Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Bookmobile Numbers are Down but Service Still Finds an Appreciate Audience

Bookmobile a book-lover’s boon to West Miami-Dade. (Miami Herald, 2/3/2011)

Excerpt:    The county has two bookmobiles that make a total of 44 stops Monday through Saturday.

Victoria Galan, spokeswoman for the public library system, said the bookmobile is like having the library on wheels.

“This is an extremely important effort because it reaches patrons who may not have easy access to physical libraries,” said Galan. “It literally brings the library to the people and the library is about people.”

The vehicle carries more than 1,000 books and is staffed by a driver and a library assistant. For library card holders, there are fiction and non-fictional books in Spanish, English and other languages. Book requests are also welcomed. Also, there are about 300 DVD’s, which include everything from blockbuster films to documentaries. Most books may be borrowed for a period of 28 days and videos may be borrowed for a period of 7 days. There are late fees, and books checked out on the bookmobile can be returned to any county branch library

As recently as 2009, the Miami-Dade County Library had 4 bookmobiles on the road.

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