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New bookmobile to be pared of Bad Axe parade
Mary Drier/ Posted By:Miranda Cameron
Thu, 24 Nov 2022 12:35:05 EST
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There will be a new addition in the lineup for the Bad Axe Chamber of Commerce's Tidings and Tinsel Christmas Parade event this Saturday from noon to 7:30 p.m.
The Bad Axe Area District Library is in the process of putting the finishing touches on its new bookmobile, which is a retrofitted cargo van that will travel around the county offering library services and more.
The bookmobile will be part of the parade line up that will start at 6:30 p.m., and run until 7:30 p.m.
The van when fully operational will have a wide variety of books, laptop computers, Chromebooks, a printer, and hotspot wireless.
The concept is to be a traveling library offering the same services available at a standard library.
The bookmobile was developed with a $64,700 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library of Michigan's funding that it received as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) federal funds that was distributed to offset financial impact of the COVID pandemic.
Back in the day, traveling bookmobiles were widely used - especially in rural areas.
The bookmobile will help provide services in the library's recently expanded area.
It was recently realized that a large section of Huron County was not serviced by a library. After learning that, the Bad Axe Area District Library expanded its services.
The library now covers the townships of Colfax, Meade, and Verona as well as all of the Bad Axe Public Schools District. Residents in those areas can sign up for a library card that will allow them to access all of the library's many services.
The mobile library will help with reaching more residents.