The Charleston Historical Society co-sponsors its next event, Charleston’s Irish Connections: The Budds of Kilkenny and Charleston on Thurs. May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Stephen White, the lecture traces the roots of the Irish in Charleston by following the story of James Dalton Budds, who came to the Holy City from County Kilkenny, Ireland, in 1847. In Charleston, Budds worked for a number of Charleston newspapers, held business investments, and was involved in a major public works project. White, a Charleston native himself, is the director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. The event is free and open to the public. For any information on this lecture or future lectures, contact the Charleston Historical Society at (843) 723-3398 or the Karpeles Museum at (843) 853-4651. —Moira Phillips
Author Daniel W. Berthelette does a book signing for his newest book From Rags to Riches to Faith: One Man's Journey to Trusting God on May 2 at the North Charleston Barnes & Noble from 2:30-4:40 p.m. and at World Harvest on May 3 at 6 p.m. Adrienne C. Wilson is also having a book signing for her book Isaac and the Bah Family Tree on May 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Books-A-Million. For more information, concerning these events call 888-361-9473. —Emma Hart
The South Carolina Academy of Authors honors Kwame Dawes, Susan Ludvigson, and Carrie Allen McCray Nickens tonight by inducting them into the South Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be at USC in Columbia at 8 p.m. with drinks and appetizers at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35. If you'd like to know more, or get tickets for tonight, email Nicholas Meriwether.
Captain's Comics is hosting Free Comic Book Day on Sat. May 2. Free Comic Book Day is a national program that Captain's Comics celebrates every year by ordering up to 2,000 comic books to give away.
Every person who walks through their door will be receive a free comic! They are giving away over 50 titles, everything from Ninja Turtles to X-Men. Captain's Comics is also having a big sale as a part of the celebration; browse the stacks for your favorite childhood comic at a huge discount.
A couple of artists will be on hand, including Dave McDonald, creator of the Hamster Sam comic book series, throughout the day, selling their independent comics in the store.
Free Comic Book Day lasts from 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.
For for info check out www.captainscomics.com —Candice Summers
The Lowcountry is now home to a star library. The Charleston County Public Library was named one of the best libraries in the nation when compared to over 7,000 other public libraries across the country by Library Journal.
Being named a "star" library puts the CCPL in the top 3 percent of America. This year showed double and triple digit growth for the library over five years with circulation reaching 3.42 million, over 2 million patron visits, and nearly 1.93 million reference questions answered. More than 4,700 programs at 16 locations, like Gallery Art Exhibits, book readings, and signings, and computer classes, drew in 147,500 Charlestonians.
With numbers like these, it's now wonder a 2007 study by the S.C. State Library found the CCPL was the busiest system in S.C. This month the state/county libraries are teaming up for a Why I Love My Library campaign to go along with National Library Week and Library Worker's day.
For more information, check out www.ccpl.org. —Candice Summers