Scooby Van of SA accepts donations until Friday for the new Groovy Giving libraries

Photo courtesy of Scooby Van of San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – The San Antonio Mystery Machine, which delivers free books and Scooby snacks to underserved children in the town of Alamo, is holding a book drive to fill two new permanent mini-libraries that will open more late this week.

San Antonio’s Scooby Van opens the first two Groovy Giving Libraries on Friday with help from Bexar County and Judges Cynthia Chapa and Monique Diaz. Groovy Giving Libraries will be a permanent facility at the 150th Civil District Juvenile Court and the 288th Civil District Court office.

“When these little children have to go [to Children’s Court], it’s kinda scary, ”said Linda Pearson, Founder and President of Scooby Van of San Antonio. “There are a lot of toys, but when they leave the room, they have to leave the toys behind. So, together with the Groovy Giving Library, one of which is in the juvenile court, they receive a book that they can take home.

Photo courtesy of Scooby Van of San Antonio

Donation boxes are located at five locations around town until Friday, when Groovy Giving Libraries will officially open. The groundbreaking ceremonies will be held at 11:15 am on Friday at the Children’s Court located at 100 Dolorosa, 3rd Floor, and at the 288th Civil District Court office located at 101 W. Nueva in Suite. 405.

The five donation boxes can be found at:

  • The new parking garage outside the gymnasium located at 211 S. Flores Street
  • Public works building located at 1948, rue Probandt.
  • Central jury room and room 115 at the courthouse located at 100 Dolorosa
  • Children’s court located at 100 Dolorosa on the third floor
  • Paul Elizondo Tower in suite 405 located at 101 W. Nueva Street

Pearson said she has been driving the Mystery Machine-esque van around town for more than 10 years, but during the COVID-19 pandemic, she chose to turn it into a free mobile library for underserved children in San Antonio. .

The Scooby Van became popular on social media after a San Antonio Express News report last year and Pearson said that popularity spurred her to officially turn the project into a non-profit. The Scooby Van has already distributed over 8,000 free books this year.

The Scooby Van also provides interested local businesses with a “Scooby Book Bucket” to place in common areas to allow customers to drop off book donations throughout the year. You can find a list of Scooby book buckets and learn how to get one for your business at scoobyvansa.com/book-buckets.

You can follow where the Scooby Van is around San Antonio via their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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