, Salem, MA

October 19, 2012

All aboard the Beverly Bookmobile

By Will Broaddus Staff writer
The Salem News

---- — A Bookmobile open house will be held in the parking lot of People’s United Bank at 63 Dodge St., Beverly, this Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.

Readers can climb aboard the new, 28-foot vehicle that is operated by the Beverly Public Library and replaces a model that had been in service since 1987.

They can also check out a book, enjoy some cookies or grab a free Frisbee.

Since 1952, the Bookmobile has made scheduled stops throughout the city, circulating about 66,000 books a year or nearly one-fifth of the library’s total.

In addition to visiting the Senior Center, it serves Beverly’s assisted-living centers, public elementary schools and Briscoe Middle School.

During the summer, the vehicle makes stops in parks and neighborhoods where children are participating in recreation programs.

Librarian Linda Caravaggio, who has been driving the Bookmobile since 1988, will continue to operate the new one and will be present at the open house.

“People can request from more than just the Bookmobile collection,” said Pat Cirone, library director. “Linda changes out stuff from day to day. If people want specific books, they can call the library and she’ll bring it out for them.

Caravaggio is a full-fledged librarian who can provide readers with advisory and other services.

The new bookmobile is 2 feet longer and 6 feet wider than the old one and was custom-built by Moroney Specialty Vehicles in Worcester. Construction was paid for with $150,000 in private donations, which were raised between 2007 and 2010.

In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the bank lobby.