Find Your Voice: Join 'York County Reads!'

January & February 2021 

Our Second Annual York County Reads will be January and February 2021! This exciting program connects readers throughout York County as they read the same books at the same time. Our goal is to promote literacy and community engagement. This year, all ages can read about finding your voice through art. Read one or both of our featured books, and get inspired to be creative! Encourage others around you to sign up and read together, and tag us on social media with #yorkcountyreads2021. You can also meet the authors virtually for discussions and Q&As. Join our community for a one-of-a-kind community art project and other special York County Reads events at each Library. Please go to Beanstack to record your participation and find more activities.



Jade believes she must get out of her neighborhood if she’s ever going to succeed. Her mother says she has to take every opportunity. She has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful. Like an invitation to join Women to Women, a mentorship program for “at-risk” girls. Except really, it’s for black girls. From “bad” neighborhoods.


But Jade doesn’t need support. And just because her mentor is black doesn’t mean she understands Jade. And maybe there are some things Jade could show these successful women about the real world and making a real difference. Friendships, race, privilege, identity — Renée Watson's compelling, thoughtful story explores the issues young women face.

In this extraordinary tale from Peter H. Reynolds, Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multi-syllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.


From the creator of The Dot and Happy Dreamer comes a celebration of finding your own words — and the impact you can have when you share them with the world.


Author Visits


Peter H. Reynolds: Wednesday, January 20, 6:30 p.m.

Registration begins Wednesday, January 6. This event is limited to 100 families. Register online or call 803-981-5841. This event will be virtual; instructions for joining with Zoom will be sent after registration.

Peter H. Reynolds is the author and illustrator of many books for children, parents, and educators alike, including The Dot, Happy Dreamer, and the New York Times bestseller, The Word Collector. His books have been translated into over 25 languages around the globe and are celebrated worldwide. In 1996, he founded FableVision with his brother Paul as a social change agency to help create “stories that matter, stories that move.” He lives in Dedham, Massachusetts, with his family.


Registration begins Saturday, February 6. This event is limited to 100 families. Register online or call 803-981-5841. This event will be virtual; instructions for joining with Zoom will be sent after registration.


Renée Watson is a New York Times-bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together, received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her other books include Harlem’s Little Blackbird, nominated for an NAACP Image Award, Ways to Make Sunshine, Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, and more. Renée grew up in Portland, Oregon, and splits her time between Portland and New York City.


Take the Challenge

Beginning January 1, go to Beanstack to record your participation and earn digital badges for completing each activity. You can also download the Beanstack Tracker App, available for both Android and Apple devices. When setting up the app, make sure to select York County Library (SC). Readers who complete the challenge will earn their choice of a custom Javelin stylus pen or a "Make Your Mark and See Where It Takes You" pencil, inspired by a quote from Peter H. Reynolds!

More York County Reads Events

Visit our Events Calendar for special York County Reads events at each Library, including a one-of-a-kind community art project, and more!