“The Bus for Us,” written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom, introduces Gus, Tess, a variety of vehicles, school mates, pets and other interactions at the school bus stop. It was selected as the feature book of Pennsylvania’s 2013 One Book Every Young Child initiative. The Abington Community Library is currently focusing on a display of materials and activities, as well as a special raffle, to promote the book and the goals of the program in general. A committee selected by the Office of Commonwealth Libraries hopes to increase awareness among parents, other family members and the early care and education community of the need for practices that promote early literacy development: reading with children daily and engaging children in the story. From April 29 through May 4, the library will host a “traveling trunk,” provided by Commonwealth Libraries, with toys, games and a selection of educational materials relating to the book. Children are invited to stop by and investigate the contents. Copies of the book are available at libraries throughout the Lackawanna County Library system. Place a copy on hold either online, by phone or in person.
“The Bus for Us” provides many themes to explore within a picture book format. These themes include transportation, types of vehicles, their uses, and community workers; trash and environmental impact; mapping of neighborhoods and communities; similarities and differences in multiculturalism; and patience, waiting and safety as a pedestrian or when using school or public transportation. Children can enter to win a hardcover copy of the book, a wooden puzzle featuring construction vehicles or a Lands’ End child-sized backpack. Winners will be chosen at random April 30.
NOTE: Storytime Teens, a group of young library volunteers, will present an Evening Story Hour Friday, April 26, at 6:30 p.m. Their theme is “Good Cents” and they will present stories and activities about money on an interest level for children age 3 through 6 years old. Pre-registration is required by calling the library at 587.3440.