In 1984, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress began establishing affiliate centers in the 50 states. Today, there is a State Center for the Book in all 50 states, and every U.S. Territory. These affiliates carry out the national Center's mission in their local areas by sponsoring programs that highlight their region's literary heritage and calling attention to the importance of books, reading, literacy and libraries.
In addition to focusing on the importance of books and reading to audiences nationwide, they actively work to highlight their unique literary heritage. Many Centers sponsor book festivals, author readings, and other events that celebrate books and libraries. The Center for the Book has also formed a national network of partners to maximize their efforts.
ReadSC, the South Carolina affiliate Center for the Book, officially began in 1996. We celebrate our rich literary heritage, bringing public attention to the importance of books, writers, and reading.