Start Your Own Book Club

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.

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 The Sun Does Shine
February An American Marriage
March Delicious Foods
April Kindred
May Invisible Man


Dorchester Adult Book Discussion

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

Coming up in 2019:

January Pachinko
February  The Supremes at Earl's…
March  You
April  The Iguana Tree
May  The House of Broken Angels
June  Delicious Foods
August  Crazy Rich Asians
September  No One is Coming to Save Us
October  My Sister Rosa
November  Halsey Street
Dorchester eBook Club

The eBook Club meets at 2 p.m. on the following dates in 2019.

Feb. 21 “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett
March 21 “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
April 25 “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn
May 16 “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
June 20 “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins
July 18 “The Light Between Oceans” by M. L. Stedman
Aug. 22 “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls          
Sept. 19 “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman
Oct. 17 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
Nov. 21 “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen


Edisto Island Book Club

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

January 8 "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman
February 5 "We Were the Lucky Ones" by Georgia Hunter
March 5  "The Luminaries" by Eleanor Catton
April 2 “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" by David Grann
May 7 "Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic" by Alison Bechdel
June 4  "Sarah's Key" by Tatiana de Rosnay
July 2 "The Glass Castle" by Jeannette Walls
August 6 "South of Broad" by Pat Conroy
September 3 "Elsewhere" by Richard Russo 
October 1 “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body” by Roxane Gay
November 5 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
December 3 “Water for Elephants” by Sara Gruen


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 9 “A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline
February 13 “Lilac Girls” by Martha Hall Kelly
March 13 “The Buddha in the Attic” by Julie Otsuka
April 10 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer             
May 8 “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff         
June 12 “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover             
September 11 “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones
October 9 “The Second Mrs. Hockaday” by Susan Rivers
November 13 “Calling Me Home” by Julie Kibler
December 11 “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman


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 7 “Everything I Never Told You” by Celeste Ng
February 4 “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson
March 4 “A Piece of the World” by Christina Baker Kline
April 1 “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr
May 6 “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry” by Fredrik Backman
June 3 “Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World” by Tracy Kidder
July 1 “Pachinko” by Min Jin Lee 
August 5 “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer
September 9 “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison 
October 7 “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson 
November 4 “Lilith's Brood” by Octavia E. Butler
December 2 “The School of Essential Ingredients” by Erica Bauermeister


James Island Book Discussion
January Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
February Underground Railroad
March Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
April Pachinko
May We Were the Lucky Ones
June Piece of the World
July Lilac Girls
August Orphan's Tale


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 2019:

January  Bedlam Stacks
February  The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
March  Orphan's Tale
April  Underground Railroad
May  Hunger
June  Killers of the Flower Moon
July  We Were the Lucky Ones
August  Pachinko
September  Piece of the World
October  Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
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 2019: 

January 8 “The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home” by Denise Kiernan 
February 5 “Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder” by Caroline Fraser 
March 5 “Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth” by Sarah Smarsh 
April 2 “Chesapeake Requiem: A Year with the Watermen of Vanishing Tangier Island” by Earl Swift
May 7 “The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century” by Kirk Wallace Johnson
June 4 “Denmark Vesey’s Garden: Slavery and Memory in the Cradle of the Confederacy” by Ethan J. Kytle and Blain Roberts 
July 2 “American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic” by Victoria Johnson 
August 6 “How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence” by Michael Pollan 
September 3 “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America” by Beth Macy 
October 1 “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westover 
November 5 “Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over” by Nell Painter 
December 3 “The Library Book” by Susan Orlean 


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 2019:

Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. "Introduction" by Roxane Gay
"Cougar" by Maria Anderson
Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. "A Family" by Jamel Brinkley
"The Art of Losing" by Yoon Choi
Wednesday, March 13 at 6:30 p.m. "Los Angeles" by Emma Cline
"Unearth" by Alicia Elliott
Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. "Boys Go to Jupiter" by Danielle Evans
"A History of China" by Carolyn Ferrell
Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. "Come on, Silver" by Ann Glaviano
"What Got Into Us" by Jacob Guajardo
Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 p.m. "Everything is Far from Here"  by Cristina Hendriquez
"Good with Boys" by Kristen Iskandrian
Wednesday, July 10 at 6:30 p.m. "Control Negro" by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
"The Brothers Brujo" by Matthew Lyons
Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 6:30 p.m. "A Big True" by Dina Nayeri
"Items Awaiting Protective Enclosure" by Tea Obreht
Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m. "The Baptism" by Ron Rash
"Suburbia!" by Amy Silverberg
Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. "The Prairie Wife" by Curtis Sittenfeld
"Whose Heart I Long to Stop with the Click of a   Revolver" by Rivers Solomon
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 p.m. "What Terrible Thing It Was" by Esme Weijun Wang 
from "Bad Feminist" by Roxane Gay
Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. "A Love Story" by Samantha Hunt
"On The Street Where You Live" by Yiyun Li


Monday Book Discussions

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

February 11 "Lincoln in the Bardo" by George Saunders
March 11 "Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" by Matthew Sullivan
April 8 "The Story of Arthur Truluv" by Elizabeth Berg
May 13 "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles
June 10 "The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit" by Michael Finkel
July 8 "Sing, Unburied, Sing" by Jesmyn Ward
August 12 "I Was Anastasia" by Ariel Lawhon
September 9 "Death on the Nile" by Agatha Christie
October 21 "The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World's Most Precious Manuscripts" by Joshua Hammer
November 18 "Harry's Trees" by Jon Cohen
December 9 "How to Stop Time" by Matt Haig


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.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 11 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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 17 “Journey to Munich” by Jacqueline Winspear
February 21 “The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts” by Joshua Hammer
March 21 “The House of Unexpected Sisters” by Alexander McCall Smith
April 18 “Underground Girls of Kabul: In Search of a Hidden Resistance in Afghanistan” by Jenny Nordberg
May 16 “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman
June 20 “Behold the Dreamers” by Imbolo Mbue
August 15 “In The Midst of Winter” by Isabel Allende
September 19 “The House on Mango Street” by Sandra Cisneros
October 17 “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
November 21 “Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery” by Scott Kelly
December 19 Bring a Christmas book (or any book you have read) to share
Lit After Dark

Meets on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 843-883-3914.

Thursday, Jan. 31 at 6:30 p.m.: “Bad Feminist: Essays” by Roxane Gay
Thursday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 p.m.: “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” by Alison Bechdel
Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 p.m.: “Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)” by David Sedaris