CUC’s education students and faculty, along with students enrolled at the Early Childhood Education Center, will soon benefit from access to a significant number of new reading resources thanks to a grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS).

The $5,000 award supports the CUC Library’s initiative “Children and College Students Embracing the Future Together,” and will be primarily used to update the early childhood education collection at the Klinck Memorial Library to include highly rated picture books and story time materials promoting the various cultural heritage months in alignment with the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) mission statement. Some of these include: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month, Black History Month, Women’s History Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Native American Heritage Month, Loving Day (celebration of interracial friendship), and educational materials to support the challenges that future preschool and elementary teachers face in their new career path.ECEC storytime.jpg

By improving the library’s early childhood education collection, the library will be able to offer additional resources for College of Education faculty and students, ECEC teachers, additional story times hosted by the Klinck Memorial Library, and collaborating with student clubs on campus, making a positive and memorable impact for all involved.

Concordia-Chicago was one of 28 institutions selected by RAILS to receive the “My Library Is…” grants, which provide an opportunity for libraries to focus on projects that help tell the library story and increase visibility and support for libraries in general.