This week we joined the Georgetown Public Library’s WOW!mobile (Words on Wheels) for a tweetalong to learn about how the library serves the people who may have difficulty visiting the community library, including children, teens, seniors, and those with physical limitations.
“The WOW!mobile is magical. My favorite thing about the WOW is that we are able to make the library accessible for everyone,” library Community Outreach Assistant Liz Pedrosa said. “We have the opportunity to serve patrons that may not know about their city library.”
Depending on the season, the bookmobile stops at communities for those age 55 and older and preschools, as well as participates in special events, such as National Night Out, back-to-school nights, fall festivals, citywide events, literacy nights, and movies in the park. Stop selections are based on a variety of factors including distance from the main library, mobility of residents, and service needs.
The bookmobile holds more than 2,000 items and operates four days a week with 23 scheduled stops made twice a month. During the 2023 Fiscal Year, the WOW!mobile checked out more than 34,500 items to both bookmobile and home delivery patrons.
“I love being out in Georgetown and meeting new people that I wouldn’t get to meet in the library,” Pedrosa said. “It’s always an adventure.”
We started the day at the library preparing for the day before heading out to visit two preschools and San Gabriel Senior Village to deliver books, DVDs, magazines, and other materials. During our morning with the WOW!mobile, we also delivered books to a patron that is unable to make it to the bookmobile. The library offers delivery for those who need it through the WOW!mobile and its home delivery van. You can learn more about the service here.
Here are some highlights from our day: