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SC Read Eat Grow Kickoff Event

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Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center

1101 Lincoln Street

Columbia, SC 29201

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Please join us for the launch of a new food literacy program called SC Read Eat Grow (REG) brought to you by the South Carolina State Library. Many communities across the state struggle with food insecurity, access to healthy foods, and wellness information for living healthier lives. This initiative will provide training and resources through public libraries and their partners with the goal of increasing information and access to resources from the areas of health, wellness, safety, family literacy, reading, exercise, cooking, and community outreach among other informational topics.

This Read Eat Grow kickoff event will feature a series of presentations from librarians, programmers, community partners, and experts. Attendees will be able to hear from individuals and panels of practitioners on the issue of food deserts, food insecurity, and community food banks; food culture across the state; health and safety concerns for food progammers; how to implement food programming in libraries; state and local partners in food literacy programming and cooking demonstrations with the Charlie Cart™, which libraries can request for programming in their libraries.

The event will also feature Keynote Speaker Chef Edward Lee talking about his cultural journey through food as well as children’s author Lizzy Rockwell on incorporating food themed literacy materials into library programs for youth. We will have a session on South Carolina’s Agricultural and Cultural History, Safety and Problem Solving with DHEC, Book Recommendations, and programs to replicate, among many more. Check back soon for a complete agenda.

For any guests interested in staying overnight in Columbia, we have a block of rooms set aside at the Columbia Hilton Convention Center and the Hampton Inn in the Vista. You may use this link to book directly: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/C/CAECCHF-REG-20190925/index.jhtml for check in between September 25-27, 2019. Any guests wishing to book over the phone may call the hotel directly (Hilton: 803-744-7800; Hampton: 803-231-2000) and request the rate for the “Read Eat Grow Kickoff” or group code “C-REG.” Please reserve by September 2nd.



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