Charleston Library Adds Music and Film Streaming Services

Charleston County residents now can stream a wide variety of music and award-winning independent films for free through two online services available from Charleston County Public Library.

Anyone with a library card can enjoy the streaming services by visiting the library’s website – – and logging into either Freegal or IndieFlix on the site’s Downloadable Media page.

With Freegal, customers can stream three hours of music daily and download five music tracks to keep each week. This free music service offers access to approximately 9 million songs from genres including rock, hip-hop, top 40, pop, country, classical, reggae, jazz, blues, Latin and more through the Sony Music Entertainment catalog.

Fans of independent cinema can use the IndieFlix streaming film service to access award-winning shorts, feature films and documentaries, including some films shown at major festivals all over the world, including Sundance, Cannes and Tribeca. Users can instantly watch the thousands of films available from more than 50 countries and search films by language, genre, film length or country of origin. Customers can use the service on any Internet-enabled computer, smartphone or tablet with a web browser, along with Roku and xBox.

Access to streaming music and films is CCPL’s latest offering of free digital material available through the library’s website. Customers can download free eBooks, audio books and magazines plus enjoy interactive storybooks and online activities for children. So far this year, county residents have downloaded or checked out 200,000 digital titles from the library’s online services. The majority, approximately 60 percent, are free downloadable eBooks that people can read on their digital devices or computers.

For a full list of all the free digital materials available, check the Downloadable Media link on the left side of the library’s homepage –

Join the Book Club at the Library Society

The Charleston Library Society has announced the return of their Book Club in the fall of 2015!

With the help of dedicated members and a passionate staff, the Library Society will begin this year’s club with Circling the Sun: A Novel by Paula McLain. Author of the best-selling novel The Paris Wife returns with her eagerly anticipated new novel that transports readers to colonial Kenya in the 1920s. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman—Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa.

The first Book Club meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015 at 10:00 AM. There will be a maximum capacity for this event, so please call ahead and reserve your space.

The Library Society is selling copies of Circling the Sun. To receive more information about upcoming Book Club events please or call (843) 723-9912.

Call for S.C. Artists at the Saul Alexander Gallery

The Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery of the Charleston County Public Library provides space for juried art exhibitions, solo or group, at the Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The Library is seeking artists to present monthly starting in March of 2016! Preference is given to work reflecting experiences and viewpoints of South Carolina residents. 

Submissions to exhibit will only be accepted during September of 2015. The works of each selected artist or group will be exhibited for one month beginning in March of 2016. For more information, please email Sarah Burriss at

Applications, which must be included with an artist’s submission, are available online or by calling 843-805-6840.

Gallery Procedures:
The Charleston County Public Library offers an opportunity to South Carolina artists and craftsmen, who have been selected by a jury of local art professionals, to present their work to the public.

With the exhibition space serving as an avenue for the respectful exchange of artistic and conceptual ideas within a diverse constituency, these exhibitions should reflect the varied experiences and viewpoints of the people of South Carolina. The Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee selects artists and craftsmen for inclusion in the exhibition schedule on the basis of the quality of their work and suitability for the space.

Submission Guidelines:
Artists must submit a current resume and 8 to 12 examples of their work in the form of photographs, CDs or other electronic medium appropriate for display to the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee. We recommend visiting the space prior to submission to determine the suitability of the space for your work.

Examples submitted must be representative of the work intended for display, and appropriately labeled with the artist’s name, the title, medium and size.

Artists must be at least 18 years old to be considered by the gallery committee.

The work should not have been previously exhibited at the library. Preference will be given to newly created works.

After the Charleston County Public Library Gallery Committee has met to select those artists who will display in the following year, those selected will be notified and assigned their exhibition month.

The director of the library has final approval for all exhibits.

For complete details on the Saul Alexander Gallery and artist application, click here. 

College of Charleston Celebrates 25 Years!

 On October 10, the College of Charleston School of the Arts will celebrate its 25th year by hosting a Silver Celebration!

Attendees will be among the first to experience the grand ballroom in the new, world-class Gaillard Center while enjoying live entertainment with the Joe Clarke Big Band, fine fare, a full bar, and live and silent auctions featuring unique experiences and items. View some of the auction items here, and check back often for new items. (The silent auction opens online on October 1.)

Proceeds will support scholarships and programs at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Your participation will nurture our budding artists, art scholars and art leaders and will elevate their academic experience.

Make plans to join us on October 10, 2015! Tickets are now available for purchase online.

Visit for sponsorship details, ticket info and to keep an eye on our growing list of auction items. (If viewing on a mobile device, click on “View standard version of site” at the bottom of the website.)