Take our Summer Reading survey and you could win an Amazon Fire tablet

August 17, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. — Charleston County Public Library's 2019 Summer Reading Program has officially ended, and we’re already thinking about next summer! Whether you participated in Summer Reading or not, we'd love to hear from you and value your ...

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Indigo in the Fabric of Early South Carolina

August 16, 2019

Indigo—both as a plant and a dye—forms an important chapter in the early history of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Although its memory flourishes today in conversations and artistic expressions, lingering misconceptions have distorted our gene...

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Happy birthday, Julia Child! Buy a lot of butter and check out these titles

August 15, 2019

In celebration of what would have been Julia Child's 107th birthday, we're digging into the catalog to find some of the great books about working and cooking with one of the greatest chefs ever. 

After teaming up with Lowcountry Food Bank and th...

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The Evolution of Charleston’s Name

August 9, 2019

To commemorate the 236th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Charleston, let’s take a close look at the legal document that defined the new municipality. Our focus isn’t politics or policy, however, but spelling. The city’s 1783 ...

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The Charleston Baseball Riots of 1869, Part 2

August 2, 2019

Reeling from embarrassment after rioting spoiled an afternoon of baseball on Citadel Green, the divided people of Charleston anxiously prepared for a rematch against the Savannah Base Ball Club in August of 1869. The mayor’s show of force inflam...

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The Charleston Baseball Riots of 1869

July 26, 2019

Baseball was young and a novelty across the nation in the summer of 1869. Charlestonians had only recently embraced the game, which provided a relaxing way to escape the city’s oppressively tense political climate. When sport, music, and racial ...

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Tech Team’s Top Ten for Summer

July 23, 2019

Summer is here, and the Tech Team has some free, popular apps to help you make the most of those hot summer days! Whether that includes vacations to faraway places, or just lounging by the pool at home, these apps will help you have fun, learn som...

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The Velocipede Invasion of 1869

July 19, 2019

During the first half of 1869, the people of Charleston swooned rapturously over the arrival of the latest mechanical sensation called the velocipede. This precursor to the modern bicycle was heralded locally and around the globe as a revolution i...

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Policing Charleston during Queen Anne’s War, 1702-1713

July 12, 2019

In a short span of time during an international war, the South Carolina legislature enacted a succession of laws related to the policing of urban Charleston. It was a confusing period of law enforcement experimentation during a crucial era in the ...

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Explore the rich blue history of indigo with these CCPL programs

July 12, 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Indigo is an art, a science, and a significant part of Charleston’s local history. This summer, CCPL is offering a comprehensive series of indigo programs, including hands-on indigo dye classes, historical lectures and book d...

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