CJ Foundation to open library inside Toussaint L'Ouverture Charter School portable

Students will be able to walk to borrow books

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - Volunteers are unpacking a new beginning for students in southwest Delray Beach. Where books were once hard to find, a library is being built.

Every hardback is crucial for students like Bram's Noel, who is learning English.

"In order to speak a language properly, you have to read a lot. When I heard about this library I was over the moon," said Noel, a senior at Toussaint L'Ouverture Charter School. 

Stacey Staley is part of the CJ Foundation, which collected the books to make the library possible. It will be housed at the charter school, and available to anyone who can get there.

"I don't think a lot of kids in the community go to the library because they don't have a ride there, it's not walking distance for them," said Staley.

"I believe this will be the first time for many of our students that they will have access to a fully functioning library," said Maj. Joseph Bernadel, co-founder of the charter school.

Volunteers are stacking shelves with the already 6,000 books donated. The library will never charge, even if books are returned late.

"We hope that if a kid damages or loses a book, they'll come back and do some volunteer hours to make up for it, but we're not operating off money whatsoever," said Staley.

It's an honor system Staley hopes will teach students responsibility.

"To have it right here across the street from your house, that's why I like it being on our campus," said sophomore Justin Elian.

The library will open December 14th. The eagerness to read is already there.

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