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!
SCCCL supports literacy by sharing a range of reliable, high-quality resources for
parents, educators, and librarians. This site includes Resources for Learning at home, which can help parents and caregivers navigating virtual instruction and striving
to keep kids engaged. Kids can explore the San Diego Zoo, doodle with Mo Willems,
and participate in virtual storytimes, while their caregivers can learn about ways
to help kids cope with the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic.
For librarians, and anyone concerned with a child’s right to read, SCCCL shares Intellectual Freedom resources. Here you’ll find information on the First Amendment protections in place against
censorship, the rights we all enjoy to read freely, and ways to respond to book challenges.
We support the efforts of librarians in protecting everyone’s right to free expression
and access to information. The staff at SCCCL can provide resources and support for
SC librarians experiencing attempts at censorship in their libraries.
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 »
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. View our professional development playlist on YouTube »
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.