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The Chicago Community Council's Holiday Book Drive

In low-income communities, due to a lack of access to libraries and bookstores, there is only one age-appropriate book available for every 300 children.
Donate today and help us change this narrative.

The Children’s Literacy Initiative Chicago Community Council is raising money via its 2018 Holiday Book Drive to provide Home Lending Libraries to 16 classrooms at Cyrus McCormick Elementary School.

Every gift helps put a book in a classroom!

When the Holiday Book Drive raises $4500, CLI will stock all 16 classrooms with basic Libraries.

When the Holiday Book Drive raises $8200, CLI will stock all 16 classrooms with extended Libraries, featuring even more titles for children to enjoy.

  • $10

    Provides one high-quality book to a classroom!

  • $250

    Provides about 30 books to a classroom for children to check out and read at home!

  • $500

    Provides about 75 books to a classroom for children to check out and read at home!

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About CLI's Home Lending Libraries

The books in CLI Home Lending Libraries have been selected for their robust vocabulary, rich content, and appealing illustrations. These collections include fun, engaging, high-interest books that are exemplars of high quality children’s literature. Like all CLI collections, Home Lending Libraries reflect the rich diversity of cultures in our classrooms and includes a wide variety of genres.
The kindergarten Home Lending Libraries are comprised of read-alouds for family enjoyment, while the collections for first through third grades include both read-alouds and an increasingly larger percentage of books children can read on their own. Each Home Lending Library comes with a book rack, individualized checkout bags to protect the books, and special materials to track borrowing, reading, and repair of the books in the Library.
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Thank You for Your Generous Support of the 2018 Holiday Book Drive!

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