HPS Book Bus offers new stop at Zahra Baker Park

HPS Book Bus offers new stop at Zahra Baker Park
Posted on 10/21/2019
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The wheels are rolling for the HPS Book Bus—adding a new location this fall for area families!

Every Thursday afternoon, from 4:15 PM to 5:15 PM, the Book Bus, operated by Hickory Public Schools, will be parked on site at the Kiwanis / Zahra Baker Park in Hickory, located at 805 6th St SE, Hickory, NC 28602.

The bus, which is heated and air-conditioned, depending on the comfort needs, provides hundreds of books for children to review and check-out. They can even sit on the bus simply to relax and read.

Children do not need to attend Hickory Public Schools in order to check-out a book. While there are books available for all ages, the primary reading focus is for students enrolled in kindergarten through sixth grade.  However, older students and adults are also invited to check-out books.

It’s easy to check-out the books. The HPS Book Bus Assistant, Tina Connelly, is always on the bus and she helps new visitors to set-up an account. Books may be returned the following week, or even returned to the HPS Book Bus Partners: Ridgeview Library, Patrick Beaver Library, the Catawba County Partnership for Children, or any school with HPS.

In addition to the HPS Book Bus visit to Kiwanis/Zahra Baker Park every Thursday afternoon, the HPS Book Bus visits the following neighborhoods from 4:15 PM -5:15 PM per the schedule below:

  • Monday: Hillside Gardens
  • Tuesday: Blue Ridge Heights
  • Wednesday: Hilltop Apartments
  • Newly scheduled: Thursday, Kiwanis/Zahra Baker Park

**When school is closed (for teacher workdays, inclement weather, etc.), the HPS Book Bus does not operate.

The HPS Book Bus is free, fun, and convenient!  The leadership team consisting of HPS Book Bus Driver, Emily Teague, HPS Book Bus Assistant, Tina Connelly, and HPS Book Bus Contact/District Instructional Technology Specialist, Jordan Caldwell – have collaborated to offer the community an inviting book bus setting, providing a creative and cozy reading space for children of all ages.

To learn more about the HPS Book Bus, visit the homepage of Hickory Public Schools (www.hickoryschools.net) and scroll down to the bottom of the page, clicking on the bus image. When opening the Book Bus Information Page, be sure to click on the top link for updates, “Weekly Schedule/Cancellation Link.”

For additional details about the HPS Book Bus, contact Jordan Caldwell at the HPS administrative building: 828-322-2855, Ext: 218; or email: [email protected]


 (Photo ID, L-R): Tina Connelly, Jordan Caldwell, and Emily Teague--share some of the wonderful books available on the HPS Book Bus!

(Post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)


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