NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches rotary club members are preparing for their new Rotary Summer Literacy Program. They spent Monday evening painting the trailer that will be used as a mobile library this summer.
"It's a partnership between Nacogdoches Independent School District and our club. We'll use the school district as they go through the two parks we'll be participating in to give food to the kids," said Rotary President Elect Ed Pool.
The Rotary Literacy Mobile Library Trailer will make stops at Ritchie Street Park and Pioneer Park in Nacogdoches for eight weeks this summer. Their goal is to have 1,000 books for checkout by opening day next week.
"Each week we'll be at the park for them to either re-checkout a book or to return one that they have," Pool said. "We've partnered with some youth groups in the community; different churches that are going to work with us as well ,and play games with the kids, and read to them, and do arts and crafts."
Carpet, shelves and signs will be added to the trailer by the end of this week.
The mobile library will be up and running at Pioneer Park on Tuesday June 18.
The community has donated all of the books for kindergarten through fifth grade to check out. Pool said it's ok if the books aren't returned. A literacy project book drive will be held this summer in Nacogdoches to collect more books for the mobile library.
Books can be donated and dropped off at Gound Chevrolet on North Street in Nacogdoches.
Rotarians are hoping to eventually have a year round mobile library.