School librarian’s online book drive a huge success

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CHICAGO — Thanks to one librarian’s wish, and donations from around the world, every kid at one Chicago school will have their own new book this Christmas.

Jennifer Gladkowski is the librarian at Morril Elementary School in the Chicago Lawn neighborhood.

Three weeks ago, she posted a wish list on Amazon asking for a book for each student at her school The idea came to her after she saw kids unable to purchase books at their recent book fair.

“I felt so bad that we had so many students come with not enough money to buy  a book and I wished I could buy them all a book,” she said.  “I thought, ‘What if I could get them all a book for Christmas?’”

Her wish took off on social media and in just three weeks, all books were purchased and on their way to the school.

840 books have been collected.  She’s hiding the $8,000 worth of books in closets and in boxes.

“Im so overwhelmed. I don’t think it’s sunk in that so many people from around the U.S. and world have been so kind.”

Gladkowski plans to share the news with all of the student next week.

Since this book drive went so well, Jennifer says she plans to host another wish list soon so the kids can grow their at home libraries.

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