Pat Conroy, photo by Steve Leimberg

“A library could show you everything, if you knew where to look.”—Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

Honoring National Library Week, the Beaufort County Library System and the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host a touring free public program, “I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries, at the Hilton Head, Bluffton, and Beaufort branch libraries on April 4-6.

The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, acclaimed southern storyteller Pat Conroy (1945–2016) is synonymous with the Lowcountry. Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat’s own personal library played in his writing life. Through video and audio clips, photographs, and published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy, this presentation welcomes attendees into the book-filled world of one of America’s most beloved writers.

Haupt will be assisted in the presentations by Beaufort High School student interns Alisha Arora and Millie Bennett, both members of DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization.


Monday, April 4, 2:00 p.m., Hilton Head Island Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, presented by Jonathan Haupt

Tuesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m., Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, presented by Jonathan Haupt and Alisha Arora

Wednesday, April 6, at 4:30 p.m., Beaufort Main Library, 311 Scott Street, presented by Jonathan Haupt and Millie Bennett

Learn more about the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center at and about the Beaufort County Library System at