It was a beautiful, 50-degree afternoon for Jacob Browne to be out and about in Golden with the Jefferson County Public Library's Bookmobile.
Usually the Lewis Court Apartments stop has about 15 people who come by, Browne said. But on Jan. 27, …
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Usually the Lewis Court Apartments stop has about 15 people who come by, Browne said. But on Jan. 27, only seven people took advantage of the service.
“I do see a lot of familiar faces,” said Browne, the Bookmobile's patron experience associate. “Especially if they place holds, I can learn their names and what they like.”
The Bookmobile travels to 40 locations around Jefferson County each month. Twice a month, three of those stops serve Golden residents.
“The Bookmobile is part of the service the Library-to-You department does to reach people who can't easily go to a library location,” said Cecilia LaFrance, the library's public service coordinator. “It's a community place. You can get on and visit and browse.”
The Bookmobile has about 43 shelves, which hold about 30 items each, so people have a selection of more than 1,000 items to browse through. And there's always something new on the shelves.
“The goal is to have something new on board every time someone visits,” he said. “If something is taken off the shelf, it's replaced with fresh material.”
The shelves are slightly slanted and have more of an angle than regular library shelves. That's so materials stay in place while the Bookmobile is driving around, Browne said.
Just like the brick-and-mortar locations, the Bookmobile is full-service — people can pick up holds, drop off returns and check out items — and replicates the variety in a library. Patrons can find DVDs, music CDs, audio books, comic books, magazines, large print, fiction and non-fiction books and literature in all genres.
What patrons tend to check out varies at each stop, Browne said. People at the Lewis Court stop tend to like the movies, but the stop before swept the shelf of audio books clean.
Skip Elfman came aboard to find a movie. He ended up checking out “Men in Black III.” He has seen it before, and it's “pretty good.”
Elfman likes the Bookmobile because “it's right here,” he said, but what he likes the most is the lighting. It's better than where the DVDs are shelved in the Golden Library, Elfman said, where he also visits from time to time.
Some people spend just a few minutes inside the Bookmobile to pick up their items on hold. Others like to take their time to browse all the items available.
Brown pointed out the Lucky Day Shelf to everyone who said they were not looking for anything in particular. The Lucky Day Shelf has items that are considered high demand, such as new releases.
The library reserves a couple copies to put on the shelf, Brown said, “so someone will have a lucky day.”
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