The Curiosity Cruiser launched its full-time commitment to 100 stops this summer, spanning across Harris County from Hockley, Crosby, Pasadena, to right her around Houston. The Harris County Public Library team partnered with seven low income housing apartments to offer educational programs, book check-out, and the love of reading through story time and book giveaways. The educational programs are integrated science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and provide children a fun way to be engaged and encourage reading this summer. As an incentive to return each week, children ages 4 – 18 select one book in the first week and return the next week, to choose two books; third week = three books, and so on. Children who attend all 10 weeks will have acquired 55 books for their own home library!
During the week, the Cruiser sees approximately 75 children within the apartment visits alone. The second set of stops include events at local libraries, community centers, and churches, where children meet the mascots, choose a book to take home, and participate in a STEM activity. In addition, the Cruiser will attend a total of five "Back to School" events, giving away books in Aldine and Downtown Houston. With the total 100 stops the Curiosity Cruiser program will be able to hand out 6,000 books this summer in the Houston area!