Laid-Off Teacher Makes Rebuilding School Libraries Her Mission

The library at Rowen Elementary School in North Philadelphia is musty and outdated - a locked room used for storage and occasional meetings, a repository of yellowing, untouched books. But Callie Hammond has big dreams for the room, whose leather-bound encyclopedias were printed in 1986, the year she was born. The plan is to start in city elementary schools with no library. <a href="">Library Build</a> would recruit and pay library science graduates in exchange for a two-year service commitment to city schools. <p>"Libraries do amazing things," said Hammond, who was a Philadelphia School District middle school teacher until she was laid off in June. Read more at <a href=""></a>.

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