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Sunday, 2 December 2012

Traveling bookmobile for elementary school students

Thanks to Osborn Hill's traveling bookmobile, which made its debut at the Stillson Road elementary school last week.

the reason that first-grader Mallory Smith, 6, chose that book from among hundreds of books on the bookmobile, which was parked outside the school's entrance. Drawings of birds are on the book's cover, and Mallory said she chose it, "Because I like birds a lot."  
Mallory said she'd never been on a bookmobile before and liked it.

Addie Lunn, a 7-year-old first-grader, agreed. "It's fun because you get to go and pick out books," she said

Osborn Hill students are allowed to check out one book from the school library's collection and also one book from the bookmobile until they return it to check out a new one. The bookmobile was open to kindergarten and first-graders on Tuesday and was to be open for second- and third-graders Wednesday and fourth- and fifth-graders Thursday. While the Osborn Hill library remains closed, the bookmobile will make regular visits.

Rehder said Osborn Hill, which has 519 students, is the largest elementary school in town and that it's important for students to have a wide variety of books from which to choose.

Mary Sorhus, head of children's services at Fairfield Public Library and Fairfield Woods Branch Library, agreed. "If they're able to pick out their own books, it really empowers them to read," she said.

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