Bringing the Library to YOU! - The SCLS Bookmobile

HAPPY 2019!!  Welcome to the SCLS bookmobile blog –

Each month you will find information on the services offered by the bookmobile, special events which involve the SCLS bookmobile and insights into the world of library outreach. The bookmobile operates Monday through Thursday all year long with schedules changing three times a year – January, June and September.  Mornings are devoted to schools, independent living facilities and daycare centers with afternoons spent in rural Scott County neighborhoods.  Current schedules are available at the library or in the bookmobile. If your neighborhood is not being serviced, call the library (Cathy 563.285.4794 ext 2237) to see if your neighborhood can be added to the schedule. In addition to rural routes, we also offer in home delivery services to those who qualify. Do you know of someone who is homebound or in rehab?  Give us a call.

The SCLS bookmobile is a member of the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services.  This national organization is an affiliate of the American Library Association.  Cathy Zimmerman, the Bookmobile Associate has been very involved with the organization since 2011. Recently she was elected to a 3 year term as Vice President/President(2020)/Past President(2021).  Among her duties to ABOS are chair of the Awards committee, fundraising chair for the Bookmobile and Outreach Information Repository (BOIR) project and various other committee assignments.  Involvement with this organization has brought many positive changes and programs to the SCLS bookmobile.

Bringing the SCLS bookmobile to the residents of our communities is a high priority. Bookmobile stops are chosen on the basis of active participants and ease of access.  When choosing a place to park the bookmobile, we attempt to find a central location in smaller communities as well as a central street location in subdivisions for easy homeowner access.  Not all streets are ideal for the bookmobile and every stop is evaluated for safety.

Check back each month for more bookmobile news. You can find our schedule on the SCLS website.


BEYOND THE WINDSHIELD

Happy Monday!!

Did you know that the Scott County Bookmobile service is over 70 years old? Recently the Anaheim, California bookmobile service celebrated 60 years. All across the country, bookmobiles are quietly serving communities from West to East and North to South. The Association of Bookmobiles and Outreach Services (ABOS) is a national organization for those in library outreach services, whether it be a traditional bookmobile route or any one of a number of contemporary services. As a member of this organization, we draw on ideas and programs from all across the country to bring the best service possible to our patrons.

One of the biggest events of the Spring will be National Bookmobile Day. This event is always celebrated in conjunction with the ALA National Library Week. Wednesday, April 11 has been designated as National Bookmobile Day.  Watch for ways to help us celebrate our special day.


Beyond the Windshield

Welcome to Beyond the Windshield!!  

This will be the Blog page for the Scott County Bookmobile. Check back everyday and see where the bookmobile is traveling and what is happening beyond the windshield.

January was challenging due to weather conditions and illness.  When we were on the road, our patrons were more than happy to brave the weather, step aboard and check out materials for winter reading or find movies to hunker down by the fire.  It was great to see everyone after the holiday season.

ON THE CALENDAR:

Tuesday, Feb 12 – come visit the bookmobile at the Walcott grade school during the book fair and band concert. Bookmobile will be there from 3:45pm – 6:45pm. The concert starts at 7pm.

Saturday, Feb 17 – 10am-noon  Join us at the Eldridge library for a book launching party with Author JILL ESBAUM. (who just happens to be a bookmobile user)  It is sure to be a great time with book signing and Dino-dancing!

That’s all for now!!   See you on the road! Check the website for days and times for your neighborhood.


Hello from the bookmobile

We hope to see you in 2018!


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