Sunday, January 17, 2010

Emergency drive seeks books for Cleveland school libraries

Link to January 15 Cleveland Jewish News article. (via Twitter)

Excerpt: Imagine Old Mother Hubbard’s bare cupboards, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what some library shelves look like at Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s libraries.

To give “shelf life” to inner-city school libraries, a group of suburban female activists are aggressively collecting new and used books donated by community members. From The Cat in the Hat to Tom Sawyer to Hamlet, the “Books for Change!” drive is seeking age-appropriate books to be distributed to Cleveland preschool, elementary and high-school libraries. Once the books are gathered, they will be stored in one central location, and Cleveland school librarians can select the books that complement their curriculum and best meet their students’ needs and interests.

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