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Letters About Literature

Each year the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and affiliate state Centers for the Book, invites readers in grades 4 through 10 to enter Letters About Literature, a national reading-writing contest. Students write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre– fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s way of thinking about the world or themselves.

South Carolina winners receive cash prizes provided by the South Carolina State Library Foundation. To find out more about the program and how your school or individual child can get involved, please visit www.read.gov/letters.

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Young Minds Dreaming

In support of National Poetry Month, the South Carolina State Library presents the Young Minds Dreaming Poetry contest. The contest is for students in grades 1-12. Awards are given to the top three submissions in elementary, middle, and high school groups.

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DayByDay SC

The South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar is a tool that families, caregivers, educators and librarians can use at home and in the classroom to further develop early literacy skills to help prepare young children for school or help them do better in school.

The Calendar is a project of the South Carolina State Library, working in partnership with agencies and organizations, including the South Carolina State Library Foundation and a Library Services and Technology Act grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). An online version is available at www.daybydaysc.org. The fifth year anniversary of the calendar is being celebrated with an updated version and new art from Helen Correll. Click here to download the calendar.

Who’s Behind SC State Library Foundation?

  • Debbie Yoho
    Debbie Yoho-Board Chair

  • Pat Freehan
    Pat Feehan

  • Joyce Hansen
    Joyce Hansen

  • Tamara King
    Tamara King

  • Bobbie Kennedy
    Bobbi Kennedy

  • Terrye  Conroy
    Terrye Conroy

  • Maya Hollinshead
    Maya Hollinshead

  • Stacie Powell
    Stacie Powell

  • Jonathan Newton
    Jonathan Newton