#CarolinaStrong Book Drive honoring Cynthia Graham Hurd


WBTV, Charlotte

WCSC, Charleston

Reading Partners (501 C-3 organization) readingpartners.org

Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement – this is a new foundation, announcement took place late April


A month-long (June) promotion to collect books for children in need.


In honor of Charleston 9 shooting victim Cynthia Graham Hurd.

Cynthia Graham Hurd was a librarian in the Charleston area, there has been a library named after her in Charleston.

She also has ties to Charlotte & her brother, former Senator Malcolm Graham, lives in Charlotte currently.

The Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation for Literacy and Civic Engagement is partnering with Reading Partners to collect books in the month of June for elementary and pre-schools in the Charlotte area who are in need.


WBTV and WCSC will mention during Newscasts, as well as web/social pushes encouraging viewers to drop off gently used or new children's books. Most-needed books = children's books appropriate for kids Kindergarten through Middle School.

Charlotte book drop-off locations: 

  • WBTV Charlotte – 1 Julian Price Place, 704-374-3500
  • Joseph W Grier Academy – 8330 Grier Road, 980-343-5671
  • Oakdale Elementary – 1825 Oakdale Road, 980-343-6076
  • Stoney Creek Elementary1 – 4015 Mallard Roost Road, 980-344-1030
  • Sugar Creek Charter School – 4101 North Tryon Street, 704-509-5470