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History Harvest, Avery Research Center, Saturday, April 11, 10am-2pm, sponsored by the Avery Research Center and the Lowcountry Digital Library Come join the Avery Research Center and the Lowcountry Digital Library … Read More

The 4th Annual Student Diversity Conference is almost here!

Posted on 31 March 2015 | 12:09 pm

The 4th Annual Student Diversity Conference is almost here! Please encourage all students to attend. The conference is free for all CofC students. They may register for the Conference at … Read More

Banned Books Week, September 21-27!

Posted on 21 September 2014 | 7:32 pm

Banned Books Week at College of Charleston starts today! Check out our events all week. Stop by Addlestone Library to view our exhibits and take a picture at our photo booth. … Read More

Will Allen, CEO and Founder of Growing Power

Posted on 11 March 2014 | 3:16 pm — 


Sottile Theatre

Wednesday, March 19th, 7:00 pm

Will Allen, founder, Chief Executive Officer, and a 2008 MacArthur Prize Winner, believes, “If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community.  I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system.”  Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds and the environments in which they live through the development of Community Food Systems.  These systems provide high-quality, safe, healthy, affordable food for all residents in the community.  Growing Power develops Community Food Centers, as a key component of Community Food Systems, through training, active demonstration, outreach, and technical assistance.  The goals of Growing Power are: to grow food, to grow minds, and to grow community.

McKinley-Washington Auditorium, Avery Research Center

Friday, March 28th, 6:30 pm

The Friends of the Library and the Avery Research Center will welcome Dr. Myers in a discussion of her recent publication, Forging Freedom: Black Women and the Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston, which analyzes how black women in Charleston acquired, defined, and defended their own vision of freedom.  Discussing topics such as manumission, work and property ownership, Myers argues that for black women in the Old South, freedom was an experience, not just a fixed legal category.  Emancipation without the ability to improve one’s financial, social, and legal standing was a poor imitation of liberty.  Ultimately, Forging Freedom reveals the ways in which Charleston’s black women overcame significant obstacles in order to craft a freedom of their own design instead of settling for the limited liberties imagined for them by white Southerners.


Kokanko Santo, Ngoni Artist

Posted on 8 March 2014 | 9:13 pm — 

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Recital Hall, Simons Center of the Arts

Thursday, March 13th, 7:30 pm

College of Charleston welcomes the songbird from ancient Malian hunters.

Join us for a rare night of music with Kokanko Sata Doumbia – one of Mali’s most prominent Wasulu Songbirds, and the only known female to have mastered the kamelen ngoni (boy’s harp).  Kokanko’s original songs will enchant you.  Her versions of traditional hunters’ songs of the West African Savannah will bring you glimpses of the music which graced the Rice Belt of early America in the 1700′s – from Charleston to New Orleans.

Kokanko was raised as an accompanist musician – playing gourd drums and percussive scrapers for other musicians.  Though coming from a powerful lineage – her father is an honored blacksmith, and her mother a jeli.

For Kokanko is a “Bird of Wasulu” – a songbird from the ancient Malian hunters’ culture – whose job is to offer guidance through music and sing for the well-being of the community.  In the words of Toumani Diabate’s producer Lucy Duran, Kokanko’s work makes public “the voice of hidden women’s discourse (hereditary songsmith) – Kokanko knew no Malian man would teach her more specifically,  how to play the “boy’s harp” – the kamelen ngoni.  (The ngoni came across the Atlantic during the slave trade; its sound eventually transformed to the banjo and blues in the U.S.)  So she built her own, and taught herself how to play.  First learning the traditional songs of her village, praising particular hunters and Allah, Kokanko quickly developed her own style at once tender and unflinching.  These songs are of the strength of women, relationships between the sexes, and the importance of tolerance and understanding.



Come learn more about making the best use of your study time with our guest speaker, Ernest Brevard Jr. from the Multicultural Student Center at the College of Charleston!  Ernest will discuss strategies for successfully navigating your college journey and getting the most out of your study time!

