Learning Libraries

Learning Libraries: Fostering a Lifelong Love of Reading

The Learning Libraries committee aims to create a culture of reading outside the classroom that helps improve children’s literacy development. 

Reading is linked to improved literacy rates, language development and school performance, along with increased emotional intelligence and decreased stress in adulthood. Yet research shows that 61 percent of low-income families have no children’s books in their homes (National Center for Education Statistics), and that 1 in 4 children grow up without learning how to read (WriteExpress Corporation). 

Our objective is to inspire children to become avid readers by offering free book access through local book drives and learning libraries, utilizing the Junior League of Boca Raton’s voluntarism network and working with key community partners.

Community Impact

Since its start in fall 2021, Learning Libraries has collected over 700 books, impacting more than 300 local families. Our first free community library is located at the Junior League of Boca Raton Community Garden in Meadows Park. 

Goals

  • Facilitate book drives and collections
  • Work with community partners to get more books into the hands of children and their families 
  • Secure new locations for standing JLBR learning libraries

As part of our initiative, the Junior League of Boca Raton will be gifting some deserving teachers with a classroom library, a combination of new and gently used books. If you know a teacher who is in need of a refreshed classroom library, nominate them below! The ideal candidate should work with students in the Boca Raton or Delray area, Title 1 School, or be able to showcase their unique need for a refreshed classroom Library for their students.

Nominate a teacher here!

For more information or to learn more about hosting a learning library on-site at your location, please contact Ami Zak (amizak@uniquegiftsandpremiums.com) or Valentina Moretti (valmoretti@gmail.com).