Does your community have a library bookmobile?
Bookmobiles are great! They can help you to reach out to community members who may not be easily served by your brick and mortar locations, they can be great PR for the library, and they are just fun.
Maybe you have a van. Or you might use one of those cool book bikes! Or you may have some other way of providing mobile library service.
But you probably do not have a bookmobile anything like this one!
“The camel library service is an innovative initiative of the Kenya National Library Service that has won accolades for its efforts in promoting literacy and reading culture in arid and far flung regions of North Eastern Kenya. In this innovative initiative, camels carry books in boxes specifically made for the project and take them to children in far-flung schools. Also included in the boxes are tents and mats for children to use in the field. This initiative has been successful in providing relevant books since inception and is an alternative to the motorised mobile library service available in other parts of the country.”
Many of the libraries in the CMLE system serve small and rural communities, as do many libraries across Minnesota. Wouldn’t it be convenient to combine the great things libraries provide with the necessary services of the post office??
No need to dream about it: this already exists! (Yes: libraries are such cool places, other people want to join with us!!)
Village Post Offices
You can get their FAQs, and also find a list of post offices to use yourself!
“The U.S. Postal Service announced the concept of the Village Post Office in July 2011 as a way to continue providing convenient access to postal products and services in more rural communities across the nation.
The first Village Post Office (VPO) opened in Malone, WA, in August 2011. On Dec. 19, 2012, the100th VPO, located in Linden, IN, began operations.
- VPOs are located within existing communities in a variety of locations, including convenience stores, local businesses and libraries, and are operated by the management of those locations.
- VPOs offer a range of popular products and services — the ones most used by customers — including PO Boxes, Forever stamps, Pre-paid Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and a mail collection box.
- By being located inside established businesses and other places consumers already frequent, VPOs offer Postal Service customers time-saving convenience, and in most cases, longer hours than regular Post Offices.
- VPOs provide operators — in most cases, the local business owners — with opportunities for increased customer foot traffic and revenue, as well as providing additional services for their customers and clients.”
Here are our Minnesota Village Post Office locations – I’m not sure if any of these are in libraries, but it’s a possibility!
||201 N Main St
||218 Hwy 59
||106 Hwy 59 S
||9394 Hwy 25
|Fifty Lakes VPO
||40447 Town Hall Rd
||233 Main St
||131 Central Ave E
|Red Lake Falls VPO
||405 Bridge St
||Red Lake Falls
||106 2nd St SW
||105 E Main St
||104 N Main
Did you watch Phineas and Ferb? If so, you are already familiar with the concept of having a summer filled with cool things! You only have so long until summer is over, so let’s make the most of it!
While we can not guarantee creating nanobots, giving monkeys showers, surfing tidal waves, or even climbing the Eiffel Tower, we do want to share some fun library facts and ideas.
Look for a daily series of quick posts with library trivia, programs, and models to make us all laugh, or to give everyone ideas you might want to try out this fall! The library field is filled with all sorts of interesting things – and we plan to explore them this summer.
If you have suggestions for fun library things this summer, send them in or post them to the comments below!
What will we have created by the time fall rolls around?? Who knows?? But hopefully we will all have had some library fun!
Day One of the CMLE Summer Library Tour:
Have you had to clean dirty books?? It’s never fun! But check out this machine that does the hard part for you!
The machine is from Italy, and is being used right now at the Boston Public Library!(Check their cute, short video!)