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Charleston County Public Library offering multiple Emanuel-related programs
6/17/2016 12:15:03 PM

Cynthia Graham Hurd

Multiple special events are planned at Charleston County Public Library branches in connection with the upcoming anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shootings, including the renaming and dedication of a branch to honor Cynthia Graham Hurd - a 31-year library employee who died in the tragedy.

A ceremony to rename and dedicate the St. Andrews Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Drive, as the Cynthia Graham Hurd-St. Andrews Regional Library is planned at the branch for Tuesday, June 21 at 9 a.m., the date that would have been Cynthia’s 56th birthday. She was manager of St. Andrews Regional at the time of her death.

Charleston County Council, with support of the Library’s Board of Trustees, agreed to rename the building to honor Cynthia Graham Hurd for changing lives through her lifelong commitment to literacy and dedication to the Charleston community. Children will be a key focal point of the ceremony in an effort to highlight Cynthia’s special connection with the youth and efforts to help succeed in spite of difficulties they may face.

Other key events include the dedication of a colorful, wall-sized mural painted on the side of the John L. Dart Branch Library, a panel discussion on gun control and improving relationships between law enforcement and youth, the first major program featuring authors of the new book, We Are Charleston, who spent the past year doing hundreds of interviews examining the events that led up to and followed the shootings, plus a month-long book drive.

Details of the other major programs include:


  • Dedication: Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Mural
    Monday, June 20 at 9 a.m. 

    John L. Dart Library – 1067 King Street: 722-7550 
    Through the joint efforts of the community and donations to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, world-renowned street artist R. Robots painted a bright, wall-sized geometric mural of books on the side of the John L. Dart Branch Library – a branch managed by Hurd during her 31-year career as a librarian. Leaders will come together to officially dedicate the mural, a permanent reminder of Hurd’s continuing influence on the community and her commitment to literacy. The mural was a collaboration between CCPL and Enough Pie and partially funded by a donation from Winston & Strawn LLP.


  • Gun Control and Building Positive Relationships between Youth and Law Enforcement
    Monday, June 20 at 2 p.m. 

    Main Library Auditorium – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930
    Area leaders and law enforcement officials discuss what the community learned from last year’s Emanuel AME shootings, and how to foster positive future relationships. Offered in partnership with Passion to Forgive, an organization founded by the family of Emanuel victim Myra Singleton Thompson to provide educational and development opportunities to underserved youth and their families. The program will include remarks by The Rev. Anthony Thompson and Kevin Singleton, her husband and son.


  • Book Event: We Are Charleston
    Monday, June 20 at 6 p.m. 

    Main Library Auditorium – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930
    Following the shooting of nine people at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community and nation recognized the need to examine the events that led up to and followed the tragedy. Through interviews with the victims’ families, friends and community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church and the importance of awareness, action and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr. and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey to complete this powerful, emotional book. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and to be signed by the authors. A portion of the sales will go to CCPL's Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, which honors the 31-year library employee who died in the shootings. Direct donations to the Fund also accepted. Light refreshments served.


  • CharlestonStrong Book Drive – Honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd 
    Throughout June

           • Dorchester Road Regional Library – 6325 Dorchester Road: 843-552-6466
           • Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 843-766-2546
           • John’s Island Regional Library – 3531 Maybank Highway: 843-559-1945
           • Main Library – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 843-805-6930

       • Mt. Pleasant Regional Library –  1133 Mathis Ferry Road: 843-849-6161

       • Otranto Road Regional Library – 2261 Otranto Road: 843-572-4094

Continue the work of Cynthia Graham Hurd by donating new and gently used children’s books that will be given to students in kindergarten through fifth grade in Charleston County’s Title 1 elementary schools. This project is a partnership of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement, Reading Partners Charleston, Live5 WCSC-TV and Charleston County Public Library. 


Additional events and exhibits planned include:



  • The Life and Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd 
    Throughout June 

    Main Library Lobby – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
    Experience the impact Cynthia Graham Hurd continues to have through an exhibit of photographs documenting her career with CCPL and memorial materials expressing an outpouring of love, sympathy and respect for the 31-year librarian and the legacy she created through the lives she touched in the Charleston community and around the country.


  • Kindred Kids Woven Mandala 
    Throughout June 

    Main Library Lobby – 68 Calhoun Street, downtown: 805-6930 
    View this mandala woven by students in the WINGS Kindred Kids program from North Charleston Elementary and Mason Prep School. This student partnership emerged in the wake of the June 2015 Mother Emanuel church shooting to help kids from diverse backgrounds understand each other and themselves in new ways. For more information, visit



  • A Moment of Silence ... to Read 
    Saturdays, June 4, 11, 18 and 25 

    John L. Dart Library – 1067 King Street: 722-7550 
    Sign a daily reading pledge, and start reading. While supplies last, youth participants will receive a free book donated by sister and brothers of the late Cynthia Graham Hurd.


·         A Birthday Celebration for Literacy

Tuesday, June 21 at 4 p.m.

Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library – 1735 N. Woodmere Drive: 766-2546

Help us honor the birthday of librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, who was manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library when she was killed during the June 2015 shooting at Emanuel AME Church. In addition to cake, crafts and children’s activities, youth attendees receive a free book donated by Hurd’s sister and brothers, while books last. Come celebrate her legacy and dream for education and literacy.


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