More about the Study Skills Workshops 101 & 201

In collaboration with the Center for Student Learning, the Library is co-sponsoring our second series of complimentary study skills workshops in spring 2014.

  • Workshop Series 101, offered by the Center for Student Learning, is geared towards the general student population wanting more information on study skills.  The 101 series occurs three times a week lasting about 50 minutes for each session.
  • Workshop Series 201, offered by the Library, is geared towards upper classmen and faculty, staff, and Friends of the Library that are interested in more advanced information literacy skills. The 201 series has guest speakers from all around campus.  These workshops will last about a hour and will take place at 3pm on specific Thursdays in Room 120 on the first floor of the Addlestone Library.
  • Click here to download a printable spring 2014 workshop calendar for Workshop Series 101 and 201! 

Whether you are an upper classman, graduate student, faculty member, staff member, or Friend of the Library everyone is welcome to attend these workshops.  We hope that you can find some time to just relax and learn something new!

FOL Brings Celebrated Poet Kevin Young to C of C

Posted on 29 October 2013 | 11:11 am — 


Award-winning poet Kevin Young will give a poetry reading on November 6, 2013 at 7PM in Alumni Hall, co-sponsored by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, the African American Studies Program, and the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library. Young’s visit to the College of Charleston is in conjunction with the exhibition Renee Stout: Tales of the Conjure Woman (October 18-December 14).  The traveling exhibition, originated by the Halsey Institute, explores the contours of the African American experience and the existence of an underground system of African-derived folk beliefs known as Hoodoo or conjuring. Through the use of mixed media, including painting, sculpture, installation, and photography, Stout gives a glimpse into this shadowy world, which has origins in herbal medicine, root work, and a belief in the spiritual attributes of plants and animals. Kevin Young was commissioned to write an essay and series of poems based on Stout’s work for the exhibition catalogue. Entitled Book of Hours: An Evening of Poetry & Conjure by Kevin Young, the reading will feature poems from the Stout catalogue along with an assortment of older and newer works.

Kevin Young is the author of eight books of poetry, including Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, winner of an American Book Award, and Jelly Roll, a finalist for the National Book Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize. Young’s book The Grey Album: On the Blackness of Blackness was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and won the 2013 PEN Open Book Award.

He has an A.B. in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Brown University. He is currently Atticus Haygood Professor of Creative Writing & English and Curator of Literary Collections & the Raymond Danowski Poetry Library at Emory University in Atlanta.

About Young’s work, the poet Lucille Clifton has said, “This poet’s gift of storytelling and understanding of the music inherent in the oral tradition of language re-creates for us an inner history which is compelling and authentic and American.”

Free Screening of Restrepo at the American Theater!

Posted on 17 September 2013 | 3:22 pm — 

Restrepo_FILM (3)In 2007-08, journalist Sebastian Junger spent fifteen months embedded with a US Army platoon in Afghanistan’s infamously dangerous and remote Korengal Valley. Restrepo documents the emotions and experiences of American soldiers on the ground…fear and loneliness and boredom, bursts of excitement and laughter, and ever-deepening bonds of friendship.

Please join the College of Charleston’s Friends of the Library for a free screening of Sebastian Junger’s Academy Award-nominated documentary film, Restrepo, at the American Theater, 456 King Street, on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:00pm.

For more information contact Stephanie Alexander at

Buy Your Tickets to An Evening With Sebastian Junger Online NOW!

Posted on 6 September 2013 | 2:32 pm — 

Tickets for An Evening with Sebastian Junger are NOW ON SALE!
You can puchase tickets at!


Tickets for the VIP reception and keynote address are $125.00.
Tickets for the keynote address only are $45.00.

Remember, Sebastian Junger will visit the College of Charleston for one night only! Wednesday, November 13, 2013
VIP Reception: 6:00pm
Keynote Address: 7:00pm
Rivers Green, behind the Addlestone Library

Email Stephanie Alexander at, or call 843-953-6526 for more information.