Libraries Join National Initiative to Transform Public Housing into Book-Rich Environments

School Library Journal
The Book-Rich Environment Initiative, designed to boost literacy and improve educational outcomes for public housing residents, has been launched. The announcement was made by Julián Castro, secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD); John B. King, Jr., secretary, U.S. Department of Education; and Broderick Johnson, chair of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force and assistant to the President at the Washington, DC Southwest Public Library. The primary goal of the initiative is to bring free, diverse, high-quality books and other literacy tools to families living in HUD-assisted housing, home to nearly four million children. The work will be done in partnership with public library branches, which will distribute the books. Each library will receive a set of books from the National Book Foundation, which will be donated by publishers.

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