Think back to when you were a child. Where did you like to read? In your room? On a pile of pillows? Under a blanket? In a tree? Odds are, wherever it was, it was cozy, comfortable and quiet.
Unfortunately, far too many children today do not have a special place to read – or even have access to books. In low income neighborhoods, on average there is just one book for every 300 children. Compare that with 13 books per child in middle-income communities. Research has shown a direct correlation between a child’s vocabulary to their success in school. With over 20% of Illinois children living in poverty, with the highest rate among children under age 6, there is significant cause for concern regarding the future of young people in our communities. JLKD tackled this deficiency head-on through creation of a Library Nook that children can access for years to come.
Thanks to the support of generous donors and the dedication of our members, JLKD created a colorful, welcoming corner filled with plump pillows, plush bean bag chairs, fun and educational literacy games, and shelves filled with age-appropriate books for all reading levels at Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago. JLKD chose Pioneer Elementary School based on its need since most of its students come from low income households and many learn English as a second language.
JLKD worked closely with the school’s principal and librarian to create a Library Nook that would not only satisfy the school’s needs, but also be a model for other schools in the area. JLKD funded the building of certain structures and stocked the Library Nook with new books, games, furniture, and supplies. We are very proud to have worked with members of the community to provide this safe and creative space for the children at Pioneer Elementary.
By creating a brighter future with the Library Nook, JLKD is impacting tomorrow, today.