Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Program Overview
Since its launch in March 2018, the Monrovia Reads Van has been visiting the five local elementary schools, providing books to the district’s 2,500 elementary school age children. It also attends community events, including Monrovia Area Partnership (MAP) events, the annual Spring Egg Hunt, Foothill Unity Center’s Back to School event, and other opportunities throughout Monrovia.
The van features 1,586 books, a WiFi hotspot, and 21st Century skills-building learning activities. The vehicle makes regular stops at each elementary school after dismissal during the school year. At each visit, staff process new library card applications, enabling immediate access to the library’s online resources as well as the main library’s larger collection.
From July 2018 to June 2019, the Monrovia Reads Van made a total of 161 visits to 5,477 students and community members. Library staff created 123 library cards and checked out 2,173 books to children and families across Monrovia.
The Monrovia Reads Van brings with it the resources that our children need to enhance their lives through the power of knowledge. This aligns with the Library’s Strategic Plan goals of supporting literacy and lifelong learning for all residents, regardless of their ability to visit the main library building, as well as keeping residents informed about library services and programs.
To see where the Monrovia Reads Van will be, visit our Library Events Calendar.
The Monrovia Reads Mobile Literacy Program is made possible by the generous support of the non-profit organization, Monrovia Reads, and Foothill Credit Union.