Literacy Festival Brainstorm Idea Learning
Tuesday, October 01, 2019 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Join us to celebrate the many varieties of literacy! While traditionally recognized as the ability to read and write, literacy encompasses the knowledge and understanding in virtually any area that enables us to navigate life. Featured programs range from food literacy to physical literacy, and beyond!

This year's Literacy Festival will focus on eight types of literacy: Literary, Food, Emotional, Environmental, STEM/Science, Technological or Digital, Physical, and Historical. 

Take a look at the events below. 



Literacy Festival Kick-Off Event

Saturday, Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Main Library 

Join us for a fun, literacy-filled day! See what local organizations are doing to promote different types of literacy, including technological literacy, financial literacy, culinary literacy and more.

11-11:45 a.m. | STEAM kids activities
Check out 3D printers, a CNC drawing robot and more with Reforge Charleston. Let Playtek show you how to use Makey Makey, Scratch and littleBits. Engineer something amazing with Kids K'Nex.

12-12:45 p.m. | Dissecting Health in the Black Community
Join chef and holistic health coach Smarel Nicole Brown for a discussion with a holistic perspective on getting back to our roots while dismantling myths surrounding health and diet in the black community. Light refreshments are provided by Dellz Uptown. Space is limited, and registration is encouraged.

1-2 p.m. | Human Library: Get to Know a Person with Asperger's
Interested members of the community are invited to meet and converse with someone with Asperger's Syndrome. Asperger's is a developmental disorder characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests. This Human Library session features a panel discussion with members of the Asperger’s community.

First Floor Fiction Area
Check out interactive tables from the following community partners: Begin with Books, Carolina Studios, Charleston Moves, Increasing HOPE, Palmetto Pride, MUSC Urban Farms, and the Poetry Society of South Carolina.


Literary Literacy Programs

Not Fiction Book Discussion
Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Main Library, Meeting Room A
Join a discussion of "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.

Poetry Reading with Members of the Poetry Society of S.C.
Tuesday, Oct. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Main Library
Join Libby Bernardin, Lisa M. Hase-Jackson and Len Lawson, local poets and members of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, for a reading from their new books. 

Urban Book Club
Saturday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m.

Cooper River Memorial Library
Join a discussion of "Accidental Mistress" by Aya De Leon.

Second Saturday Writing Critique Group
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 3-4:45 p.m.

Hurd/St. Andrews Library
Are you getting serious about your writing? Are you ready for honest feedback and willing to give others the same? New members are welcome at this monthly, critique-only group for committed writers. Active participation will enable you to receive regular feedback on your writing.

HEART at Dart, a Poetry Celebration
Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m.

John L. Dart Library
Join local poets to write poems on typewriters from 2-4 p.m. An open mic event featuring HEART, an arts community for adults with special needs, will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. HEART will also debut their pocket poetry zine created through a collaboration with Enough Pie and Charleston Poet Laureate Marcus Amaker. Poets of all ages are welcome to participate in the open mic session. This program is presented by the Free Verse Poetry Festival.

Not Fiction Book Discussion
Thursday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.

West Ashley Library
Join a discussion of "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.

Surprising Metaphors in Poetry
Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

West Ashley Library
Are you interested in writing poetry or improving your poetry? Read a number of poems that use effective and surprising metaphors, and then practice incorporating metaphors into your own work. Surprise yourself and your readers by creating interesting metaphors that add depth, meaning and revelation to your writing.

Pathways to Publication
Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. 

Main Library Auditorium
Learn about the various platforms for publication across genres, topics and styles. Featured panelists include Rebecca Enzor, Carletta Gathers, Jennifer Berry Hawes, Jocelyn Rish and Christine Washington. Books by these authors will be available to purchase.

Fright Night (teens and adults)
Monday, Oct. 28 at 6 p.m.
Dorchester Road Library
Bring your favorite ghost stories to share with the group, and listen to library staff tell a few of their favorite spooky stories. Some stories may not be suitable for young children.

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South
Wednesday Oct. 30 from 6-7 p.m.

Main Library
Join Dr. John R. Williams for an evening of Southern ghost stories, regional folklore, and other scary tales from the oral tradition. This is a South Carolina Humanities program.


Food Literacy Programs

Chef Kevin Mitchell Presents “Black Hands to White Mouths”
Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6-7 p.m.

Main Library
Chef Kevin Mitchell will discuss his research of Charleston’s enslaved and free African-American cooks, including their vital role in shaping the culinary heritage of Charleston and our nation.


Emotional Literacy Programs

Traveling the Spectrum: Autism and Addiction
Saturday, Oct. 12 from 2-3 p.m.

Main Library, Meeting Room B
Join local autism peer mentors for a discussion of topics related to living on the spectrum. Traveling the Spectrum is a community support group for adults with autism, and addiction will be the featured topic during this meeting.


