Book Bus news and events

Book Bus news and events

Keep up-to-date with the latest news and events from the Book Bus world.Quentin Blake boy reading on bush illustration

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Event July 13 2014

The British 10k London Run

Help us raise money to support children read on the British 10K London Run, Sunday 13th July.

You can help get a group of children into reading by simply joining us in supporting the Book Bus running team on their 10km run through the streets of London on Sunday 13th July. Every penny of sponsorship helps us send more books to children in Africa

Donate money to the Book Bus and we will use it to get a group of eight children in Zambia reading their very own books for the first time ever.

Every penny of sponsorship helps us send more books to children in Africa

For more information about the run including a map of the iconic route go to: www.thebritish10klondon.co.uk/

To donate please visit or British 10K London Run JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/The-Book-Bus-10km-Run-Team/


Event 22-26 May 2014

Book Bus George at the Hay Festival

The Book Bus at the Hay Festival

If you're attending this year's Hay Festival look out for Book Bus George who will be in town over the Bank Holiday weekend (Thursday 22nd - Monday 26th May). George's crew are looking forward to seeing all that the Festival has to offer this year and we'll be meeting the Book Bus Founder and Patron Tom Maschler who attends the festival every year.

If you're going to be at Hay then why not look us up, you'll see the bus around town and we'd love to see you! We'll arrange a special Saturday night Book Bus get-together where our volunteers and supporters can catch up and share their experiences. If you'd like to join us please contact us by email at info@thebookbus.org or call David on 07867 507603 for more details.

For more information on the Hay Festival visit: www.hayfestival.com/wales/index.aspx

The Book Bus crew will be staying at the Riverside campsite in Hay which is a 15 minute walk from the Hay Literacy Festival site and only 5 minutes from the "HowTheLightGetsIn" music Festival site. If you have yet to organise accommodation at Hay and you'd like to camp over the weekend then contact the campsite directly to make a booking, they still have pitches available.

The Book Bus crew will be staying at the Riverside campsite in Hay which is a 15 minute walk from the Hay Literacy Festival site and only 5 minutes from the "HowTheLightGetsIn" music Festival site. If you have yet to organise accommodation at Hay and you'd like to camp over the weekend then contact the campsite directly to make a booking, they still have pitches available.

More information here: http://howthelightgetsin.iai.tv/riverside-camping/riverside-hello/

We'd love to see you there!


Event 26-29 September 2014

The Toubkal Challenge Trek 2014

A fundraising challenge for The Book Bus Foundation and CHICKS.

Toubkal summit

Toubkal is an extended mountain walk that lasts 2 days. No previous trekking experience is required, but you do need to be prepared to get fit for the mountains.

The objective of this mountain challenge is to raise funds for your chosen charity. In addition to the cost of the trek we ask you to pledge a minimum of £750 which will be donated directly to the charity. Fundraising advice and suggestions are available from Book Bus or Chicks. For the Book Bus the raised funds are needed for the capital cost of a new Book Bus and to support our “Teaching the teachers” programme.

The trek runs from Friday afternoon to Monday, so you only need to take 2 days off!

Kasbah du Toubkal

You are also allowed to fundraise for the whole amount (£1,495) which means everyone is welcome.

Included in the price is a Build-up Weekend in Devon where you can meet your leaders, fellow trekkers and the organisers.

For more information on our partner charity CHICKS, please visit www.chicks.org.uk.

Where: Jebel Toubkal, The High Atlas, Morocco.

Highlights: Moulay Brahim gorge, the Riad (a restored fortified manor house), Toubkal summit (highest peak in North Africa), Kasbah du Toubkal, Marrakech.

Price: £745

+ Fundraising pledge: £750

More information: Download the Toubkal Challenge 2014 Dossier (PDF 584kb).
Any questions please call us on +44 (0) 2080 999 280 or by e-mail to volunteer@thebookbus.org

Reservation: Download the Toubkal Challenge Booking Form (PDF 2.8mb).


