CURWENSVILLE – The Clearfield County Public Library’s Capital Campaign to raise funds for a new mobile service vehicle may have ended recently, but its representatives are still accepting donations.
“The financial support that we have received has raised 57 percent of the funds needed to reach our goal for the project,” said Clearfield County Library Director Paula Collins.
The new vehicle, a 2018 Ford Transit van, will require less maintenance, have lower insurance rates and can be driven by any of the library staff.
“It pulls together all of the services available in a 21st century library,” said Collins.
MANDY, or Mobile Accessible Network Delivering YOUR information needs, is expected to hit the road in the fall.
Collins pointed out, “The new vehicle will serve the traditionally undeserved areas and individuals of Clearfield County by bringing books, information, resources and technology to areas not served by a physical library location.”
The Clearfield County Public Library covers approximately 46,000 residents who are not served by the Shaw Public Library, the Curwensville Branch Library or the DuBois Public Library.
“The Clearfield County Public Library is dedicated to providing access to books, information, technology, programs and services that promote personal growth and life-long learning. The mobile outreach services project will deliver an enhanced library experience to individuals throughout our rural county,” Collins said.
MANDY will “bring the library to the users.”
In addition to its regular stops, visits can be arranged at local senior centers, nursing homes, pre-schools, parks or group gatherings. The plan is for MANDY to spend one day each week in each of the county’s geographical areas.
The library is also planning on creating partnerships with other local non-profit groups to present a variety of programs in the area.
Anyone wanting to contribute can still donate online at clearfieldcountylibrary.org or can send donations to the Clearfield County Public Library, Attn: Capital Campaign, 601 Beech St., Curwensville, PA 16833.
For more info you can call 814-236-0589 or e-mail Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collins encourages everyone to donate, no matter the amount.
“It’s the little donations that make a campaign successful,” she said.