As in any school, one of the most important parts of the institution is the library, and the Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School is in the midst of a library building project that school officials are hoping the general public will provide assistance.

"At JLCS, we are trying to build our library with non-fiction books," said Hope Brooks, a fourth-grade teacher at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School. "One way we are doing this is by collecting used books: children’s books, picture books, magazines, chapter books, cookbooks, etc. and selling them for .50 cents each."

The public can help now by donating their used books, she added.

"We would love for the community to help us by donating used books for our book drive for literacy night," Brooks said. "Books can be dropped off at the school in the front office at 251 N. First Street in Jacksonville, AR. or you can call Hope Brooks at 501-628-2010 or Amber Gordon at 501-288-0271. We would be more than happy to pick them up."

The school is also hosting its 2nd annual Non-Fiction Literacy Night at Jacksonville Lighthouse Charter School on Jan. 16th, 2014 from 6-7:30 p.m.

"Common core has made quite a push with non-fiction text and we will utilize this night to bring awareness to the genre by having activities that coincide with non-fiction. We also partner with Nixon Library, bring in outside sources and have a chili cook off to help make the evening a success and get our scholars excited about reading," Brooks said.

At the event, the school will be selling donated books to scholars for .50cents. Proceeds will be used to purchase non-fiction genre in the school library for school scholars.

"Thanks for helping our school community become avid readers," she added.

For anyone wanting more information they can reach Brooks at 501-985-1200 or email her at

"We prepare our students for college through a rigorous arts-infused program," said Brooks.