Our new Bookmobile is almost here!
Countywide service starting in May 2022. Check back for more information.
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About the Bookmobile
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.
The Bookmobile was made possible by our amazing local library community!
How We Did It
The Hood River County Library District is proud to announce that our community contributed the entire amount to purchase the bookmobile in less than two months, bringing our dreams to provide equitable services throughout Hood River County to fruition. The library district and fundraising groups thank you for you amazing support of this vital project.
- Sponsorship: $85,000 (see below)
- Local individual donations: $41,537
- Feast of Words 2018/2019/2020: $36,000
- Bequest: $17,000
- The Hood River Cultural Trust $2,500 grant to purchase new library materials for the Bookmobile.
In addition, we are pleased to announce we have received a $75,000 grant to fund operations, library collection and technology for the bookmobile and more from the State Library of Oregon. The funds are part of the American Rescue Plan Act Grant Awards.
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