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Merced County rolls out Bookmobile
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The Merced County Librarys Bookmobile, which began serving rural areas on Tuesday, has more than 2,500 items for checkout and three computers with internet connections. - photo by Photo Contributed

A library is a treasure trove of adventures, romances, mysteries, fantasies and now the Merced County Library is bringing that treasure out on the road and to their patrons.

The Merced County Library is rolling out its Bookmobile next week in an effort to bring library services to residents in areas without immediate access to a library branch. These services include books, multimedia and internet access.

This has been something that has been in the works for a long time,” said Merced County spokesperson Mike North. “it was just a matter of funding and staffing. Now we are going to be able to bring the library services out to the people in the county who don’t necessarily have access to a library branch.”

The Bookmobile will serve as a mobile library site for several locations, including Ballico, Cressey, Planada, South Dos Palos, South Merced and Stevinson. Other areas will also receive visits during selected public functions.

The Bookmobile will carry about 2,500 publication and multimedia items, as well as three computers with internet access. Members of the public can also access the wi-fi through their personal devices. Materials are available in English and Spanish.

Individuals can also apply for and receive a library card at the Bookmobile, North said.

“It will essentially follow the same process that takes place at any branch of the Merced County Library,” north said. “Individuals applying for a card should bring verification of his/her address and a valid ID.”

The Bookmobile went into action Tuesday. The route is scheduled as follows:

· Tuesday: Planada: Community Center: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Merced: Stephen Leonard Park: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

· Wednesday: Stevinson: Merquin Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. South Dos Palos: Community Center: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

· Thursday: Cressey: Cressey Elementary School: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Ballico: Veterans Memorial Building: 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.