Our New Bookmobile!
For over 75 years, the Columbia County Traveling Library has served rural residents of Columbia County. Once in a generation, we have replaced the bookmobile. Now it is our turn…
The current bookmobile has served us well for more than 20 years, but it was off the road for more than one month in 2016 because of costly repairs. It desperately needed to be replaced right away. The Columbia County Commissioners included the library in a county fleet agreement with Enterprise and a new bookmobile was ordered in June 2016.
The new bookmobile is a custom-built 2016 Freightliner MT-55 step van, about the same size as the old bookmobile. It is fully customized and will function as a mobile classroom and storymobile with benches all the way around and a flip-down computer monitor. We will own the new bookmobile after making five years of payments, and expect to use it for 15 or more years.
New technology allows us to apply a vinyl wrap to the exterior of the bookmobile. Local artist, Joan Grimord, won a design contest. Joan is from Mount Pleasant Township and has written and illustrated children’s books (as Joan Gallup). The design shows a “community of readers” enjoying books as part of life in Columbia County. This work of public art will be more inviting and inspire delight in readers of all ages!
The finished product arrived on June 6!! Come see it at one of our bookmobile stops!
CAN YOU HELP?
We have raised more than $160,000 toward our goal of $280,000 to pay off our lease payments and other expenses over the next five years. Once everything is paid off, we will own the vehicle!
So far, community members have contributed or pledged more than $20,000 toward our goal of $50,000 from individuals. This is amazing! Donations have ranged from $10 to $1000 — many are pledging $25, $50, or $100 per year for the next five years. Board members have pledged over $7000, and many community members have made significant contributions because of what the bookmobile means to them and their neighbors.
Download our fundraising brochure for more information or to share with others.
If you can help, please send a check donation using the instructions below – thanks!
All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
If a personal donation, make check payable to ‘Friends of the CCTL’.
If an organizational donation, make check payable to ‘Columbia County Traveling Library’ or ‘CCTL’.
Send all checks to:
Columbia County Traveling Library
702 Sawmill Rd. Ste. 101
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Please include your contact information.
Please indicate if your contribution is a one-time payment or the first part of a pledge over 2-5 years.
You can also drop check or cash donations off at the library or any bookmobile stop.
If you know of a community organization or business which might be interested in making a contribution or sponsorship, please let us know! Call Ammon Young, Library Director, at 570-387-8782 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.