target school library makeovers: what they are and why you should care

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target school library makeover


Maybe you’ve heard or maybe you haven’t, but Target is big on giving back to the community.

So big they’re on track to give $1 billion to education by 2015.

I’d say that’s pretty big.

And as a parent and teacher and wife of a school administrator and mother of three children who attend public school, I think it’s pretty cool that Target gives back to the community this way.  And honestly? I think more people should know about it.

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • Target School Library Makeovers–What They Are And Why You Should Care:  Though I was able to attend a Give With Target event last spring in Baltimore and actually chat with Good Luck, Charlie star Bridgit Mendler, I had not attended a school library makeover.

So this week I did. And it was crazy. Electric. Exciting. Emotional.


Really, really cool, for so many reasons.

target school library makeover

target school library makeover

Here’s a quick vlog of my Target School Library Makeover & Meals for Minds Experience:

Did you know that:

  • Target started the school library makeover program in 2007?
  • since 2007, Target has renovated more than 150 school libraries?
  • Target donated more than 1.3 million books to schools and students?
  • more than 75,000 students have been impacted through this program but that by the end of 2013, more than 93,000 students will be impacted??

target school library makeover

target school library makeover

target school library makeover

  • Target team members have donated more than 107,000 hours to renovate libraries across the country?
  • Target partners with local food banks for Meals for Minds and that every school eligible for a library makeover have the option of receiving a Target Meals for Minds food pantry?
  • Meals for Minds gives each student and his or her family more than 22 lbs of food on a monthly basis, with 25% of the the total pounds of food to be fresh produce?

target school library makeover

target school library makeover

  • students are also given books to take home as part of this program so they can build their own at-home libraries?
  • Target gives back 5% of its profit to communities, which today equals about 4 million dollars a week?

Want more information? Check out Target’s Corporate Responsibility for Education-related giving and more information.

Take a look at all of the photos from my close-up of a Target School Library Makeover in Baltimore, Maryland:



Want to know which books each child from this school will be taking home?

I did–and you can print the list (Target School Library Makeover Take-Home Book List) or check it out below:











Sibling Books


Want to check these books out? Do it!

target inner circleOr print the list and check them out another time: (Target School Library Makeover Take-Home Book List)

As one of the Target Inner Circle members, I’ve been privy to some serious behind-the-scenes with this company, and though I’ve learned a ton, I tend to share only the stuff that I think my readers—primarily parents and teachers of school-aged children—would care about.

Here’s to hoping everyone finds this Target school library makeover and the programs Target gives back to the community as worthwhile as I.  Spreading the word about these community-based programs can help support and grow them, knowing that 5% of Target’s income will go back to these programs.  Or consider recommending schools you think would benefit from the services. It’s worth it.

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