Read-In | SC's Premier Children's Reading Event

Read-In 2019 will be Tuesday, April 2, 2019

This annual event, sponsored by the South Carolina Association of School Librarians and the South Carolina State Library, lets students show why kids who read succeed. Each year, a specific theme is selected by the planning committee. Participants are encouraged to bring their favorite book to read on the State House grounds after the event and some even dress up as their favorite literary character.

Registered student groups gather in the State Library’s parking lot at 1500 Senate Street between 9:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The parade to the State House begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. and the route follows Senate Street to the State House. At the State House there is a brief program followed by special entertainment and reading in small groups. The Read-In then ends at noon. Each group is responsible for providing their own reading material, banners, or signs.


All participants are required to arrive at the SC State Library no later than 9:50 a.m.

Unloading and Parking

All vehicles coming to Read-In will come down Bull Street. You will either turn right or left at WIS television at Gervais and Bull or come straight in on Bull Street. The SC State Library is located at the corner of Bull and Senate Streets.

Unloading will be between Senate Street and Pendleton Street on Bull beside the library.You must pull your vehicle as far down to Pendleton Street as possible. Give your students instructions BEFORE you arrive. When the vehicles stops, get students off immediately.

All students will proceed to the parking lot behind the SC State Library at 1500 Senate Street. The registration table will be located there. One person from the group must register. Porta-Johns will be available in the parking lot and also on Sumter Street at the State House. All students and volunteers must use the Porta-Johns located in the employee parking lot. There will be no traffic in and out of the library.

Bus Parking

All regular school buses will off-load students on Bull between Senate and Pendleton Streets. They will then turn right on Pendleton, turn right on Sumter and turn right again on Senate. All buses will stack park on Senate Street beginning at Senate and Bull.

Police will be available to assist in bus parking. Primary contacts for each school group are requested to be in touch with their drivers. After the event all buses will be loaded no later than 12:30 p.m. and will be released at that time. NO BUSES WILL BE ABLE TO LEAVE BEFORE 12:30 P.M. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS.

Car & Van Parking

All other vehicles are required to display the Read-In participant parking permit. These vehicles may park at meters around the library and State House. All vehicles bringing students to the Read-In MUST display the Read-In permit in the front window of the vehicle. However, this does not guarantee you will not be ticketed or towed for parking improperly. There will be no parking on Senate Street between Sumter and Bull Streets except for school buses. Meters will not be enforced for those vehicles displaying the Read-In parking permit.

Parade Route

All groups must be in the assigned area for the parade no later than 9:50 am. The parade will begin at the SC State Library at 10 a.m. and proceed down the right side of Senate Street, cross Sumter Street and go to the north side of the State House. Volunteers will be at the State House to direct groups.

All groups are invited and encouraged to bring banners and other signs telling who they are along with the books they will read. PLEASE DO NOT CARRY FOOD, COOLERS, OR CHAIRS IN THE PARADE.


Porta-Johns will be located at the State Library and on the State House side of Sumter Street (parking meter 113).