Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chartiers Valley Bookmobile to Make Inaugural Run

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Chartiers Valley Bookmobile to Make Inaugural Run

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In an effort to encourage reading and give children a head start on the upcoming school year, the Chartiers Valley School District has temporarily transformed one of its box trucks into a bookmobile. It will make its inaugural journey on Friday.

"The purpose of the bookmobile is to encourage reading and generate excitement about the upcoming school year," said Kara Droney, director of communications for the district, adding that district educators are excited about the bookmobile's first run.

The bookmobile will make several stops throughout the district. Children - even those not yet of school age - are welcome to visit and choose a free, slightly used book.

Those climbing aboard the vehicle will be able to choose from a selection of about 200 books, appropriate for kids up to age 12. The books were either donated by teachers and staff or left over from book swaps at the school.

Principals from the district's primary and intermediate schools will be along for the ride to help children pick out their books.

Ms. Droney said if families have extra books at home, they are welcome to bring them to the bookmobile to trade.

"Trading books will help keep the bookmobile going in future years," she said.

One main focus at the primary school is to connect with the children in the communities served by the district before they enter kindergarten to promote learning at an early age.

"As we discussed different ways to reach those children, we came up with the CV bookmobile," Ms. Droney said.

"The primary and intermediate school principals are very excited to deliver books to children in our community," Ms. Droney said. "Their enthusiasm for the CV bookmobile is truly what made this idea come to life."

Julie Hopp, principal at the primary school, said the bookmobile is "an opportunity to promote literacy in our community from birth through elementary school and beyond."

In addition to having books available for children, the bookmobile will provide information for adults, she said. …

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