Environmental Literacy

Container Gardening Made Easy
Thursday, Oct. 3 from 6-7 p.m. at Otranto Road Library
Saturday, Oct. 5 from 3-4 p.m. at Dorchester Road Library

Master Gardener Darren Sheriff will share tips to growing healthy food in containers.

Saving Sea Turtles in a Changing Landscape
Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 6-7 p.m.

Folly Beach Library
Aquarium Conservation Programs Manager Kelly Thorvalson will be joined by Sarah Dawsey, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge Manager, to discuss the rapid environmental changes affecting sea turtle populations and how we can all be part of the solution.

Sea Level Rise and Resilience in Legacy Communities
Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Wando Mount Pleasant Library
Legacy communities like the 10-Mile Community are experiencing many downward pressures, including unchecked coastal development and issues gaining access to services and infrastructure resources like sewer drainage and paved roads. In addition to these issues, many of these communities are on the front lines of experiencing the initial impacts of climate change and rising sea levels. Join the
discussion about these critical issues impacting our region.

Bee Cause
Tuesday, Oct. 22 from 3-4 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Library
Join the Bee Cause Project, and take a look inside the life of the honeybee. Learn how you can help our favorite pollinators and keep a bee-friendly home. This program covers beekeeper basics from hive to honey and everything in-between.

Attract Feathered Friends to your Bird Feeder
Tuesday, Oct.
22 from 6-7 p.m.
Hurd/St. Andrews Library
Learn about some of the feathered friends that will visit your backyard this fall and winter. This program is presented by representatives of Wild Birds Unlimited in West Ashley.

Sustainable Seafood: Connecting the Dots Between Local Fishermen and Chefs
Wednesday, Oct
. 23 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Main Library
Our ocean is changing, and fishermen are on the front lines of this transition. How can we as a community change our appetite so that we are eating in concert with the marine ecosystem? Listen to chefs, fishermen, and the South Carolina Aquarium's Good Catch Coordinator Amy MacKown explains what sustainability looks like when it comes to eating seafood.

Heritage in Harm’s Way: Environmental Literacy and Gullah Geechee Communities of Coastal South Carolina
Saturday, Oct.
26 at 2 p.m.
John’s Island Library 
Join us to hear Gullah Geechee community members explain how environmental changes have placed their people and an important part of South Carolina’s cultural heritage in harm’s way. We’ll be joined by scientists from the South Carolina Aquarium who will lead us through a hands-on demonstration. This program is presented in partnership by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Plastic Pollution, Sea Turtles and Us
Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-7:30 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Library
Plastic pollution is one of the most pressing environmental crises of our time and a growing threat to sea turtles and other marine life. Hear members of the conservation community and local legislators discuss the efforts to reduce plastic pollution in our communities, and learn what more we all can do to protect marine and human life. 


STEM/Science Literacy Program

STEM Science Cafes: Dr. Nowlin and Climate Change
Wednesday, Oct. 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Hurd/St. Andrews Library
Learn more about climate change impacts in the Lowcountry during a presentation by Dr. Matt Nowlin, associate professor of political science at the College of Charleston. This event will feature a Q&A session, and refreshments will be provided.


Technological/Digital Literacy Programs

Staying Safe Online
Monday, Oct. 21 from 2-4 p.m.

Wando Mount Pleasant Library
Learn about the most common online threats and how to stay protected while you search the web and work with email. lease call 843-805-6885 to register. Registration begins Oct. 15.

Staying Safe Online
Wednesday, Oct. 23 from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Dorchester Road Library
Learn about the most common online threats and how to stay protected while you search the Web and work with email. Please call 843-805-6885 to register. Registration begins Oct. 16.

Fighting Back Against Fake News
Monday, Oct. 28 from 2-3:30 p.m.

Wando Mount Pleasant Library
Last year's fake news frenzy got a lot of people talking and prompted many to look for ways to combat it. Find out how to spot fake news online and on social media, how to find reliable sources, and how you can be part of the solution.


Physical Literacy Programs

Fitness Fest!
Saturday, Oct
. 26
Mt. Pleasant Library
Bring a bottle of water and a small towel, and wear comfortable workout clothing and low-tread shoes with good support.

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Tai Chi
3-3:30 p.m.: Work-It Circuit
4-5 p.m.: Zumba

Physical Literacy: Bingo for Adults
Throughout October

Mt. Pleasant Library
Get moving to win! Complete a physical literacy bingo card, and turn it in for a chance to win a gift card.


Historical Literacy Programs 

The Spanish Claim to South Carolina, 1670-1763
Thursday, Oct. 10 from 6-7 p.m.

Dorchester Road Library
Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an overview of the competing colonial land claims, which were settled in 1763, and the lasting effect of this dispute on the Hispanic heritage of Charleston and the Lowcountry.

The Forgotten Public Cemeteries of Peninsular Charleston
Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m.

Main Library Auditorium
Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an overview of these forgotten cemeteries and their enduring presence within the landscape of modern Charleston.