Pamplin Media Group – Library to Unveil New Mobile Van, Saturday, May 14

People can tour the vehicle and visit Art in the Park right next door at Wade Creek Park.

Estacada Library unveils its new mobile library van on Saturday, May 14, and people will have the opportunity to name the vehicle.

The grant-funded library van “will allow us to meet our community outside of our existing library building and provide many of the same services, such as document verification, events and programs, families and children, the elderly and other underserved populations,” said Michele Kinnamon, director of the Estacada Public Library.

“I have wanted an outreach vehicle for years and am extremely grateful for the funding we received to make this dream a reality,” Kinnamon added.

People can check out the library’s new outreach vehicle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14, in the library parking lot at 825 NW Wade St.

The van unveiling takes place on the same day and at the same times as the Art in the Park event next to the Wade Creek Park Library. Some young people from Estacada will sell their art and there will be activities for children.

Although the library won’t give anyone a preview of the van before Saturday’s reveal, they said the exterior theme was animals.

Kinnamon said the inspiration for the art of the mobile library is the illustrations of children’s books and the domestic and wild animals found in and around the Estacada community.

Selfies with the van will be encouraged at the event.

There will be coloring for children.

People can help name the van and the animals that decorate the exterior.

“The mobile library will show up at events around town and eventually have a regular schedule to visit locations in our area,” Kinnamon said.

The project was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

Kerrie Hubbard, the local artist who created the design, will be on hand to discuss the art she created for the exterior of the van.

Lee Asher will also be at the reveal. He founded and directs the Asher House at Estacada, a non-profit animal sanctuary. He also promotes dog adoptions across the United States.

People can also check out the progress of Phase 3 of Wade Creek Park, which runs along the side and back of the library. Although construction has been slowed by snow and spring rains, this last part of the park should be open this summer.

If you are going to

What: Inauguration of the library van

When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 14

Where: Estacada Library parking lot, 825 NW Wade St.

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