New Bookmobile To Be Unveiled

The grand opening for the bookmobile is Wednesday, July 16 starting at 9am in the library’s parking lot. The public is invited to mark the occasion with city dignitaries and staff from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and its Literacy Partner Capitol Federal®.

The celebration begins with the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cutting a ribbon and a drawing to be the first person to check out on the new bookmobile, which is fully stocked with books, movies and other never-before-checked out materials.

new bookmobile rolls into townMeet bookmobile staff (look for bright blue shirts) and mingle with VIPs, including staff from Capitol Federal® who join the library as a Literacy Partner on this new vehicle.

Jeanne Slusher, The Library Foundation Chair, praised the civic spirit of Capitol Federal® Foundation, which helped fund the bookmobile. “This marks a long-lasting commitment from our Literacy Partner in providing library services when, where and how our citizens need them,” Slusher said

The bookmobile will be parked in the library’s parking lot until 7pm July 16, so stop by after work if you can’t make it in the morning. See Sherlock Holmes standing almost 8 feet tall.

The Sherlock Holmes wrap was designed by the library and captured by award-winning KC photographer Alistair Tutton, who is expected to attend the grand opening. The design is loosely based on a Conan Doyle short-story The Final Problem. The library set the story in Topeka. Scenes from the Kansas Museum of History, The Charles Curtis House & Museum and the rooftop of the Docking State Office Building will soon cruise around town delivering books and other items to neighborhoods.

Costumed actors appearing on the bus are local talent contacted through the Topeka Civic Theatre & Academy. The actors are Jeremy Barclay (Sherlock Holmes), Bill Gloy (Dr. Watson) and Marc Rapp (Professor Moriarty).

The Library Foundation’s work with Capitol Federal® Foundation has created a literacy partnership that will be enjoyed all over Shawnee County. The $200,000 gift enabled the library to purchase the new bookmobile to replace a 21-year-old vehicle. The Friends of the Library also supported the purchase of this vehicle.

Pick up a schedule of Bookmobile stops at the event or in Library News, delivered to cardholder mailboxes every other month.

Bookmobiles run 92 hours a week and serve about 100,000 customers a year. They are a much-loved service of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Discover your story at the library.

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