Partner Story

KDL On the Road

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Kent District Library

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On October 15, the Steelcase Foundation celebrated the launch of the Kent District Library’s (KDL) new Bookmobile with Steelcase employees at Steelcase’s Grand Rapids Business Center.

The Bookmobile will allow KDL to provide programming and collections to Kent County residents living in underserved areas, focusing on student use and access. The handicap-accessible vehicle is equipped with a collection of materials, Wi-Fi, a video screen, computer, printer, and modular shelves. Visitors can check out books and obtain a KDL library card, allowing them to use any library in the KDL system.

Through a partnership with Kent School Services Network, the Bookmobile will travel to seven area schools bi-weekly, as well as senior centers, rural centers, and summer daycare programs.

The Steelcase Foundation provided a grant of $208,000 for the design and creation of the Bookmobile and was joined by the Frey Foundation in support of the project. Julie Ridenour, Steelcase Foundation president, said: “The Steelcase Foundation is honored to partner with the Kent District Library and the Frey Foundation to return the Bookmobile to Kent County. It is our hope that the travels of this vehicle will allow readers of every age to be part of the Steelcase Foundation’s vision of empowering people to reach their full potential. We hope the Bookmobile lights the imagination of all who visit and encourages the pursuits of literacy, knowledge, and love of reading.”

For the bookmobile’s upcoming schedule, visit KDL’s Hours and Locations page.

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