Burleigh County Bookmobile to be replaced with new model after 19 years

Published: Apr. 17, 2019 at 12:53 PM CDT
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After nineteen years and more than 120,000 miles, the Burleigh County Bookmobile is being replaced with a new model. The Bismarck Library has kicked off a fundraising campaign to pay for the new model.

Reese Neva and her classmates love to get a visit from the bookmobile two times a month.

"I like to share it with my family," said Reese Neva, student.

“I like the puppy on this one and like how messy he got," said Elyn Charvat, student.

This vehicle has given thousands of hours of service bringing books, movies, and more to thousands of county residents over the last two decades, but now it's time for a new one.

"We're bringing it to the shop Monday to get a radiator fixed, there's a crack in our radiator. It's just wear and tear on a twenty year old vehicle. So in order to keep traveling and making these services available, we're going to have to get a new vehicle," said Keli McDonald, Bookmobile department head.

A new vehicle will hopefully last another twenty years, to keep bringing books to the kindergartners at Apple Creek School.

"I like that they let us take two books, rather than just one," said Elyn.

Library leaders hope a new bookmobile will provide not two, but thousands of books for students over the next couple decades.

Its going to cost more than three hundred thousand dollars to replace the bookmobile. Though they only have a 120,000 to go.