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Teacher in the Library

Teacher in the Library

Chicago Public Library Foundation has funded the Teacher in the Library (TIL) program since 2000, when the program began in six branch libraries. TILs, accredited teachers recruited from schools within the libraries’ respective neighborhoods, now serve in all 80 branch libraries, Monday through Thursday from 3:00 pm-6:00 p.m.

TILs help children in communities of high need understand and complete their homework assignments; become more focused on their studies; improve their classroom performance; and provides support to the parents/caregivers of participating children.

TILs are bi-lingual where required. For children from homes where English is not spoken, the TIL helps the family understand the school system, report cards and notes from teachers. TILs are increasing serving as advocates for the literacy and educational goals of entire families, including parents and older siblings.

TILs provide 24,000 hours of homework help to Chicago’s at-risk children and youth each school year. Each school year, the TIL program serves at least 500 unique children in each branch library, many of whom come to the program on a daily basis. 

Teachers in the Library help Chicago youth develop the tools they need to be successful in school and in life.

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