A Driving Force in Early Literacy

VBPL’s bookmobile is devoted exclusively to early literacy outreach, offering a library-like experience on wheels that introduces children to the joy of reading and the possibilities that come with checking out books. Visiting local preschools and daycare centers, VBPL staff provide teacher trainings and curriculum-based storytime classes for children to help them build skills needed for kindergarten success.

However, the bookmobile is aging. It’s also the size of a city bus, which makes it difficult to drive in compact areas and requires a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to operate. The Foundation seeks to acquire a more versatile vehicle to sustain and increase the library’s reach in the community.

First-of-its-kind Bookmobile

The proposed vehicle is smaller, but will retain the programming space that makes VBPL’s bookmobile a “classroom on wheels.” It will fit into more preschool parking lots and have built-in technology that allows for innovative, interactive programming. Because it does not require a CDL, more staff can drive it. This will allow VBPL to sustain and even expand its youth outreach services in order to serve a more diverse and broader audience and deliver a wider variety of outreach programs and services.

The Foundation has raised over $100,000 of the $210,000 required to build and equip the new bookmobile. Grant funds for the project have been awarded by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation, the TowneBank Foundation and Queen of Virginia Skill and Entertainment.

Get on board!

Want to get on board and help us increase early literacy education in Virginia Beach? Donate online, in person at your VBPL branch, or mail a check with “Bookmobile” in the memo line to the Virginia Beach Library Foundation, 2416 Courthouse Drive Bldg. 19, Virginia Beach VA 23456.