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Beaufort County Children Receive Books Thanks to Grant

The Beaufort County Library System is proud to announce that it is a recipient of a 2019 Read to Succeed Summer Camps Book Award grant.

Read to Succeed legislation was created in 2015 to address the literacy needs of South Carolina students, and the summer camps provide an intervention system for students who may be struggling to read at grade level. The book award helps to put more books in the hands of reluctant readers by providing curated collections of high interest paperbacks to the selected applicants.

The Beaufort County Library received over 550 books that were then delivered by library staff to summer camps at Whale Branch Elementary, Robert Smalls International Academy, Shanklin Elementary, and Broad River Elementary. Each 2nd and 3rd grade student camper got at least one book to take home.

“The Read to Succeed grant perfectly aligns with our Summer @ Your Library program and partnership with the Beaufort County School District. One of our top goals is to encourage and support reading at every age level. These high interest books will help to cultivate a fondness for reading with this important and emerging age group,” stated Beaufort County Library Director Ray McBride.

Ten counties throughout South Carolina, including Beaufort, received the Summer Reading Camps Book Grants through funding from a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the South Carolina State Library.


Ray McBride, Library Director


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