MidPointe Bookmobile Rolls Out to Lakota

MidPointe Bookmobile Rolls Out to Lakota
Posted on 03/27/2018
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Students in front of bookmobileLakota’s continuing partnership with the MidPointe Library is putting a new spin on the traditional school media center experience.


MidPointe’s “Library on Wheels” program - originally designed to help reach parts of their service area without a physical branch as well as patrons physically unable to visit their branch - recently rolled out a bookmobile. The vehicle rolls up to most Lakota school buildings once a month, parking outside for most of the day as classes take turns coming aboard to peruse the monthly selections.

 

“It’s out of class and in their face. It’s something fun and different,” said MidPointe’s mobile librarian Jenn Effinger.

 

The 30-foot vehicle features a complete collection of thousands of library materials for all ages, giving students a different selection than they’ll find in their school media center. It oftentimes features the newest and most popular titles too, giving students a different experience than they might have by actually visiting the West Chester branch.


Woodland Elementary sixth grade teacher Audrey Scarbrough smiled as her advanced language arts students eyed the latest selections, noting how the new program fills a need for more advanced material that older and more advanced readers can’t necessarily find in their elementary school media center.

She agrees with the MidPointe team on the point that bringing students a library on wheels certainly adds a different flavor to the age-old process of checking out a book. And for others who haven’t ever experienced a visit to the library, giving them their own individual library card adds another layer of excitement.


“We see more kids on our bookmobile than we do in our physical branches,” said Effinger, referencing the average 700-plus books they check out on a daily visit to one of Lakota’s schools.


For Effinger and Library on Wheels Manager Zach Roberts, their stops at the younger grade levels is all about helping students form early habits around using their library as a resource.

“This is the way libraries are moving,” Roberts said. “The way we grow and stay relevant is to go to (our community).”