Learning For Life
For many at-risk teens, a single book can create a breakthrough that changes the course of their lives. The Library Foundation supports free books and author visits for teens and children in our community’s low-performing middle and high schools.
The library connects challenged teens with writers whose themes resonate with their lives. Last year, teens at risk received copies of Evicted, and they prepared in their classrooms for a visit from the author, Matthew Desomond. Teens also met and conversed with young adult novelist A.S. King, winner of the Michael L. Printz Award for her novel Please Ignore Vera Dietz.
Gifts to The Library Foundation ensure that thousands of teens who live in poverty can receive their own copy of an author’s book to keep. For many, it will be the first book they personally own and read cover to cover. The library helps teachers and students prepare for authors’ visits with librarian-designed study guides for in-classroom discussion and exploration. The opportunity to meet an author, and converse with him or her in person, can be an inspiring, life-changing event.