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The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van in a parking lot
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Mobile Literacy Van

In early 2018 a new mobile literacy van launched. This Mobile Literacy Van visits each of the 5 elementary schools one day per week during the school year. It serves as a circulating library, a source for story and activity time and offers afterschool tutoring. When school is not in session, the Mobile Literacy Van is in the Community at such functions as the Summer Reading Extravaganza and other Community events throughout the year.


The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van now visits every school in Monrovia!

The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van visits the elementary schools Week 1-3 and the middle schools, high schools and Canyon Early Learning Center during Week 4.

Please visit the Monrovia Public Library website for specific dates at monrovialibrary.librarymarket.com

Mobile Literacy Van Statistics


Visitors to the Van


Library Cards Issued


Books Checked Out


Outreach Visit


Mileage Driven

Early Childhood Learning Program

At Monrovia Unified School District’s Canyon Early Learning Center

In support of our mission, we are pleased to partner with Canyon Early Learning Center (CELC) in classes that teach parents not only the importance of reading to their children at an early age, but also provides tips on how to get the most out of reading with your children. These two-hour classes are taught in the evening at Canyon Early Learning Center along with CELC teachers. Child care and food, is provided by CELC staff while the parents attend the class. A shorter version of the class in taught in the morning shortly after the evening class.

Reading and practice show that one simple activity—reading aloud—is the best way to prepare children for learning to read and to keep them reading as they learn and grow. Reading aloud helps children develop the language skills that they use in school and throughout their lives. Reading aloud also creates time to bond with children. Laugh at silly characters, root for heroes, and wag your fingers at villains.

Book Bag

Each  family is given a bag of books for their home library when they attend the first class





1. Reading Club at Canyon Early Learning CenterMom reading to her toddler son

The Reading Club was created to reward families for reading to their children.  Children choose books as prizes  each time they have colored all the pictures of books s on the Reading Club Form.  There is no limit to the number of prizes they can earn in a school year.

Number of Books Read to Children by Parents:

3,250 books read to children

2. Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at all 5 Monrovia Unified School District elementary schools

The reading club at the TK classes is both English and dual immersion (both Spanish and Mandarin). The books provided to the dual immersion classes show both the Spanish or Mandarin words as well as English so the parents can read to their children at home even if they do not speak the language of the dual immersion class.

Number of Books Read to TK:

All Red cover of a book with the number 2,680



Monrovia Public Library Foundation Logo

Monrovia Public Library Foundation has generously donated money to help fund this worthwhile Program

New Book Distributions

Monrovia Reads Volunteers at the CELC Book Distribution May 29 2020

Canyon Early Learning Center

May 29, 2020 Monrovia Reads was thrilled to participate in the Canyon Early Learning Center “drive through” Hello-Goodbye event. Families were able to drive through the MUSD parking lot so the children could waive to their teachers before the Children graduating from CELC to enter Kindergarten in the fall received their certificates. All children were given a book by Monrovia Reads as cars passed by on the way to get certificates. Cars were decorated to celebrate the graduating children and smiles could be seen behind the masks of parents, grandparents, siblings and CELC children in the cars. Many of the children started to read their books immediately.

Read Across Monrovia

A twice yearly “Read Across Monrovia” brings school children and the community together in a shared experience with literature. The read-ins are held in October and March between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM at all the local public elementary schools in Monrovia. The community leaders, business people, and volunteers share some favorite works from literature with the students.

Mini-Grant Program

This program is for teachers at Monrovia Schools that provides grants for class sets of selected literature to meet school curriculum when lack of funding in the school budget prevents purchase. These books provide students with their own copies to help complete reading assignments that may be kept for their own personal libraries.

Click for the Grant Application

Mini-grant program
Winners of the Monrovia Read Scholarship standing in front of the stage


Monrovia Reads was pleased to present $19,000 in scholarships to 2022 graduating Monrovia Seniors. Pictured are Monrovia High School Scholarship winners who received their certificates from Board Secretary Anne Van Dyke. MHS Scholarship awardees (Pictured from left to right): Joanne Spring 4-year scholarship winner Kendra Christian, Megan Barrett, Sarah Avalos, Ashley Jauregui, Madison Barr and Luca Ammon.

Monrovia Firefighters’ Association Pancake Breakfast

Monrovia Reads distributes new books to all children at this annual event.

Firefighters Pancake breakfast

Comfy Camp

Monrovia Reads was pleased to participate in the City of Monrovia’s 2020 Summer Comfy Camp by providing books to all the children each week of the program.  The materials provided by the City and the books provided by Monrovia Reads helped families during the COVID-19 pandemic safer at home mandate.

Thank you Collage for teachers

City of Monrovia Logo

September 18, 2020
Monrovia Reads
Attn: Janet Wall, Board President PO Box 1033
Monrovia, CA 91017

Dear Ms. Wall,
On behalf of the City of Monrovia and the Community Services Department, thank you for your generous donation to the Comfy Camping at Home Family Adventure Program. Your donation of 400 books helped make the program a huge success; we had close to 100 Monrovia youth and family members participate!

With your generous giving, we were able to enhance our program and include books in our family camping kits. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and many of the families showcased the books in their photo submissions. We have put together a video, and invite you to share this with others. The video can be found on the City of Monrovia’s YouTube channel; https://youtu.be/CS7J5v-ZRDc.
We are also pleased to announce, based on this success, the Family Home Adventure Series will continue this Fall with a Halloween theme.

Your continued support and partnership in projects throughout the city are greatly appreciated. Please extend our gratitude to the entire Monrovia Reads Board, as we look forward to our future endeavors.
Thank you again for your commitment and dedication to our community!


Tina Cherry Signature with the Community Services Director
Tina Cherry
Community Services Director

Thank You Letters From The Children

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