LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - If you can’t get to the library, well the library may be showing up near you. The Pine Tree Independent School District has a school bus outfitted to be a mobile library. We just had to check it out.
Outside it’s pretty much a regular school bus, but inside it looks like a whole bunch of kids forgot their books when they got off. But, as Bus Driving Librarian, Sariah Rowe points out it’s a whole lot more organized than that.
“Essentially the kids come on the bus and check out the books in their name. I also get their grade levels so when we go to the school board we then know the number of which kids, which age groups are getting on the bus and which ones are checking out books,” Rowe said.
And there’s no set time to return the books.
“They just bring them back, I check in the date they brought them back,” Rowe revealed.
So in this library there are no overdue fees. The kids seem interested in:
“Adventure, to some of them really like science stuff. It just depends on the child, really; what they enjoy and what they want to see and what they want to read,” Rowe said.
Many books were sort of overflow from PTISD libraries, but not all.
“We have bought brand new books. Most of them are the Spanish books that we have on the bus. We had to get them brand new because most of the schools hold onto those books because there’s not that many,” Rowe explained.
She says the first time parents come on they say the same thing:
“Oh, the bus has AC. I know that sounds weird but a lot of parents have this perception that we don’t have AC on this bus. We have AC on here,” Rowe clarified.
And yes, there are even snacks.
“So the children can pick that out so they can have something to eat on their way out, and during the summer I also have cool water for them,” Rowe said.
Kids don’t have to be Pine Tree students to get books, but they do have to be under 19. Sariah says sometimes it gets lonely and she thinks:
“I wish somebody would come out,” Rowe laughed.
But they will, and do when they realize just how much knowledge, and adventure, is on that bus.
This is the second year the Mobile Library has been bringing books to the kids. It’s at five different locations in the Pine Tree area of Longview on Tuesday mornings through August including St. Mathew’s Catholic Church from about 9 to 9:30.
It’s in its second year and worth checking out.
Pine Tree ISD’s Mobile Library makes the rounds in the Pine Tree area every Tuesday this summer in Longview. All sorts of books are available to children 18 and younger, and they don’t have to attend PTISD to check them out.
Essentially the kids come on the bus and check out the books in their name. I also get their grade levels so when we go to the school board we then know the number of which kids, which age groups are getting on the bus and which ones are checking out books.
The Pine Tree Book Bus makes stops every Tuesday during the summer months and every other Saturday during the school year. Bus stop locations are:
- Flamingo Mobile Home Park, 2405 Pine Tree Road, 8 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
- St. Matthew Catholic Church, 2800 Pine Tree Road, 8:50 a.m. - 9:35 a.m.
- Birdie Park, 701 Niblick Street, 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
- Lakeside Mobile Home Park, 2011 South Lake Harris Road, 10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
- Hughes Chapel Christian Church, 127 East Berkley Street, 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.