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Edmonton Literacy C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) Bus

The C.O.W. (Classroom on Wheels) is a bookmobile that travels to various sites around the city. It's a free drop-in program for parents and their children from birth to 6 years old.

The Edmonton Literacy C.O.W. Bus is funded by:
Links fore Literacy Golf Tournament
United Way of Alberta Capital Region

The Program:

  • The bus visits each location on a weekly basis
  • During the visit a facilitator models literacy activities and encourages parents to read to their babies and preschoolers
  • The bus provides a friendly comfortable space where parents feel at ease with books and gain confidence in their ability to read to their children
  • Parents borrow books for free for two weeks at a time
  • Families have a chance to win quality books

The Benefits:

  • Parents understand the importance of shared reading
  • Families have books in their homes
  • Families read together
  • Children gain early language and literacy skills

Discover more about the Edmonton C.O.W. bus and find fun things to do with you little ones – check out our blog here!

Program Schedule

Winter: January 17 - March 24, 2017

Spring: April 4 - June 16, 2017

Cold Weather Bus Cancellations

When the temperature WITH WINDCHILL is -30 degrees C or colder in the morning, the Edmonton C.O.W. Bus will be cancelled for the day. You can confirm by checking the Environment Canada website or by calling the Centre for Family Literacy at 780.421.7323.


Ormsby Community
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

6323 - 184 Street
By the elementary school

La Perle Community
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

98 Avenue & 180 Street
On 98 Avenue

Athlone Community
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

13010 - 129 Street
Between the school and the community league


Brander Gardens
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

56 Avenue & Riverbend Road
South of 56 Ave on Riverbend Road

Sakaw Community
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

1275 - 62 Street
At entrance to housing area

Richfield Community
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

7734 - 37 Avenue
Just off Millwoods Road NW


Edmonton Garrison Military Fitness Centre
9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Parking lot

Ottewell Community
12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

5920 - 93A Avenue
In Ottewell Community League parking lot


Parkdale/Cromdale Community
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

11335 85 Street
Behind Community Hall

Dickensfield Community
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

14707 - 88A Street
Kinsmen Boys & Girls Club parking lot

For more information on this program, please call 780.421.7323 or e-mail

11642 142 St NW  Edmonton AB  T5M 1V4
780.421.7323 | Fax 780.421.7324