Dewey, the Book Mobile comes to Pleasant Valley
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Pleasant Valley School District reading supervisor, Dora Tartar, guides (left to right,) Patrick Fox, Tyler Laxton, Phoebe Stone and Ashley Palmieri off Dewey the Book Mobile at a Ready Set Read program held at Pleasant Valley Elementary. All our four year olds and just received their very own book from Dewey, meant to encourage them to want to learn to read.
Remember when the Book Mobile came to your town in the summer and you could take home books to read? It was something to look forward to. Then in two weeks, you could exchange them for different ones.
Books provide hours of entertainment and education and can transport the reader to worlds of facts and imagination.
One Pleasant Valley School District board member remembered how much she enjoyed visiting the Book Mobile and had an idea for bringing that excitement back for the students of PVSD to enjoy.
In 2008 PVSD outsourced its busing to First Student and it bought the district's buses.
The board member, (who wishes to remain anonymous) asked First Student if it would donate one of the mini buses for a book mobile. It did.
Dewey the Book Mobile was born, named after the Dewey Decimal System.
Carole Geary, Pleasant Valley School District assistant superintendent/curriculum says that Monroe County Technical Institute students worked on the bus to get it up to inspection code.
After that, they outfitted it with shelves to hold books. They are currently working on a design for Dewey and will be painting it.
New and used books now fill those shelves, thanks to donations from the community.
Here's the really special thing about Dewey. Dewey attends all the district special events that inspire reading, like the Ready, Set, Read programs and Reading Fairs, geared to late pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade levels. Children climb aboard Dewey and select a book. It is now theirs to keep.
Now when PV children hear that Dewey will be visiting, they know the excitement of climbing aboard the Book Mobile and finding treasures between the pages.