#ThatSummerBookSale 2019 is coming!

Volunteer with the friends! Apply here!

West Ashley Book Sale 2019 is coming!

Mrs. Jeanell Marvin and her book gems

One of my favorite things about the @chascolibrary on Calhoun in addition to their author events and $1 bookshelves, is their FREE bookshelf. Tucked in a corner in the YA department (my fave) is a little cart with free books-some of which haven’t even been fully released yet.
I’m always blown away by the gems I find. What a great way to serve the community and encourage reading.
Want to serve the Charleston community in your own way? Consider donating books or volunteering at the upcoming book sales. There’s one March 1-2. Head to @chslibfriends to sign up!
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Lauren Reed :: review of Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson

Mrs. Reed has a review for us, about a book that she got from one of our book sales. Check this out:

photo: @reedfamilyreads

“At 15, I watched the movie “Dead Man Walking” with Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. It was the first movie that I remember deeply impacting me, and effectively moving me outside of my adolescent self-absorption. I decided in that moment, that I could never understand or support capital punishment.

In “Just Mercy”, Bryan Stevenson emotes a similar response. This incredible work of non-fiction reads like a narrative novel, as he tells the stories of those wrongly convicted, or sentenced to death or excessive punishment. However, we also learn about people who have committed terrible crimes, the author narrating their stories with compassion and relevance. This helps you if not empathize, at least see how the person arrived there and view the whole picture in context and empathy. Especially those we may easily judge or hold bias against like the poor, the mentally ill, or the oppressed. Mr. Stevenson points out that whether it be fear or anger, we are quick to condemn those most helpless and that “EACH OF US IS MORE THAN THE WORST THING WE HAVE EVER DONE”- something, I think, we can all relate to.

The author’s life’s work in founding the Equal Justice Initiative is enormously daunting. He is representing the most vulnerable of society, and up against the beasts of increasing mass incarceration, institutionalized racism and the prison- industrial complex. Fighting for the fair sentenceing, treatment or rehabilitation of the convicted or unfairly accused is needed.

Obviously, this book is infuriating and upsetting, but at the same time, I felt inspired by the author’s determination to stand up for those misrepresented and mistreated. It encouraged me to continue advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves – the vulnerable and voiceless, poor, mentally ill, or disadvantaged. I’m sure I haven’t given this amazing book the credit it deserves, but I hope I’ve at least persuaded you to read it!


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“Just Mercy is an incredible work of non-fiction by the man who founded the Equal Justice Initiative and the lynching memorial that just opened in AL.”

March Book Sale is around the corner and we need book donations. If you have more than 2 boxes, head to 68 Calhoun St. Less than 2 boxes, drop at any #chascolibrary branch. Thank you!

We need book donations!

Hello friends! We need book donations and we know that we can count on you!

Do you have books to donate? Less than two boxes, you can stop by at any branch of the Charleston County Public Library. More than two boxes (wow! =D), you should deliver it all at the main library, on 68 Calhoun St, downtown Charleston.

Thank you so much for all the support. We are always, always grateful for all of you.

2019 Book Sales dates

March: http://bit.ly/2QCIwrF
May: http://bit.ly/2C9Oj2S
June: http://bit.ly/2sisqKj
July: http://bit.ly/2TGhl1b
October: http://bit.ly/2snkI1f
December: http://bit.ly/2VQkxJE

*Also, you can always check what we have in our Nook. Visit us at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun St.
*How to donate books, DVDs and CDs? http://bit.ly/2KKBYWR
*How to volunteer: http://bit.ly/2KIQ4b2
*How to become a member: http://bit.ly/2ABzdT5
*Do you own a business and would like to become a partner? Click here: http://bit.ly/2rcK3KV
*Newsletter? We got you: http://bit.ly/2KMc98Ch

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Thank you for supporting us! A great community has a great library! 🙂

Great books at great prices for a great cause!

Love a bargain?

Come to the Charleston Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd at the Otranto Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston, SC 29406.

Browse through more than 10,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and audio books at prices that can’t be beat.

Books, DVDs, and CDs, will be available with prices starting at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Items include mysteries, romances, classics, children’s books, local histories, cookbooks and a variety of non-fiction topics. Children’s books start at just $0.50 each. Last year’s annual Spring Book Sale raised more than $6,000, and this year the Friends hope to exceed that amount. All proceeds raised at the book sale go directly to the Charleston County Public Library System.


  • Friday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free both Friday and Saturday.
  • A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the branch, Thursday evening, March 1 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


  • Otranto Regional Branch, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston, SC 29406.

The Charleston Friends of the Library: The Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales to help fund Library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming. The Friends collect and sort donated books for resale to raise money.

The Charleston County Public Library: The Charleston County Public Library System is a dynamic network of 16 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all the people who call Charleston County home.

Facebook, Twitter & InstaGram: @chslibfriends

That Summer Book Sale is just around the corner!

Please join us for the Charleston Friends of the Library Summer Book Sale.   
The sale will take place on Friday, June 23rd from 9:00 am- 5:30 p.m., Saturday, June 24th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Sunday, June 25th from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 pm at the Charleston County Main Library, 68 Calhoun St, Charleston, SC 29401. 

At the sale, you will find more than 20,000 books, DVDs, and CDs, with prices starting at just $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books. Children’s books start at just $0.50.  All books and media are individually priced.  Book categories include mysteries, romances, classics, children’s books, local histories, “better” books, cookbooks and a variety of non-fiction topics.   SPECIAL pricing will take place on Sunday!Want to attend the book sale a day early?

A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the Charleston County Main Library, Thursday evening, June 22nd from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Members can join at the door!


Interested in volunteering at our Summer Book Sale?  Please click here to sign up.


Charleston Friends of the Library to Host Pop Up $1 Book Sales

The Charleston Friends of the Library are participating in National Library Week by hosting Pop Up $1 Book Sales at many of its 16 Charleston County Public Library branches.

The Pop-Up Book Sales are smaller, mobile versions of the the group’s annual regional sales. Purchases at these events go towards the Charleston County Public Library system.  The pop up sales will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 3
    • 10 am – 12 pm: Hurd/St Andrews Regional Library
    • 2 pm – 4 pm: James Island Library
  • Friday, April 7
    • 10 am – 12 pm: John’s Island Regional Library
    • 2 pm – 4 pm: McClellanville Library
  • Monday, April 17
    • 2 pm – 4 pm: Otranto Library
  • Monday, April 24
    • 10 am – 12 pm: Edisto Library
    • 2 pm – 4 pm: Hollywood Library
  • Tuesday, April 25, 2017
    • 10m – 12 pm: Dorchester Regional Library
    • 2 pm – 4 pm: Cooper Memorial Library
  • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 12 pm – 5:30 pm: Mt Pleasant Regional Library

In addition to these sales, the Charleston Friends of the Library are teaming up with the Bay Street Biergarten to host the “Books for Beer” fundraiser on Tuesday, April 11th.

The Friends of the Library is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to assisting the county library by providing annual funding for more than 6,000 community programs and classes which are free throughout the county’s 16 branch library network.

For information visit www.charlestonlibraryfriends.org or call 843-805-6882.