Read to Grow launches Bookmobile to Provide Free Books to Children Across Connecticut

Read to Grow launches new Bookmobile to provide free books to children across Connecticut

The Bookmobile was made possible by a donation from the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation


Press Release- Branford, Connecticut, September 26, 2022 

Read to Grow is thrilled to announce the official launch of our new Bookmobile. This exciting resource was made possible by a generous donation from the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation. The Bookmobile was designed to provide high quality, diverse free books to children and families across Connecticut in a space as fun as it is accessible.

“The Read to Grow Bookmobile has been a dream for many years and we are so excited to see it become a reality, thanks to our generous supporters,” said Executive Director Suzannah Holsenbeck. “Thousands of children in CT still do not have books of their own at home and this Bookmobile means that we can be nimble and responsive to community literacy needs, whether it’s bringing the Bookmobile to parks, daycare centers, schools, or community events.”

Funding for the Bookmobile was provided by the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation. Centreville Bank is headquartered in Rhode Island. It has nine branches across Rhode Island and eight branches throughout Eastern Connecticut. “The Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation is proud to have provided Read to Grow the resources to create a bookmobile that will bring books to children across Connecticut,” said Harold M. Horvat, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Centreville Bank. “Reading builds language, encourages curiosity and develops critical life skills. Having access to books, and reading them, is a joyful activity that kids of all ages should be able to do.”

“We are so grateful that the Read to Grow program has selected Mahan Elementary School as the recipient of the first Bookmobile stop. The gift of reading pays dividends for the lifetime of a child,” said Superintendent of Norwich Public schools Kristen E. Stringfellow, Ed.D. “There is a direct correlation to the number of words and books a child reads and their reading achievement. We want to do everything we can to ensure that the Norwich Public School students have the best reading advantage possible. Thanks to our partnership with Read to Grow and the generosity of the Centreville Bank Charitable Foundation there will be more books in the hands and homes of our Mahan students.”

There will be multiple designated pop ups across Connecticut as the Bookmobile begins to hit the road. Schools, childcare programs, community events, and other organizations will also be able to request Book Mobile stops in the near future.

Now in its 23rd year, Read to Grow is a literacy nonprofit that operates statewide, providing more than 120,000 books a year to children and families through our Books for Babies, Books for Kids, and Early Steps to School Success programs. Whether it’s supporting parents as their child’s first and most important teacher by giving every baby born at 14 CT hospitals their first book or helping families build home libraries through regular and frequent book distributions, Read to Grow is committed to the power of literacy to change lives and to the vision that all children deserve books of their own.

Founded in 1828 and headquartered in West Warwick, Rhode Island, Centreville Bank is a full-service mutual bank operating through nine branch locations in Coventry, Cranston (two locations), East Greenwich, Narragansett, North Kingstown, West Greenwich, Warwick, West Warwick, and a loan production office in Providence. In addition, Centreville Bank serves the Eastern Connecticut market with eight offices located in Danielson, Gales Ferry (Ledyard), Griswold, Norwich, Plainfield, Pomfret, and Putnam (two locations). Centreville currently has total assets of $1.9 billion. For more information, please visit