Celebrating 50 Years as the Elkins public library!
Buckets of Books is a program created by the library to put books into the hands of all Randolph County students. The goal is to spark interest in new books, by placing them in an uninteresting environment and providing entertainment that they can fall in love with...and even take home. So we supply ALL 44 buses in Randolph County with buckets full of books of every grade and reading level. No library card required, no checkout process, no return expected. If a student likes a book that's available on the bus they are welcome to take it home and finish it. They are also welcome to bring it back, or donate old books of their own.
We find that hidden beneath layers of frustration, a reader awaits. The key can often be finding a topic, a genre, a writing style that grabs interest and holds it. There is a lot of downtime on a bus. Some students communicate that they hate reading in school because it is boring; however, when they gets home, they love to read.
Rather than setting the stage for students to establish a low acceptance towards printed text, indeed it seems logical to give them material that is of high interest...that's what libraries DO. To get students interested in the variety of materials provided by your local library, we give them a chance to sample new texts during a time they are ready to be distracted by a good book.
And it doesn't hurt the bus driver's feelings a bit to have a quiet bus.
WE ARE NOT TAKING DONATIONS AT THIS TIME, DUE TO COVID-19.
Books are put on the buses to encourage reading. If we can get a child interested enough to take a book home, we have succeeded! Therefore, we need to replenish the buckets often. We take all used children's books in any condition, of any age. Contact us to make arrangements to drop of your used books.