Building Bridges with Books — Uniting Schools, Public Libraries, and Families

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to be part of Building Bridges with Books — Uniting Schools, Public Libraries, and Families, a grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) Program. Through this program, the Free Library partners with the School District of Philadelphia to advance literacy in 10 of the District’s priority elementary schools.

After a successful program beginning in 2015, the Department of Education renewed funding for the program for the 2016–2017 and 2017–2018 school years, and will conclude with the 2018–2019 school year. This year, Building Bridges with Books continues to serve over 1600 2nd and 3rd graders at our partner schools, helping to lift literacy levels at those schools and bringing the schools, students, families, and libraries closer together!

Building Bridges with Books program activities include:

  • Student visits to neighborhood libraries on school-day trips to read, learn, and check out books;
  • Librarian visits to school classrooms during the school day to engage students;
  • Free, fun, Family Night events for families and students at neighborhood libraries, which build stronger connections between families and their libraries!

View our Building Bridges with Books Partner Schools and Libraries

For more information about Building Bridges with Books, please call 215-686-5372 or email Lawrence Mullen, Project Coordinator, at mullenl@freelibraryorg.