That's why the district's four junior high schools are joining forces to hold a donation drive.
Beginning Friday October 19th through November second community members can drop off gently used books at Evans Junior High School in Bloomington.
It's also accepting monetary donations.
Items will be used to stock classroom libraries, which allow students to check out materials from their teacher.
Educators say the goal is to get children hooked on reading.
"We want to surround our kids with literacy," said teacher Kathryn Rabolt. "Studies have shown the more opportunities they have to be around literacy the better their scores, and the better they are in regular education."
A second donation drive will be held at Bloomington's Barnes and Noble Bookstore this Saturday.
Shoppers can pledge money to Unit Five's classroom library fund.