Greenville's first book club, the End of the Century Club, began in 1899. The San Souci Club (1902) was the next club to be formed. These first two initial clubs were followed by several including: the Round Table Book Club (1910), the Athenaeum and the Chatham clubs (1936), the Inter Se Book Club and the Clio Club (1937), the Thalian Club and the Lector Club (1946), the Cosmos Club and the Aries Club (1949), and the Semi-Centi and the Literature Department of the Greenville Woman's Club (1950). These clubs brought the number of book clubs to twelve by 1952. For the large number of clubs, a Book Club Day was to be held the first week in May. This event has been held every year since 1947.