News July 2013

The Book Bus on the Galapagos Islands

14 October - 21 December 2013

Volunteer on the Galapagos Islands

The Book Bus in Ecuador is starting a new project with schools on the Galapagos Islands in October. The Galapagos Islands are widely known for their unique flora and fauna but did you know that over 25,000 people live on four of the islands within the archipelago? According to local statistics over 50% of the islanders live in poverty and, despite their islands being very much in the spotlight, have limited opportunities for the future. The Book Bus will be delivering books to children from disadvantaged communities on Santa Cruz island and helping them to read.

We are now seeking volunteers to support the project as reading mentors (Spanish language skills required) and to help the children and their teachers improve their English language skills. (English speakers required)

Click here for more information on the Book Bus in Ecuador.

To join the Book Bus in Ecuador, Africa or India visit our Volunteer page.


 

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Event October 2013 to December 2013

Book Bus UK Road Show - Lands End to John O’Groats

The Book Bus UK Roadshow

The Book Bus is coming to England, Scotland and Wales! We will be visiting schools, libraries, universities and workplaces across the UK to spread awareness of the charity, recruit volunteers for our projects overseas and raise funds to run our mobile libraries in Africa, Asia and South America. Each visit will highlight the value of reading and literacy by illustrating the work we do with children from all around the world.

The Book Bus Road Show appeals to all ages and you are warmly invited to participate. We can offer special visits to schools that help you highlight classroom themes such as Global Citizenship, reading and literacy. If your school, university or place of work have raised funds for the Book Bus we can visit you to present the work of the charity and deliver one of our fabulous Quentin Blake inspired donor certificates.

Where: Across the UK, Lands End to John O’Groats!

More information: To register for a Book Bus visit or follow our progress please visit our dedicated Roadshow webpage.


Event Throughout 2013

Book Bus London Talks Season

The Book Bus will be hosting information evenings between 7pm and 9pm at Baden Powell House in London on the following dates in 2013:

Tuesday 12th February 2013
Tuesday 8th May 2013
Tuesday 6th August 2013
Tuesday 5th November 2013

We will be presenting our unique volunteer schemes in Africa, India and South America with talks from our Book Bus crew and former volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you to meet people from the project and get the answers to any questions you may have about the Book Bus or the areas where we work.

Where: Baden Powell House, 65 - 67 Queen's Gate, London, SW7 5JS

Baden-Powell house is within a few minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station (250 metres) and South Kensington tube station (500 metres)

Register: To register please call us on +44 (0) 2080 999 280 or by e-mail to volunteer@thebookbus.org with your name, email and phone number. Registration helps us to plan the evening but you are also welcome to pop along on the night.


News July 2013

The Book Bus on the Galapagos Islands

14 October - 21 December 2013

Volunteer on the Galapagos Islands

The Book Bus in Ecuador is starting a new project with schools on the Galapagos Islands in October. The Galapagos Islands are widely known for their unique flora and fauna but did you know that over 25,000 people live on four of the islands within the archipelago? According to local statistics over 50% of the islanders live in poverty and, despite their islands being very much in the spotlight, have limited opportunities for the future. The Book Bus will be delivering books to children from disadvantaged communities on Santa Cruz island and helping them to read.

We are now seeking volunteers to support the project as reading mentors (Spanish language skills required) and to help the children and their teachers improve their English language skills. (English speakers required)

Click here for more information on the Book Bus in Ecuador.

To join the Book Bus in Ecuador, Africa or India visit our Volunteer page.


Event May - Sept 2013

Volunteer in South Luangwa Valley, Zambia

If you enjoy telling stories of your adventures, why not have an adventure telling stories to school children in Zambia's wild and remote South Luangwa Valley

The South Luangwa Valley is located in the east of Zambia some 640km by road from Lusaka. This is a far away and remote place where roads are washed out in the rainy season making access at times impossible. Despite these difficulties, South Luangwa is becoming a popular tourist destination, South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and it attracts a growing number of visiting tourists each year. For the local population this brings more employment and the opportunity to improve their standards of living.

For more information go to: www.ventureco-worldwide.com


Event April - Sept 2013

Volunteer in Zambia

If you enjoy telling stories of your adventures, why not have an adventure telling stories to African children as a volunteer with the Book Bus in Zambia.

The Book Bus provides a unique opportunity to become part of the crew of a very special mobile library service for children in remote villages in Africa and South America. Between May and October, the Book Bus, which has been decorated by much-loved children's illustrator Quentin Blake, will tour Zambian schools, hospitals and orphanages to promote reading and storytelling.

