Sims Library Announces Traveling Bookmobile for Waxahachie, Texas
The Nicholas P. Sims Library will take books and library programs on the road to reach patrons throughout Waxahachie, Texas.
The Nicholas P. Sims Library is opening a new branch, and it will be right next to you.
From 2023, the library will operate a bookmobile up to four days a week, bringing a wide selection of books and special events to all areas of the city.
The temperature-controlled Mercedes Benz Sprinter will hold approximately 5,000 books inside and provide access to library resources for housebound patrons and others who find it difficult to travel to downtown Waxahachie. Remote stops for the bookmobile will be a mix of special one-time events and routine destinations.
Nicholas P. Sims Services Librarian Heather Fuller says the bookmobile selection will change based on demand, and all books in the library’s collection can be borrowed and picked up at one of the many bookmobile destinations. usual.
“It’s really been one of our directors’ most passionate projects since she started here — something she’s really pushed for,” says Heather, referring to library director Barbara Claspell. “We try to get to areas where we know a lot of the city can’t physically get here – maybe they don’t have cars – we have quite a few customers confined to the home who cannot come here. And we want to make sure that they also have the possibility to use the services of the library.
Heather says the entire library experience will be made accessible remotely by the bookmobile, from checking out books to registering and receiving a library card onsite. The bookmobile will make crafts, story time and adult programs accessible to daycares, schools, senior centers, parks, farmers’ markets and other destinations.
“We plan to go out at least four days a week,” says Heather.
The library welcomes around 200,000 visitors every year, of which only about 5% use the library’s e-book services. Despite the rapid adoption of the Internet and digital media by people of all ages, physical books and in-person activities remain a major draw for the library.
“More people would rather be here – be out and enjoy their community and enjoy the library and check out articles than necessarily using our eBooks,” says Heather.
Community Services Librarian Jennifer Graf will be the full-time bookmobile operator, and she says “customers have the ability to hop on the bookmobile and view books, create library cards, print materials , then we will also make a program. So depending on where we are will determine which program – whether it’s like story time or crafts or robotics or something similar.
In addition, the bookmobile will provide high-speed internet connection, tablets, printing services, and robotics and coding programs.
Funding for the bookmobile was approved last year by the town of Waxahachie, and special events will be supported by local businesses, says Jennifer. The bookmobile will also serve as a marketing tool for the library itself.
“It’s basically like having another branch without having to find the perfect location,” adds Jennifer. “We can take it anywhere. So we are delighted. We’re a little nervous, but we were looking forward to it.