ELRA opens new PNC library at Rutgers

May 1, 2012

The Early Learning Research Academy (ELRA) at Rutgers–Camden opened a new 209-square-foot library for its 66 infants, toddlers and preschoolers on April 30, thanks to a $10,000 donation from PNC’s Grow Up Great program.

A special ceremony on April 30 marked the official opening of the new ELRA/PNC Library, which was transformed from an unused room into a colorful, vibrant literacy center stocked with more than 1,200 books.

PNC President Bill Mills and ELRA Executive Director and Rutgers Professor Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago officially opened the library with Rutgers University Dean Kriste Lindenmeyer and more than two dozen guests.

Fifteen ELRA preschoolers wearing white PNC Grow Up Great t-shirts, helped PNC President Mills stock the shelves with books and then listened as Mills read the children’s classic “Brown Bear, Brown Bear.”

During the weeks leading up to the opening, PNC volunteers came to ELRA and painted, built the shelves and donated the books that now stock the library shelves. The new library is stocked with both English and Spanish language books to promote ELRA’s dual-language curriculum.

This is the sixth early childhood library that PNC has built in the Philadelphia area as part of the “Grow Up Great” program: a 10-year $100M investment by the PNC Foundation to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

Read more about the ELRA/PNC library from local Philadelphia media:

Rutgers coverage
>See the photos

Courier Post coverage
>Photo Gallery

Philadelphia Inquirer coverage
>New library for Camden's youngest

Philadelphia Tribune coverage
>PNC library give kids early start

CBS3 TV coverage
>Brotherly Love: Building A New Library

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