Birdie’s Bookmobile Returns to Bookfest for More Kids’ Activities and Book Donations

Birdie’s Bookmobile, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating book deserts and getting books into the hands and homes of children and families in Detroit, will return to this year’s Detroit Festival of Books with programming for kid attendees.Birdie’s Bookmobile has distributed over 40,000 free books in partnership with local schools and community organizations with 20,000 books supporting adult literacy. This year’s Bookfest will be Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Detroit’s Eastern Market.

In addition to accepting donations of children’s and young adult books, Birdie’s Bookmobile will offer several fun activities for children including:

  • Storytime and a pool-themed reading area chock full of children’s books where kids can kick back and relax.
  • Once Upon a Time — a collective story written by children attendees. The finished story will be available to read on the Birdie’s Bookmobile website after Bookfest.
  • Create Your Own Comic Strip

There is no general admission fee at Bookfest nor is there a charge for kids’ activities.

Book donations will increase the number of books children in Detroit can access at home, promote shared reading experiences, and improve literacy outcomes.

Birdie’s Bookmobile accepts new and gently used

  • board books
  • picture books
  • early readers
  • chapter books
  • graphic novels
  • middle-grade books
  • young-adult books

“Community partners are the backbone of our organization. With their help, Birdie’s Bookmobile has distributed 40,000 free books to children and families in Detroit,” said Alyce Hartman, founder and executive director of Birdie’s Bookmobile.

“We are thrilled that Birdie’s Bookmobile is returning to Bookfest,” said Ryan M. Place, the book festival’s founder and chairman. “This organization does so much to ensure all Detroit children have an opportunity to build their own libraries and develop a life-long love of reading.”

The Detroit Festival of Books takes place Sunday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Sheds 4 and 5 in Detroit’s Eastern Market. The event is free. Photos of the 2023 Bookfest are available for download and use via this link.

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