Ribbon cuttings planned for new Bookmobile
The public is invited to see the library’s new Bookmobile in two events on Tuesday, May 22.
At 9:30 a.m., the St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting for the 28-foot-long vehicle in the parking lot of the library Business Office, 1912 N. Belt. Refreshments will be served inside the library’s Outreach Office.
At 4:30 p.m., the Savannah Chamber of Commerce will stage its ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Savannah Branch, 514 W. Main. Refreshments will be served in the library.
The new gasoline-powered bus was built by LDV, a manufacturer of bookmobiles and other custom specialty vehicles in Burlington, Wis. It replaces a 17-year-old, diesel bus the library purchased used from an Indiana library in 2012 so it could re-establish bookmobile service.
The bus went into service in Andrew and Buchanan counties in 2013, serving rural communities and schools. With the continued growth of Bookmobile service and persistent mechanical issues of the old bus, the library’s Board of Trustees voted in 2017 to purchase a new bus.
Rolling Hills was created in 1961 as a bookmobile service for Andrew and Buchanan counties and soon added physical libraries in Savannah and St. Joseph. The library operated a bookmobile service until 1979.