New bookmobile arrives

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The vibrancy and whimsy of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland will flow through the streets of Shawnee County soon, thanks to a planned gift to the Library Foundation. The newest bookmobile in the library’s fleet has just arrived.

Alice backAffectionately deemed “Alice,” the bookmobile features an Alice in Wonderland storyscape shot on location at Lake Shawnee by Alistair Tutton, the same photographer who captured scenes depicted on the “Sherlock” bookmobile released last year. Sherlock was funded by Literacy Partner Capitol Federal® Foundation, The Library Foundation and The Friends of the Library.

The public are invited to attend the ribbon cutting for the bookmobile 9 a.m. Wednesday June 3 in the library’s parking lot. Alice will then be on display until 7 p.m.

Abby Musick, of Topeka Civic Theatre and Academy, poses as Alice in the gloriously colorful Ted Ensley Gardens at Lake Shawnee, courtesy of Shawnee County Parks and Recreation.

Alice is a physical representation of one couple’s devotion to the library. Margaret and Hugh McCausland were longtime Friends of the Library volunteers and book lovers.

Their bequeathed gift toward the purchase of Alice will leave a lasting impression on the community, helping the library continue to bring its collection into the community.

Planned giving has helped to make Alice a fixture of the community for decades to come. To find out more about planned giving, contact The Library Foundation executive director Nancy Lindberg or call 580-4493.


Leah Sewell

Leah is a former employee and wrote many stories and articles for the library.