The Enterprise Public Library soon will be on the road to reach more of its patrons.
With the recent appropriations approval from the Enterprise City Council, the Library will receive a van for the purposes of beginning a bookmobile program in the city. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the council approved the purchase of a 2017 Ford Transit Cargo Van for the bookmobile. The purchase price approved was $30,258.64.
Current Library Director Terah Harris said there is no timeline for the start of the bookmobile service because the Library will soon have a new director. Harris will be moving on from the director spot to a position in Dothan at the end of May.
However, Harris said she could not foresee a reason why the service could not start by fall. What remains to be done is applying the wrapping for the van that will show the Library’s logo, processing materials that will go on the bookmobile, and establishing the schedule. The bookmobile will primarily focus on Enterprise to start.
“We cleared a big hurdle by actually getting a van,” Harris said. “That was like a huge hurdle, so everything else is pretty much downhill.”
Enterprise’s bookmobile will be based on the type used in Huntsville, Harris said, with the van containing carts of books that can be pulled outside as well as an awning to create some shade. The bookmobile likely will be parked in neutral sites, such as post-office parking lots, as well as go to places like day care centers in addition to the aforementioned locations, and will use donated books and have a small budget for updated materials.
“There is no cap on who this is going to serve,” Harris said.
According to the Library’s website, the vehicle also will have mobile Wi-Fi.
Harris said the idea for an Enterprise bookmobile came when she was doing outreach-library services in…