Benne Seeds in the Lowcountry

August 10, 2018

For most folks in the Lowcountry, the word “benne” brings to mind images of benne wafers, those small, sugary, brown discs that you’ll find in local shops marketed as one of Charleston’s signature treats, if not the signature treat of the ...

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Check out CCPL telescopes to watch the Perseid meteor shower

August 8, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Have you checked out one of CCPL’s telescopes to check out the night sky? This weekend is a great time to check one out because the best meteor shower of the year, according to, will be criss-crossing the skies.


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Head back to school with these CCPL events

August 6, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Get ready for heading back to school with plenty of fun library events. From giveaways to games to movies, we have something for everyone! 



Back To School Giveaway (children and teens)
Aug. 1-Aug. 15
Cooper River Memo...

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The Watch House: South Carolina’s First Police Station, 1701–1725

August 3, 2018

South Carolina’s first police station was a brick “Watch House” constructed around 1701 at the intersection of Broad and East Bay Streets in Charleston. Built to shelter both the town’s nocturnal watchmen and the lawbreakers they caught on...

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Cooper River Memorial Library reopens after power outage Wednesday

August 1, 2018

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Cooper River Memorial Branch reopened Thursday after a power outage on Wednesday forced the branch to close early. 

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I am the Trickster: The Resurrection and Burial of Charles Barker Nixon

July 27, 2018

After last week’s cliffhanger, we now return to the story of Charles Barker Nixon, a traveling magician and escape artist who came to Charleston in 1876 to be buried alive for the amusement of a crowd of spectators. This week we’ll witness his...

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The Slippery Enchanter of 1876: Charles Barker Nixon

July 20, 2018

Charles Barker Nixon, an itinerate magician who once styled himself “the Slippery Man,” came to Charleston in the summer of 1876 to present the most elaborate and dangerous illusion of his career. Over the course of a few weeks, this flamboyan...

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Demilitarizing Urban Charleston, 1783–1789

July 13, 2018

For the first century of its existence, the urban landscape of Charleston was dominated by an evolving ring of fortifications designed to protect the city against potential invasion by Spanish, French, and later British forces. Our provincial legi...

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The Men who Built St. Michael’s Church, 1752–1754

July 6, 2018

You’ve probably heard by now that on June 19th, 2018, Charleston’s City Council adopted a resolution “recognizing, denouncing, and apologizing on behalf of the City of Charleston for the city’s role in regulating, supporting, and fostering...

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Children Invited to Special Storytime Launching Charleston RiverDogs Summer Slugger Program

July 6, 2018

CHARLESTON, SC - The Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and the Charleston RiverDogs invite children of the lowcountry to a special storytime that will kick off the Summer Slugger program. Summer Slugger, a RiverDogs initiative, is aimed ...

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