The Oswego Bookmobile is a free program that is targeted towards children ages 5-18 who may not have access to reading materials and activities during the Summer months. The brainchild of Joan Dain, Terie Daino, Bill Christ, Rameen Mohammadi and Laura Rider, the bookmobile is funded entirely by local businesses and private donors. It is a non-lending library, meaning that the Oswego Bookmobile does not lend out its books to children. Instead, all materials, books, and snacks provided by the bookmobile are free and children can take one book of their choice home to keep.
Last week (July 5- 12) marked the beginning of the 2013 schedule for the Oswego Bookmobile, now in its 2nd year. 670 local children attended the bookmobile’s programs during its first week alone this summer and more children are expected to attend the Bookmobile’s programs in the coming weeks.
“The children are really excited about books and reading,” said Terie Daino, “ Many of our children do not have access to reading material over the summer. It is incredibly gratifying to fill this void and bring something so meaningful to the children of our community.”
Programs such as the Oswego Bookmobile reinforce the importance of reading over the summer, a time when many children don’t practice a lot of the reading skills that they learn during the school year. According to the bookmobile’s website, their mission is “to bring resources that will reduce reading regression while developing an appreciation for literacy.”
The bookmobile visits multiple communities Monday-Friday and has weekly themes for children to explore. Children can stop by the bookmobile during the East Park Movie Nights, scheduled on select Wednesday evenings and at Farmer’s Market, every Thursday evening during the Summer. See if the Oswego Bookmobile visits a location near you by viewing the schedule, here.