Bookmobile heading back on the road

July 09, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE |
  • The side panel of the Washington County Free Library Bookmobile is shown during a recent stop in Hagerstown. The bookmobile makes about 100 stops a month.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

WASHINGTON COUNTY — After nearly three months of inactivity due to mechanical issues, the Washington County Free Library’s Bookmobile will go back into operation Tuesday, a library official said Monday.

The Bookmobile will follow its regular schedule, stopping at more than 90 locations around the county once a month, according to Amanda Bena, manager of the library’s Bookmobile Department.

The first stop Tuesday will be a visit to Francis Murphy Senior Apartments off Robinwood Drive, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m., Bena said.

“We’re really excited to get back into a routine,” she said, noting that the library has delivered books by van since the bookmobile was shut down in late April due to a short in the vehicle’s wiring system.

“It will be nice to have one vehicle again so people can browse” for books, Bena said.

The bookmobile was sent to Ohio for repairs following the faulty wiring incident on April 19, she said.

The program strives to offer people an opportunity to visit a library even if they are unable to reach their local branch, Bena said, like in the rural areas of the county, as well as schools and day-care centers.

Bena said the library’s homebound service for county residents who are physically incapable of getting to the library due to disabilities or age was not interrupted while the bookmobile was repaired, and continues to run smoothly.

The bookmobile carries approximately 4,000 items consisting of books, large-print books, magazines, DVDs and books on CD, according to the county library’s website. It does not carry music CDs, but patrons may request those items.

The library’s collection contains materials for children and adults, and patrons may also request items from other branches or through interlibrary loan, according to the website.

The summer schedule is mostly full, but some stops are still tentative, Bena said.

For more information

• To request a Bookmobile stop, contact the Bookmobile Department at 301-739-3250, ext. 155, or send an email to


• Click HERE to see the Bookmobile's schedule

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