Book Van-Go ‘hitting the gas’ when it comes to summer reading

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Just because it’s summer — it  doesn’t mean kids should pump the brakes on reading and learning.

For months, Sue Straub and her family were talking about an idea to put “reading on wheels,” but it wasn’t until they lost a close friend who was a teacher that the idea came to fruition.

Straub, who teaches in the EEP Program at Main Street School in the summer and fifth grade at Roxboro Middle School in the fall, wanted to memorialize her friend by celebrating reading.

If you follow Book Van-Go while it’s on the road — it looks like any other van, but it’s what’s inside that makes it so special. It’s packed with new and used books and even some book marks.

The van is halfway through its four-week excursion stopping in parks in Mattydale and North Syracuse three times a week. In one afternoon, more than 200 books rolled out and into the hands of eager readers.

“Once they hear about it — often they’re repeat customers,” Straub said. 

Rain or shine, Book Van-go is going.

“We have a little book log so we keep track of the kids that visit us and they log the books of what they took and which week and what school they go to,” Straub said. “That information — I thought I could send it to the principals. All these kids visited Book Van-Go, so it’s just celebrating reading.”

Straub says Book Van-Go is more than just a free book giveaway — Straub says she is navigating a connection with each kid.

“Before any child leaves — they sign their book log and then they fill out a book request, so when they come to see me next week — I have a personal, individual book ready for them,” Straub shared.

The wheels will keep on rolling until Aug. 16, but Straub says there will be more reading fun throughout the year.

To learn more about Book Van-Go, visit their Facebook page by clicking here.

Book Van-Go stops from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the following parks in Mattydale & North Syracuse:
–Tuesdays: Burnham Park
–Wednesdays: Richfield Park​​​​​​​
–Thursdays: Kennedy Park

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