New Lee County Bookmobile to debut at Southwest Florida Reading Festival

Reporter: Asha Patel Writer: Joey Pellegrino
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The Lee County Bookmobile, a library on wheels, just got a big makeover, and WINK News got an exclusive look before it makes its debut at the 2023 Southwest Florida Reading Festival on Saturday.

Melissa Baker, the manager of programming and outreach at the Lee County Library System, says she’s been looking forward to bringing the new and improved bookmobile to town for years.

“This has been a dream of mine since 2019,” Baker said. “You can invite people to come and take a look, grab some books, engage with our librarians in a different way that can serve a different crowd at once.”

Brandon Houseman, the manager of mobile outreach, says the goal is to bring the Lee County Bookmobile to families who can’t easily get to the library—people in rural areas and in low-income neighborhoods.

“We’re in a county that’s growing so fast we have 13 branches of a library; now, we’re on wheels,” Houseman said. “We need these vehicles to get around.”

The Lee County Bookmobile arrives just in time for the Southwest Florida Reading Festival, proudly sponsored by WINK News. You can check it out for yourself at the Fort Myers Regional Library campus, located at 2450 First St., then stick around to meet and listen to 22 celebrity authors who promise to share inside scoops about their latest books and sign them, too.

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