The issue of illiteracy is one that affects us all. Approximately 25-30 percent of the population here in Horry County is functionally illiterate meaning they read below a fifth grade level. What does that mean in practical terms? It means they cannot read a simple bedtime story to their children, it means they cannot read the directions on a prescription bottle, it means 700 high school children drop-out every year.

The Horry County Literacy Program started back in 1976 to provide volunteer tutoring services to adults and out of school teenagers who wanted to improve their reading. Since those humble beginnings, the organization has expanded by providing tutoring for ESL (English as a Second Language) population in reading, writing and speaking English. Then in 2010 the Council grew again offering dyslexia screening and tutoring using the Barton Reading and Spelling system.

The Horry County Literacy Council has a dedicated team of volunteers, staff and board members committed to erasing illiteracy and helping our students live more productive lives with a higher quality of life. I hope you take the time to learn about the Horry County Literacy Council and how you can make a difference in the lives of fellow residents.

Did You Know?

  • 27 Million US adults cannot read
  • 30% of the population in Horry County is unable to read a newspaper, prescriptions, or fill out forms
  • Over 20% of the population has a learning difficulty
  • Many high school students drop out because of reading difficulties

Mission Statement

Our mission is to improve the lives of youth, adults and families by teaching basic literacy and life skills for economic and social success. When you help someone to read, you enable that individual to take advantage of a new world of opportunities.


New Executive Director

As of May 11, 2015, Lorraine Woodward is our new Executive Director. "Ms. Woodward brings a passion for the work of The Horry County Literacy Council and an understanding of the importance of getting the word out about the challenges our community faces when it comes to literacy issues," noted Pat Bush, Board Chairman.



Need a Speaker?

Do you need a speaker for your club, school, church or business? the Literacy Council would love to send a representative to speak at your meeting about the work we do in Horry County. Our presentation can be tailored to fit your group's timeframe and needs. If interested, please contact our Executive Director, Lorraine Woodward, at 843-839-1695 or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Do you have any books you would like to donate? We accept paperbacks and hardbacks that are in good condition. Stop by our "BookNook" to purchase a good read. Hardbacks are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. Paperbacks are $0.25 each or 5 for $1.00.