We hope that you will help us identify those who have had a statewide impact on literacy, by nominating individuals or groups for the South Carolina Annual Literacy Leader (ALL) awards for 2012.
The ALL awards are presented by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in the fall of each year to from one to three individuals and / or groups who have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina. Their contributions can include the following kinds of activities:
- developing and implementing innovative and creative approaches to literacy education;
- establishing models of best practices in literacy education;
- providing service to under-served groups and communities;
- providing funding and support for these kinds of programs; or
- making other statewide contributions deemed appropriate by the Committee.
Recipients can be any individuals, agencies, organizations or corporations with a local presence in South Carolina, regardless of their primary place of residence or corporate headquarters.
Nominations should take the form of a one-page letter summarizing the statewide impact of the nominee with respect to the award criteria. Nominations should be received no later than April 23, 2012.
Send your nominations by email to:
Dr. S. K. Hastings
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Carolina
1501 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208
Previous Winners Include:
Hon. Gilda Cobb-Hunter
Hon. Lanny Littlejohn
Dr. Dan Barron
REACH 2010 MUSC, Georgetown and Charleston County Public Libraries
South Carolina ETV
Jane Connor, State Library
Callee Boulware and SC Reach Out and Read
Rodney Graves, Spartanburg High School
Ida Thompson, Richland One
AT&T African American History Calendar
Charleston: A Community of Readers
Ginger Shuler, Richland County Public Library
Spartanburg County Public Libraries’ Children’s Department
Junior Achievement of Central SC
Sarah Katherine DeVenny
We appreciate your help in recognizing these important people and organizations who contribute so much to our state. The tentative date for the 2012 award ceremony is Tuesday September 11, 2012.
Chair, Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Nominating Committee
If you’re interested in learning more about the details and first hand stories behind Jason Ryan’s Jackpot, be sure to watch part 2 of his book discussion at the Richland County Public Library.
Join the Friends of the Richland County Public Library, the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies with support from USC’s Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing, for a book discussion and signing by Jason Ryan, the second event in the 2012 Southern Writers Series that features several of the South’s best authors, at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 28 at the Main Library, 1431 Assembly St.
Jason Ryan is the author of Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs. Through interviews with kingpins, smugglers, investigators, prosecutors and defense attorneys, as well as research of trials and legal proceedings, news archives and government records, Ryan has created a narrative that details the rise and fall of the gentlemen smugglers in the lowcountry of South Carolina in the 1970s.
The event will also feature a panel discussion featuring: Bob Jendron, Assistant U.S. Attorney and leading prosecutor in the case; Bart Daniel, former U.S. Attorney and a lead prosecutor in the case; Jack Swerling, a defense attorney in the case; and Robert Stewart, former Chief of the State Law Enforcement Division, who also worked the case.
Ryan is a former staff reporter for The State and now lives in Charleston.
The Friends of RCPL is a nonprofit organization that works to raise support for and awareness of the library. Friends’ memberships begin at only $25. Visit myRCPL.com/friends or call (803) 988-0885 for more details on membership or this special event.
The Institute for Southern Studies, which promotes the varied resources available at USC and in the community, is led by Dr. Walter Edgar. For more information on the Institute, call (803) 777-2340.
Columbia, S.C. – The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book, in cooperation with USC Press, is pleased to announce its spring 2012 author line up. The Speaker @ the Center program will hold free lunchtime author talks on the following dates:
Thursday, January 12 – Sara C. Arnold and Stephen G Hoffius, The Life and Art of Alfred Hutty: Woodstock to Charleston – A celebration of paintings and prints by one of the principal artists of the Charleston Renaissance.
Thursday, February 16 – Paul Matheny III and Josephine Humphreys, Palmetto Portraits Project – A rich compendium of portraits from two dozen photographers depicting everyday South Carolinians.
Tuesday, March 13 – Jack Shuler, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a Southern Town – A fresh perspective on the Orangeburg Massacre and its legacy.
Thursday, April 26 – Charlene Spearen, A Book of Exquisite Disasters – Deeply felt verses espousing resilience, belonging, and artistry in the face of the challenges of the everyday.
Tuesday, May 15 – Jim Harrison, The Palmetto and Its South Carolina Home – A beautiful collection of paintings exploring the beauty and strength of South Carolina’s state tree.
Books will be available for purchase and autographing. All programs will take place from noon to 1pm in the Administration Building at the SC State Library located at 1430 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina.
The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.
Application submission deadline: February 1, 2012
The Big Read is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to develop community-wide reading programs between September 2012 and June 2013. The Big Read is a national program designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. Organizations selected to participate in The Big Read receive a grant, access to online training resources and opportunities, and educational and promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement and participation. Approximately 75 organizations from across the country will be selected.
Questions? Call Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or email TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.
Poet Nikki Finney, a South Carolina native and daughter of a legal pioneer, has won the National Book Award for poetry. The winners were announced Wednesday evening.
Finney, 52, is a professor of English at the University of Kentucky but returns home frequently to South Carolina. Before this year’s S.C. Book Festival, she talked about one of her poems, created after witnessing defance by homeowners facing a hurriance in the Gulf of Mexico.
Read more at TheState.com.
The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press and their literary partners announce a call for submissions for the biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize. The application deadline is March 19, 2012; a winner will be announced in October. The competition judge is Josephine Humphreys, a Charleston novelist whose latest book is Nowhere Else on Earth.
The winning author will receive a book contract with the Hub City Press, an award-winning independent press in Spartanburg, S.C. The winner will also receive a $500 advance against royalties, and Hub City will publish at least 1,500 paperback copies of the book.
Matt Matthews of Greer was the winner of the most recent First Novel Competition and his book, Mercy Creek, was published in 2011. The book sold out two hardback editions and will be released in December in paperback and e-book format. Publishers Weekly called the book “an enticing full-blown whodunnit … a first-rate effort displaying skill, sensitivity, and grace.”
“Working with Hub City Press has been exhilarating,” Matthews said. “I really appreciate the relationships that I have begun with libraries around the state and the S.C. Arts Commission, which does such a great job supporting the arts statewide.”
Brian Ray of Columbia was the winner of the inaugural competition. His book, Through the Pale Door, was published in June 2009 and was widely and favorably reviewed across the Southeast. Booklist gave it a starred review and called Ray “a talent to watch.”
For information about First Novel Competition eligibility requirements and application guidelines, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/firstnovel or call (803) 734-8696.
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in and around the Columbia Museum of Art – Main and Hampton in Columbia, SC
Events will include readings, a slam poetry performance, writing workshops for teens and adults, informal talks, a poster workshop for kids on the theme ‘Get Real – Read!’, ‘Bring Your Own Book’ storytelling for children, live music, short films, vendors, tie-ins with local stores, and so much more.
Visit http://lingolit.wordpress.com/slw/bookin-it-on-main/ for more information.
75 organizations in communities of varying sizes across the country will be selected to participate in The Big Read from September 2012 through June 2013.
Applicant organizations for The Big Read must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; a division of state, local, or tribal government; or a tax-exempt public library. Eligible applicants include such organizations as literary centers, libraries, museums, colleges and universities, art centers, historical societies, arts councils, tribal governments, humanities councils, literary festivals, and arts organizations.
Community organizations participating in The Big Read develop and produce a well-planned, well-attended, community-wide read with innovative, diverse programming, and widespread community involvement and participation. Activities last approximately one month and focus on one book or poet from The Big Read Library.
Questions about the application process?
Contact Arts Midwest at 612.238.8010 or TheBigRead@artsmidwest.org.
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