As a result of budget cuts, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has laid off thirty-three librarians (in addition to closing almost fifty low-performing schools) this year. To compensate, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday, October 3, 2013 he would increase resources at the Chicago Public Library (CPL) for schoolchildren, Leah Hope reported on ABC-7 (WLS Chicago) News.
The CPL will provide homework help both in libraries and online. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) delivered books at Whittier Elementary School, which has classroom libraries instead of a school library.
CPS CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett stated, "While more than 92 percent of all district-run schools have a central library, most that remain have classroom libraries that ensure students have access to the books and tools they need to thrive. However, we will not be satisfied until we have central or classroom-based libraries in every school."
Disney Children’s Publishing and First Book gave books to about fifty children who participate in the Henry Hyde Resource Center’s reading program, ABC-7 also reported on Thursday. Disney owns the ABC network. WLS is a network-owned station (as opposed to a franchise).