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City of Pflugerville and PfISD announce joint initiative to provide books to youth

Post Date:05/21/2020 1:55 PM

The Pflugerville Public Library (PPL) and Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) are partnering to get books into the homes of local children through the Pflugerville Reads Project. 

On Tuesday, May 26 from 8-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. parents of PfISD students will be able to pick up a free book for each child and teen in their household (while supplies last) when they stop by the following schools for curbside breakfast and lunch pick up:

  • Dessau Middle School
  • Kelly Lane Middle School
  • Park Crest Middle School
  • Westview Middle School
  • Copperfield Elementary
  • Northwest Elementary
  • Pflugerville Elementary
  • Timmerman Elementary 
  • Wieland Elementary
  • Windermere Elementary

This project began as an idea between PfISD district library coordinator Daniela Guardiola and PPL youth services librarian Amanda Cawthon. They were prompted to action by the knowledge that with schools and the public library closed, there are many children and teens in the Pflugerville community without access to books. While these closures are temporary, they have long-lasting effects. One of the biggest indicators of reading ability is the number of books in the home. 

The books for the Pflugerville Reads Project were collected through a combination of discounted bulk purchases and book donations from PfISD and PPL. The purchase of books was funded by the Friends of the Pflugerville Library, funds previously allocated to PPL programs and a stipend awarded to Cawthon by the 2020 Young Adult Reading Incentive Award.  

As with meal curbside pickup, all personnel will be wearing gloves and masks to ensure their own safety and the safety of the families receiving books.