Bangor Savings Bank hosted a visit from Bess the Book Bus on Wednesday night at its Skowhegan branch, drawing more than 180 children.

The bookmobile is a “mobile literacy outreach dedicated to sharing the joy of reading and building home libraries for underprivileged children and families across the USA,” according to its website.

The event included free books, food, music and activities for kids, a Bangor Savings Bank spokeswoman said.

“Bangor Savings Bank understands that nothing is as fundamental to success and prosperity as literacy,” said Stacie Gould, assistant vice president and Skowhegan branch manager, in a statement. “And Bess the Book Bus has been effective getting books into the hands of children and families in Maine and across the country. We hope to host Bess the Book Bus again at our Skowhegan Branch in the near future.”

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