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Bookmobile makes it way through Columbus

Chattahoochee Valley Libraries

COLUMBUS, GA – The public is invited to join us under the awning for refreshments as the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries unveils their long awaited, brand new state-of-the-art Digital Bookmobile next week. 

"We are so excited about this bookmobile," says Claudya Muller, Director, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries, "we know it is going to make an enormous difference in the lives of individuals and families who have no access to the very basic forms of technology or a library."

The Digital Bookmobile, funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will bring free broadband technology, internet access and regular library services to residents of Cusseta-Chattahoochee, Marion and Stewart counties. 

"Digital access is essential to first class citizenship in our society. Without digital, you lack full access to information; you are second class economically and even socially," said Beverly Blake, Program Director for the Knight Foundation.

Take a peek inside your Digital Bookmobile as it rolls into your community at the following locations and times:

  • Tuesday April 12, 2:00pm-4:00pm – Columbus Public Library
  • Wednesday April 13, 10:00am-11:30am – Cusseta-Chattahoochee Public Library
  • Wednesday April 13, 12:30pm-2:00pm – Marion County Public Library
  • Wednesday April 13, 3:00pm-4:30pm – Parks Memorial Public Library

So what will this new Digital Bookmobile look like? It will provide all the amenities found in a traditional "bricks and mortar" library, including books, DVDs, CDs and six computers that will connect to the Internet via satellite uplink.

The Digital Bookmobile will offer a complete range of library products and programs that will now include Internet access for research, online-only job applications, school work and GED classes, tax assistance, voter registration, computer training and filing for services such as unemployment benefits and other private and public programs.

In addition, this new Digital Bookmobile will be stationed deeper in the rural communities for longer periods of time than a traditional bookmobile.  It will look and feel similar to a library branch.

"While the Digital Bookmobile will benefit families and individuals, the staff of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries will also benefit as they learn more about the people they serve and how we can provide those customers access to computers, the Internet and materials that they wouldn't otherwise be able to obtain" said Ms. Abbie Dillard, Chair, Board of Trustees, Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.  The Chattahoochee Valley Libraries is a seven-branch system that serves four counties - Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Marion and Stewart. Though many residents already have easy access to a neighborhood branch, there are those with limited public transportation who have difficulty getting to the libraries. "The number one need for Marion County is transportation," says Marion County Commissioner Kevin Brown. "Having a Digital Bookmobile that can travel to outlying areas will serve a great need in those communities and reach a far greater number of children and teens. The library is one of our greatest resources and it is sad that so many members of our community are unable to enjoy the services the library provides because of their lack of transportation."

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