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September 20, 2018

Youth Bureau Fuels Funding for Bookmobile Books


OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Bookmobile received a total of $2,500 in 2012 funding from the Oswego City/County Youth Bureau to purchase books and supplies for the summer bookmobile program.

The Youth Bureau funds are meant to stimulate youth involvement in the community
as well as to provide youth services.

Youth Bureau Director Kathy Fenlon met Lynda Sereno, Bookmobile committee member and local students Dylon Richard and Maddy Cali to look at books they helped to purchase with a Youth Bureau grant.

Youth Bureau Director Kathy Fenlon met Lynda Sereno, Bookmobile
committee member and local students Dylon Richard and Maddy Cali to look at books they helped to purchase with a Youth Bureau grant.

Recently, members of the Student Book Advisory Council for the Bookmobile went on a field trip to the Scholastic Warehouse to use some of the funding to purchase books for the upcoming summer program.

Maddy Cali and Dylon Richards, accompanied committee members to the local warehouse to take advantage of their year-end clearance sale to stock up for their program.

“The field trip to the warehouse was awesome,” exclaimed Cali. “There were a lot of books and we picked a lot of books that I think my peers will love!”

The students worked with a wish list of books based on popular request from last summer.

They shopped each aisle, scouring the shelves for quantities of books that would not only be of high interest to fellow students, but those that were discounted at least fifty percent.

The task netted nearly 500 new books that will be available for distribution through the summer program.

“The Youth Bureau enthusiastically supports the Bookmobile program,” said Youth
Bureau Director Kathy Fenlon. “The Bookmobile encourages children to continue reading and learning throughout the summer months, and gives children additional activities to enjoy. Our Youth Bureau Board also recognizes that the Bookmobile allows hundreds of local children the chance to take books home, read them again, and share them with their siblings and friends.”

While the bookmobile was successful after its first program year, the program grew and
enjoyed a higher level of success that the steering committee attributes to the program’s move to align with other programs that would enable the purchase of large quantities of new books.

In addition to shopping with designated funds at the Scholastic Warehouse, the group also became a member of First Book.

Through competitive application processes, the bookmobile was able to purchase additional selections of books for the cost of shipping the book.

Youth Bureau funding was used earlier in the year to stock the Bookmobile for its 2012 summer program.

The group also works locally with the river’s end bookstore where store owner Bill Reilly supports the program with a substantial discount.

“We do have some gently used books on the bookmobile,” said Cali. “But the new books are great!”

Based on research and the Bookmobile’s experience over the past two summers, kids will read if they have material available that is of high interest to them.

Plans for the 2013 program are well under way.

To request book titles to be carried on the bookmobile, local students can log onto the Bookmobile Facebook page and post their request.

For more information about the Bookmobile and it summer program visit the website at
www.oswegobookmobile.org or on Facebook at Oswego Bookmobile.

You can also call the bookmobile office at 341-2033.

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