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


Throughout June, 2019

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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


Food Lion Rock & Rally Kids Day and Adult Social Play

August 17, 2019

Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Activities centered around the fundamentals, skills and fun of tennis
Free for Kids | Tennis Clinic | junior exhibitions | Food | Music | Book & back to school drive

Adults who want to play “JUST FOR THE FUN OF IT” Can come and play in a non-competitive environment and support the works of the foundation

Participants are ask to bring a gently use book K-3 | School supplies will be donated to youth in the community


Charlotte Amateur Tennis Championship

August 16-18, 2019

Marion Diehl Recreation Center & Jeff Adams Tennis Center

Open to All Levels of Play
Singles | Doubles | Mixed Doubles | Wheelchair
Player & Sponsor Reception | PRO/AM
Kids Clinic | Activities for Kids
Food Trucks & Craft Beer
Championship Sunday Brunch


Keep Pounding day with the Carolina Panthers

May 1, 2019

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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.