My Very Own Library Grade-Level Reading

The United Way of Delaware is working with school libraries to help children develop their own personal libraries.

Research shows that when students build their own libraries, they learn to love reading. 

The United Way of Delaware’s My Very Own Library program provides free, brand-new books to students so they can build a personal home library. When students can choose the books they want to call their own, they develop stronger literacy skills, which can lead to better test scores and a lasting love and joy for reading.

The program is free for participating students, thanks to generous partnerships with Scholastic®DuPont, Global Shapers, and the University of Chicago

During the 2020-2021 school year, over 70,000 books and 6,000 literacy kits will be provided to students attending 14 participating schools throughout New Castle, Kent, and Sussex Counties.


Scholastic® distributes an assortment of popular books for students to read and add to their home libraries.


MVOL events throughout the year engage, encourage, and support families in becoming better readers.


Students can listen to readings from authors, professional athletes, and community leaders when and where they want.

There are many Delaware schools who participate in this program. Here is a list of the participating schools. 

My Very Own Library Participating Schools:

Brandywine School District

  • Harlan Elementary

Captial School District

  • Fairview Elementary
  • Townpoint Elementary

Caesar Rodney School District

  • W. Reily Brown Elementary

Christina School District

  • Stubbs Early Education Center
  • The Bancroft School
  • R. Elisabeth MaClary Elementary
  • The Bayard School

Colonial School District

  • Harry O. Eisenberg Elementary
  • Wilmington Manor Elementary

Indian River School District

  • North Georgetown Elementary

Red Clay School District

  • Highlands Elementary
  • William C. Lewis Elementary
  • Shortlidge Academy
  • Warner Elementary

Reading is vital not only benefit their future but to also help the child develop the lifelong love of reading. Please visit your local library today to help your child discover the love of reading! 


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