Topeka library gets $200K grant for bookmobile

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library is getting a $200,000 grant to buy a new bookmobile.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/19M7g4a ) the new bookmobile will be on the streets in May, thanks to the donation from the Capitol Federal Foundation. The donation pays most of the $253,440 cost of the bookmobile.

The 37-foot-long bookmobile will be stocked with a brand-new inventory of books, movies, music and magazines. It will replace one of the library’s two older bookmobiles. A second bookmobile is expected to arrive in 2015, and the library is also working on a proposal to buy a third bookmobile.

Bookmobiles have been a part of the Topeka library for 70 years and account for about 15 percent of the library’s total circulation.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.com

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