Karpeles Museum to Get Charles Dickens’ Manuscripts

Resident storyteller of Timrod Library in Summerville, Tim Lowry, has added an additional performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to the library’s extra busy holiday schedule. The holiday classic has become a staple for Lowry, just as it is for many of us! Make sure to book your tickets for the December 16th 2:00PM show in advance since his regular shows often completely sell out. Admission is $18 ($15 for Timrod members) and you can reserve your tickets by calling Timrod Library at 843-871-4600.

This added performance is extra special during this season in Charleston because it has recently been announced that in January our very own Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, located on Spring Street, will be receiving original Charles Dickens manuscripts!



Irina Pevzner is the new Executive Director at CAM

Dr. Pevzner has been with Charleston Academy of Music since its early days and is very familiar with the operations. She is fully committed to the mission of the organization and wishes to provide the finest music education to the Charleston community.

Irina completed her Doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of South Carolina in 2013. She also holds a Masters degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University. She was recently elected President of the Charleston Music Teachers Association, and is a frequent performer with Chamber Music Charleston and other venues around town. She is performing in a chamber trio this coming Friday in CAM’s first Rush Hour Mini Concert of the new season.

Congratulations on the new position Irina! You’re going to do great things.

Interested in joining Engaged Learning Experience?

Engaging Creative Minds employs local STEM and art professionals/organizations to engage their students.  Are you interested in joining their roster of highly motivated and passionate Engaged Learning Experience (ELE) Partners?

ECM offers informational meetings for prospective partners.

Meeting Times:
October 14th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
November 5th, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
December 7th, 9:00 am – 10:00 am
January 6th, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
Meeting locations are TBD

Applications are now being accepted with a deadline of January 15, 2016.

Contact Leah Cockerham at843.277.2016 to reserve your spot.

ECM Partner Application

Job Opening for Teaching Artist

Organization: City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department

Address: PO Box 190016
North Charleston, SC 29419-9016

Contact: Krystal Yeadon
(843) 740-5851

Job Title: After School Arts Enrichment Program Teaching Artist (Creative Writing)

Job Description: Contract Position. Must be available from 3:30-5:00 PM for a total of three hours each week for two days a week (Monday – Thursday). Program runs from August 31, 2015 to May 27, 2016. Work will take place at a select North Charleston area elementary school. School site will change every two months.

Qualifications: Must be skilled in creative writing, previously worked with children, and able to work well with an average of 30 children at a time. Having an arts-related background is a plus. Background check will be required.


Contract Position

Alternate Application Method: Submit resume and 2-3 writing samples to kyeadon@northcharleston.org or complete resume form at the link below to submit if you do not have one. http://www.northcharleston.org/files/northcharleston/4f/4f9d02ef-b33e-466b-8847-2708f7d8113e.pdf

Charleston County Public Libraries Renovations

This past November the Charleston County Public Library asked residents new libraries and renovations would be worth paying for. The proposal was approved by nearly 3-to-1, letting the library know how important its facilities were.

Now that the proposal has been passed, some details need to be taken into account. The Charleston County Public Libraries would like resident’s input. Five separate meetings have been set up for residents to attend and voice their opinions.

Meeting dates and locations:

Monday, September 14 at 7 p.m.
New St. Paul’s Branch Library (Replaces St. Paul’s/Hollywood Branch)
E.B. Ellington Elementary Cafeteria
5540 Old Jacksonboro Rd., Ravenel

Thursday, September 17 at 7 p.m.
New West Ashley/Bees Ferry Branch Library
West Ashley High School Auditorium
4060 West Wildcat Blvd., Charleston

Monday, September 21 at 7 p.m.
New Pinehaven Branch Library 
(Replaces Cooper River Memorial Branch)
Cooper River Memorial Branch
3503 Rivers Ave., North Charleston

Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m.
New Ten Mile/Carolina Park Branch Library
Wando High School Cafeteria
1000 Warrior Way, Mt. Pleasant

Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m.
New James Island Branch
 (Replaces James Island Branch)
James Island Elementary School Media Center
1872 Grimball Road, Charleston

Voters approved a referendum to spend $108.5 million to build five new branch libraries, renovate 13 existing branches and move support services out of the Main Library to free up more space for the public. A major focus includes upgrading technology by adding self check-out kiosks, more public computers and the latest equipment in public meeting rooms.

Charleston County has hired Charleston-based architectural firm Cummings & McCrady Inc. to oversee this planning phase. Several other architectural firms are involved, including library-planning specialists McMillan Pazden Smith from Greenville.


To learn more about the construction and renovation plan, view a map and see a breakdown of the estimated costs, click hereResidents unable to attend a meeting can still send comments to letusknow@ccpl.org.

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 – www.ccpl.org – 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 – www.ccpl.org.

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 emaillmina@charlestonlibrarysociety.org 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 burrisss@ccpl.org.

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 biddingforgood.com/sota25 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.)