HISD responds to concerns over lack of books in school library

Concerned citizen sends photos

Photo sent to KPRC2 from concerned citizen.
Photo sent to KPRC2 from concerned citizen.

HOUSTON – HISD has responded to concerns over a book shortage in the library of one of its middle schools.

A concerned citizen, Gerry Monroe, sent the photos to KPRC2. In some photos, the library shelves are nearly empty.

HISD issued a statement on Monday.

"All HISD middle schools recently were equipped with classroom libraries to provide more access to literary resources thanks to Literacy in the Middle, a district wide initiative that aims to increase literacy among middle school students," the statement said. "HISD administrators are aware that some middle schools still need books to supplement their school libraries and are searching for ways to meet that need despite significant financial challenges resulting from the state's school finance system."

The school district said trustee Jolanda Jones was made aware of the issue. She said she will work to find a solution.

"Literacy is an issue I'm incredibly passionate about, and now that I have been made aware of this, I'm going to work with HISD administration to fix it! I also want to thank Gerry Monroe for bringing this matter to my attention," said Jones.

According to HISD, Cullen Middle School is working on a donation webpage for those interested in donating money to help buy additional books for the school's library. To donate, call the school office at 713-746-8180.