Thursday, March 3, 2011

Same Service, New Wheels: Beverly’s New Bookmobile Hits the Streets

Librarian Linda Caravaggio outside
the 'old' bookmobile.
photo by Christian Brink
By Christian Brink
Gordon College News Service
(This story appeared March 7 in The Boston Globe, Beverly site, and March 14 in The Salem News.)

Beverly, MA—Downloading a book may be quicker, but it’s not as stylish—or personal—as having one delivered from the Beverly Public Library’s brand new bookmobile.

On March 19 at 7 p.m., the Beverly Public Library will celebrate the arrival of its newly constructed bookmobile at the American Legion Spear Post in Beverly for a night with the Orville Giddings Band. The event is free for all bookmobile-lovers and friends of the Beverly library, and will include music and dancing as the community recognizes the bookmobile’s continuing service that started 59 years ago.

“The bookmobile service fulfills the need of getting books to areas of the city that aren’t close to the library, especially schools and parks for the kids or for seniors who don’t have good transportation,” said Patricia Cirone, 57, director of the Beverly Public Library.

The current bookmobile made its first run in 1987 and has been delivering books ever since. Its predicted span of operation was only about 10 to 12 years, but now having nearly doubled that expectation, the bookmobile is finally ready for retirement. With no working heat in the winter and parts that are literally falling off, Linda Caravaggio, 57, the bookmobile librarian, couldn’t be more excited for her new ride.

“I’m looking forward to having heat,” said Caravaggio. “And not being all wrapped up in three or four layers of clothes.”

Having lived in Beverly since 1988, Caravaggio has been the bookmobile librarian for 23 years. She works Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on a two-week rotation of scheduled stops.

“Linda is wonderful. I don’t know how she does it,” said Martha Parmenter, a bookmobile patron of Turtle Creek Retirement Homes. “She drives the bus and remembers people’s names, which I admire, but she also remembers what books I’ve read and what I’d like to read.”

Three years ago, Cirone became aware of the bookmobile’s deterioration and began exploring ways to fund a new specialty vehicle to ensure the book delivery remained active. The bookmobile was too large of an expense for the town of Beverly to cover on its own so Cirone turned to fundraising.

Inside the Bookmobile!
“One of the reasons to get the new bookmobile is because it’s a heavily used service here in Beverly,” said Cirone. “We circulate more than 60,000 items per year out of the bookmobile, which is more than most small town libraries throughout Massachusetts.”

Cirone had originally planned to try and raise at least half the money by fundraising, but now as the new bookmobile nears completion, it turns out the community provided the entire cost of the vehicle.

From one senior citizen who gave two dollars every time the bookmobile came to her stop to a $50,000 donation from the Danvers Bank, said Cirone, “The response was so enormous that we never did have to turn to the city for the funds.”

The library is purchasing the bookmobile from Moroney Body Works in Worcester, MA. It will contain a similar interior design as the current vehicle, but with more shelf space. The major difference is that it will run on diesel instead of gasoline.

But aside from simply circulating books throughout Beverly, the bookmobile is a community experience, said Caravaggio, providing a venue for folks to come together.

“It’s almost like a community center because neighbors who don’t normally see each other have the chance to get together and talk on the bookmobile,” she said.

As Caravaggio made her Wednesday afternoon stop at Turtle Creek Community Retirements Homes, some people came out to return and pick up books while others just stopped to say hello. She also made trips inside to deliver books and talk with friends.

“We’re very grateful to everyone who’s given their time and their money for our new bookmobile,” said Caravaggio, who says she’s looking forward to the March 19 celebration.

For more information on the new bookmobile and the March 19 celebration call the Beverly Public library at 978-921-6062.


