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Library to get new set of wheels

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The world of reading is getting a new set of wheels and soon the Troy-Miami County Library's new Bookmobile will be headed to a neighborhood near you.

The Troy Foundation recently awarded Troy-Miami County Public Library $50,000 to supplement funds saved by the library over the past decades to fund a new bookmobile.

Because the library will be purchasing a "demo" bookmobile, the $150,000 price tag is significantly less than it could be. The base price of a new vehicle is $205,350. This vehicle will replace the current vehicle purchased in 1994. Both vehicles are from Farber Specialty Vehicles of Columbus and both are Extremely Low Floor (ELF) models, meaning they are lower to the ground and have a wide entrance door, making the vehicle accessible to those in wheelchairs.

The new bookmobile will be 30 feet 6 inches long with a Ford F550 cab and controls. It is capable of carrying about 2,700 items.

This vehicle was attractive to library officials because - with less than 1,000 miles - it is virtually new but significantly cheaper than a new vehicle. Since January 2010, the library has spent more than $16,000 to repair the 1994 bookmobile.

"We are thrilled to be able to purchase a new bookmobile and grateful to the Troy Foundation for providing the additional funding needed," said Rachelle Miller, library director. "We also acknowledge the vision of past board members and administrators for saving money toward a new vehicle over the past decades. The bookmobile has been a staple in Troy and the surrounding area since 1939."

This will be the library's sixth bookmobile. The bookmobile's target population includes underserved county residents: the frail elderly, multiple handicapped children, youth and adults; institutionalized residents; preschool children; and patrons living in neighborhoods and crossroads in remote areas of the county.

Bookmobile stops include Troy Christian School, Bethel Schools, Miami East Schools, senior care facilities, and community/neighborhood sites. Stops include West Central Juvenile Detention Center, David L. Brown, the Elizabeth Township Community Center, RT Industries, Tip Top Farms, and several preschools and daycare centers, including head start facilities. For example, in March 2011, the bookmobile served 24 preschool/daycares; 5 senior care facilities; 3 schools; 8 special needs/special education groups; and 41 community neighborhood sites. The Outreach Services staff of two full-time and one part-time person also assembled 16 teacher collections. Using their own vehicles, the Outreach Services department also provides delivery service of library materials to seniors who are unable to leave their residence and currently serves 26 residents.
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