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Tome travel: County unveils new mobile library

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Allishia Brooks, of Elizabeth City, checks out the Pasquotank County Library's new mobile library at a public unveiling in the library parking lot, Monday afternoon. The mobile library includes three computer work stations, Wi-Fi access, a printer and shelves of books.

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By Jon Hawley
Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Pasquotank County’s new bookmobile is now on patrol, offering residents throughout the county access to books, a computer, and more.

Pasquotank Library Director Jackie King showed off the new bookmobile, or “mobile library,” outside the library on Colonial Avenue on Monday, allowing the public and county commissioners to check it out.

The new bookmobile is smaller but higher tech than the former bookmobile, which was a 33-year-old bus that was constantly breaking down and costly to maintain, library officials told commissioners last year.

Commissioners agreed to buy the new vehicle, contributing $68,000 toward the cost of a customized van from Matthews Specialty Vehicles, of Greensboro. With “wrapping” to put logos on the van, it’ll cost about $69,500, King said Monday. Other groups that support the library are picking up the remainder of the cost, she said.

King said the bookmobile provides a valuable service to children throughout the county, as well as adults unable to travel to the library, including residents of Pasquotank’s nursing homes. With a computer and printer in tow, the bookmobile also provides people of limited means internet access. Often, it helps people search and apply for jobs, she noted.

King also said the new bookmobile will start visiting new locations each month, including the Senior Center and Debry Courts. 

King said the bookmobile is staffed by Monek Adams, who provides home-bound and community outreach services; Taneshia Jernigan, who serves children at schools and day-care centers; and Michael Barnett, who teaches computer classes.

King said any group that wants to request the bookmobile stop by should call the library at 335-2473.

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