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Sylvia Archer, pictured with the new bookmobile, a 2012 Ford.
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Originally published: 2012-06-14 13:38:41
Last modified: 2012-06-14 13:41:41

New bookmobile for Avery, Mitchell, Yancey

There is a new bookmobile on the roads in Avery, Mitchell and Yancey counties.

“We’ve been so busy getting out to our users,” said Sylvia Archer, bookmobile and outreach librarian, “we’ve just not had time to celebrate, get an article in the paper or anything else.”

Last year, the faithful old AMY bookmobile began giving trouble and with more than 40 breakdowns, and Archer missed 80-some runs. With generous support from the Morrison and McBee Trusts along with an LSTA grant from the State Library of North Carolina, the 2012 Ford will provide serve to homebound, homeschoolers, childcare centers and anyone else who finds it difficult to get to one of the four AMY libraries.

But a celebration is in order and a AMY Bookmobile Regional Tour will take place over the next month or so with the following schedule: Bakersville: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, June 15, at the United Community Bank parking lot; Spruce Pine: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Wal-Mart; and Burnsville: 8 to 10 a.m., Friday, June 29, at Ingles, and 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Square.

“We hope that lots of current users will come by and help us celebrate and that we will find lots of new users for our bookmobile,” said Dr. Dan Barron, AMY Regional Library director. “Our three counties have had bookmobile service since the 1950s and while some library systems are abandoning the service, we believe that we are meeting some very special needs for some very special people. And we are very fortunate for the local and state support that we receive to bring library service to our residents.”

If you or anyone you know would like to have the Bookmobile come to your home, call Archer at (828) 682-4476 or email (

This project is supported by grant funds from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.