OSWEGO – Driving Books Home, Oswego’s Bookmobile, is following the NY State Library’s summer reading theme of Every Hero Has a Story for its summer programs. The bookmobile rolls into Oswego neighborhoods beginning on July 6.
Each week during the months of July and August, at every stop, the bookmobile gives a free book and a snack to each child under the age of 18 in the Oswego community.
Literacy specialists, a teacher, a pre-k specialist, an AmeriCorps volunteer, a SUNY Oswego graduate assistant, and other volunteers help children select books at their independent reading level, books that children can keep to build their own personal libraries in their homes.
Each week, the bookmobile staff emphasizes an aspect of the theme Every Hero Has a Story.
In the first week, the bookmobile focuses on engineering and fictional superheroes with the theme Engineer Like a Superhero.
The second week, July 13 – 17, focuses on real life heroes with the theme Heroes Don’t Wear Capes.
During this week children will be introduced to reading about real people in history whose actions were heroic.
During the week of July 20 – 24 the theme is related to STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, with the title I Wonder.
This week the bookmobile has a very special guest, Tom Altman, who will engage children in science activities as they wonder together about how things fly.
July 27 – 31 has the theme i-Invent:Mission: Imposssible when books on inventions and inventors will be featured.
Heroes:Giant Steps to Change the World is the theme for August 3 – 7 and this week focuses on people like astronauts who have done great things to change our world.
August 10 -14 is I Protect: That’s My Superpower week when local heroes like firefighters, police officers, and military personnel will be featured.
August 17 – 21 is the last week and the theme is Big Hero 6 to correlate with the showing of the movie at Movie in the Park that week.
The bookmobile attends Movie in the Park nights, sponsored by Oswego County Federal Credit Union, and gives free books to children before the movies start.
The next movie nights are July 15 and August 19.
The bookmobile also attends the Oswego Farmers’ Markets on July 9, July 30 and August 6.
The bookmobile is grateful to the partners: Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego, and Oswego Public Library, and to all of our individual, corporate and nonprofit donors who make Driving Books Home possible.