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A look inside the newly updated Bookmobile on Coast Live

Posted at 2:31 PM, Apr 04, 2018

HAMPTON ROADS, Va - The Bookmobile has been serving underprivileged communities for over 60 years and shows no signs of slowing down.  After a recent renovation, it's better than ever.

Decked out with a bright mural, an awning, it circulates over 15-thousand books and materials each year and it’s all on four wheels.

“You kind of can’t miss us rolling down the streets,” Kelly Straub said.

The first bookmobile in Norfolk was launched in 1956. This one has been around since 1999 and now has a brand-new facelift to show off.

“Looking at preschools where it may be difficult to round up a bunch of little ones. We can take it to them. We also take it to seniors who may not have the opportunity to go into a branch,” Straub.

If you visit the bookmobile and find a book that you want to take home but don’t have a library card that’s okay you can get one made on the bus.

“They can come in and check out a book and the book mobile comes back to their stop every two weeks so they just bring the book back when we come to visit them,” Straub said.

Wednesday, April 11th you can grab something to read on the bookmobile during a special four-stop tour for national bookmobile day:

  • 9a.m Norfolk City Hall
  • 11 a.m Old Dominion University Webb Center
  • 1:30 p.m Naval Station NEX
  • 3:30 p.m Workforce Development Center

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