October 23, 2021
  • October 23, 2021

The new mobile library begins to move

By on October 9, 2021 0

The new mobile library at the Greene County Public Library opened on Saturday August 14 at a community event outside of the Fairborn Community Library. The new mobile library features murals created by villagers Liz Storter Robinson and Wakka Siccone. (Photo by Orion Lite)

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On Saturday August 14, book enthusiasts from across the county gathered at the Fairborn Community Library to dedicate a new mobile library, the latest addition to the Greene County public library system. During the afternoon, more than 200 people came to discover the mobile library. The Mobile Library delivers books on all topics to thousands of children in Green County every month.

The dedicated event was the culmination of many years of hard work. Replacing the beloved old model that has contributed to the community for 20 years, the new mobile library had been up and running for almost a month when it opened.

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The dedication event was officially launched to honor the mobile library, including ribbon cutting, food trucks, and plenty of activities for the kids. Throughout the event, kids made buttons, assembled a 3D paper model of a moving bookcase, and made a colorful mask for the library’s mascot, Booker T. Fox.

“Our goal has always been to have fun spreading literacy,” said Stacy Westfall, Driver and Mobile Library Manager.

With visual design created by Yellow Springs Art Director and Designer Liz Storter Robertson and illustrator Wakka Siccone, young readers will have no trouble finding a new mobile library. While riding the big bus, the youngest library patrons can see a dreamy vignette in a surreal series. Here, the princess on a dragon hands football to a receiving robot. There, mummies and zombies jump from a hot rod to a stack of books.

According to Evan Scott of the Communications Coordinator for the Greene County Public Library, mobile libraries and, for that matter, the entire library system are all imaginative.

“The real eye-opener was that there really was no way to express your imagination. It’s too wide, ”Scott said.

Instead of expressing his imagination, Scott said the creative team realized that the mobile library itself should be imaginative. The mural on the exterior of the car is a sample of the subject that the library staff observed and which is of most interest to young readers. This piece of art is meant to encourage children to pick up a book by reminding them of the type of adventure hidden on the page.

Kim Boutz, coordinator of the library’s youth department and mobile library supervisor, said the design company that provided the mobile library’s graphic packaging has never seen such a thing.

“If you look at it on paper that’s one thing, but if you look at it straight up it looks like ‘Wow! “” Bouts said.

Applied Graphics Ltd. Jans Pasma, the company’s lead designer, said:

In addition to its creative new look, the mobile bookcase also includes many accessibility and safety features, including wheelchair lifts, wider stairs and non-slip floors. Westfall said he hopes these improvements will allow more children to experience the benefits of reading.

“We are reaching out to many children who may or may not be able to go to the library on their own,” Westfall said. “The goal is to get the book into the hands of the children. “

The walls inside the mobile library are lined with stories of all kinds. This is a real mobile library. The dashboard of a mobile library is reminiscent of the cockpit of an airliner with an intercom system.

Library mobile libraries have historically served 4,000 to 5,000 children in one month on average. In addition to bringing books to schools, daycares and summer camps, Karl Colón, executive director of the Greene County Public Library, said the mobile library represents a link between the Greene County community .

“The library doesn’t belong to the place – they belong to the community,” he said. “And few reveal it as clearly as a mobile library. A mobile library is a real physical library where you can find yourself wherever you are.

Library officials are also keen to expand the role of mascot Booker T. Fox in communication and the media. Originally depicted only in mascot costumes, Booker T. Fox’s portrait now adorns mobile bookcases in several locations.

According to Colon, the Green County Public Library is looking forward to the long-standing service of the new mobile library.

“We want a bus where our community can see each other,” he said. “On the new bus we have the opportunity to try to figure out what we should be talking about.”

* Wright is a 2019 Freelance News Writer who graduated from Ohio Wessrian University and now oversees Studio Passerine. He lives in the village [email protected] ..