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Dorchester County Library is partnering with Trident United WayBerkeley County Library System, and Charleston County Public Library to promote reading to ages birth to five and improve regional literacy gaps.

  • During birth to 5 age range, 90% of a child’s brain development occurs. 
  • 57% of Tri-County children are deemed “not ready” when starting Kindergarten.
  • More than half of Tri-County third graders are not reading at grade level.
  • This partnership aims to impact Tri-County children’s literacy skills beginning from birth on to the years they walk into Kindergarten so we may also impact the future skill base of our Tri-County workforce.

STEP 1:

Sign-up for this ongoing program anytime you visit the Library.

Register your child here to get a free tote bag and book.

Keep track of the books you read with reading logs, or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCL1000Books and on the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” App.

Get a sticker & bookmark for every 100 books you read.

Let us know when you get to 1000 books for your certificate and free book!

STEP 2:

Visit the Trident United Way’s Tri-County Read United page to register for more information and resources!