OXFORD– Remember the day the bookmobile came to town? The traveling library, usually housed in an old bus or RV, came to provide books in small, rural communities and city suburbs that had no library building.
An updated version of the bookmobile called the ReadMobile came to Clear Creek Amana (CCA) Elementary School students in May. The bright orange van rolled in carrying a book for 72 students in the kindergarten classes, as part of the We Give Books literacy program.
Created by the Pearson Foundation and the Penguin Group publishing company, We Give Books is an international initiative that supports literacy activities throughout communities by offering free accessibility to digital books online. Through its free website, We Give Books also helps add books to libraries; for every book read online, a book is donated to a leading literacy group.
The ReadMobile came to CCA elementary to celebrate the success of the school’s “Read for My School” campaign, and gave each student a new copy of “Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad” to take home. The students were also treated to a special art project, and were given a presentation about the importance of reading and ways they can read with others at home. Finally, each class was able to pose in front of the visiting ReadMobile.