Not everyone in Hood River County can easily access a library branch. A bookmobile will allow more people to have access to library services across the county. Scroll down to learn more about our plans for mobile library services.
To purchase a bookmobile, the Hood River County Library District, Library Foundation and Friends of the Library have launched a fundraising campaign. See below for how you can contribute.
The Library District is excited to support Hood River County with the services a mobile library can provide!
Platinum Sponsor $25,000
Doug & Leslie Campbell
In Memory of Dorothy – John – Maureen
Gold Sponsor $10,000
Mark Patterson & Beth Joyce
Silver Sponsor $5,000
Ron Cohen & Christie Smith
The Schaefer Family Gift Fund of the Gorge Community Foundation in memory of Laura Douglass Schaefer
Bronze Sponsor $2,500
The Hood River Cultural Trust
Elaine and Scott Johnson
Wyeast Laboratories, Inc.
The Library District needs the support of the Hood River County community to make the Bookmobile a reality. Our fundraising goal is $175,000 and we are off to a great start!
Tax-deductible donations may be made to the campaign through the Library Foundation using PayPal or credit card (button above) or by printing out this donation form and mailing it to the Foundation.
You can also sponsor the Bookmobile!
Sponsors will be recognized on the Bookmobile using a fruit tree motif. Learn more about Sponsorships here.
The Library District will use the Bookmobile to provide literacy and lifelong learning opportunities for community members of all ages by bringing library materials, staff expertise, services, WiFi access, technology and programs to off-site events and locations to serve patrons in underserved areas of Hood River County. Not everyone can easily access one of the library branches – a bookmobile will allow greater support for all of our county residents.
The bookmobile will travel all over the county, providing the same services as the physical library branches. Patrons can put items on hold, have them delivered, and pick them up the next time the bookmobile comes to their area! Patrons can browse the shelves, which will have popular fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, and magazines. The bookmobile will be a multi-use vehicle with dual functionality in mind. Normal library capabilities inside will include library materials and technology for patron use. Outside, an awning will provide shade for portable seating that can be used for study, classes or programs.
Mobile services will benefit children through neighborhood outreach programs; residents of senior facilities; and the large and historically-underserved Spanish-speaking population in Odell, many of whom do not live near a library branch. Mobile access to the library will increase equity for populations unable to visit the library. We are excited about this new way to support our community – we are confident the Bookmobile will be a highly visible resource to engage both current and new users as well as improve lives by providing connections to literacy and other educational services.