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Book Clubs

Are you looking for a good book discussion group? Interested in meeting others who share your love of reading? Check out the book clubs hosted at the following CCPL branches. 

Main Library | John's Island Regional | Otranto Road Regional   
Dorchester Road Regional | Mt. Pleasant Regional | West Ashley | 
John L. Dart  
Folly Beach  |  Poe/Sullivan's Island  |
 Edisto


Main Library


Great Books Discussion Group

 

Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room B at 6:30 p.m., the second Wednesday of each month.
For more information, please call 805-6904.
Selections for January-May 2016:
  

January 13
"The Stations of the Sun" by Reese Okyong Kwon
"Echo" by Laila Lalami

February 10
"No Subject" by Carolina De Robertis
"The Science of Flight" by Yiyun Li

 

 

March 9
"Hot-Air Balloons" by Edwidge Danticat
"Home Safe" by Emma Ruby-Sachs

April 13
"SJU-ATL-DTW (San Juan-Atlanta-Detroit)" by Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes
"Diógenes" by Pablo Helguera

 

 

May 11
"Bamboo" by Eduardo Halfon
"Encrucijada" by Roberto G. Fernández

June
TBA

 

 

July
TBA

August 
TBA

 

 

September
TBA

October 
TBA

 

 

November
TBA

December
TBA 

 


Not Fiction Book Discussion Group

Meets at the Main Library, Meeting Room A at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please call 805-6930
or visit notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
Selections for 2016:
  

January 5
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

February 2 
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

 

 

March 1 
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

April 5
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

 

 

May 3
Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in Civil War in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey

June 7
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

 

 

July 5
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

August 2
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

 

September 6
Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

October 6
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

 

November 1
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

December 6
M Train by Patti Smith

 

 

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John's Island Regional


Sea Islands Book Club

Meets the third Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 559-1945.
Selections for 2016:

   
January 19
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
February 16
The Measure of Our Success by Marian Wright Edelman

 

 

March 15
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

April 19
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

 

May 17
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

June 21
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

 

 

July 19
Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

August 16
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

 

 

September 20
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

October 18
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates        

 

 

November 15
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

December 20
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

 

 

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Let's Talk About It

Read the classic novel, watch the film and enjoy a lively lecture and discussion. Copies of the books may be obtained from the Reference Desk starting in August. For more information, call 843-559-1945. This program is funded in part by the Humanities Council SC. The club meets from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Selections for 2016: 
 

September 24
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

November 19
Emma by Jane Austen

 October 22
Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

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Otranto Road Regional


Books at Otranto

 

Meets the third Thursday of the month from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. For more information, please call 572-4094.
Selections for 2016:

   
January 21
All the Light we Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr
February 18
The Measure of Our Success: A Letter to My Children and Yours by Marian Wright Edelman 

 

 

March 17
Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy Franceby Caroline Moorehead

April 21
NW: A Novel by Zadie Smith

 

 

May 19
Thank You for Your Service by David Finkel

June 16
Spool of Blue Thread: A Novel by Anne Tyler

 

 

July 21
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

August 18
Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder

 

 

September 15
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

October 20
Ditchdigger's Daughters: A Black Families Astonishing Success Story by Yvonne S. Thornton

 

 

November 17
Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain

December 15
Bring a Christmas book or any book you've recently read to share with fellow book club members.

