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Taking Summer Reading to the Streets in Reston

by Karen Goff — July 31, 2014 at 1:00 pm 6 Comments

Terraset staffer Deana Dueno (left) bringing summer reading to kids/Credit: Deana Dueno

With music blaring, a vehicle bearing treats came rolling through some of the neighborhoods near Terraset Elementary in South Reston on Wednesday night.

But it was not the ice cream man.

It was Terraset staffer Deana Dueno, who is hoping to encourage reading for the students this summer.

Dueno was formerly a classroom teacher at Terraset, where she amassed a large collection of books for her room over the past decade. She is transferring to the library this fall, so the classroom collection needs a new home.

In previous years, the school library was open summer hours for students to come in and read and check out books. But with Terraset in the midst of a huge renovation, that is not possible this year, says Dueno.

“I need to pass these books on and kids may need something else to read,” says Dueno. “And , if they haven’t read a thing yet — maybe this help!

Dueno — in her little blue car while playing Pharrell’s “Happy,” — visited neighborhoods off of South Lakes Drive Wednesday night and reports it was a huge success. She and her helpers will be out again tonight along Ridge Heights Road, and will likely drive around next week too, so listen for the song.

Kids are invited to take a book or trade a book. And donations for more books are being accepted. If you have books your children have outgrown and want to help, put your contact info in the comments below or email [email protected] and we will put you in touch.

Photo courtesy of Deana Dueno

  • Liz Falcone

    Fantastic way to keep connected with our school community and welcome new families! Thanks Mrs. Dueno.

  • Arielle in NoVA

    Great idea – I love it! A traveling little free library, though not under that name.

  • Frogger

    PLEASE don’t give ANY books to FCPL, especially children’s books. They’ll just throw them in the dumpster! And they’re REALLY dumping books for kids!

  • Ken Fredgren

    How cool is that!

  • YL

    Too bad Reston seems more interested in building exclusive swimming pools than a decent library we can bring our kids to.

  • Road Apples

    Che figate’. We would appreciate this project to be relocated to the vacant RA land parcel at the corner of Soapstone/Thrush Ridge.

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