For more information go to: www.ventureco-worldwide.com


Event March - April 2013

Volunteer in Rajasthan, India

Wanted: Book Worms with a voracious appetite for reading and a strong desire to visit India

The Book Bus needs volunteers to join our new literacy project in Rajasthan which will run from 2nd March to 6th April 2013. The volunteer crew will be working with the Book Bus to promote literacy and spread the joy of reading to children from schools near the “Blue City” of Jodhpur. As with our other Book Bus projects, volunteers can join for as little as two weeks up to the full six-week project duration.

For more information go to: www.ventureco-worldwide.com


 

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News Nov 2012

Thanks from Malawi

The Book Bus completed another season in Malawi on 30 November. We received a really nice thank you letter from Mr Tanga – Head Teacher at Masuks Primary School -

" Thank you Book Bus for coming to our school. You have helped us improve our learner’s reading ability. Before the Book Bus came, reading was unheard of and many learners didn’t know how. Now Masuku’s learners are able to access and read books and understand words in English. This is through having a library (established by the Book Bus in October 2010) at the school and the volunteer activities when they come. By increasing their knowledge, the Book Bus will help the learners get a better start in life as English is the International language and we need to start young. Because they are reading frequently, English is improving – you are helping a lot!
Thank you to the publishers and volunteers, we are really thankful of a job well done.... keep it up!!
"


Event 10 Nov - 30 Nov 2012

Barefoot Books fundraiser

Barefoot Books

Buy books online this November and give back to the Book Bus.

Buy online using the special link below from Saturday 10 to Tuesday 30 November, or visit the Barefoot Books Studio in Summertown between these dates, quote 'The Book Bus' when buying beautiful, smart books for children (ages 0-12) and 30% of the sale of each book will go directly to support the Book Bus. Refer friends and family to this link using Facebook, Twitter or word of mouth and they, too, can buy books to support the Book Bus and its work on literacy.

Please Note: this site will be live to track sales to aid the Book Bus from Saturday 10th November through Friday 30th November only.

Visit the Barefoot Books and help the Book Bus: http://www.ittybittyurl.com/gyt


News Sept 28 2012

The Book Bus Royal Visit

Princess Anne pays a Royal visit to the Book Bus in Zambia

The Book Bus in Livingstone received a special visitor on Friday 28th September when Princess Anne came to find out how the Book Bus works in Zambia.

The Princess Royal was in Zambia as part of the Commonwealth's celebration of HM The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Year and the Book Bus was honoured to show her how we bring the joy of reading to schools throughout the country.

Read more about the Royal visit.

 


Event Oct - Dec 2012

Volunteer in Malawi

The Book Bus visits schools and remote villages in southern Malawi

By climbing aboard the Book Bus your contribution will help children become readers, opening up all sorts of doors and opportunities. The Book Bus visits schools and remote villages in southern Malawi, loaded with a cargo of picture books, painting equipment and all sorts of other design materials. Wherever we stop we read to the children and use creative activities to bring the stories to life. To make the visits sustainable, we donate a "Reading Corner" (starter library) to each establishment.

The Book Bus operates in Malawi throughout the year and we need volunteers to join us during this period for a minimum of 2 weeks up to a maximum of 5 months.

For more information go to: www.ventureco-worldwide.com


Event Sept 12 2012

Book Bus London Event

The Book Bus are hosting an information evening at Baden Powell House in London on Wednesday 12th September 2012. We will be presenting our unique volunteer schemes in Africa and South America with talks from our Book Bus crew and former volunteers. This is a great opportunity for you to meet people from the project and get the answers to any questions you may have about the Book Bus or the areas where we work.

When

Wednesday 12th September 2012 7pm - 9pm

Where

Baden Powell House
65-67 Queen's Gate
London
SW7 5JS

Baden-Powell house is within a few minutes walk from Gloucester Road tube station (250 metres) and South Kensington tube station (500 metres)

Register

To register please call us on 01822 616191 or email us with your name, email and phone number. Registration helps us to plan the evening but you are also welcome to pop along on the night.


Event July 08 2012

The British 10k London Run

Run for the bus! Get into the Olympic spirit and raise money to support children read on the British 10K London Run, Sunday 8 July.

