Timeline

Since 2011, the Library Project has had a lot to celebrate. Here is a timeline of significant events:

July 2011 Developed vision for project after learning about similar programs and speaking to local potential partners
August Recruited interior designer to begin concept/design development
September Baltimore City Public Schools agreed to partner
Began to identify initial schools
October Focus groups involving students and parents
First meeting of the Library Project Advisory Committee
December Official launch of the Library Project including news conference at Moravia Park Elementary School
January 2012 Developed plans for the next chapter of the Library Project—a community-wide book drive
March Kicked off the first annual Book Drive to help fill the shelves of renovated libraries

New Library Project website, www.baltimorelibraryproject.org, launched
June Construction began on first three schools: Moravia Park Elementary School, Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School, and Southwest Baltimore Charter School
September Grand opening of Moravia Park Elementary School, Southwest Baltimore Charter School, and Thomas Johnson Elementary/Middle School libraries
New schools announced for Year 2: Arlington Elementary/Middle School, Henderson-Hopkins, and The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School
March 2013 Kicked off the second annual Book Drive
May Construction began at Year 2 schools: Arlington Elementary/Middle School and The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School
September Grand opening of Arlington Elementary/Middle School and The Historic Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School libraries
New schools announced for Year 3: Harford Heights Elementary School, Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School, and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School
Kicked off Mayor’s Reading Club, a public-private partnership designed to improve literacy skills for students, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, across Baltimore City
November Construction began on Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School and Henderson-Hopkins libraries
March 2014 Kicked off third annual Book Drive
May Grand opening of Morrell Park Elementary/Middle School library
June Kicked off SummerREADS, a drop-in literacy program that combines reading activities, free meals, and hands-on workshops for students across Baltimore City
September Grand opening of Harford Heights Elementary School, Henderson-Hopkins, and Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School libraries
New schools announced for Year 4: Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and Westport Academy
March 2015 Kicked off fourth annual Book Drive
June Kicked off second year of SummerREADS

Construction began at Year 4 schools: Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and Westport Academy
September Grand opening of Commodore John Rodgers Elementary/Middle School and Westport Academy libraries

New schools announced for Year 5: Hampden Elementary/Middle School and George Washington Elementary School
March 2016 Kicked off fifth annual Book Drive
June Kicked off third year of SummerREADS
August Construction begins at Year 5 schools: Hampden Elementary/Middle School and George Washington Elementary School
January 2017 Grand opening of Hampden Elementary/Middle School and George Washington Elementary School libraries

New schools announced for Year 6: Francis Scott Key
March Will kick off sixth annual Book Drive

The Weinberg Foundation is committed to the Library Project as a major Foundation initiative.