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11/25/2018 5:47:00 AM
Catawba County Launches "Library To Go"
Photo Courtesy Catawba County Library
Photo Courtesy Catawba County Library

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Older Lincoln County residents will remember the Bookmobile that long before the Shanklin Library at Denver and the West Lincoln branch was used to make books available to rural residents who couldn't get to the library in Lincolnton.

Now Catawba County is about to launch a new service it calls the "Library To Go."  Far different from the old-time bookmobile services, this new library on wheels is much, much more.  

It's a state-of-the-art traveling exploration station that moves beyond the library's walls and meets children and adults throughout the county, expanding access to resources and programs in the areas that need them the most.

When the Library To Go arrives for a visit, staffers will unload and set up bookshelves, work tables, technologies, lounging spaces, and play and learning areas – creating a temporary, ever-changing library space designed for interactive learning and exploration. People will be able to enjoy traditional library resources like books and computer access, and they’ll also be able to participate in special programs, often in an open-air environment. Plus, visitors can sign up for a library card and check out materials from the Library To Go.

The Library To Go will have:
  • Books for all ages
  • Playaway audio and book kits
  • WiFi hotspots, laptops, and iPads, which can be used for computer workshops; downloading free Overdrive and Hoopla ebooks, audio, music, and movies; Internet access
  • Robotics and virtual reality devices and programs
  • Furniture for lounging and exploring resources
  • 3-D printing
The Catawba County Library has a total of seven locations:  the Main Libary in Newton, branches in Claremont, Conover, Maiden, the Sherrills Ford-Terrell branch, the Southwest branch and the St. Stephens branch.  The Library To Go is a way to expand library services beyond the library walls.  

A  ribbon cutting for the Library To Go will be held at noon Thursday (Nov. 29th) at the Newton Recreation Center at 23 South Brady Avenue in Newton.

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