Library Service Memo
Summer on the Bookmobile
The Eastern Shores Bookmobile began its summer schedule on June 16 with several new stops in the rural areas of Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties. One reason for the special summer stops is that there are a number of children in the areas around the stops who are in school during the winter months, but are at home during the summer. The bookmobile will have bi-weekly stops in Hingham, Greenbush, Rhine Center, Franklin, and Holy Cross, in addition to their regular, year-round stops.
At the request of Father Jim Vojtik of St. Mary’s Church in Lake Church, the bookmobile will be stopping at the Lakeside Canning Seasonal Workers Camp in Belgium five times during the summer. Father Vojtik and Mary Ellenbecker, a Spanish teacher in the Campbellsport School District, volunteered to translate the library card application, the bookmobile policies, and the summer library program information flyer into Spanish. Many of the families who are seasonal workers include young children who will have the opportunity to participate in the “Laugh It Up @ Your Bookmobile” summer library program along with other youngsters throughout the state.
The bookmobile is now directly connected to EasiCat using a satellite that was installed this month. Prior to this, bookmobile customers could not place holds while on the vehicle nor could the staff check patron records to see which items their customers had checked out. Checkout and check-in of materials was done using a backup system, which had to be uploaded to EasiCat when the bookmobile returned to the office. The additional features that the satellite provides will ensure better service to the customers served by the bookmobile.
Laughing it up @ the
Children who visit the thirteen public libraries in the Eastern Shores Library System and the bookmobile can join hundreds of other children throughout Wisconsin and sixteen other states as they join summer reading programs with the theme “Laugh It Up @ Your Library.” The states have joined together to form the Collaborative Summer Library Program Consortium. The purpose of the consortium is to provide high quality summer library program resources at low cost for member libraries.
Children in Sheboygan and Ozaukee Counties who join can receive book bags, bookmarks, state park passes, and reading charts that allow them to track their reading progress throughout the summer. They can also attend a variety of entertaining and informative programs at their local libraries. The libraries are also providing incentives to the children as they continue to read and participate in the library activities. Eastern Shores purchases the bookbags, bookmarks, posters, and achievement certificates from a vendor who produces them using artwork commissioned by the consortium. Eastern Shores staff also creates and prints the book charts, contracts, informational flyers, event calendars, word searches, and mazes, and coordinates the orders for the state park passes and Milwaukee Public Museum passes arranged for by staff at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.The programs are geared for the fun of it while encouraging children to develop a lifelong habit of reading and learning by using the materials and services available from their public libraries.
Borrowed from Public Libraries and the Bookmobile by Customers from
Municipalities without a Library – March – May 2003
Copyright 2000 Eastern Shores Library System