P.S. 17 becomes part of growing list of Bronx schools to now have a library

Students at P.S. 17 now have something that hundreds of kids across the Bronx are still doing without -- a library. The school unveiled its $800,000 library Monday, becoming one of 21 new libraries to open in Bronx schools this year.

The new libraries are part of a team effort between private investors and the Department of Education. A total of 31 libraries have opened in city schools and 25 more are slated to open in September 2005.

The Department of Education has invested $10 million in the next round of libraries. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein says the venture is important because a library is a place where dreams begin.

While Mayor Bloomberg admits the Department of Education has a long way to go he says what's been done so far is a start to giving kids the foundation they need for success.

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