Ginny Bixby wrote a wonderful article about The Free Book Bus, with photos by Erin Edgerton. "When a child walks onto the old yellow school bus that is Charlottesville’s Free Book Bus, they’re greeted not by rows of seats, but by shelves of hundreds of colorful books featuring diverse characters of many languages, races and backgrounds."
This picture was taken on our visit to Buford Middle School on October 15th, 2021. Thanks to Andrew Shurtleff!
The Free Book Bus at New Roots' Michie Market on June 13th, 2019. CBS19 News came out to do the story.
In the summer of 2020, we started using a slide to give out books during the COVID-19 pandemic. June 21st was our second event with the new social-distancing slide! We gave out 159 books. Thank you to Andrew Webb of WVIR NBC29, who came out to film the Donor Diapers distribution. Donor Diapers sets up at Friendship Court every month to give out diapers and wipes to families who need them.
Sharon helping two kids pick out books on the bus. Some images on our site will only have Free Book Bus staff in focus due to respect for client privacy.
On September 25th, 2019, a team from UVA's Curry School came out to repaint the bus roof with special silicone paint. Other volunteers helped clean up the bus and organize books. Thank you all so much!
We brought the bus to the PACEM women's shelter, and gave out special requests and new books.