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Reading and Riding

The San Joaquin Regional Transit District (RTD), Stockton, CA, and VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, TX, recently introduced programs that give their riders access to books. In the top photo, RTD mascot “Artie D” gives a child a book as part of the agency’s “Books on Buses” program, which provides books for young riders—supplied via donations and sponsorships—on board 10 RTD buses. Children are encouraged to read these books on the bus, take them home, then bring them back, exchange them for another book or take them to the local library. In the bottom photo, a Bexar County BiblioTech digital kiosk provides VIA users with free access to more than 40,000 downloadable titles through the system’s “Ride & Read” effort. Demonstrating how to use the kiosk are, from left, BiblioTech Administrator Laura Cole, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and VIA President/Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey C. Arndt.

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