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Monroe Co. Library Purchases New Energy Efficient Bookmobile

The Monroe County Public library describes it as “lean, green and high-tech.” WTIU’s Noel Brennan shows us the library’s new energy-efficient bookmobile.

Nichole Shorts is a self-described bookworm and one of her fondest memories growing up in California was the local library’s bookmobile pulling up outside her home.

“I’m really excited that this is starting back up. I thought they died out completely.”

In today’s world of e-readers, the idea of a bookmobile might seem dated. Not so, says Monroe County Public Library Community Outreach Manager Chris Jackson.

“We know they’re still relevant because our circulation continues to climb. We’ve actually almost doubled our use over the last decade.”

The MCPL has had a bookmobile since 1929, but that model didn’t have solar panels on its roof.

The biggest features probably aren’t apparent to somebody just looking. The cool feature and the one we expect to get a big payoff from is a hybrid generator system.

The bookmobile will make 27 stops throughout Monroe County every day but Friday.

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