Summer reading program


Despite the summer’s challenges, the Colleton County Memorial Library’s annual Summer Reading Programs persevered and kept hundreds of youngsters occupied during the summer.

The Children’s Summer Reading Program’s virtual programs averaged nearly 50 viewers in the 20 videos. The summer began with the Ms. Literacy YouTube channel until the library got its own YouTube channel in May.
The weekly children’s programs included Wednesday Storytimes with Miss Shiela and a guest, plus a Thursday program with special guests.
Daylen Murray-Young won the Most Books Read award with 108. Jamil Murray-Young took first with 113 in the Most Books Read: PreSchool. Allyson Scott received the Most Participatory Award and James Scott was the grand prize winner. In total children read 494 books plus 131 in the pre-school program.
Twenty children also won gifts with weekly gifts (books and prizes) to those who came into the library.
Assisting with the program were Sue West as children’s services assistant, Tyler Wilkey as videographer and Lashonda Linder as Filmora 9 consultant.
Donors included the Coastal Community Foundation Beaufort Fund, Friends of the Colleton County Memorial Library, Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative, Stony Point Foundation, Martina Publishing Inc., Wayne Garrett, Melissa and Allie Handy and La’Donna and Quinton Heyward.

The Cottageville Library presented its Summer Reading Program both on YouTube and Facebook with eight programs. Fifteen children signed up as well as five teens and adults. Rowan Reeves was the sole volunteer who helped prepare various activities.
On signup day, children received a craft bag supply bag with crayons, scissors, tape, glue sticks, glue bottles, rulers, markers and pencils. Then each Saturday, children stopped by to pick up a craft pack to complete that day’s video project.
At the conclusion, children received t-shirts, browsing bags, bookmarks, pencils, balloons and a paint sheet.
Two Tweens/Teens submitted “Twisted Tales” and received a drawstring bag, aluminum water bottle, book light, pencils, library card holder t-shirt, earbuds, bookmarks, unicorn notebook, microwave popcorn and browsing bag.
All teen and adult book club participants had the choice of a drawstring bag, browsing bag or both and were entered in a drawing for a Chrome tablet.

The Adult Virtual Summer Reading Program was held June 1-August 1. Eight adults signed up on the bookmobile and read 86 books. The main library and Edisto Beach Library had 29 adult participants who read 201 books. Five virtual book club meetings were held at the main library.

The Young Adult Summer Reading Program for ages grades 6-12 held weekly Manga/Comic workshops led by Young Adult Librarian Lashonda Linder. End of summer winners were Madison Scott, first; Alexandria Handy, second; and Garry Goff, third. An average of 26 readers participated during the seven weeks.



Library director

I would like to thank all of our library patrons and sponsors throughout Colleton County who participated in our 2020 Virtual Summer Reading program.   During this difficult time, we wanted to ensure that your children still had access to story times, engaging programs, crafts and, of course, reading.

If you haven't already, please subscribe to our library YouTube channel by visiting Search for us by typing in Colleton County Memorial Library. You should then see all of our videos posted to this channel.

During the entirety of the 2020-2021 school year, we will be offering virtual tutoring services to all Colleton County residents through This service is free for students and parents.  All you need is a library card.  No library card, no problem.   Call us at (843) 549-5621 to learn how you can receive a digital library card for

During these difficult times, we hope you are staying safe and healthy.  We surely have missed seeing many of you at our libraries. We will continue offering (while we can) access to our facilities with limited services. For library patrons who would rather visit us curbside, we will continue offering curbside pickup services.

Our temporary library hours for:

Main library

Monday - Friday

11 a.m.-6 p.m.


9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunday Closed

Cottageville library:

Tuesday and Thursday

4-8 p.m.


10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Edisto Beach Library

Tuesday and Thursday

1-5 p.m.


10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Thank you and I look forward to seeing you at the library.


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