To address the needs of students out of school for the time being due to COVID-19 closures, Portsmouth has launched a virtual bookmobile, according to

Since schools and public libraries are closed until April for now, some kids are not getting enough reading material to engage their young brains.

Those particularly affected are those from low-income families that have depended on the resources at local libraries that have been subject to closure, the article stated.

My wife is an avid reader. She says great books got her through many dark times because she could lose herself in the stories.

Portsmouth Middle School librarian tells, “Especially right now, books can do so much for helping kids relax. It seems incredibly important for them to have access to stories to take a break. And really, anything that is not a screen.”

The Pop-Up Library will order and ship the book or books directly to them after they fill out a Google Form online, the report states. Contact your child’s teacher or a librarian for the link to the Google Form if they don’t already have it.

We as a community are pulling together and it’s an amazing thing. It’s natural to want to help in any way we can but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the libraries are not currently seeking book donations and are seeking monetary donations to support these students.

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