One Day Book Sale!

Come shop the Charleston Friends of the Library Pop Up One Day Book Sale on Friday, April 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Mt Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464.

Our One Day Sale will feature individually priced books starting at $1. Our selection will include “better” books, mysteries, romances, classics, children’s books, local histories, cookbooks and a variety of non-fiction topics. Hope to see you there!

Interested in volunteering?  Please click here.




West Ashley Book Sale


Want to attend the book sale a day early? 
A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library, Thursday evening, May 23rd  from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. To become a member, please click here.  Members can also join at the door!

Can’t wait for the next book sale? You can find $1 books in the Friends of the Library section of a number of Charleston County Public libraries.  These books are refreshed often and you will find a variety of genres.

Interested in volunteering at our May Book Sale?  We’re in NEED of volunteers.  Please click here to sign up.




The Public | Movie & Panel Discussion

Presented by The Library Foundation of the Lowcountry & Charleston Friends of the Library:

CHARLESTON PREMIER: The Public | starring Emilio Estevez & Alec Baldwin.

Following the film, a panel discussion on homelessness and the role of the public library.

Featured Panelists:

Darlene Jackson, Interim Director, Charleston County Public Library | Gene Brunson, Director, Berkeley County Library System | Jenn Gleber, Branch & PR Manager, Dorchester County Library – Summerville

To purchase tickets, please click here

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Books for Bier 2019 – Donate a book, get a free beer!

Annual fundraiser benefiting The Charleston County Public Library

April 9 – 5:30 – 8pm | Bay Street Biergarten – 549 East Bay St, Charleston

Bring a gently used book and receive a free beer. Plus, any child who brings a children’s book to donate will receive a free root beer. In addition, we will sell books and have amazing silent auction items for you to bid on. Come support your local library and have fun with us!

*Limit one beverage per person.
** Free admission.

Questions? Info@charlestonlibraryfriends.org




March Book Sale

Please join us for our March Book Sale!

Come shop the Charleston Friends of the Library March Book Sale on Friday, March 1st from 9:00 am- 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 2nd from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Otranto Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road, Charleston, SC 29406.

At the sale, you will find more than 10,000 books, DVDs, and CDs, 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.

Open to the public:
Friday, March 1st  9am-5:30pm
Saturday, March 2nd  9am-4pm

 

Want to attend the book sale a day early?  A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the Otranto Regional Library, Thursday evening, February 28th from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Members can join at the door!

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

 

Questions: 805-6882 or info@charlestonlibraryfriends.org




Holiday Book Sale

Looking for some extra stocking stuffers this Christmas? Shopping for Kwanzaa or a New Year’s Party? Come shop the Charleston Friends of the Library Holiday Book Sale. It’s the best bargain in town!

At the sale, you will find more than 10,000 books, DVDs, and CDs, 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.

Open to the public:
Friday, November 30 9am-5:30pm
Saturday, December 1 9am-4pm

Want to attend the book sale a day early? A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the Mt Pleasant Regional Library, Thursday evening, November 29th from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Members can join at the door!

Questions: 805-6882 or info@charlestonlibraryfriends.org




That BIG Book Sale

Featuring over 60,000 books, DVDS, CDs, audio books, sheet music, and maps available to purchase for prices as low as $.50

Our next That BIG Book Sale event is scheduled for October 12th-14th at the Omar Shrine Auditorium, with our Preview Sale for members on October 11th .

 

Membership Preview Sale & Reception

Held the evening before the sale goes public / 5 – 8 PM / Omar Shrine Auditorium
Become a member of Friends and join us for a special sneak preview of the sale! Members get first access to all of the goods. To become a member, please click here.

 

Volunteer for FREE Books!

That BIG Book Sale is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we are in need of more than 300 volunteers to ensure that it is a success.  You can sign up to volunteer here.  

Volunteer Activities:

  • Set up and break down the sale
  • Sort and organize items
  • Cashier and more!
Group Volunteers:

This is an excellent group volunteer opportunity! If your school, company or organization is interested in pitching in, please email director@charlestonlibraryfriends.org, or sign up online by clicking on the link here.

Volunteer Benefits:

  • Free Books:  volunteers receive a coupon for $10 off a purchase
  • The satisfaction that comes with helping your community

 

Sponsor The Annual Big Book Sale

Want to gain great visibility for your company during the sale? Looking for ways to further support the Library? Become a Sponsor! There are over 5,000 shoppers coming through the doors during the 4 day event.  Become a sponsor today!  Please call (843) 805-6882 for more information.




Black Ink: The Charleston African American Book Festival

Black Ink:  A Charleston African-American Book Festival

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Terry McMillan, one of America’s most beloved and critically acclaimed authors, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Black Ink Book Festival on September 8. McMillan became the empowering voice of a generation of women with her New York Times #1 bestsellers Waiting To Exhale and How Stella Got Her Groove Back. She will join 60 black authors and hundreds of readers for the third annual festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Main Branch of the Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun St. The event is free and open to the public.

