Tuesday, June 18, 2019 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Charleston County Public Library is partnering with the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation in hosting a special book club for teens in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year veteran of CCPL who was killed in the Mother Emanuel AME shooting in 2015. The year-long program, which is for teens in grades 6-12, will feature literary works that focus on social justice issues and the book club will run between September 2019 and September 2020.

The S.C. Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation will provide free copies of the book for the teens registered in the program and moderate the discussion every other month. The participants will have about a month to read each book and then discuss the books at their chosen location, the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street, or the Hurd/St. Andrews Library at 1735 N. Woodmere Drive in Charleston. Registration is limited to 25 participants per location. 

This program is also made possible by Melvin Graham, one of Cynthia’s brothers, as well as the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, led by Malcolm Graham, who is also one of Cynthia’s brothers. 

Participants can pick up their copy of the book during the desginated month (see below) at the library they have chosen (Main or Hurd/St. Andrews) and will meet the last Tuesday of the designated months at 5 p.m. at the Main Branch and the last Wednesdays of the designated months at 5 p.m. at the Hurd/St. Andrews Library.* Interested participants must register for the program by clicking here for the Main Library and here for the Hurd/St. Andrews Library by Aug. 1, 2019

 Month

 Action

 September 2019

 Receive and read “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas 

 October 2019

 Meet and discuss book

 November 2019

 Receive and read “In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse” by Joseph Marshall III 

 December 2019*

 Meet and discuss book

 January 2020

 Receive and read “March” by John Lewis   

 February 2020

 Meet and discuss book

 March 2020

 Receive and read “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd

 April 2020

 Meet and discuss book

 May 2020

 Receive and read “Just Mercy: (YA adaptation) A True Story of the Fight for Justice” by
 Bryan Stevenson

 June 2020

 Meet and discuss book

 July 2020

 Receive and read “Gringolandia” by Lyn Miller Lachmann

 August 2020

 Meet and discuss book

 September 2020

 Special Celebration and Recognition

*Please note, this meeting does occur on the regular last Tuesday or Wednesday of the month due to the holidays. Please see the specific event listing for book club at Main or the book club at Hurd/St. Andrews for a list of specific dates.