Lewis the Duck Reading Library, is a brand new, first-of-its-kind library that has opened in Memphis, Tennessee. Named after the Homewood Suites’ mascot, the library is located on the campus of the Martin Luther Kind Jr. Head Start Center at 626 South Lauderdale in downtown Memphis.
This new reading library will ensure that approximately 200 preschoolers will now have access to new age-appropriate books, reading programs and other educational tools.
Accoring to the Books for Kids Foundation, recent statistics show that one out of four children grow up not knowing how to read. In addition to this shocking number, children in middle-income neighborhoods enjoy a ratio of 13 books per whiled, as opposed to those in lower income neighborhoods where the ratio is one age-appropriate book for every 30 children!
The Homewood Suites brand has been working with both the Head Start center and Books for Kids in the complete renovation of the space which previously served as an unused classroom. The complete transformation of the space includes an addition of a wall, child-like duck benches, reading forts, rainbows, and Leap Frog learning centers – all which create a magical learning environment.
Childhood literacy is a major philanthropic focus for the Homewood Suites brand. In 2008, it introduced a book series penned by its mascot, Lewis the Duck, which helps explain business travel to children. Two books are currently available, including “Lewis the Duck and His Long Trip,” and “Lewis Goes to Canada” which was published last year. The mascot will find himself visiting south of the border this fall with the introduction of “Lewis Goes to Mexico.”