Free children’s library coming to ‘The Lincoln Center’

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) – The second edition of the “Cops N’ Kids” community book campaign will take place at KWQC-TV6 on June 24 from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Quad Cities class in Cops N’ Kids was developed through a partnership with Lincoln Center and the Davenport Police Department in 2021.

Some of the books donated at Book Drive will fill some of the bookshelves at a new free children’s library being built inside Lincoln Center.

I wasn’t expecting nearly 4,000 books (Laughter). We had a whole room full of books.”

It was the result of the inaugural Police and Children’s book campaign last year.

Lincoln Center collaborated with the Davenport Police Department to create a Quad Cities chapter of “Cops N’ Kids.”

“It was the perfect partnership with them to be able to get out into the community, share books with the kids, develop positive relationships, and try to change that narrative when it comes to literacy in the black community in the Quad cities,” he said. Tracy Singleton, executive director of the Lincoln Center.

The collected books are transported to Lincoln Center where they are sorted and distributed.

Once a month Davenport Police officers collect books for distribution to children in the community.

Officer Kevin Carver is part of the DPD Community Impact Team, and shares a success story from last year.

“We saw a family at Lincoln Center. A young woman and her daughter were sitting in the car waiting for another baby to come out of Lincoln Center. We went to them, gave them a book, and we kept unpacking, and we saw when we were unpacking, the mother was already reading a book to this infant,” Carver said.

Some of the books donated this year will remain at Lincoln Center for several year-round programs, including a free summer reading program for kindergarten through third graders.

“This is where we have the biggest drop in reading proficiency. So starting next week, parents can come here and get a bag full of 10 books their kids can read over the summer,” Singleton said.

Later in July, a new free children’s library will open at Lincoln Center.

“For this space, we like to create it so that they love coming into this space and they like sitting at a small table or they like sitting in a beanbag so they develop their love of reading,” Singleton said.

Quad City Arts gave money to bring a mural and furniture to the library.

“It’s a six-foot mural and it’s beautiful. So, we’re very excited about that as well as the furniture going into the library,” Singleton said.

All to encourage more children to read.

“If ‘Cops N’ Kids’ song is just one way. If our free library is just one way, we add to the challenge of getting books into children’s homes,” Singleton said.

The free library will be available to all children and families. Books can be taken home to be part of home libraries.

If you don’t have access to the TV6 Books Drive and want to donate, Tracy Singleton accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Lincoln Center, located at 318 N. 7th Street in Davenport.

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