Tri-County Read United

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Trident United Way, Berkeley County Library System, Charleston County Public Library and Dorchester County Library are partnering 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. 

What is 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten?

It is a nationwide challenge that is easy, fun, and puts children on the path to success. Families and caregivers are encouraged to read 1,000 books with their child before they start kindergarten. Reading aloud to children from birth helps strengthen language skills and build vocabulary -- two important tools for learning to read. Plus, sharing stories together is fun! Visit your local library to register and learn more! 


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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Registration Kickoff Event and Agency Fair

Saturday, October 2nd from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Outdoor event at 4 library branch locations

Moncks Corner Library (Berkeley County), 1003 Highway 52, Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Otranto Road (Charleston County), 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, SC 29406

St. George Main Library (Dorchester County), 506 North Parler Avenue, St. George, SC, 29477

Summerville Branch Library (Dorchester County), 76 Old Trolley Rd, Summerville, SC 29485

Can't make the event? You can still register online and raise awareness by taking a photo of yourself reading or reading with a child! Share your photo on social media using #TriCountyReadUnited.

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Step 1: Register a child with Trident United Way to receive resources, motivational tips and more!

Step 2: Register for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program at your local library to log your progress and receive reading milestone rewards, including free books!

Charleston County Public Library, Berkeley County Library System, and Dorchester County Library all host their own 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten programs, so be sure to select your library system below.

Berkeley County

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Charleston County

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Dorchester County

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