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Bookmobile revs up for communities

OCEANSIDE — After four years of no service the Adelante Bookmobile will be serving outlying neighborhoods again. 

City Council approved transferring $38,700 annually from the city’s fleet repair budget for the next three years to restore bookmobile service on June 26.

Bookmobile service expands on books, materials and programs provided by the Civic Center Library located downtown and Mission Branch Library on Mission Avenue.

“It allows us to get into underserved parts of the community,” Sherri Cosby, Oceanside Public Library director, said. “We don’t have funds to build more facilities.”

Restoring Adelante Bookmobile service was discussed as one way to fill gaps in youth services at the joint City Council/Oceanside Unified School District meeting held in April after two teens were fatally shot at Libby Lake Park.

“The timing was right to move forward with this idea,” Cosby said. “Council members thought it was important to restore the service we had before. We’re really trying to work, just like Parks and Recreation and other departments, to get services back into these communities that have had different crises over the years.”

In addition to the funds approved by City Council the library also recently received some unexpected state funds that allowed it to restock the Adelante Bookmobile with new books and materials. New purchases include picture books, books on DVD, ESL materials, teen interest books and adult fiction.

The city has two bookmobiles. The main bookmobile makes weekly stops at Libby Lake and John Landes Park.

The Adalente Bookmobile, painted with a bright wraparound graphic of the mission and ballet folklorico dancers, will be rolling into Eastside, Crown Heights, and a make second weekly stop at Libby Lake.

The two bookmobiles both bring books, books on tape, DVDs, WiFi access, onboard computers and programs to outlying communities.

The Adelante Bookmobile also carries a large stock of ESL materials and books in Spanish, which complements its route serving Hispanic neighborhoods.

“We offer books in Spanish and English, and ESL materials that help all age levels,” Cosby said.

Outreach programs are also customized to the neighborhoods each bookmobile serves. The Adelante Bookmobile formerly partnered with Vista Community Clinic and brought health programs and services to outlying communities.

“We’d like to restore some of those partnerships,” Cosby said.

In addition to providing neighborhood-specific books, materials and programs, information on services offered at the Civic Center and Mission Branch libraries is also shared.

“The idea of the bookmobile is to go out in the community and act as a bridge to let people know we’re here,” Cosby said.

The library is firming up plans on exact location stops, dates and times the Adelante Bookmobile will serve neighborhoods. Service is expected to be up and running in fall.

“We’re getting to work to get it going by the time school starts in September,” Cosby said.

Cosby estimated the Adelante Bookmobile would serve about 10,000 people a year.

“The expectation is that it will be very popular,” she said. “It’s really needed. Increasing our presence in the community is so vital and so important.”


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