Reading on the Road - Books on School Buses
Reading on the Road is a student run program at Keene High School. Their mission is to collect children’s books and then distribute them onto elementary school buses in the SAU 29 school district. They currently have over 550 books circulating on buses that serve elementary schools in the Keene School District. This encompasses Symonds School, Fuller School, Wheelock School, and Franklin School. Each box is full of books for ages 4-12 and kids may browse the books while they ride the bus or take them home to keep. Reading on the Road encourages healthy reading habits, decreases disruptive behavior and provides easy access to books for children who may not have this otherwise.
Shedd-Porter Memorial Library in Alstead helps to supply the boxes with donations and children’s library discards. The program has received such positive feedback that collection boxes in local churches, bookstores and neighboring libraries donations are helping to fill the boxes and expand the program to a neighboring school district. CLiF (Children’s Literacy Foundation) recently sent a box and is featuring the Reading on the Road program on CLiF’s blog.
You can follow the project on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Readingontheroad.khs/ To contact Reading on the Road email Amelia Opsahl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shedd Porter Library
Cole Middle School, East Greenwich RI - Girl Scout Troop 855
Ways to reach out and work together:
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Adult Learner Services*
Book & a Bite Summer Food followed with Healthy Activities (Libraries and Summer Food)
Pop-up Summer Library *
Reading on the Road *
Shared Library Card System*
State Book Award Promotion *
Teen Internship @ the Public Library
Adult Learner Services
At the Weeks Memorial Library in Lancaster, NH they collaborate with North Country Education Services to offer the following free of charge:
*Sessions to build basic reading, writing and math skills
*ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
Girl Scouts Catherine Anderson and Eliana Goldwasser have installed a new Little Free Library at 2880 South County Road in East Greenwich, Rhode Island. Both girls are members of Girl Scout Troop 855 in East Greenwich.A Little Free Library is a free book exchange for the local community. Everyone is welcome to take something they want to read, and to donate reading materials they are ready to share.
“We chose this project because we care about child literacy. We want the kids in this neighborhood to have access to books right where they live,” said Eliana Goldwasser. The two Girl Scouts plan to stock the library with lots of childrens’ books and supplies, as well as some adult books.
Catherine and Eliana are working on their Girl Scout Silver Award. For this award, the highest a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, the girls wanted to do something that would have a long term impact on their community. Reading is something that both girls are passionate about, and the Little Free Library is a great way to share books with local residents.
“It took us a lot longer than we thought it would. We had to learn how to use power tools and we were both nervous about that! The design is based on a Little Free Library plan. We wanted the library to look like a schoolhouse,” said Catherine Anderson
The girls asked Shelley Avarista, the Cole Middle School Librarian, to be their Project Advisor. Ms. Avarista advised the girls on which books to place in the Lending Library as well as helped to provide some books that will no longer be in circulation.
“We’re really proud of the Library. It was a lot of hard work.” said Catherine Anderson
Library Media Specialist
Cole Middle School
East Greenwich, RI
The Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (BHML) serves the towns of Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay, and Edgecomb. This is the second summer where both the BHML and the Boothbay Regional Elementary School (BRES) libraries have collaborated in the circulation of BRES books showcasing the Maine State Book Award (MSBA) list.
BHML prominently displays copies of the BRES books in the Children's library. The display starts the week after school is closed, and continues through the week before school starts - pretty much all summer long. It has been an excellent collaboration, serving not only the BRES kids on summer vacation, but the display has also peaked the interest of our summer community patrons.
The following links are articles from the regional newspaper The Boothbay Register from both the 2018 inaugural collaboration and this summer's.
2019 article in the Boothbay Register
2018 Article in the Boothbay Register
Public Services/Children's Librarian
Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library