The new school may not yet be open, but almost a dozen Bryant school educators and paraeducators are making library books accessible to their students all summer long.
Between the second week in June and the second week in August, volunteers from Bryant drive the surrounding neighborhood in a refurbished ice cream truck filled with school library books. According to Principal Trish Klock, the kids are as excited to see the truck filled with books as they would be if it was filled with ice cream treats. She added that sometimes her students can’t make it to the public library during the summer months, so by delivering books to them, the Bryant bookmobile helps students keep reading throughout the summer.
Several years ago, now-retired educator, Kari Wald, applied for and was awarded a grant to purchase and run the bookmobile, which runs three days a week during the summer. Though the grant funding and the volunteer librarians keep the program viable, the bookmobile needs a little TLC and is always accepting donations to keep the program operating and expanding to best serve Bryant students.