Reading on the go
A new mobile library bus has just arrived in West Cork, replacing a 14-yearold vehicle operated by Cork County Council.
A new mobile library bus has just arrived in West Cork, replacing a 14-year-old vehicle operated by Cork County Council which last year also issued nearly 37,000 books to a membership of 1,746.
The new bus was launched by Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Declan Hurley, when it arrived at his home in Dunmanway and it will service a total of 75 stops over a two-week schedule.
The schedule varies from time to time as stops are reviewed. The council insisted that groups that are, and will continue to be dependent on the mobile library service, including those who are geographically isolated, children in rural schools, older members of the community, people with disabilities, the housebound and nursing home residents.
Its route spans from the Beara peninsula in the west to the iconic Galley Head in the east of the region.
“The West Cork Mobile Library ensures everybody, irrespective of location or personal circumstances, has access to our library services.
“This is a vital community service and plays a key role in the early development of literacy skills while continuing to provide access to literature and information into adulthood, all the while connecting our communities through readership,” Cllr Hurley said.
The new vehicle is instantly recognisable as it has “a wrap” showing images resulting from a competition that drew almost 500 entries from primary and secondary schools.
The impressive graphic reflects the sense of public ownership of the service and is a visual representation of the core role of the mobile library: a community-based service inspired by the community it serves.
It is fully automated using a wireless broadband connection while readers will be able to use their cards to request books not only from Cork County Library’s own collections, but also from most other public libraries in the country, thanks to the National Library Management System.
A mobile library card will also give readers access online to e-books, e-magazines, language learning courses, newspaper databases and a wide range of further education courses. In addition, internet access will be available on board via a public use iPad, which staff will happily demonstrate and/or assist with.
Full details of the schedule and an interactive route map are accessible at www.corkcoco.ie/library.
“A mobile library card will also give readers access online to e-books
Zillah O’Donnell, librarian, and Seá Crowley, driver, with the new Cork County Council mobile library for West Cork which was launched at the Parkway Hotel, Dunmanway.
Councillor Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork, and Eileen O’Brien, county librarian, with children from various schools who attended the launch of the new Cork County Council mobile library for West Cork.
Kayla McCarthy, Cappabue NS, Kealkil, picking out a book to read.
Sam Kingston, Dreeny NS, Bauravilla, near Skibbereen, relaxing in the new mobile library.
Orla Whelton, Rathbarry N.S., who has an image on the graphic on the new library bus.
Holly Arundel, Rusnacahara NS, Durrus, who has an image of Walt the dog on the mobile library.