The Literacy Bus committee and OPS staff pose with the literacy bus before the Memorial Day parade.
After months of planning, painting and building, an old yellow school bus is transformed into a mobile library for Otsego kids this summer and it's ready to roll out!

Beating the summer slide, boosting excitement for reading and rolling out something new for kids for the summer - those are all the big ideas behind the Bulldogs Bookin' Bus - Reading Den of the Dogs. 

This mobile library will travel to neighborhoods in the Otsego school district, making sure books get into the hands of kids this summer. Research shows that reading just a few books over the summer can help keep kids at the reading level they left school with in the spring. 

"Not every child can get to the library during the summer or has a full bookshelf at home so we want to do what we can to make sure they have what they need to be successful readers in the summer," says Otsego Supt. Jeff Haase who brought this idea to Otsego from his previous district. "I couldn't be happier with how it turned out and I cannot thank the community, our staff, parents and students enough for all the work they've put into making this a reality."

It's taken months of planning and weeks of painting and building, but starting Monday, the bus will hit the road and students can begin to enjoy it. We'll have guest drivers, readers and volunteers on the bus with each trip. We have also coordinated the bus stops with our summer meal program to offer students free meals in the summer. The bus will be stopped for about an hour in each location so kids can grab a book or two and read while they bus is there or check out a book to read over the week and return when they visit next. We'll have prizes for students based on the number of times they visit the bus; the prizes get bigger the more they visit! 

We hope all of our students will be able to climb aboard the Bulldogs Bookin' Bus this summer! Check out the schedule below! (Also see the summer meal program schedule and menus.)

Bulldogs Bookin' Bus Schedule - June 12 - August 24

Mondays

  • Dept of Public Works - 10-11:00 a.m.
  • Watson Mobile Home - 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Pizza Hut (M-89) - 1-2:00 p.m.
  • Harding’s – Otsego - 2:30-3:30pm

Thursdays

  • Alamo Elementary - 10-11:00 a.m.
  • Dix Street Elementary - 11:30-12:30 p.m.
  • Washington Street Elem. - 1-2:00 p.m.

Summer Meal Program Details
All meals served June 12 - August 25

Elementary School Breakfast Menu

Elementary School Lunch Menu

Mobile Site Lunch Menu

Dix Street Elementary (503 Dix St. Otsego MI, 49078)

   Breakfast: 8a-9a
   Lunch: 11:30a–12:30p

Washington Street Elementary (538 Washington St. Otsego, MI 49078)

   Breakfast: 7:45a-8:45a
   Lunch: 10:45a-12:15p

Otsego Historical Museum (218 N Farmer Otsego, MI 49078)

   Lunch: 10:45a -11:15a

Watson Mobile Home Park (1362 East M89 Otsego, MI 49078)

   Lunch: 11:45a-12:15p

Lombardini Mobile Home (1228 M89 Plainwell Mi, 49078)

   Lunch: 12:30p - 1pm