Murfreesboro takes books to readers

MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) –

There’s a new way to get your kids to hit the books this summer and you don’t have to leave the house.

A unique mobile library brings the books to you.

For working parents, it can be hard to find time to take your kids to the library during the summer.

Murfreesboro City Schools has come up with a solution called “Bob,” or Books on a Bus.

“For some kids that don’t have books at home and some do, but we do have a local library, but sometimes transportation is an issue for children to get there,” said Charesa Dodson, coordinator of reading for Murfreesboro schools.

The mobile library visits about four apartment complexes a day where kids hop on and choose from over 1,000 donated books.

“My mom works so it’s like I can’t get to the library to get books,” said Kamiyah Young. “This would be way better for me to get books.”

The bus is a new and innovated way to prevent kids from a summer slide and keep their minds fresh.

“Kids that read at least 20 minutes a day over the summer are 10 times likely to be proficient on the state-mandated test as well as kids who aren’t reading the summer lose up to a grade level of reading structure over the summer,” said Dodson.

“I’m very appreciative,” said Young. “That takes a lot of work to do something like this.”

The bus is up and running Monday through Friday until July 20.

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