Since 2007, Target has transformed 76 libraries in schools with the greatest needs through their Target School Library Makeover program. The program provides students with larger spaces, new carpet, furniture, colors, computers and books. The Target School Library Makeover program is part of Target’s commitment to helping children read proficiently by the end of third grade.
In 2011, Target will transform 42 more libraries in 30 states with the support of The Heart of America Foundation.
Locally, Greystone Lower Elementary School (formerly known as Stonegate Elementary) in Oklahoma City was selected to receive a library makeover as part of this program. The makeover will feature a complete renovation, including light construction, eco-friendly design elements and technology upgrades. New furniture, carpet, shelves and 2,000 books will also be included in the updated space, and every student and his or her siblings will receive seven new hardcover books to add to their own at-home collections. The completed library makeover at Greystone will be revealed to students and teachers this month.
“We are so excited about this grant,” explains Dr. Rochelle Converse, principal. “The heart of our school is truly the library. The makeover really emphasizes literacy and will bring so many new books to our students. It’s like Christmas! Definitely the biggest thing that has ever happened to our school.”
More information about the School Library Makeover program, including a time-lapse video of a library makeover, is available at www.target.com/libraries.