Bookmobile’s successful summer comebackJul 22nd, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: Top Story
In the beginning of June, Arabi Elementary School and Smith Elementary School started up their new summer reading program that centered on a mobile library. Both schools had outfitted school buses with shelves upon shelves of brand new books—5,000 to be exact—which were purchased with the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy (SRCL) grant; this is a federal grant aimed at improving the reading and writing skills of students.
Once a week each of the buses, filled with volunteers and teachers, made multiple stops in their corresponding neighborhoods, and allowed the area’s students to check out up to three books of their choosing, which were to be returned the following week.
“The purpose of this program was to improve and maintain reading comprehension,” said Kristi Wilhelmus, Instructional Coach at Arabi Elementary. “Students tend to regress over the summer,” so this program aimed to keep their literacy skills sharp, “and the kids love it.
“Many students do not have transportation to the public library, so the mobile library is an effective way to bring the library to the children,” said Wilhelmus.
Between the two schools, hundreds of kids participated in the reincarnation of the Bookmobile. The program was a huge success and will be coming to a close next week—but hopefully it will be implemented next summer as well.
For more information on the mobile libraries please contact Arabi Elementary at 504.218.5058 or Smith Elementary at 504.302.1000.