‘Little Free Libraries’ Provide Books To Kids While Schools And Libraries Are Closed

With schools and public libraries closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, communities are finding creative ways to provide children access to books and reading materials. Alexa Valadez, a seventh grader at Urbana Middle School, helps manage a “little free library” in her neighborhood in northeast Urbana.  It’s a collection of books for children of all […]

‘It’s A Really Scary Time:’ Urbana Schools Employee On Supporting Latino Students

URBANA – With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Urbana School District is working to get information and resources to students in need.  Some of those efforts are being led by Lucia Maldonado, the district’s Latino Parent Liaison.  Maldonado says many Latino students and families in the Champaign-Urbana area are struggling from job […]