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September 20, 2018

Oswego’s Bookmobile Thanks Pathfinder Bank


OSWEGO – Driving Books Home, Oswego’s Bookmobile, thanks Pathfinder Bank for its recent donation of $1,000 to support its literacy program.

Graduate Assistant Jillian Keevil helps Harley select a free book.

Graduate Assistant Jillian Keevil helps Harley select a free book.

Every summer, during the months of July and August, the bookmobile rolls into Oswego neighborhoods to promote reading during summer vacation.

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, an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinator, a SUNY Oswego graduate assistant, and volunteers help children select books at their independent reading level, books that children can keep to build their own personal libraries in their homes.

The bookmobile also attends Movie in the Park nights, sponsored by Oswego County Federal Credit Union and gives free books to children before the movies start.

In addition, the bookmobile parks at Oswego Farmers’ Market several times in the summer to distribute books.

Allison proudly shows the book she selected as her free book from the bookmobile, The Missing Tooth.

Allison proudly shows the book she selected as her free book from the bookmobile, The Missing Tooth.

The bookmobile reading program targets neighborhoods in the Oswego City School District where children are likely to not have access to books during summer months.

Research shows that children who do not read during the summer experience “summer slide,” a loss of reading skills. This results in a widening of the learning gap between students who read during the summer and those who don’t.

The bookmobile is grateful to Pathfinder for this $1,000 donation and for all of  its past contributions. The bookmobile also expresses its appreciation to the partners: Oswego City School District, SUNY Oswego, Oswego Public Library and to all of our individual, corporate and nonprofit donors who make Driving Books Home possible.

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