We’re looking for six energetic volunteers to represent the Book Bus on the London 10K course as part of our campaign to raise £3000 for our projects in Zambia, Malawi and Ecuador. You’ll join 25,000 other runners to fill the streets of the nation's capital and get a chance to run past many of the country's greatest landmarks including Big Ben, The London Eye, St Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square and Westminster Abbey.

Staged just 19 days before the start of the Olympic Games on Sunday 8 July, the excitement and buzz within London at this time should make for a really special occasion.

You don’t have to be an Olympic athlete to join us – it’s not a race after all, and the event is open to all abilities – but we do ask each runner to pledge sponsorship of £250 for the Book Bus. Through additional fundraising efforts we aim to match each runner’s pledged sponsorship amount and raise a total of £3,000!

For more information about the run including a map of the iconic route go to: www.british10klondon.co.uk


News March 21 2012

Zambia Book Appeal Update

The Funding Network pledge £6792.50 to fund Reading Corners in 27 schools

The Book Bus was proposed by Frank Newhofer and presented on his behalf by Jerry Garner to The Funding Network event in London on 17th March 2012. Book Bus Trustee David Gordon and volunteer Diane Maybey presented a funding appeal for Reading Corners that are needed in 27 schools in Zambia and Malawi as part of our "Book in every hand" campaign. Through an energetic and exciting bidding process the TFN members raised £6792.50 which will fund installation of all 27 reading corners. These reading corners will put books into the schools and for the first time ever, the children will be able to browse and choose a book to their liking to take away and read.

The Funding NetworkOur thanks go to The Funding Network for supporting us and keeping the wheels of the Book Bus turning.

Visit the Funding Network website.


News March 20 2012

Zambia Book Appeal Update

Zambia Book Appeal: Target reached and exceeded! 24,372 Books!

A big thank you to all of our book donors who have supported this year's ‘book in every hand appeal’ for Zambia; we surpassed our initial target of 5,000 books in December and have now reached the massive total of 24,372 books! The books began their journey to Zambia on 10 February and our courier DHL expect them to arrive in May. Half of this consignment will go to the UNHCR refugee settlement in Meheba and half to children near our base in Livingstone.


 

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News December 12 2011

Google and The Book Bus conquer Mt Toubkal

A big "Well Done" and a massive vote of thanks go to the staff from the Google office in London who conquered Mt Toubkal in Morroco to raise a huge amount of money for the Book Bus. Climbing Toubkal is no mean feat, it's summit is 4167 meteres above sea level which puts you higher than any point in western Europe. Congratulations to the team of 20 climbers and we look forward to supporting you on next year's climb.

A special peak report from Belinda Poole:

Setting off at 5am in the dark to climb a mountain – who’s idea was that?! But when the sun rose at 7am it all became clear – stunning views of the Atlas Mountains and a peak above us ready to conquer. And conquer we did!! Step by step it was a slow climb up, with the wind ready to knock you off your feet at any moment and if you went too fast you’d quickly run out of breath with the thin air. We reached the summit just after 9am with blue skies and perfect views. All 20 of the Google party made it up to the top – a fantastic achievement!! In total the 20 of us raised over £12K for the Book Bus and Google will match that amount so the £24k will allow us to buy a new bus for the children in Africa. Now all we have to do is start thinking about where to climb next year!!!


News June 20 2011

UNHCR Meheba 2011

The Book Bus arrives in Meheba UNHCR refugee settlement.

The Book Bus and its volunteer crew will be marking "World Refugee Day" today in Meheba where more than 17,000 refugees from Angola, Congo, Rwanda, Burundi and Somalia are housed by the UN in preparation for repatriation or passage to a new home. Whilst conditions within the settlement are reasonably comfortable by African bush standards, opportunities and education are severely limited. You can imagine then the joy that the Book Bus brings every time we visit Meheba. 2011 marks our third year of cooperation with UNHCR and Book Bus coordinator Jackie Wigglesworth and her crew of volunteers will be providing reading assistance and story telling sessions at 5 schools within the camp. Follow their own story on our Facebook page and on the Book Bus Blog.


News May 26 2011

Malawi Book Drive - latest news

We’re almost at 2,000 books!

