Thank you to Marie Nesmith, Randy Parker, and everyone at the Daily Tribune News for their wonderful coverage of Bookmobile Week! This in-depth article was featured in the “Around Town” section of the newspaper on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

RANDY PARKER/THE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS Students at Little Lambs Learning Center in Cartersville line up to visit The Bookmobile: Reading to Go Places! mobile library.

RANDY PARKER/THE DAILY TRIBUNE NEWS Madison Cowart, a volunteer with The Bookmobile reads to children at Little Lambs Learning Center in Cartersville.

Bartow celebrates Bookmobile Week April 7-13
Posted Saturday, April 13, 2019

Embracing the opportunity to broaden a child’s horizon, Valerie Gilreath furthered her nonprofit’s reach during Bookmobile Week in Bartow County. From April 7 to 13, the Cartersville resident’s The Bookmobile: Reading to Go Places! visited five sites and served 154 youngsters.

“I am passionate about literacy and reading because it played an immeasurable role in my own life,” said Gilreath, founder and president of the mobile resource’s board of directors. “It improved my academic success, sure, but more than that it opened my eyes to the larger world. It introduced me to people and places that I would never have known about otherwise. Books introduced me to possibilities for my own life — what I could do, who I could be.

“No one in my family — in the previous generation — went to college. My parents and most of my aunts and uncles did not graduate high school. My role models in terms of academics and career came from books. Once I could read, I could learn about anything and anybody. That is why I felt it was important to promote literacy.”

Read the entire article here: DTN 4_14_2019 _ The Daily Tribune News_BookmobileWeek