May in Charleston is a veritable bonanza. With the warmer weather comes a slew of special events, from the annual Cinco de Mayo Festival to Piccolo Spoleto. If you’re looking for a cause to celebrate all month long, though, you can thank Charleston Moves for its yearly line-up in honor of Mobility Month. This year, Charleston Moves is teaming up with the Charleston County Public Library for a couple of unique occasions to learn more about mobility in the Holy City.
The first will be a lecture at the Main Library (68 Calhoun St, Charleston) by CCPL historian Nic Butler on Tuesday, May 14 from 6-7 p.m. In his presentation, “The Rise and Fall of Charleston’s Streetcars, 1865-1938,” Nic will present his research on the streetcar, which was the main mode of public transit in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Charleston. In doing so, he will chronicle the streetcar’s rise to wild popularity, followed by its eventual replacement by cars.
Then, on Tuesday, May 21 at the Mount Pleasant Regional Library a lecture and panel discussion called “Equity, Access + Planning: How Transportation Underpins Charleston’s Major Issues” will occur from 6-7:30 p.m. Local experts will explain how equitable, multi-modal transportation is a critical part of the problems in Charleston. Participants will get a closer look at the role of equity in transportation, especially as it relates to affordable housing, job security, gentrification, human-scaled urban planning and greenspaces. Featured panelists will include: Dot Scott of NAACP, Charleston Branch; Melissa Maddox-Evans of the City of Charleston, SC Government’s Housing Authority; Vince Graham of Loci South; and Erin Stevens of Surculus. Attendees will be able to take advantage of an end-of-session Q&A with the panel.
Visit charlestonmoves.org for more information about these and other Mobility Month events conducted by Charleston Moves.
Following is a sampling of other upcoming programs at Mount Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Rd. To find all of the hundreds of programs offered at the branches of Charleston County Public Library, go to ccpl.org/calendar.
- CCPL Bookmark Contest
- (Preschool-5th grade)
Help us celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Children’s Book Week by entering our bookmark contest with the theme Read Now, Read Forever. Get an entry form at any of our locations and turn in your entries by May 31.
- Hot Dogs and Hurricanes
Monday, May 6 from 1-2 p.m.
Enjoy hot dogs and learn how to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season from Charleston County Emergency Management. Special guest appearance by ABC News 4’s Dave Williams.
- Tech Drop-in
Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Stop by for fast one-on-one help setting up your mobile device to access CCPL’s downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, music, movies, podcasts and more.