City Council Tuesday night approved an order from Mayor Richard Kos to accept a donation from Polish National Credit Union for the third installment of $15,000 towards the bank’s $75,000 commitment for the funding of Chicopee’s bookmobile, which is the only one in Western Massachusetts.
The bookmobile will celebrate its third year in use on June 29th and to date over 22,400 items have been check out since the bookmobile hit the road with over 16,000 total customers served. Over 250 kids have signed up for the Library’s annual Summer reading program during bookmobile stops alone, while over 1,400 students from five Chicopee Public Schools came aboard the bookmobile for tours.
During the summer months, the bookmobile makes two stops per day at different locations throughout the City. In addition to new library materials WiFi access, iPads, and access to the entire CWMARS catalog, the bookmobile also offers many activities and games for all to enjoy the full experience of all that the Chicopee Public Library has to offer.
"The bookmobile completes its second successful year at the end of June, when we will be starting our expanded summer schedule for July and August,” said Library Director Nancy Contois. “We look forward to engaging many more customers this summer with our stops at local parks, the Farmer’s Market and community events. We hope to exceed our summer reading signups this year and would like families to know they can participate at bookmobile stops and learn about all the free events they can attend as well, at the Chicopee Main Library during the summer months."
“The bookmobile is a wonderful service to the community that we are able to provide because of the generosity of Polish National,” said Mayor Kos
“At Polish National Credit Union, our mission is to grow lasting relationships that improve people’s lives” said Polish National President and CEO Jim Kelly. ”Part of that mission is partnering with the communities we serve, and we are committed to providing support to great projects like the Chicopee Public Library Bookmobile.”
For a schedule of the bookmobile stops visit chicopeepubliclibrary.org/bookmobile