OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Bookmobile is grateful for a $1,000 grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.
The funding contributed to the success of this year’s summer reading program.
The grant money was used to increase the inventory of new books that are popular with children and that supported weekly themes of nutrition, sports, and fitness.
The bookmobile provides youth with opportunities to participate in book selection at their independent reading levels and to own personal libraries of books they love.
The program focuses its resources on children in low-income families who are most impacted by loss of reading skills when school is not in session.
Without books, at-risk children rarely read during the summer and they suffer setbacks in academic achievement as a result.
In summer 2016, the bookmobile visited 16 sites within the geographic area that encompasses all students in the Oswego City School District.
The program provides free books and healthy snacks to kids, addressing summer reading regression.
Literacy specialists and other adults who staff the bookmobile, encourage students to be readers.
This summer, a hub of activity revolved around the New York State Library summer reading theme of “On your mark, get set, read.”
The program began on July 5 and ended on August 19.
The bookmobile thanks OCCYB for providing funding to stock the bookmobile with new books for the summer reading program.