The eight public elementary and middle school libraries in the Capitol Hill neighborhood selected for this pilot project were inadequate, antiquated, and lacked the basic resources to support learning and achievement. The mission of the School Libraries Project was to transform these eight school libraries into vital learning spaces that would inspire students to learn and achieve.
The goals of the Project were:
create uniquely designed, state-of-the-art libraries that include new book collections, technology and certified library media specialists,
strengthen these modern library media centers so that they support each school's curriculum and serve as the educational heart of the school, and
design a practical and replicable model of transformation and renewal for other public schools locally and nationally.
The SLP was an all-volunteer organization, and 100% of the money being raised was spent on the revitalization of the school libraries.
The renovations of the first three libraries, Brent Elementary, Ludlow-Taylor and Stuart-Hobson were completed in the summer of 2006. The remaining five libraries were successfully completed in the summer of 2007. The Capitol Hill Community continues to provide vital ongoing support to the renovated libraries.