CCPL Announces July Book Drive to Support Literacy

The Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) system today announced the creation of a month-long book drive being held throughout July. CCPL will collect new and gently used children’s books for distribution through the Reading Partners’ network of tutors working in local schools with students needing to improve their literacy and reading levels.

The book drive is being held in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd, one of the Mother Emanuel Nine, who was a lifelong Charleston resident and 31-year librarian with CCPL. The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement was established to continue her work and legacy of engaging the community through her love and appreciation for reading.

Residents are urged to drop off new or gently used children’s books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at six CCPL  locations:

  • Dorchester Road Regional Library
    6325 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, 843-552-6466
  • Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library
    1735 N. Woodmere Drive, Charleston, 843-766-2546
  • Johns Island Regional Library
    3531 Maybank Highway, John’s Island, 843-559-1945
  • Main Library
    68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, 843-805-6930
  • Mt. Pleasant Regional Library
    1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, 843-849-6161
  • Otranto Road Regional Library
    2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, 843-572-4094

Books can also be dropped off at these four Mellow Mushroom locations:

  • Mellow Mushroom North Charleston
    4855 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston
  • Mellow Mushroom Summerville
    1306 North Main St., Summerville
  • Mellow Mushroom West Ashley
    19 Magnolia Rd., Charleston
  • Mellow Mushroom Charleston
    309 King St., Charleston

For more information on Reading Partners, visit readingpartners.org.

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