McMillan’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide. Four have been made into major motion pictures. Known for “irreverent, pitch-perfect tales of women’s lives,” McMillan’s seven bestsellers are rich in fearless wisdom, heart-touching characters, and unforgettable stories of friendships, healing, intergenerational bonds, and women saving their own lives. “I write about what breaks my heart,” she has said. “What I don’t understand. And what I wish I could change.”

McMillan is an Essence Lifetime Achievement Award winner, a featured guest in Oprah’s Life Class, and has appeared on shows ranging from The View and Tavis Smiley to The Daily Show. As a speaker, McMillan dives into the many themes of her books and shares her own personal journey through challenges, relationships, addiction, and health issues. With signature sass and disarming authenticity, she connects to audiences through powerful storytelling and a constant credo: It’s never too late to become the person that you want to be.

“We are thrilled that Terry McMillan, one of the most inspiring authors in America today, will join us for our third festival,” announced Brittany Mathis, director of the Charleston Friends of the Library, presenter of this year’s festival. “Having one of the most influential writers is truly a dream come true.”

The mission of Black Ink: A Charleston African American Book Festival is to support local black writers, creating a space for them to share their work, discuss their craft, and expose readers of all ages to the great variety of African American authors in the area. General admission to the event is FREE to the public and includes all author exhibits, featured author sessions, and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information,  please click here.

 

The festival is free to the public. This year’s event will include the following features:  

  • Author and vendor exhibits
  • Author discussions and signings
  • A panel featuring renowned African-American authors
  • And More!

Below, you will find detailed information about the festival and how you, as a sponsor, can receive the maximum benefits and exposure. If you have any questions or require our assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at the phone number or e-mail address above.  To sponsor this year’s, please click here.

Become a Corporate Sponsor of Black Ink.

Help inspire hundreds of readers

and encourage local African-American authors

 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival, offers several sponsorship opportunities to companies of all types and sizes. Should you have a specific request or need, we can also develop a sponsorship package tailored especially for you.  Donations are tax deductible.

Title Sponsor

The Title Sponsor is the most prestigious sponsorship level of our event, with significant and valuable benefits to the sponsoring company or organization.  The value of the sponsorship is $10,000.

The benefits of being the Title Sponsor include:

  • Title of “Official Title Sponsor of the 2018 Black Ink:  Charleston African American Book Festival”
  • Sponsorship exhibit area
  • A photo opportunity with the keynote speaker for ten employees
  • A copy of the flyer signed by the keynote speaker
  • Company name and logo in print advertisements
  • Company logo on Festival website
  • Company name/ logo on television advertisements
  • Company name mentioned on radio announcements
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bag
  • Exclusive press release sent announcing company’s sponsorship of Black Ink
  • Full-page advertisement in Festival program
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns
  • Company name featured on Festival stage

Black Ink Partner

Black Ink Partner Sponsorships are perfect for companies that have a primary goal of reaching the masses at the third annual African American Book Festival for the purpose of direct selling.  The value of the sponsorship is $5,000.

The benefits of being a Black Ink Partner are:

  • Title of “Official Partner of the 2018 Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival”
  • Sponsorship exhibit area
  • Company name in print advertisements
  • Company logo on Black Ink website
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bag
  • Exclusive press release sent announcing company’s sponsorship of Black Ink
  • Half-page advertisement in Festival program
  • Right to use event name in all marketing campaigns
  • Company name featured on Festival stage

Black Ink Associate

Black Ink Associate Sponsorships are designed for entrepreneurs and small-to-medium-sized businesses with limited sponsorship budgets.  The value of the sponsorship is 1,000.

The benefits of being a Black Ink Associate are:

  • Title of “Associate Partner of the 2018 Black Ink: A Charleston African-American Book Festival”
  • Company logo on Black Ink website
  • Company flyers distributed in Festival gift bags
  • ¼ page advertisement in Black Ink program
  • Company name mentioned on Festival stage




John’s Island Book Sale

Are you ready to find some great books at a great price?  The John’s Island Book Sale, offered by the Charleston Friends of the Library is just around the corner.  On July 27th and 28th, more than 10,000 books, DVDs, and CDs will be available at the John’s Island Regional Library for incredibly low prices.  Prices start at $1 for paperbacks and $3 for hardback books.  Children’s books start at just $0.50!

Last year’s annual John’s Island book sale raised more than $7,000, and the Friends hope to exceed that amount. All proceeds raised at the book sale go directly to the Charleston County Public Library System to provide funds for items that cannot be acquired through the regular budget.

WHEN:

  • Friday, July 27 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Admission is free.
  • A special event for Friends of the Library members will be held at the branch, Thursday evening, July 26 from 5:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Members can join at the door.

WHERE: John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island, SC 29455




Beach Reads Book Sale

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Come shop the Charleston Friends of the Library Beach Reads Book Sale on Thursday, May 24th from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at the Sullivan’s Island Farmers’ Market, 1921 I’On Avenue (in front of Poe Library).

Our Beach Reads Book Sale will feature individually priced adult paperbacks starting at just $1. Romance! Thrillers! Suspense! You name it– we’ve got it.