Chapel Hill Departments Team Up to Provide New Books to Local Kids
For the next seven days, visitors to the Chapel Hill Public Library are encouraged to give the gift of reading to kids in need this holiday season. The Library and Office of Housing and Community are working together to collect 50 new kids books for readers of all ages and reading levels. All of the books that are received will be given to children who live in the Town of Chapel Hill’s public housing neighborhoods.
Types of books that are most in need are hanging from tags on a giving tree in the Library’s main lobby. The main categories are Board Books, Picture Books, Beginning Readers, Non-Fiction, Short Chapter Books, Chapter Books, and Graphic Novels. Families and individuals who want to contribute can take a tag, buy a book, and return the new, unwrapped books to a collection box at the Library. Library staff are also glad to share recommended titles for any age and taste. Housing staff will pick up the books and give them away at a holiday event for public housing families on Dec. 17.
“We hope to see many members of our community make spirits bright by choosing a favorite children’s book to give to a local child,” said Library Director Susan Brown. “At the library, we have the privilege of spreading the love of reading to hundreds of families every day, but at this time of year in particular, we are delighted to be part of an effort that spreads the joy of reading even further.”
Housing and Community provides decent, safe and affordable rental housing to Chapel Hill’s public housing families. The Department manages 336 public housing apartments in 13 neighborhoods throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Chapel Hill Public Library ranks among the busiest public libraries in North Carolina, welcoming nearly 1,800 people each day.