ZOOM! Library2Go Bookmobile
Welcome to Library Lions interviews Raising a Roar for libraries and the outstanding librarians serving youth in schools and public libraries across the U.S. Today we’re on the road. Can you feel the zoom? Librarian John Tun is stopping off to tell us about his travels with the Library2Go Bookmobile here in King County.
I am a reference librarian at the Bellevue Library and once a month, I get to drive the big red Library2Go Bookmobile van and visit the Bellevue neighborhood communities.
Meeting the kids and their families during our visits. There’s something special about the library coming to where people live and play; it makes the interactions more intimate and easygoing. I especially love the excitement we see in our patrons, especially the kids! Their enthusiasm makes our visits seem like Christmas morning.
A colleague and I prepare the van with updated items from the library’s collection and stop at various designated stops during the afternoon visits. Our stops include the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club ht
and various apartment housing complexes in east Bellevue. Throughout our stops, we take notes on who wants more of what and make sure we stock it for our next visit. Our afternoon runs usually take four hours total.
For what may have been a tough day in a life of a teen, one of our youth readers exclaimed “This is the best part of my day – the library coming here and me getting to choose anything I want!”
–Anna, 7th grade
For all the historical and science buffs I would highly recommend Sam Kean’s The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, As Written by Our Genetic Code.
Kean is a natural at explaining complex topics through remarkable historical events and anecdotes. This work on the topic of DNA, Kean weaves stories and historical accounts including JFK’s bronze skin and Paganini’s ultra-flexible thumbs and fingers.
Yes! Library2Go Mobile Learning Labs are Coming Soon.
Using funds from the 2004 Capital Bond that funded Library2Go! mini-bookmobiles in 2010, KCLS has ordered four new mobile computer lab trucks. Similar to the mini-bookmobile service, these vehicles will rotate among the 47 libraries. Local librarians aboard these vehicles will offer computer instruction workshops. At the beginning of this service, workshop topics will include engagement of school-aged children learning science and math, people learning English, as well as adults with general interests. These workshops will focus on using library resources. Each vehicle will have seven patron computer stations. This service will begin in early 2013.
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Thank you for driving L2G by Library Lions today, John, and for the terrific interview!