The Northside Children's Community Library (NCCL) is a small, local library open to area children from 5 to 12 years old in Springfield, IL. The library is located at 1030 N 7th Street and was opened in 2012 in response to the city library closing its neighborhood branches. Children in our area often don't have the resources to get to the main branch of the city library, so NCCL was created by some wonderful people who saw a need and worked tirelessly to fulfill it. The library is staffed with a paid Coordinator and Assistant. We also rely on volunteers to help keep the library open. NCCL has computers, games and over 10,000 books to teach kids the joy of reading. We help kids with developing reading skills, completing homework and expanding their horizons. Our motto is "When you give a child a book, you give achild the world." All our funding comes from grants, fundraising events and donations. This year, we have begun a penny drive called Lincolns for the Library. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover operating expenses for a year. We are holding a number of events to collect money, but need your help. While we are collecting pennies, we'd love to have nickels, dimes, quarters and any amount you feel you can contribute. The money contributed goes directly to the operating of the library. The Coordinator and Assistant answer to a volunteer Board of Directors. Rent and utilities are donated by Third Presbyterian Church, which houses the library. Consequently, there is very little overhead and so the money raised directly benefits our patrons. For more information on the Northside Children's Community Library, please visit our website at http://www.northsidechildrenslibrary.org.