“In Mexico and Central America, the concept of public libraries in communities is unfamiliar.”
Besides offering homework help, the library hosts a biweekly book club where kids read a book and then discuss it. Kids who stay in the program get free pizza. Also offered are a video game fest, reading to dogs and book giveaways, funded by a grant to the library.
The way Jones sees it, all are investments in a child's future. The only requirement is that they participate in the process.
“I think that's the purpose of our job, and it definitely matters to me,” Jones said. “I think this is a population that is underserved in many ways, but while we are here we might as well give them every opportunity available.”
at a glance
The Capitol Hill Library is at 334 SW 26 in Oklahoma City. Its hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the Capitol Hill Library's programs, call 634-6308.