Barnes & Noble Bookfair for BEGIN WITH BOOKS

posted Oct 22, 2015, 8:55 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Dec 11, 2015, 7:08 AM ]

Saturday, December 5,
Barnes & Noble Westwood
1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston 29407

BWB friends enjoyed an all-day book fair at Barnes & Noble on December 5, 2015.  Proceeds benefitted BWB and shoppers enjoyed:
  - Leonard School of Music guitar ensemble
  - Children's story times
  - Holiday crafts and cookie decorating
  - Free cafe holiday samples

Thanks to the Master's in Communication Program at College of Charleston for producing and co-hosting this event.

North Charleston Expansion Campaign Launch Event

posted Aug 15, 2015, 5:47 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 8:44 AM ]

Thursday, October 1, 4:30-6:00 pm
Lowcountry Graduate Center
3800 Paramount Drive, North Charleston

Memorable quotes from speakers at the event:

Anita Zucker, CEO, InterTech Group, and Chair, Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative: “We must invest in the development of our children. We must invest our dollars, our resources, and our time.  I believe the future of our country depends on it.  The future of business in this country depends on it.  Our company has been an investor [in BEGIN WITH BOOKS] and will continue to be an investor. We will invest in this program to help expand what’s happening in North Charleston.”

Kim Foxworth, Director of Child Development, Charleston County School District: “BEGIN WITH BOOKS is a strategy for closing the achievement gap.  BEGIN WITH BOOKS gives families an incentive to spend intimate time, even with babies, in sharing books.  This helps instill a love of books that carries them into school.”

 Jasmine Kang, Plant Manager, Cummins Turbo Technologies: “A lot of times, the people who really shine are the ones who have a real interest in reading.  Having BEGIN WITH BOOKS in an area like North Charleston would be a great benefit for us over the next years so that we can get our next leaders coming from the local area.”

 Rev. Cheryl Mills, El Shaddai Missionary Baptist Church: “I am a pastor right in the middle of the 29405 community and I know how important getting these books into a child’s hands is going to be.  It is going to be more than just something that we do to make people smile.  It is going to change a generation.”


BWB Park Circle Pop-Up Fundraiser

posted Jul 13, 2015, 4:15 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Aug 21, 2015, 5:45 AM ]

Saturday, August 8, 2015, 12-4 pm
Coast Brewing Company
Alison Ross and Itinerant Literate Books sponsored a Pop-Up Fundraiser to support the North Charleston expansion campaign of BEGIN WITH BOOKS.  The event was hosted by Coast Brewing Company, 1250 2nd Street North, North Charleston.  Featured vendors, auction donors, and entertainers included Alison Brynn Ross, Amaris Photography, Amelia Jude, Art Board Company, Beverly Barfield, Brian Wheat, Charleston Mattress, Chef Maya, Cool After School, Dr. Thomas Funcik Facial Plastic Surgery, Fisher Recycling, Fluff & Co., G. Stevens, Girls Rock, Girls Rock Charleston, I Wish You Wood, Ink Meets Paper, Iron Dog Diner, Itinerant Literate Books, Katie Killham, King of Pops, Lindsay Holler, Livy Connor, Liz Cole / Coral Anchor Boutique, Matthew Foley, Michelle Jewell / Finkelstein, North Charleston United Methodist Church, Orange Spot, Perkins Eyecare & Eyewear, Play Garden, Poof, Robyn Saunders, Sawdust Wood Company, Silkbone Jewels, So Twisted Up, Stephanie Rose, The Junction, Third Eye Vintage, Wire Taxidermy.  THANK YOU.

Charleston Premiere: When the Bough Breaks

posted Apr 18, 2014, 10:10 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Jun 1, 2014, 3:50 AM ]

May 22, 2014
BWB and Palmetto Project hosted the Charleston premiere of WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS, an eye-opening documentary on children's literacy in South Carolina.  Bud Ferillo, director and producer, opened the screening, and remarks from Dr. Nancy J. McGinley, superintendent, Charleston County School District; Kim Odom, manager, John L. Dart Branch Library; and Steve Skardon, executive director, Palmetto Project, completed the evening.  The event was held at The Citadel.

When the Bough Breaks is a production of the SC Education Oversight Committee and a presentation of the Children's Law Center of USC.

BWB Volunteer Appreciation Party

posted May 20, 2013, 6:14 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated May 20, 2013, 6:14 AM ]

May 19, 2013
BWB volunteers and supporters enjoyed a beautiful evening at the home of Priscilla Shumway and Jack Hurley to celebrate another year of County-wide collaboration with big dividends. 

Yard Sale Benefits BWB on Johns & Wadmalaw

posted Apr 5, 2013, 7:54 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated May 20, 2013, 7:33 AM ]

May 4, 2013

BWB's first yard sale on Johns Island was a big success.  A happy crowd of shoppers found real treasures in the children's area, where clothes, books, toys, and furniture found new homes.  Proceeds will sponsor 53 Johns and Wadmalaw Island children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. 

Many thanks to Faith Lutheran Church for hosting the event and to Safe Storage for providing collection space for donations. 

Coosaw Creek Women's Club Award Ceremony

posted Jan 8, 2013, 12:11 PM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Jan 8, 2013, 12:12 PM ]

January 7, 2013
Coosaw Creek Country Club, North Charleston

Outgoing president Barbara Megorden of Coosaw Creek Women's Club presented awards to CCWC's Chosen Charities for 2012, Katie's Krops and BEGIN WITH BOOKS.  The award to BWB will sponsor 123 children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and will deliver 1,476 books to children in Charleston County.

Barnes & Noble Gift Wrap Day

posted Dec 24, 2012, 5:13 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Dec 24, 2012, 5:13 AM ]

December 22, 2012
Barnes & Noble, Sam Rittenberg store

VOLUNTEERS from The Charleston Book Lovers meetup book club staffed our gift-wrap table at Barnes & Noble all day, earning enough in tips and donations to sponsor 7 children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  Thanks to B&N and our volunteers for "wrapping up" another 84 book deliveries!

BWB Celebrates Two Years in Charleston County

posted Oct 25, 2012, 2:47 AM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Oct 25, 2012, 2:47 AM ]

October 22, 2012

Trident Technical College - Palmer Campus

BEGIN WITH BOOKS celebrated its first two years in Charleston County with a presentation and reception at Trident Technical College.  Supporters, volunteers, and participating families gathered to hear about BWB's growth and plans for expansion.  Milestones include 13,178 book deliveries, 8 service communities, 1,170 children enrolled. 

BWB-College of Charleston Theater Education Internship

posted Oct 1, 2012, 4:33 PM by BEGIN WITH BOOKS   [ updated Oct 1, 2012, 4:33 PM ]

October 1 - December 3, 2012

Mt. Zion and Angel Oak Elementary Schools, Johns Island SC

BWB teams up with the College of Charleston to bring Imagination Library books to life.  Student interns in the Theater Education Department developed musical, acting, and arts activities to accompany book-reading and story telling at CD classes in two local elementary schools, where most students are enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.  The first book featured was Nona Strega's Harvest.

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