Crook County Library welcomes new bookmobile with grand opening celebration
The grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony for Crook County's new bookmobile took place on Friday, Jan. 9 at the Crook County Library.
Judge Scott Cooper started the festivities with a speech focusing on his memories of the local bookmobile when he was a child. He then went on to describe what services Crook County's current bookmobile will provide, as well as how the bookmobile was funded.
"The total purchase price for the vehicle and upgrades was $141,000. The entire amount was paid for with grants and donations," Cooper said.
Dr. Coby Hanes teamed up with Frank and Scott Porfily of SMAF Construction and Clint Woodward to support the bookmobile.
SMAF Construction and Woodward donated three days' worth of work in order to demolish the Little Pine Motel as a community service. In turn, Dr. Hanes made a $5,000 donation to the bookmobile as a way of saying thanks.
"Frank and Scott Porfily are longtime Prineville residents and good examples of `advanced citizens.' They have always stepped up to the plate for Prineville, and this is just one more example of their dedication to the community. I told the Porfilys they wouldn't benefit at all by donating their time, but when I suggested making a donation to the bookmobile, they jumped at the chance anyway, because that's just how they are," said Hanes.
Crook County Library also received an additional $22,000 in grants for the purpose of purchasing all new materials for the bookmobile.
"Materials that will be available on the bookmobile are the same kinds which are available at the library," said Margo Ashcraft of the Crook County Library.
According to Ashcraft, some of the services a person will be able to take advantage of while visiting the bsookmobile is to get a library card, request an item which is not currently on the bookmobile, and pay library fines.
The bookmobile will be on the road two days a week and will be staffed by two full time Crook County Library staff members.
"We plan to visit Powell Butte, Post, Paulina, Juniper Canyon, Ochoco West, mobile home parks, senior facilities, day care and preschool operations, the Boys and Girls Club, apartment complexes and an English as a Second Language Class. When school is out, we will go to parks and the Fair," said Ashcraft.
The Bookmobile's schedule will be complete and available at the library in mid-January.