Upcoming Program: Historic Textiles of the Charleston Museum

Everything around us tells a story. The building we live in, the places we go, the clothing we wear, what our household goods are made of. Looking in the past, the lives of others are told in the same way. The Daniel Island Library is excited to partner with the Charleston Museum to bring you “Historic Textiles of the Charleston Museum.” You won’t want to miss this virtual viewing on September 20th from 1-2 pm.

Jan Hiester, the Curator of Textiles at the Charleston Museum, will be leading the tour. Attendees will see pictures of different objects from the textile collection, where each product came from, and how each object played into Lowcountry History. A quilt might have ties to a community of women during the 18th century. A shoe might illustrate changing fashions and social climate during the 19th century. Through this talk, objects become tools to tell a narrative.

This is the first of the programs that the Charleston Museum will bring to the Daniel Island Library. Don’t forget to check our website for “Manners Most Morbid: Funerary Practices and Traditions of Charleston’s Past” on October 25th.

Upcoming Charleston Museum Programs

Historic Textiles of the Charleston Museum | Wednesday, Sept. 20th, 1 – 2 pm | Daniel Island Library
Manners Most Morbid: Funerary Practices & Traditions of Charleston’s Past | Wednesday, Oct. 25th, 1 – 3 pm | Daniel Island Library

Written by Catherine Turner, Marketing Intern

Constitution Day @ Your Library

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Berkeley County Library Director Gene Brunson with Mr. James Retz, Library Board Member who generously donated The Constitution Quest game for every library branch.

Written by Catherine Turner, Marketing Intern

During the summer of 1787, in a stuffy hall in Philadelphia, fifty-five men wrote, argued, discussed, and compiled the Constitution of the United States of America. On September 17th, 1787, thirty-nine delegates signed the document. One of these signers was Charleston’s own Charles Pinckney, one of the founding fathers. But why does a document from over two-hundred years ago matter to us today? It’s more important than knowing the answer to a Jeopardy question.

The Constitution defines the powers of each branch of the federal government – executive, judicial, and legislative. By designing a system of checks and balances for each, the founding fathers established a balance of power between the government and its citizens. By learning about the Constitution, Americans can know the laws that keep their personal freedoms in place.


So how can you learn about what’s in the Constitution? Mr. Jim Retz, a Berkeley County Library Board Member, donated several copies of the board game “The Constitution Quest” to the library system. This game is designed for teens and adults – perfect for preparing for the questions to that history test or simply learning for the sake of learning! You can stop by any Berkeley County Library System branch on Saturday, Sept. 16th, to try your hand at the trivia. These games may be available to check out and take home to play with friends and family, be sure to ask your library branch if their game is set up to “checkout.”

While you’re there, browse the stacks for resources for all ages about the founding of our country. If you’re on the go or can’t make into a branch, check out our great e-resources! Wherever you are, your library is available to help you make the most of Constitution Day 2017.


Library Closing: All Material Due Dates Extended to Sept. 18th

Attention: Berkeley County officials have decided to close all offices beginning Friday, Sept. 8th through Monday, Sept. 11th, in preparation of Hurricane Irma.


In the interest of safety for our customers, during the week of 9/11 – 9/16: No items are due; No overdue fines; All items due during this time will have a new due date of 9/18. We also kindly request that you not put your items in the book drops outside the library during this time of severe weather.


While we are closed, the library will also offer access to our wireless networks in an effort to help those in need of connecting to news or their loved ones. BCLS will set up a special SSID that will not require a password.

Please stay safe and we hope to see you all next week. 


Friends of the Library HUGE Book Sale 2015

Fabulous Fall Fiction Book Sale

Fabulous Fall Fiction Book Sale

Join us a the Goose Creek Library for a Fabulous Fall Fiction Book Sale! These are gently used books that have been discarded from the library or donated by the community. Books for all ages – adults, young adults, and children – will be available. And the best part? Everything is only $.25!!! We will also have some sweet treats for sale. Friends of the Library HUGE Book Sale 2015

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23rd, 9 am – 12 noon

WHERE: Goose Creek Library

WHAT: All proceeds from the book sale will benefit the Friends of the Berkeley County Library.

How to Donate:

Donations are still being accepted for this book sale. To donate please drop books, especially children’s books, to the Goose Creek Library. A receipt is available upon request.

Learn more about the Friends:

The Friends of BCLS is an incorporated non-profit organization of volunteers. We promote, enhance, and support the Berkeley County Library System to bring all the exciting, involving, inspiring programs our county’s residents both need…and deserve. Money is raised through membership fees, corporate incentives, Friends’ book sale shelves at each library and special fundraising events. Funds from the Friends help support programs and initiatives for children, teens, and adults including the Summer Reading Program.


Join Us for Library Night at the Charleston Battery

Join the Friends of the Berkeley County Library and the Friends of the Charleston County Library for Library Night with the Charleston Battery on Sept. 9th at 7 pm! Library Night will feature an ad on the program, on field photo at half-time, PSAs read during the match, a text to give campaign throughout the match week, a crossbar challenge against a Battery player at half time, and more. Come on out and show your support!

As a Special Treat

For any new members signing up by September 2, 2017, your name will go into a drawing for 2 tickets to this match!! Membership envelopes are available at all library branches or you can join online here.

Get Tickets


Battery Library Night

Eclipse Events Cancelled on August 21st

On August 21st, Charleston will be teeming with visitors that have come for one purpose: to see the total solar eclipse. In light of traffic and other safety concerns, all locations of the Berkeley County Library System will be closed. This news came through an official county email this morning.

“Upon an extensive review of the information provided to county officials, Mr. Peagler and Council have decided to suspend all non-essential county operations for the day on Monday, August 21st.  This decision was made out of an abundance of concern for employee safety as navigating the congested roadways, etc. could be very hazardous.”

Since many local businesses as well as all schools in the area have closed, BCLS is following suit. Although the libraries won’t be open, they will still have supplies of safety viewing glasses to give out to the public on the days following up to the event. Also, the preparation events are still ongoing. You can catch lectures and preparation events at the Daniel Island, Sangaree, and Goose Creek Libraries. See our updated solar eclipse page here for more information!



Bear Bonanza @ Your Library