The new MidPointe Library bookmobile is traveling throughout Butler County bringing fun and learning to children and adults alike. Liberty Twp. and the library recently announced a new storytime program at the township parks from now until October.
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A 30-foot library on wheels is traveling to Liberty Twp. parks. Here’s when you can catch the bookmobile

The first in a series seven “storytimes” will be at Fort Liberty Playland Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Storytime is about 20 minutes long then visitors have an opportunity to browse 3,000 library materials in the 30-foot long vehicle. Refreshments and prizes will also be part of the events.

The storytime events will be held on the second Monday of each month from April through October. Future locations are as follows:

Storytime at the Park dates and locations include:

  • April 9 at Fort Liberty Playland
  • May 14 at Liberty Park
  • June 11 at Reserves Park
  • July 9 at Dudley Memorial Park
  • Aug. 13 at Fort Liberty Playland
  • Sept. 10 at Dudley Memorial Park
  • Oct. 8 at Reserves Park

Liberty Twp. Trustee Board President Tom Farrell said he is pleased with how active MidPointe is in the community.

“The MidPointe Library in general has done a very good job of getting involved in the community, not just from the library standpoint but by doing things like storytime in the park and other things to get residents more involved in the community,” Farrell said. “I’m all on-board with working more with them to get more residents involved.”

The library has not had a bookmobile for 30 years but thanks to a $50,000 grant they are sporting a new $187,093 van.

Library Public Relations Manager Cari Hillman said MidPointe received a grant from the Institute and Museum of Library Services for $50,000. The first bookmobile traveled Butler County in 1938, with successors in 1951, 1963, 1971 and 1974. The new bookmobile can carry 3,000 library materials like books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and Hillman said people can also have the materials they have put on hold delivered to their area.

The bookmobile primarily serves places in the county where there are no brick and mortar MidPointe facilities in Liberty, Madison and Wayne townships but it also travels to Middletown, Monroe, Trenton and West Chester Twp. where they have locations.

“MidPointe Library is dedicated to serving everyone in our service area,” Hillman said. “And the bookmobile is making that a possibility… Our last one was in the 80s so this is quite the big deal for us.”

The new vehicle arrived in December and hit the streets in January.

Bookmobile’s regular visit schedule is available at www.midpointelibrary.org. A printed calendar is available at MidPointe locations. A Bookmobile visit can be requested by contacting Zach Roberts, Library on Wheels manager, at 513-424-4918 or zroberts@midpointelibrary.org.

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