Bookmobile Gets Lift About Its Lift

Sarah Pacheco
Wednesday - December 12, 2007
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Sumptuous cuisine paired with fine ... books? That’s exactly what’s on the free tasting menu for the public from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at “Taste of Turtle Bay” in the Kahuku Library conference room.

The menu’s first course, however, is the presentation of $15,000 to the library’s ongoing bookmobile campaign, representing money raised at Turtle Bay Resort’s recent Seafood Festival silent auction.

Following plans first laid out by her predecessor, Kahuku library branch manager Fran Corcoran partnered with the hotel three years ago in hopes of replacing the defunct Windward bookmobile so residents from Ka’a'awa to Sunset Beach could access reading materials and other library services.After receiving a 2-year-old touring van from Present Hawaii Inc., Corcoran learned that her future bookmobile would need an accessibility lift to meet federal requirements.

Since the van’s door frame was too small, and made of fiberglass, this modification seemed near impossible.“There have been a lot of stumbling blocks,“she admitted, “but because the vehicle is being donated, we’ll be able to use the money from Turtle Bay to get the van refurbished the way we want.”

In place of a lift, an awning will be attached to the van to provide shelter from the sun, wind and rain. “It’s not the best, but it’s the second best,“she joked.“We can’t keep going around in circles!”

BYU-Hawaii has offered to loan carpenters to build shelves and other storage units for the outside and inside of the portable library. Also ahead: new paint, new tires and complete overhaul of the interior.

“Having all this support has just been marvelous,” added Corcoran in the warmest tone.“It makes the project a community effort, knowing that all these people are for it.”

For more information, call 293-8935.

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