Klein ISD Reading Express Relaunches for Summer Literacy Fun
Klein ISD’s Reading Express mobile library has hit the road for summer literacy fun. Catch this beloved staple at a neighborhood stop near you as it drops by Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 3:00 pm each week this summer from June 14th-August 6th.
Originating in 2010, the Reading Express is not like your traditional standard summer reading program. Instead, this mobile library’s mission is to ensure that every Klein ISD student has access to library materials and programming throughout the summer. If students cannot make it to the library, the Reading Express will bring the library to them!
Along with the Reading Express’ mission, the mobile library also hosts storytime, crafts, and fun activities for students and families. Students who visit the Reading Express can also check out a book like they would during the school year.
Initially created to reach communities in Klein ISD who may lack access to transportation and a way to visit the library, the Reading Express has since expanded its reach and now services even more neighborhoods from across the district. The addition of new Reading Express stops was a group effort by Leane Krause, Angela Green, and Meaghan O’Hara.
The Reading Express has been made possible these past few years by the Klein Education Foundation’s generous $30,000 donation to transform the mobile library.
“It’s so rewarding to see the students come back each week and to build those relationships over the summer,” said Leane Krause, Benignus Elementary Librarian. “Word of mouth is key, and we look forward to seeing returning and new faces each week.”
The foundation that holds the Reading Express together is driver Jose Diaz, Krause says. Acting as the driver from the mobile library’s inception, Diaz is an important staple of the Reading Express’ continued success. From interacting with clients to assisting with the mobile library’s maintenance, this remarkable gentleman displays what it means to truly have a servant’s heart.
Despite the challenges of the previous school year, the Reading Express is still going strong. Since the mobile library wasn’t able to make it out to the community due to the pandemic last year, this summer’s Reading Express has determined to be better than ever.
The Klein Educational Foundation and several community partners have stepped up to make this summer special for Klein ISD students. Extra accommodations like thorough sanitation and safety measures have been implemented for families who choose to take their craft on the go.
“I just love seeing that spark in a student’s eyes when they check out new books. Helping them find a book that might help ignite their passion for reading and connecting with people all across the district is ultimately why we host the Reading Express,” said Krause.
Those looking to get involved with the Reading Express as volunteers can contact Librarian Leane Krouse at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to follow the Reading Express on social media and to find out where it will stop next, or take a look at the summer schedule below.
A huge shoutout and “thank you” to Leane, Jose, Meaghan, Angela, and the entire Reading Express team. Your Klein Family is so thankful and appreciative of your continuous service to promote literacy and a love of reading in EVERY Klein ISD student.
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