COLUMBIA — More than 1,500 students representing 19 counties across the state will gather at the South Carolina State House on Thursday, April 11, to celebrate reading at the 2024 South Carolina Read-In. This annual event, sponsored by the South Carolina State Library, lets students show why kids who read succeed.

The Marching 101 Band of South Carolina State University drumline will lead the parade. Attendees will hear from special guests including:

• Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County Sheriff

• Ellen Weaver, SC Superintendent of Education

• Dinah Johnson, South Carolina Author of “Indigo Dreaming”

• Jada Samuel, Miss South Carolina 2023, Author of “Joy on a Journey: Finding a Mentor”

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• SCASL Regional Librarians of the Year

People are also reading…

o Emily Baccomo – 2024 Midlands Regional Librarian of the Year

o Jennifer Wolfe – 2024 PeeDee Regional Librarian of the Year

Orangeburg County’s main library has reduced its hours of operation due to staffing shortages.

o Katherine Freligh – 2023 Lowcountry Regional Librarian of the Year

Registered groups gather in the State Library’s parking lot at 1500 Senate St. between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. The parade to the State House begins promptly at 10 a.m. and the route follows Senate Street to the State House. The Read-In program ends at 11:30 a.m. and groups are invited to stay at the State House until 12:30 p.m.

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