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Roseville library gets big donation for bookmobile

City hoping to raise $25,000 by December to fund project
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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The city of Roseville is now a mere $25,000 from reaching its goal of fully funding a mobile library to travel around town and bring services directly to residents.

The library received a $20,000 donation from the nonprofit Friends of the Roseville Public Library Sept. 24.

“It’s a good kick-off for the campaign,” said City Librarian Natasha Casteel.

The city has earmarked $50,000 for the bookmobile cause, plus some money from the nonprofit Roseville Library Foundation. The old bookmobile has been out of commission for at least five years, and the goal is to get the new mobile library on the road in spring 2014.

But this is not your mother’s bookmobile.

The mobile library will be provide laptops, eReaders, tablets, wireless Internet access and database access to residents. There will be a pop-out awning and PA system for programs and storytime. A service window will be staffed for residents who want to access the technology, get a library card and check out materials.

The bookmobile will help the library system fulfill two service goals outlined in its strategic plan: “optimize access to and enhance quality of facilities” and “take library services into the community; bring the community into the library.”

“It’s reaching a community that doesn’t necessarily come to the library, so that’s good,” said Friends board member Laurel Rexford.

With the support of the Friends, the city will host a Retro Winter Wonderland Gala fundraiser from 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Downtown Roseville Library. Tickets will go on sale in mid-October. For more information, visit www.roseville.ca.us/events. All the proceeds benefit the mobile library.

“We all remember fondly the bookmobile that was part of growing up,” said Friends board member Martha Riley. “Now this is a chance for other people to experience that.”

To donate to the library’s mobile library fund, visit the eCommerce page at www.roseville.ca.us/library