47 comments:

  1. Urgent Thesis Writing: On the off chance that your articles offer an orderly answer for your followers, it will certainly make them move by venture to your asset box from where they get past through your connection to your site or partner items.
    ___________________________________
    world bank thesis papers

    ReplyDelete
  2. Excellent to lot learm to information.Thank for that.Hadoop training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi, I wish to be a regular contributor to your blog. I have read your blog. Your technical information is really useful for me. Can you please update your blog with some latest information. Currently I have finished the oracle certification course at a leading IT Academy. It's really useful for me to make a bright career. Those who want to become an oracle certified professional reach FITA, which offers best Oracle Training in Chennai with years of experienced professionals.

    Oracle Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks for sharing this valuable information to our vision. You have posted a trust worthy blog keep sharing. Android Training in chennai | Android Training chennai | Android course in chennai | Android course chennai

    ReplyDelete
  5. Its very nice post!. especially schools and parks for the kids or for seniors who don’t have good transportation i am looking forward to having heat said caravaggio and not being all wrapped up in three or four layers of clothes.Thanks for sharing information.

    Regards
    nebosh igc course in chennai
    nebosh igc training in chennai
    nebosh in chennai
    fire and safety courses in chennai
    Iosh course in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  6. Its very nice post!. especially schools and parks for the kids or for seniors who don’t have good transportation i am looking forward to having heat said caravaggio and not being all wrapped up in three or four layers of clothes.Thanks for sharing information.

    Regards
    nebosh igc course in chennai
    nebosh igc training in chennai
    nebosh in chennai
    fire and safety courses in chennai
    Iosh course in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wiztech Automation Pvt. Ltd., Anna Nagar, Chennai, an ISO & IAO certified organization, has been for years enabling & supporting the engineering students by helping them to do their Final Year IEEE Projects, which are very essential and are the reflection of their academic performances all through their engineering course. Wiztech has been able to support and develop for students several of Final Year IEEE Projects covering various domains including mechanical projects in Chennai.

    Final year projects in chennai
    Mechanical projects in chennai
    ece projects in chennai
    Final year eee projects in chennai
    VLSI project center in chennai
    Industrial projects in chennai
    Fianl year CSE projects in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  8. WIZTECH Automation, Anna Nagar, Chennai, has earned reputation offering the best automation training in Chennai in the field of industrial automation. Flexible timings, hands-on-experience, 100% practical. The candidates are given enhanced job oriented practical training in all major brands of PLCs (AB, Keyence, ABB, GE-FANUC, OMRON, DELTA, SIEMENS, MITSUBISHI, SCHNEIDER, and MESSUNG)

    PLC training in chennai
    Automation training in chennai
    Best plc training in chennai
    PLC SCADA training in chennai
    Process automation training in chennai
    Final year eee projects in chennai
    VLSI training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  9. Embedded system training: Wiztech Automation Provides Excellent training in embedded system training in Chennai - IEEE Projects - Mechanical projects in Chennai Wiztech provide 100% practical training, Individual focus, Free Accommodation, Placement for top companies. The study also includes standard microcontrollers such as Intel 8051, PIC, AVR, ARM, ARMCotex, Arduino etc.

    Embedded system training in chennai
    Embedded Course training in chennai
    Matlab training in chennai
    Android training in chennai
    LabVIEW training in chennai
    Arduino training in chennai
    Robotics training in chennai
    Oracle training in chennai
    Final year projects in chennai
    Mechanical projects in chennai
    ece projects in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  10. Kontes SEO Niagapoker.com Agen Judi Poker Online dan Bandar Domino Terpercaya rencananya akan diumumkan pada tanggal 27 Februari 2016, blog super SEO saya http://pokerdominoterpercayaindonesia.logdown.com mampu juga bersaing di Kontes SEO Niagapoker.com dengan total 60 Juta.
    Jangan lupa kunjungi website terpercaya tentang Agen domino, bandar q, dan agen domino qq di Indonesia.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well. . Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete
  12. Truly, this article is really one of the very best in the history of articles. I am a antique ’Article’ collector and I sometimes read some new articles if I find them interesting.
    Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete
  13. I agree, many thanks to the author. Thanks for taking the time to share this,Great blog post. Thanks..!!!!!!!
    buy sunglasses

