Date(s) - 04/13/2016
The Tuolumne County Library is gearing up to celebrate National Library Week, which starts on April 10 and runs through April 16. National Bookmobile Day is celebrated on Wednesday, April 13.
In honor of National Bookmobile Day, this year we have decided to highlight the valuable contributions of the county Bookmobile, “Worlds of Wonder,” which serves as a vital link between library patrons and our brick and mortar branches in Sonora, Twain Harte, Tuolumne and Groveland. The Bookmobile, a library on wheels, lets people who do not have a library near them have access to reading and information in remote and underserved areas of the region.
The Bookmobile was purchased in 2002 with generous donations from local businesses and the Sonora 49er Rotary Club and other service clubs. Since then, it has traveled more than 86,500 miles between area schools, community centers, isolated regions, and retirement communities to bring library resources directly to the community.
“Our goal is to communicate enthusiasm to people for the joy in reading and to inspire them to want to read and learn,” said Bookmobile Senior Library Assistant Terry Hoffman, who has been driving the Bookmobile since it first arrived in the county.
Hoffman said that the Bookmobile carries a cross section of books that are popular in the community, ranging from mysteries and romance novels, to nonfiction self-help books and research materials. Children’s books are a major feature on the Bookmobile as well, with titles aimed at toddlers, new readers, middle school students and young adults.
“My personal goal is to find the perfect book to catch someone’s interest,” said Hoffman, who has issued library cards to people ranging in ages from infant to 99 years old.
Hoffman has helped many people discover “worlds of wonder” over the past 13 years. For example, Hoffman made sure to load the Bookmobile with books about horses for one young patron along her route. Now that young patron is all grown up and studying to be a veterinarian at California Polytechnic Institute in San Luis Obispo.
Our mobile library saves people time and gas money by allowing patrons to return items checked out at branches to the Bookmobile and vice versa. Patrons can also order items for the Bookmobile to bring to a stop near them.
The Bookmobile visits a variety of locations throughout the county each week. These include:
- Columbia Post Office, 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, 4th Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Crystal Falls Lake Clubhouse, 2nd and 4th Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Don Pedro Market, Every Tuesday from 1:30 to 4 p.m.
- East Garden Apartments Jamestown 4th Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
- Jamestown Youth Center and Resource Center 2nd Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m.
- Mi-Wuk Community Center 2nd and 4th Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Willow Springs Club House 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.
The weekly schedule changes with the seasons and local school calendar so that it may provide optimum visiting opportunities for the county residents.
First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support.
Celebrations during National Library Week include: National Library Workers Day, celebrated the Tuesday of National Library Week (April 12), a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers; and National Bookmobile Day, celebrated the Wednesday of National Library Week (April 13), a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities.
Please contact the Tuolumne County Library for more information at 533-5507 or visit the library’s website at www.tuolcolib.org.