I was aware that some schools did not have full library services or trained staff, but I had no idea how bad the situation was until I heard this story. According to this NPR report around 25% of elementary schools are managing (are they?) without a library. That sounds very high.
Also see the article that goes with this photo of parents celebrating the agreement arranged with Chicago Public Schools Oct. 20, 2010, in the Pilsen neighborhood. Parents staged a sit-in and demanded that the field house they used as a library not be demolished.