Bookmobile arrives at Minden library |

Bookmobile arrives at Minden library

The new Douglas County Library Bookmobile has arrived and will be open for tours on Aug. 9.
Kurt Hildebrand

After four years the Douglas County Public Library officially took possession of its new bookmobile Monday.

Library trustees voted to accept the donation of the bookmobile from the library’s foundation, which raised the money to purchase the vehicle.

First proposed in 2015, Library Director Amy Dodson said it was one of her priorities after taking the job in 2014.

The Library Foundation raised the almost $200,000 needed to purchase and equip the bookmobile.

“The total cost was $192,000,” Dodson said. “The funds were raised by the Library Foundation and the Minden Rotary Club. Our partnership with the Minden Rotary and the Library Foundation has been magnificent. The bookmobile and its contents were 100 percent funded by private donations and grants. Donations ranged from $10 to $50,000. We are so fortunate to have such a generous community.”

The vehicle will have Wi-Fi, computers and books to deliver to home-bound seniors the Douglas County Senior Center, schools and other service that are far from the library branches.

Service clubs aided raising money to pay for the bookmobile including Minden Rotary and Minden Fortnightly.

Rotary donated more than $90,000 toward the project, which librarians hoped would be ready to go last summer.

However the company that was supposed to build the bookmobile went out of business and more money had to be raised to replace the deposit.

“The first company we chose to build the bookmobile went out of business unexpectedly,” she said. “This did set us back a little bit and we had to raise an additional $37,000. The vendor we chose to build and customize the vehicle is Farber Specialty Vehicles in Ohio.”

Residents who want to get a peek inside the bookmobile will have their chance 6 p.m., on Aug. 9.

Librarians will have the bookmobile at Heritage Park where those attending the free movie in the park will be able to check out the bookmobile.

Dodson said the schedule for the bookmobile will be made public as soon as it’s ready.

“Expect to see the bookmobile at community gathering places, schools, and residential areas,” she said.

The bookmobile will be staffed by a library technician and a volunteer.

“There will always be two people on board when the bookmobile is in service,” she said.

On Monday, library trustees agreed to close the Minden and Zephyr Cove libraries at 3 p.m. on Aug. 9 to staff the event. They also agreed to pay $12,845 for the bookmobile parking and charging station.

That cost may be reimbursed by the foundation.