COLUMBIA — Children from Bear Creek neighborhood and Blind Boone Community Center don't need to go to the library to get a book this summer.
The Daniel Boone Regional Library unveiled its new Bookmobile Jr., which replaced the 24-year-old youth bookmobile. The bookmobile comes to popular spots such as the Lunch in the Park events held at Douglass Park to bring books to youth who might not be able to borrow one otherwise.
The Bookmobile Jr. is the smaller of the two bookmobiles and acts as a mobile library carrying 1,500 books, CDs and DVDs. The materials are rotated to bring families a variety of options.
Karen Neely, manager of youth outreach services, said the bookmobiles play into a long-term plan to enhance literacy and outreach services. She said the bookmobile helps get parents involved in youth literacy efforts.
Outreach service librarian Sherry McBride-Brown said the program is starting to gain recognition. Youth in the area are starting to recognize the bookmobile and the members of the community involved with its operation.
"The community has been so supportive," Neely said. "We have some marvelous kids."
Bookmobile Jr. is expected to be come to most Lunch in the Park events on Friday afternoons until Aug. 13 as well as other events.