Lilly Press Release

January 8, 2014

“LILLY” UNVELING NEW WORCESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE EXPANDS LIBRARY SERVICES TO SCHOOLS AND NEIGHBORHOODS AS PART OF THE ONE CITY, ONE LIBRARY PROJECT

Worcester, MA, January, 8, 2014 – Children and teachers at the Lincoln Street Elementary School today were treated to the first of many visits from “Lilly,” the Worcester Public Library’s brand-new bookmobile. The unveiling was attended by city and school officials, community leaders, students, teachers and parents. Following the ceremony, students and the general public were welcomed aboard Lilly to explore the new books and technologies.

Lilly, much like the Worcester Public Library’s existing bookmobile, Libby, will have a collection of more than 2,000 children’s materials – books, audio books and DVDs as well as e-tablets and a touch screen computer. Lilly will be the second mobile library in the Library Express service offered by the public library, and will be dedicated to servicing Worcester Public Schools. With the addition of this new service, Lilly will visit the city’s elementary schools once every four weeks throughout the school year as well as Headstart (part of Worcester Public Schools), after-school programs, and childrens’ community events.

"The Worcester Public Schools is fortunate to have this wonderful partnership with the City of Worcester, Worcester Public Library, Library Foundation and the College of the Holy Cross as we continue to move forward to improve literacy skills for our students and their families," comments Mark Berthiaume, Communication and School Support Coordinator for the Worcester Public Schools.

The addition of a second mobile library originated as part of the One City, One Library project, which aims to expand library services at Worcester’s elementary schools with the goal of improving literacy among school-aged children. Funding for Lilly was made possible through a donation from The United Way of Central MA, while the books and technologies were funded through a grant from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The goal of Lilly is to provide library services to public schools that do not have access or have limited access to library services.

"I am proud that the United Way of Central Massachusetts was able to use our community advancement fund to grant the funds necessary to purchase Lilly. I am excited that children – in Worcester’s public schools AND in out-of-schooltime programs and centers – will have increased access to books and that literacy will be promoted," said Timothy J. Garvin, CEO of United Way of Central Massachusetts.

The addition of a second Library Express also means that Libby, the original mobile library, will be able visit more neighborhoods, community events, and children’s organizations. Additional locations will be added to the Library Express service as the demand grows. The library seeks suggestions and asks you to share on their Facebook page/Worcester Public Library.

“Launching this new bookmobile is another great achievement in support of the One City, One Library initiative, with the goal of connecting every elementary school with access to library services and materials,” said Elizabeth Giangrande, Communications Specialist for the library. “We are very grateful to our sponsors for their partnership and generosity, and for the great work of the Worcester Public Library Foundation.”

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