Main Library - The Charleston County Public Library is partnering with the University of South Carolina’s S.C. Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation in hosting a special book club for teens in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd. The year-long program, which is for teens in grades 6-12, will highlight literary works that focus on social justice issues and the book club will run between September 2019 and September 2020.

The Race and Reconciliation Collaborative will provide free copies of the book for the teens registered in the program. The participants will have about a month to read each book and then discuss the books at the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in Charleston.

This program is also in partnership with the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, led by Malcolm Graham, Cynthia’s brother, and also possible by Melvin Graham, who is also the brother of Cynthia Graham Hurd.  

Participants can pick up their copy of the book during the desginated month (see below) in the teen area of the Main Library and will meet the last Tuesday of the designated months (see below) at 5 p.m. in the teen area of the Main Branch.* Interested participants must register for the program below by Aug. 1, 2019



September 2019

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

Oct. 29, 2019

Meet and discuss book

November 2019

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

Dec. 17, 2019*

Meet and discuss book

January 2020

Receive and read “March” by John Lewis   

Feb. 25, 2020

Meet and discuss book

March 2020

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

April 28, 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 30, 2020

Meet and discuss book

July 2020

Receive and read “Gringolandia” by Lyn Miller Lachmann

Aug. 25, 2020

Meet and discuss book

Sept. 29, 2020

Special Celebration and Recognition

*This book club session is being held the third week of the month due to the holiday closures at the library.