Grant funding will bring mobile library to Vance

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Aug. 5—HENDERSON — After a year and a half of waiting, Perry Memorial Library was notified this week that it had been awarded a grant to the tune of $100,000 towards obtaining a bookmobile.

"We have a dream to provide every citizen in the county with access to the library through a bookmobile," Director Patti McAnally said in a new release. "While we can help thousands of visitors at the library each year, there are still many who do not have access to reliable transportation that would allow them to visit our facility."

McAnally and Assistant Director Christy Bondy have determined that the 22-foot Morgan Olson Step Van is the best base for the bookmobile. It would be equipped with nearly all the same features as the library itself. Visitors could check out and deposit books, log onto a computer or get a library card. A lift would accommodate people with physical disabilities and to transport heavy equipment like the Charlie Cart.

The library still needs to come up with around $160,000 for the vehicle — an amount both McAnally and Bondy hope to pay with community donations. The Friends of the Library have committed around $18,000 while the Library Board has allocated $75,000.

Donations are "tax-deductible" according to Perry Memorial Library:

—$1-$249: Supporter — your name/business name will appear on the library's website as a bookmobile supporter.

—$250-$499: Bronze — your name/business name will be acknowledged inside the bookmobile as a bronze donor.

—$500-$2,499: Silver — your name/business name will be acknowledged inside the bookmobile as a silver donor.

—$2,500-$4,999: Gold — your name/business name will be listed on the back of the bookmobile.

—$5,000+: Platinum — your name and/or company logo will appear on the back of the bookmobile.

The ongoing operation costs will be paid for with a 2% increase in Perry Memorial's annual budget request from the city and county.

"We're very excited move forward with this project and to make the library more accessible to more people," Bondy said.