From May through June, 2003 -- or as long as supplies last -- the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation will be giving away 800 classroom libraries. The libraries are intended to reach under resourced, mainstream, public school classrooms serving children who do not have adequate reading at home. The Foundation is currently taking applications from second grade teachers. The 2nd grade classroom lending libraries include between 60 and 80 new fiction and non-fiction books, primarily soft cover, with multiple copies of some titles. The Foundation will send the boxed libraries to any mainstream 2nd grade public school classroom
teacher in the U. S. who can document significant need and who can receive mail delivered by the U.S. Post Office (must have a five code zip code). Because the number of classroom libraries is limited, applications will be evaluated on the basis of need, plans for use, and date of application.