Meet the new “Libby,” not quite the same as the old “Libby.”
The new mobile express library was unveiled Tuesday night, just before councilors met for the first time this year, outside City Hall. The new truck, 25 percent bigger than her predecessor, a 1992 model that makes an average of 55 stops per month, has a snazzy exterior, courtesy of POW! WOW! Worcester mural artist Key Detail.
The new vehicle, the product of a collaboration between the city, the Worcester Public Library, the Worcester Public Library Foundation and the College of the Holy Cross, is expected to bring improved reliability, increased headroom and additional shelf space. The additional space allows for expanded book collections for all ages. The upgraded truck also houses three workstations for staff, staff printing capabilities, a seat for patrons and windows to for natural light.
Among those on-hand for “New Libby’s” unveiling were Mayor Joe Petty, City Manager Ed Augustus Jr., Worcester Public Library Board of Directors president Stephanie Pasha, state Rep. John Mahoney, City councilors Candy Mero-Carlson, SArai Rivera and Gary Rosen, School Committee member John Monfredo, Worcester Public Library Foundation Board of Trustees president Tim Loew, Holy Cross government and community relations director Jamie Hoag, Worcester Public Library Foundation Executive Director Christine Murray and head librarian Geoff Dickinson.