What are the Palmetto Basics?

The Palmetto Basics are five fun, simple, and powerful ways that every family can give every child a great start in life. The Spartanburg County Public Library has adopted the Basics as a parenting initiative serving families with children from birth to five years old. Our goal is to prepare all children in Spartanburg County for kindergarten!

Five Basics

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Did you know that 80% of your baby’s brain is developed by the time they’re three years old? During these early years of brain growth, infants and toddlers absorb massive amounts of information from interacting with other people. This early learning becomes the foundation for all future learning.

You can help your baby’s brain grow by practicing The Basics. The Basics Bingo card is a fun way to track your progress with your child and earn a free t-shirt! Learn more below:


  • Download the Basics Bingo card, pick one up at your library, or sign up with Beanstack to participate.
  • Use the Basics Tip Sheet or Basics Recipe for Fun Cards for inspiration and complete a Basic challenge with your child.
  • Checkmark the space on the Basics Bingo card.
  • Once you’ve completed 5 in a row, return to your library to receive a Basics tote bag and an icon to add to your Basics Bag. You can do this a maximum of 5 times.
  • If you want to blackout your card (meaning, you complete all 25 Basics on the board), return your completed Basics Bingo card to your library to receive a free t-shirt for your child. (Sizes range from 2T to Youth Small.)
Palmetto Basics Tshirt 2024

  • Why are the Palmetto Basics for children five and younger?
    The Palmetto Basics is a program that exists with the intent to develop kindergarten readiness skills. These skills happen before your child enters kindergarten.

  • Where do I pick up a Basics Bag and the icons?
    You can pick up a Basics Bag at the Circulation Desk of any of our County Library locations or at the Children’s Desk at Headquarters. When you’ve completed 5 activities in a row, bring your Basics Bingo card to any library to receive your Basics tote bag and redeem your icon.

  • Can caregivers redeem multiple icons at the same time?

  • Can I do the Basics Bingo card with more than one child?
    Yes! Only one Basics Bingo card is necessary to complete the challenge for two or more children.

  • Can we complete more than one Basics Bingo card in a year?
    Yes! The more you practice the Basics, the more your child benefits! However, you can only earn one T-shirt a year.