Storymobiles are libraries-on-wheels; taking stories, activities, books, and literacy resources to early childcare centers, PreK and kindergarten classrooms, afterschool programs, public housing communities, and community events across our city. In bi-weekly visits, our Storymobile team leads innovative programming designed to build literacy skills, expand content knowledge, and get children excited about reading and learning.
Our programming focuses on kindergarten readiness and is designed to introduce students to the joy of reading; expose them to challenging subject matter, including math and science themes, in a way that they embrace and enjoy; and reinforce the skills recommended by state and federal curricula. We also work to engage parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other family members with events and activities designed to engage the entire community.
All of our Storymobile children participate in our Books for Keeps program, enabling them to select a book to take home and keep four times throughout the year. In our afterschool programs, children get to select take-home books at each and every visit.
We just launched our Storymobile Book Babies initiative in March to ensure that children are exposed to print-rich environments from the earliest stage. Book Babies seeks to provide new and expectant moms and dads in select housing communities with tools and information to support their children’s literacy development. We are working to support these new parents with strategies to build literacy and vocabulary in young children, while also providing them with high-quality, developmentally appropriate book collections that they can read with their family.
Last year, we served more than 5,200 children and families. We loaned nearly 15,000 books and gave away almost 13,000 additional books to keep to the kids at our sites! We also visited 60 community events in our city, where we gave away an additional 4,600 books. This year, with the addition of our new third Storymobile, we are serving more children and providing more books than ever!