On Saturday, May 4, Pinckneyville Middle School will host the 2nd annual GCPS Book Mobile 5K and Fun Run. To register for the event go to www.bookmobile5k.com. The event will raise funds to purchase new books for the school-based Book the Bus program, helping children to build their own personal library. A family-friendly atmosphere before and after the race features vendor exhibits, games, music, and more! Fees range from $15 for the Fun Run to $25 for the 5K ($30 after April 28). Register by April 30, and receive a shirt. All participants under age 18 get a free book.
Since the school program launched in 2017–18, the Pow! and Explore! mobile buses have visited more than 100 schools during the school year and distributed more than 40,000 free books. During the summer, the book mobiles are stocked with school library books and run routes in neighborhoods without easy access to a public library branch, checking out books to keep children reading during June and July. This summer, the program is extending its reach, adding more routes, days, and hours to serve four additional clusters. The book mobiles will make 100 stops each week— Monday through Saturday— once again serving the Meadowcreek and Norcross clusters and running new routes in the Berkmar, Central Gwinnett, Discovery, and Shiloh clusters.