The Pirate Executions of 1718

December 8, 2018

The mass execution of 49 pirates in Charleston in 1718 is described in historical documents with a frustrating paucity of details. Despite the drama and trauma associated with this event, an air of mystery still hangs over the town regarding the p...

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Charleston County Public Library and government officials break ground on new Bees Ferry West Ashley Library

December 4, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Construction of the new Bees Ferry West Ashley Library is underway. Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and Charleston County Government officials kicked off the construction of the new facility during a groundbreaking...

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The Charleston Pirate Trials of 1718 (Part 2)

November 30, 2018

Over the course of five weeks in the autumn of 1718, the people of Charleston witnessed thirteen trials of fifty-eight men accused of piracy. Clerks wielding quill pens and ink made a paper record of this entire courtroom spectacle, most of which ...

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Apply your art aptitude, help CCPL design its new library card

November 29, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting its first library card design contest, and library lovers age 18 and older are encouraged to submit an original design for a future limited edition library card. A library c...

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CCPL and government officials to break ground on new branch in West Ashley

November 28, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) and Charleston County Government officials will break ground on the new Bees Ferry West Ashley library branch. This event marks the beginning of construction on the new 20,000-square-foot ...

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The Pirate Hunting Expeditions of 1718

November 23, 2018

This month marks the 300th anniversary of one of the dramatic episodes in the history of Charleston—the trial and execution of four dozen pirates who were captured off the Carolina coast in 1718. In today’s episode, we’ll explore the backgro...

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Thanksgiving-themed digital reads to keep you entertained in those Black Friday lines

November 20, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Holiday-themed books. They can’t be that bad, can they?

That’s the thought that started this list and the deep dive into the CCPL digital catalog for some wonderfully bad reads to help you pass the time as you stand in li...

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Get lit this Thanksgiving with literary-themed cookbooks

November 19, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means many of you are getting ready for a few days of nonstop cooking. For the booklovers in the kitchen, there’s a chance to marry your love of cooking with your love of literature wit...

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'Let me finish this chapter': Books you can't put down this Thanksgiving break

November 17, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. – There are few ways better than avoiding Thanksgiving Eve chores or those awkward conversations about politics and religion around the dinner table than this timeless excuse: “Be right there! I just want to finish this chapte...

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CCPL hosts Porkchop Productions for 'Holly and the Snowman'

November 16, 2018

CHARLESTON, S.C. - How can you make a snowman when it’s 98 degrees outside? Join Holly the Elf on her quest to make a seemingly impossible holiday wish come true! Will Jack Frost be willing to change his icy ways or will tropical snow be a no-go...

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