Education is a key focus area of The Junior League of Tampa, with a particular emphasis on emerging literacy. However, the League noticed areas across Hillsborough County that were under-served and did not have access to literacy promotion resources.
In 2016 the MILO bus was launched in partnership with the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, WEDU PBS, and the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. MILO stands for Mobile Interactive Literacy Opportunity. The MILO book bus has evolved to a MILO sprinter van providing greater mobility and access to visit under-served locations around Hillsborough County hosting literacy events for the entire family.
This year MILO will host events all over Hillsborough County in partnership with the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library. In 2019-2020, over 10,000 books were distributed.
Beyond these stand-alone events, the League supports a network of Giving Libraries across the county. These Giving Libraries house free books for children of all ages and reading levels. Children and families can stop by any Giving Library to pick out free books throughout the year.
Do you have an upcoming community event that would benefit from a visit from MILO? Agencies can now request MILO for events at least 6 weeks in advance.