In the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, where nearly 60% of students in public schools are failing to read proficiently by third grade, an innovative public/private partnership is bringing state-of-the-art public library branches into elementary schools. As a major corporate supporter of the Worcester Public Library Foundation,
The Hanover Insurance Group’s charitable foundation has been instrumental in enabling these library transformations. These efforts are giving students, teachers, parents and the community at-large access to desperately needed library services.
The Hanover’s involvement spans a $100,000 donation for infrastructure and hundreds of volunteer hours to transform the physical spaces and execute programs that engrain the libraries in their communities. At the Worcester Public Library-Goddard Elementary School Branch, a significant transformation took place. The school had not had a staffed, fully-functional library in over 12 years. Now the renovated space houses 9,000 books, 25 iPads, five computers, a SmartBoard, health information center, pre-school section and new furnishings.
Early indications show an immediate impact. In less than 10 months, the first three elementary school library branches welcomed 67,000 patrons, loaned over 30,000 items and issued 1,300 library cards.
“Together in partnership with the Worcester Public Library Foundation and Worcester Public Schools, we’ve created a vibrant community resource for students and families,” said Jennifer Luisa, vice president, community relations, The Hanover. “We are proud to work with local partners who share our commitment to build strong schools and help students succeed academically, preparing for their important role in leading a vital and thriving community.”
Congratulations Hanover Insurance Group!