Do you have fond memories of the bookmobile visiting your neighborhood when you were a kid? Bookmobiles have long been a welcome sight to readers in towns all over the world. This was especially true if the local library was far from your home.
The Dover Plains Library has always wanted to expand its reach to areas of our community that might otherwise not have access to the Library, either because it is too far, or due to lack of local transportation.
In 2021, we were awarded a Learn, Play, Create: Supporting Our Kids’ Grant of $50,000, and subsequently, awarded $135,000 through the 2022 Agency Partner Grant (APG) Infrastructure Program – both through Dutchess County. These funds have allowed us to make plans to take the Library out into the community.
After waiting months for a Ford Sprinter to become available, our bookmobile is currently being built by Farber Specialty Vehicles in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. If all goes according to schedule, we expect to start service in Spring 2023. Stay tuned for updates…