Morning Around The Wiregrass: The Library Connection

By: WTVY News 4
By: WTVY News 4

Dothan Bookmobile (By Muriel Bailey)

DOTHAN, AL---For more than 20 years, Elizabeth Stewart has been known as the Bookmobile Librarian.

"I absolutely love working on the bookmobile."

All throughout the year, she travels around Houston County on Mondays and Wednesdays.

"We stop at homes, community locations like stores sometimes, churches," said Stewart.

The Bookmobile stops at each designated spot anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

"We usually start off and have our first stop around 9 O'clock, said Stewart, and our last stop around 2:30."

Stewart says since printed schedules are provided, everyone nearby anticipates the stop.

"We see families, home schooled families, retired citizens that some have a problem getting to the library."

The books are rotated out often, there's a kids section an adult section and sometimes special requests can be made,

"If we don't have it on our book mobile i will do my best to get it for them and take it to them on our return trip," said Stewart.

The book mobile comes back once every four weeks, which, gives you about a month to read what you've checked out.

The book mobile does no* carry DVDs.
To check out a book all you need is a library card.

To request a Bookmobile stop at your home or in your area contact Dothan's public library.


Gator Man at the Library (by Muriel Bailey)

Dozens of children got a big surprise Tuesday at Dothan's library.

It was "The Return of the Gator Man."

Alabama Conservation officer Tim Ward brought two special guests, American alligators.

The kids got a chance to hold the gators.

Some say it was quite an experience.

"They are like really cool because I have never seen one out of the water up close," said Jonathan Wells.

"I felt the back of it and it was bumpy and I felt the stomach and it was cool," said Meyona Dudley.

This Friday (7/12) you can stop by the Dothan library for a free movie.

This time they're showing "Hunger Games."

It starts at 2 p.m. and their serving free popcorn and a drink.


Broadband Classes (by Jessica Leicht)

A Wiregrass institute is helping people use the internet more efficiently.

The Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind is holding broadband training across the state this month.

Dothan's training session included practical home and health internet use.

But the classes aren't just open to people who are deaf or blind, they're open to the rest of the community as well.

Jessica Edmiston with the A.I.D.B says the sessions teach people the importance of broadband in their daily lives.

"When I was reviewing the information, I didn't realize a lot of the opportunities out there that broadband can provide in finding a job, furthering my education and different research opportunities," Edmiston said.

For more information on sessions call the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind at (256) 493 - 3360.

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