As Professor Stephen Krashen has stated, "simply providing access is the first and most important step in encouraging literacy development." Unfortunately, many low-income families lack both access to quality, age-appropriate reading material and the financial resources to purchase such material.

Public libraries provide a vital service in low-income communities. However, for many working parents, it is difficult to find time to visit the local library branch during working hours. As a result, families -- and particularly children -- are deprived of access to this wonderful public resource. LIM will extend the library into regularly visited areas of low-income communities to ensure that parents and children have easy access to these vital educational resources.

Further, LIM will work closely with local branches of public libraries to ensure that we offer an ever-evolving set of high-quality reading material that is responsive to cultural and community language needs.