SHARONVILLE, Ohio -- Wouldn’t you love if the library could come to your doorstep? That moment could be closer than you think -- the Princeton Mobile Book Center is hitting the road.
The mobile reading program will spend the summer traveling regularly to neighborhoods where kids may not have access to a library.
Volunteer teachers on the bus will help kids to select books and work with them one-on-one as they read.
One of the goals of the program is to combat summer slide -- the loss of learning that occurs when children take a break from classes over the summer -- according to Tricia Roddy, media specialist at Sharonville Elementary.
“A lot of children do not pick up books or do not read over the summer,” Roddy said. “So, this is an opportunity that changes that for them and gives access so that everyone has a chance to have books in their house to read."
The mobile book center has received great support from the community and has gathered many volunteers.
“It’s just been overwhelming. The support and just the love from the Princeton community is amazing,” Amy Price, media specialist at Princeton City Schools, said. "It’s really wonderful.”
Back in April, the program was one of three finalists for the Scripps Family Literacy Grant and won the grand prize of $100,000 from WCPO’s parent company, Scripps Howard.