Ideas Shared Book Bus

Buford the Book Bus – Austin Independent School District
Library Director: Elizabeth Polk
Acquisitions Librarian: Shannon Pearce

Three years ago, Austin Independent School District's Elizabeth Polk, Library Director, and Shannon Pearce, Acquisitions Librarian, founded the Buford the Book Bus program, an initiative that gives free books to Austin-area kids during their summer break.

Children and teens are able to choose two free books, encouraging them to read during school vacation and avoid the "summer slide." Shepherded by the Library Media Center’s outstanding librarian team and with support from local organizations and businesses such as Austin Assistance League, Austin Allies, Barnes & Noble, and High Road on Dawson, the program is a success.

This summer, Buford the Book Bus along with 52 volunteers—who worked approximately 130 volunteer hours—distributed almost 1,200 books to over 550 kids at six locations in the Austin area! Their six stops included English Language Learning (ELL) summer school programs, recreation centers, Boys & Girls clubs, and affordable housing communities.

For more information, visit the Austin ISD Library Media Center website.