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Cook Library District collects children's books for Uganda

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  • The children of Kapeeka community in Uganda's seven elementary schools have no access to public libraries. The Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills High School, Bookfriends Inc., and COVE Alliance are joining together with area residents to supply them with a shipment of children's books.

      The children of Kapeeka community in Uganda's seven elementary schools have no access to public libraries. The Cook Memorial Public Library District, Vernon Hills High School, Bookfriends Inc., and COVE Alliance are joining together with area residents to supply them with a shipment of children's books.
    Courtesy of Cook Memorial Public Library District

 
Submitted by Gabriella Pantle

This summer, by donating a new or gently used children's book through Monday, Aug. 1, Cook Memorial Public Library District patrons can help embrace the summer reading club theme of "One World, Many Stories" by joining forces with Vernon Hills High School, Bookfriends Inc., and COVE Alliance to spread the joy and love of reading overseas to the faraway shores of Uganda.

The organizations are on a mission to see that the children of the Kapeeka community's seven elementary schools receive a collection of books to enhance their education and daily lives. Currently the children of Kapeeka have no access to the public library and cannot experience the joy and enchantment that reading a book can bring.

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To help us with this global effort, the library is asking the community to donate a new or gently-used children's book when visiting the Cook Park Library, at 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville; or the Aspen Drive Library, at 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.

Collection bins are located in the lobbies at both library locations. The elementary and middle schools of Hawthorn District 70 have already kicked off this cause, but many more books are needed. For more information, call (847) 362-2330.

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