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Horry County Literacy Council's Li'l Book Nook does more than just sell books

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By Kelsey Riggs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.- Libraries and big books stores are all over the Grand Strand, and sell varieties of books every day. But one small book store is doing more for the community, than just selling books.

Barbara Skeslien visited that store on Monday morning. She said she is an avid reader, and thinks reading is more than just skimming through words typed on paper.

“It opens up all sorts of worlds; it's your imagination,” said Skeslien.

She said it's like a relaxing getaway, similar to the one she and her husband take every year to Myrtle Beach.

“We come for three months, every year,” said Skeslien.

And like reading an old story over and over, the Skeslien’s make a special stop each year they visit, to a hide-a-way book store called the Li’l Book Nook.

“The prices were right and the selection is wonderful so we've been coming, I think this is our fourth year of checking out books at the book nook,” said Skeslien.

But buying a book off of the shelves at the Li’l Book Nook doesn’t just give people something to read. It also helps fill the shelves at the Adult Literacy Council with and learning resources.

“Without that money it would practically be impossible,” said Pat Santaniello, the program coordinator at the Horry County Literacy Council.

She said she sees the impact of the Li’l Book Nook every day.

“Literacy is the key to everything,” said Santaniello.

She said the support they receive each year from out-of-towners helps keep the program, and the Li’l Book Nook, going.

“We have our snow birds who we could not do without, between January and March they purchase about 60 percent of the books that we sell,” explained Santaniello.

But Santaniello said it’s about more than just selling books, when the money from that sale helps an adult learn how to read.

“It's not just a one person transformation, it's the transformation of a family in many cases, the children and the family structure benefits. It's very rewarding,” she said.

So whether you want to snag a good book, or donate to a program that gives back, a good place to start, is the Li’l Book Nook.

To find out more about the Li’l Book Nook, the Horry County Literacy Council, or the Adult Literacy Council log onto www.horrycountyliteracycouncil.org or call (843) 839-1695.

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