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Bookmobile to ride in D.C. parade

June 21, 2007

Washington County Free Library's Bookmobile will participate in the Parade of Bookmobiles at the American Library Association's annual convention in Washington D.C., from June 21-27.

Bookmobiles from around the nation will be taking part in the parade as they travel from the Convention Center to the Bookmobile Rally in Franklin Park on Tuesday, June 26. The Parade of Bookmobiles and Bookmobile Rally activities will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Franklin Square area, between Eye and K streets and between 13th and 14th streets, NW.

The current Washington County Free Library Bookmobile went into service in March 2004. It is 35 feet long and 13 feet 6 inches high. It weighs just over 12 tons fully loaded.

The bookmobile carries 4,000 books, large print books, CDs and magazines. It operates with a staff of three and a substitute driver. The bookmobile visits nearly 100 stops on a monthly schedule focusing on schools, daycare centers and home providers, retirement communities and nursing homes as well as homebound individuals.

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The bookmobile has the latest in technology, connecting to the main library system via wireless equipment and the vehicle is also handicapped accessible with retractable steps and a wheelchair lift.

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