The South Carolina State Library promotes and supports programming in libraries in a variety of ways. We offer circulating kits that contain everything you need to host a library program. These kits are intended for hands-on interaction for all ages, although some kits are geared specifically for one age group/level which is noted on the information page: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/circulating-kits. There are a number of options including Legos™, Kitchen-in-a-Box, Board Games, DIY Escape Rooms, Bilingual Storytimes, Virtual Reality, “Let's Talk About It” book discussion kits, and many more.
Libraries are passionate about helping people connect to opportunities for lifelong education and promoting a better quality of life. The State Library created an initiative called EveryDay Literacy to provide resources and training that will help libraries and their community partners work together with families to build and strengthen early literacy skills. In 2010, the State Library launched the South Carolina Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar, designed to be a tool that families, caregivers, educators, and librarians can use at home and in the classroom to further develop early literacy skills that help young children become prepared for, and to do better in, school. The calendar is available in print in English and Spanish and online at www.daybydaysc.org. The State Library offers brochures with reading suggestions for ages birth through middle grades. In addition, there are STEM activity booklets for Pre-K and Elementary level, Literacy on the Go booklets for busy families, early learning recipe cards based on the 6 skills of Every Child Ready to Read™, and a variety of other offerings. Please visit https://www.daybydaysc.org/everyday-literacy-toolkit to see all the examples in downloadable formats.
The State Library recognizes often-changing family dynamics. We created GrandFamily Resource Centers in 2009 as a partnership with public libraries in South Carolina to create one location in a community where resources for Grandparents who are raising their grandchildren can be housed and provide support for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Information can be found at https://guides.statelibrary.sc.gov/friendly.php?s=grandfamily-resource-centers and an update for the program in recognition of 10 years of support for GrandFamilies will be coming in 2020.
The Statewide Development department is working on a variety of other programs and partnerships that promote literacy, the literary arts, and support for libraries. Please contact any one of our Statewide Development Team members if you are interested in learning more about any of these offerings.
Andersen Cook, Statewide Initiatives Coordinator
Jennifer Jean, Statewide Program Coordinator