Improving Literacy In Our Community

The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van in a parking lot
Foothill Credit Union

Mobile Literacy Van

In early 2018 a new mobile literacy van launched. This Mobile Literacy Van visits each of the 5 elementary schools one day per week during the school year. It serves as a circulating library, a source for story and activity time and offers afterschool tutoring. When school is not in session, the Mobile Literacy Van is in the Community at such functions as the Summer Reading Extravaganza and other Community events throughout the year.


The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van now visits every school in Monrovia!

The Monrovia Reads Literacy Van visits the elementary schools Week 1-3 and the middle schools, high schools and Canyon Early Learning Center during Week 4.

Please visit the Monrovia Public Library website for specific dates at

Visitors to the van
Library cards issued
Books checked out
Outreach visit
Mileage driven

Early Childhood Learning Program

At Monrovia Unified School District’s Canyon Early Learning Center

We are pleased to partner with Canyon Early Learning Center (CELC) and the Transitional Kindergarten classes in all 5 Monrovia Unified School District Elementary Schools for our Early Childhood Learning Program.

At CELC, we offer 3 Parent Classes that teach the importance of reading to children at an early age. The parents not only receive classroom instruction, but are also given resources to help them read to their children at home and get them ready to read. We also offer a Reading Club that allows children to receive free books after parents, caregivers or siblings read a specific number of books (or the same book over and over) to the children. There is nothing more thrilling than to see the smile on the face of a child when they get to select their new book.

For the Reading Clubs in the Transitional Kindergarten classes at all 5 elementary schools, books are provided in English. For dual language immersion classes, books are provided in English/Spanish or English/Mandarin so the parents may read to their children in both languages.

Book Bag

Each  family is given a bag of books for their home library when they attend the first class.

Cute young boy smiling through a window

Reading Club at Canyon Early Learning Center

The Reading Club was created to reward families for reading to their children. Children choose books as prizes each time they have colored all the pictures of books s on the Reading Club Form. There is no limit to the number of prizes they can earn in a school year.
Number of Books Read to Children by Parents

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) at all 5 Monrovia Unified School District elementary schools

The reading club at the TK classes is both English and dual immersion (both Spanish and Mandarin). The books provided to the dual immersion classes show both the Spanish or Mandarin words as well as English so the parents can read to their children at home even if they do not speak the language of the dual immersion class.
Number of Books Read to TK

Monrovia Public Library Foundation logo

Monrovia Public Library Foundation has generously donated money to help fund this worthwhile Program

New Book Distributions

Monrovia Reads Volunteers at the CELC Book Distribution May 29 2020

Canyon Early Learning Center

Monrovia Reads provides new books through various programs throughout the year: Reading Clubs at Canyon Early Learning Center and Monrovia Unified School District Transitional Kindergartens allow children to select new books when a specific number of books are read to them at home; book distributions at Canyon Early Learning Center Back to School and end-of-year celebration and book distributions at all 5 Monrovia Unified School District elementary schools. Monrovia Reads also provides books several Community events where books are distributed.

Read Across Monrovia

A twice yearly “Read Across Monrovia” brings school children and the community together in a shared experience with literature. The read-ins are held in October and March between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM at all the local public elementary schools in Monrovia. The community leaders, business people, and volunteers share some favorite works from literature with the students.

Mini-Grant Program

This program is for teachers at Monrovia Schools that provides grants for class sets of selected literature to meet school curriculum when lack of funding in the school budget prevents purchase. These books provide students with their own copies to help complete reading assignments that may be kept for their own personal libraries.

Click for the Grant Application
Mini-grant program
Winners of the Monrovia Read Scholarship standing in front of the stage


Monrovia Reads was pleased to present $19,000 in scholarships to 2022 graduating Monrovia Seniors. Pictured are Monrovia High School Scholarship winners who received their certificates from Board Secretary Anne Van Dyke. MHS Scholarship awardees (Pictured from left to right): Joanne Spring 4-year scholarship winner Kendra Christian, Megan Barrett, Sarah Avalos, Ashley Jauregui, Madison Barr and Luca Ammon.

Monrovia Firefighters' Association Pancake Breakfast

Monrovia Reads distributes new books to all children at this annual event.

Firefighters Pancake breakfast

Comfy Camp

Monrovia Reads was pleased to participate in the City of Monrovia’s 2020 Summer Comfy Camp by providing books to all the children each week of the program.  The materials provided by the City and the books provided by Monrovia Reads helped families during the COVID-19 pandemic safer at home mandate.

Thank you Collage for teachers

City of Monrovia Logo

September 18, 2020
Monrovia Reads
Attn: Janet Wall, Board President PO Box 1033
Monrovia, CA 91017

Dear Ms. Wall,
On behalf of the City of Monrovia and the Community Services Department, thank you for your generous donation to the Comfy Camping at Home Family Adventure Program. Your donation of 400 books helped make the program a huge success; we had close to 100 Monrovia youth and family members participate!

With your generous giving, we were able to enhance our program and include books in our family camping kits. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and many of the families showcased the books in their photo submissions. We have put together a video, and invite you to share this with others. The video can be found on the City of Monrovia’s YouTube channel;
We are also pleased to announce, based on this success, the Family Home Adventure Series will continue this Fall with a Halloween theme.

Your continued support and partnership in projects throughout the city are greatly appreciated. Please extend our gratitude to the entire Monrovia Reads Board, as we look forward to our future endeavors.
Thank you again for your commitment and dedication to our community!


Tina Cherry Signature with the Community Services Director
Tina Cherry
Community Services Director

Thank You Letters From The Children

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