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We're hosting a ticketed luncheon with Dorothea Benton Frank as she celebrates the release of her latest book, Same Beach, Next Year.

New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank returns to her magical Lowcountry of South Carolina in this bewitching story of marriage, love, family, and friendship that is infused with her warm and engaging earthy humor and generous heart.

A chance meeting on the Isle of Palms, one of Charleston's most stunning barrier islands, brings former sweethearts Adam Stanley and Eve Landers together again. Their respective spouses, Eliza and Carl, fight sparks of jealousy flaring from their imagined rekindling of old flames. As Adam and Eve get caught up on their lives, their partners strike up a deep friendship - and flirt with an unexpected attraction - of their own.

Year after year, Adam, Eliza, Eve, and Carl eagerly await their reunion at Wild Dunes, a condominium complex at the island's tip end, where they grow closer with each passing day, building a friendship that will withstand financial catastrophe, family tragedy, and devastating heartbreak. The devotion and love they share will help them weather the vagaries of time and enrich their lives as circumstances change, their children grow up and leave home, and their twilight years approach.

This is an off-site, ticketed event. The luncheon will take place at The Crab House, located at 19598 Coastal Highway. Tickets will be $55, and cover the cost of a copy of Same Beach, Next Year and lunch, including gratuity. Call 302-226-2665 to be added to the attendee list, and you will be contacted prior to the event for payment information. Deadline for registration is August 18th.

Story time is back!

From June 19th through August 25th, we'll be holding free children’s story times five times a week on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Each event will begin promptly at 9:00 am and includes both an exciting story and an easy-to-do craft.

Every story time will have a theme, such as pirates, unicorns, princesses, and dragons. Throughout the summer, children can also look forward to visits from their favorite characters: Taco Dragon (June 24 and 25), Rainbow Fish (July 1 and 2), Ladybug Girl (July 29 and 30), Clifford (August 5 and 6), Paddington (August 19 and 20), and Pete the Cat (September 2 and 3).

Visit our event calendar for a detailed listing of story time events.

Come join our teen book club! The selection for August's discussion is Looking for Alaska by John Green.

Before: Miles "Pudge" Halter is done with his safe life at home. His whole life has been one big non-event, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave "the Great Perhaps" even more (Francois Rabelais, poet). He heads off to the sometimes crazy and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young.

After: Nothing is ever the same.

The book club is led by Karen Willey, an 18 year teaching veteran who has spent 17 of those years teaching Language Arts to middle school students. An avid reader herself, Karen has presented numerous times at the state wide Festival of Words conference, focusing on young adult literature. Her educational philosophy has always been to create life long readers and that continues to be her focus today, both in the classroom and in the community.

The meeting will take place on Saturday, August 12th, beginning at 11:00 AM and ending around noon. Snacks and drinks will also be served. No prior registration is required. For more information, call 302-226-2665.

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