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Book collection underway for libraries destroyed by Hurricane Matthew flooding

Posted October 19, 2016
By Anna Wyman, public relations major and intern at the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy


The South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy (SCCCBL) and the Student Community for Archives, Libraries and Museums (SCALM) have partnered to collect books for North Carolina public libraries affected by Hurricane Matthew and the ensuing flooding.

The drive, "Read to Rebuild," is collecting new books for all ages. Donations can be dropped off until Tuesday, Nov. 1, at the following locations:

South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy
1430 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Mon-Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

School of Library and Information Science
Davis College, First Floor Hallway
1501 Greene Street
Columbia, SC 29208
Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Ron Stafford, a second-year Master of Library and Information Science student and president of SCALM, lives near the affected areas in North Carolina and initiated the book drive. "In the midst of chaos, books soothe the soul and bring a bit of happiness to a child," he said.

SCALM is a new student organization at USC for students interested in libraries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions. For more information on joining SCALM or the bookdrive, contact Ron Stafford at ronnies@email.sc.edu.