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Bookmobile Slated for St. John, Says Libraries Director

Ingrid Bough, V.I. direcor of libraries, said extended hours at Sprauve library are also on the table.A bookmobile is in the works for St. John. That’s according to Ingrid Bough, the territorial director of Libraries, Archives and Museums, who spoke to Rotary Club of St. John members at their weekly Friday meeting at the Westin Resort and Villas Beach Café.
"We need something that can navigate the roads here. It may have to be specially built," Bough said of the vehicle that will house the bookmobile.
She gave no target date for the St. John bookmobile to get on the road.
St. Thomas and St. Croix already have bookmobiles, Bough told the 15 members in attendance.
While the bookmobile would be nice, Rotary member John Fuller asked Bough if St. John’s Elaine I. Sprauve Library could be open evenings and Saturdays so people who can’t get there during the day could use the facility. The library is currently open only during normal business hours.
"It’s on the table," Bough said.
Bough was on St. John both for the Rotary meeting and to speak at Friday’s Friends of the Library annual meeting. She urged Rotary members to stop by the library for a visit.
"Many people pass by the library but don’t go in the library," she said.
She called the newly renovated library a "treasure on St. John."
In outlining library services across the territory, she said library card holders can access books on tape through Sprauve Library.
Bough told the Rotarians about the largesse of the Library of Congress, where she used to work. She said that book publishers are required to forward one copy of each book they publish to the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., but many send multiple copies. Those surplus copies are given away, and Bough has made several visits to get books for the territory’s libraries.
"It’s like being a kid in candy land. They give you a shopping cart," she said, laughing.
After Bough outlined the shipping costs associated with the Library of Congress donations, she suggested that the Rotary Club might be interested in helping.
Additionally, Rotary member Sharon Coldren said that she might be able to help with getting the books from the Library of Congress.
Bough outlined improvements at the territory’s other libraries, including the fact that work continues on a regional library located in Tutu, St. Thomas. She said the $13 million library will have 24,000 square feet of space with an auditorium that seats 100 people. There will also be space for artifacts unearthed during construction in the area.
According to Bough, fostering a culture of literacy and lifelong learning and promoting awareness of the territory’s rich literary heritage are among the library’s goals.
For more information, visit www.virginislandspubliclibraries.org.

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