Elementary school teachers in Canton Township, Mich., have come up with a clever way to keep their students reading this summer. They’ve created a “book cab” out of a three-wheeled pedicab, the Detroit News reports today.
The brainchild of 3rd grade teacher Pete Puzzuoli, the library on wheels is designed to keep a fresh supply of books in the hands of students, even if they can’t get to the library themselves. Either Puzzuoli or another teacher from Field Elementary School rides a circuit of five neighborhoods every Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to approximately 12:30 p.m. throughout the summer, according to the school.
The kids have been receptive to the unconventional mobile library, which is stuffed with books from Puzzuoli’s and other teachers’ collections. Neighbors along the route have donated books as well.
When the Detroit News caught up with Puzzuoli on his route, he was joined by 5th grade teacher Alison Collicott, who rode alongside him on her own bike.
“It’s not just about bringing books to the kids,” Collicott told the newspaper. “It’s about establishing relationships with our families.”
I hope the idea continues for many summers to come!
A version of this news article first appeared in the BookMarks blog.