New Dates for Facilitation Training with Anne Sinclair of Resource Associates
Attendees should be interested in learning how to develop a comfort in leading a group through a discussion process in a non-judgmental manner, improving listening skills and the ability to handle unexpected situations, and general best practices for facilitating a group.

Update! The facilitation trainings are FULL! We hope to offer more dates in the future. You can still contact the State Library about getting on a waiting list for September 8th from 1-4pm and on October 1st from 9am to 12pm, or any future trainings. They are open to directors, program managers and staff that are interested in learning facilitation skills. Register on the State Library’s events calendar page: You can also call Flora at 803-734-8126 to get on the waiting list.


What’s Been Happening!!

Richland Library had its third quarterly meeting in June. If you missed it, you can contact Sarah Gough for details at 803.929.3478.


The 4th annual StoryfestSC kicked off the 2014 summer reading programs across the state with a record attendance and number of families coming from counties across the state. Each child received hardcover books by authors Brian Lies and Nina Crews and the brand new 5th anniversary South Carolina Day by Day literacy calendar. We’ll post some photos and numbers soon but until then visit your public library and sign up for the summer reading program!


May 15, 2014 at the Calhoun County Library: Calhoun County library celebrated their children and teen writing and reading project they have been working on all year. Even Mentor Kwame Alexander made a video appearance. Calhoun is getting attention from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for their back-to-back sub-grant project children’s literacy projects and success they are making in a small and rural county. It was very successful and a great partnership!

Other literacy efforts:

Thank you to all who made the 2014 READ-IN such a success! Click this link for the video showing what great things happened on the day where everyone celebrates and promotes the importance of reading: 2014 SC READ-IN

Future Summits are likely to take place by region. If you would like to help, email us!


LITERACY SUMMIT 1: October 16, 2010

In October 2010, Margaret Doughty of Literacy Powerline came to Columbia for our first summit which was supported by many partners including the Central Carolina Community Foundation. The goals of the summit were:

  • Identify the top barriers to literacy in each county
  • Determine where there might be gaps or overlaps in service between existing organizations and programs
  • Establish best practices for literacy efforts
  • Learn about funding opportunities for literacy programs
  • Create action plans for addressing the needs of South Carolina residents