CCPL & USC Launch Cynthia Graham Hurd Book Club for Teens 

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September 2019 — September 2020

Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Library

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is honoring the memory of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year veteran of CCPL who was killed in the Mother Emanuel AME shooting in 2015, by launching a new book club for teens in her name. This year-long program is in collaboration with the South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation and part of the South Carolina Youth Collective

“Cynthia was very passionate about providing equitable access to education,” said Darlene Jackson, a colleague of Cynthia’s and the Deputy Director of CCPL. “We believe this will continue to keep her legacy alive in enhancing literacy and the understanding of social and community issues.” 

The book club will run between September 2019 and September 2020. Participants in grades 6-12 will read and discuss literary works that focus on social justice issues. The South Carolina Collaborative for Race and Reconciliation will provide free copies of the books for the teens registered in the program. 

The participants will have about one month to read each book and then discuss the books at their chosen location, the Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street, or the Hurd/St. Andrews Library at 1735 N. Woodmere Drive in Charleston. Registration is limited to 25 participants per location. 

This program is in partnership with the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation, led by Malcolm Graham, Cynthia’s brother, and also made possible by Melvin Graham, who is also the brother of Cynthia Graham Hurd. 

 

Reading Partners Book Drive

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Throughout June, 2019

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St. Andrews Library

Donate, donate, donate! Residents are encouraged to drop off new or gently used children’s books for students in kindergarten through third grade at six CCPL branches and select Mellow Mushroom locations. Donated books will be distributed through the Reading Partners’ network of tutors to help students in local schools improve their literacy and reading levels. Students will be able to further develop their love of reading by building their own library collections at home with the donated books. This book drive is hosted by the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation and Reading Partners, in partnership with CCPL, the Berkeley County Public Library, Live 5 News and Mellow Mushroom.

CCPL's drop-off locations:

  • Dorchester Road Regional Library

  • Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library

  • John’s Island Regional Library

  • Main Library

  • Mt. Pleasant Regional Library

  • Otranto Road Regional Library

 

Past Events

 

Charlotte Amateur Tennis Championship

August 16-18, 2019

Marion Diehl Recreation Center & Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Game, set, match! We had a great time at the Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament, which kicked off with a sponsor dinner on Friday, August 16 before heading into a number of action-packed tennis matches on Saturday. The event closed with a Championship Brunch on Sunday, where we congratulated all of our winners!

A huge thank you to our sponsors at Atrium Health for making this weekend possible — we’re already looking forward to next year’s event!

By the numbers

384 Participants in the Town Hall event to kick off tournament weekend

90 USTA players in the main tournament

16 Wheelchair players

60 Participants in the Rock & Rally Kids Day tennis clinic

45 Participants in the Adult Social Play event

16 Sponsors

$2,500.00 Tournament Purse

13 Feature news stories about the tournament

 

Food Lion Rock & Rally Kids Day and Adult Social Play

August 17, 2019

Jeff Adams Tennis Center

As part of the Charlotte Amateur Tennis Tournament, we hosted a Rock & Rally Kids Day on Saturday, August 17. Kids ages 6-12 were taught the fundamentals, skills and (most important) the fun of tennis. In addition, an Adult Social Play was held at the same time, for those adults who wanted to play “just for the fun of it” in a non-competitive environment. Participants were asked to bring gently-used books for children in grades K-3 to support the work of the Foundation, and school supplies were also collected to be donated to youth in Charlotte communities.

By the numbers

384 Participants in the Town Hall event to kick off tournament weekend

90 USTA players in the main tournament

16 Wheelchair players

60 Participants in the Rock & Rally Kids Day tennis clinic

45 Participants in the Adult Social Play event

16 Sponsors

$2,500.00 Tournament Purse

13 Feature news stories about the tournament

 

Keep Pounding day with the Carolina Panthers

May 1, 2019

Cynthia Graham Hurd/
St Andrews Regional Library

Carolina Panthers provided free book fair for kindergartners in Charleston County School District Head Start Program and awarded $2,000 in grant funding to the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Reading & Civic Engagement.