MATTESON—(ENEWSPF)—September 24, 2018
Contact: Mary Paleologos
Congresswoman Robin Kelly personally delivered 200 books this week to Bloom Trail High School in Chicago Heights and Prairie-Hills Junior High School in Markham as part of the Library of Congress’ Surplus Book Program.
“Since taking office, I’ve had the privilege of donating more than 3,000 books to schools and libraries throughout the 2nd District, from Chicago’s South Side to the South Suburbs and across Kankakee and Will Counties,” Congresswoman Kelly said. “These donations are a way to help Illinois schools and public libraries grow their collections and improve our communities’ literary resources. It’s also an opportunity for me to visit with teachers and students as they pursue their dreams. It’s always heartening to see that young people are interested in what’s going on in Washington and are eager to participate in civic life.”
Each school received 100 books that included biographies, fiction, folklore, poetry and science. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, many of the books highlighted Latino leaders, Latin American poetry and a history of Latino Americans in Congress.
The Library of Congress donates surplus books to schools, libraries and non-profits through Members of Congress. Previous schools that have received books from Congresswoman Kelly through this program include Douglas Taylor Elementary School in Chicago, Creative Communications Academy in Calumet City, Strassburg Elementary School in Sauk Village, LaVasseur Elementary School in Bourbonnais, Dr. Ralph J. Bunche Elementary School in Markham and Crete-Monee High School in Crete.
The Congresswoman regularly contacts schools to introduce the program. Schools expressing an interest receive age-appropriate books.