New Pop-Up Vehicle Thanks to IMLS Grant

Purchased with State Library/IMLS Grant: Pop-Up Library Gets a New Look – and a New Vehicle!

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The Pop-Up Library has a new look! And a brand new vehicle thanks in large part to a recent grant received by the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County (PLYMC) for its Pop-Up Library service.

The Board of the State Library of Ohio awarded PLYMC a $50,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the IMLS Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). The Library purchase a van which was modified to be used for PLYMC’s “Pop-Up Library” outreach program.

The Sprinter van, which can hold 1,700 books, was purchased through Farber Specialty Vehicles for $150,970. It is ADA accessible and includes a motorized lift at the rear. Farber is a Columbus-based family business which develops and manufactures customer specialty vehicles.

“We are thankful for the grant, which enabled us to purchase a much-needed vehicle to transport our staff and collection to almost anywhere in the county. We will now be able to provide off-site library service that is better than ever,” said Library Executive Director Heidi Daniel. “The new van improves ease of transportation of a larger collection of library materials, which can be checked out at a Pop-Up Library visit. Other services include signing up for a Library Card and utilizing the expertise of our professional staff.”

The Pop-Up Library is a PLYMC outreach service which goes out into the community with the goal of creating a visible, mobile presence that provides library services in places beyond the Library’s physical buildings. The Pop-Up provides service to communities without a physical library branch. This outreach program is particularly important in reaching people who don’t use the Library and those in underserved communities.

At a Pop-Up Library, customers can check out Library materials, sign up for a Library card, speak with a Reference Librarian, or learn about the Library’s digital resources and branch services. https://www.libraryvisit.org/popuplibrary.

Josephine Nolfi, Director of Programming and Youth Services and project coordinator, is pleased to be able to enhance the Pop-Up Library services, which have proven so successful since their start in 2014. “Pop-Up Libraries visit many schools in the area, sign up kids for library cards and give them an opportunity to check out and return books right there, at school! School visits are in addition to the Pop-Up Library’s visits to locations throughout the area. It’s a wonderful service, but it has been growing rapidly. The new Pop-Up van will enable us to reach more remote areas, carry more materials and serve our customers more efficiently.”

Several months ago, the State Library Board awarded $158,062 in federal grants seven Ohio libraries. PLYMC was one of the recipients awarded the maximum grant amounts allowed. “The projects funded with these grants will have significant impacts on the communities served by the libraries,” expressed State Librarian Beverly Cain.

The State Library of Ohio administers the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) program, funded through the independent federal agency IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services).

From the State Library of Ohio’s website: “Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County has been awarded an Outreach & Partnerships grant in the amount of $50,000, to purchase a book hauler that will be devoted to hauling materials for the well-received Pop-Up Library service that was initiated in 2013. The library will buy a dedicated vehicle to support mobile services including providing library materials for check out, card registration, and instruction on digital resources, will enable staff to increase the number and frequency of offsite visits.” [see PDF at https://library.ohio.gov/documents/ohio-lsta-competitive-grants-2015-2016/]

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov and follow IMLS on Facebook (link is external) and Twitter (link is external).

This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [LSTA Grant CFDA 45.310]. # # #

The new Pop-Up Library Sprinter van will soon take to the roads. If you see this vehicle in your area, stop by!

The new Pop-Up Library Sprinter van will soon take to the roads. If you see this vehicle in your area, stop by!

Pictured from left from the Library are: Josephine Nolfi, Programming and Youth Services Director; Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director; Hayley McEwing, Supervisor of Outreach Services; and Mike Ludwick, Head Clerk of Outreach Services.

Pictured from left from the Library are: Josephine Nolfi, Programming and Youth Services Director; Heidi Daniel, Library Executive Director; Hayley McEwing, Supervisor of Outreach Services; and Mike Ludwick, Head Clerk of Outreach Services.

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