Bookmobile hits the streets delivering a good read to the community

Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 9:05 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) -The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Bookmobile is off and running, delivering a rotating collection of books, audiobooks, DVD’s and Cd’s around the community.

The bookmobile works as a branch of the Fairbanks Noel Wein Library, catering to residents who may have a hard time using or getting access to the library.

Littie Ballard and Karen Hogins work as library assistants for the Noel Wein Library Bookmobile Program.

“Our services are kind of two-fold. On Saturdays we go to outlying communities in the Borough. So Salcha, Two Rivers, Gold Stream, Hay Stack, Ester, and we are like a mini library On wheels,” said Hogins.

Residents are welcome to come on board the bookmobile and browse their selection, make requests, and obtain library cards.

During the week, the Bookmobile caters to residents who can’t make it to the library because of age, transportation, disability.

“Whatever prevents them from being able to easily come in we actually hand select and deliver books right to their doorstep. So that’s what we are doing during the week,” she added.

Hogins says for some it makes such a big difference.

" I don’t get around to good physically (with) my legs and everything. So it saves me from going to the library, which I wouldn’t mind, but this is a lot easier,” said local resident Joe.

Hogins said for some of these people it is all about connections. “Especially for our homebound people. To be able to have things brought right to them stay connected to the world means so much.”

The bookmobile has a long history in the borough with routes starting back in the 1970′s. Hogins says it is the last existing public library bookmobile in Alaska.

We are excited to have a bookmobile. We want people in the area to know and just welcome any calls and contacts. Any questions that you may have just give us a call we are more than happy to talk with people.

For more information about the bookmobile or registering contact the Noel Wien Library at 907-459-1020 or visit their website at

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