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We Need Diverse Books

Huntsville Junior High library is holding a book drive!

Only 16% of our collection includes books published in the past 10 years. A collection of current books provides students books that address problems relevant to their generation. Our school’s low reading test scores and a need for our school community to promote a more culturally responsive environment makes this book drive a great way to address these areas of weakness. There are many additional benefits to providing students access to a collection of diverse books. Diverse books help all students feel included and represented. Reading books from different perspectives can educate teen readers as well as build empathy and tolerance. Through diverse books, young readers can directly encounter the mirrors and windows in which they see themselves in books and others who are not like them.

A diverse collection has books by diverse authors and/or characters and experiences that include (but not limited to) people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA, Native, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.

You can help!

There are two ways to contribute. The first is an online Titlewish fundraiser starting on December 10th and ending on January 18th. 100% of the money this program raises will go directly to purchasing diverse books for the school library. The goal for this fundraising program is $3,000. Donate by visiting the Titlewish page and clicking the Donate button.

The second way to help is by purchasing a book from our Amazon Wishlist. It will ship directly to the school. Donate by visiting our Amazon page and viewing the libraryy's wishlist. We hope that by providing access to more diverse books we will increase circulation of library books and reading among students.

Catherine Strain

Librarian, Huntsville Junior High