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NEW: Worcester Library and Holy Cross Unveil Mobile Library

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

 

The Worcester Public Library Foundation and the College of the Holy Cross unveiled a new mobile library today on the school's campus.

The mobile library, now named “Library Express” or “Libby” after a city-wide naming competition, was purchased by the city in conjunction with Holy Cross. Representatives from the City, Library and Holy Cross were all on campus to unveil the truck that will begin cruising around Worcester later this month.

“As President of Holy Cross—and a new resident of Worcester—I am thrilled that this partnership with the City and the Worcester Public Library has come to fruition,” Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., President of Holy Cross said. “The new mobile library is not only in keeping with our mission as an educational institution committed to our community, it is also the successful result of a shared vision.  I am proud Holy Cross is involved in this city-wide effort to create a resource designed to develop and foster a lifelong love of reading and learning.”

The unveiling comes just weeks after the City and Holy Cross announced a five-year partnership to fund the new mobile library. Holy Cross will contribute $80,000 annually, and the agreement will be evaluated after the five years are up.

Also in attendance was Lt. Governor Tim Murray, who pleased with the collaboration between Worcester and Holy Cross.

“The collaboration and public-private partnership between the City of Worcester and Holy Cross is delivering innovative, 21st-century technology that will further engage students and improve their learning experiences beyond the classroom,” Murray said. “With this state-of-the-art library mobile, all students in the city will have access to valuable resources and tools to benefit their education today and in the future.”

“Library Express” will begin its summer schedule later this month. The first four stops on its schedule will be to the schools of sixth-graders who won the city-wide naming contest.

 

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