FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Public Library’s new bookmobile hits the road Tuesday, April 9.
After a launch event at 8:30 a.m. at Framingham City Hall , the bookmobile will stop at Wilson Elementary School, Brookdale at Cushing Park, Carmel Terrace and the MetroWest YMCA’s Framingham branch.
Framingham Library Trustees, Framingham Public Library Foundation board members, and Friends of the Framingham Library board members will be at the launch.
Also scheduled to attend are Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer; City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti, other City Councilors; School Committee members, and Framingham’s state representatives.
The new vehicle is a mobile library, supporting the entire Framingham community and providing access to reading materials CDs, DVDs.
A modified Ford 450 truck, the Bookmobile is 26.5-feet long, has a lift for people with limited mobility, and a special light-up awning for outdoor programs.
It was funded by the Framingham Public Library Foundation, which raised more than $155,000 for the bookmobile
“The Framingham Public Library Foundation is grateful to the more than 270 individuals, businesses and other institutions that have helped us purchase and outfit our new bookmobile,” said Ruth Winett, President of the Foundation.
“Once an educator, always an educator, and as a former teacher, I believe that learning can happen anywhere, which is what thrills me about this new Bookmobile,” said Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer. “I view it as a mobile knowledge delivery system that brings the possibilities of learning to the Framingham community.”
““With their generous support, we can now bring library resources and programs to people who cannot go to the library. We are excited to show the community our new mobile library,” said Winett.
The mookmobile will:
- Launch with more than 2,000 books, CDs and DVDs for children and adults.
- Give people the opportunity to sign up for library cards.
- Allow people to access the internet wirelessly.
- Bring the Framingham Public Library to schools, senior centers, recreation facilities and other special events like Concerts on the Green.
- Provide access to the Library’s digital collection such as e-books, magazines and music.
- Expand regular story times to the City.