Read Rover is a bookmobile specializing in early childhood literacy as part of the Youth and Family Engagement Department’s Mobile Engagement Group. Read Rover supports Baltimore County Public Library's mission to foster a lifelong love of learning in children. The vehicle exclusively visits underserved communities where residents may have mobility or transportation issues, reaching children who have often never set foot in a library before.
Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library fully funded the purchase of Read Rover.
During the months of October-May, Read Rover makes monthly visits to licensed day care providers that serve children who have socioeconomic barriers. The children and teachers board the truck for a short program. The story time programs incorporate pre-reading skills that prepare the children for entering school. The teachers are able to get support for their instruction by requesting a teachers collection that Read Rover delivers to them on their monthly visits.
During the summer, Read Rover visits communities that have children and families who have barriers to access to traditional library services. Staff provides materials and activities to support out-of-school-time learning and gaps for summer reading. Youth and Family Engagement mobile vehicles are stocked with a variety of materials for children and teens. In 2018, there were seven community stops. In 2019, that was expanded to 15 community stops.