Building a Library, One Seat at a Time
Ongoing until completed
Joseph Pennell Elementary School
From Jen Overbeck, a 3rd Grade Teacher at Joseph Pennell Elementary School:
I am a third grade teacher at a school in Philadelphia. While we do have a space for a library, due to budget cuts a LONG time ago, we have no library (only 4 or 5 Philly public schools even have a librarian). The space has become a dumping graveyard for anything that had to be removed from other parts of the building. A couple of teachers decided to take on the task to change this and make it into a cozy, usable space for our kiddos to ENJOY reading a book for pleasure.
We want them to be able to read not just because it is part of the curriculum and they have to read the material. We want to provide them access to books that are relevant to them with characters that mirror them. Books that are entertaining to them. Books that make them WANT to get lost in the story. Books that teach them more. Books that inspire them to be AMAZING humans. Books that turn them into the leaders we KNOW they can be.
Due to the condition the room is in we need to start from the ground up. We need furniture, new paint for the walls, new flooring (the carpet is unsafe due to all of the tears and such), new books (anything left in there was from the 1950s), and so on.
Thank you so much for helping us achieve our goals for our students!
More information is available on Jen’s Twitter account: