“We both like leopards and cheetahs,” Hargrave said. “Cats are my favorite animals.”
Students at Greene-View Elementary School in Jamestown enter the new Greene County Bookmobile, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. MARSHALL GORBY\STAFF
“They love it,” said second-grade teacher Hannah Joiner. “They like the idea that we get out of class to come do this. It’s extra library time, and sometimes it’s books that our library doesn’t have.”
The bookmobile also helps kids to have the opportunity to explore topics and stories that they care about, an aspect that helps teachers, too.
“I get to see what some of their interests are,” Joiner said. “Some of the kids go straight to books about unicorns, or books about dinosaurs. It’s not restricted. It’s whatever you want to read, you can pick out.”
The bookmobile holds approximately 4,000 books, and visits around 30 schools year-round, said bookmobile manager Stacy Westfall. The mural that decorates the outside, a lively collection of scenes with library mascot Booker T. Fox, was created by Liz Stotler Robertson and illustrator Wakka Ciccone, both of Yellow Springs.
Dolly also features a state-of-the-art chairlift and modern safety features, which allows children with wheelchairs to enjoy the bookmobile for the first time.
“Kids check out a book or two, and we’ll be back in a month to turn those in and get new ones, and it goes like that through the year. In that respect, they’re like another location. It’s just a traveling location,” Scott said.
“It’s their library,” he said. “They may go to their local library, or have one at school, but this belongs to them.”