Park County Library Celebrates New Mobile Outreach Van

The Park County Library held a ribbon cutting this week to celebrate the arrival of the new mobile outreach van. Library Director Karen Horner and Cody Library Manager Nicole Gerharter attended the event to thank the community and sponsors for their support.

Park County Library staff, foundation members and sponsors during the ribbon cutting for the new mobile outreach van

The Mobile Outreach Van is part of an ongoing effort to extend library services beyond library walls, strengthen community partnerships, and provide services to reach underserved areas of the community.

Thanks to the generosity of the Park County Library Foundation, Fremont Motors of Cody and Powell, and Christ Episcopal Church of Cody, the library was able to purchase a van to help achieve these goals.

The Mobile Outreach van will provide a “pop-up library service” to Park County and will allow new audiences to explore the library in new ways. The bus will also become a rural and remote hub – a gathering place that can create relationships and promote inclusion across the county.

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The mobile field van will allow the library to get out to parks and playgrounds, community events, fairs, farmers markets while providing access to books, story time, crafts, games and other activities.

As the Park County Library explains, “A typical pop-up library includes the installation of tables, hotspots, laptops, promotional materials and hands-on activities to promote and provide library services to regular library patrons and non-library users who can learn about library services.”

When the Mobile Outreach Van is not providing pop-up library services, the library plans to make regular visits to nursing homes, senior living facilities, hospitals, rural schools, summer camps, daycares and preschools.

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During community events and marches, the library hopes to make the van a “regular fixture” that provides opportunities for greater community engagement and connection. Ultimately, the library system would like to offer services to community members who are at home.

The Park County Library has appointed Francie Coe as Outreach Coordinator. Her goal is to place mobile communication buses as widely as possible in the community, increasing the library’s visibility.

Schedule of away vans

Tuesday, November 29th – Clark Christmas Jingle; 5:00pm – Clark Recreation Center with crafts and books!

Wednesday, November 30 – Rocky Mountain Manor in Powell; 13:30 – visiting opportunity to talk with residents about their library needs.

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Saturday, December 3see – Powell ChristmasFest Lighted Parade; 17:30 – at At 10:30 a.m. there will be a ribbon cutting for the new mobile field trip van in front of Powell Library.

Sunday, December 4th – BBCOW Holiday Open Day; 10:00-5:00 – The van will be parked outside the West Buffalo Bill Center as part of their free weekend at the museum.

Wednesday, December 7th – Absaroka Senior Living in Cody -Opportunity to visit residents about their library needs.

Thursday, December 8 – Heartland Senior Center in Powell – Opportunity to visit with residents about their library needs.

Saturday, December 10th – Christmas at the Meeteetse Craft Fair; 10:00-5:00 – The Senior Center will have a set up with crafts and books.

Thursday, December 29 – CASA Program at Powell Library – More information to come.


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