The Charlotte’s Web Mobile Children’s Library, which is a part of the Lompoc Public Library system, has reached several milestones as it closes in on its first full year of operation.
The mobile library, commonly referred to as the bookmobile, was first introduced on March 11, 2016. Since then, according to a city spokesperson, the traveling library has had more than 7,700 visitors — of all ages — who have checked out about 5,000 materials.
“The bookmobile has been in high demand all over the community, visiting places where children are less likely to have access to the physical library,” according to city officials.
The bookmobile made 139 stops around the community in 2016. It spends a lot of time at local schools but also makes appearances at local events. Those events last year included Spring Fest, the Old Town Market series, the Lompoc Valley Medical Center’s disaster preparedness fair, and it was among the entrants in the community Christmas parade.
Additionally, city officials say the bookmobile was a “huge hit” during the annual Summer Reading Program, which enrolled 400 participants.
The bookmobile was brought to Lompoc thanks to the generosity of the late Charlotte Benton and other community supporters who donated funds over the years. City officials said the mobile library is committed to Benton’s vision of library services for children.
The Charlotte Benton Trust pays for the staffing and operations of the bookmobile, and will do so for the life of the vehicle, according to the city.