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The Charlotte’s Web Bookmobile began service in March 2016 and is designed to serve to serve children from infancy to 6th grade. The bookmobile’s mission is to encourage positive experiences with books and reading so children will develop their own love of reading and be intrinsically motivated to read.

Our stops include afterschool programs, low-income housing, homeless shelters, preschools as well as appearances at community events like the Lompoc Annual Children’s Christmas Parade.


About the Charlotte's Web Bookmobile

Bookmobile History

The idea for the Charlotte’s Web Children’s Library began in 1997 when the former mayor of Lompoc, Charlotte Benton (1923-2005), decided she wanted to donate her estate to the Lompoc Public Library to create a children’s library. Ms. Benton had a difficult childhood growing up in post-WWII Germany. The local children’s library was her favorite place where she felt safe and comforted and Ms. Benton wanted to share this feeling with the children of Lompoc. 

The Bookmobile’s Mission

The bookmobile’s mission is to encourage positive experiences with books and reading so children will develop their own love of reading and be intrinsically motivated to read for enjoyment. The interior of the bus is decorated with images of characters and stories the children recognize, affirming their experience of what they have just read and what they want to read. It is a safe and comforting space by design, inspired by Charlotte Benton’s childhood experience. 

How are Bookmobile Stops Chosen?

The bookmobile visits children in areas with the fewest number of resources and highest levels of need. 

For schools and after-school programs, factors like chronic absenteeism, low school literacy scores, number of homeless and foster care students, number of low-income housing communities in the area, lowest median family income and the number of students who qualify for the free/reduced lunch program are taken into consideration.

For community stops, factors considered are lowest median family income, number of low-income housing communities in the area, areas not within walking distance (1-2 miles and/or lacking sidewalks) to a library branch, and areas without easy access to public transportation.

"The Fourth-Grade Slump"

Many of the children who visit the bookmobile have no experience with the library or with books and can be intimidated by something so unfamiliar. Other children who board the bookmobile read under their grade-level and sometimes under several grades.

If children are not proficient readers by fourth grade, they will fall behind. Teachers expect children to know how to read at this point and expect them to read to learn about other subjects, rather than just working on the skill of reading. This is when many children become disengaged in reading.

Not understanding what they have read becomes a snowball effect, causing problems down the road with things like job applications, car loans, and using health services for themselves and their families. Reading and reading comprehension skills empower children by giving them the skills they need to succeed and the bookmobile creates a fun and inclusive environment to offer positive experiences with reading and books. 

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Literacy & Prison

There’s a proven connection between not being able to read well by 4th grade and ending up in prison. Why? If you can’t understand what you are reading, you may not be able to fill out that job application/car loan/apartment lease/get health insurance. All of which can lead to economic isolation as well as social isolation.

Literacy Statistics

  • Over 70% of inmates in America's prisons cannot read above a fourth grade level.
  • Penal institution records show that inmates have a 16% chance of returning to prison if they receive literacy help, as opposed to 70% who receive no help.
  • Illiteracy and crime are closely related. The Department of Justice states, "The link between academic failure and delinquency, violence, and crime is welded to reading failure." (begintoread.com/research/literacystatistics.html)

Where Does the Bookmobile Go? 

  • After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs in partnership with the Lompoc YMCA and Boys & Girls Club of Lompoc. 60% of students enrolled in the ASES programs are below grade-level readers. (Lompoc YMCA, 2018)
  • Affordable Housing complexes in Lompoc in partnership with the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara County. 
  • The Bridge House, an emergency and transitional homeless shelter that houses homeless families with children in partnership with Good Samaritan Shelter
  • Appearances at public parks, events, fairs, parades and other community events.

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        Non-Discrimination Policy

        Charlotte's Web Bookmobile programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.

        This Month's Sidewalk Story @ Beattie Park


        *The Sidewalk Story is a permanent installation at Beattie Park so there are no set days/times. We post a new story every month in permanent displays along a sidewalk in Beattie Park and families can read the story as they walk. Families can go any time to enjoy this program as a story will always be posted.

        Lompoc Public Library & Charlotte's Web Bookmobile Teen Volunteer Program

        The Lompoc Public Library’s Teen Volunteer Program is a great opportunity to be help your community!

        Opportunities may involve administrative and clerical tasks, helping with special projects or assisting at public events or programs. 

        The volunteer program is open to 14 to 17 years old only

        Sign up to be a teen volunteer here.

