Bookmobile Rolls Learning Into Area Parks For Summer

For some East Texas kids who are tired of going to school, this summer the learning comes to them.

The Tyler Public Library's Bookmobile is taking to the roads, visiting area parks, schools, and retirement homes. The vehicle makes stops every weekday, giving thousands of kids and shut-ins access to the library.

The mobile library not only teaches kids about the fun of reading, but also about responsibility, since they have to return their books before they check out others. For the people who run the Bookmobile, the best part isn't the ride. Librarian Lillian Starkey says working with the kids makes it all worth it.

"Probably the most fulfilling thing I have ever done in my life is to see these kids get so excited about a book, because I've read all my life and I know what it means to have a new book."

The bookmobile visits area parks during the summer and during the school year, it goes to area schools that don't have large libraries. It also makes stops at retirement homes, and takes requests from its customers.

Reid Kerr ( reporting.