My Very Own Library

“The more books the better. It’s that simple.”

– Anne Feeley (1958-2012)

Founder, My Very Own Library

The University of Chicago’s My Very Own Library program is a PreK – 8 literacy initiative that focuses on bolstering literacy and fostering a love of reading by empowering students to build their very own home libraries.

Our Mission

My Very Own Library is an international literacy program dedicated to fostering a lifelong love of reading in children at an early age while strengthening their literacy skills and helping them to build their very own home libraries. My Very Own Library works in coordination with local non-profit organizations in under-resourced schools in 7 locations internationally.

Our Impact

Since its inception My Very Own Library has created a sustainable model for transforming childhood literacy in underserved communities.

Books Distributed

Since 2011- and growing!

Students Served

in 7 communities, worldwide!

Our Locations

CHICAGO, IL
University of Chicago – Chicago Public Schools
UChicago Charter School

NEWARK, NJ
United Way of Greater Newark

RICHMOND, CA
Making Waves™ Foundation

STATE OF DELAWARE
United Way of Delaware

MILWAUKEE, WI
United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County

KANSAS CITY, MO
United Way of Greater Kansas City

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
DREAM Project