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Area children were the lucky recipients of free books earlier this month, courtesy of the Williamsburg Regional Library’s Mobile Library Services van.
The van, as part of the library’s outreach program, donated 37 books purchased by the Friends of Williamsburg Regional Library, according to a WRL press release.
In addition to the books delivered by van, the library gave away 400 books at Williamsburg-James City County School District’s summer program sites last month.
Over the course of three days in August, the van visited children living in four neighborhoods and apartment complexes, including Grove, Burnt Ordinary and Powhatan Apartments, as well as homes along Ironbound Road.
These areas were selected because their high concentration of families with limited regular access to books, the release stated. The Mobile Library Services van typically makes weekly stops to these neighborhoods throughout much of the year, but free book giveaways are a rare treat.
According to the release, the giveaway program was designed to bolster enthusiasm for reading, as the Mobile Library Services van allows children to select which book they would receive. Its goal is to support children who don’t have easy access to a library and prohibit them from entering a “summer slide,” in which their literacy skills regress over the course of the summer as a result of little time spent reading.