The Storymobile Brought Storytelling and Free Books to 9000+ Boston Families in Summer 2023

~ ReadBoston's Storymobile program has been a hit this summer, visiting 51 sites per week in every Boston neighborhood from July 10 to August 4. The program brings professional storytellers and new books to children aged 3-8, entertaining families with interactive stories and giving each child a book to take home. Over 9,000 kids and families were served by the four-week program, a 66% increase from 2022.

The Storymobile stops included neighborhood branches of the Boston Public Library, BCYF Community Centers, schools, and childcare programs. Some locations even received an extra special treat when they were visited by the Boston Police Department Bureau of Community Engagement's Ice Cream Truck.

ReadBoston was also the beneficiary of a grant from Colin's Joy Project that provided storytellers and books for almost 900 kids at 15 Storymobile locations throughout South Boston and Dorchester. Additionally, the American Association of Law Libraries held their annual meeting in Boston this summer and their "Social Responsibilities Special Interest Section" named ReadBoston as the beneficiary of their book drive. Over 300 new books were donated by generous members.

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ReadBoston is part of the Worker Empowerment Cabinet and is Boston's only comprehensive early literacy program. It provides resources to schools, childcare programs, community-based organizations, and families in low-income and new-immigrant communities with the aim of setting children on the path to reading success.

This summer has been a great success for ReadBoston's Storymobile program with over 9,000 kids served across all neighborhoods in Boston thanks to generous grants and donations from Colin's Joy Project and American Association of Law Libraries members.

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