Grapevine debuts new library on wheels soon to be seen around town

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The Grapevine Public Library is taking a new approach to serving the community—in the form of a mobile library.

Officials dubbed it the Grapevine Resources on Wheels, or G.R.O.W., and it was unveiled at a ribbon-cutting event Sept. 26. Guests were invited to explore the inside of the bus, learn about programs and services and experience the library firsthand.

The mobile library’s collection and services are designed for all ages and focus on meeting the various needs of the community, according to a news release from the city. Books included will reflect popular and general collection offerings from the physical library.

“The G.R.O.W. mobile library will benefit all ages and will be a welcoming presence in our community, encouraging visits to the library,” Library Director Ruth Chiego said in the news release. “The Grapevine Public Library has something for everyone,”

Guests will also be able to make use of the mobile library’s Wi-Fi, video screen, story times, Spanish-language materials, learning activities, sensory-inclusive kits, wheelchair lift and more, according to the news release.

This new asset to the community will help residents who are unable to travel to the physical library, Mayor William D. Tate said at the ribbon-cutting.

“It helps complete the circle of a library vision that’s existed in this city for a long time,” Tate said.

Other city officials attending the ceremonial event included members of City Council, such as Mayor Pro Tem Darlene Freed, who also addressed the gathered crowd.

“It’s an opportunity to learn, to grow, to understand the importance of reading,” said Freed, who also translated her speech into Spanish. “The bus will visit neighborhoods in Grapevine. We hope that you will take advantage of this great opportunity. We hope that you will enjoy it.”

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Renee Yan
Renee Yan graduated May 2017 from the University of Texas in Arlington with a degree in journalism, joining Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July.
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