Scholastic Books will help more than 33,000 students from schools across six states and the Dominican Republic choose and own 10 new children’s books for free. This venture is made possible by My Very Own Library (MVOL), an international initiative that encourages literacy by offering students in need an opportunity to own their own books. MVOL works in collaboration with Scholastic Book Fairs so kids can choose their own books at a fun school book fair, build home libraries and develop a love of reading.
Scholastic Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Scholastic)
Throughout this school year, the My Very Own Library program will support:
- 2,433 low-income students in 7 public schools in Kansas City, KS with the support of United Way of Greater Kansas City giving away over 24,330 books
- 26 public schools in Newark, NJ, serving 16,500 students giving away over 165,000 books. (Partner Organization: United Way of Essex and West Hudson)
- 1 Middle School & 1 High School at Making Waves Academy in Richmond, CA, serving 780 students giving away over 7,800 books
(Partner Organization: Making Waves Foundation)
- 4 schools in Chicago, Illinois, serving 1,250 students giving away over 12,500 books.
(Partner Organization: University of Chicago Charter Schools)
- 14 schools across the state of Wilmington, Delaware, serving 5,900 students giving away over 59,000 books
(Partner Organization: United Way of Delaware)
- 14 public schools in Milwaukee, WI, serving 4,500 students giving away over 45,000 books
(Partner Organization: United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County)
- 11 schools in the Dominican Republic, serving 2,000 students giving away over 25,000 books (Partner Organization: Dream Project)
Also included in the MVOL program are school visits by award-winning children’s book authors. During author visits, more than 100 copies of each author’s book are personally autographed and given to participating students. Additionally, each school also receives $1,000 in grant funding to host three family literacy events that coincide with each book fair event.
Founded in 2011 by the late Anne Feeley (1954-2012), My Very Own Library was first implemented in Newark, NJ, and has expanded year after year. To date, My Very Own Library has provided more than 1.2 million books to students in Newark, NJ; Richmond, CA; Chicago, IL; Wilmington, DE; Milwaukee, WI; and the Dominican Republic. By summer 2017, My Very Own Library will have provided nearly 1.6 million books to students across all seven locations it will serve.
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