Sunday, July 10, 2011
YMCA, Oswego (New York) School District, and AmeriCorps Form Summer Bookmobile Partnership
Excerpt: The Oswego Bookmobile is stocked with 2,500 books donated by residents, organizations, schools, the Oswego Public Library ["The Castle on the Hill"] and businesses such as River’s End bookstore. The bus is 32-feet long and looks like one of the recreational vehicles often seen touring interstate highways. It was purchased second hand — with about 90,000 miles on it — from Farber Specialty Vehicles, a manufacturer in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.
Bill Myer, who just retired from the Oswego school district’s transportation department, helped check out the bus before it was purchased. He also is maintaining the bus to keep it running throughout the summer.
It cost $29,500 and funded via a grant from Entergy Nuclear, which owns and runs the James FitzPatrick Nuclear Power Plant in Scriba. The YMCA owns the vehicle, the program is run by the Oswego school district and AmeriCorps workers are coordinating volunteers from the State University College at Oswego, Oswego High School and the public.