Valerie Byrd Fort, Liz Hartnett and Christine Shelek conduct literacy outreach activities.
South Carolina Center for Community Literacy
Since 1992, we’ve worked to improve literacy rates in South Carolina and beyond. Our
center is the state’s designated examination site for new children’s and YA books,
which are available to the public. Our staff provides a range of outreach activities
that address literacy issues in our communities. Learn more at the links below!
Come visit us! We’re open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 to 5:00.
We have brand new titles, as well as select classics, folktales, poetry, and even
a section of pop-up books!
The Linda Lucas Walling collection focuses on ensuring access to all readers, including
those facing physical and cognitive challenges.
Read more about our collections»
Browse our titles online»
Cocky’s Reading Express (CRE) is the University of South Carolina’s literacy outreach
program. Founded by undergraduate students in 2005, it addressed the need to promote
literacy which was evident then and is even stronger today. The student- led, mascot
-based program visits children in South Carolina Title I Schools. Our impact is magnified
through partnerships, education, and programming. Read about our current initiative here.
Students, educators, librarians, and parents need to make decisions about services,
strategy, and outreach based on a clear understanding of the population they seek
to serve. Trained staff create and implement professional development opportunities
to enhance understanding among teachers, parents, and librarians of best practices
to promote learning.