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Free books for MPS students and author visit at Hopkins Lloyd

My Very Own Library at HopkinsStudents in 14 MPS schools took home free books in December as part of the My Very Own Library (MVOL) program. MVOL is a literacy initiative dedicated to putting books into the hands of children in need. This is the fourth year of the initiative in the city of Milwaukee.

At Hopkins Lloyd Community School, an assembly was held so students could meet and listen to Angela Cervantes, an award-winning author of contemporary middle-grade novels. Cervantes read from her second novel, Allie, First at Last, which tells the story of a young girl’s deep desire to be first at something. The book was available for students to pick as one of their free books.

Milwaukee is one of seven communities selected to take part in the MVOL program, which is supported by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, the Feeley Family Foundation in honor of the late Anne Feeley, Milwaukee Public Schools, and Scholastic Book Fairs. Inaugural partners United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and Milwaukee Public Schools continue to support MVOL at ten MPS schools. An additional contribution from the Zilber Foundation expanded the program to add four additional schools: Longfellow Elementary, Hopkins Lloyd, Milwaukee College Prep – Lloyd St., and Milwaukee College Prep – Lola Rowe.

During the last school year, the My Very Own Library program distributed 34,200 books to students in 10 MPS schools: Kluge; Auer Avenue School; Brown Street Academy; Hopkins Lloyd Community School; Jackson Early Childhood and Elementary School; Kagel School; Lancaster School; James Whitcomb Riley School; Townsend Street School; and Clement J. Zablocki School. By the end of this school year, students in all 14 MVOL schools will have received 50,000 books for their home libraries.

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