ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — “When you’re home bound you can’t always come down to the library and so that’s what we’re trying to do – constantly just meet the needs of Coffee County patrons,” says Enterprise Public Library Director, Sheila Harris.
And by meet – she means literally, the Enterprise Public Library unveiled their new Book-Mobile to provide literacy opportunities, for those who aren’t able to get it themselves.
Sheila Harris says, “We have an outreach of three facilities, on Wednesdays generally twice a month we go to Kelly Place, Mt. Pleasant Senior Citizen Center and Enterprise Health and Rehab.”
But Harris says that’s just the tip of the iceberg – they plan to reach anybody and everybody who wants their services.
“We just want everyone to know the importance of our library and the importance of literacy,” said Harris.
With the help of a $30,000 Alabama Public Service grant – matched by the City of Enterprise, the library can now use the van instead of their employees visiting these places in their own vehicles.
The Book-Mobile contains hundreds of books from several genres including fiction, non-fiction, children’s and large print for senior citizens,
It was former director Terah Harris’ vision that made the bookmobile a reality- but she explains the library system is not only for books.
Terah Harris who now works for the Dothan Library System says, “People think that libraries are just about books, and a huge percentage what we do is about books, but as the needs of the people change the needs change from books.”
Which is why Mayor Bill Cooper and the City of Enterprise did not hesitate to match the grant for the Book-Mobile.
Cooper says, “It’s so important that people read! That is the key to everything, being an educator my main thing is being able to read and to understand what you’re reading.”
If you would like the Book-Mobile to visit your area in Coffee County, you can contact the Enterprise Public Library at (334) 347 – 2636