CHARLESTON, S.C. — As we approach the first anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shooting on June 17, Charleston County Public Library is planning several special events and programs to honor the nine Charlestonians who lost their lives, including a 31-year library employee.

Cynthia Graham Hurd, manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library, was one of nine individuals who died during the shocking church shooting. During the past year, local residents have shared stories about Cynthia, how she touched their lives, how she taught them to read and how the time she spent and the interest she showed helped many of them turn their lives around and reach for their dreams.

During June, the library is offering special programs, exhibits and a month-long book drive to bring the community together to talk about what we've learned in the past year and how we can continue the legacy of those killed far too young. Check out the programs below, and join us.  

Learn more about Cynthia's service at the libary and to the community.

Dedication: Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Mural 
Monday, June 20 at 9 a.m.
1067 King Street: 722-7550

Through the joint efforts of the community and donations to CCPL's Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, world-renowned street artist R. Robots painted a bright, wall-sized geometric mural of books on the side of the John L. Dart Branch Library - a branch managed by Hurd during her 31-year career as a librarian. Leaders will come together to officially dedicate the mural, a permanent reminder of Hurd's continuing influence on the community and her commitment to literacy. The mural was a collaboration between CCPL and Enough Pie and partially funded by a donation from Winston & Strawn LLP.

Branch Renaming/Dedication Ceremony
Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m.

Cynthia Graham Hurd, a CCPL employee for 31 years, was one of nine people killed in 2015 in the senseless shooting at Emanuel AME Church. At the time of her death, she was manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library. On this day, which would have been her 56th birthday, the branch is being formally renamed and dedicated as the Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library to honor a woman who changed lives through her commitment to literacy and dedication to the Charleston community.


CharlestonStrong Book Drive – Honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd 
Throughout June
Dorchester Road Regional Library – 6325 Dorchester Road: 843-552-6466
Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 843-766-2546
John’s Island Regional Library – 3531 Maybank Highway: 843-559-1945
Main Library – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930
Mt. Pleasant Regional Library – 1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 843-849-6161
Otranto Road Regional Library – 2261 Otranto Road: 843-572-4094

Continue the work of Cynthia Graham Hurd by donating new and gently used children’s books that will be given to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Charleston County’s Title I elementary schools. This project is a partnership of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement, Reading Partners Charleston, Live5 WCSC-TV and Charleston County Public Library.

Learn more about the book drive being spearheaded by Cynthia's siblings.


The Life and Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd 
Throughout June 
Main Library Lobby – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
Experience the impact Cynthia Graham Hurd continues to have through an exhibit of photographs documenting her career with CCPL and memorial materials expressing an outpouring of love, sympathy and respect for the 31-year librarian and the legacy she created through the lives she touched in the Charleston community and around the country.


Kindred Kids Woven Mandala 
Throughout June 
Main Library Auditorium – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
View this mandala woven by students in the WINGS Kindred Kids program from North Charleston Elementary and Mason Prep School. This student partnership emerged in the wake of the June 2015 Mother Emanuel church shooting to help kids from diverse backgrounds understand each other and themselves in new ways. For more information, visit


A Moment of Silence ... to Read 
Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 
John L. Dart Library – 1067 King Street: 722-7550 
Sign a daily reading pledge, and start reading. While supplies last, youth participants will receive a free book donated by sisters and brothers of the late Cynthia Graham Hurd.