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The library at Rowen Elementary School in North Philadelphia is musty and outdated - a locked room used for storage and occasional meetings, a repository of yellowing, untouched books.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. Library Build would recruit and pay library science graduates in exchange for a two-year service commitment to city schools.

"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

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