Book Drop Extravaganza

The United Way of the Lowcountry is proud to partner with Pi Phi, The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County, and the Beaufort County School District to provide nearly 10,000 free books to children this summer as part of a new program called The Book Drop Extravaganza. This program was designed to get books into the hands of children throughout our community this summer to encourage them to read.

“Becoming a stronger reader is achieved through practice, just like becoming better at sports or an instrument,” says Melissa Murray, English Language Arts Coordinator for Beaufort County School District.  The more you practice, the better you become.  Our goal is to spread fun and joy around reading.  Think of the fun, having so many children reading the same book at the same time.”

Starting June 22 – August 2nd, free books including picture books and chapter books will be available for students at Beaufort County meal drop sites, lending libraries, and public libraries throughout Beaufort County for the next six weeks.  Each Monday morning, books will be dropped off at each of the sites listed below and will be available until they run out.  There will also be enrichment activities, book readings, and more to go along with each book on United Way of the Lowcountry’s website at

“Fight the summer slump by picking up a book to read,” says Dr. Renarta Tompkins, USCB Associate Professor of Literacy and United Way of the Lowcountry’s Education Impact Chair. “You may not be able to leave the house, but your mind can travel anywhere with a book.”

Book List & Dates

June 22 – 28 – “Mother Bruce”

June 29 – July 5 – “Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish,” “Blended,” and “The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl”

July 6 – July 12 – “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”

July 13- July 19 – “Dragon Pearl”

July 20 – July 26 – “Elephant & Piggie – Elephants Can’t Dance”

July 27 – August 2 – “The Red Hat”


Book Drop Locations

Beaufort County Meal Drop Sites (9:00 am – 12:00 noon)

Coosa Elementary

Bluffton Middle School

Battery Creek High School

St. Helena Elementary School

Whale Branch Middle School


Lending Libraries

Hilton Head Island Early Childhood Center

Hilton Head Island Elementary/ Hilton Head Island School for the Creative Arts

Okatie Elementary

Red Cedar Elementary

Port Royal Elementary

Pat Conroy Literacy Center

USCB Center for the Arts (Beaufort)

United Way of the Lowcountry (Beaufort)


Public Libraries

Beaufort Library

Bluffton Library

Hilton Head Library

Lobeco Library

St. Helena Library

Generous grants provided by Pi Phi, United Way of the Lowcountry, and the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County,  in partnership with Beaufort County School District have made this program possible.


June 22 – 28 | “Mother Bruce”


CLICK HERE for a book reading from Beaufort County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Frank Rodriguez

Mother Bruce Enrichment Video

Mother Bruce – Reading & Writing Video

Mother Bruce – In Spanish