In 2010, a group of library and literacy leaders undertook the first step in what would be a long journey toward improving literacy rates in South Carolina. That first group of volunteers helped to support the Right to Literacy campaign by sending the scroll–a declaration of literacy as a fundamental human right–throughout the state and planned the first Midlands Literacy Summit. Through the support of the Central Carolina Community Foundation, this group formed a leadership team, underwent a branding and media campaign to become “Literacy 2030” and worked with literacy advisors to create a plan that could be replicated in other parts of the state.
While we are currently focused on the specific needs and priorities in Richland County, the original regional literacy plan, needs and services assessment, and economic impact study are certainly informing our efforts. You may access them below.