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Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile - Class of 2015-16 LDA Collaborative Project Presentation


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Research shows that children, on average, lose one month of reading skills over the summer. A major contributing cause for this slide is that many children simply don’t have regular access to books during the summer months. As a result, when kids return to school in September, teachers find themselves re-teaching skills and concepts that students had mastered the previous spring. Our team partnered with Hedberg Public Library in order to help them expand their outreach efforts to students in the summer. Our project was to find and repurpose a vehicle into a bookmobile; the library would then sustain the project after our graduation. Research revealed that many cities use repurposed buses as their bookmobile vehicle of choice. However, we were able to get a decommissioned ambulance donated from the City of Janesville Fire Department at no cost. Our team worked to transform it with bookshelves and, with the help of Fetch Graphics and our sponsors, a wrap for the outside of the vehicle. We also coordinated a book drive to collect books for the project. After our presentation today, we will turn the bookmobile over to Hedberg Public Library. The Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile will be seen throughout Janesville in the coming months!

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Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile - Class of 2015-16 LDA Collaborative Project Presentation

  1. 1. Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile LDA Project 2016: Bringing the library to you! Jessica Grandt-Turke, Andrea Levine, Kyle Mair, Stephanie Pajerski, and Brent Sutherland
  2. 2. The Research Low-income students lose more than two months in reading achievement over summer, despite the fact that their middle-class peers make slight gains (Cooper, 1996). More than half of the achievement gap between lower- and higher-income youth can be explained by unequal access to summer learning opportunities (Alexander et al, 2007).
  3. 3. The Research By the end of 6th grade, lower-income children who lose reading skills during the summer are on average 2 years behind their peers (Alexander et al, 2007). As a result, low-income youth are less likely to graduate from high school or enter college (Alexander et al, 2007).
  4. 4. The Vehicle Donated by The Janesville Fire Department to become the new Hedberg Public Library Bookmobile (Above) Members of the Janesville Fire Department & Leadership Development Academy group pose with the newly donated ambulance
  5. 5. The Transformation
  6. 6. The Transformation
  7. 7. Wrap design and installation completed by Fetch Graphics The Transformation
  8. 8. Forecasted Costs Cost of vehicle = FREE! (Thank you Janesville Fire Department!) Costs to refurbish vehicle ~$700 Cost of vehicle wrap - ~$2,300 Annual operating costs (gas and maintenance) -$3,000 Books - through the Hedberg Public Library circulation and community donations Staffing through HPL
  9. 9. Total: $11,275.00 $4,900 Sponsorships $1,375 Go Fund Me $5,000 Vehicle
  10. 10. THANK YOU to our sponsors and partners City of Janesville - Janesville Fire Department St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital and the Dean Clinic Janesville Baker Tilly Fetch Graphics ANGI Energy Systems Janesville Education Foundation Why The Fuss? Technical Solutions School District of Janesville Janesville Retired Educators Association (JAREA)
  11. 11. The Transformation: SDJ Book Drive! More than 1,000 books were collected from all 12 elementary schools in the School District of Janesville!
  12. 12. Bringing the Library to YOU ~ proposed route Mondays ~ Riverside Park Tuesdays ~ Hedberg Library Programs Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays ~ Adams, Jackson, Lincoln, Washington, and Wilson Elementary, and Bond Park Pavilion
  13. 13. Weekend Community Events Farmer’s Market, National Night Out, Tallman Festival, Rock Aqua Jays Shows... Future schedule will be available online at:
  14. 14. Publicity IN THE NEWS… LINK to article We need your help to PROMOTE the Bookmobile.
  15. 15. Thumbs Up! Spreading the word will get books in the hands of kids all summer long!
  16. 16. Challenges/Obstacles Finding a vehicle: What we did: Started looking on Talked to Bus Company, Hedberg Library, and Fire Dept. Timing/Scheduling for team members: What we did: Planned meetings in advance Stayed after LDA sessions
  17. 17. What we learned The first day of class: Real Colors “We learned that it’s okay not to be good at everything: as part of a team, we can play to our strengths and accomplish so much more.” “We learned how a big project can come together quickly with visionary leadership and the support of a community.” So THANK YOU….
  18. 18. THANK YOU to our GoFundMe Donors Katrina Bell Meghan Bleidorn Trish DeFever Sara Ditzel Theresa Douglas Mitch Fanning Amanda Haffery Helene Ogden Jody Jenkins Joe Jimenez Michelle Kahl John Levine Jason Lund Thomas Montrone Linda Ross Celestino Ruffini Crystal Schuring Tracy Sengupta Robert Smiley Jeremy Slemmer Kerry Swanson Catherine Szudarski Michelle Sirinek Andrea Turke Anonymous Donor
  19. 19. Special Thanks to:
  20. 20. Thanks to YOU: the Janesville community! “We're all working together; that's the secret.” -Sam Walton
  21. 21. The reward “When I was a kid, to me [the bookmobile] was more important than the ice cream truck. I remembered how much joy I experienced because of the bookmobile coming into the housing projects. Because of books, there was nowhere I couldn’t go. As a result, my world view even as a kid was pretty large…. The bookmobile made that all possible for me." -Frank X. Walker, Kentucky’s poet laureate
  22. 22. Want to support the project? Go to: GOFUNDME.COM/HPL BOOKMOBILE Checks can be mailed to the library and made payable to Hedberg Public Library Foundation
  23. 23. Questions