Books on Board!
Between the covers of a book, kids can discover another world, explore new interests, live through key moments in history, or get lost in an exciting adventure.
Starting June 4, GCPS’ new Explore Book Mobile will bring books (and all those exciting adventures) to kids in the Norcross Cluster as we launch our second mobile library this summer!
We’ll celebrate the new Book Mobile with two special events in early May.
Beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, supporters of literacy in our community will be off and running with the GCPS Book Mobile 5K and Fun Run. The course will begin and end at Pinckneyville MS, located at 5440 W. Jones Bridge Rd. in Peachtree Corners. Participants under the age of 18 will receive a free book! (The school with the most participants will win a visit from the Book Mobile next school year.)
You’re also invited to the second event, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new library on wheels at 12:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at The Forum. The ribbon-cutting is part of a fun-filled weekend at the Barnes & Noble location in Peachtree Corners (5141 Peachtree Parkway), including performances by school groups (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and tours of the Book Mobile (noon to 2:30 p.m.) on Saturday.
Even if you can't attend these special events, you can help support this literacy effort. A percentage of all purchases made at the three Gwinnett Barnes & Noble locations (Buford, Peachtree Corners, and Snellville) on May 5 and 6 will be donated to buy books for the Book Mobile. You also can support the Book Mobile through online purchases at bn.com/bookfairs from May 5 to May 11. (Use Bookfair ID 12363651 at checkout.)
This summer, the new Explore Book Mobile will travel a 35-stop route in the Norcross Cluster each week, checking out school library books to students who may not have easy access to the public library. Our first mobile library— the POW Book Mobile launched last May— will return to neighborhoods in the Meadowcreek cluster. Both buses will run from June 4 to July 27, with a holiday on July 4. (Watch for a schedule of stops for the two Book Mobiles later in May.)
Next school year, local schools will be able to “Book the Bus” as a part of this literacy initiative to get books in students' hands. During the year, both Book Mobiles will be stocked with new books— purchased with donations or provided by sponsors— that can be provided to students free of charge.