Families served by the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center attended four orientation visits at the Glen Ellyn Public Library in May. In addition to learning about library services, participants were able to take home used books of their choice.
Staff from the Glen Ellyn Children’s Resource Center and the Glen Ellyn Public Library were delighted to be contacted by the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Library with an offer to let families fill a bag with used books. These books were among Friends of the Library’s supply of used books donated by the community for resale at periodic fundraising events. A total of 73 adults and children were able to fill bags over the course of the orientation visits.
“The children were excited to choose their own books to keep at home, especially in anticipation of reading during the summer months,” said Gina Meyers, President of the Friends of the Glen Ellyn Library. “These book giveaways to local residents are a great way for Friends of the Library to support reading initiatives in the Glen Ellyn community.”
The library also offers a related eight-week summer program that fosters lifelong literacy through free transportation to and from the program, childcare during adult education sessions, library card application assistance, and a reading mentorship session between middle schoolers and young children. The Children’s Resource Center orientation visits and the summer program are funded by a Penny Severns Summer Family Literacy grant. This grant funding was awarded by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Department of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds designated for literacy.