Laid-Off Teacher Makes Rebuilding School Libraries Her Mission
Submitted by stevenj on October 19, 2011 - 8:28pm
The library at Rowen Elementary School in North Philadelphia is musty and outdated - a locked room used for storage and occasional meetings, a repository of yellowing, untouched books.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="http://www.LibraryBuild.org">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="http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20111019_Laid-off_Philadelphia_teacher_sets_sights_on_rebuilding_school_libraries.html">Philly.com</a>.