        (Looking for the paper application? You can find it here.)


        To apply for a volunteer position:

        • Complete and submit the Google form - see link above. A volunteer coordinator will contact you by email with the next steps in the process.

        • Please note: All volunteers are required to complete pre-volunteer background screening. This will include a Live Scan background check, fingerprinting and a TB test to be paid for by the City of Lompoc.

        • We do not accept volunteers for court appointed community service. 

        • When filling out the application, please do not use your student email address for your primary contact as you may not be able to receive email updates from City staff.

        • Note: The Teen Volunteer program uses the Remind App to communicate with volunteers. Once you become a volunteer, the Lompoc Public Library will ask you to sign up for texts sent through the Remind App.

        • Questions about volunteering at the main library, please contact the library at 805-875-8775.

        • Questions about volunteering with the bookmobile, please contact Rachell Frazian, Youth Services Librarian & Bookmobile Manager at 805-315-3540.

        Lompoc Public Library System 
        501 E North Ave 
        Lompoc CA 93436   
        805-875-8775
        Tips for Reading to Kids

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        Reading aloud to children is a proven technique to help them cope with stress, anxiety, and difficult situations.

        Read or share stories at bedtime, while you’re waiting at the doctor’s office or while riding the bus. Anytime can be a good time to read aloud.  Choose a favorite place to read together every day - on a child's bed, in your living room, or even on the bus. Pigeon Read WEb

        Read Every Day
        Make reading aloud to your child part of your daily routine.  Sharing stories not only builds children's language skills but also strengthens the parent-child bond.

        A Few Minutes is OK - Don't Worry if You Don't Finish the Story
        Young children can only sit for a few minutes for a story, but as they grow, they will be able to sit longer.

        Babies Need Words Too!
        Talk to your baby all day long. Describing the weather or what you're cooking for dinner will help your child learn words, ideas, and how language works.

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        Show Children the Words & Repeat the Words
        Run your finger along the words as you read them, from left to right. Repeat certain vocabulary words.

        Multiple exposures to words improves word learning, not just because the kids memorize the word, but because they understand it better and can retain it for longer.

        Let Children Turn the Pages
        Babies need board books and help turning pages, but a three-year-old can do it alone. Remember, it's OK to skip pages!

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        Ask Questions about the Story & Let Children Ask Questions Too!
        Make it interactive: Reading books in an interactive way—by pointing out illustrations, asking questions, and providing word definitions—”significantly influences the number of new words children learn from shared storybook reading.” 

        Ask your child to describe pictures, repeat phrases used in the story, and predict what will happen next. Predicting what might happen next in the story allows children to think creatively and helps them to retain information.

        Let Children Tell the Story
        Children as young as three years old can memorize a story and many children love to be creative through storytelling.

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        Keep Favorite Stories in Rotation 
        Reading the same stories over and over again increases kids’ ability to both 
        remember and retain words.

        Make It Personal
        Talk about your own family, pets, or community when you are reading about others in a story. Use the story to engage in conversation and to talk about familiar activities and objects. 

        Select books that relate to what is happening in your child's world - starting preschool, going to the dentist, becoming a big brother, or moving to a new place.

        Have Fun!
        Children will learn from you that books are fun, which is an important ingredient in learning to read. 

        Act out the story! Create voices for the story characters and have fun. Talk or sing about the pictures and feel free to be silly.  It doesn’t matter if you can’t sing or if you stumble over the words, your children will love hearing your voice and all the stories.

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        Stay connected to the Charlotte's Web Bookmobile

        • Follow the Lompoc Public Library on Facebook 
        • Keep up to date on the Charlotte's Web Bookmobile public stop dates on the Library's Calendar of Events.
        Request a Bookmobile Visit

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        • The Charlotte’s Web Bookmobile service is for children 12 years and younger and is available Monday through Saturday.
        • The bookmobile does not operate on Sundays or federal holidays. 
        • We are happy to participate in free events that are open to the public.
        • As the library is a free public service, we cannot participate in private events or events that charge a fee.
        • The bookmobile does not stop at private residences.
        • The bus has a stop schedule in place and may add on special one-time stops however the schedule fills up quickly, so please make requests as early as possible.

        Make a Request

        If you would like to speak with the bookmobile librarian, please contact Rachell Frazian at (805-315-3540) or email r_frazian@ci.lompoc.ca.us        

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