Book drive to support literacy in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd

Cynthia Graham Hurd

A month-long book drive will be held this July to collect new and gently used children’s books in Charleston area communities for distribution through the Reading Partners’ network of tutors working in local schools with students needing to improve their literacy and reading levels. The books will help the students build a love for reading by having their own at-home libraries, as well as honor the memory of the late Cynthia Graham Hurd.

For over three decades,  Hurd helped her community and neighbors connect with the resources and opportunity found at the Charleston County Public Library. Children, especially, knew she was always ready to help them — whether they needed homework assistance or a new book “just right” for a beginning reader.

“Reading Partners supplements in-school tutoring with a ‘take reading home’ component, which the book drive will directly impact. Each student enrolled in Reading Partners brings home more than 30 books per year,” said Reading Partners Board Chairman Richard Star. “This is a practice that will further foster a love of reading in students, their siblings, and the rest of the family.”


Donate, donate, donate! Residents are urged to drop off new or gently used children’s books for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at six Charleston County Public Library locations.


Drop off points are located at six Charleston County Public Library’s branch libraries:

·        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

Drop off points at 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


About the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation:

Cynthia Graham Hurd was one of the Mother Emanuel Nine – the church members killed during a prayer service in June 2015. Cynthia was also a lifelong Charleston resident and 31-year librarian with Charleston County Public Library. The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement was established to continue Cynthia’s work and legacy of engaging the community through her love and appreciation for reading. As a librarian, Cynthia stirred a passion for reading across generations and literary genres. The Foundation works the way Cynthia lived her life by advocating for the expansion of literacy and availability of books to everyone.


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