In February 2017, teachers from Plainwell Community Schools attended a Literacy Summit in Grand Rapids.Speakers addressed a subject familiar to all teachers: summer reading loss. Children’s access to books is severely inhibited by poverty. This is especially true during the summer months. Children living in poverty lose the most ground in reading achievement during the summer. Speakers at the conference spoke of using little libraries, red wagons, bicycles, and bookmobiles as ways to get books into students’ hands. Our small band of teachers seized on the idea of a book bus. Our superintendent, Matt Montagne, quickly climbed aboard and offered us a soon-to-be retired bus to use as our “Library on the Loose.” Next, we asked our favorite local artist and educator, Maggie Flynn, to help us transform our bus into a rolling reading invitation for the children of our community. Maggie set to work, and through the gifts of generous donors, created this magical vehicle.
- Art form: 3-D
- Depth: 45 feet
- Medium: pen and ink,vinyl wrap
- Width: 102 inches
- Year created: 2018
- Height: 10 1/2 feet
About Plainwell Literacy Team
Library on the Loose was created by a team of educators and community members in Plainwell, Michigan. Using images born from the favorite books of our students, Maggie Flynn wrapped the bus in her vision of a rolling library for the children of our community.