Library branches out 

Program makes reading accessible to community

BEREA – The Madison County Public Library is everywhere.

Ruthie Maslin, director of the Madison County Public Library, explains the lockers and drop-off system of Library-On-The-Go to Earl G. Estes of Waco during its grand opening Friday outside the Cole’s Moberly Shell Station at 3306 Irvine Road. Library-On-The-Go will allow Waco and Moberly residents better library access by allowing them to reserve materials by phone and pick them up and drop them off at the satellite location.

Ruthie Maslin, director of the Madison County Public Library, explains the lockers and drop-off system of Library-On-The-Go to Earl G. Estes of Waco during its grand opening Friday outside the Cole’s Moberly Shell Station at 3306 Irvine Road. Library-On-The-Go will allow Waco and Moberly residents better library access by allowing them to reserve materials by phone and pick them up and drop them off at the satellite location.

In addition to its locations in Richmond and Berea and the Bookmobile that travels around the county, the newest edition is the Library-On-the-Go.

Library-On-the-Go has been in place for some time in the Kingston area in front of the Dollar Value Plus at 2750 Battlefield Memorial Hwy. in Berea.

A second location conducted its grand opening Friday at the Cole’s Moberly Shell Station at 3306 Irvine Road.

Located outside the gas station, Library-On-the-Go consists of a series of lockers and a drop box where material can be picked up or dropped off 24 hours a day.

“We’re hoping to cater to Waco and Moberly and the rest of the area,” said Ruthie Maslin, director of the Madison County Public Library. “Theoretically, you don’t have to go into Richmond or Berea to pick up or return your books.”

To use Library-On-the-Go, patrons are required to get a code sticker from the Madison County Public Library.

Once they have a code sticker, they can reserve items by phone. After the library notifies them that their holds are in, they have three days to collect the items from the locker.

To use the locker, patrons enter the last seven digits of their library card to open the door and remove their items and receipt.

A third Library-On-the GO is being planned at a yet to be determined location, Maslin said.

Along for the ride at Friday’s grand opening was the Bookmobile.

Drivers Beth Madden and Marcia Noe travel Monday to Thursday to 52 locations throughout the county, including daycares, schools, nursing homes, businesses and residential areas.

Patrons can check out a variety of books, movies, magazines, video games and compact discs.

Internet access also is available.

“We travel to any of the areas where it’s hard for people to get into town to one of the library buildings,” Madden said.

During a typical day, Madden and Noe drive the Bookmobile to designated spots between 9 a.m. to 5 or 5:15 p.m., remaining at each stop anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Clay Berryman, outreach coordinator for the library, said Library-On-the-Go and the Bookmobile are designed to reach everyone in the county.

“We want to offer every service that is available at the library out in the community,” he said. “It’s a very convenient option.”

For more information about the programs, call the library at 986-7112 or 623-6704 or go online to  www.madisonlibrary.org.

Tim Mandell can be reached at tmandell@richmondregister.com or 623-1669 ext. 6696.