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A month-long book drive in honor of
Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year librarian
with Charleston County Public Library, who was killed at Mother Emanuel A.M.E.
Church in 2015.

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The book drive is aimed at collecting new and gently used children’s books in Charleston area communities throughout the month of June. The books will be distributed 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.  The book drive is hosted by the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation and Reading Partners, in partnership with Charleston County Public Library, Live 5 News and Mellow Mushroom.


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Charleston County Public Library branches at the following locations:

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
John's Island Regional Library- 3531 Maybank Highway, John's Island, 843-559-1945
Main Library- 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, 843-805-6930
Mount Pleasant Regional Library- 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mount Pleasant, 843-849-6161
Otranto Road Regional Library- 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, 843-572-4094

Mellow Mushroom locations:

Mellow Mushroom North Charleston- 4855 Tanger Outlet Boulevard, North Charleston
Mellow Mushroom Summerville- 1306 North Main Street, Summerville
Mellow Mushroom West Ashley- 19 Magnolia Road, Charleston

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Berkeley County Library branches at the following locations:

Daniel Island Library- 2301 Daniel Island Drive, Daniel Island
Hanahan Library- 1216 Old Murray Court, Hanahan
Goose Creek Library- 325 Old Moncks Corner Road, Goose Creek

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Summer Volunteering Opportunity

The Arthur Christopher Community Center in downtown Charleston is looking for summer volunteers. The commitment is just an hour
a week and the minimum age requirement is 14, which makes it a great opportunity for high school students looking for service hours this
summer. All you need to do to sign up is click here to visit our website and then click the volunteer button.

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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.


About Reading Partners

Reading Partners empowers students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring. Thanks to the dedication
of more than 14,000 volunteer tutors in Charleston, Charlotte and across the nation, the national non-profit Reading Partners organization provides one-on-one
tutoring to more than 10,000 students to help bring them up to their reading level – making an important shift from learning to read to reading to learn.
Reading Partners has a proven track record of success. For more information, visit readingpartners.org, or connect via LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook.