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Choose To Read

Choose to Read

Meeting: March 1, 3:30 pm, Sabal Palm Room

Across South Carolina, too many children grow up without access to a simple benefit: books. Research has shown that without age-appropriate reading material in the home, children may be at an early disadvantage in school and – heartbreakingly – in life. Children in poverty are the least likely to have books at home. In an effort to address this significant challenge facing our state’s children, Diversity Leaders graduates across the Palmetto State began giving books to children as part of a Super Capstone project in 2012 called Livi’s Library. Since then, over 30,000 books have been collected and distributed to children in Charleston, Greater Columbia, Greenville, and Lancaster through book fairs and bookshelves filled with free books for kids.

As a result of the efforts of Livi’s Library and DLI graduates statewide since OneSouthCarolina 2012, South Carolina First Steps and the Riley Institute at Furman are proud to announce the formation and statewide launch of Choose to Read, a new organization that will carry these efforts even further across the state in 2014 and beyond. 

This Project is designed to share gently used books with children who otherwise could not afford books of their own. The South Carolina Book-Sharing Project grew out of the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative and OneSouthCarolina.  

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