The Aiken-Bamberg-Barnwell-Edgefield Regional Library System has a new Outreach Van! The van has a wheelchair lift and canopy, and it is designed for outreach to areas in the community, such as schools, daycare centers, senior facilities, and more. Patrons will be able to apply for library cards and check out materials during outreach visits.
The new 24-foot-long van replaces the Bookmobile, which has been serving the system since 1995.
At the ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, October 9, the Friends of the Aiken County Public Library presented a check for $150,000 to help pay for the van.
The Regional Library System also received a $40,000 Library Services and Technology Act Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The South Carolina State Library in Columbia administers the grant funds.
Additionally, ABBE used $3,950 of its own money and Aiken County Government provided $10,000.