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Vernon Public Schools - Bookmobile's successful summer


Maple Street School principal Melissa Trantolo helps Eden, a first-grader at Lake Street School check out her books. 
Photo by Steve Smith. (July 31, 2014)


By Steve Smith, Staff Writer Reminder News

http://www.courant.com/reminder-news/rnw-rr-bookmobile-0807-20140731,0,1408371.story 

2:37 p.m. EDT, July 31, 2014

Vernon's Bookmobile is enjoying its fourth successful summer of bringing books to children in order to boost summer literacy. The mobile lending library has built up its collection of donated books for children of all ages and reading levels, and has made some adjustments to its stops in order to reach the largest number of young readers possible.

Allison Altieri, the Birth to Eight Coordinator at Vernon Youth Services, serves as the "head librarian" of the Bookmobile, and said that she did a little research to find out where the best stops for the Bookmobile are.

"We're focusing on the free lunch programs," she said. "Those and the day camps. We try to get to the lunch programs, but it's tough because they are only there one hour in the day, but we get there before and after. Playgrounds are fantastic. It's great to see the kids come out when the bus pulls up."

The Bookmobile stops at several of the Vernon Parks and Recreation Summer Camp sites, including Valley Falls Park. Valley Falls Camp Director Patrick Witham said the children there have 20-30 minutes of reading time per day and greatly appreciate when the Bookmobile arrives on Thursdays.

"It's like a weekly excitement for them," he said. "They really love it. When that bus comes in around 10 o'clock, they all scream, 'Bookmobile!' It's a good thing they're doing."

The Bookmobile also stops at the Rockville Farmers' Market on Thursday mornings. "We decided to try this and see how it would work," Altieri said. "The kids come. Some vendors have their kids use the Bookmobile, and other kids show up."

Altieri said she has a lot of repeat customers, especially at the summer camps. She said she also seeks input from kids and parents, and specific books or types of books can be requested.

"They let us know what they'd like to see," she said. "It gets them talking about what the kids are interested in, because it's hard to tell at times. It's really good to have the parents tell us what the kids are reading and for the kids to give us feedback. I take a list and then I go out and search for it. I put out certain tasks to the community for them to find certain types of books."

The Bookmobile uses the same cataloguing system that the school libraries use, so they can easily find titles for their age level.

"I like animal books, and James Patterson," said Katie, 12, a seventh-grader at VCMS. "I like books that are a little bit sad, but cute, and the occasional mystery."

Key Hyundai and Rockville Bank are the main sponsors of the Bookmobile. Altieri said she was able to use some funding to purchase new books that are more timely, which enabled her to purge some of the older tomes that are less-read.

"If they were published before I was born, they're probably not worth putting on the bus," she said.

Vernon Schools Superintendent Mary Conway had asked all of the school administrators to get involved with the Bookmobile this summer.

July 31 was the first time that new Maple Street School principal Melissa Trantolo rode along for the day. "I think it's great," Trantolo said. "It's awesome that the kids are able to get books all summer long. Summer reading is critical. Kids' reading levels can be two months below where they left off, when they come back in the fall."

"It's been great for the kids when the bus pulls up and they see their principal," Altieri said. "They freak out."

The program has lent about 800 books so far this summer, and the last day of the Bookmobile is Aug. 14, but Altieri said she's exploring the possibility of extending it into the school year. "Families really enjoy it," she said. "How wonderful to have families who look forward to it coming. I would call it a successful summer."

  For a listing of the Vernon Bookmobile stops, visit http://www.1vernon.org .

Copyright © 2014, The Hartford Courant


 



 

 

 

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The Vernon Police Department is currently seeking interested town residents for the Citizens Police Academy.  The Academy is a ten-week program that offers citizens the opportunity to learn more about the day to day operations of their police department.  Citizens will learn how police officers perform their duties, and how the department as a whole serves their community.   

 

The academy is FREE, and available to the first 25 applicants.  The Academy is open to all Vernon residents, 18 and over, who are interested in taking advantage of this great educational experience. 

 

It will take place every Monday evening beginning March 24th, 2014 through May 26th, 2014.  The class will from 7:00pm until 9:00pm, and will take place in the Vernon Police Department’s Community Room. 

 

Topics to be presented during this academy will be: Departmental History, Officer Training, Firearms, Patrol Procedures, Detective Division Operations, Tactical Operations (C.R.E.S.T.), Narcotics (E.C.N.T.F.), K-9, Community Policing, School Resource Officer, Public Information, Media Relations, Dispatching, Accident Reconstruction, Traffic Enforcement, and much more! 

Citizens interested in participating in this Academy are asked to contact: Ofc. Tommy Van Tasel @ 860-872-9126 ext. 245 or tvantasel@vernon-ct.gov . 

Applications can be picked up at the Vernon Police Department.  


 

 

 

     

 

 

 


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