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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!

An important new resource for parents

Are you looking for local and national resources to engage kids while learning at home?  The South Carolina Center for Community Literacy has developed a resource guide for parents and teachers. Explore the San Diego Zoo, doodle with Mo Willems, participate in a virtual storytime and hang out with Dr. Seuss. 

Check out the full list of resources on our google documents site. We will be updating it daily, so continue to check back. 

Resources at SCCCL



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.

Professional Development

Professional Development

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.


SC Thrive Partner

The South Carolina Center for Community Literacy (SCCCL) is proud to be an SC Thrive partner site.  SCCCL is within walking distance of the Horseshoe, and students can schedule an appointment to meet privately to apply for benefits such as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid. It is our mission to assist the community with their everyday needs. Please call 803-777-2256 to schedule your appointment with a Benefits Counselor.

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