Little Free Libraries at 14 Peoria Public Schools

Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 5/22/2019 9:00:00 PM

The “Read Peoria” initiative started by Align Peoria, Peoria Public Schools and the Peoria Public Schools Foundation is proud to announce the unveiling of Little Free Libraries at our district’s 13 primary schools, plus the Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, on May 17.


This effort supports the ultimate goal of Read Peoria – ensuring that all students are reading at grade level by third grade. Third grade marks a crucial inflection point in a young child’s academic career, when coursework shifts from learning to read to reading to learn.


 An effective – and simple – way to accomplish this goal is for parents and family members to read to their young student 20 minutes a day. Those 20 minutes a day translate to a child being exposed to 1.8 million words per year. Furthermore, 96% of all children who read on grade level by third grade will graduate on time.


We implore the whole Peoria community to participate in this Read Peoria campaign, whether it is donating books to our Little Free Libraries, or advocating to every young child in your life to read 20 minutes a day. This effort is a major step in preparing our kids for a productive and successful adult life.


Check out the new Little Free Libraries, designed and built by our Woodruff construction students, at these schools along with each library's donor:

  • Hines Primary - The Book Rack
  • Lincoln K-8 - Dr. Kherat's Superintendent Cabinet
  • Whittier Primary - Moss-Bradley Residential Association
  • Charter Oak Primary - Dr. Thom Simpson
  • Glen Oak Community Learning Center - CEFCU
  • Franklin Primary - Shaun and Reggie Livingston
  • Trewyn School - Melvin Burch Bynum
  • Harrison Community Learning Center - Dr. Kherat
  • Kellar Primary - “Lunch Bunch”: Cindy Morris, Trish O’Shaughnessy, Cheryl Sanfilip, Cathy Wiggers, Jeanne Williamson
  • Northmoor Primary - Jayme and Jeff Bailey
  • Roosevelt Magnet School - The Rotary Club of North Peoria
  • Thomas Jefferson Primary - Bill and Amanda Campbell, Sally Snyder
  • Dr. Maude A. Sanders Primary - Relevant Church
  • Valeska Hinton Early Education Center - PNC