The last two weeks have been very exciting. The children from Caerleon School, Newport gave over 200 books and kindly donated their pocket money – an amazing £100 towards the appeal. A really big thanks to teacher Suzanne Price (previous Book Bus volunteer) and the delightful children – it was a real pleasure to meet them.

We visited The Book Barn, Hallatrow (www.bookbarninternational.co.uk) which was an extraordinary experience; the UK’s largest second-hand bookshop, wall to ceiling, stacks and stacks and stacks! The owners have agreed a donation which is going to boost the numbers! On Wednesday 1st June we’ll be holding a children’s storytelling event from 11 – 12.30 and painting a mural in the Book Barn café in the afternoon. Join us if you’re near!

The deadline for the shipment is drawing nearer, 1st July. Any support given will make a difference. Almost half way and time is ticking.


News April 21 2011

The Federation of Children's Book Groups

A big thank you to the Federation of Children's Book Groups (FCGB) who invited the Book Bus to attend the final day of their annual conference and receive a splendid donation of 11 boxes overflowing with brand new books. These books will be added to the rising total of our "Book in Every Hand" appeal and will be distributed in Malawi to children eager to read. Special thanks go to the FCGB's outgoing chair Jayne Truran and incoming chair Adam Lancaster.


News April 14 2011

Ex volunteers maintain links with Zambia schools

Our thanks go to ex Book Bus volunteers Gill Crawshaw, Julia Robinson and Rita Storr for sending a large donation of story books and materials to go to Zambia. The schools we support in the Livingstone area will benefit greatly from their generosity.


News April 14 2011

Tanglin School, Singapore

The Book Bus has received a generous donation of £1670.86 from Tanglin School, Singapore.

With the help of this donation The Book Bus will be able to continue making a difference to disadvantaged children in Africa and South America through our literacy support work. Our thanks go to the school and we appreciate the hard work that must have gone into raising such a large amount of funds for this donation.


News January 26 2011

BBC World report on BISEE Book Bus in Ecuador

The BBC visited the BISEE Book Bus in Ecuador and made this report for the BBC World website. The report has been produced in Spanish by local reporter Paúl Mena Erazo and features Linda Cross (British Ambassador to Ecuador), Paulina Vivanco (ETV) and Juana Neira, the Book Bus "Godmother" in Ecuador.

Link: BBC World website


News January 12 2011

Wanderlust Magazine article

Wanderlust Magazine have published an article on volunteering in their latest issue and The Book Bus in Ecuador stars as one of their chosen features. Wanderlust journalist Ed Stocker spent 2 weeks on the Book Bus as it visited schools in the Amazon and coastal regions of the country.

You can follow his story on pages 112 to 115 of the February issue of the magazine which is available from WH Smith and other newsagents.

Link: Wanderlust Magazine


 

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News December 24 2010

The Book Bus Safari explores Zambia and Malawi

The two week Book Bus safari is an exciting overland journey to visit schools in the remote African bush.

Not only does our volunteer crew bring the Book Bus experience to some of the most deserving schools in Malawi and Zambia, they also have the opportunity to explore one of Africa's best game reserves.

The Book Bus Safari operates from April to June and in September and October. Each safari starts and finishes in Malawi's capital Lilongwe and visits schools on the shore of Lake Malawi before crossing the border to Zambia to visit schools near the South Luangwa National Park.

Our specialised overland Book Bus is a rugged truck built to cope with the rough conditions one has to expect in some of the more outlying areas. Our September/October safari links with the famous Lake of Stars Festival.


Volunteer on the Book Bus

How Can I Volunteer?
Whether you are a natural born volunteer or just want a holiday with a difference you can join the Book Bus as a volunteer and participate directly in the work that we do. It’s the dedicated work of our volunteers that makes the biggest difference to the children who we work with.
Find out more about Book Bus volunteering here.

 

Donate to the Book bus

How Can I Donate?
The Book Bus is a charity funded entirely through voluntary donations. Our donors have helped over five thousand children improve their reading and writing skills since 2008. In 2013/14 we are raising funds for books, classroom resources and our magnificent Book Bus fleet, your contribution will help many more children benefit from these valuable resources. Donate to the Book Bus here.