Bookmobile is back! Summer literacy and learning program kicks off July 9

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Ribbon cutting
From left, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Amy Allen, City Library’s Karyn Isleb, Mayor Joyce Craig, MSD Director of English Learner Instruction Wendy Perron, and Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Gillis at the July 6 Bookmobile ribbon cutting at Livingston Park. Photo/Brian Chicoine

MANCHESTER, NH – The Bookmobile is back!

Mayor Joyce Craig along with Manchester School District, (MSD), assistant superintendents Amy Allen and Jennifer Gillis; Manchester City Library head of children’s services Karyn Isleb; MSD Director of English Learner Instruction Wendy Perron; and Booked for Summer coordinator Kelly Jobel, officially kicked-off “Booked for Summer 2018” on July 6 and unveiled the district’s new bookmobile during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Livingston Park.

The purpose of the bookmobile is to promote literacy and learning throughout the summer. The van was generously donated by Granite State Plumbing & Heating with graphics wrapping by Sousa Signs.

Discussing the Program
From left, School District Communications Coordinator Andrea Alley, MSD Director of English Learner Instruction Wendy Perron, Manchester City Library head of children’s services Karyn Isleb, and Mayor Joyce Craig. Photo/Brian Chicoine

The bookmobile will stop at select city parks, pools, and schools over the next five weeks, (July 9 through August 10 – see schedule below, or click here).

The bookmobile will be staffed by MSD educators, city librarians and other community leaders and volunteers. Each session will include read-a-louds and other activities and any child who attends will be given a book. Food will also be available, thanks to a partnership with Southern New Hampshire Services. Manchester children are welcome to attend any session.

More information about the bookmobile and “Booked for Summer 2018” can be found on the Booked for Summer website.

MHT Reads

The five-week Bookmobile program will run two sessions every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from July 9-Aug. 10. Morning schedule is 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Afternoon schedule is 1:30-3 p.m.


Livingston Park
156 Hooksett Road

Elmwood Gardens
85 Trahan Street
(near community center)


Stark Street
(between YMCA and City

Steven Park @Manchester Cal Ripken Field
313 Tarrytown Road


Beech Street School
333 Beech Street

Kelly Falls
315 Kimball St.

Please email, Wendy Perron,, with any questions.

About this Author

Brian Chicoine

Brian Chicoine is a New Hampshire native who moved to Manchester from Raymond in 1980. While a student at Notre Dame College here in Manchester, Brian transferred to Rhode Island College in Providence, where he met his now wife, Jackie. Brian and Jackie spent the next 20 years living in Providence and Manchester, returning to Manchester with their two sons, (who are proud Manchester natives), in the fall of 2017. He and his family intend on staying in Manchester and are committed to helping make it an even better place to live, work, and play.