    ReplyDelete
  14. I am happy to find this post very useful for me, as it contains lot of information. I always prefer to read the quality content and this thing I found in you post. Thanks for sharing.
    Assignment Help

    ReplyDelete



  15. تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة تنظيف خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


    غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة غسيل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة عزل خزانات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة رش مبيدات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة رش مبيدات


    شركة نقل عفش بالمدينة المنورة


    نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة عزل اسطح بالمدينة المنورة


    مكافحة حشرات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة مكافحة الحشرات بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة تنظيف شقق بالمدينة المنورة


    تنظيف شقق بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة غسيل شقق بالمدينة المنورة


    غسيل شقق بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة نقل اثاث بالمدينة المنورة


    تركيب غرف نوم بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة تسليك مجارى بالمدينة المنورة


    كشف تسربات المياه بالمدينة المنورة


    افضل شركة كشف تسربات المياه


    شركة تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة


    تنظيف منازل بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة تنظيف بالمدينة المنورة


    شركة تنظيف كنب بالمدينة المنورة


    غسيل كنب بالمدينة المنورة



    مكافحة النمل الابيض ينبع


    شركة رش مبيدات بينبع


    رش المبيدات بينبع


    شركة مكافحة حشرات بينبع


    مكافحة حشرات بينبع


    ReplyDelete
  16. تتعدد الحاجه الي شركة خدمات توفر للعميل اكثر من خدمة لتوفر له الوقت والجهد في ان واحد
    فمثلا يحتاج بعض العملاء الي شركة مكافحة حشرات بجدة
    للتخلص اولا من الحشرات المنزليه
    قبل النقل الي المنزل الجديد عن طريق شركة نقل اثاث بجدة وتكون متخصصه في تلك الخدمات وعلي اعلي مستوي
    كما يتوافر لديها ايضا قسم بالرياض الرش قبل الانشاء عن طريق شركة تنظيف خزانات بجدة
    شركة تنظيف مساجد بالرياض
    شركة تنظيف بجدة
    شركة رش دفان بالرياض شركة مكافحة الفئران بالرياض
    لتكمل بها مجموعت الخدمات التي تهدف لها

    ReplyDelete
  17. Simply wanted to inform you that you have people like me who appreciate your work. Definitely a great post.
    Schools Caguas | Colegio Bilingues Puerto Rico | Colegios Bilingues en Caguas | Colegio Caguas

    ReplyDelete
  18. I think everyone should know such information like you have described on this post. Thank you for sharing this explanation.Your final conclusion was good. We are sowing seeds and need to be patiently wait till it blossoms.

    Hadoop Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  19. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  20. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  21. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I K now Beverly Public Library is a big and more advanced library. reading is my passion . Libraries make a good role for my improvement of learning.

    Dissertation writing service usa

    ReplyDelete
  23. It is with great feeling of satisfaction that i comment on this page, Its a great post that i find really interesting. It would be great if you continue posting as i await for more information from you.
    Best copywriters for hire

    ReplyDelete
  24. Nice article MR,,,thank you so much for your post today,, really i agree n i like it
    jelly gamat gold g

    ReplyDelete
  25. Everyone loves the look and feel of a clean home. Thanks for choosing this topic for post and update me. Game Stick RPG 2 looks like your real life, you can get everything you want, game Douchebag workout 2 is to renew him, so that he can hook up with the sexy girl appearing in the introduction, return man saves your progress, with Potty Racers do you want to fly to Mars with me?

    ReplyDelete
  26. Regulations for payday loans online In any state across the United States, the popularity and volume of payday loans has multiplied by manifold.
    Online Payday Loans Las Vegas has been classified as a legal lending product.

    ReplyDelete