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Wednesday August 17th, 2016

Posted at 7:12pm

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FRED (freedom to read, educate and discover) as he is affectionately known as is a customized GMC vehicle that takes the library experience on the road.

“We are combining the iconic bookmobile experience with the many new and diverse technologies available at a 21st. century public library. Beyond that, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate just how important and relevant libraries are today, particularly to the underserviced and non-library customer,” said WPL Board Chair, Dr. Peter Frise.

A variety of resources will be available on board, including programs, WIFI, access to computers and a printer, opportunities to experiment with technology from the Library Tech Hub, as well the ability for customers to borrow and return books, movies and video games. There will also be a new tool lending library for those attempting small projects at home.

“Outreach is a fundamental service of the library. It’s important to provide the same recreational and educational materials to everyone in our community. We now have the ability to visit daycare centres, seniors homes, schools and many other public institutions plus attend community events,” said WPL CEO Kitty Pope.

Check the outreach schedule on their bookmobile page.

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