A launch ceremony for the new bookmobile was held at the Main Library, 3650 Summit Boulevard, West Palm Beach on Thursday, April 21 at 9:30 am. The bookmobile was made possible through a generous donation of $245,500 from an anonymous donor through our Friends of the Library.
The private donor said he was inspired to donate to the library by the example of businessman turned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie, who built public library buildings throughout the United States in the early 20th century. The bookmobile was donated in honor of FDNY 343.
The wrap on the bus represents the wonders that arise from the simple act of opening a book. Library Director Doug Crane said, “This new bookmobile supports the Library’s mission to connect communities, inspire thought and enrich lives. It travels to every area of the county, from Belle Glade to South Palm Beach, Jupiter to Boca Raton, and brings the library to our residents.”
The bookmobile makes 43 stops throughout the county each month. Last year 63,866 people visited the bookmobile and checked out 50,000 items (1,000 items per week). You can find books in every genre and for every age group, as well as DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs on the bookmobile. The 36-foot-long state of the art vehicle was custom built by OBS, Inc. Specialty Vehicles out of Canton, Ohio and features a quiet generator and a stabilizer that limits motion on the vehicle.
The Friends of the Palm Beach County Library System, is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization, that supports library service through financial contributions, volunteering time, and by advocating for the library.