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Church, preschool working to open children's library in Campton Hills

CAMPTON HILLS – With no public library district serving the Fox Mill area in Campton Hills, Kim Barth of Swing Set Preschool knows many parents who purchase book after book for their children.

Barth is working to change that.

The Congregational United Church of Christ and Swing Set Preschool – both located at 40W451 Fox Mill Blvd. – hope to open a free community library by next spring.

The library, which would be geared toward kids, would be housed in the church down the hall from the preschool, Barth said. She noted Swing Set already has been using the space for that purpose.

“We realized this may be the perfect solution to some of the needs the community has,” said Barth, preschool director.

The hope, she said, is to encourage a love of reading in children.

“Some of the church members here, some of the women that are on board for helping with this task, are so excited,” Barth said.

She said Walmart awarded the project with a $1,500 grant that will be used toward items such as shelving units and a cataloging system.

Organizers are looking to the community to help stock the library with reading material for children of varying ages, Barth said. She said donations of gently used children’s books may be left at the church’s main office.

Barth said it is too early to know the library’s hours, but she would like it to be open at least four to five days a week with some after-school hours.

For information about the community library, contact Barth at Connections@uccstc.org or 630-443-8570.

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