MRCPL Bookmobile

The Mansfield/Richland County Public Library Bookmobile. (MRCPL photo by Laurel Bocka)

MANSFIELD -- Mansfield/Richland County Public Library will introduce its new Bookmobile to Richland County this month.

The Bookmobile will offer a collection of library materials for customers to browse and will also serve as a return site and pick-up location for on-hold items and other services.

“Outreach is a key component of our mission which strives to make the library accessible to all," MRCPL Director Chris May said.

"The Bookmobile is a mobile opportunity to bring resources to care communities, schools, and public spaces, with particular emphasis on visiting neighborhoods where residents may have difficulty finding the time or transportation to get to a library building," he said.

The Library’s Outreach Department, led by Outreach Coordinator Anne Rhodes, will be responsible for all services provided by this new resource, including staffing.

The staff in this department are already experts at developing relationships and connections with Richland County’s underserved through the already established programs like Books by Mail and Lobby Stops, according to May.

 Rhodes said the outreach team is looking forward to bringing this phenomenal resource to Richland County.

"In addition to the traditional library collection, it is a mobile opportunity to offer a variety of engaging activities including storytimes and educational, art, and music programs. The increased mobility will provide nearly endless outreach possibilities," Rhodes said.

The Bookmobile will debut at the Mid-Ohio Home Show at the Richland County Fairgrounds, 750 N. Home Road, on Saturday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attendees are encouraged to stop by the vehicle for a tour and some Bookmobile swag. In addition, it will be touring each of MRCPL’s 9 locations on the following dates:

Wednesday, May 26: Madison Branch, 1395 Grace St. 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Crestview Branch, 1575 SR 96 E. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM, and the Plymouth Branch, 29 W. Broadway 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM.

Thursday, May 27: Bellville Branch, 97 Bell St. 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Butler Branch, 21 Elm St. 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM, and the Lucas Branch, 34 W. Main St. 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM.

Friday, May 28: Lexington Branch, 25 Lutz Ave. 11:30 PM - 1:00 PM, and the Ontario Branch, 2221 Village Mall Dr., 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM.

The Outreach Department is working on adding Bookmobile stops at additional locations and events throughout the remainder of 2021.

For more information about the MRCPL Bookmobile, go to www.mrcpl.org/bookmobile.

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