The El Paso Public Library will unveil 2 new bookmobiles in September that were provided for by the 2012 Quality of Life bond election. Bookmobiles are mobile libraries that offer many of the same services as brick and mortar libraries. The two units are smaller than the larger, less accessible unit they are replacing. Each of the new units will be wheel chair accessible and will have a canopy for outdoor seating. One of the units will offer route service with regularly schedules stops throughout El Paso. The second unit, being dubbed the Kidsmobile, will go to special functions such as school visits, community fairs, outreach events and other locations on an as needed basis. Community groups can request the presence of the Kidsmobile for their events by calling 543-5470. Check out more information on the bookmobile’s schedule.
In the fall of 1894, teacher Mary Irene Stanton donated her own personal collection of books and opened a reading room for her students, at the old Sheldon building ushering in a new era of libraries in El Paso. Within a few years, the room was open to everyone and became the foundation of the longest continuously operating public library system in Texas.
Today, EPPL boasts 1 main library 2 blocks north of the original location, 11 branch libraries, 1 art library with the El Paso Museum of Art, 1 partnership library with El Paso Community College, 2 bookmobiles and 1 mobile technology center. Through these facilities, EPPL provides book and materials lending, computer access, research archives, training in technology, citizenship classes, story times, concerts, movies, knitting classes, chess instruction, video game tournaments, poetry readings and many more services for free; the only requisite being interest.
On Saturday, September 27th all libraries will have open houses to celebrate their 120 years of service. There will be light refreshments, tours and other fun activities for the whole family. The library invites everyone to visit their libraries this year and check out what’s new.