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Little Mobile Libraries

San Bernardino County, CA
Program Year: 2019

In 2016, research indicated 63% of this County’s third graders did not meet the 2016 California English language arts/literacy standards and over 32 million adults nationwide could not read. Accordingly, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors enacted the Vision 2 Read Campaign, championing the importance of literacy. In support of the vision, the San Bernardino County Probation Department partnered with The Learning Club to develop the Little Mobile Library program. This collaboration also benefits the youth in the Probation Department’s Gateway Program as the youth build the libraries while developing building skills and fostering creativity. Upon completion, each library is delivered by the youth to the various department lobbies. Little Mobile Libraries provide free age appropriate books for the children in our communities. Once children have finished reading the book, they have two options. They can return the book to any mobile library making it available to other children or they may give the book to one of their friends to read. Either option allows for numerous children to read books and pass them along to others for the same enjoyment. The Little Mobile Libraries location encourages parents/caregivers to read with the youth fostering an increase in literacy.

Lisa Bari
Executive Secretary III