New Outreach Van for Fitchburg Public Library

The Fitchburg Public Library has a new outreach van! For those Fitchburg residents living in areas where the library seems out-of-reach, the library will now be able to come to them.

The plan to acquire an outreach van has been going on for four or five years, and The library spent several years planning and fundraising to get the van before it was unveiled July 19. A “Books and Brews” fundraiser was held in 2015 that raised a significant amount of the necessary funds.

With the funding in place, the council approved an outreach librarian position in 2016. That brought Liz Zimdars to the Fitchburg Library as their outreach librarian.

Zimdars attended community meetings at Leopold Elementary School and helped coordinate other events within the library. She heard from many residents that the lack of an out-of-school resource for when classes aren’t in session, specifically for those families who lack direct access to the library, was a real problem in our community.

You can spot the library van out and about Fitchburg, with Zimdars behind the wheel! The van is covered in a colorful pattern, and the design has 10 different hidden symbols that turn into a scavenger hunt when out in the community. Each of the symbols was chosen to reflect something the library offers or about Fitchburg in general, including a coffee cup, book, glue, filmstrip, headphones, tree and a few more.

A summer-long program with Leopold Elementary School and Madison Metropolitan School District brought the van out for community nights and afternoon events with crafts, games, books and free lunches. The library plans to have the van out for the regular Tuesday night open houses at Leopold throughout the school year, as well. They are also brainstorming more ways to connect with the community, so the library website will be updated with future events through the winter until the program picks up again next summer.

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