 

 

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Dorchester Road Regional


Dorchester Adult Book Discussion
Meets on the following Saturdays at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 552-6466.
Selections for 2016:
  

January 23
The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

February 27
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

 

 

March 26
I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

April 30
The Lowland: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri

 

 

May 21
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

June 25
Forty Acres by Dwayne Alexander Smith

 

 

July                         
N/A         

August 27
Fun Home (graphic novel memoir) by Alison Bechdel

 

 

September 17
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

October  
TBA

 

 

November 19
Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank

December 3
BYOB (Bring Your Own Book)/Holiday Party

 

 

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Dorchester Regional eBook Club

Meets on the following Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, please call 552-6466.
Selections for 2016:
  

January 9
From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll

February 20
Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz

 

 

March 19
Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

April 16
Inferno by Dan Brown 

 

 

May 28
History of Tom Jones, Foundling by Henry Fielding

June 11
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon

 

 

July 23
Dracula by Bram Stoker

August 20
Frankenstein, the Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley

 

 

September 17
Red and the Black by Stendhal

October 
TBA

 

 

November 
TBA

December 
TBA

 

 

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Mt. Pleasant Regional


Monday Book Discussions

 

Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 849-6161.
Selections for 2016:

   
January 11
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
February 8
The Children Act by Ian McEwan 

 

 

March 14
My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorryby Fredrik Backman

April 11
Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

 

 

May 9
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

June 13
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

 

 

July 11
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

August 8
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

 

 

September 12
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

October
T
BA

 

 

November 14
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the Endby Atul Gawande

December 12
Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg

   
   

Read Anything Book Club (teens and adults) 
Meets at Mt. Pleasant Regional Library from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the following dates in 2016:
Tuesdays, January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12, May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9 

The "Read Anything" Book Group meets monthly to exchange book recommendations in a wide variety of genres. Read whatever books you want to read each month, and get to know other Charleston book lovers.

 

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West Ashley


Not Fiction Book Discussion Group

 

Meets at West Ashley Library at 11 a.m. For more information, please call 876-6635 or visit notfictionbookdiscussion.blogspot.com.
Selections for 2016:
  

January 21
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

February 18 
Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs by Sally Mann

 

 

March 17
Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

April 21
Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

 

 

May 19
Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in Civil War in the Civil War South by Christopher Dickey

June 16 
My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem

 

 

July 21
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

August 18
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

 

 

September 15
Dear Mr. You by Mary-Louise Parker

October 20
The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

 

 

November 17
Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

December 15
M Train by Patti Smith

 

 

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Folly Beach 


Folly Beach Book Club

Meets at Folly Beach Library at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call 588-2001.
Selections for 2016:

   
January 13
Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 
February 10
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 

 

 

March 9
Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

April 13
Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

 

 

May 13
The Truth According to Us by Anne Barrows

June 8
Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

 

 

July
No meeting will be held in July.

August 10
Water for Elephants by Sarah Gruen

 

 

September 14
Lawrence in Arabia by Scott Anderson

October 12
TBA

 

 

November 9
Our Man in Charleston by Christopher Dickey

December 14
Italian Wife by Ann Hood

 

 

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Edisto


Meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2016:
  

January 
The Plantation Mistress by Catherine Clinton

February 
The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonassom

 

 

March 
50 Children by Steven Pressman

April 
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister

 

 

May 
Factory Man by Beth Macy

June 
The Boys in the Boat
by Daniel Brown

 

 

July 
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

August 
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 

 

 

September 
Someone Knows My Name by Lawrence Hill

October 
TBA

 

 

November
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe 
December
TBA 
   

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Poe/Sullivan's Island  


Beach Lovers Book Club
Meets on the third Saturday of each month at 10:30 a.m. For more information, please call 883-3914. 
Selections for 2016:

 

January 16
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant

February 20
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown

 

 

March 19
After You by Jojo Moyes

April 16
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

 

 

May 21
Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash

June 18
The Tilted World by Tom Franklin

 

 

July 16
Philomena by Martin Sixsmith

August 20
The Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott

 

 

September 24
Gray Mountain by John Grisham

October
TBA

 

 

November 19
The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

December 17
A Nantucket Christmas by Nancy Thayer

 

 

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John L. Dart


Dart After Dark Book & Lecture Series
Meets at John L. Dart Library. For more information, please call 722-7550.
Selections for 2016:
  

February 17 at 6:15 p.m.
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

 

 

 

October 20 at 6:15 p.m.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 

 

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