger in the Woods  Michael Finkel
November 17  The Tea Girls of Hummingbird Lane  Lisa See
December 15  The School of Essential Ingredients  Erica Bauermeister
Not Fiction Book Discussion Group

Meets at West Ashley Library at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 843-876-6635.

Coming up in 2018: 

January 18 On Trails: An Exploration by Robert Moor 
February 15 The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks by Terry Tempest Williams 
March 15 War and Turpentine: A Novel by Stefan Hertmans 
April 19 Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich
May 17 Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe by Kapka Kassabova 
June 21 Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
July 19 Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body by Roxane Gay 
August 16 The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui 
September 20 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir by Sherman Alexie 
October 18 Autumn by Karl Ove Knausgaard 
November 15 Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder
December 20 An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic by Daniel Mendelsohn