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Stark County District Library has launched its first Mobile Smart Store as part of its ongoing re-imagination as the Smart Store.
A next generation bookmobile with state of the art features, it will offer the same services as the library's permanent branches at stops throughout the county. Patrons can sign up for a library card; check out and request books, DVDs, and technology items; and sign up for events.
The spacious new Mobile Smart Store is the largest in the library's fleet at 36 feet long and is wheelchair accessible. The additional square footage will provide more browsing room and space for materials, allowing the library to serve more patrons at each community stop. The new unit holds approximately 2,448 items and will service the busiest route. It replaces the 1994 Bookmobile, the oldest in the fleet
"We're excited to showcase our beautiful and functional new Bookmobile," said Tammy Long, Mobile Services Manager. "With the extra space, we can better serve the needs of our patrons."
Mobile Services touches every corner of Stark County. The district library has the largest mobile fleet in the state with four bookmobiles for school and community stops and two vans that deliver to the homebound and elderly. In addition to 26 community stops, Mobile Services visits seven workshops for adults with special needs, every senior center, senior community, school district, day care, and preschool in the Library's service area.
The public's first opportunity to take a peek at the new Mobile Smart Store was at the Stark County Fair. It began serving community stops on Sept. 6.
For more information on the Stark County District Library Mobile Libraries, or to find a stop near you, visit starklibrary.org.