Missouri River Regional Library brings back a traveling library for the community
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri River Regional Library's 'Bookmobile' is back on the road delivering books after not running for months due to COVID-19.
The bus contains a limited selection from the main library in Jefferson City. On Tuesday morning it will make stops throughout Ellis Porter Riverside Park for community members to check out a book.
The Bookmobile stopped running at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. But now, the traveling library makes stops at Riverside and Memorial Park in Jefferson City every week. The bus also makes community stops throughout the Jefferson City area.
Library director Claudia Cook explained the Bookmobile allows community members who don't feel safe going out during the pandemic an opportunity to still check out books.
"I hope that when the Bookmobile is in somebody's neighborhood or at a park where they're already visiting it sparks curiosity and interest about the library," Cook said. "People may not feel safe going into our main facility but our staff heavily watches the Bookmobile's occupancy and it really is only your family or party in there."
The Bookmobile also encourages summer reading for kids to avoid the "summer slide" of losing knowledge from class.
"When kids see it, they get excited and they get excited for the traveling books that go to the park," Cook said. "It's special and it's one of those experiences as a kid you don't forget it."
Guests inside the bus are limited to three people and are required to wear a mask.
The Bookmobile will be at Ellis Porter Riverside Park at 10 a.m. Tuesday until noon. For a full schedule of stops and times, click here.