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Library Campaign

Strong Libraries. Strong Schools.


Students at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School currently have access to 4,700 library books. We are considered to be an “at risk” library, and need help to improve our collection!

 That’s why MLK is committed to creating a strong school by building a strong library. It’s part of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education members’ ambitious plan to create robust library collections. Currently, TCS libraries fall well below the standard for “exemplary” libraries based on the Alabama Department Education’s benchmarks. Of the system’s 18 libraries, none meet the designation--yet.

 The Board’s “Strong Libraries; Strong Schools.” campaign seeks to change that.  State funding ranging from $0 - approximately $1.50 per student per year over the last 10 years have left most school libraries across the state with collections far below the standards for size and average age.

MLK values reading deeply and is thankful for board leadership in calling attention to this great need faced by our school library. Although the school has other reading initiative programs in place, this focus on improving the library collection will help boost reading scores, develop skills in other subject areas and to become a lifelong reader.

 “Our students deserve the best collection of books possible, and with this library campaign coming into affect, I know we will be able to meet this goal. I am so excited to see my students engage with new books and to become lifelong readers!” said, Brittney Cooper- Library Media Specialist.

 Strong Libraries; Strong Schools is a tiered giving campaign with recommended gifts ranging from $20 - $1,000.  In addition, the board is seeking 18 “Champions of Literacy” to make large, one-time donations to name each school library.  Online donations to the campaign can be made at  More information about the campaign is available by contacting any board member or the Office of Special Programs at 205.759.3722.


Our school board members have launched a new campaign to support school libraries: #StrongLibrariesStrongSchools. Join us in this work to make MLK’s library one of the best in the state! Find out more and donate at